July 06, 2012 10:16am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Comic-Con 2012: Nerdist Sets 'Star Wars' Lightsaber Relay (Video)
Nerdist is using its geeky powers for good heading into next week's Comic-Con.
The company is teaming with Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm and Octagon to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation with a lightsaber relay that will see the popular Star Wars weapon journey from the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday to arrive at Comic-Con in San Diego on Wednesday.
The Course of the Force charity event kicked off with (naturally!) a prequel: A Lightsaber's Journey, which finds Nerdist's Chris Hardwick delivering a lightsaber from San Francisco's ILM and delivering it to Santa Monica for the kick-off of the Comic-Con relay. But one person stands in his way: The Walking Dead executive producer Robert Kirkman.
Check out the lengths Kirkman, a frequent guest on Hardwick's AMC's Walking Dead postshow Talking Dead, makes the Comic-Con regular go to in order to clear his "security" in the origin story, written Saturday Night Live producers Erik Kenward and Scott Weinstein.
The Course of the Force will culminate Wednesday at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego with a concert by the Dan Band at 12:30 p.m. For more details, head to Course of the Force's website.
Hardwick will moderate The Walking Dead, Dr. Who, Nerdist Channel, Disney and WB/Legendary panels at Comic-Con. Watch A Lightsaber's Journey, below.