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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Nerds For Obama

posted by on September 30 at 16:00 PM


I think this is unprecedented. Comic books are usually a fairly apolitical field because lots of comics fans tend to be conservative, but now there’s a social network called Comics Industry for Obama. Members include Mike Allred, who created a comic called Madman and also a comic book adaptation of The Book of Mormon, and Mike Mignola, who created Hellboy. The site is for fans and comic pros alike, and its tagline is “Let’s make sure the good guy wins.” Awww. Also, they have a nice logo. But this doesn’t mean you have to suddenly start thinking Hellboy II was a good movie.

Also weird and new to this election cycle: Gamers for Obama. One blog reads:

We need to find ways to help Barack Obama, not simply in the real world, but in the virtual world. We need to create our own echo chamber where we can answer the lies, answer the distortions head on.

We also need to find ways to test messages and understand just how tough a job organizing is and find more effective ways to organize.

I think maybe they got the real world/virtual world bit mixed up, but still: it’s nice to see geeks doing their part and being more vocal about politics than they usually are.

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i've never understood the conservative nerd thing. you'd think that nerds of all people would be able to think outside the box and empathize with those in need. as a nerd myself, i feel that it's an essential part of my tendency towards radical political positions, for better or for worse.

Posted by douglas | September 30, 2008 4:10 PM

McCain/Palin would make pretty good comic villains.

Posted by Dougsf | September 30, 2008 4:13 PM

Most geeks were behind Ron Paul before he finally became irrelevant enough for them to toot for McCain.

Posted by The CHZA | September 30, 2008 4:21 PM


And nerds have been put upon and mocked by others, so you'd think they'd identify with the little guy.

Posted by keshmeshi | September 30, 2008 4:31 PM

That's old school nerds. New school nerds are cooler. They don't read dorky, lame American comics, they read Manga. And Manga is very gay friendly. There's nothing a Manga/Anime fan doesn't like more than a some hot yaoi/yuri action.

Posted by Y.F. | September 30, 2008 4:53 PM

I guess McCain is Peter Parker then. He does all the right things for his country, but somehow society treats him as the bad guy.

Posted by John Bailo | September 30, 2008 4:55 PM
Posted by K | September 30, 2008 5:04 PM

Don't forget "Trekkies for Obama". Facebook it.

Posted by Sage | September 30, 2008 5:08 PM

Too bad these guys aren't old enough to vote, otherwise Obama would have the "Cherub Choirs for Obama" demographic sewn up as well.

Caution, the above video has a high saccharine content. But, thanks to the involvement of some Hollywood bigwigs, the production values are top rate.

Posted by PopTart | September 30, 2008 5:36 PM

You think that's weird:

Posted by Jenny | September 30, 2008 5:42 PM

Nerds are conservative? That's silly.

Comics are apolitical? Also silly.

Have you looked at often? Or the politics area of Reddit? Geeks and nerds are of many stripes and are into politics as much as any of us.

This is dumb.

Posted by Um | September 30, 2008 7:33 PM

Irish-Americans for...

Posted by O'Bama | September 30, 2008 9:18 PM

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