Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I remember my days always involving Sesame Street, Looney Tunes, Thunder Cats, and X-Men Cartoons, Eggo waffles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and a healthy dose of imaginative games played with my brother. Barbie, GI Joe, Matchbox Cars, and Legos were pretty standard along with Atari and Nintendo sprinkled in from time to time. We were the family who had the extended Lord of the Rings DVD box set and hosted day long parties so everyone could come watch them. While this can probably describe many people’s childhood from that generation, for myself I never fully grew out of it.
Entering into the awkward years of middle school, I chose choir instead of dance…partially due to my lack of coordination, and continued to build my Lego sets, ask for race cars and video games for Christmas, and quickly solidified my social status in school as a nerd. While fitting in during the rest of my middle school and high school years were not always the easiest…probably in part to summer music camps, bad perms, glasses, braces, and the figure of a 12 year old boy, but I learned a lot about true friendship and I’m grateful that I never really had to compromise who I was as a person just to fit in.
Fast forward to today, a 30 something self-professed nerd who has hour long discussions about Avengers and Lord of the Rings movies at dinner parties, the girl who would rather spend unmentionable amounts of money on new toys instead of purses and shoes, someone who plans her year around SDCC, and decorates her home with glass cases full of vinyl toys.
So while I can’t say I’m the NERDIEST OF THEM ALL…I only just got into reading comics about 5 years ago, and I’ve never watched Dr. Who, my wish that this place can be a solace and something fun for people like me. We come in all different shapes and sizes so whether you’re into LARPING and drive a Delorian while contemplating string theory, or you’ve just picked up your very first comic book, I hope you see that you’re not alone!
More to come soon!