I promise, we really do watch Whedon here in the Great White North (Canada). We play Assassin’s Creed. We watch Star Trek, Nerdist, even My Little Pony. We read comic books and graphic novels. I’m almost sure they do the same thing all over Europe, Asia, even down under in Australia.
I can only speak for Canadians, but we do love our nerd culture. Montreal Comiccon, which happened on September 14-16, is the ultimate proof.
Walking through the convention center, the cosplayers are infinitely impressive. A guy with scarily accurate Robert Downey Junior facial hair wearing a mechanized Iron Man suit was posing for a picture with gender swapped Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi. As I walked away from that scene, I heard the girls laugh to each other saying: “We’re totally gonna see that on Tumblr.” That’s right, we even have Tumblr in Canada.
Geekdom celebrities even made the long trip north. The lineup for autographs and pictures with William Shatner was only rivaled by the line for Patrick Stewart, with fans competing over which is the better Star Trek captain.
Wil Wheaton played a game of Settlers of Catan with a lucky fan and his wife, smack talking all the while. Wil said on his blog that he was blown away by the passion of Montreal fans even back in 2006 for CruiseTrek, as well as giving daily updates about how much unadulterated fun he is having in the wonderful city of Montreal.
The best part is how much Montrealers care. How much Canadians care. People travelled from all over the country because Montreal Comiccon is the only opportunity some of us have to feel the joy of being among our own, among the nerds. The costumes were just about as impressive as those in New York or San Diego, the artist booths were busy and the people were just as excited, even though they knew they wouldn’t be hearing any blockbuster announcements.
For you Americans, appreciate how much you have. Appreciate the amount of nerd culture events that happen in a town near you and take advantage of it. I’ve had to spend countless hours on Greyhound busses and all-too-expensive commercial airplanes to get to New York, Chicago, Orlando and more.
For all of you non-American nerds and geeks: I feel your pain. Montreal Comiccon, as amazing as it is, is completely dwarfed by the other conventions. When people tell me how lucky I am to at least have a Comiccon, no matter how small, I respond with: “Great, it’s like being the tallest midget.” I apologize for the political incorrectness, but that nicely captures my frustration with being a nerd outside of the United States.
We who live, eat and breathe nerd culture suffer, but we exist outside the U.S of A. We’re around and we love it every bit as much as our American counterparts. We have the natural disadvantage of living in another country, but that’s the only difference. We do whatever we can to experience the culture as fully as possible.
Thank goodness for the Internet.