May 122011

First of all, I would like to issue a huge thank you to everyone who can out for our first every #comicbookcrawl.  As you can see from the photos below, and the many tweets, it was a fantastic success.

Before we set out on the road, we all gather outside of Tate’s to meet each other and I had special surprises for them.  On the numerous crawls that I have been on in the past, perhaps the greatest complaint that all participants had was that they cell phone batteries kept dying.  Well, when I was at SxSW last month, I made a fantastic connection with the Social Media team from @RadioShack who were more then willing to help us out.  Together, we made sure that everyone got their own Enercell cellphone battery backup pack.

@amandastewart @mklopez @mkhall & @tigrrblood show off their new battery backups courtesy of @radioshack

If you have never used a battery backup pack before, than this is the one to get, and I’m not just praising them because they were a sponsor, but from personal experience.  Without this backup, my phone would’ve died multiple times throughout SxSW.  As you can imagine, everyone was both extremely surprised, and very grateful that they got one.

thanks @radioshack for the mobile chargers #comicbookcrawl

Thank you to @radioshack for the free mobile power pack supporting the #comicbookcrawl! Will come in handy!

Also, thanks to @radioshack for the charger! #FCBD

Thanks to @radioshack I can recharge my phone’s battery. I wish we had a # comicbookcrawl sponsor to recharge -my- batteries…

Even my hometown of @coralsprings_pk got in on the @RadioShack praise

#comicbookcrawl @radioshack may just be a shack, but it has great stuff not found in other shacks #Thanks 4 participating! @sflsocialgeeks

This particular pack works with most major cell phones, comes with iPhone, micro-USB, and mini-USB adapters, and when fully charged, can give you up to 8 hours of extra battery life.

But, on top of that, @RadioShack also donated $25 gift cards prizes for those with the best tweets:

The first winner had to be @ILovePochacco with her tweet:

“Now I can’t use the excuse, “but my battery was dead” when my MIL tries calling.#comicbookcrawl Thx @radioshack!”

[NOTE: MIL = Mother-in-law]

The second winner was @alli_actually with the most geekiest tweet:

“Charged faster than Sonic racing to defeat Robotnik. Thanks @radioshack! #FCBD”

The third winner, @mkhall, was actually thanked @RadioShack themselves:

Thank you to @radioshack for the free mobile power pack supporting the #comicbookcrawl! [Resent to correct typos]


You are welcome! Hope you guys are having a nice day -ing

Finally, the last winner @amandastewart gave perhaps the best tweet to thank our first stop, most gracious hosts, and fantastic sponsor, Tate’s

The goodies & swag from @tatescomics is all sorts of awesome. This is why I go here ALL the time. thanks for the hospitality #comicbookcrawl

In fact, Tate’s was our first stop and they really gave us the VIP treatment, hooking us up with swag bags full of goodies, our own lanyards, and special buttons.  Tate has always remained a valuable of sponsor of our community and we will continue to support this local mecca of geekdom.

Just got my @tatescomics army badge. Wooohoo. @mklopez #comicbookcrawl

I also got today my #TatesArmy badge in the mail :) @amandastewart @tatescomics #comicbookcrawl

#comicbookcrawl @mklopez & I are almost at @tatescomics Cant wait! cc: @sflsocialgeeks#FCBD #excelsior

The army is here. Let’s the chaos and distraction begin. #FCBD #comicbookcrawl

Starting the #comicbookcrawl for Free Comic Book Day! (@ TATE’S Comics + Toys + Videos + More w/ @mklopez)

May 07, 11:05am via SocialScope
So this is the line for #freecomicbookday@tatescomics Glad we’re on the #comicbookcrawl instead!!

Doors are open @tatescomics #FCBD#comicbookcrawl

I’m having a comic book orgasm already. Sorry @mklopez #comicbookcrawl #FCBD


Isn’t @ShariMcConahay daughter the cutest#comicbookcrawl VIP @tatescomics ever!

May 07, 11:26am via txt
#comicbookcrawl gotta get the Jesus on the cross dress up magnets @tatescomics#sowrong yet #sofunny #FCBD

May 07, 11:26am via SocialScope
@tatescomics really knows how to treat the #comicbookcrawl as VIPs. Thanks for hosting us.

@amandastewart loves to show off her @tatescomics #comicbookcrawl swag bag

There are huge crowds at @tatescomics, but the staff is very efficient! It’s almost like a military operation… #comicbookcrawl

@mklopez I told you that you shouldn’t have the droids he’s looking for #comicbookcrawl @tatescomics

Sandtroopers hanging out at Tate’s!!#comicbookcrawl

May 07, 2:14pm via SocialScope
Clone commando was hired for security.#comicbookcrawl

Thank you @tatescomics for an Awesome Experience! #FCBD #comicbookcrawl

Thanks to @tatescomics for the swag bags? #comicbookcrawl

Txs again to @tatescomics for supporting#comicbookcrawl #FCBD

Our next stop was Crossroad Comics, which is quite literally only a few blocks north of Tate’s

May 07, 12:22pm via foursquare
Stop numero dos for #comicbookcrawl (@ Crossroad Comics w/ @mklopez)

May 07, 12:27pm via SocialScope
At our second #comicbookcrawl stop #crossroadcomics. Everything in the store is 20% off. Thank you for hosting the crawl !

May 07, 12:27pm via AT&T Social Net
getting more free comics #crossroadscomics#comicbookcrawl

May 07, 12:29pm via txt
Outside of Crossroads Comics checking out the shirts 25% off! #comicbookcrawl #FCBD

At #crossroadcomics for the #comicbookcrawl. I’m having serious flashbacks to my years in the business.

Out last stop was all the way north in Deerfield Beach, Docking Bay 94, and these guys really knew how to throw a party.  They had a DJ, bounce house of the kids, sidewalk sale, and even a Papa John’s pizza truck.

#comicbookcrawl on our way to Docking Bay 94!#FCBD Well with @amandastewart driving this is turning into X-Rated #adultcomics

OH:”Hey @DeepinURtonsils, are you coming with me or @amandastewart” - @mklopez #comicbookcrawl

I’m placing my trust in @sprint’s navigation system to get me to the next stop on the#comicbookcrawl. If I’m never seen again…

Arguing between Wonder Women vs Supergirl with @amandastewart #comicbookcrawl #FCBD #Throwdown

Pizza, comics, music, bounce house? Free Comic Book Day party @docking_bay_94 #FCBD

#comicbookcrawl Thank You! @Docking_Bay_94 #FCBD mmm Pizza N Comics! #greasyfingers #fatkid #comics

He draws Zim! #ComicBookCrawl


just bought Stephen Hawking book at#comicbookcrawl

All in all, I think this pretty much sums up the day nicely:

@alli_actually #FCBD #freecomicbookday #comicbookcrawl

Once again, thanks to our sponsors @RadioShack, @tatescomics, and @Docking_Bay_94.  This #comicbookcrawl wouldn’t have been the experience that it was without your help.

In the end, everyone had a fantastic day and I cannot thank all of you enough for comingout .  It was definitely a blast and can’t wait to do it again next year.

Giving in to my star trek geek…#comicbookcrawl

I cant stop smiling! Thank U! #FCBD#comicbookcrawl #ecstatic

#comicbookcrawl Free Comic Book Day! My peeps and I are virgins no more… Luv it


Thank you to all that made #comicbookcrawlpossible @mklopez @amandastewart @sflsocialgeeks #FCBD #ALLSTARS

Such a super uber awesome day at the #comicbookcrawl. My #FCBD cherry has been popped. Lots of freebies & not so free stuff. #fulfilledgeek

@mklopez big hugs. I had such a great day AND evening W u. My month is complete!! Loves and kisses. :) #comicbookcrawl


Full Gallery of photos can be found here on Flickr:

05/07/2011 #comicbookcrawl, a set on Flickr.

 Posted by at 2:05 pm
May 062011

Some of you might be familiar with Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). If not, this is the short version:

Every year, on first Saturday of May, comic book distributors give local comic stores throughout the country specially printed free versions of their comics to give away.  The goal is to help encourage the reading of comics, celebrate the industry, and for some, use it as a launching pad for either new comic series or a larger yearly event.

Each store usually allows one to five free comics per person and there are about 30 or so free titles total. Let’s see if we can get them all! 🙂

For more information about the annual tradition, please feel free to check out

Saturday, May 7th (all times are approximate & subject to change)


10:30 AM:

Meet at Tate’s

4566 N University Drive

Lauderhill, FL 33351

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM:
We will introduce each other, take pictures, and set up our carpooling arrangements.


11:00 AM SHARP
Enter Tate’s.


From this point forward, the plan is to spend about 45 mins on each store. Times are VERY approximate, and depending on weather and traffic we might do adjustments on the fly


12:00 PM
Head just a few blocks North of Tate’s to Crossroad Comics

4952 North University Drive
Lauderhill, FL 33351

They are advertising a sidewalk sale that day, so be prepared.

1:30 PM

We’ll head even further north to Docking Bay 94 in Pompano.

7710 NW 56th Way # 100
Pompano Beach, FL 33073

Docking Bay may appear small, but they are a fantastic venue that has been incredibly supportive of the South Florida Social Geek community. They are advertising music performances, an artist alley where you can get sketches, and many other activities.

Like the South Florida Crawls before us:

  • ChevyPizzaCrawl

  • ChevyCupcakeCrawl

  • ChevyWingCrawl

  • ChevyGeekHunt

We encourage participants to Tweet about their experience, send out TwitPics, and check-in through Foursquare.


Since Docking Bay will be

be having Papa John’s Pizza and Sodas, we’ll be having lunch there at the Crawl will officially be over.

For the best of the best, we’ll have prizes from our sponsor, RadioShack.  Please be sure to follow them on Twitter: @RadioShack.

Things to remember:


  • Please keep in mind that the entire point of FCBD is to sponsor and promote these stores, and this industry.  In this spirit, we kindly as that you buy at least one item from each store, regardless of what it is

  • Make sure you have a full take of gas

  • Have one, if not several, bottles of water handy

  • If you have a car chargers for your cell phones, bring them.  Twitpics and Tweets will use up your battery quickly
  • The Twitter hashtag is #comicbookcrawl
 Posted by at 11:18 am
Feb 072011

This week, we’ve got some great events planned, so if you’re free, come and check them out with some of our awesome assistant organizers.

Event: “Expand Your Gaming  at Cool Stuff Games AND We’re Testing A New Card Game!”

Date: Monday, Feb. 7th

Time: 6:30 PM

Organizer/Host: Dharra

Location: Cool Stuff Games 5655 South University Drive – Davie, FL 33328 – USA




Bring your Euro, Independant, Strategy Games.  Lots of games to choose from, a few examples of the more independent games are below

  • Piece o’ Cake
  • Dominion
  • Dixit
  • Lost Cities
  • Incan Gold
  • 7 Wonders
  • Small World
  • Stone Age
  • Long Shot
  • and many more

Leave the Uno, Apples to Apples and Dominos at Home.tongue

Cool Stuff Games has sodas and waters to purchase, but you can also bring in food and there’s some restaurants closeby if you want to pick something up for yourself and bring in. There’s also a good sushi restaurant that delivers biggrin.

(B)roward (I)ntellectual (G)ame Night

Date: Tuesday. Feb 8th.

Time: 6:30pm

Organizers/Hosts: Alejandro & Carla

Location: Florida Super Comics – 5917 S. University Blvd – Davie, FL 33328

Join Carla and Alex for another BIG Games Night!   We had a great time last time! This time we are getting together on a Tuesday; that way there will be no noisy WarHammer players there either! The guys at Florida Super Comics are excited to have us! They say it’s ok if we bring in food and drink as long as we don’t make a mess; and they sell beverages as well.   The door closes at 10:00 pm officially, but if the employees join us, we can stay as late as they do (even midnight), so we’ll see how late this one runs. Last time we were there ’til about 10:30.   Also, Mike, the owner, has agreed to give us a 20% discount on all games we buy that night!! Awesome!  In the past, we have played: 7 Wonders, Cyclades, Stone Age, Dominion, Inca Empire, Ascension, Settlers of Catan, Ra, Puerto Rico, Carcassonne, Cable Car, Incan Gold, Fluxx, RoboRally, Piece O’ Cake, Cleopatra, Citadels, TransEuropa, Ticket to Ride, Lascaux, Marrakech, Tsuro, Saboteur and a few more.   We’re very excited about this new location and hope to see you there!  — Alex and Carla

Event: Icebreaker- Trivia and Drinks [New Members Welcome]

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 9th.

Time: 7:15pm

Organizers/Hosts: Marc

Location: Bru’s Room – 5460 W Hillsboro Blvd – Coconut Creek, FL 33073 – USA

Never been to one of our events?  This would be a great chance to come out, meet your fellow geeks, and test your trivia skills.  Enjoy some drinks, good food, and great conversation.
7:45pm – Speed Freaks For 15 minutes, Speed Freaks will pit you against other players in your location to see who is the quickest. The first person to answer the question correctly gets all of the points… everyone else gets locked out until the next question starts. The game is entirely paced around the players… the faster the correct answer comes in, the more questions in the game.
8:00pm – SciFiles Boldly go where sci-fi fanatics and Trekkies have gone before. SciFiles™ is a science fiction trivia game that runs from moderate to advanced in difficulty. Literature, film and television questions abound. If you know your Asimov from a Black Hole in the ground, this is where to make Contact and show off your giant brain!
8:30pm – Pastimes Make history with Pastimes! Buzztime’s 15-minute game will blast you into the past with 10 questions about the people, places and events that have shaped our world.
8:45pm – Lexitopia Lexitopia, brought to you by, will test what you really know about all of those words you haven’t seen since taking the SATs.   We’ll give you the word, you’ll tell us what it means. Sound simple? We’ll see about that!
9:00pm – Six Use your Six-th sense to command a lead over your opponents in our game of categories. Six™ is played in four engaging rounds featuring questions from six different categories: The Sciences, The World, The Shows, The Past, The Games and The Arts!
If you do come out, I’d recommend registering ahead of time at the website:
 Posted by at 12:08 am
Feb 022011

An off-Broadway play featuring Charles Ross portraying all of the characters, sound effects, music and even fighting with himself as he explores all three movies

I personally was honored to see his show in the 90s during the Orlando Fringe Festival and, speaking from first-hand experience, it is incredible.

Tickets are $30.

If you are interested, please do not just RSVP, but also leave a comment below so I’ll know how many to have a headcount for tickets.

Event: One Man Star Wars Trilogy

Date: Saturday night, February 5th

Time: 8pm

Cost: $30 per ticket

 Posted by at 9:30 am
Jan 212011

Video Games Liveâ„¢ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Top orchestras & choirs perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience!

This is a concert event put on by the video game industry to help encourage and support the culture and art that video games have become. Video Games Liveâ„¢ bridges a gap for entertainment by exposing new generations of music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience while also providing a completely new and unique experience for families and/or non-gamers. The show is heralded and enjoyed by the entire family. It’s the power & emotion of a symphony orchestra mixed with the excitement and energy of a rock concert and the technology and interactivity of a video game all completely synchronized to amazing cutting edge video screen visuals, state-of-the-art lighting and special on-stage interactive segments with the audience.

If you or someone you know is into video games you won’t want to miss this highly acclaimed one-of-a-kind concert experience. Or maybe you are looking for something cultural and exciting that the whole family will enjoy? Video Games Liveâ„¢ is not just a concert, but a celebration of the entire video game industry that people of all ages will adore.

Video Games Liveâ„¢ is created and produced by industry veteran and world famous video game composer Tommy Tallarico.

Video Games Liveâ„¢ features the best music and exclusive synchronized video clips from the most popular games from the beginning of video gaming to the present. Game franchises include:


Metal Gear Solid® Interactive Frogger Tomb Raider® Monkey Island Conan
Zeldaâ„¢ Chrono Triggerâ„¢ Interactive Space Invaders Beyond Good & Evilâ„¢ Earthworm Jim Command & Conquer:Red Alert
Halo® Chrono Cross™ Interactive Guitar Hero™ Advent Rising End of Nations™ Headhunter
Final Fantasy® Mega Man™ Interactive Donkey Kong™ EverQuest® II Afrika™ Splinter Cell®
StarCraft® Myst® Medal of Honorâ„¢ Mass Effectâ„¢ Assassin’s Creedâ„¢ II Ghost Reconâ„¢
Diablo® Tron God of War™ Shadow of the Colossus Uncharted™ II Rainbow Six®
Sonic™ Castlevania® BioShock™ Silent Hill™ Portal™ Jade Empire
Warcraft® Metroid® Civilization IV Crysis® Lair Contra
Kingdom Heartsâ„¢ OutRun Gears of War

Need For Speed®: Undercover

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™

Classic Arcade Medley featuring over 20+ games from Pong® to Donkey Kong® including such classics as Dragon’s Lair, Tetris, Duck Hunt, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Gauntlet, Punch-Out, OutRun and MANY MORE!

Date: Saturday night, March 26th, at  8:00 PM


AU-Rene Theater

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

I was able to get a group rate of $46 per ticket, but we need 20 people to prepay in order to get it.

The seats are located in Lower and Upper Orchestra, plus Mezzanine Rows A thru E.

To order your tickets through PayPal, please go to:

 Posted by at 10:00 am
Jan 092011








Cinema Paradiso

503 SE 6th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Just a couple of final notes/reminders for those of you who are going this Friday night.

  • Do NOT bring your own props/prop bag. The theater has their own set of rules for what is, and is not allowed, and they’ve worked extremely hard to put their own custom prop bags together.  So be nice and cough up the $5.
  • DO plan on drinking.  Cinema Paradiso has a Wine and Beer license and sells alcohol throughout the evening.; but bring $$$ as it is costly.
  • Remember, this is NOT a large movie chain.  Cinema Paradiso is the only art movie theater here in Broward County and continues to see its budget constantly slashed.  This performance is not just for our entertainment, but also to help support the theater.  Even though it may seem cheaper to bring your own drinks, snacks, etc, please don’t try to sneak them in.  Lots of the people that do their work here are volunteers, so please, help support our local arts.
  • Don’t be ashamed to admit that you’re a virgin if you’ve never seen Rocky live before.  The first time is always the best.
  • Don’t forget that we are the “Social Geeks”.  Even though the show starts around midnight, that doesn’t mean our night should.  Right next to Cinema Paradiso is an outdoor patio complete with tables and chairs to chillax.  Try and get there around 10:30ish so we can socialize and meet each other before showtime.
  • Be prepared to stand in line.  Rocky always brings out the best “rich weirdos” so there is always a line to get in prior to showtime.  If you get there early and socialize with us, you might be pleasantly rewarded, but you won’t know till you get there.
  • Finally, don’t be embarrassed to dress up.  We’re all rich weirdos on Rocky night.  In fact, while I can’t guarantee anything, you might even get rewarded for it.

Amy (+1)

I’m a Rocky Horror virgin. My friend said I should see this. The Glee episode got me interested.
Beth (+5)


Daniela G

“ I used to dress up as Columbia years ago. Loved it.

“ Wow – this should be fun, I still know every word to every song ”

Nicky N

“ Holy Classic!! Haven’t seen this in forever! Def gonna try to make it! ”
Pamela Kemmerling
I’m a Rocky Horror virgin and have been waiting for something like this for a long time!
I am a Rocky Horror virgin, but this sounds like a hoot. Always wanted to do it since I saw the Rocky Horror episode of Drew Carrey.

Rob (+2)
“ fun and games south florida will be there too! a toast! ”

Steven Glassman (+1)


“ I’ve seen it 4 times and I have a DVD, but I might go anyway. ”
 Posted by at 2:17 pm
Jan 082011

Sunday, January 23, 1pm

Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture

Old School Rd
51 N. Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33483

“Anyone up for a cool FELINE ART adventure?”

The Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture in Delray Beach (a.k.a. Old School Square) has an exhibit called THE CAT’S MEOW. A Purrrfect Celebration of Cats… from Mild to Wild!

*Paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs by local and national artists

*Fun photos and stories from local cat owners.

*Featured artists include Deb LaFogg-Docherty (Boynton Beach), Donna Fuller (Boca Raton), Camile Schneebeli (Miami), Rosetta (Colorado), Nancy Colby (Tampa) and photographer, Joann Biondi (Miami). National artists (courtesy of Dog and Horse Fine Art, Charleston, SC) include Ron Burns, Andrea Steiner and Pat Weaver. Members of the Delray Art League and students from the OSS School of Art & Photography also have works on display.

*The Children’s Gallery features a special mural by Delray Beach artist Sharon Koskoff and student “cat” portraits from six area elementary and high schools.

Check Out The Cat Rescueescue Partners! 
Cats Exclusive, Inc., Margate, FL

Adopt A Cat Foundation, Inc., Lake Park, FL

Paintings, sculptures and photography by local and national artists.

$6 general 
$4 seniors and students (13-21) 
$2 ages 5-12 
Free for ages under 5.

After we saunter and sache our way through the museum we will go for a bite to eat after. Post your suggestions for a place nearby if you have a preference. Catnip does not have to be on the menu but a venue with a sunny window would be nice. Purrrr.

  1. Donni
  2. Maria
  3. +1
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Jan 082011

Crown Wine and Spirits

1030 N 15th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Friday, January 14th, 11pm

Jan 21, 2010 7pm

Learn the differences between wines. How professionals describe them. Find wines that suit your tastes.

Crown Liquors and Wines in Ft Lauderdale is having a wine tasting from 7-9 pm on the 21st.

Price is $15 which includes a free wine glass, samples of over 50 different wines, samples of different appetizers and discount off of any purchase made that evening!!

What better way to meet new people from the group, learn which wines you enjoy and have a good time!!

2 other meetup groups will be joining us.

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Nov 102010

“America Recycles Day” is celebrated nationally to encourage Americans to make a commitment to the environment by recycling and buying recycled products. Broward County Waste and Recycling Services and Partner Cities, and Broward County Parks and Recreation Division will bring the message home from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 13, with an “America Recycles Day Celebration” at Vista View Park in Davie, 4001 S.W. 142nd St., Davie.

The event will showcase what you can do to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. Learn about “All-In-One Recycling,” gardening with native plants, protecting marine habitats and safely disposing your used electronics at the free electronics recycling drop-off.

America Recycles Day Celebration includes:

  • Eco-friendly games/prizes for kids
  • Craft-making with recyclables, presented by Young At Art Children’s Museum
  • Chance to win a refurbished flat-screen computer from ARC Broward
  • Bounce house
  • Free environmental information and giveaways at booths

Participation is free; standard park entry fee applies: $1.50 per person, ages 5 and under free

Electronics Recycling Drop-Off includes:

  • Free drop-off for used electronics: televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, fax machines, video cassette recorders and digital video disc players.
    • Do not bring cell phones, batteries, stereos, microwaves, small appliances or business-generated waste.
  • Free admission to Vista View Park for electronics recycling participants only
  • Participants must show acceptable items for recycling at the park entry gate
  • Free T-shirt (one per car while supplies last) to electronic recycling participant
  • Proof of Broward County residency required to drop off items

Make a day of it at the award-winning Vista View Park where you will find trails for horseback riding, biking, fitness stations, two playgrounds and much more.

For additional information about the America Recycles Day Celebration, call 954-765-4999.

Partner Cities are Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Pembroke Park, Plantation, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, Unincorporated Broward County, Weston, West Park and Wilton Manors.

To download a copy of the flyer, go here.