Geekspace. The final frontier, where women, girls, men, and boys journey. Some have traveled long and hard and are pros and can write the Traveler’s guide to the Geek Universe. Others have enough knowledge and feel comfortable journeying alone, while still others are novices and tenderfoots and don’t even know where to begin but crave the adventure.
I am such a person-a novice in the Nerd Universe (by the way, what’s the difference between a nerd and a geek anyway?). I know a few things but not everything. I’m no android who downloads and then uploads geek/nerd info into my hardrive or brain as we humans call it. But so what who cares? I love comics and other geeky stuff and that’s all that I need to qualify to write about such things. But before you board Comicmaniacs Tours, let me give you a little background on who I am and how I came to enjoy comics and other nerdy things.
Where to begin…well as an infant my parents sent me into outer space as my home planet of Pluto self-destructed. I was adopted by cityfolks who were traveling through the countryside. At the age of ten I discovered that I had telekinetic powers and I was sent to a school for gifted youngesters where I grew up fast learning how to deal with people who feared what they didn’t understand. I also bonded with my fellow schoolmates and we formed a team and save the world numerous times-I even went back into space and stayed a while on Mars bounty hunting with some interesting folks-one who was a green afroed Asian man who practiced the martial arts style that Bruce Lee made famous. After a few months of that I came back home traveled into the past and met a white hair boy in a red male kimono and his friends. Then I came back to be reunited with my fuzzy elf-man and we married and spent our honeymoon on a beautiful planet that was not only self-aware but also a superhero defending his sector with this powerful green ring…
Sucka! Actually this how it really began for me: I was introduced to comics when after attempting to ice skate and successfully landing on my butt, I decided to watch a group of kids play the classic X-men arcade game during a summer camp. I grew up watching 80’s and 90’s animated programs such as Thundercats (Ho!), G.I. Joe, Transformers, Rainbow Bright, Jem, My Little Pony, He-man, Johnny Quest, Batman the animated series, X-men the animated series, Spider-Man, Hulk, and many others. I also fell in love with not only anime but also the Japanese culture at large after watching Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon.
Now for my writing credentials. I’ve been writing stories, songs, and poems since I could pick up a pen. So far I’ve written over 500 poems. In 2006 with the help of my professor I published my first poetry book at my state college’s print shop entitled The Unconscious of an Ethiopian Princess Volume One College Days of Future Past. I’m also the editor, creator, and only staff member of Kehila Magazine an online magazine for Jews of Color. I’ve written my first comic book storyfor Womanthology which is slated to come out in March. It’s four pages and illustrated by Kelly Turnbull. I also wrote a one page story for the Womanthology Holiday PDF which was illustrated by Brenda Kirk entitled ‘Don’t Let The Light Go Out’.
Currently I’m working on creating my own comic books and you can check out my blog on Tumblr entitled The Diary of a Novice Comic Book Writer. And I’m a new contributor to WhyNotIndie.com
As I said earlier, I don’t know everything about these geeky, nerdy subjects but I’m willing to learn and as I learn and you share and vice-versa, we’ll enjoy this journey across space and time.