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Four Years of Comparative Geeks!

It’s been four years! This is the holiday weekend that we got our original blog running over on WordPress in early 2013. We were coming off of a year when there seemed to be a lot to talk about, and we looked ahead and thought of plenty more.

For instance, 2012 had been a big year for the Geek movie – for good or ill, The Avengers changed everything. It was huge. It was so good. And with the most recent DC project having ended that year as well, with The Dark Knight Rises, that led to them moving towards the Marvel model. And the rest is… well, not history. More our present. Certainly something we’ve talked about a bunch since then!

It had been an impactful year for gaming, as well – Mass Effect 3 hit and was one of the biggest initial disappointments in gaming. It’s reached a point of being a mixed reaction, but certainly one thing we couldn’t predict then was a Mass Effect 4, but that’s coming in a few months! What we could predict was Dragon Age 3, which we’ve talked about a fair bit (and probably will again!). David was also finishing up Deus Ex and Dishonored, and in general it was just a good time for the last generation of consoles.

More broadly in the world of gaming, things like TableTop and the Geek & Sundry network in general inspired us and got us going. We were around in time for the first International TableTop Day, and we’ve done something for the day ever since. Since then, our town has ended up with a board gaming convention, so it’s only better and better!

We weren’t the only ones to get going with a blog around that time, and in the years to come. Most of the fun of all of this has been getting to this point with others. Holly and David made it through the first year largely because of each other, but by the end of the year, they were networked in with a bunch of other bloggers. 2014 was a year of growing these relationships, and 2015 was a year when they all joined together and kept the site going while the Geek Baby was born! The only place to go was up, and so 2016 led to this site now, and a more active ongoing role from more contributors!

Looking ahead at 2017, what do you want to see? How about a poll! Let us know! Other ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

And thank you. Whether you’ve been with us since early on, or joined us recently, it’s great to have you along for the ride!

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Comparative Opinions – Retrospective 2016 – Episode 27

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, hosts David and Holly reflect back on their 2016, and look ahead a bit at their 2017. They expand a bit on their discussions from their “Best Of” lists. They also talk about uncompleted goals and things they are hoping to get to later. Add your thoughts for the year moving forward!

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Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

My Top Ten Blogging Projects of 2016 (in an alternate-reality)

  1. There was the absolutely splendid series of blog posts I did exploring the deeper issues and concepts that run through a few modern TV shows. Alongside that was an equally popular and insightful series that explored the re-boots and continuations of a few shows from my younger years, such as Girl Meets World, Fuller House and The Gilmore Girls.
  2.  I ran a series of posts that explored the progress I was making in revising and polishing my first novel. It included all the struggles of finding the characters true voice, and refusing to let them take charge of the story because one just is determined to be places he cannot be. But it came together and I finish the year with a nearly-ready-to-do-something-with draft.
  3. A year with #MidnightMonsterCat – a blend of blogging, twitter, and Instagram, this feature came together to be an entertaining mix of my experiences with the cat I adopted on New Year’s Eve 2015. Navigating the reality of a human and a 16lb, 2 year old, former partial-stray tomcat living together in a small single-room living space.
  4. I am proud of a number of the posts I did about the reading I’ve been rocking through this year, but I am particularly fond of the post series I did about Les Miserables – which I finally finished reading all of. I’d finished it back in High School, and have been meaning a re-read ever since. Really this series of posts was a pretty academic thing, exploring the historical and cultural contexts that informed this story.  I also took a side-trip into comparing some of the movies and musical versions of the story.
  5. Who could not love the Musicals posts? I saw The Book of Mormon, The Wizard of Oz, Newsies and Motown the Musical and had such a fun time sharing my experience with all of them with all of you.  There was also the review of Allegiance which I saw in the theaters and felt was a beautiful and haunting way to explore that time in our past.
  6. Passionate Geeks powered through the year with some wonderful explorations of the variety of geekdom’s that exist in the world.
  7.  Those posts that explored those very relevant social-issues in terms of how they manifest in current movies…
  8. There was…
  9. Uhm…
  10. The post I completed with the Top Ten Blog Posts of the year, in which I reflected on things that people really appreciated and enjoyed, evoking memories from their own lives and projects through the year.

Let’s face it, 2016 has been a rough year for many of us, personally, nationally, and globally. It’s certainly been a challenging year for me and, while I had a lot of ideas for blogging projects, I wasn’t able to get many of them launched.  But that’s okay, because in my alternate-reality world I was totally successful in making it all happen!

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What do you look for when you’re determining what’s good media?

One of our friends started a blog and is working on figuring out what sort of media to review. As such, she asked her friends and followers,

what [do] you look for when you’re determining what’s good media and what isn’t. So – what are categories you consider for your media (i.e., plot, characterization, writing/play style, etc.).

I feel like I both gave a good answer and was maddeningly unhelpful… so I guess I wanted to explore both of those aspects.


As to an answer, I said that for me, when I’m considering media, when I’m exploring and looking for new media, I feel most rewarded when I follow the creators I’ve already enjoyed something by.

Media in general is a tough term, since these days just so many different media – and we talk about most all of them here on Comparative Geeks, so we’re consuming all of these things. YouTube, Social Media, Podcasts, music, movies, TV shows, streaming service shows, books, comics…

If you shape the question another way, as to something like audience level, we’re consuming children’s, YA, adult, and beyond (I’ve said it before… no one is old enough for Game of Thrones!).

Even if you go by genre, sure, we tend towards Science Fiction and Fantasy, but that’s by no means all the media we consume. Nor is it all something that we would inherently call “geeky” – shocking, I know!

So with so many different media that we’re consuming, enjoying, seeking out, reviewing, discussing… I mean, it’s hard to come up with an answer to this. It’s also the sort of question that we’re constantly asking ourselves as we run this site. There’s plenty of stuff we think about discussing that we don’t – because we don’t feel like we have enough to say, or anything interesting or new to say, or we don’t feel like it’s timely.

Overall, the question asked feels like the fundamental question of blogging: what are you looking for in what you spend your time on, and what are you looking for from what I write?


So back to my answer.

I didn’t name anything specific, but I talked about pursuing the creators you like. And after listing so many different types of media, “creator” can be taken really loosely as well! One of my earliest examples of this is music – I find an artist I like (through any number of sources), and then I check out as much as I can get my hands on by them. There are authors where I’ve read probably 20+ books by them… Peter David and R.A. Salvatore come to mind.

One of my more recent examples is in getting back into comics – I started with characters I liked, teams, these things. It’s the way that comics are presented and sold, especially by Marvel and DC. However, as I started noticing the authors, like the often-written-about Jonathan Hickman, I have followed some of them – right over to their independent projects.

In many media, there’s more than one creator you might follow, like directors or actors. I mean, we’ve seen just about everything Joss Whedon.

And overall, the things I have enjoyed most, that I get the most enjoyment from, are these additional finds from creators I have already found and enjoyed. Yes, there’s joy in finding a new random find, and maybe those are truly the best finds – but to find one random great find can often take either a bunch of research or recommendations, or else a lot of bad finds to come across one good find. The work of the trying things out and recommending good things is absolutely the work of a blog, but it’s also hard to recommend this.


That’s what I’ve got. Still, doesn’t feel helpful, because even as I list creators I like, it doesn’t necessarily help anyone else – though I’ll say again, read some Hickman! But that’s also why I feel like my answer is so unhelpful, because it’s so unspecific. And while on the one hand it might seem obvious, it’s also often something you have to consciously do.

Hey, you guys can help too. Comment below, or head over to Facebook to answer the question yourselves.

Something something… clickbait title… Comparative Geeks!

Hello and welcome to Comparative Geeks! Yesterday was an above-average traffic day, so I’m thinking there are some new followers and readers today. Happy to have you!

Comparative Geeks is a multi-author site with articles running every day, on the topics we’re interested in – so it ranges all over! We have a couple of series running right now, one on human-centric diversity in science fiction (Wednesday), and another of Westworld recaps (Sundays).

We also have a webcomic called the Astral Chronicles (which I’m writing and illustrating), and a podcast called Comparative Opinions (which you can subscribe to on iTunes or by clicking here). Thursdays and Sundays, respectively.


Thinking of new readers, and attracting views and getting heavy-traffic days, my mind of course turns to click-bait, that modern way of designing a post that you can expect someone to click into. And sure, I could probably do it, but thinking of the lists and such that make up click bait… I was reminded of our number one source for consuming click bait, and that’s Watch Mojo.

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