Saturday, April 22, 2006

Nerdom: Superheroes

PING, my character
I've loved super-heroes since before I could read, pawing furtively through my brothers' comic books when they weren't looking and marveling at the cool pictures. I was a DC kid, which means I liked the bright and god-like heroes -- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, shining icons of pure purpose and inhuman dedication. I never quite "got" the Marvel characters, with all of their human foibles and real-world problems. So Peter Parker couldn't make rent. Well guess what, neither could I! The way I saw it, comics were to escape your problems; why would I want to run to fiction to find the exact same problems -- and worse! -- confronting someone else?

This genre and those characters are responsible for most of the happy childhood memories I had. They hold out hope for a better today and a more glorious tomorrow. They get me writing, drawing, and creating, and for that I am truly thankful.

That love of the four-color world has never left me, and recently I've found a group online that lets me exercise my fascination. I get to write, draw, and play a game all at the same time, which is pretty cool. I'll probably be using this group to explore the "Nerd Side" a bit more and hopefully show those who have never been what a great place it can be. After all, this blog is supposed to be about the two sides of my world, both the country and the nerd.


Rob Rogers said...

PING is awesome. What a great picture!

I'm glad you're enjoying Uberworld.

SatchelFan said...

Wow -- I learned of your blog on a Shiloh list and loved that when I got here I found a link to one of my favorite blogs -- The Comics Curmudgeon! And then to see that your most recent post here is comics-related. A small world indeed.

Are you comfortable saying what name (if any) you use on Josh's site?

Jeff Hebert said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by Satchefan! I don't comment much at Josh's site, I usually find that everyone else has been much cleverer, much faster than I can get something up there. Plus Josh himself is so funny I can't really improve on anything he does, so I just enjoy reading and watching.

If I were a super-hero I'd probably end up as "The Lurker" or something :-)