Books, Comics, Musings

The Joy of #FreeComicBookDay

Now those of you who don’t come here for my weekly opinions on comics might not know that there is such a thing as free comic book day, but for those of us nerds who have fallen into the bottomless pit that is the comic world it is maybe the most exciting day of the year.

I wasn’t actually planning to go out this comic book day.  I hadn’t seen any comics that were being offered that I was particularly interested in but then I saw that one of the comic stores in the next state over were having a sale I figured it was for the best.  Then I dragged my siblings along with me! (I am the best at big sistering)

I think it worked out for the best thought because I bought them each a trade they were excited about and they got free comics.  Plus a local comic artist was there and did sketches of their favorite heroes (I got Red Hood… because my poor sweet baby :#) You can see those on my instagram if you are so inclined.

In any case if you aren’t sure what the event is, unfortunately you will have to wait a year for it to come back around again but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two this year.

If you happen to be part of the cosplay community then this is an event you might want to look into.  A lot of fans will dress up as their favorite supers and head down to the comic store to say high to all the mini nerds in training who are dragged along by their parents and spark some magic in their lives.

Like I said, sometimes local artists are there doing free sketches and showing off their own work.  The guy who did our sketches was also promoting a class he teaches once a week where he helps people learn how to make their own comics.  Which was awesome and might be something I try for myself one day, who knows.

Plus depending on the comic store you can grab a handful of comics that the publishers put out especially for that day to hook you into their currently running titles.  Its like a free sample of the sweetest most addicting cocaine you will ever taste, well that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but my point still stands.

If you haven’t attended one, be sure to put it on the calendar for next year because its something worth doing in the nerd community and definitely something worth trying.  There are comics for every size, shape, age, and taste.  You will find something for you out there.  Whether it is the creator owned science fiction and fantasy stuff I gravitate toward, comics based on shows like the Serenity comic or the Simpsons comic, comics shows are based off like The Walking Dead or Jessica Jones, and of course the old standby, those superheroes.  There is something there that you will like and when all of the nerds are there they are going to be able to help you find something, even if it means talking too much about something you aren’t actually interested in for a bit before you get there, they are well meaning those nerds.  They just want to share with you something they love.  Allow them this day.



Mon—Tuesday Musings: Obsession and Nerd Culture/Fandoms

Whoops I have been gone for over a week.  Noooooo … sorry.

Today I am going to talk a little bit about something I have been thinking about lately.  I watched a video the other week from Lauren Fairweather wherein she discussed what “real” fans are in her fandom of choice.  It got me thinking about some comments and reactions from people that I recieve when I say I’m a nerd and they consider themselves nerds as well.

First I would like to say that personally I follow John Green’s definition of nerd; a person who is “unironically enthusiastic about stuff”.  That is an extremely wide and vague definition on purpose.  Being a nerd has become fairly main stream, or perhaps just within the existing nerd culture their is a subculture of mainstream nerdom.  I have always been someone who has unabashedly promoted and stood behind the things I enjoy doing, watching, listening to, and reading.

I consider myself a nerd because I spend two nights a week with friends playing Dungeons and Dragons or some other iteration of role playing game (personally I would recommend Grimm if you are looking for a new system).  I also play video games.  I used to read comics though I haven’t kept up with the current iteration and would fall under the category of people who read the originals, however mostly the iterations from the 80s and 90s (this is because I got my comics from flea markets and tag sales rather than the one comic shop which is 45 minutes away from my home).  I used to actively belong to a Harry Potter role playing site.  I listen to KPop and read books upon books upon books from young adult cheesy romance to literary fiction.  All of these things allows me to say, with a great deal of pride, that I am a nerd.

However as of late I have noticed that people in nerd culture feel a need to categorize themselves.  You need to belong to certain fandoms to fit in with the group.  If you don’t do x or you don’t follow y you aren’t a real nerd.  Then even if you do watch and like those things if you don’t know every detail about the actor’s lives and haven’t read every fanfiction ever written with you OTP then you aren’t a true fan.  What is this?

I thought these pastimes were meant to bring people together.  We should be able to sit down and discuss the things we like about it.  Instead I am get a door slammed in my face because I don’t watch supernatural and am not a fan of Dr. Who.  I can admit that from the episodes I have seen there really great episodes in both series but the series as a whole didn’t capture me.  Wait, why are you … oh I see I’m not nerdy enough.  I have broken a rule.  Well then.

I wish people would stop competing for superiority.  We are equals.  I am a human being with like and dislikes.  Some of the things I like might not be what you like and the same could be said for you, however my adamantly refusing to watch Star Wars does not make me less of a person, less of a nerd, or worse off than you are.

Have you all noticed this trend as well.  It seems like there is an entrance exam to nerd culture and from what I can tell it is turning people away from the things we love.  If you love something shouldn’t you be trying to spread it around to get more people to see how great it is?  I try to do that.  How about you?

That’s it for today, I am going to try and write up a book review for Wednesday and then I have class to go to.  I hope you guys haven’t missed me too much.  If you have read this far why not leave me a comment below, let me know the things you love or tell me about an experience you have had trying to love something.  I will talk to you again soon, make sure the Pied Piper is always calling you!