After discovering a wonderful community of geek girl bloggers, I learned about a number of blog post series that I could take part in, including this series called Five Fandom Friday started by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. I thought my debut Five Fandom Friday could simply be my favourite geeks! Sounds like an easy topic, right? Apparently I love more geeks than I thought and narrowing the list down to five was a bigger challenge than I expected.
I have loved Zachary Levi even before I loved Tom Hiddleston. That’s how deep my love is. I discovered him when he played Chuck Bartowski (Chuck) and was an adorable little baby face. He will also be the main reason I watch the Heroes reboot. He founded The Nerd Machine and Nerd HQ. On top of being devilishly handsome he’s also known for being genuinely nice. Way to rep the nerd community so well!
My first encounter with Felicia Day was from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog where she played the sweet and well-meaning Penny. She’s such a multifaceted entertainer, I pretty much want to be her when I grow up. She’s the creator of The Guild, Geek and Sundry (who totally featured a blog I worked for, Paper Droids, more than once), and is the author of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Probably). She inspires me to embrace my weird because it makes me interesting and sets me apart.
Donald Glover/Childish Gambino
You may recognize him as the beautiful cinnamon roll Troy Barnes from Community, or his rap persona Childish Gambino, or the guy that everyone wanted to be Spider-Man (except the racists).
Whether he’s voicing Marshall Lee (Adventure Time) or he’s spitting lyrics about hot nerdy girls, I’m on board. And if you’re a fan of rap you should listen to Camp. I admire Donald for not allowing himself to be swept away with a current; he’s very thoughtful on what he wants to do and who he wants to be (which is why he left Community). He won’t let anyone else define him.
This man is a Canadian treasure and I’ve had the privilege of making coffee for him when I interned at Penguin Books (he was pitching An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth). For those who are unfamiliar with Chris Hadfield, he’s a former astronaut who habitually played the guitar in space and last month released an album of songs he wrote up there (Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can). He also taught me that tears don’t fall in space so if you cry you get Ghibli tears.
I will admit it actually took me a really long time to appreciate Margaret Atwood. That’s not really an okay thing to admit in Canada because everyone frickin loves her. It’s kind of hard not to; even if her writing doesn’t strike a chord you can’t deny that she’s just really cool. She wrote the first manuscript for the Future Library project called Scribbler Moon. Nobody can see it until 2114 when the works in the Future Library can finally be read (and most of us will be DEAD). (Hey that rhymed!) Additionally she’s constantly advocating for the support of public libraries which is very rad of her.