Comic Con is here once again! It's like Christmas and Halloween rolled into one and I've finally got my badge, thank the Old Gods and the New. For three days, I'll witness bat shit crazy outfits, gawk at some of my favourite sci-fi/ fantasy stars (I'm looking at you Dominic Cooper), and enjoy free food! Ha! what's not to love?
Gaming has always been popular, but this has increased exponentially over the last few years. Whereas gaming was once seen as 'geeky' and 'uncool,' nowadays, geeky IS cool. You can blame the huge rise of comics and 'cosplay' conventions such as Comic Con for contributing to this massive change in perception.
It isn't just that Family Guy is a rival series that makes this move so emblematic of The Simpsons' slide. Al Jean, one of the few remaining staff writers who has been with the show from the beginning (albeit off and on), has referred to Family Guy as "derivative", and numerous sly accusations of plagiarism have made their way into recent episodes.
Nerds will be nerds, and I have always been one of them, I foolishly thought when putting some spray-dye in my hair and skipping towards the train on a sunny Sunday afternoon. My grand expectations of beautiful cosplay displays (especially the steampunk ones) and cute kawaii-fans offering free hugs were soon shattered.