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Quote of the Day | Wil Wheaton defines ‘geek’

wil wheaton“I use ‘nerd’ and ‘geek’ interchangeably — I don’t make a distinction. I’ve said that being a nerd is not about what you love, it’s about the way that you love it. So you can be a nerd for football, and obsessively follow stats and player trades and figure out things that give you an advantage in, like, sports betting and things like that. Or, you can love Battlestar Galactica and try to work out all of the complex mythologies and get into things like blueprints of the ships. And then you can love things like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Winter Soldier, and love that so much that you end up going to a comic book shop and then reading all the way back through ten or twenty years of Captain America comics. Someone who I would describe as a ‘geek’ or ‘nerd’ is a person who loves something to its greatest extent, and then looks for other people who love it the same way, so they can celebrate loving it together.”

– actor/blogger/writer Wil Wheaton, defining for GQ a word we’ll see and hear bandied about a lot — a lot — during Comic-Con International

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That’ll preach.

I used to woek with a guy who used to gently tease and question me about why a grown man would read comics, buy toys, and hang superhero posters on his walls. I told him that it was one of many things, for me, that made life worth living. He didn’t get it.

Then I went to his house and saw his Man-Cave which was adorned with many, MANY posters of Michael Schumacher, memorabilia, and VHS tapes of every race he’d been in. He also had t-shirts, flags, and caps of the racing team all over the walls.

I just laughed and said, ‘ And I’m supposed to be the geek?’

Football, Racing, Sports in general, and collecting comics. Same hobby, different obsession.

Glenn Simpson

July 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I’ve always rather imagined being able to point out that the average lover of, say, LeBron James that he isn’t really going to get any closer to LeBron James than I am to Batman. The fact that LeBron James is a real person might be a technical difference, but not a functional one.

Im a big sports guy and a big comic book/Dr.Who/Trek,BTVS,etc,etc fan and i see both sides of it. And its funny to see how there is SOOOO MANY similarities between the two. Especially come fantasy football season!

Imagine being a full grown adult and using meaningless labels like “geek” or “nerd” to define yourself.

I differentiate nerd and geek as Nerds are Geeks that have figured out how to pull a paycheck from that thing they love. Ex I am a Batman Geek, but a Computer Nerd. I buy Batman comics and make no money, but I work in a computer shop and draw a salary so I’m a computer nerd.

I have never really used any of those labels to describe myself. When people use those it just reminds me of TV show people like Urkle or Screech or Revenge of the Nerds stuff. I guess if i had to choose one word I would probably pick “Fanboy”

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