The day is almost upon us when we can all dress like fools and not be confined to a convention center or hotel conference room. I haven’t dressed up for Halloween since I was fifteen years old, even then my costume was nothing more than a generic wizard. That was even before wizards were cool, before Harry Potter and Gandalf made silver screen appearances (making me a hipster wizard). I still like seeing people in costume though. It’s fantastic to see my fellow nerds on Halloween, because in a race to make something better than their typical cosplay faire, nerds tend to go all out on Halloween.
It’s like a parade of geekdom when nerds find that special costume for Halloween. Out goes the cross-playing (as imaginative as it is to see Ghost Busting Pikachu, we’re all getting a little tired of guessing what everyone is at conventions), gender bending is no longer reserved for “that kind of cosplayer” and the costumes reserved for Halloween take months to prepare and make (in most cases).
So, fellow geeks and nerds please rejoice. Halloween is a day we can all shine and show the world that our hobbies and past times (be them reading comic books, playing video games or watching anime) aren’t a complete waste of time… at least for one day.
I realize that Canadian Thanksgiving was yesterday, but I haven’t been well and there’s still too much seasonal poultry in my blood to feel normal. So, I’m declaring this a free day. Now, put your heads on your desks and sit quietly until the bell rings.
We’ll have an entry/update next week.
Happy October, folks! I have this inkling that Lucky’s script for this month was inspired by two things.
The first and most obvious answer is that Halloween is soon to be among us, which I would say is one of my favourite days of the year. The second reason, which may be less obvious for some of our readers, is that we both got the game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, which has the character that Boom Boom is dressed as (Wario). Lizzie is dressed as Wario’s probably-not-as-popular (and not-in-game) brother Waluigi. So with that, Nintendo’s been on our minds for the past little while.
We’ve…played a lot of it, if that says anything.
Comic books aren’t impervious to work seasons, but back when I still collected them, they seemed fairly resilient. This is evident in my memories of trudging through snow and slush just to pick up the latest issue of Uncanny X-Men or as I dried out in Summer heat so I could have my copy of Spectacular Spiderman. Comic books seldom have a lull or a break season (at least the permanent running series) so it’s easy to forget that every issue takes a formidable amount of work.
However, it always feels like an end when Fall starts to roll around, the crisp smell in the air is overpowered by the sharp smell of poly bags and the rustle of leaves is the perfect harmony for the score of swishes from turning pages made of newsprint in comic books.
It’s been years since I collected comic books, but the turning of season makes me feel nostalgic for those days past.
There’s been a bug going around the household, and it looks like Lucky’s the last one to catch it. I caught it sometime last week too, and it was a pretty bad cold. Lucky’s definitely not enjoying it, either.
So, to those who keep up with our blog, please wish him well as he continues to recover! (It’s a cold, though. He’ll recover.)