We’d now like to take a moment with one of Click Communications’ excellent staffers, Tyler Gagnon, to learn a little more about where he came from and how he gets by in the world of Click.  It may be nice and warm out, but there’s still nothing better than the crackle of a roaring fire. Let us begin.

What is your favorite thing about working at Click? My favorite thing about Click beyond the amazing crew of Clicksters is how my superiors value my input and ideas.

What skill has been most valuable to you while working here at Click? I am fairly tech-savvy, which has helped with the learning curve of working in online publicity.

What would you consider to be your area of specialty? Finding new outlets in the far corners of the Interwebs. I love to find a great site that I think we can use when researching a new genre of outlets.

What is the best part of your workday? My late afternoon coffee, which gives me a moment to relax and an extra boost to power through until the end of the day.

Which work event has been the most fun for you to be involved in? When Click sponsored the Entertainment Aids Alliance event. I am fairly new to the company and it was a great opportunity for me to get to know my fellow Clicksters.

What is the best advice you have ever received? People can only do to you what you let them do.

What are some of your favorite movies? Clerks, Pulp Fiction, Army of Darkness, Back to the Future. I could keep going and going.

If I looked in your DVR/BD player, what would I find? Breaking Bad on Blu-ray.

What book are you currently reading and what else might I find on your shelves? I am currently reading Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis. On my shelf you would find some Tony Fletcher, the Harry Potter series, and The Lord of the Rings.

Where in the world is your favorite place to travel or spend a dream vacation? I have always wanted to go to the Norwegian fjords, such as Hordaland or Sogn & Fjordane. To see what I mean, Google image search “the fjords Norway.”

Tyler in Orvieto, Italy

Obligatory super power question: What would it be and why? The ability to fly. Besides being totally awesome, it is economical and green. No more high priced plane tickets or gas prices.


This week is a week like no other. We’ve gathered together the juiciest and most totally awesome tidbits from this week’s San Diego Comic Con. Trust us when we say, they are epic!.

– The Annual Click Communications Comic-Con Survival Guide has not only gotten rave reviews from readers, but has also made its way around the web! Check it out featured on Wired’s Geek Dad, MTV’s NextMovie.com, The Comedy Store, Laughing Squid, and The Fire Wire. We have to say… We’re pretty proud!

– If you’re a Star Wars geek (and if you’re reading this, you probably are), here’s the full rundown of SW-related activities going on at Comic Con the next few days.

– Movies.com breaks down The 10 Most Anticipated Movie-Related Comic-Con Panels.

– Hollywood Reporter takes a look at TV’s 6 Most Wanted Women at Comic Con.

– Dressing up for Comic Con? How about you dress like a comic book geek according to Paul!

– IGN has an extensive Guide to Exclusive Comic-Con Swag that picks up right where the Click Communications Guide leaves off.

– FilmDistrict presented a panel for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Drive to rave reviews. Drive even got its very own red-band trailer.

– Are you a Twi-hard? If so, here are the Top 10 Quotes from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Press Conference.

– George R. R. Martin hosted a fantastic panel for Game Of Thrones which saw Jason Momoa speak Dathraki and a few other stars hint at things to come in season two.

– The Dexter panel unveiled a great trailer for season six.

Joe Lynch‘s Knights of Badassdom makes a big splash at this year’s Con.

Chucky! Freddy! Ash! Dexter! All as dolls!!

Happy Friday and have a great geektastic weekend!


LET THE GAMES BEGIN!  If you have already downloaded the Comic-Con Guide, you are well aware of the excellent game we added to the back page, and if you haven’t yet, here you go!  How many can you find?  Tweet your finds to @ClickComm with #nerrrds!  A special prize to whoever gets BINGO first!


We know what you are thinking.  “Sure, I see lots of Comic-Con Guides each year.  I know to bring deodorant and be ready to stand in long lines.”  And you know what?  You’re right.  You do see a lot of excellent guides that will share with you where to stay, where to eat, what to wear and what to buy (p.34).  All very important stuff, certainly, but here’s where our guide differs.

Our guide was made to showcase cool things that we WANT to see at Comic-Con. It’s movies and TV shows that we’re super excited for in the next year, some of which might be too early for any kind of presence in San Diego, or maybe, just maybe, there’s be a little teaser to make people ask, “What’s that about?”  And we can answer that.  Plus you’ll find all sorts of great geek culture features about superheroes, vampires, Star Wars and more!  Here’s a list of everything except the hidden treat on the back page that we’ll share tomorrow.

Go ahead, download the whole thing and let us know what you think!

Here’s a look at our Fairy Tale section.  Yes!  There’s a section!  Who knew they were making such a big comeback?

And who doesn’t want to learn the vernacular?  We have five pages of Geek Speak!

And let’s not forget all of the pages of comic-y wonders!  Pages and pages of it!

 


Only two days left until the World Series of Geekdom and nothing is quiet at anyone’s house as the scramble to pack and tie up loose ends is on!

You’ve already downloaded Click’s 2011 Comic-Con Survival Guide and have your camera, tights, extra luggage for swag…what are you missing?  Once of Click’s patented (not really) Comic-Con Survival Kits!  You never know what deeds most foul will occur when you are adventuring in San Diego.  A pipe to the head, poster tube to the eye, pen to the face, food cart “edibles,” and the nefarious Nerd Flu are threats that lurk around every corner, so be prepared!

Kit inludes: Aspirin, Emergen-C, antacid, Spidey band-aids, breath mints, ear plugs, Purell, snacks, Sharpie and Chapstick. Also contained within: Awesomeness.

Our handy kits have everything you might need, from Emergen-C to band-aids (Spider-Man, of course).  But wait!  There’s more!  You’ll also receive a beautiful hard copy of our 2011 Comic-Con Survival Guide, where we tell you about all the nerdy entertainment we are looking forward to in the coming year as well as fun features like Star Wars vs Star Trek, a Geek Speak lexicon, Vamp guide and a super awesome surprise on the back page!  And that’s NOT ALL!!  (there’s MORE?!)  We will also give the winner a custom NERRRDS shirt (M XL or W L) to wear proudly as you strut the floor, all the while not bleeding or getting sick.

For your chance to win, simply Tweet this blog link to your friends and fans and make sure you use the #nerrrds hashtag! We’ll select the winner on Thursday morning and hand-deliver the kit and shirt to you in San Diego!  (Note: Comics not included, those belong to Mac)

Now get out there and Tweetererize for your chance to win some swag!


“Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up there! Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here.”

Our fellow nerds, it’s that time again.  Yes, a true geek is rolling in comics and video games year round and yes, there are conventions all year long. But this is the World Series of Geekdom.

You may have packed your tights, cape, Pikachu bikini and Stormtrooper helmet, but don’t leave home without The New-And-Improved Click Communications Comic-Con Survival Guide, Issue #4!


As with every year, you’ll find tips, tricks and insights into the event as well as some highlights of the geekiest upcoming movies, TV shows, comics and toys that we hope to catch a glimpse of at this year’s Con.

What’s new you might ask?  Well, besides the outstanding design work from Hauser Creative, we’ve added a fun little surprise to the back page of this year’s guide.  Check it out, we think your nerdy heart will enjoy a nice snort as it slides its glasses up its nose!

Why write all this up? The simple answer is this: because we really wanted to. That whole bit on our web site where we call ourselves “geek professionals and professional geeks” is no joke. We love our movies, collectible action figures, video games and comics as much as our jobs—and that passion and expertise makes us better at them.

Now download your Guide already, and Enjoy! We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!


With Warner Bros’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hitting theaters today, we finally get to see the end of the historic eight-film series. To celebrate the occasion, I asked the Click crew to recall their favorite things about Harry Potter. It could be a memory. It could be a moment. It could be from the movies, books, video games, amusement park, or anything else Potter related. It’s all up for grabs. So check out our Click Picks below and feel free to hit up the comments to tell us about your favorite thing about Harry Potter!

Mac

“My favorite thing about the Harry Potter movies is the spot-on casting. It’s been brilliant from the get-go and everyone who’s stepped into the roles has really captured the character from the books.

As far as favorite memories go, when Order of the Phoenix came out, we were moving to LA from Seattle and some good friends of ours gave us the audio book. That thing SAVED MY LIFE. It got me through the cleaning of our old place, the drive to LA and setting up the new apartment. I barely remember any of the activities themselves, just the book!”

Dinah

“Perhaps my favorite thing about the Harry Potter movies is the score. There’s a short list of movies that have a definitive musical theme — Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Gone with the Wind — and thanks to the genius of John Williams, Harry Potter is on that list. Those first two haunting bars transport us to the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry better than any port key.

One of my favorite memories of Harry Potter goes back to when Mac & I first started reading the books. In January 2000, I moved from Denver to Seattle so that Mac & I could be together. Shortly after that, we took ourselves up to Vancouver for a weekend of shopping & Canadian fun. We picked up the first two Harry Potter books in paperback (which is why we have a copy of the Philosopher’s Stone, not the Sorcerer’s Stone). I don’t remember who started reading them first, but once we started, we couldn’t stop. One of us would finish a book and the other would immediately grab it. After burning through the first two we ran back to the bookstore to grab the next two in hardback. We barely left our hotel room, and while saying that about a young, newly-minted couple on a weekend getaway would normally infer all kinds of things that are totally inappropriate for a company blog, Mac and I are nerds. We couldn’t put the books down, and have been huge Harry Potter fans ever since.”

Scott

“My favorite thing about Harry Potter is probably the gutsy move Warner Bros. made by allowing Alfonso Cuaron to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Coming off what I personally felt was a lackluster effort (and my least favorite Potter film) in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I had my doubts about the rest of the series. Cuaron, however, injected the series with a brand new sense darkness and maturity. It was a breath of fresh air and easily helps …Azkaban continue to be my favorite film of the series. Those Dementors are just so damn creepy!”

Jackie

“Who wouldn’t want to throw a dinner party in the Great Hall at Hogwarts Castle with those endlessly long tables piled with trays of tasty treats, walls that reach up to the ceiling that look like the sky above and floating candles in the air where the occasional ghost or owl post drops by? Whether it’s a quiet game of Wizard Chess or a Sorting Hat ceremony, the Great Hall is a truly magical destination.”

Dre

“I’m a big fan of secret passages and things hidden in plain sight. So, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station are probably some of my favorite HP elements! It reminds of celeb magician David Copperfield’s 1986 televised stunt “Walk Through the Great Wall of China.” I was 7 when I saw that, and spent my hours, when no one was around, crashing into walls and doors with the hopes of ‘passing through.’ These HP passages make me feel like maybe I just haven’t found the right passages yet, or maybe I just need the magic words?”

Emily

“My favorite book, by a landslide was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It was the first time I had ever wanted to reach into a book and cause physical harm to a character. Dolores Umbridge was so deliciously evil! Order of the Phoenix was also the first time in the series that I really started to see Harry behaving like a stroppy teenager. It brought such a new element to his growth as a character for me.”

Tyler

“I love the way Rowling has cleverly crafted the character of Harry Potter. By including the common things an adolescent teenager goes through over the seven year course of his teenage maturation Harry’s character, even though he’s a wizard, becomes instantly relatable. Dealing with the mean kid at school, concern for his friends, starting to like girls, mean teachers, homework; all the issues a young boy goes through creates a character and a series that the reader can’t help but relate to. As the character matures so do the obstacles he must overcome.”

Julie

“In the world of Harry Potter, Hogwarts will always be a favorite! I couldn’t imagine a better environment for academia! You get to live with your friends, play loads of Quidditch, and learn incredibly relevant information! It makes me wonder why I ever wasted so much time on Geometry and Algebra, when I could have been focusing my attention on truly useful subjects – like transfiguration, potions, and flying! Gryffindor for life!”


Working From Home

With the Warner Bros. film Horrible Bosses hitting theaters nationwide today, we thought it might be the perfect time to talk a little bit about bosses and their role for you as a web worker (or someone who just happens to work from home). No, no… We’re certainly not going to rail against our bosses here at Click! We have two amazing bosses in Mac and Dinah McLean. They are the epitome of everything you’d want your boss to be; communicative, helpful, straightforward, and the perfect mixture of hands-off and hands-on. But, as a crew that works primarily from home (aside from weekly conference calls, meetings, and the occasional check-in at the “home office”) we also have an additional boss: Ourselves.

To be an effective web worker, it’s absolutely essential that you also be your own boss. You need to stick to your own schedule, produce work that would be up to any boss’s standard, and essentially manage yourself on a minute-to-minute basis. It’s a lot of pressure, to be sure, but something that’s becoming more and more common for workers who now find themselves working directly from their homes. If you want to turn out stellar work, you need to be your own stellar boss.

Working from Home.Managing yourself (especially if you’re new to web working) can take some getting used to. It’s an adjustment that doesn’t exactly come naturally. Most people who have worked since they were teenagers are used to having a boss that tells them what to do, where to do it, how to do it, and when it needs to be done. Now that you’ve joined the work-from-home team, you need to do all that yourself and if you don’t know where to start the task can be daunting. That’s where we come in. Here are a few tips on adjusting to working from home that, as your own boss, should help make the transition a little bit easier. That is, if you follow them just as strictly as if any boss assigned them.

  • 1: Create a work schedule and stick to it. If you don’t have a work schedule, you have nothing. Working from home takes an insane amount of self-discipline. You need to be able to know what you need to do, when you need to do it, and you need to stick to that schedule like glue. It’s incredibly easy to get distracted and derailed when your office is also your home. A schedule will help you keep those distractions to a minimum.
  • 2: Get showered and dressed as if you’re going into a normal office setting. Yeah, we all know that one of the perks of working from home is the ability to work in your pajamas and we’re cool with that. Every once in a while, that is. You see, when you never get changed out of your jammies you tend to let other things (like that schedule we mentioned) slack as well and that’s a slippery slope for a web worker. Being dressed also helps in the event that you need to run out for some reason.
  • 3: Have a dedicated area of your home that is for work only. It’s fine if you want to work on the living room couch, in front of the TV, every now and then (if you have something to do that doesn’t take deep concentration), but having a dedicated “work area” in your home will allow you to close the door and enter “work mode” every day. It’s a great form of muscle memory that can help you kick it into gear the minute you step in the door. It’s also a great tool to help you balance work and life as you can breath easy and be with your family once you shut the door to the work area behind you.
  • 4: Don’t procrastinate. Duh, right? Yes, this can really work for just about any type of work, but it’s especially important for the web worker. When you are your own boss, procrastination simply leads to more procrastination, which leads to missed deadlines, poor work, and maybe even loss of job. Don’t do it.
  • 5: Stay connected. Everyone needs some kind of human interaction. Some kind of connection to someone outside of ourselves. In a typical office setting, you get this every single day (whether you like it or not). When you first start working from home, the break from this interaction can be exhilarating. “Wait, you mean I don’t have to hear Tommy belch after lunch every day anymore? Yes! Sign me up!” But after a while, the lack of connection can be a detriment not only to your emotional well-being but also to your work. Stay connected via IM, telephone, email, Skype, and whatever else you think will help you be as close as possible to your co-workers and management. Interaction goes a long way toward being a great team.

There you have it: five tips to get you started on the path to becoming your own not-so-horrible boss. Of course, there are plenty of other little tidbits of information that can help you successfully transition to working from home, but we’ll save those for a future blog post. These five are a good primer and should have you well on your way to doing some of your best work yet…from home.

54 gratitude: working from home day

Web working (and working from home in general) is easily one of the most rewarding and gratifying things you can do as a professional. It not only instills a sense of complete responsibility over your own destiny, but it also teaches you brand new ways to creatively connect, intelligently produce fantastic work, and flourish as both an individual and part of a larger team. If you have any tips on successful ways to work from home, please feel free to leave them in the comments. We’d love to hear what you have to say!


Every day the staff here at Click are finding and sharing links they find interesting. Some are industry relevant, some are just good for a chuckle. We’ve decided to collect a handful of them to share.

– Pixar unveiled the first teaser trailer for their 2012 release Brave and it is just as beautiful as you might have imagined.

Lord of the Rings fans not only have those pretty new Extended Editions on Blu-ray this week, but we also got a first look at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit.

– Speaking of first looks, here’s the new trailer for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

– Geek Alert! Kevin Pollak interviews Damon Lindelof for nearly three hours!

– MentalFloss.com takes an impressive look at 10 Director’s Cuts That Change The Plot.

– The AOL / Huffington Post consolidation transforms 53 brands into 20 “Power Brands.”

– Have you seen Google’s new fun project? And, no, we’re not talking about Google+.

– And, finally, your Weekend Moment of Zen: Guy Eats Entire Jar of Nutella

Happy Friday and have a great holiday weekend!