As geeks, we all have our touchstones: Those things we love unconditionally. It’s a fact that goes unspoken, but the truth is, we nerds/geeks/whichever title you prefer have all, every one of us, participated in a nerdy activity not because we love it, but because it increases our ‘geek-cred’. For me, it’s comics. I never read them as a child – not obsessively anyway – and tended to avoid superhero comics because the stories and timelines were so complicated that I found it just too plain daunting to get involved in.

But then I met my wife, and she is a total D.C. fangirl. I wanted so bad to be able to understand what she was talking about when it came to  Aquaman, Mira, Oracle, Batgirl, (I’m going to get some of these names wrong; I could research it, of course, but it’s more important to me that my ignorance be on display)and a whole host of others that aren’t Batman or Superman, but I failed miserably, and it disappointed us both, almost as much as the fact that I am, at heart, a Marvel guy. All my favorite comic characters are Marvel creations: Deadpool, Gambit, Cable, Bishop, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Colossus, Doctor Doom, hell, even fifth-tier villains like Swarm are favourites.

So I tried to pick up as much DC lore as I could, and failed miserably. So I want to know: What elements of Geekdom have you picked up, for reasons that don’t involve a personal passion for the subject? Fire off in the comments below!

2 responses to “Touchstones

  1. Anime. First in college because my Big liked it. Then I married a fanboy. While I appreciate certain anime, it’s certainly not my “thing”, but I’m open enough to watch it because he loves it so much. (On s side note, I don’t hate Marvel, but the Hulk gives me nightmares and I hate Spiderman like a certain someone hates Superman.)

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