Do you remember the line, “It’s good to be the king”? I can’t remember what that’s from and really don’t care, but the fact that I remember it is just…something… Still, I think we can change that line up a bit. “It’s good to be a geek.” Let me share five reasons why.
1. We have our own Geek Award Show. It’s about time. Take that Emmy’s. Check out The Geekie Awards, which aired this past weekend and featured some of the greatest names in all of geekdom, including Stan Lee (’nuff said), Levar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Gale Ann Hurd (The Walking Dead), Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming and more.
Congratulations to all the award winners, including Levar Burton and Gale Ann Hurd! Congratulations to the nominees, also, including my favorite independent movie and TV news website, Screen Rant!
2. We have our own reality TV shows. Speaking of Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming, whose credits include The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, their new media company, Court Five, has partnered with some incredible folks to bring us… The Quest. I have absolutely fallen in love with this show that blends scripted epic fantasy storytelling with unscripted reality contestants competing to become the one hero of Everealm. The show stands out as one of the most unique and enjoyable reality competitions I’ve ever seen, with a deep undercurrent of honor, integrity, adventure, and wonder through each episode and every contestant–even the most competitive ones. Not only that, but while the show airs on Thursdays 8/7c on ABC, the contestants (paladins) chat with fans on Twitter. Those who’ve followed me for the last year know I like to choose a show and tweet with fans and creators during it. This is the one folks. Watch ABC’s The Quest Thursdays 8/7c and tweet the whole time at #TheQuest.
(And yes, I have selected my top 5, even tweeted the list. I always select a top 5 for every reality TV show competition, even though I don’t always publicize my list.)
Speaking of geeky reality TV shows, fun ones can be found on the SyFy channel.
3. Even our Legos cosplay. Check out the Comic-Con trailer for season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead, then the Lego stop-motion version of it. For those who are interested in having your Lego collection cosplay, remember that there’s some great The Hobbit (um…did we mention the new wave being released in October featuring SMAUG?), The Lord of the Rings, Marvel, and DC sets available at Lego. Also, for those die-hards, check out Ebay for sticker decals, weaponry, and unique treasures to help your Legos become more…plastic adorned.
As another side bar, I have promised fellow Geek2Geek-er Kendall Lyons that someday I’ll cosplay as Dr. Hershel Agasa from Case Closed if he does detective-turned-child-genius-by-sinister-potion Conan.
Wait a second…Hershel…is he trying to tell me something?
4. When an organization, movie, TV show, or book is done right, it’s done awesome. From our amazing conventions like the San Diego Comc-Con and those around the world, to movies, to fan-based organizations like the ones my cousin, Catherine Boyd, leads (including a Community fandom) we pour our heart and soul into the things we enjoy. That alone is something to be proud of. Especially if you have amazing dragons and battles involved (see: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer). By the way, did anyone hear that Community is alive? That’s right, season six is headed to Yahoo. Cheers.
5. We know how to give. Locally in the Dallas-Fort Worth area we have some groups to be proud of. As we’re beginning to fly, there are gaming organizations like DFW Game Night, once-a-month charity event with a new organization being represented monthly. Folks gather at a local coffee shop and play video games, contributing to the charity organization. Now, is that not cool or what? Our friend and fellow geek Drake McWhorter runs DFW Game Night as well as table top competitions, events, and is always reviewing new geeky awesome things.
Also, Team Community is raising money for suicide prevention through the Eric T Memorial Fund. Go Community fandom!
These are just five reasons why being a geek is such an awesome thing. Sound of in the comments sections about why you enjoy anything in the massive spectrum of the geek universe.