This weekend — starting, like, right now — is the best time to be a nerd in 2012.
First up, today is May 4, or as it's known to nerds everywhere May the 4th Be With You day.
So pull out your lightsaber, put on some Yoda ears, and cover yourself in Obi-Wan's robe and go celebrate Star Wars Day in style.
Your first stop should be Melt Bar & Grilled, which has some specials all day today, including Han Solo- and Wookiee-themed sandwiches and blue milk martinis.
Yes, blue milk martinis.
You might have also heard that The Avengers opens today. It was partly shot in Cleveland, so that's one reason you should see it. It's also one of the best superhero movies ever made, so there's another reason.
You can read our review here.
Finally, tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day.
We run down some of the comics you should pick up in our Dork Side column.
There's everything from Donald Duck to Buffy to the Simpsons to Transformers to Star Wars to the Avengers.
If you're lucky, you may also snag a copy of the annual celebration's first hardcover offering, Mouse Guard.
Your best bet for getting one of those is at Carol and John's annual Free Comic Book Day midnight party, which takes place tonight.
They'll be handing out a bunch of free comics, which is cool enough. But there will also be beer, music, and people dressed up like superheroes and Star Wars characters.
Like we said, it's a good time to be a nerd. So get out of the basement and go out and celebrate. —Michael Gallucci