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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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RunningWolf26 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Writer
I couldn't agree more on how misogynistic pigs like this example of a "Spock" Man-child are prime examples on why this whole concept of "Fake geek girls" are still rampant. Why do bastards like this feel the need to try and alienate women from gaming and comics.? And Please don't say that they have a reason, what reason does ANYONE have to act so ungentlemanly towards a woman (towards ANYONE for that matter) who wasn't even talking to them in the first place.

It truly, and I apologize for the language, ticks the bloody hell out of me when I see or hear about who some poor girl/woman was essentially chased off from a series be it comic or game merely because she was a female. NOW granted not all male fans who are overweight or otherwise are as elitist as this piece of shite, but it is exactly those bastards who screw things up for everyone, not just the female fans. Their blind hatred hurts male fans as well. I will give an personal example, I have had 5 past experiences trying to talk with female fans of animes, manga and games only to have my head bitten off, but after the initial heated outburst I found out that many of them were treated quite poorly by male fans, and for whatever cosmic reason 4 out of the 5 said male fans who had treated them like that were indeed overweight, not sure if it was a coincidence or not, but I had asked them that despite past experiences with jerks like the one in this comic, to please not lump all males into a general group, just like they would not want to be generalized. After talking with them I had found that 2 of them knew more about Deadpool than I did, and 1 of them had made a living selling high quality cosplay outfits online, with one of her highest sellers being an Assassin's Creed style modern day hood.

Point is ladies and gentlemen, that even if you were unfortunate enough to have an experience similar to this one, please don't generalize the opposite sex into one group. Not all fan girls are "fake fans girls" (I have yet to even met a fake fan girl, though I have met plenty of fake fan 'boys' and they were usually the ones who did actions nearly identical to this one. And I call them boys because despite their ages, they never matured past the age of 9.) And Not all males think this way or will try to do this. We should all see people not by their outward appearance, but by the strength of their character.

On a different note. My wife and I are indeed video game and comic book nerds, and I am not ashamed to say that she know MUCH more about DC (Particularly Batman) than anyone else I know (I'm a Marvel bloke) and goodness help you if you try to talk about Tomb Raider with her, she will chat your ear off ^_^ But I'm not any better on that aspect especially when I comes to Assassin's Creed and Elder Scrolls, I can talk forever about the lore of those series.
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Miss-Deadly-Kate Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I've never been called a fake geek girl, but then I've never been a convention because I don't have a lot of money and can't afford it. But I think the reason why no one has called me a fake geek girl is because the second they say ANYTHING about a favourite character or movie they like I end up giving them an essay's worth of information on the subject. 

I have only ever met one person who's comic book knowledge exceeded my own. And it was another girl. In fact most of the time the guys I've spoken with barely know anything compared to me.
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DreadedOne131 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I thought Throg was the horned devil with the cutlass that keeps bothering Man Thing!  To my surprise he's another version of Frog Thor.  The devil guy is Thog.  I had to look up Ugly John, but that was Quesada era X-Men apparently.
Throg
marvel.wikia.com/Throg
Ugly John
marvel.wikia.com/Ugly_John_%28…

Thog, the demon dude from ManThing
marvel.wikia.com/Thog_%28Earth…
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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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