Monday, October 17, 2011 at 9:17AM
One thing became very apparent to me at New York Comic Con…I hate you. It’s nothing personal it’s just that your opinions are stupid andbased in some whimsical fanboy world where it actually makes sense to ask apanel of DC exclusive employee’s what their favorite New 52 book is. In myworld, that’s stupid. But it occurred to me that as I watched these massivegroups of friends (stupid friends) walking around that we still had a lot incommon. We both obviously enjoy comics, video games and other nerdy shit thatwas at this and every convention. And yet I don’t really hear about orexperience myself the act of making new friends at cons. I’m sure it happens,but it seems that it’s a much rarer thing.
So why is it that comic con isn’t just a massive friendslist that everyone is on? Could it be that secretly as I’m making fun of youfor your opinion and turn to my friend and say something nerdy, that you tooare judging me and making fun of me to your friends? Could it be that reallythis is a con filled mostly with people that hate other nerds? Or… is there anerd hierarchy that keeps people like me from being able to befriend the more…ignorant nerds as equals and thus keeping them at arm length or at least a seat between?
Especially this year it just seems like I should have made alot of friends with like-minded people, but at every con I just find more andmore people that really… I can’t stand. Sure I’ll occasionally see a guy that’saround my age and looks like he’s into same fashion, but then I see him pick upMarvel freebies that were given out in any reputable comic shop months prior.Tsk, tsk I say as I wouldn’t be caught wasting my time on such propagandamarketing fueled books.
Because of this I tend to rely heavily on my current circleof friends and let’s not kid ourselves there is a nerd hierarchy with mebasically sitting at the top in my area of expertise. And that’s the key,because they’re my friends I know that they have different strengths in nerdknowledge from expert to novice and we’re able to balance out because of this.But at comic con’s I only have your Comic, Video Games and Movie knowledge togo off of and if you score low in all three… then what would we talk about?You’d never bring anything to the conversation and frankly if you have nothingto talk about with someone, then you’re not really friends.
So to answer my own question of why comic fans hate eachother, we don’t. In fact I’m very happy to see so many comic fans and everylevel of interest in to the industry, but don’t expect me to run up to you withhugs of friendship. Although we have similar interests we may not ever click inthe way friends do. That being said I’ll still be your friend on X-Box or eventweet back and forth with you and if you ever have a comic related question and if you don’t come here first I’ll be deeply offended. We may not know each other oreven like each other, but we respect each other’s hobbies and when it comes tocomics, that’s the most important thing we can do for each other. Butseriously, stop offering me free hugs I hate that shit.