What Comic-Con Means to a Non-Geek (I’m a Nerd, Not a Geek- There’s a Difference)

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Every summer, I anticipate Comic-Con.  Nope, I’ve never actually attended because a.) I can’t afford it and b.) I’m not a “dress up as a fantasy character while camped out for 5 days” kind of gal.  I was one of the few people who showed up to the midnight releases of Harry Potter books in jeans and a hoodie.  Also- the closest I’ve ever come to an actual comic book? Reading those microscopic comics on the inside of Bazooka wrappers. And I haven’t played video games since Nintendo’s Duck Hunter was a novelty.

No, I look forward to Comic-Con because my favorite television shows are usually represented, and sneak-peeks of upcoming seasons are released there, as are upcoming blockbuster movie clips.  Words cannot describe the little thrill I get from seeing the first two minutes of the upcoming Dexter premiere, or watching the Game of Thrones panel Q&A on YouTube.  Other popular shows like Glee, Shameless, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Grimm, Sons of Anarch, Dr. Who and The Big Bang Theory either participate in panel interaction or have autograph booths.

Comic-Con draws about 125,000 people over four and a half days, with Saturday being the most “star-studded.”  This year, thousands of people packed in to see and hear the latest from upcoming projects like The Hobbit and Iron Man 3, which will be big-budget films that everyone is anticipating.

On Saturday, Marvel also announced two new titles:  Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  I may not know a lot about Marvel Comics, but I know that if Chris Hemsworth is going to be reprising his role as Thor the same year Magic Mike 2 comes out, there might just be another baby boom in 2015.

I think it’s awesome that fans of television, movies, comics and video games alike can all come together in their infinite geekdom (or nerddom, whichever you prefer) and interact with their favorite creators and stars.  Comic-Con seems like one of those places where you can really let your freak flag fly sans judgment, and I think that whether we’re a geek, a nerd, a dork or a spaz, we can all agree there should be more of that in the world.

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