Hello once again Geeklings!
So there’s an expression I’ve been bandying about for a while now, when I see certain people who put out a lot of things that create massive fandoms and get millions of geeks across the globe excited and hungry for more. When I see people like that, I like to say they are one of the kings/queens of the geeks. Sounds all official.
But I think the time has come to really narrow down who these movers, shakers and leaders are when it comes to fandom love and devotion. Who are the people operating today that we look to when we desperately want to know what will happen to certain characters or worlds? Who are the ones who seem to set the trends in nerd culture? Who are the ones who truly embody what it means to be a geek in the 21st century?
So may I humbly present the people I think fit that mold and who create a dynamic and stellar world for the nerd-inclined to live. May the rabid debates begin!
Joss Whedon: This guy has been a staple in my life since 1997, though he’s been on the scene longer than that and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is also known for other shows like Firefly and Dollhouse. He’s a prolific writer, tackling screenplays and graphic novels. He took the writers strike of 2008 in stride and created the web series Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. But lately, he’s hard at work directing a follow up to his 2012 superhero magnum opus The Avengers with The Avengers: Age of Ultron AND brought another TV show to the small screen with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Joss’s whip smart dialogue, character development and his fearlessness with ‘going there’ has cemented this king’s place in fan’s hearts the world over.
J. J. Abrams: I could go into Mr. Abrams career as creator, co-creator and/or producer of such cult hit TV shows as Alias, Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest and Revolution. Those alone would likely be enough to get him on this list. But what really makes him royalty is that not only did he bring Star Trek into the 21st century with two hit movies, but now all eyes are on him to do the same with Star Wars. Episode 7 will be released to the world next December, but if anyone can make this dream a reality for Jedi and Sith alike I think it’s King Abrams.
Chris Hardwick: A comedian who may be one of the hardest working geeks around. Not only is he the CEO of Nerdist Industries (yes, that’s a thing), he’s also a writer, a stand-up comic, an actor (on screen and voice), a musician, a podcaster and a TV host. Seriously, this guy must not sleep. And it is for that tireless dedication that he must be crowned a king.
Felicia Day: This actress got her start in a small role on Buffy and has since sung her way into our hearts in Doctor Horrible and has a recurring role as Charlie on Supernatural. But outside of acting she’s also created one of the best representations of what life can be like for the modern female geek by writing and starring in the legendary web series The Guild. For that and so much more, Felicia takes the crown as a Queen.
J. K. Rowling: You didn’t think I’d leave her off this list, do you? She wrote Harry Potter. She’s working on prequel films for the series. Her characters have their own amusement park. Your argument is invalid and here’s your crown, Ms. Rowling.
Yaya Han: A few scant years ago, the term ‘cosplay’ would not have meant anything to anyone. Now, not only is it the mark of a true fan as they attend their Sci Fi conventions, people can actually make a living at it if they’ve got the talented chops. One such person, who has become one of the most famous faces of the cosplay trend, is Yaya Han. Google her name and you’ll see the stunning costumes from across all types of fandoms that she creates and models. She’s even paid her expertise forward as a judge on conventions and has appeared in books and on the reality show Heroes of Cosplay. For taking a geek hobby and making it mainstream, Yaya is the queen of the sewing machine.
Steven Moffat: Over the last decade or so British television has exploded in terms of creating series that fans the world over have given their hearts and devotion to. At the forefront of that is Steven Moffat. As a show-runner, writer and producer, he’s someone we can credit with relaunching Doctor Who and turning it into the global phenomenon it is today. And if that weren’t enough, he created the modern update of the world’s most famous detective Sherlock Holmes with Sherlock, which has fans waiting on the edge of their seats for years at a time for new episodes to air. For keeping us in his iron grip and allowing us to create Wholock, Moffat takes another crown. (And props also has to be given to Mark Gatiss, another writer who helped create both Doctor Who and Sherlock and who has acted on both shows, most notably as Mycroft Holmes on Sherlock).
The Cornetto Trio: A bit more obscure to North American audiences, but no less worthy of a spot on our list, this trio consists of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. While all three have their own geeky things to be proud of (such as Wright directing Scott Pilgrim vs the World, and Pegg and Frost staring in Paul) what pushes them into royalty are two things they created with their combined forces; The Cornetto Trilogy of films (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End) and the short lived BBC series Spaced, one of the best representations of the lives of fanboys and fangirls. As a bonus, Wright almost joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe before…well, things happened. But despite that, crowns all around!
Stephen Colbert: TV host, author, actor, future host of Tonight. There’s hardly anything Mr. Colbert can’t do. But did you know that, deep down, from his earliest days, he’s a hardcore fanboy? In addition to hanging Captain America’s shield on the wall behind his desk at The Colbert Report and being drawn up as the potential replacement for The Falcon, there is narry a person alive who knows more about Lord of the Rings than Stephen. Want proof? Watch this video and skip ahead to about the 18:50 mark. Yeah. For keeping us informed and entertained while holding on to his geeky roots, we gladly join the Colbert Nation.
Those are the heavy hitters in my humble opinion. But now, keeping up the tradition of making firm declarations when it comes to fandoms, I throw the floor open to debates and further comments. Am I on the mark? Am I not? Am I completely out of my mind when it comes to my choices? Have I missed anyone who should be on this list, and how dare I not include them? Post in the comments, but remember; though opinions may be heated, keep the language clean and good-natured.
Keep watching the airways, the bookshelves, the interwebs and the world around us for the next big projects, the next innovators, and the next big things to make our fanatical hearts go pitter patter. Stay geeky my friends.