Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! In honor of Mother’s Day, hosts Holly and David talk Geek Parenting. Some thoughts on how they became geeks, how they are parenting now, and things they want to do with the Geek Baby in the future. Lots of talk about when it’s right to introduce media, and how. Happy Mother’s Day!
About a month after my visit to Wizard World I had the opportunity to go to another Comic Con – Cherry City Comic Con, in Salem Oregon.
This was a smaller event, and I find it interesting to compare the two – particularly if I just look at the Sundays I worked.
There were less people at Cherry City, to be sure, and the celebrity guests were lower profile. I saw less cosplay or costuming (though what I did see was impressive), and it seemed like there were more people who had a lower-level of Geekery. Less hardcore, or maybe just less overt about it. Honestly, it made it seemed like it would be a good place for a baby-geek, or when Introducing someone to the awesomeness (and diversity) of the geek and nerd world.
Something that stood out to me was how very many kids there were! So many Elsas, Annas, and other princesses! There was one little girl who was dressed PERFECTLY as Rey (and happy to tell you exactly who she was).
This guy had a great, crocheted, Cthulu mask/hat!
It was a lot of fun to see these little ones running about, happily posing for pictures and sharing about their costumes.
One of the highlights of the displaying were the two dinosaurs – costumed as Freddy and Jason – running around and getting into the occasional fight.
They fight one another!
And they’d fight others!
The pace of Cherry City was slower, which meant less contacts for me (sad on the business end of things), but it was better for actually connecting with people. And it didn’t completely exhaust me by the end of the day!
I’m curious to hear what other people’s experiences at Comic Con’s have been. What kind do you prefer? What is the thing you always want to make sure to do at a Comic Con?
Last week, I shared the first in a series about defining Science Fiction, and next up in that series I tackled the definition of Fantasy, for a bit of compare and contrast. There’s more explicit comparing and contrasting to come later, so first, let’s explore Fantasy. What do you think of the definition given?
If I really want to talk about differences between Science Fiction and Fantasy, then I really need to have solid definitions of the two. I recently gave my working definition of Science Fiction, from one of Science Fiction’s greatest practitioners – Frank Herbert. So now, we need a definition for Fantasy.
So why not get that definition from J.R.R. Tolkien?
I don’t know the source, except that I found it circulating on Facebook. There is a signature in the lower left, so I will let that speak for the creator of this image. I found this on Doctor Who and the T.A.R.D.I.S. on Facebook, but this is mostly just a Facebook page that shares images from the fandoms, mostly Doctor Who. Actually, one I recommend, just know that there’s a lot of images that they share. Be ready.
One of the shows that we have started watching with the Geek Baby is My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. Now first of all this is a very different My Little Pony than I grew up with. At the same time the show is definitely entertaining and something that I can kind of understand why adults would be willing to watch it as well.
One of the best parts about the show are the mostly subtle adult references that the kids don’t get, but definitely reveal some of the geek fandoms of the creators and artists. It is so great when a show can be good for kids and adults at the same time.