I went to Fan Expo Canada this weekend. Holy shit, what an amazing absolutely epic time. I went dressed as Han Solo and my lovely and talented friend Amy Lee Radigan went dressed as Princess ‘Slave’ Leia. Our costumes were pretty accurate – this lead many people to ask for pictures with or of us; which is amazing. We were all too happy to pose – by the end of each day (yeah we went Friday, Saturday AND Sunday) we were feeling like mini-celebrities.
There’s so much to be said about how the sub-culture of geeky/nerdy (even ‘dorky’ from time to time) has evolved. Growing up I was a proud geek, but I rarely referred to myself as one since it was still primarily a derogatory term; “geek”. As the years passed and Napster came and went, iPods, iPhones, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter all slowly changed our lives and in the process dragged the ‘geek’ stereotype away from it’s ruder roots and more into a term of endearment. “Geek” has essentially come to mean someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about something – so you can be a book geek, an RPG geek, a computer geek or a what-ever geek – it doesn’t matter. Same with ‘nerd’ and ‘dork’ (to a lesser extent IMO). This makes conventions like FanExpo and ComicCons arenas for geeks/nerds/dorks who repressed their inner nerdyness growing up. A chance to share and embrace with other like-minded people the things we love.
I can’t wait for next year 🙂