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SYAC - Geek Creed by TomPreston SYAC - Geek Creed by TomPreston
Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
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This is the companion comic to this strip: syacartoonist.com/asking-for-i…

You don’t have to “quiz” women to find out if they like comics AS MUCH as they say they do. And if this quiz was a necessary rite of passage to be a fan of any geeky property in the first place and not exclusive towards women, why hasn’t someone tried it on me?

And even if these mythical “fake geek girls” actually do exist, your weird hatred of them is indirectly alienating real geek girls. If a woman walks around wearing a Superman shirt but doesn’t really care about Superman, why do you feel the need to act like such an elitist PRICK towards them? There is no reason to hate “geek girls” outside a messed up desire to try and keep gaming and comics male dominated and closed off towards “outsiders.” That’s exclusionary. That’s elitist. That’s misogynistic. And that’s messed up. Don’t do it, please.

PS: I obviously know the obscure references used this comic since I put them in there. If you feel the urge to write about them in the comments, please don’t cuz I don’t care.
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godzilla1990 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 I like comics and near everything about the industry, (and know a little bit too much some days). Just because I like comics to a certain level doesn't I or anyone else should judge someone because they don't know as much. It's much better to say, "Here, if you like this show (or book), you should try this one." instead of going "You don't know this book (or show)!! BE GONE from me fake fan!!!
    P.S. No one knows every character. If you know every character........good job! Maybe branch out into other series.
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ChristinYou Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I agree fully! I have been told I am not a "true fan" of such and such because I did not like a character. A character!!! 
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godzilla1990 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's no such thing as a "true fan" or a "fake fan". There are just fans of whatever it is, be it a show, movie, game of book of any sort. I prefer fanfare to "fan warfare" over the various prefered genres of entertainment any day. Just enjoy whatever, and don't ruin something for the next person.
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ChristinYou Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Yes! Yes to EVERYTHING you just typed! 
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K-haza Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is more of an issue in USA than in Finland, but the way females are potrayed in the media leaks from there. There are the TV shows, movies and games, where women are potrayed in sexual and/or objectified, and also the Internet is quick to spread it throughout the world.

I have been quiz'd couple of times in IGDA (International Game Development Association) meetings, but it was mostly by the one dude that everyone dislikes. And he does that to males too. Mostly I'm being made fun not because of my gender but because I am so young. The older members talk about Commodore and NES and other classics, but my hobby started around year 2000. But no one has ever treated me badly as far as I remember, though I hate those obscure quiz times that have happened. Sorry for not being old school just because of my age and the fact that my parents were strictly against video games...
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InsidiousAgent Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I get the reasoning of both "camps" in this, but there are better ways to go about things than being a dick about it.

Besides, having fakers there who don't really read or care about comics or games or what have you but still think of the events as a fun thing to go to is strategically beneficial to us geeks; they up the visitor rate and give sponsors more of a reason to keep trowing money at us.

So, even though you'e one of those "geeks" who might feel like these people are just there to treat what your hearts beat for as som kind of freakshow just think of this; they're useful to us.
So live and let be I guess...
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sonicgail Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
who are the guys that the dude talks about in the first panel?
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tbonegirl28 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student General Artist
I see a lot of, "They have reasons to be jerks" And while yes there is a reason and it's not an excuse it comes right up to the line, but doesn't cross it. You can be bitter and angry, but be bitter and angry at the person who made you feel small. Don't be small and release your feelings on somebody who doesn't deserve it. Be the person you wanted to come to YOUR rescue when you were picked on. 
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bonnybanshey Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014   Artist
HA THIS PROVES GUYS ARE IDIOTS WITH THIS FAKE GEEK GIRL CRAP
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Hawk-Moth Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Writer
I have not experienced this sort of treatment. Hell, I dyed my hair purple and green, and cut it short, a couple days later I was picking around in the graphic novel section at B&N. Suddenly, this guy just comes over and raves about how I looked like a fem Joker......I just took it as a compliment, mostly because I like his character.

I guess I haven't seen much of this or been quizzed since I've only ever been to two conventions in my life, and I have yet to partake in cosplay. Who knows, either way, I don't understand why you would want to alienate people from a fandom. When I tell people about my hobbies, I do it with the intention of letting them in on something that is special to me. I just, yeah, I don't get it.
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