I remember a time…when Comicons were called “shows” and they were often held in VFW building or other small dimly lit places that got rented out because nobody wanted to go to them and they were cheap. I remember a time when you went to shows and there were maybe 10 tables, no cosplay, no toys, no girls, no movies except vhs tapes of shitty old tv shows that nobody actually like aside from the old man selling them for 2 bux a pop. It was great, for $2 you could get some poorly recorded Japanimation (that’s what it use to be called back in the day) complete with the commercials from when it was broadcast on tv! If you were lucky there was a guy there with a box of fucked up action figures missing hands or complete arms, and every now and again you might find one with all its limbs! There were things called “Quarter boxes” where you could find crappy comics that nobody wanted for a scant 25 cents. There weren’t any hot girls or girls period, but every now and then there would be some super skinny head banger dude with long hair that sorta looked like a girl from behind. These sorts of places were the kind of places you’d find real geeks and nerds, not the fanciful mythical creatures of modern times, but smelly, poorly dressed, friendless masses huddled around tables searching to complete their fetish property collection and then scurry back home alone to play video games on their Atari and eat Dorritos. This was a different time, a time when it wasn’t cool to be a nerd or a geek. A time when those terms hadn’t been co-opted to sell you shit. These were terms of shame and derision and “shows” were the kinds of place that these sorts of people gathered. They came to play D&D, buy old comics and maybe even sports cards on occasion, but there was nothing pretty and nothing cool about these people back then. A lot has changed over the years with shows becoming Cons and being overrun with overly energetic and beautiful people who wouldn’t have been caught dead at the VFW. Cons have become big business and companies now exploit them for monetary gain. Some people see this as a good thing, that the geek and nerd culture has grown out of garages and basements and VFW halls and into larger venues, but others not so much. The sad truth is, a lot of those people who went to shows back in the day are still ostracized and made to feel bad for who or what they are. It seems like with everything else that becomes popular there is a new “jock” contingent that has taken over a big part of something that never had that dynamic before. When I say jock I don’t mean sports as much as I do an elitist personality type who is too cool or cooler than the other people, like a jock. I’m kinda rambling now and I apologize, but I just think of how when I was younger and I went to shows, the people I would see and meet at these gathering aren’t around anymore. You got to a con these days and you don’t usually see those types of folks and it kinda makes me sad to think that they have been pushed out of their home in a sense. Its kinda like the geek/nerd community has been gentrified in a sense and all the people who were there and were the salt of the earth types have been forced out of this safe place they once lived. A place where they weren’t made to feel bad about who they were and what they loved. I don’t hate cons, but I see how the ecosystem has grown over the last couple decades, especially the last decade and it kinda bums me out to not see those faces as much as I did in the past. You see a social dynamic that is becoming more segregated and alienating to a lot of people. Its become a cool kids and everyone else sorta deal in a lot of ways, and I guess that is the way of things to a certain extent, growing pains and all. Anyhow, I’m just reminded of that time so damn long ago and how things have changed, some for the better and some for the worse.
I remember when even at its height, seeing and knowing things about STAR WARS was something of a nerd badge of honor. It was like a secret handshake or something to know what a Yavin or a Mynock was. People are such rabid consumers of things and everything is so rushed to be loved these days through fandoms and “shipping” that there isn’t a moment to breathe anymore when it comes to being a fan. Being a nerd/geek is super stressful these days because it feels like a competition a lot of the time. I miss the old days when everyone didn’t know everything and they couldn’t google something at the blink of an eye. That was one of the greatest things about being a geek/nerd in the early days was that it was like a treasure hunt to find people that liked the same things you did and when you did it made those connections super strong. I feel like there is so much time dedicated to the act of shipping/fandoms that people sometimes miss out on the most important part of loving something like STAR WARS or whatever, the part where you share your love with other people that love it also on a personal level and not just posting on a message board of comment thread. Its too easy to just sit at home and post a comment and not physically get involved and be a part of something. This is why I love the idea of cons and really appreciate the people that go to them and take part because that is what really makes loving something special, actually taking part and sharing your love of that thing. END RANT RAMBLE.
The last few days I have been taking advantage of the fact that being a Verizon FIOS custom allows me certain privileges like being able to access certain cable stations that stream content online such as ePIX, SHOWTIME and HBOGO.
During this time I’ve been catching up on some films and documentaries that I have until this point not been able to enjoy and one of those has been
WILLIAM SHATNERS:GET A LIFE via epix streaming.
WATCH THIS AS SOON AS YOU CAN!
Unlike Shatners “Captains” special which was a love letter to himself, this is really about the fans and about the love for something outside of you, the love that only a geek or a nerd knows and understands. It really does touch your heart, it really does strike a nerve and it really did make me cry like a child.
I love this. I love being a part of this even if I don’t go to convention and know these people, I love knowing they exist and they share in something so much larger than they are and that they….love.
Being a geek/nerd is about love. Its about sharing that love with like minded people in a way that most folks just don’t understand and this documentary really does shine a light on that love and that culture.
I’m glad I’m a geek, a nerd, an outcast. I am you and you are me and for that I am grateful honestly cause nobody else really gets it like you guys do.
Episode 32 is finally here!
After many delays the show is finally here for your listening pleasure. No exploding computer can stop the juggernaut that is the BECAUSE, WHY NOT? PODCAST! This week we are bringing some good ole fashion zombie talkin to ya, we shoot the shit about video games and we even talk about Dave’s favorite Borg, 7.
Holy shit did I get wasted during the recording of this show! Please excuse my nonsensical self this week, through the magic of editing you wont have to suffer through much of me being a dipshit thankfully, and for the sake of the show Sara and Dave do a wonderful job reigning me in and keeping things interesting.
This shit aint safe for work kiddos so put on your headphones and enjoy the ride!
Music on this weeks show is by CARS CAN BE BLUE.
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BIOSHOCK INFINITE TRAILER!
BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN
WALKING DEAD TIME
HERP DERP, DERP DERP
COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES
DOGZILLA LIVES GROWDY EYEBALL SWITCH PLATES
WALKING DEAD SEASON 3
RESIDENT EVIL RETRIBUTION, BWHAHAHAHA THIS LOOKS SO SHITTY!
GOOD FUCKING GRODD, IF I DIDN’T HAVE MAD SHIT TO DO TODAY I WOULD FIND THIS GIRL AND MAKE SWEET SWEET LOVE TO HER. BONERTOWN!
Because, Why Not? Podcast
Ep.31 “PEEZO BUTTERS!”
Things I learned this week:
- Burt Reynolds is the Mayor of Saints Row The Third.
- Sara is related to the Green Ranger (is he the gay porn one?).
- Peezo Butters make your shoes talk like L.A. Gear.
- And I cant buy Japanese Star Wars glasses cause they will certainly be too small for my gigantic American head, and they also cost more than my car.
Oh this weeks show is a fucking live wire with all sorts of goodness for the listening public (that’s you) and all sorta emotional turmoil and nonsense for us (that’s us).
Talking bout games, talking bout tv shows, talking about the good times and the bad as nerds and geeks, talkin bout Burt Reynolds guest appearance in TRON LEGACY.
Join us for some good ole fashion podcasting and find out what the fuck a Peezo Butter is haha!
Sara is related to this jackass or this porn dude, both of which were Power Rangers.
BURT, FUCKING, REYNOLDS! is the Mayor of Saints Row!
The CD (compact disc) is 30 years old?! Holy shit!
STAR WARS GLASSES ARE THE PIMP SHIT!
Magical Unicorn mask indeed!
The reason Dave shaved his beard.
Metallica shoes suck assholes fuck Lars whats his balls.
Cartoon Network 20th anniversary animation thingerjigger.
This is an original designed print playing homage to the punk rock band Minor Threat by Atlanta based Artist Chris Hamer of Urbnpop Studios. This is not an official print of the band or any of its affiliates. This is a limited edition print with the edition size of 20. Each one was printed on watercolor paper and is sign and numbered. Water mark will not be on print sent.