This week’s comic was—like I say in panel 3—inspired by seeing girls reading Game of Thrones on the subway. It’s funny, I mean, I was a nerd to some degree growing up, but even I thought fantasy novels too nerdy for even myself, not to mention girls—and especially not attractive ones. But it’s amazing what TV and movies can do. As the realm of fantasy, sci-fi and superheroes spread from books to screens, as technology finally allowed the dreams of dorky genius authors to come to life in ways previously only available to the imagination, suddenly it became okay to like Tolkien. Cut to today, and it’s not too surprising to overhear a bunch of girls in the office discussing Battlestar Galactica.
All this, combined with the tech revolution have made it mainstream to be a nerd, or at the very least has taken traditionally nerdy things and made them socially acceptable. Except for Magic Cards. That’s just way too nerdy. Or is it…
This week’s Dustinland has a poll! How fun is that? I probably should have figured out how to do it so that the poll’s answers would show right on the site but I got really tired of sitting at the computer all day. It actually starts to physically hurt after a while. IF YOU’RE A NERD!!!! Oh snap. Really though, I think it’s great to be a nerd. It just means you are really obsessive over something and you have a lot of knowledge in one area. What’s wrong with that? I myself can be categorized in more than one of those categories, although the only one I will admit to is music. And maybe a little hobbit action, if you know what I mean.
As for the rest of them, man, I had to do a lot of research for this sucker. It’s all real! Some of the dialogue is almost word-for-word straight out of internet forums (it’s interesting – each nerdom has its own little language). I even looked up T-shirts, so there are some jokes in this strip that I don’t even get. Anyway, it will be fun to see what wins the poll, although it will be disappointing if only like 17 people vote in it. Also I really hope people don’t vote for webcomics just to be “funny.”
P.S. In case you don’t know, LARPing stands for Live Action Role Play (see the movie Darkon).
*Edit – So knitting is winning the poll for the nerdiest of the nerds. I am not the only one who found this a bit suspect, so I dug around a little and found that there was a decent amount of traffic driven to the Dustinland by a site called Ravelry, which is apparently a “knit and crochet community.” You have to be a member to look inside the forums, but oddly enough it appears someone is actually encouraging other members to vote for knitting. I guess they are embracing their nerdiness, and there’s nothing wrong with that.