…and the geek shall inherit the Earth!
I’m a huge geek. It’s a fact I’ve never bothered to hide, but this might be the first time I’m telling the entire internet. Some might say nerd is the proper word, but at this point any differences between the two words is just semantics.
There’s never been a better time be a geek. Not because everything geek culture has become cool. That’s more of the result.
All the properties, stories, characters, etc, that are being made into movies and television shows are the things that geeks and nerds have been living on for years, sometimes decades.
Before the Avengers came out as a movie, if a comics fan started talking about the origin of Iron Man most people would grow glassy-eyed and walk away. The thought that went through someone’s head was probably, “This is all about something I don’t, and won’t, care about.”
Now, with the theatre being dominated by characters originating from 4-color sources, the perception has changed. A similar comic-related tirade is likely to be listened to with the thought, “This is really cool stuff about that movie that I liked.”
Most people won’t roll their eyes when they find out the original ninja turtles all wore red bandanas or that their origin is tied directly to the Daredevil’s. There’s no more snickering when people find out how many Robin’s Batman has trained and that one of them died based on the decision of comic book readers.
It turns out that the things that appealed to all of us geeks and nerds appeal to every one else too. They just didn’t know it.