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Nominees announced for 2015 Philadelphia Geek Awards

Nominees for the 2015 Philadelphia Geek Awards have been announced, with the ceremony returning Aug. 15 for its fifth straight year.

Nominees for the 2015 Philadelphia Geek Awards have been announced, with the ceremony returning Aug. 15 for its fifth straight year.

Presented by Geekadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Philadelphia Geek Awards will honor the city's top artists, scientists, projects, games, and more for 2015 across more than a dozen categories.

Tickets for the event, which is a black-tie affair, go on sale Monday, Aug. 3. Nominees are below:

Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman — Phillips and Folkman's Dirty Diamonds serves as an awesome all-girl comic collection, featuring 32 artists from around the world in their fifth issue.

Ian Sampson — For every hour Sampson works on a project, he donates another to volunteering for his community as the resident artist at the Neighborhood Time Exchange West Philadelphia Artist Residency.

A photo posted by Ian Sampson (@ianesampson) on Jul 9, 2015 at 7:35pm PDT

Locust Moon Press — 'Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream' gave celebrated local artists like Jeffro Kilpatrick and Box Brown the opportunity to pay homage to legendary comic artist Winsor McCay.

City Council Candidate Convention — WHYY and Committee of Seventy joined Young Involved Philly to produce this event, which allowed young Philadelphians to meet city council candidates face-to-face.

J-1 Con — Jason Richardson, last year's Geek of the Year, created this convention, which is touted as Philly's "#1 Anime Convention."

Blackstar Film Festival — Consistently growing, Blackstar helps draw attention and and give praise to films with a focus on people of African descent.

I Am Santa Claus Local filmmaker Tommy Avallone's look into the world of the men who not only play Santa Claus around Christmas, but live his legend year-round.

Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere — Dave Jannetta brings to life Poe Ballantine's memoir, which examines suicide, depression, and the American dream.

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie — Jamels Rolfe brings his famous, foul-mouthed Cinemassacre character to the full-length format. In it, the Nerd must get over his fear of bad video games to rescue his fans.

Pretense — More than 1,300 Kickstarter backers helped bring Jason Tagmire's party game to life, and now you can join in on the fun. Just fulfill your assigned role from a card, get a point, and steal another player's card so the process can begin all over again.

Clusterpuck99 — Even if you've never played it, you can know it's good because it comes from PHL Collective — the video game studio that only hires local grads.

Soulfill — Little Wins LLC's story-heavy game helps you get over social anxiety and have a good time doing it — all with a game based almost entirely around public transit.

Jon Geeting — PlanPhilly's engagement editor helps to build an engaged online community — plus the monthly Urban Geek Drinks.

Ather Sharif — EvoXLabs' founder focus on web accessibility to help make the Internet a more inclusive place.

Alexis Jeffcoat — One of Philly's most prolific figures, Jeffcoat has her hands in everything from the Philadelphia Science Festival and Science on Tap, to Nerd Nite and Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Ikire Jones' Africa 2081 AD Campaign — Germany's Vitra Design Museum displays Jones' 2081 A.D. series of Afrocentric menswear  at their ongoing "Making Africa" exhibit.

A photo posted by Ikiré Jones (@ikirejones) on Jun 19, 2015 at 4:00pm PDT

Nightscape — The trippiest light show ever to come to Longwood Gardens, courtesy of Klip Collective.

A photo posted by Klip Collective (@klipcollective) on Jul 20, 2015 at 1:58pm PDT

Penn's "Twitter Predicts Heart Disease" TeamJohannes C. Eichstaedt and his team showed that negative emotional language is closely connected to heart disease mortality, with Twitter serving as an indicator of a person's social health in a community.

Michelle Johnson — Known for engineering therapeutic rehab robots at the GRASP Lab at the Penn School of Medicine.

Peter Lloyd Jones — The first Associate Dean of Emergent Design and Creative Technologies in Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jones helps promote a human-centric approach to science with area medical students.

FindMePhilly — Everybody's favorite local mystery man, @FindMePhilly gives away $100 bills to strangers who are able to find him in an alotted time period. He also dislikes Philly Jesus, but that probably won't change his chances — right?

Nicole Angemi's Instagram Account(s) — @Mrs_Angemi may have been shut down several times, but Nicole Angemi's autopsy-focused photostream cannot be stopped. She hopes to inform viewers about health, death, and the human body.

The Narrator: Philadelphia Police Department — We might not know who this mystery person (or persons) is, but we love them all the same. And, no, not just because they miss Hi-C's Ecto Cooler as much as we do.

Billy Penn — Aggregated content meets original reporting for a news platform targeted specifically at young Philadelphians that hopes to help construct a more civically engaged city.

Scholly — Drexel grad Chris Gray nabbed $40,000 in funding from two Shark Tank investors for his app. which streamlines the college scholarship search.

The Monkey & the Elephant — Philly's first nonprofit cafe, which offers assistance to young Philadelphians who have outgrown foster care to make the transition into adulthood. Its permanent location opened this year in Brewerytown.

A photo posted by The Monkey & The Elephant (@mandecafe) on Jul 20, 2015 at 10:02am PDT

Philly's First Renaissance Faire — The Mountain from Game of Thrones showed up at Patrick Rodgers' event this year, which is pretty much the coolest thing that's ever happened here.

A photo posted by Philly Renaissance Faire (@philly_ren_faire) on May 17, 2015 at 10:56am PDT

Analog Watch Company's Ant Farm Watch — Lorenzo Buffa at Analog Watch Co. scored one of the best April Fool's Day pranks for this year with his put-on about an ant farm watch, which garnered covered everywhere from Complex to TechCrunch.

Groundswell — Using a mix of social media and protest, GroundSwell managed to protect the Philadelphia Culture Fund's budget from being slashed by 40 percent. Thanks to them, more than 100 arts organizations will get funded.

Book Fight! — Two Temple profs show off their literary knowledge in this podcast, which has done shows around town at locations including Tattooed Mom and the Philadelphia Writers Conference.

Out of Town Films — From offering pop-up shows in strange places to releasing great recorded performances from some of the best indie bands around, the filmmakers in Out of Town Films are a force to be reckoned with.

Not Nearly Nerdy Enough — A hilarious, pop culture-laden addition to the Philly podcast collective from two thoughtful best friends.

Caitlin T. McCormackHaunting, beautiful art carefully constructed from crocheted cotton string and glue that McCormack describes as "structurally similar to delicate bone tissue."

Michael Norcross — Expert screen printing and graphic design out of Old City's Indy Hall — plus great art shows

Cory J Popp — The man behind all those beautiful aerial videos of Philly that have become local hits over the last year. When it comes to showing Philly's beautiful side, Popp is always on point:

Open Data Philly's Relaunch — Azavea's relaunched shot at creating a better community through technology and government transparency.

TypeDrummer by Kyle Stetz — P'Unk Ave developer Kyle Stetz's app turns your words into beats — and at 120BPM, too.

Close to Good's Lunar Sellout Site — Chiptune favorites Close to Good are behind this playable remix of their track, "Lunar Sellout." Just play along — DDR style, naturally — with your arrow keys on their site.