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About Us

We call ourselves the Chicago Nerd Social Club because we believe nerds are pretty social people. Consider the days of the BBS. Nerds created environments to meet new people, share ideas and socialize. We game together, talk about fandoms, share cosplay tips and ideas – whether we’re in meatspace or online. We embrace our nerdy identities because they’re an integral part of who we are, and in many cases, have brought us professional success, friendships and happy relationships. What better reason is there to gather than to celebrate being a bunch of big old nerds, sharing our passions and knowledge for the things we love?

Who gets to be a nerd (or geek, or dork, etc.)? CNSC believes it’s anyone who wants to be, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion or political affiliation. Whether you’re a hardcore fan, a casual gamer or a newbie who can’t tell Klingon from Quenya, all are welcome! We create fun, inclusive, welcoming spaces that are open to nerds from all walks of life and all levels of fandom – neither abusive language nor harassment of any kind are tolerated. If this description doesn’t appeal to you, as a wise old Jedi once said, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”

The Chicago Nerd Social Club hosts a number of nerd-friendly events. Some are purely social: casual get-togethers at a bar, trips to the movies, gaming nights. Others are informational in nature: local museum outings, introductions to new technologies, and comic book swap nights. Most events are free or as inexpensive as we can make them. So join us at our next event!

Like CNSC on Facebook, join the CNSC Facebook group and follow us on Twitter @chicagonerds.

  Board of Organizers  

KARLYN MEYER

President

Karlyn Meyer is a former singer-songwriter with a career in legal education who spends her free time designing and discussing games. She studied intellectual property and the law’s application to gender, sex, and sexuality, receiving national publication for her scholarship regarding video games and copyright law. Other passions include friendship and learning new things with her endlessly curious kid. She tweets @karlyn_darlin.

MATT PETERS

Vice President

Enthusiast of all things nerdy, Matt has been a voice in the industry for several years through his website (Mighty Ink Comics & Entertainment) and his podcasts (Since Last We Spoke and Digital Dumpster Diving). Beginning his journey as an indie comic writer, he’s contributed to various media outlets both print and digital. He’s been invited to speak on panels regarding diversity in geek spaces at C2E2 and Wizard World Chicago, and has been a guest lecturer at DePaul University. Matt is also founder of Core/Demo, an annual geeky belly dance charity event that supports the American Cancer Society. You can find him on Twitter @MightyInkMatt where he frequently geeks out over comics, video games, and pro-wrestling. His favorite color is orange, and he’s fond of the number “13.”

PAUL CALLAN

Paul Callan was born and raised in Chicago and loves everything the city has to offer, in the daytime he fixes computers and takes photographs.  When he is not busy teaching his two sons and daughter the ways of the Force or why Batman is so awesome, he moderates the CNSC Book Club. Paul can be found on Twitter @zero1 where shares his love of movies, tv, coffee and running.

CAITLIN ROSBERG

Treasurer

Caitlin Rosberg is an Eisner Award winning, writing, knitting, tea drinking, baking machine with all the requisite robotic enhancements. A regular at Ladies' Night at Graham Cracker Comics in the Loop, she’s also an editor and counter-of-beans for the Ladies’ Night Anthology. She serves as treasurer on the board of Chicago Nerd Social Club, with over 4,000 members and several major annual events. She contributes to the A.V. Club's bi-weekly Comics Panel and Paste Magazine's weekly Required Reading. She likes talking and writing about the importance of safe spaces in nerd culture, how to start your own ladies’ night, independent publishing, and diversity in comic books. You can find her every day observations and really terrible dad jokes on Twitter.  Ask her about Rhodey, but only if you've got some time.

TANYA DEPASS

Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. I Need Diverse Games serves the community by supporting marginalized developers attend the Game Developer Conference by participating in the GDC Scholarship program, helps assist attendance at other industry events, and is seeking partnership with organizations and initiatives.

 

Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She founded and was the EIC of Fresh Out of Tokens podcast where games culture was discussed and viewed through a lense of feminism, intersectionality and diversity. Now she’s a co-host on Spawn on Me Podcast. Along with all of that, she’s the Programming Coordinator for OrcaCon, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at multiple conventions throughout the year. Her writing about games and games critique appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Vice Gaming, Paste Games, Mic, and other publications.

SUZANNE WALKER

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Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is currently working on Mooncakes, a graphic novel she co-created with Wendy Xu, due for release in 2019 from Lion Forge Comics. Part of it can be read on mooncakescomic.tumblr.com. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she is a former contributor to Women Write About Comics. She has spoken at numerous conventions on a variety of topics, ranging from disability representation in sci-fi/fantasy to the importance of fair compensation for marginalized SFF creators. By day, she works as a copyeditor for medical journals. You can find her livetweeting movies everyone else saw in childhood and occasionally yelling about baseball on twitter: @suzusaur

KELSY NICOLE

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Kelsy Nicole is a Minneapolis transplant to Chicago, which she now calls home. She’s a comedian, an undisputed Iron Man expert, a devoted member of the Cult of the Batfamily and enjoys a plethora of other comics, movies and true crime.  She has recently taken up cross-stitch and table top gaming. When not working she hosts a podcast called No Budget Dreams, for all nerdy project pitches. She can be found reluctantly on Twitter at @actualdgrayson and @nobudgetdreams. For information on her podcast visit  Nobudgetdreams.com

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