Justin jumps on his soapbox with the Nerdy Pulpit.
More and more movie adaptations of popular comic book characters are being released every year. Being a fan of these characters is becoming mainstream. Overall, it is an exciting time to be a comic book fan. However, as happy as I am that characters that I love are being brought to the masses, I am very concerned that new creators taking on old properties are missing the point.
Part 01 - KublaCon 2014
Welcome to Part One of my look into all the different nerd fandoms. I decided that life is way too short to only be nerdy about the stuff I already like. So, that’s why I’m going to dive into the fandoms of things that I know practically nothing about. Why should I only be into Star Wars? Why shouldn’t I check out Star Trek as well? And why just stop at franchises? Why don’t learn more about legitimate theater and stage acting? Or how about actual science instead of the ridiculousness of the science that created most superheroes in the golden age of comic books? I mean, how many people just had chemicals spilled on them only to gain super powers? Anyway, my first stop on Expanding Your Nerdiness will be KublaCon 2014.
Welcome to my first review for Geek Say What?! Today I take on the newest entry in the Godzilla franchise. Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, and Elizabeth Olsen. As a long time Godzilla fan, I am happy to say that the King of the Monsters is back! This review comes with an overwhelming sense of relief seeing as how the last American attempt at a Godzilla film was more than disappointing.
Being a fan of Godzilla since childhood made it difficult not to have high hopes for the latest film. I had quite a bit of concern when it came to the approach and tone. The last American film seemed to believe that the franchise was one big joke. That is not the case for this year’s version. The latest iteration takes more after the original 1954 film, which feels more like a war film than a monster movie. The film has successfully come off as more of a disaster film, however the film makers still had quite a bit of fun as well. It’s as if the film borrowed heavily from its serious origins and just added a dash of the campy fun from the 60’s and 70’s versions of Godzilla.
Okay. I’m not the type of person that easily gets “Nerd Rage”. I usually get more of a “Nerd Concerned” feeling. Also, I always wait til I see something, whether it be movie, TV show or game, before I pass judgement on it. So, when I heard that my favorite comic book series of all time was finally getting adapted for television I had extremely mixed emotions. The series that I am so attached to is called Preacher. It was written by Garth Ennis and beautifully illustrated by Steve Dillon. While I love this series, I have some major concerns over how it will be treated in a different medium.
Last Monday was a trip back to reality that I wasn’t looking forward to. I had already come down from my WonderCon high and I was stuck shuffling my way down the center aisle of a sold out flight, while clutching a trade of Brian K. Vaughan’s "Saga". I was bracing myself for yet another awkward flight where I would have to take a center seat. For most of you, a center seat isn’t a big deal, but for those of us that have a...heavyset frame, it's physically and socially awkward torture. I found an open seat between two women. One was dozing off, the other was sitting quietly. “Great. The last thing they need is a heavyset nerd crowding up the row,” I thought. So, I asked if the seat is taken, they said no, and I awkwardly scooted in. At that point, I had accepted that the flight would be uncomfortable, and then the unexpected happened. The young lady on my left saw my copy of 'Saga' and asked, "Hey did you go to WonderCon?" And then this trip became one of the most pleasant flights that I've ever had.
WonderCon 2014 is officially underway as of now and I could not be more excited! Also, I have to be honest with you folks, I'm really cutting it close to my deadline for this article. I've had to spend most of this week prepping for the convention. Right now, I'm sitting at San Francisco International Airport at 5am typing away. I am not a morning person at all, but the anticipation of flying back to my hometown for WonderCon is has me so jumpy and alert. The build up to going to a good convention is so much better than a strong cup of coffee.
My Childhood Has Been Ruined!
I highly doubt that.
For some reason, whenever an old or obscure property gets a shot at being renewed and reintroduced to a new audience, there’s always a very vocal minority proclaiming that their childhood has been “ruined”. These people act as if it’s a mortal sin to even attempt to do anything new with an old franchise that they grew up with. The phrase “My childhood has been ruined!” has almost become an official slogan for nerd rage.