This month’s book displays here in the Vortex have inspired me!
Our large display features books about music and musicians – both fictional and real. Our smaller display, though, is all about the fans – those hordes of ridiculous, screaming, out-of-control lunatics that keep the musicians, actors, writers, performers, and other artists in business.
Whether you consider yourself a Fan, Geek, Potterhead, Otaku, Trekkie, Whovian, Scooby, Browncoat, Twihard, Brony, Furry, Jedi, Sherlockian, Throner, Gamer, Sports Fan, or just a person who likes a thing, we all have that thing we obsess over that makes our life just a little bit shinier.
I confess: I too am a fan. Here is a short list of the People and Things Who Make Me Squee.
Jim Henson and anything he created –
From the floppy-mouthed proto-Kermit of his early coffee commercials to his amazing avant garde graphic novel, Tale of Sand, from The Muppet Show to The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s art has always had the ability to grab my imagination and my heart and not let go.
Neil Gaiman –
Coraline. The Graveyard Book. American Gods. Stardust. Anansi Boys. Sandman. Good Omens. Dr. Who episodes…. Squee, Squee, SQUEE! Neil Gaiman is a hilarious, well-spoken, intelligent bloke with an amazing talent for the macabre and bizarre!
Amanda Palmer –
Amanda Palmer is a musician, performance artist, and author. She is amazeballs. Her heart-wrenching lyrics and the gut-wrenching emotion she displays while pounding away on a piano or shredding a ukelele remind me that there is still something real and pure and beautiful in the world. (Fun Fact: Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman were married in 2011
Ursula Vernon –
I don’t even know how to describe Ursula Vernon. She’s an artist and author and the characters she creates are both cute and cuddly and strong and powerful. Actually, that’s a pretty good way to describe Ursula herself. I have had the honor of meeting her several times and even going out to dinner with her and her husband. She’s brilliant. Seriously, go read her stuff.
Star Trek: The Next Generation –
ST:TNG was my gateway fandom. I started watching it in middle school and it took me from being a quiet, bookish kid to being a full-on Fan. It was my entryway to other science-fiction like Star Wars, Dr. Who, Ray Bradbury, Babylon 5, Isaac Asimov, Firefly, and so many phenomenally geeky fandoms! Despite its flaws, I will always have a special place in my heart for the crew of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701 D).
Steven Universe –
“Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl… AND STEVEN!” Steven Universe is kinda wacky, kinda random, kinda bizarre, and 100 % fabulous! I love the music, the joy, the epic battles, the pink lion, the crazy creatures, and especially the characters! (Tara +Amethyst=BFF!! <3) I even did my very first cosplay as Steven!
If you like these fandoms, AWESOME! Come talk to me in the Vortex and we can swap stories! If you like other fandoms, that’s great too! Come talk to me in the Vortex and we can still swap stories!