#5FandomFriday: Real Life Geeks That Inspire Me

Welcome to my attempt at 5 Fandom Friday, where I try to contribute to a weekly meme but usually forget. This fun weekly postathon is hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. If you’re interested in joining up, check out future posting topics here.

For some reason everyone that came to mind initially (besides Misha Collins) were all television and pop culture critics who have podcasts or blogs that I really enjoy. But does writing about pop culture actually make you a geek? So I dug a little more and found a more diverse list of awesome geeks who I really would love to have lunch with one day. We’d have lots to talk about!

I know a lot of people this week are posting people they know in real life or are other bloggers that write about geeky things. Unfortunately I am terrible at making friends, whether it’s online or off, so I’m sticking to more public figures.

Misha Collins, Master of World Domination

I have done ridiculous things for this man. My entire immediate family attempted to fly a Christmas tree using only helium balloons during the Thanksgiving holiday during the first GISHWHES event. I’ve met geeks from around the world through his annual scavenger hunt and become closer to local friends by joining forces for this madness. He’s the best kind of nerd, who loves everything and everyone. His kindness and support of fans is thoroughly noted, and I wish I could be a little more like him in day-to-day life.

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Joanna Robinson, writer for Vanity Fair and podcaster

I suppose it depends if you think being a cultural critic is criteria enough to be considered a geek. Joanna is a writer for Vanity Fair online, but she’s also the co-host of a podcast called The Thought Bubble, where she discusses comic books and comics with Dave Gonzales. What I love about this podcast is that Joanna is more of a novice to comics like I am, so she makes the show really relatable for me. She also does some Game of Thrones podcasts too, which I don’t listen to, but Fernando loves. She just seems really relatable and she responds to my tweets, so she’s obvious a super cool person.

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Kevin Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe from Gilmore Guys podcast

I have become addicted to this podcast over the last month, starting from episode one and listening to a little bit each day. I’m still way behind where they currently are (somewhere at the beginning of season 5, whereas I’m mid-season 2), but their thorough analysis of each episode, guest hosts, songs, bits and craziness are a welcome listen during my long work days. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to stifle giggles at work because of their iTune review raps or their obsession with Ms. Patty. Gilmore Girls is better watched with friends and I feel like Kevin and Demi have become two of my favorite viewing partners.

Noelle Stevenson, author and artist of Noelle and Lumberjanes

She started off her career by doing fan art for Lord of the Rings, so I’m assuming she’s a nerd. She also did fanart for Supernatural, which I have, Sherlock, Doctor Who and much more. I wish I could be her because she seems so very cool despite her young age. I love her humor, her ability to deal with haters, and her ability to just be all around incredibly awesome. I’m intimated by her, so I’ve never taken the chance at Comic Con to meet her, but maybe one day I’ll get the courage to approach her. She’ll probably be too famous by then, but whatevs…

Zachary Levi, actor and Prince of Comic Con

I will adore him for the rest of time because of Chuck, but he’s amazed me even more through all that he’s done in the nerd community. Nerd HQ raises thousands of dollars for charity each year at Comic Con, and he’s one of the celebrities that seems to truly care about each of his fans. He wants them to be happy and enjoy his events. He’s also just a huge nerd with passion for videogames, comics, movies and film. Hopefully the Heroes reboot will be worthy of his immense talent and bring him onto my television on a more regular basis.


So which real life geeks have inspired you or just give you happiness on a regular basis? Share in the comments!

Trailer Park Friday: Rainy Weekend Entertainment

So it's supposed to rain most of the weekend around here, so our plans are revolving around cozy couches with entertaining television and book reading. But we might venture out to see Looper, a brand new science fiction movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt that looks super awesome. Have a trailer.

Doctor Who is finishing it's short run of episodes tomorrow night with a pair of episodes that I have a feeling will freak me out and make me cry in equal portions. Here's a clip from "The Angels Take Manhattan":

Finally this is not a trailer to anything in particular. This is a promo for GISHWHES or the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. I participated last year and it was insane amounts of fun. You should join up. It's madness in all the very best ways.

Comic Con 2012: Leslie's Five Favorite Moments

Comic Con is a giant jumble of crazy moments, where at any given moment, you’re going to run into a celebrity or find someone in the most elaborate, crazy costume you’ve ever seen. You’re always missing something, but at the same time, you’re having so much fun that you probably don’t care that much. Here are five of my favorite moments from San Diego Comic Con 2012, in no particular order.

Random Celebrity Sightings

A lot of celebrities just sort of roam around during Comic Con. They visit people who sleep outside all night to see certain panels and they eat in restaurants with all the normal people. I’ve never been big on meeting celebrities, but I always get a huge jolt of giddiness seeing one near me. This year we crossed paths with Mark Sheppard and Jim Beaver of Supernatural one night when we were crossing the street back to our hotel. I’m pretty sure Jim Beaver saw my jaw hit the ground when I recognized them, but I was too dumbstruck to say anything.

Seth Green nearly ran me over while filming something with his phone in the exhibit hall. Comic Con isn’t really Comic Con if we don’t have the annual Seth Green sighting. And speaking of people nearly running into me, apparently I nearly had a collision with this dude from Alphas while I was eating gelato and (once again) walking back to our hotel. All I saw was a plaid shirt very close to my face and then he was gone.

I went by the Simon & Schuster booth to talk to my contact there, only to turn to my right to find John Barrowman sitting five feet away from me. I met him during my first Con, but it was still giddy shock the moment I saw him. And then if you follow us on Twitter, you might have seen me mention that one Misha Collins ran by us in the Hall H line on his morning jog Sunday. That just made me grin.

 

Meeting Marissa Meyer

I love Cinder. I loved Cinder before I ever read it and I tell everyone I know that likes YA to read Cinder because it is super awesome and has an android lead character. Marissa has been generous enough with her time to chat with me via email, Twitter and Facebook over the last year or so. She also suggested that Working for the Mandroid be used on her debut author tour, which left me a little dumbstruck and incredibly excited. So it was incredibly exciting to finally meet Marissa in person at her signing of Cinder. Yes, getting a copy of Scarlet also added to the greatness of the moment, but for me one of the highlights of the Con was to finally meet her and tell her how much I love her work in person.

 

The Trifecta that is Fringe, Supernatural and Doctor Who Back to Back

I really hate Hall H. It’s a giant cavernous room that holds about 6,000 people and our first year, I made the big mistake of camping out there all day. By the time the day was over, my inner rage monster had snuck out and I hated just about everyone. From then on, I try to take Hall H in small doses and this year the line to get in seemed to be longer than it has ever been, but I was willing to put in the line standing time and site in that cavernous room to see the casts of three of my favorite shows. The cast ofFringe was delightfully funny and emotional about their last season. The boys of Supernatural did their level best to entertain while saying absolutely NOTHING AT ALL. And of course Matt Smith doesn’t know how to be anything other than charming. All together it was three hours of humor and cast mates showing exactly how much they loved being in the company of each other. Plus we got to see footage of DINOSAURS on SPACESHIPS! So, you know, that’s a win.


 

Finally Seeing Ian Somerhalder in Person


It seems like I miss The Vampire Diaries panel every year for one reason or another, but not this year! I finally got to see Crazy Eyes, the Boring One, and Elena in person. While they might not have best utilized their panel to appeal to the audience filled with mostly True Blood fans, they managed to – just like the boys of Supernatural – be entertaining and hilarious without saying a single thing about the upcoming season. The True Blood panel might have had more content, but I think The Vampire Diaries panel was more fun.

 

Getting a Commission from Katie Cook 

I love Katie Cook. She manages to make everything adorable, but everybody else seems to love her too. Her booth in Artist’s Alley was always swarming with people. That makes it difficult to get original art from her, but luckily I was able to get to her early Saturday morning and make a request for my very own Katie Cook original:

BATWOMAN!

 

There were so many great things about Comic Con, but those are the moments that will best distinguish this from the ones I’ve attended in the past and the ones I will hopefully attend in the future. Yes, I wasn’t in any of the super big panels, but I feel like I did more than those people who slept outside and stood in line for hours upon hours. Plus now that I’m home, I can catch up on all the giant robots versus monsters news and all the other things I was too busy to see.

Random Tuesdays: Attractive Gentlemen Who I Would Follow Anywhere

During the previews for The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we saw a different trailer for the upcoming Justin Timberlake movie, In Time, than we’d seen before.  This one featured an actor who I had no idea was in this movie, and from the looks of the trailer, he won’t be in it for very long.  And yet his presence in the film makes me want to see that movie now.  It made me think of the people I would follow just about anywhere in their creative endeavors, watch movies I wouldn’t ordinarily care about because they’re in it or try a television series unlike anything I like because they star in it.  I like to think that everyone has at least one or two entertainers that they follow everywhere, but then again, perhaps it’s my complete-ist OCD kicking in again.  I do have one small caveat – I won’t follow anyone into horror movies.  I have enough nightmares on my own.  But a cop procedural?  A cheesy rom-com?  A period piece?  Yeah, with any of these gentlemen, I'd give it a shot.

Anyway these are the four gentlemen I would follow anywhere (except to horror movies):

 

I don't think he's realHe really should be SupermanFirst up is the guy referenced above.  If you watch television, you might know him as Neil Caffrey (White Collar) or even Bryce Larkin (Chuck), though I imagine most people know him as Matt Bomer.  In my world, he’s known as “The Most Attractive Man on the Planet” because really, look at him.  No, really, I’ll wait.

After appearing on Chuck, I followed him to White Collar, what looked to be a generic USA procedural show.  He’s the only reason I want to see a movie starring Justin Timberlake.  It might just because he’s gorgeous, but I also want to see what other characters he can play besides the attractive, sneaky thief/spy with the witty one-liners.  He’s why I have Tru Calling in my Netflix queue as well as Traveler if that’s ever released.  And of course, he will be the only reason I would ever sit through a movie about male strippers.  I mean, who wouldn't?

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Random Acts of Charity: Misha Collins' Marathon for the Random Acts Foundation

 

Above you will see Misha Collins attempting to discuss his charity, Random Acts, while running through a neighborhood and filming himself at the same time.  In it he discusses the Random Acts of Kindess that his charity has accomplished since it was formed after the success of his Haiti earthquake fundraiser.  If the footage of him helping a little boy pick out a pair of new sneakers doesn't make you smile (or tear up) just a little, you have no heart.  I don't even want to know the story behind the fake moustaches everyone wears.

On September 5, Mr. Collins will be running a marathon to raise money for this charity to continue to do the random acts of kindess that endear him to us when he's not being a psychopathic dictator.  On that day, he will run between 1 km and 100 km within a 24-hour time period.  I'm pretty sure it's not all going to happen at once (like an actual marathon), but throughout the day.  In return, the money that is raised will be spent on Haitian orphanages, flooding victims in Pakistan, and random acts of kindness to make people smile.

If you want to donate to this special cause, please visit the Misha's Run page of Therandomact.org / Minion Stimulus site.  While he might not be curing diseases or savings the world, he and his group of minions are making the word nicer just by being nice.

 

* We are not trying to sell you anything.  I'm getting nothing out of this and Working for the Mandroid has already made a pledge to the cause.