updated 2/22/2011 2:17:46 PM ET 2011-02-22T19:17:46

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 22, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ThinkGeek is proud to announce the release and availability of the first Geek A Week trading cards set. Once available only as online images, ThinkGeek has teamed up with cartoonist Len Peralta to bring his 52 week geek trading card project to life.

Len Peralta challenged himself back in March 2010 to interview 52 geeks in 52 weeks and create a "trading card" for each interviewee. Every geek in the deck is a hero in their own right and they're all influential members of the geek community.

This first deck features well-known geeks, including Internet rockstar Jonathan Coultron, cartoon TV executive Fred Seibert, tech hostess Veronica Belmont, Sci-Fi author John Scalzi, riffing experts RiffTrax (Bill Corbett, Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy), senior editor at Lucas Online Bonnie Burton, nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot and web Moriarty Ken Plume.  Additional sets will be released throughout the year until the full 52 trading cards are completed.    

"Len's project was an amazing celebration of geek culture," says Jamie Grove, VP of Evil Schemes and Nefarious Plans at ThinkGeek.  "We're immensely proud to be a part of it!"

Released in 8-card sets, each 2" x 3" card depicts the interviewed geek as either a character or their own alter-ego on the front and features their vital nerd stats on the back.  The card is illustrated entirely by Peralta based on his interview and is then boosted by the copywriting superpowers of Paul and Storm.

In conjunction with the launch of the first set of cards, Len Peralta and ThinkGeek are hosting an eBay charity auction beginning today.  Many of the geeks profiled during the course of the entire project have joined in and have donated some insanely cool autographed products to benefit both EFF & Child's Play charities.  

Some of the great memorabilia includes: an autographed jar of honey from Neil Gaiman's private apiary, MythBusters props and swag signed by Adam Savage and the crew, "The Guild" #1 comic signed by the cast of The Guild, a signed copy of "When I Grow Up" by Al Yankovic and much much more.  Click here for more information on the auction and here to go directly to the eBay charity auction items.  

The first, 8-card series of Geek A Week cards are available on ThinkGeek.com for $9.99.  Additional sets will be released throughout the year.  For more information, contact PR representative Jessica Darrican at Jessica@maxborgesagency.com  or 305-576-1171 x.16.

ABOUT THINKGEEK

ThinkGeek is the premier retailer for the global geek community. A wholly owned subsidiary of Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq:GKNT), ThinkGeek was founded in 1999 to serve the distinct needs and interests of technology professionals and enthusiasts. Today, ThinkGeek has grown to become the first choice for innovative and imaginative gifts that appeal to the geek in everyone. For more information, please visit thinkgeek.com or call 1-888-GEEKSTUFF.

ABOUT GEEKNET

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Geeknet, SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, and freshmeat are trademarks of Geeknet, Inc.  For more information about Geeknet, visit geek.net.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST- LEN PERALTA

Len is an cartoonist/illustrator/podcaster who is behind other online viral art projects like Monster By Mail and FlipFace.  He has illustrated several books including "There's A Zombie In My Treehouse" by John "Widgett" Robinson and Ken Plume and "Very Grimm Fairy Tales" by Trevor Strong. His new book project entitled "Silly Rhymes For Belligerent Children" written by Cinematic Titanic's Trace Beaulieu is being released in September 2010.  Len resides in Cleveland, Oh with his wife, Nora, six children and Wheaten Terrier.  You can hear their exploits every week on Jawbone Radio.

CONTACT:  Jessica Darrican
          Max Borges Agency
          305-576-1171 x.16
          305-299-3449 (m)
          jessicadarrican@maxborgesagency.com 

          Shane Peterman
          PR Manager
          ThinkGeek.com
          703-839-8614
          shane@thinkgeek.com

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