In my fifteen or so years of participation in geekdom, I’ve learned that there are two universal truths.
1. There are infinite shades of nerdity on the geek spectrum.
2. There are many people out there who still don’t get it.
Being a nerd was always part of my core identity, though I took pride in calling myself a “nerd” over “geek.” Geeks were socially awkward, not smart, like me (doesn’t that sentence just radiate hypocrisy?). I prided myself on being some kind of upper echelon of social outcast, defining myself through criticizing others. It didn’t matter that I never actually envisioned who that social outcast was who sat on the lower rung of the social ladder. I wasn’t like “those” weirdos, whoever they were.
So it really wasn’t a surprise when similar feelings resurfaced when I was invited to go check out Free Comic Book Day.
Welcome back, fanboys and geek girls: this is the series where I instruct new readers on how to get into comic books. Hopefully, you have been reading my past couple of posts and are now diving into the world of comic books with gusto and hopefully a little more confidence than you had before.
Today we are going to talk about video games and the fandom as they relate to comic books.
The reason I paired these two together is that for me they are both sort of wild cards when understanding comics, especially for new comic book fans.