Okay, everyone who’s a fan of the television show “The Big Bang Theory” listen up! The rest of you move along…there’s nothing for you to see here!
Now that only the geeks are left in the room, let’s get down to business. I had the pleasure this past week of reading a book that all geeks will love, the April 2012 release by author David Reddish, Sex, Drugs & Superheroes: A Savage Journey Into a Wretched Hive of Scum and Supervillainy (The Comic-Con Chronicles). No, it’s not a comic book and it’s not a graphic novel. It’s a regular old novel but, trust me Sheldon fans, you’re going to love it!
If you’re not a geek and you’re sneaking and continuing to read this review, I’m serious, move along. This book isn’t for you. You just won’t get it. No, that’s not an insult on your intelligence. I’m simply pointing out that the book is completely about a culture you’ll never understand. This is 100% about geeks and specifically geeks interested in comic books and graphic novels. The entire plot of the story revolves around the annual Comic Con (convention for uninitiated geeks) in San Diego.
The hero of our story is one Liquin Sonos, a writer, a geek, gay, and an expert at all things Comic Con. His self coined “I’m the best at what I do” and “You’re the best at what you do” are the oft repeated catch phrases in this book. Liquin organizes the trip and the lodgings and just about everything else from the L.A. area to Comic Con for himself and his best friends Kate (a Comic Con first timer), and Wilson aka Straightness and for his buddy who’s in the celebrity promotion business and “works” most of Comic Con, Brigham. Liquin has two close Con friends as well; Adam who is fast becoming a romantic interest though there are multiple issues there and Puck, a good natured, fun loving guy our gang only sees once a year, at the Con.
Our story begins on Thursday of the Con and rolls through it’s Sunday close. Along the way, a newbie discovers the wonders and trials of the Con, two straights fall in love, and our erstwhile hero figures it all out; life, love, career…everything. All of this, amid all the characters and pageantry that make Comic Con what it is. You get plenty of “characters” by the way and, also, plenty of pageantry. You’ll feel like you are at Comic Con.
This isn’t a book for everybody. If you just doesn’t get or enjoy the humor of “The Big Bang Theory”, it’s probably not for you. That cast, in the realm of the show, would totally get this and, in fact, the characters on the show references Comic Con from time to time with Sheldon, the biggest geek, referring to it the most often. If you’re into the show, or if you’re a geek, or you understand “geek speak” then you’re going to love this!