The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth… And rightly so.
Greetings my fine feathered friends; and of course, to all my fellow geeks out there. It’s your old pal Reilly here and, shit… I’ve had a couple weeks to reflect on COMIC CON 2012!
As you may or may not know, I took it upon myself to put down the pen and pick up the camera to film my friends, The Schmoes, down in beautiful, sunny, San Diego. Well, it wasn’t too sunny, mostly drab and grey. But the sun was shining in the hearts of geeks everywhere. 2 Billion geeks actually, and they were all dressed up as their favorite superhero. I can’t tell you how many Supermen stepped on my foot at the con. And when Superman steps on your foot, it hurts like a sonofabitch.
Here’s my Reilly Roundtable on all things geek… And by all things geek, I mean COMIC CON, fool! The Mecca of geek. The crème de la crème of nerd. The peanut butter to the chocolate dweeb. And I had a blast.
Why? Because I am one of their faithful. I fit right in, felt at home; pined away at the sight of their costumes; fell in love with Princess Leia all over again. I was among my people. And they are the nicest, most passionate people in the world today.
As you no doubt have seen on The Schmoes Youtube Channel – there are a lot of videos we got to. Heroes, villains, gadgets and scoops galore: we covered the shit out of that con. Saw some great footage, experienced a party where Frodo Baggins was holding court. Zombies chased us, Thor hammered me (not that way, dirty birdies), and Spider-Man came in from a very special meeting with the Avengers just to interview on our show.
Missing from all the coverage the Schmoes provided was something left relatively unsaid: Geeks are the coolest.
I wondered, oh how I wondered, what I could possibly write about in regards to Comic Con? After all, there’s been a shitload of coverage on the event. All the scoops, the costumes, the panels and the comics; the artists, actors, kids in Iron Man costumes, video games and giant trolls from THE HOBBIT. Yes, they were all there and not only did the Schmoes cover it all, so did the world.
So I wanted to take a moment to discuss how great the event was. Not because of all the scoops and things I saw, sure that’s important and the reason why most people go. But what I want to get into is the reason why Comic Con has become THE EVENT not to be missed.
Say it with me again… This time with feeling: GEEKS!!!!
They’re lovely people. They spend countless hours in line, dressing up in awesome costumes; spend their hard earned money supporting comic book artists and even smaller, up and coming artists; they wait in the rain, they camp out over night. They MAKE Hollywood. And Hollywood needs them. This is no longer a one sided coin, Hollywood throws some bucks up on the screen and then, they make money. Hell no. Hollywood and Comic-Con is now the one event out of all the cons that is getting more and more popular. And without these geeks, Hollywood would have NOTHING!
There’s a symbiotic relationship now that exists between Hollywood and their loyal fans. And it’s all because of Comic Con and, moreover, the geeks in attendance.
They will make or break your movie – send your comic book through the roof in sales; they will pass your video around making it viral – they own this shit. So you’d think with all this power, you’d get a bunch of douchebags dressed as Batman spitting on your mother. Not so…. These fellow geeks love what they do. They love what Hollywood is offering. And if done correctly, the Geeks will pimp you out to all their friends.
And as I learned this past weekend… They have A LOT of friends.
Upon interviewing some of the costumed ladies and gents, not a one batted an eyelash. Not one person declined an interview. No one stepped on me when I took a long needed break sitting on the con’s floor. They were courteous, happy and PSYCHED to be a part of something I can only now describe as a movement.
Everyone I spoke to, either a professional or a fan, had the same attitude. Joy. They were part of a bigger picture – a community that will brave the elements and the security guards just be a part of something – something that has been growing in size for the past seven years.
You’d think that with something THIS BIG, something that requires so much prep, so much money… you would find a bunch of pretentious douchebags looking to step over your fallen body should you trip and fall. But no, these geeks will help you to your feet. They will treat you as a celebrity in recognition of your talented costume. Hell, I even saw a throng of geeks LOOK THE OTHER WAY when one bad apple decided to cut in line at the Hall H presentation of Warner Bros. That’s love.
And that’s my point. There was nothing but smiles and lots of waves from the many people attending the con. Whether you were Superman or Batman, Lex Luthor or Joker; a video game junkie, a comic purist, the con seems to welcome in the type of person that, normally, wouldn’t feel as comfortable say, at a Trader Joes.
I learned this past weekend that the Geeks shall rise once a year in order to fully embrace their culture in the one place that will allow such a thing without prejudice. And once they are there, shit, it’s magic.
So here’s to the geeks! Thanks for making comic con such a memorable event. I made a ton of new friends, saw some amazing things and left happy knowing my love of Superman, Batman and the rest are in capable hands. Where they should be… in the hearts and minds of the geeks that rule this world.
So, I’ll be coming back strong with more articles and scoops exclusively for the Schmoes, so stay tuned. And until I see you or talk to you…
I’ll see you in line,