It’s that time of year where many people find themselves shopping outside their comfort zones in order to get the perfect (or at least acceptable) gift for that one nerdy friend. Whether it’s a coworker you got assigned for Secret Santa, a grandchild who won’t stop talking about… something (you’re not sure what), or one of your best friends that’s just really into a different fandom, nerds are everywhere. And now you have to figure out exactly what they want. Don’t worry. It’s not as scary as it seems. Let’s talk about the different types of fandoms, and the DOs and DON’Ts of each. Fandom: TV SHOWS/MOVIES You know what?
A few weeks ago I wrote a piece about rediscovering Magic: The Gathering. The honeymoon isn’t over yet, but my return to gaming culture opened my eyes to an intriguing phenomenon that occurs when nerds grow up. I call it the Neverland Effect. Let’s rewind a tiny bit. When I moved to Portland a little over two years ago, I worked in a college library. The college dress code is business formal: shirt, tie, the whole nine yards. I have a tendency to showboat, so I frequently wore a waistcoat as well. I often went to my local comic store straight from work on Fridays.