Fandom tends to be seen as an inherently male interest. We have so many cultural stereotypes enhancing this belief. From The Big Bang Theory to “the fake gamer girl,” nerdiness always seems to start as something male, and then move towards women. For a while, this was pretty accurate. In 2010, only 35% of New York Comic Con attendees were women. However, as time goes on, these men get married. They have kids, and they pass on their nerdy genes.
With that in mind, I asked my fellow writers if they had inherited any of their geekiness from their fathers, or for any good stories about how their fathers inspired them towards the nerd community. Here are the responses I got:
Once upon a time, many years ago (about six or seven), I was a giant fan of a certain manga. A certain manga that has been featured in Shonen Jump for over a decade and includes a certain orange-suited ninja.
Yes. To my slight retrospective embarrassment, I was a HUGE fan of Naruto. I loved it, especially with the whole Naruto Uzumaki (our valiant hero) versus Sasuke Uchiha (his best friend who turned dark) arc in the last half of part one. The underdog rises out of alienation and underestimation to be the strongest ninja, endearing himself to the people of his village along the way! It had action, it had special abilities (Nine-tailed foxes and Sharingans), and it had, in my opinion, excellent art by Masashi Kishimoto. What was there not to love? Continue reading Believe It! Regarding a Certain Ninja and Myself→