Like many comic book fans, Punk's passion began at a young age, he explained. "My first job was at a comic book store and Larry Hama's G.I. JOE is what got me into comics. It's funny because it's such a well-written book and to start off reading that really set the bar high. I initially read it because I was a fan of the cartoon, the toys and all that, but the comic was so sophisticated, so sleek and so different from the cartoon. Then I discovered comic shops once Gas City [a gas station franchise with attached stores] stopped carrying comic books and I couldn't get my monthly G.I. JOE fix. There was a comic shop called All American Comics right near my grandpa's house. I remember being a little kid, hanging out in his old, above ground pool where I'd hang out in the summer, then walk across the street to Brown's Chicken, right near All American. We'd hang out there a lot and eventually I worked there for a lot of years, which is what really got me into comics. You wind up working in a comic shop and you end up reading and collecting everything there is to read and collect."
Here's CM Punk talking more comics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKHxbCU22WM
America's Next Top Model isn't exactly the most expected place you'd find a World of Warcraft addict. Not only is this supermodel a Comic-Con staple
(in her Princess Leia/Imperial Officer costume), but she often tweets photos of her playing video games on her computer, with a headset on and nothing else. If it means anything to you, she’s allegedly a Night Elf Warrior with the name “Darthadri” in a Nazgrel server. Not that she needs your gifts. Here's Adrianne talking about her love of gaming and cosplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYSngp8gcYI
Donald Glover. Comedian. Actor. Rapper. Attempted Spider-Man. Donald Glover is all of these things, but he is also kind of a nerd. Indeed, he is widely considered the third most popular black nerd in America behind the president and Kanye West, and I'm pretty sure those rankings are fixed. Here's Donald in his own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgko-xReFSs
Nerdy viewers of The Big Bang Theory would've revolted if Howard fantasized about any random guest actress on the show. Casting directors had to be cautious in selecting the perfect dream girl for the demographic. Enter: Katee Sackhoff. While starring as Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on Sci Fi's Battlestar Gallactica, Sackhoff also voiced a female marine in Halo 3, a number of characters on Robot Chicken, and campaigned for Resistance 2. Coming up, she has the werewolf thriller Growl and Batman: Year One slated for release—both nerd-friendly projects. Here Kate talking about her role in the video game Spider-Man: Edge of Time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMJLRyfjkxE&playnext=1&list=PLDE6277275029F3D9&feature=results_video
Ryan "Darth" Bader
Let MMA fighter Ryan Bader be an example to all the awkward junior high geeks out there. He proves that just because you're a geek, doesn't mean you can't be a complete badass and all-around kickass human being. When "Darth" Bader isn't doling out bone-crushing beatings, you may find him playing video games or crafting his Halloween costume; in recent years, he's dressed as a Smurf, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and a Care Bear. And if his nickname didn't give it away, he's also a Star Wars fan. Here's some of Bader's handy work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V5arEfKokE
Somewhat of a spokeswoman for lady geeks, Tina Fey drops Star Wars references like a champ and keeps her nerf herder cred while talking about The Love Boat. Beyond just giving us the fantasy, we see a sure fire way to get out of jury duty: Fey's character on 30 Rock, Liz Lemon, dresses as Princess Leia and admits it's not fair for her to be on a jury because she's "a hologram." Here's Tina in her most famous role as Sarah Palin:
This Harvard grad, who got her big break on Freaks and Geeks, made a name for herself (literally) with her Call Of Duty screen name "Karen The Jim Slayer" on The Office and later created her own comic book series, Frenemy Of The State. She's just one Star Trek reference short of being the definition of the ultimate fangirl. Here's Rashida talking about her role in the movie Our Idiot Brother: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlB_jV78POg
A noted comic book fan and champion of geek culture, it should come as no surprise that Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy, Clerks, Dogma) has something to do with the first reality series set inside a comic book store. It should also come as no surprise to fans of the writer, director and podcaster that the February 12-debuting AMC show is not only set in the Red Bank, New Jersey comic store he owns -- Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash -- but also features Smith's longtime friends and employees Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Ming Chen and Mike Zapcic. He's not only a geek, but a good guy as well. Here's a promo for his show Comic Book Men airing on AMC:
On a one-woman mission to prove that girls can be online gamers, too, Day created, wrote, and starred in The Guild, based loosely on her own life. Additionally, in the music video for her song "(Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar," she points out how attached people become to others' online persona and how disappointed they get when they first meet each other in normal human form. Here's Felicia enjoying a game of "The Last Night on Earth": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhLU2-BuhMI
So how unbelievably cool is Thomas Jane? The guy had such a good time playing The Punisher in 2004, that he personally goes off and makes a ten-minute short film that is better than all three of the Punisher feature-lengths combined. Jane screened Dirty Laundry at San Diego Comic-Con, and said he created it as a “love letter to the fans.” Check it out below!
Jay-Z has called Lupe Fiasco, “a breath of fresh air” in the hip hop industry, and if you read up on the guy you can see why. He’s into comic books, anime, sneakers and t-shirts; he’s a skateboarder; he’s Muslim; doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t go to the club. He’s also got ridiculous flow, a good ear for hot beats, and I respect the fact that he does use his platform to provide some social commentary. Be on the lookout for his new album, “The Cool,” and a series of new projects he has in the works. Sounds like “The Cool” is going to be a concept album centered around a series of characters with supernatural elements and traits. Those characters will carry on in the form of a horror radio show he’s putting together, as well as a comic book series. Pretty cool! Here's Lupe doing his thang...
After graduating from Marianopolis College, this G4tv contributing correspondent and managing director at Ubisoft Toronto landed a job with EA, producing The Sims Online before moving on to produce Assassin's Creed with Ubisoft. She's the one you can thank for helping you "woo-hoo" other players from the comforts of your computer chair.
The next time you want to make fun of a comic book “geek”, think about how Anderson Silva, reigning UFC middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king in Mixed Martial Arts, is actually an avid follower of Spider- Man. This Brazilian is not somebody you want to pick a fight with, unless you want to go home with a black eye and a broken arm.
Silva, a premiere striker and grappler labeled by many experts as “MMA’s greatest fighter ever” often talks about how his nickname (“The Spider”) is an homage to everybody’s favorite web-slinger. Not only does the mixed martial artist have hundreds of Spider-Man comics in his collection, but he also trains most of the time wearing Spider-Man shirts. Here's Silva at his best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SLwCRYLzZU
Webb, the co-host and senior segment producer of the G4tv's X-Play and host of G4 Underground, broke the hearts of dweebs everywhere when she turned down a Playboy spread. She did, however, run the monthly video game column "Tips From the Gaming Goddess" for FHM, where she answered e-mailed questions. She has yet to respond to any e-mails about proms, though. Here's Morgan playing the RPG Pandemic alongside Wil Wheaton, Ed Brubaker and Robert Gifford: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytK1zDPPDhw
Only a true gamer would freak out over the sight of a Portal 2 advertisement and cite playing Dr. Mario as the best way to unwind. If you're now wondering where she's been all your life, you'll have the entire summer to get to know her as the newest shapeshifter, Luna, on HBO's True Blood. Here's Janina talking about her role in True Blood, her love of Game of Thrones and her music career:
It is well known in the geek world how much of a Superman fan Jerry Seinfeld is, taking it as far as using many references in his hit tv series Seinfeld and actually having Superman magnets on the set's refrigerator. He often used superhero related material in his comedy act. Want proof? Here's the proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HksnkliM1mQ
Arguably the most familiar geek of all the X-chromosomes on our countdown, Munn set the bar for female nerds when she made it blatantly sexy and mainstream to be one on G4's Attack of the Show. Although video game knowledge wasn't exactly her strongest suit, Munn's dedication to the culture, proved by her penchant for dressing up as sci-fi/superhero characters, cemented The Daily Show's newest correspondent as a sex symbol. Here's Olivia showing her geek pedigree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9nwO85i1yE
Geeks love their toys and collections, and it’s possible that no one is a bigger original Batman TV show fanboy than actor and comedian Ralph Garman. Garman is known for his famous actor impersonations mainly done on the KROQ Kevin and Bean Show, as well as voice acting on television shows like Family Guy, American Dad! and MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch. He also hosts the “Hollywood Babble-On” podcast with good buddy Kevin Smith — of Clerks, Mallrats and Jay and SIlent Bob Strike Back fame — discussing Hollywood current events peppered with his signature impersonations. But Garman’s major geek cred comes from his massive love for Batman, specifically the 1960s Adam West era of the caped crusader’s legacy. Here's Ralph having a good time with his idol; Adam West:
Jessica Chobot is the nerd herd's bastion of hope. Contrary to what her bombshell image would lead you to believe, she's not only the sexy IGN host, G4 correspondent, Fuel TV contributor, and model who infamously licked a PSP simply to turn geeks on. She's actually more personally immersed in the gaming and Anime culture than you'd expect, and she has a Legend Of Zelda Triforce symbol tattooed on her wrist to prove it. Here's Jessica talking about women and gaming with Geraldo Rivera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAnqstPRbE0
President of the US
President-elect Barack Obama used to collect comic books, can't part with his BlackBerry, and once flashed Leonard "Mr. Spock" Nimoy the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" sign. As a youngster, Obama collected Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books. His Senate website used to have a photo of him posing in front of a Superman statue, and in October at New York's Alfred Smith dinner he joked: "I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the planet Earth." Jor-El was the father of Superman, born on the planet Krypton. Yep, he's one of us, here's the proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSU-qAdcuyI
So, last time I was here I was talking about celebrity geeks, how us geeks are look upon by society, and how the perception of geeks has changed because of the major success of movies and tv series based on comic book characters as well as celebrities coming out so to speak and letting everyone know that being a geek and loving comic books, science fiction or gaming isn't as bad as some people might think, in fact; it's pretty damn cool!.
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