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When Nerds Attack! July 26, 2010

Posted by Skippy in Observations, Popular Culture.
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Children, the annual San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is the Mecca of comic/sci-fi conventions. It draw tens of thousands of fanboys and girls who grovel at the feet of those who draw, write, and animate. If you are not familiar with comic/sci-fi/fantasy fandom…well, it can be a little scary. A long time ago, in a state far, far away, I had the opportunity to play Dungeons & Dragons with a couple of high school classmates. One of the guys’ characters ( a dryad, or nymph, or 12th level wizard or something) got killed…or something. Hey, it was, like, twenty-five years ago, ok? Anyhoodle, Fred (not his real name) got pissed. He shouted, ranted, and threw stuff. It was my first experience with Nerd Rage and the absolute last time I ever got near anything associated with Dungeons & Dragons. I thought, “Dude—I take my nerd shit seriously, but this is just WRONG.” If I’m going to go batshit and throw things, it’s usually because something Serious Has Happened.

Ok, so what does this have to do with SDCC? Well, children, for the first time that I’ve ever heard, an act of violence occurred at Comic-Con!

From Comic Book Resources:

“Basically, inside of Hall H during Comic-Con, prior to one of the showings, two males got into a dispute,” Sergeant Mondesir said. “One male attacked the other male, stabbing him on the side of his eye with a pen. Officers were relatively close by. Citizens within the hall detained the person. Officers came and arrested him, and right now we’re processing the scene inside.”

The victim was taken to UCSD Medical Center immediately for treatment while the suspect was arrested without incident thanks to the aid of attendees including, as Mondesir said, “The victim’s friend actually assisted in taking the suspect into custody.”

The sergeant explained that the dispute did break out after one person stated that the other person sitting through a panel to attend a later one should leave.

Children, children! Remember who the enemy is!

Fig. 1: If anyone needs to get attacked with an ink pen…

Aaaand, since it’s been a long, long while, let’s go to Captain Jean-Luc Picard for his reaction:

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