I’ve never really been into comic books. And while I enjoy the occasional scifi book or movie, I have never really considered myself a fan. So imagine my surprise to find myself at Comic-con this weekend.
My daughter is a ‘fangirl’ and an avid members of numerous fandoms – Whovian, Potterworld, Sherlockian. She made herself a gorgeous Daenarous Targareon (Game of Thrones) costume, got the rest of us outfitted in wizard and elf costumes, and we headed off the Comic-con.
What an experience. First of all, virtually everyone is dressed up. From 4 years old to 94, there are warlocks, orks, elves, dragon ladies… every imaginable characters from scifi tv and movies, video games comic books and manga. Many of the costumes were extremely elaborate and homemade. People would have spent weeks on them.. and they were fantastic.
The other thing you notice.. and this may be a function of my age and maturity — geeks are not as ‘weird’ as I remember them being. The vast majority of the comic-con patrons were just regular folks: average looks (and by no means hideous and often pretty attractive); the we spoke with seemed to have pretty normal social skills; polite.. normal folks. We did overhear a long (and heated) debate about the cultural and governance differences between the borg and some other alien race I was not familiar with… but all in good fun.
Finally – and I was a bit relieved by this given I was there with my teenage and preteen daughters – it was not as sexualized as I thought it might be. I had the impression that the comic/fantasy culture was pretty X rated. I thought the costumes would be really provocative (some were a bit.. but only a bit) and I thought the mood might be a bit more sexually charged – have always understood the incidents of polyamory, open relationships and open sexuality to be much higher in the fandom communities. While I have no issues with this – at all – I was happy that my kids were not immersed in a sexual environment at their age.
So.. overall.. my first comic-con was a great time. Seems nuts someone would pay 50$ for an autograph from a secondary character on Dr Who… but whatever. Here’s to the new generation of geeks everywhere.