This is the phrase I hear most often from my brother-in-law. Anytime I mention something about comic books, cosplay, or any other nerd fandom, he is there to put a comment on my facebook. Back in High School, this comment would have made me cower and feel hurt. Now I take it as a compliment and relish in it!! It’s about time it was okay to be a nerd.
Thing is, when I was growing up, it was an insult to be called a nerd. You wanted to read a comic book? “That’s not a book, that’s just a bunch of pictures with words. Luckily my parents didn’t care so long as they were decent. I believe my first comic was Chip & Dale. Don’t laugh… I was 6 at the time.
Star Trek was huge while I was in grade school through high school. At least to me it was. I believe this was the first fandom I was introduced to. My mom and dad watched the original Star Trek series before I was born. My sister was 5 when Star Trek: The Motion Picture came out in 1979. I wasn’t born till 3 years later. When I was 7 years old, my sister shared with me all the Star Trek movies up until Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. This one I got to see in theaters. From that point on, there was no turning back!!
Of course, this is when all the teasing started. It was really hard being different and liking things that others found ridiculous. I tried hard to just push it away but it ate at me. After high school I got rid of the comics I had and sort of kept my nerdiness to myself. I played video games a lot and that stayed with me. After high school the teasing went away which meant it was easier to come out of my shell.
I am now back to collecting comics and I have finally taken up cosplaying! Yes, that is right folks, I’m a NERD and loving every minute of it.
All this to say, don’t be ashamed of being a nerd :)!