My Nerdy Origin Story

This idea came from author Gail Carriger’s blog, where she listed the fandoms that turned her into the nerdy/geeky/dorky person she is today. This encouraged me to think back and remember my own nerdy origins. This may not be everything, but these are the things that distinctly stick out for me.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers. My brother and I were oft punished for our epic battles, but one thing guaranteed we’d sit in the same room at peace: children’s action shows. We owned crates of action figures and play sets, would race into the living room to make sure the TV turned on at the proper time, and yelled at the screen in tandem when unimportant garbage like severe weather warnings interrupted the important plot. These shows, along with a lot of others, got me hooked on plot-based character-driven stories with multi-episode continuity where I was heavily, emotionally invested in the outcome. (Power Rangers is also the first example of a show I quit because they axed a favorite character. No Kimberly, no Angela.)Read More »

New Fandom Post Review: Pokemon The Movie Manga

PokemonI’m a little late bringing this up, but my review for the Pokémon The Movie: White: Victini and Zekrom went up on the Fandom Post last week. This was adapted straight from one of the movies, which I think gives a clue as to its overall quality, but it was still an OK read. Check out my review to see exactly what I thought!

Weekend Links – Heroes

Maybe you heard of this – a pudgy Australian kid was getting picked on by a classmate. So what does he do? He fights back. Now, I know your not supposed to condone violence and fighting isn’t the answer etc. But I think the Penny Arcade comic pretty accurately sums up my opinion on the situation.

Casey may be a hero for every quiet angry kid out there, but here’s a hero for every person: Hideaki Akaiwa, who saved his wife and mother from the tsunami, and is working to save other citizens even now. Go read Baddass of the Week‘s rendition of the event. It doesn’t sound real, but it is.

Going back to artists helping Japan, a friend sent me a great site, called Tsunami, with a collection of drawings showing support for the country. According to an English portion of the site, these drawings will go on auction in Paris to raise money for quake victims, and there will be a book later this year. Some of them are really amazing, and a little heartbreaking.

The Oxford English Dictionary has announced that it’s adding new words, and I feel that the death of the English language is imminent. Among the words being added are FYI, LOL, OMG, and <3. No, I’m not being cute, they are adding the symbol <3. Really? Yes, I’ve used that symbol before, but not as a serious piece of grammar! Conversely, I’m totally fine with “muffin top” now being a real phrase.

In less depressing news, looks like the Sailor Moon manga is getting a rerelease from Kodansha USA this year, along with the prequel Codename: Sailor V.  Neither the anime nor the manga was something I ever got really into, but since it will be published in omnibus for I’m interested in seeing what I’m missing. And since someone I know is working on the book, I’m doubly excited.

Pokemon Black and White have been out for a little while. I haven’t bought either one, since I never beat Pearl and would feel guilty slapping down another $50. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still interested in Pokemon rights, as you should be as well.

And guys, don’t forget about Bloggers for Japan – they’re still raising money, and doing pretty amazing!