I’m Aaron Haaland, owner of A Comic Shop and The Geek Easy. Since our founding in 2006 we have won the title of "Best Comic Shop" 7 years, have been nominated for an Eisner award and have become so popular that we have attracted world-renowned talent to appear and interact with our customers.
In 2013, we opened The Geek Easy. It's like a sports bar for nerds... with no sports.
Since its inception, it has served as a meeting-place, hang-out, and watering hole for like minded geeks in our community. We have grown from these humble beginnings to a full fledged venue hosting the hottest acts from the Central Florida area as well as across the nation. It’s absolutely awesome to come in and see a packed house night after night, but the fire marshal feels differently, so it’s time to expand.
Seriously, trivia night alone gets insane
We've secured the space and construction is ready to begin – this is happening no matter what, and it’s going to be awesome. Seriously.
In short, our goals are three-fold:
- Expand the Geek Easy space to allow for bigger acts, bigger audiences, and better experiences all around.
- Install additional equipment to allow for expanded food & drink options.
- Restructure and renovate A Comic Shop.
SO WHY INDIEGOGO?
Great question. Here’s where Indiegogo comes in:
1. A Comic Shop & The Geek Easy are yours. They are for the community of geeks, nerds, fans, and friends, and we want to make it feel even more like your own place as we continue to grow. Indiegogo is a great way for us to include the community and give back as you help us in this process.
2. Awesome stuff costs money. The better we make the venue, the more it costs. This means the more we raise here on Indiegogo, the more we can bump up the level at A Comic Shop & The Geek Easy.
Our proposed expansion and renovations look like this:
A quick look at the proposed budget is as follows:
$9,000 - Construction & electrician costs
$4,000 - Remodel of existing restroom, addition of second restroom
$11,000 - Food/Drink Expansion (Increased cold storage, additional beer taps)
$2,500 - Additional seating
$2,000 - Backer rewards
$2,100 - Fees
The Geek Easy will be getting almost double the space, a larger kitchen, more kegs and taps for draft beer, more kitchen equipment for an expanded menu, it's own bathroom, new floors, fresh paint, and better sound and lights. A Comic Shop, though shrinking in square footage, will be getting an overhaul. Renovated space with better shelving, glass displays for cool new toys, a new front counter for Eric and Oral, new floors, fresh paint, and a new and improved bathroom.
I’M IN! HOW CAN I HELP?
Look to your right. No, seriously, take a look. You're going to have to scroll down a bit because we have quite a few perks for you to choose from. Both A Comic Shop and The Geek Easy have tiers of rewards to choose from, and they are super rad. We are not only able to offer things of our own, but also from the amazing people and community that make our one stop geek shop so awesome.
SWEET! WHAT DOES THAT GET ME?
As thanks, we are offering the following rewards to our generous backers:
$5 - Your Name In Lights - "This is - this is opening night. And you, you're a full-tilt diva, right?" Get your name on the wall. Every person who backs us will have their name glorified on our walls.
$10 - Stuck On You - Having your name on our wall isn't enough for you! No, you want more! We'll throw in a backer-exclusive sticker. If you're local, Aaron will even wash your window and put the sticker on your car for you.
$15 - Keep It Close - So the sticker isn't enough? Ok, then how about a backer-exclusive lanyard? It holds your student id, it holds your keys, it makes a fashionable necklace and more! Plus you'll get all of the previous perks.
$25 - We've Got Your Back - So you like to wear your pride on your sleeve, huh? This perk gets you our backer exclusive T-Shirt! Plus you'll get all of the previous perks.
$50 - This One's For You - Want to clink glasses in celebration of a bigger, better Geek Easy? How about while drinking from your very own Geek Easy Pint glasses? That's right, 2 Geek Easy pint glasses! One for you and a friend, or maybe just two for you. Plus, you'll get the sticker, lanyard, and your name on our wall.
$50 - Keep It Cool - Not a draft type of person? Keep your beer cold with a set of backer-exclusive coozies. Plus, you'll get the sticker, lanyard, and your name on our wall.
$100 - I'll Have Another! - Need to share the love? You'll get your choice of two Geek Easy pint glasses or Coozies, two backer-exclusive T-Shirts, two lanyards, and two stickers as well and your names on the wall.
$100 - Mug Club - You will be granted early access to our limited Mug Club. This early access will not only let you have your OWN reserved mug but we will hang it at the bar with your name so everyone knows just how important you are. Even better, your first beer is on the house! Plus, you'll get your choice of The Geek Easy pint glasses or coozies, the sticker, lanyard, and your name on our wall. Mug Club early access is good for a free 6 month membership. Only 35 available
$200 - Video Killed The Karaoke Star - Do you sing it loud for everyone to hear? You deserve to be on stage now! With this perk you will get bumped to the front of the line for The Geek Easy's Friday Night Karaoke! You will get 5 uses to skip the line, whenever you get the urge to sing. Plus, you'll get your choice of The Geek Easy pint glasses or coozies, the sticker, lanyard, backer exclusive T-Shirt, and your name on our wall. Only 6 available
$500 - A Year of Books - Do you LOVE comics like Aaron loves comics? A Comic Shop hosts many comic writers, artists, and creators. and this perk get you signed goodies from them all for a year! We will have any guest that visits A Comic Shop sign something for you, however you would like! Plus, you'll get your choice of The Geek Easy pint glasses or coozies, the sticker, lanyard, backer exclusive T-Shirt, and your name on our wall.
$500 - Face On The Wall - So your name on the wall isn't enough? How about your face, or any character of your choice appearing in one of our murals? Plus we will give you your choice of a set of pint glasses or coozies to drink from while you sit back and enjoy your immortal status. We'll also throw in your choice of The Geek Easy pint glasses or coozies, the sticker, lanyard, backer exclusive T-Shirt, and your name on our wall. Only 3 available
$750 - Year Of Beer - Do you LOVE beer like Aaron loves beer? This perk will get you a year of free beer in The Geek Easy! You will get a mug in our Mug Club for a full year, but instead of just the first beer being free, they all are! You get 52 free draft beers, that works out to one free beer a week! Plus, you'll get your choice of The Geek Easy pint glasses or coozies, the sticker, lanyard, backer exclusive T-Shirt, and your name on our wall. Only 10 available
$1,000 - The End Of Popular Music - Marc with a C will write and record a song about you (or anyone you choose) and send it to you on your very own disk! Plus, you'll get your choice of The Geek Easy pint glasses or coozies, the sticker, lanyard, backer exclusive T-Shirt, and your name on our wall. Only 2 available
$1,000 - Trivia Team Table - Tired of fighting for space during Trivia night? Backers at this level will get a reserved table and seating for their entire team for 25 nights of Geek Trivia hosted by AwesomeLab. Plus, your whole team will get the choice of The Geek Easy pint glasses or coozies, the sticker, lanyard, backer exclusive T-Shirt, and your names on our wall. Only 4 available
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
Do you want a little more with your perk? Simply add on to your donation to get some more.
For press inquiries and high resolution images, please contact MyGeekEasy@Gmail.com
Video shot and edited by: James Dechert
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Risks and Challenges
Of course there are risks and challenges we might face. In construction, there are things that may go wrong, and roadblocks you did not see coming. We have a general contractor, a plumber, and an electrician that we have used before on many projects, both in A Comic Shop, and The Geek Easy. We already have the quotes, and are arranging construction dates for all of them.
Financially, there are not many risks and challenges. Our location is already open, and we have been conducting business for many years. There is not worry of a start-up business failing, and our methods of ownership, sales, and our community that we have built are all testaments to their success.
These expansions and renovations that are planned are brought on by the necessity for us to grow, and this campaign can help us minimize down time, and get it done faster than we would be able to do on our own. These plans and expansions are happening either way, your donations and contributions just make it go faster! Here's a link to another video we did answering some common questions: http://youtu.be/CwUnQPPxYQI