This is FanDumb, a blog I wrote from 2006-2008. I poked fun at all different kinds of fandom and geek culture, such as science fiction, fantasy, comics and anime.
I’ve cut a lot of posts and tidied up the rest, leaving a collection of some of FanDumb’s “greatest hits.” These posts have held up reasonably well over time and serve as a pretty good sample of the blog’s contents. You’ll find…
GAMES, like the “Buck Rogers Space Gun Challenge”…
GLIMPSES of the stranger corners of fandom, like “Hellraiser/Star Trek: Weirdest Crossover Ever?” and a look at fans’ fondness for the band Linkin Park…
ROUNDUPS of contrarian fan commentary, like “Rowling Sucks! An Antidote to Mass Hysteria” and “Stargate Wasn’t All That.”
You can also check out the most controversial (and popular) series of posts in FanDumb’s history, which questioned the value of fantasy novels. The first of these was “Don’t Talk To Me About Reading, Or, Cranky Much?”
Other favorite moments of mine were talking to Jesus about Battlestar Galactica, comparing fan culture to Project Runway and discovering a connection between Vladimir Putin and H.P. Lovecraft’s octopus monster, Cthulu.
You can also scroll through the posts in the usual reverse order, of course. Happy reading!
I bring you the following YouTube clip, which may at first seem to have little to do with fandom, because it features a type of person you don’t see too much these days: the hyper nerd.
Remember that archetype? It was Anthony Michael Hall in Sixteen Candles/Weird Science, David Lightman in Wargames, Ronnie Miller in Can’t Buy Me Love, JayJay in Mazes and Monsters. (More about Mazes and Monsters next week.) And of course there was always one hyper nerd on those 1980s high-school TV shows. Even Her Stylishness Sarah Jessica Parker used to be one.
These days nerds have mostly given way to geeks, who are nerds who have an area of expertise that serves as a kind of power center. Even when they’re pallid, overweight and/or slightly smelly, geeks can muster up a wall of scorn for lesser beings that’s more-or-less analogous to coolness. Which is fine. But I miss hyper nerds. They remind me more of myself.
Thus, I present these guys, appearing in The Very Best Supaman Video Ever Of All Time. It’s been ages since I’ve seen anyone act this unselfconsciously dorky. They spell it “Soldier Boy!” And check out their little “gatt blowing a guy away” pantomime at -1:04. Awesome!
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