June 3, 2015

Secrets of a Fangirl

I went to the Dallas ComicCon last weekend, and I have to admit that I fangirled over Nathan Fillion. Hello? It's Cap'n Mal--who wouldn't, right? I was wishing I had a seat closer, that I had thought of a question to ask at the mic, that I had received one of the signed pieces of random junk Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk handed out, that I had even been able to (be still my wildly optimistic heart) get a picture with him. But, alas, it was not to be. Even so, just getting to be in there for their panel was a treasure.

Also, I might have had a mini fangirl moment when I realized that one of the judges of the costume contest-- who was sitting right in front of me--was one of the cosplayers from Heroes of Cosplay. AND I even got to ask her some questions about the costume criteria when the contest was over. (Win!)

And I admit to being slightly (okay, very) disappointed that I couldn't have been there on Friday night so that I could have met Stan Lee. He's the father of Marvel comics! We should all be thanking him for Iron Man, Captain America, and Hawkeye--not to mention Loki (still waiting for Tom Hiddleston to call me). The man defines geek cool--he's publishing his memoirs in graphic novel form, for Hulk's sake! He. Is. Stan. Lee.

But I do have one more confession to make. One that I worry might get my nerd card taken away from me. Are you ready for this? I don't watch Dr. Who. I don't like it and can't get into it. (Although I do know a cute Doctor when I see one.) I also don't watch anime. Or play video games. Or online games. You'll never find me involved in LARP games, or Cataan tournaments, or Pokemon battles. While I know the difference between DC comics and Marvel comics, I don't know the origin stories for 98% of the characters they've introduced. I hate horror stories, I haven't watched Game of Thrones past season 1, and I've never read a comic book in my life. After the mess that was Star Wars Episodes 1, 2, & 3, I am not looking forward to the latest installments of the franchise.

Does that count as more than one confession?

I admit that as I watched the cosplayers parade across the stage during the competition event, I didn't know who half (or maybe more) of the characters even were. But what I do know? How much fun it is to see adults get into playing dress up. Seeing grown ups having such a great time and bonding over something as simple as a TV show, or a comic book, or a video game is almost worth the price of admission by itself. All these people from different walks of life are brought together and they end up making new friends and establishing new relationships over shared geek cred.

Yes, it's all for entertainment, but when you embrace a world such as Attack on Titan, or Lord of the Rings, or even How to Train Your Dragon, you are automatically enrolled in a club of fellow believers. You may not live in the same area, have the same values or education, you may not even agree on the best character in that world (that's almost a given), but by choosing to believe in that fantasy world, you instantly become part of that fandom family.

This may have been my first ComicCon, but to me the best part was talking to other people and watching them interact with each other and share their passion. (Okay, and maybe being in the same room with Nathan Fillion. But who can blame me?)

While I may have lost some serious geek points, I will never give up my membership to a club filled with the coolest nerds on the planet. See you at the next Con!

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