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Fly Your Geek Flag High!

“When I was a kid, it was a huge insult to be a geek. Now it’s a point of pride in a weird way.” – J.J. Abrams

Just got to start off by saying: Sweden’s first Comic Con was such a blast!

On the first day I met up with my sister’s kid who was going there too. It was so great to see him walking around checking stuff out, 10 years old and wide eyed. I got kind of emotional there.

Seeing that brought memories back to when I was around the same age and my dad took me to a computer expo. I remember being entranced by the games being shown, the cool joysticks, pads and VR-helmets.

Hearing him talk about Oculus Rift while thinking about the gear available when I was a kid just got to me. This was what I imagined it would become!

Mario's Tennis

Shut up, this was the pinnacle of VR-headsets 20 years ago! Don’t listen to the critics Virtual Boy, they’re just jealous.

Going through the bins of comics I found my friend Deadpool! Unfortunately none of the 4 numbers from 1993. However this lead me to something else.

I talked to the guy in the booth. He told me about his experiences in the world of comic books. We bonded over 80’s comics, talked about the 90’s crash and so on. I left there with more than I thought i’d find just because he reminded me of things that i’d forgotten.

Also, he told me to give him a call about those missing issues and he’d see what he could dig up. So, now i’m just waiting for the shipment. Damn fine salesperson!

Comic Book Men

If you haven’t, check out the show “Comic Book Men”. Geeks assemble!

I did miss the opportunity to speak to voice actor Gunnar Ernblad, someone who basically did EVERY cool voice (Skeletor, Optimus Prime just to mention a few!) from my childhood. I did however get to see a lot of emerging talent and meet other cool people from the worlds of videogames, comics, movies and education.

After the last day they asked me what I thought and after gushing for a while I paused and really reflected on it. Everything was great, there were just a few adjustments that needed to be made. Next year they’ll need a bigger venue for sure! The second thing was that while it’s really great to have different panels and genre specific activities there was something missing.

Missing Piece

Most racist puzzle ever.

We’ve got all these great creative fields under one roof. Why not take advantage of it and have a serious interdisciplinary discussion that incorporates all of them? Wouldn’t it be a wonderful opportunity for both the creators and the consumers to hear about how these worlds can work together, learn from each other and maybe do some cross-overs?

The world of superhero comics has spread to movies and videogames, so what about education? What lessons could we take from comics that can be used in the classroom? Videogames have been trying to break into education for a while with varied degrees of success, what is the missing ingredient? Hopefully that potential can be harnessed next time!

All in all I had a blast and i’ll be back next year to fly my geek flag high!

“Every day, I wake up and I say, ‘Why… how… did I end up with 1.7 million Twitter followers?’ It’s freaky to me, every day, but that tells me that there’s an appetite out there that had previously been underserved. There’s an inner geek in us all, an inner bit of curiosity that people are discovering, and they like it.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“I’m the biggest geek of all. Adventure, fantasy, comic books – I can’t get enough.” – Nathan Fillion

“I didn’t have a whole lot of success getting dates, I was always a bit of a geek.” – Jim Davis

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