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Would You Call Yourself a Geek?

Today in San Diego, Comic-Con kicks off to the delight of comic book geeks everywhere. Yet this year, more than any other year, the supposed sci-fi convention will be wooing all sorts of folks with presentations by hit TV shows like "Lost" and "Heroes", as well as movies with big names attached like Beowulf (starring Angelina Jolie) and Shoot 'Em Up (with my man Clive Owen, pictured). When did being a geek become so mainstream?

When Comic-Con began back in 1970, the event drew a modest crowd of 300, many of whom probably sounded just like Comic Book Guy from "The Simpsons." Yet nowadays, even mainstream schmoes are joining the crowd of 120,000 and calling Comic-Con the Best. Event. Ever. And not only are the audiences more mainstream, but the studios are presenting movies and shows that seem to have little or nothing to do with science-fiction or comics (I mean, Good Luck Chuck with Dane Cook? Seriously?). As Variety puts it, Comic-Con has expanded "to become a showcase for all sorts of programs with nerd or superfan appeal."

I myself never imagined I'd be interested in Comic-Con, but with my love of "Heroes," my excitement for Indiana Jones 4, and seeing how much I'm looking forward to "Reaper," I truly wish I'd had the foresight long ago to plan a trip down there. As it is, I'll rely on reader Phasekitty's reports from the scene.

So I have to wonder: Have I changed, or has certain sci-fi content become more palatable to me? What do you think? Do you wish you could be at Comic-Con, too? Would you consider yourself a "geek"?


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alillee alillee 9 years
clive owen is soooo hot!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
I am definitely a geek! :) I would love to go to one of those comic-con things or even a sci-fi convention...would love to meet the people from BSG and firefly especially! Oooh...and BBC shows Torchwood and Dr. Who. :)
emei47 emei47 9 years
I have been to Comic Con the last four years, and sadly we couldn't find a hotel room… But absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? So I will be very happy to go back next year!
Lala2000 Lala2000 9 years
Yeah, I'm a geek! I love comic books, ANIME, Manga, Star Trek, etc. Being a Geek RuleZ!!!
Firesheep Firesheep 9 years
oh, I'm a geek. I'd just love to go to comic-com, but I can't :( my soon to be husband will be there, as he's already in the area, and I jealous as hell. but I'm expecting tons of pictures and gifts from him :)
sofi sofi 9 years
Where is jmast- I think she has dibs on Clive!
cageyme cageyme 9 years
I am not so much a geek as a nerd.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
I'm a geeek, lol I actually went to this year's New York Comic Con, apparently Hayden Panettiere was there but i missed her but i was really there more for the anime
demeter demeter 9 years
I'm a geek. But being a geek isn't all about comib books. I'm a geek in some areas, like movies. Definietly a movie geek/nerd. There are tons of different types of geeks so yeah. Geeks rock!
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
I'm a major mac geek but not into comic books!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
I definitely exhibit some serious geek-like behavior.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
I didn't have the money/time off to go every day to Comic Con this year, but I will be there Saturday. I'm so freaking excited, it's going to rock!
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
Umm...Buzz, Clive Owen is MY man. lol. I wish I were going too. boo hoo.
KerryG KerryG 9 years
Live life, be a geek! Dang, I wish I were going. :(
dmblauren dmblauren 9 years
damn, i wish i was going! lost, heroes, indian jones, clive owen . . . yeah i'm a geek. throw in some harry potter & alias and it would be my version of heaven.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Yeah, I'd call myself a geek. I read comic books and I would love to be at Comic-Con! Especially with some Indiana Jones 4 goodness. :)
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