Yes my nerdlings, seven nerds have won the Nerd Lottery. This show, Fangasm, is about these seven lucky
bastards geeks who got to intern with Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo this summer. Now, as the show just started, and Comikaze doesn’t start until November 1, 2013, one assumes that these guys will be interning until the convention itself is over. But in the meantime, we get to watch them do interny type stuff like fetch coffee and get signatures to help make Geek Pride Day (May 25) an actual National holiday.
Yep. They dressed up in costume, made signs and got signatures to help make Geek Pride Day an honest to god, recognized holiday. Now that’s a cool ass job! They also got to make short films for the Comikaze Expo YouTube page, helping to spread the word about Comikaze and help ticket sales (not that I think it needs all that much help, but still).
I’ve tried to find the videos they shot for YouTube on YouTube, but I’m not seeing them yet. If any of you awesome nerdlings find them, post them in the comments! The ones they showed during the episode were HILARIOUS.
If you’ve read the bios I linked to, you’ll see that there are some serious hard core Star Trek nerds on this show. Andrew and Paul in particular. When you watch the show, you’ll see that one lucky guy in the house got to have DINNER with George Takei.
You should recognize the face if not the name. If you don’t, I’m sorry but I’m going to need your geek card to be revoked. Not only was George Takei the original Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek The Original Series and subsequent films, but he is an advocate of geek and LGBT culture all over the world. He truly believes in the message of the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, that diversity is something to be embraced and celebrated, not punished and ridiculed.
And this lucky winner, brought George Takei BACK to the Nerd House to meet all of the roommates. And after that, one of the most touching moments of the series so far happens, when Andrew discusses exactly WHY he’s such a hard core Star Trek nerd. And yeah, it made me cry.
In my book, there is very little that would make George Takei more awesome. I admire him, I adore him, and I thank him for not only helping the geeks like me who were brought up on TOS in syndication realize that being a geek is AWESOME, but for being openly gay and advocating how awesome THAT is too. I love and appreciate all the LGBT friends and relatives in my life. You are all fabulous people who bring joy to this nerd’s life.
The nerds in the house, thanks to a suggestion by Kristin, started a podcast while they were living and working together. So they do a weekly podcast now, The Fortress of Fandom. And yes, I’ve looked for a link and can’t find one. It would be kind of awesome to listen to the podcast while the episodes are airing, but it’s cool.
Also discussed in the first couple of episodes, is that of Cosplay. Three members of the house, Molly, Mike and Kristin are all huge cosplayers. When they attended a geek pride day function at the Saddle Ranch Chop House, they viewed a show by sexy girls in scantily clad superhero outfits. The audience seemed to love it, but Molly and Kristin were less than impressed.
This brought up the issue of Cosplay Not Consent. Women who cosplay have been struggling with this issue for years. Not only do they get called FAKE geek girls if they have model bodies and wear sexy costumes to conventions, this also seems to give men and women permission to grope and grab. Mike and Molly got into a very heavy debate about this issue. So much so, that when they brought up their podcast to their boss, Regina, she said she’d get America’s Next Top Model winner and Cosplayer Adrianne Curry to be in their podcast. Apparently Regina and Adrianne are bffs. And, of course, Molly brought up the Cosplay Not Consent issue.
What I think shocked Molly most was that while Adrianne remembered her from many cons, she didn’t seem to think the issue was as big a deal as the other girls did. Adrianne said she was used to getting grabbed all the time by both men and women, and that it seemed to come with the job.
Now, I know this is a hot button topic, so please feel free to weight in here nerdlings. I want to know what the readers and fans think.
After that, Adrianne took Paul and Sal out to a bar and tried to help them learn to pick up women. Which I thought was kinda cute, but (and this is of course my opinion) they need to set their sights on other geeks. It’s really important to have stuff in common. And while I know most guys, geeks included, think they all hafta have supermodel girlfriends, geek girls come in all shapes and sizes and you should find someone who gets your geek. Plain and simple.
With all that went on in the first two episodes, I’m going to keep watching and see where this goes.
Final Decision: I think it’s worth watching. While I think most reality TV is contrived because we only get to see a selected hour of a 24 hour day, shows like this interest me, especially when it shows how cool geeks can be. Generalissimo, you done good!
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