Today, the word “geek” is thrown around with reckless abandon. While it’s nice to see that geek culture is beginning to be accepted by the mainstream, the term “Geek Chic” is still quite irritating. Throwing on a pair of dark rimmed glasses and a pre-faded superhero shirt from Target makes you a “geek” as much as a cowboy hat and a country western bar makes an upper class suburbanite a redneck. “Geek” is more than skin deep.
Comic books are a truly fundamental piece of geek culture. Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, Whedon’s The Avengers, and even shows like Smallville and Arrow have proven that for superhero fans, it’s a great time to alive. However, if one really wants to gain a deeper appreciation for these things, it’s best to go back to the original source material. Having spent a majority of our lives reading them, we’ve dedicated this episode to the simple joy that is comics. This episode features:
- Roger’s completely fair and unbiased Comic Trivia Game.
- The origin story of our comic book collections, and how it feels to be an adult comic enthusiast.
- Our thoughts on many of today’s popular comic writers and artists.
- A heated “Are comic books literature?” debate so vicious and confusing that listeners are brought in to help settle the subject.
- Roger’s descent from masterful debater, to furious, drunken mess.
Whether you’re avid comic collector, or have never even read a single panel, take a listen. We may turn you on to some great new titles, or possibly offend you with something grossly inaccurate. Either way, join in on the conversation via Facebook, Twitter, or in the comment section below. Listener responses are always welcome and will be read on the air.
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(Please note that this episode of 8Bit Proof originally aired on December 01, 2012, on BlastMagazine.com. Therefore, the majority of the subject matter may be a bit dated, and references to our home website and its staff are no longer accurate. Also, any entries received for contests mentioned during this particular episode are no longer valid (duh). However we do love listener participation, so anything we receive will be kindly mentioned dring the taping of the newest edition of the podcast.)