Friday, October 3, 2014

Fandom Fridays: Gateway Fandoms!

I'm finally WiFi equipped!
And what better way to kick off, than with my fellow Female Geek Bloggers in: FANDOM FRIDAYS (imagine here, a dramatic echo). Megan from The Nerdy Girlie, and, Kristin from Super Space Chick

This Friday we are looking at our Gateway Fandoms--Our fandoms that got us into fandoms, the nerd life, the things we unabashedly *squee* about!!!
Here, friends, are mine, ranked from the most recent of these, to my very first (and just so you know, Harry Potter was number 6...and you'll see why when you get to #1).

5). Invader Zim
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I remember Friday March 30, 2001 (you see why this is on the list?) because I knew that this new show was going to be awesome, but, unfortunately, it would not be appreciated until it was cancelled, because that's how life works. I actually stumbled across the show's premiere on Nickelodeon not because I knew it was airing, but by the luck of channel-surfing. I loved Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac already, and when I saw the "created by" at the end of the episode, I understood the familiarty and was hooked and have been GIR-obsessed since episode one (I even got him in tattoo form!).

4). Astonishing X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
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 This was the first comic series I ever bought for myself. In the fifth/sixth grade we had auctions based on these little paper gems we earned from doing our school work, being citizens, doing unexpected good things, etc. (think "House Points" from Harry Potter, but, on an individual basis); and at the end of a quarter we could use these gems to purchase another students item that they had brought/donated to the auction. At the end of the year, issue 1 of the Astonishing X-Men's Age of Apocalypse was what one student brought (clearly, he had already read it). Yes, I was the only girl to bid on it (granted, there were some REALLY cute Sanrio items at the time, but most of it was Spottie Dottie who wasn't my fave). Needless to say, I won (as I usually do with these things), and found out that the entire series had already come and gone from print which left me with the lonely #1 issue. However, in what felt like a year's time (it was probably only a month), I found (and purchased) this Astonishing... series in a four pack at Toys 'R' Us, and was able to read the story arc and furthered my love for my favorite Marvel character Blink!!!

3). Sailor Moon (anime)

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There are two camps of thought. Like the Beatles vs the Stones, chances are you were fan of either Sailor Moon, or, Dragonball Z. This is not to say you couldn't/didn't like both, but, one of them is head and shoulders above the other in terms of influence on you as child in the 90's and, anime! Sailor Moon is still loved by me and I plan on making as many other fans as possible!!! It was the cute suits, at one point, but I think the coolest thing was the team of scouts who were all different people, but still fought for what was right, versus waiting to be saved by some dude. Sailor Mercury was the first person I ever wanted to cosplay as, and Sailor Saturn in still my DREAM cosplay!

2). Star Wars
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 I grew up watching this...the original un-CGI tampered with version (I'm sorry, but I HATE the changes). My dad had them on VHS tapes and all four of us kids (my younger sister, two younger brothers, and I [and as it turns out, my husband and his sisters]). Back in the day each of us would occasionally get a candy as a treat and we often would pick Life Savers, and we would each have a different flavor, and pretend they were our light saber hilts (they sounded similar in our little kid ears). We all wanted to be Jedi and wanted real light sabers...ok...I still do.

1). My Dadoo!
 
Art by Jeffrey Brown from: Vader's Little Princess

My dad is a nerd.That's who I get it from! He's a history nerd, a Trekkie/Trekker (he's dressed as an Alien, and Captain Kirk a few times),a Sleepy-Head (Sleepy Hollow fan), a Star Wars nerd (he had a license plate that read Darth Vader--in license plate lingo), and more recently, I've been introducing him to  Doctor Who which he likes, but has some watching to do. He watched Smallville, and is excited for The Flash and is starting Arrow! Since I was little I was a fan of my parent's, but, since this is about "Gateways" I gotta say, my dad is the number one in the arena! (Addendum: The only reason Harry Potter wasn't number 5 is because my dad was the person who got me into nerdy things...EVERYTHING I love are in one way or another because of him! So I couldn't, not list him...right?).

What are your Gateway Fandoms?

15 comments:

  1. I really should watch Invader Zim! I have one episode on VHS, where they turn into bologna because of an accidental DNA splice (or something?) and I used to watch that as a kid, but never really took the time to watch the whole show!

    Sierra @ Bookyum

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    1. LOL! That episode is the sole reason I ask "Why am I so delicious?" when I play with animals! The rest is really fun too, I think! I especially love Dark Harvest.

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  2. Aw, that's cute that you listed your dad!

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    1. Heehee, that's why I disclaimered why HP was #6...I had written it, but felt like my dad had to be on the list. I'm a fan of my parents, so, I feel like it makes sense...right? :D

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  3. OMG Invader Zim!!! One of my friends and I were obsessed with that show and quoted it constantly. (I owe a lot of my fandoms to that friend...) I've got a dog-suit GIR plush at my mom's. And I still sing the Doom song to my cats. :)

    And I get some of my nerdy-ness from my dad too. Mostly the gadget geeky stuff.

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    1. Nice! When all the merchandise was finally produced, I was a broke college student and couldn't afford much of it. I wanted all the things.
      I still try and buy all the G.I.R. things when I see them.

      And I too sing the doom song ;)

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  4. Dooooommmm! I loved Invader Zim as an angst driven, gothic teenager, haha. Oh, who am I kidding, I still love it!

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    1. It was totally a rocker kid (punk, ska, goth, metal, industrial, etc.) show...at first! I still love it too!

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  5. Aw, I love that you listed your dad! I totally blame my step-dad for getting me into nerdy things. He raised us on the old Star Wars movies (pre-CGI :) ) and took us out of school when the new ones came out in theaters. We still watch all of the original movies every Christmas!

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    1. My dad took us out of school too! And yes!!! Pre-CGI Star Wars for the win!
      And I like your Christmas tradition! I have the original theatrical versions on DVD, so, maybe that needs to be a part of mine...Though I do have 10 "Must See" Christmas movies...eh, what's another 3? ;)

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  6. STAR WARS!!!!! That is all.

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  7. So so cute you listed your dad, I love that :) xx

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    1. Heehee!
      He was the Jedi to my nerdy Padawan upbringing!

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  8. Welcome back Joie! I missed you, but kept up with you on Instagram. I love the original Star Wars also. I couldn't get into the new ones. Something about them. Oh well.
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