Famous Geeks: Real or Not?

Like in the real world you are guilty until you  are proven innocent or in the world of geeks, you are not a geek because your famous.
Yes I know that you are to innocent until proven guilty but you know that now a days it is the other way around. That line of thinking has become the norm in every aspect of life.
Now it has come or already has invaded the geek culture.

I have listen to a few podcasts and I have heard of the loathing of two people that I do have a great respect for, Kevin Smith and Chris Hardwick. Now I don’t deny that these podcasters have the right to disagree or not like either of these men. My problem is with them calling fake geeks simple because they now make a living in being geeks. If you are a geek or follow pop culture you can see and hear these two gentlemen all over the place. Maybe the one thing that pisses people off is that Kevin and Chris are all over the place. Both men have created a empire from what they love. They have created their empires from hard work. Both are in the entertainment industry and because of that you will see them at all the events that center around the pop culture. Kevin with his podcasting empire and movies. Chris with his Nerdist empire, TV work and hosting panels at numerous Cons. Both men have that light hearted attitude that comes across in everything they do. Does this upset people?

Now what is that makes people hate these men? Is it there work? Is it their attitude? Is it that their faces can be seen everywhere? Is it when asked they have a opinion? Remember someone has to ask the question for it to be answered. Is it that they have be able to do what we all want. Do something they love and make a living. I am sure it is some or all of the above or so many more reason these hater have created. But you can NOT deny that they have worked hard, in the right place at the right time. Said yes where others have said no. That they act on their ideas and make them happen. They have been able to use their contacts to see, attend, interview people, host, comment on the world of Pop Culture that we would love to have. You hate them for that. Jealous? The haters believe that these two gentlemen are just jumping on the band wagon of the growing, expanding world of Pop Culture.

Well I believe that it comes down to just hating. Haters have no real prove. Only their hate for Chris and Kevin is what they need for prove. Okay fine you hate them. Haters where is you prove? Do you have any hard evidence that Chris and Kevin are not geeks. No. Do I have any evidence that they are what they say. No. But I do not and will not call them fake or phoney because they have be able to do what they do. How many people out their are just on the band wagon. Should be care? No, really we should not. These fakes help keep the cons, shows, movies alive for us that have lived in this culture since our youth. Kevin and Chris are both children of the growing Pop Culture of the 80’s and 90’s. They made the hard choice to do what they loved and not simply settle for less. So many of us would love to do that also. Podcasting and the internet have allowed more and more geeks to come out and express their thoughts on Geekdom. I am 52 and have only recently just started podcasting and this blog. Am I a fake? Am I jumping on the band wagon? You may think so because simply you know nothing about me and since you don’t you will think I am a fake.

I wanted to believe that the Geek/Nerd culture would be the one place where those of us the felt attacked, teased, beat up and hide in the basement would feel safe. But it seems that no it is not. The Geek/Nerds out there have decided to be like most humans and carry on the hate. We what the power back that was taken from us and instead showing compassion we use that power to do what was done to us.

Sad. Really sad.

John G M Burke

Comic Review: Bad Kitty

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Publisher: Dynamite/Chaos

Writer: Jay Spence

Artist: Carlos Rafael

Colors: Marcelo Pinto

Letters: Marshall Dillon

Ok before I start, Marshall Dillon!?. If you know anything about TV history the name is famous. Look it up. Well is you lazy it would be from Gunsmoke.

Now on with the review.

The book starts out with the introduction of our protagonist, Kathrine. Kathrine seems to be your regular nice little girl with a small problem. Kathrine has a split personality and that other person, Kitty is not a very nice person. We see this in one panel as Kitty smashes a toy car into the face of a boy she is playing with. Bad Kitty.

After years of doctors and medication Katherine has managed to keep Kitty from making appearances. Katherine has become a police detective. Katherine and her partner, big cop with mustache are looking for Domiko(the bad guy). Well they are getting to close, car goes BOOM with Katherine inside and we cut to the hospital. Guess who comes back? If you guess it Kitty, give yourself a cookie.

Now Kitty is pissed and why is she pissed? Because who ever dropped those hand grenades on her car messed up her hair. That is right folks don’t F up her hair because Kitty has access to guns. That ladies and gents it where I am  going to leave it. You want to know what happens go and get the book. Do it. I think you will like it.

The story by Jay Spence is well done and would fit well into the TV movie of the week if they still did that. Maybe on Syfy except with out any dam sharks. Is this out of the world writing, no. But for a one shot story it is quick to set up and has action is fast and violent. The book does play out like a TV special with the hopes of becoming a regular series. That is the problem. One shot means a self contained story. A start, middle and a end. Bad Kitty does not deliver on the ending. I really think that Jay and/or artist Carlos Rafael are hoping for a pick up.

The art work by Carlos Rafael is good. It does have the look of a artist from South America or Europe. I like his style even though it is not my regular flavor. I could get use to seeing his stuff more often. Yes Katherine does have cat like eyes. Who know we may see more of this Kat?

So in the end I give Bad Kitty a 3.95 pops out of 5.

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.


John G M Burke