I love geeks. Not the old-school, biting-the-heads-off-of-chickens carnival side show geeks, but the modern day Joss Whedon and J. Michael Straczynski watchin’, comic book readin’, funny-dressin’, no-suntan-havin’, pop culture geeks. These are my people.
The first time I ever attended a Dragoncon I had the most fabulous feeling of belonging steal over me. 20,000 cats just like me stalking the halls, craning their necks to see what David Prowse was eating for breakfast, (Darth Vader likes pancakes — just like me!) going weak in the knees whenever Jewel Staite walks past, (or James Marsters for Lena) taking photos of ordinary folks in their extraordinary costumes, playing games, buying light sabers, and immersing themselves in every type of indulgent, geeky behavior possible. It was simply wonderful.
I realized something just the other day day about these folks. These are, well and truly, my peers. These are the people I want to belong to, and these are the people who’s opinions matter to me. These warm, funny, wonderful people are the very reason I picked up the pencil and started drawing HOLE. The carnival had come to town and I ran away from home.
I have had three experiences in my life I would consider truly transcendent. The first was a religious occasion where I felt myself suffused with love and my spirit expanded to cover the entire cosmos. Thankfully, this feeling has never truly left me. The second was at my grandfather’s deathbed when I felt something pass from him to me. Something like butterflies in my soul, and I carry it with me always. The third and final experience was theBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More with Feeling sing-along. The feeling of being in synch with almost a thousand other people who are all there because they love the same thing you do is pretty powerful. Makes you want to start a church and invade somebody in the middle east. (Not really, but that’s why geeks are better than baptists.)
Like anybody else I want success in my life. I want to be rewarded and respected by my friends and peers. But I do have an advantage. I know exactly who those people are. If you are here reading this, then you’re included. If you dress up like a storm trooper, video game vixen, or a fictional red-headed country-western singer like my aunt Donna-Jean, this is you too. Gamers, Harry Potter fans, folks who lurk Lost and Heroes fan sites… you’re my people. If you’re a geek and you’re proud, step right up! This place is for you!
And Jewel Staite. It’s also for her, of course… but you guys too!
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I still have sketch paper so the pre-order offer continues! A signed book and a sketch of your favorite HOLE character!
Also, I will be appearing at the Amelia Island Book Festival’s Books by the Beach event at Slider’s Seaside Grill on Friday, October 5th. I’ll be selling and signing books, shaking hands, kissing babies, and other activities will depend on whether or not there’s an open bar.
There’s a chance I may be at Ancient City Con in World Golf Village the next day on October 6th, but that’s dependent on whether they still have any open tables by the time I get books in hand. I don’t want to jump the gun and over-commit. I’ll probably know more by next week.