We live in very strange times. This is a world where a small gathering of outcasts who once huddled together in a tiny conference room have morphed into a 175,000 strong throng of fans being catered to and pitched at from all angles. I’m talking, of course, about the rise of Comic-Con and the celebration of the nerd. I’ll proudly toss my hat among them in debating the finer points of symbiotic costume choices, mythical weaponry power ratings, and the origins of the Shocker. And now, finally, its cool to be a nerd. Its cool to dress like one. Now I say put on your dork uniforms and let us take back the night and deliver upon the jocks wedgies a thousand times more intense.
There was a time when pulling on your heat pressed Spider-Man shirt was like asking for an asskicking. Now, kids will offer to buy it off your back (No, James, I’m not selling it to you). But an ill-fitting shirt is still an ill shirt, so its important to go with something that works with your body. Because of the popularity of comics and comic-films, many major designers and companies are making quality, fitted shirts emblazoned with awesome designs. In selecting the proper shirt, you want it to fit comfortably, but not be overly loose, unless you’re a convicted rap artist. Shirts marked “athletic” or “fitted” are often cut to stick a little tighter to the body and are my choice. A popular trend today is “distressed,” which has an obvious definition, but these are cool because they give off a retro-vibe; paired with a Silver Age styled character and you’ve got a winner.
Like the shirt, rocking out some comic inspired accessories used to be a recipe for disaster. But slide that Green Lantern power ring on now and you’re ready to fist the world. Uh, with style and grace, not like, oh never mind. While I’m not entirely sold on that Spider-Man blingchain you’ve had your eye on, cool little things like rings and belt buckles serve as subtle announcements of your membership into the nerd club and that’s key. You don’t want to come out all cylinders firing, blazing comics from head to toe and on every hand. An article or two is enough to say “Hey, I read Green Lantern #54 and yeah, I understand how someone women could perceive that as an example of how women are treated as objects rather than people.” We’ve already discussed belt buckles in a previous column and they’re probably the easiest thing to slap on to express your love of geekdom without being too overt about it.
So whatever you decide to wear, just be yourself. Remember to make sure the things you’re buying fit well – if the Darkseid t-shirt only comes in X-Large but you were a Large, hold off and get that shirt that fits you and you’ll be pulling in the fangirls by the dozens. Or not, but hey you’ll look cool.
Stay tuned all this week as we finish up our coverage from Comic-Con International. Not only will were we roaming the floor in search of love, but we scored all the latest news Live from Hall H, great interviews with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars and random convention shenanigans, courtesy of our Comic-Con Attack Squad! To keep tabs on all of the happenings, just head over to our Comic-Con 2008 Homepage.