Dr. Geek: All the Whovians Unhappy in the Whoverse

When Matt Smith announced that he was leaving Doctor Who after the 50th Anniversary Special and the annual Christmas episode, the fans of Who, known as Whovians, took to the Internet to discuss who could, should, and would be the 12th (or — Spoiler! — 13th, actually) Doctor.  But more than just bandy about possible actors’ names and place bets on the […]

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Dr. Geek: The Fractured Nature of Fandoms

Here we are in the United States of America, having just gotten past yet another July 4th holiday weekend, where you are required to show your official fandom as being an American patriot through draping yourself and your belongings with the flag, eating and drinking as much as you can with the people you love, and crowing over the explosions […]

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Dr. Geek: The Fetishistic Turn in My Little Pony

Almost a year ago, I first discovered that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is an amazing show that is capable of generating a fandom that crosses both gendered and generational lines.  However, crossing and pushing these borders causes consternation about the bronies who organize because of it.  However, bronies appear to welcome their challenge to social and cultural notions about what […]

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Dr. Geek: Do Zombies Have Your Brains?

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!” If you know that line, where it comes from, what the “they” are, then there’s a good chance you are a zombie fan.  If you’ve ever argued which is better, the slow zombie of George Romero fame or the fast zombie of Danny Boyle fame – or even which is the “real” zombie — […]

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Dr. Geek: The Darker Side of Anime

Although perhaps not as big sales wise as it once was, anime and manga remain highlyinfluential in the United States since exploding unto the scene with the Pokemon universe in the 1990s.  The aesthetic qualities and conventions of anime and manga have influenced American artists (I’m looking at you, Joe Madureira) and creators of comic books and animation (see Avatar: […]

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Dr. Geek: The Popularity of The Fail

As a society, as a civilization, even as a species, we like to celebrate success.  With the Summer Olympics under way in Ye Olde London Towne, we have one of the great examples of how much we humans celebrate success.  We give people medals, trophies, money, cereal endorsements, all for outrunning, outgunning, outswimming, outsynchronizing their rivals.  We are surrounded by […]

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Dr. Geek: Batfans, Putting the Fanatic Back in Fan

The theory goes that the term “fan” originated as a shortened form of fanatic.  Fanatic comes from long, long ago, when the only fanatics were of the religious type, as a way to describe such people with excessive zeal, enthusiasm and passion, as if driven mad and consumed by the madness.  Due to its etymological origin, the term fan, when […]

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Dr. Geek: I’m Somepony, Are You?

He’s traveled around the world.  He’s eaten things that would make any non-foodie American squeamish at best and vomiting at worst.  He nearly killed himself riding an ATV on a New Zealand sand dune.  He has no reservations about speaking his mind on any topic, food related or not.  He is Anthony Bourdain, and he’s a brony.   In case […]

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Dr Geek: And Geeks Shall Inherit Space

Once upon a time, a call went out across the United States for men who had “the right stuff.”  Men who were fearless.  Men who were smart.  Men who were brave.  Men who could take commands.  Men who could handle cramped spaces, the rollercoaster ride from Hell, and the possibility of a hot, cold, or very wet death.  And men […]

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