I told myself I was not going to miss APCC this year! I saved up and allowed myself to go absolutely insane! No regrets. Haha. Of course it's not as big as other Comic Cons and I expected more people to cosplay, but then again, I didn't attend all 3 days. I had so much fun though! I had good company and lotsa things to look at. All the talented comic book artists in one place? All the vinyl toy sellers in one place? All the board games, shirts, jackets, and stickers in one place? It was geek paradise! Haha.
I met up with JC and the both of us were so eager to scout the place for hot geeks, sexy cosplayers, and our gorgeous / handsome friends. This was a [sort-of] milestone for us because our Overwatch Group met for the first time. Ijon had a booth with Playbook, so of course, we, together with Miggy and MJB hung out there for a bit to talk. The best part was it seemed like we've all hung out already (not just online). Everyone was who they were online and I adored that! These guys are wonderful. I feel blessed to have met them. We did clicked well together and that's what's important. When it was closing time, we even had dinner together and it was another round of geek talk which was AWESOME.
Thanks to all the people who talked to me about geeky things. Thanks to all the sellers who gave me good prices on everything I was looking for. Thank you to the Lego Peeps who continued to support my obsession! Thank you to LONG LIVE PLAY PH for allowing me to sit down at their booth!
Since Pokemon Go was released, I've been posting a lot of passive-aggressive (or aggressive) posts about people who have shamed or bullied others because of their fandom. Some have voiced out how there is nothing wrong with people who find something new to love and become fans as well. No need to preach because I absolutely understand. However, that's not my point.
I absolutely do not mind other people loving the "geek" things I've adored for so many years. A part of why people like me talk or post about our dedication and love because we have hope that we will find someone else (or a group) who understands why we are so in love with this thing. We hope they get into it as well. However, in the process of talking about it, people have made fun of us. Let's take competitive gamers, yah? Gamers have this image of being overweight, not visually attractive, aggressive, no fashion sense, awkward, and the list goes on. Society has dubbed them as losers. These people who grew up walking around, holding their gameboy colors, and leveled up their pokemons. These people who spent hours (to days) playing Dungeons and Dragons. You see, these are the kids you made fun of. These are the kids who were shoved into lockers or pushed against walls because they preferred to live in their fantasy worlds. Now, not all these people grew up to be in the same category as society's image of a Gamer, but the fact that they were picked on for what they love stays. Basically, people used what they loved against them and pretty much made them feel like outcasts.
So when these people wake up in the morning, open up their social media platforms, then see all these bullies and 'popular a-holes' proclaiming their love for something they were picked on for? What do you think is going to happen? You guys made us feel different and yucky. You banned us from your groups because we weren't cool enough. You would make fun of us behind our backs because you didn't think we had the right image. We liked to use our brains, instead of looking pretty for the world. Just because it's popular now, you think it's cool? Just because other cool kids like celebrities are talking about it, you now have floor to voice out and show off your love towards something, us geeks, were bullied for?
Wake up. I don't care if you have to silently apologize to us. We will welcome you to our world, even if you kicked us out of yours, but don't expect us to be silent anymore. We will fight back because you need to understand that it's people like you that gave us the unnecessary insecurities that we didn't know how to handle before. You gave us battles that no one deserves. Little do you know, these GEEK STUFF helped us cope with your cruelty. Now, you're going to tell us that you love it as much as we do? Please.
At the end of the day, despite the shitty things you caused, we will thank you because we get to live life in the eyes of our heroes and villains. We may not fit in your social circle, but we fit in right where we belong. This is our world. I would love to see you in a room full of Geeks and use your social media popularity and trend-setting instagram - trying to converse against literary geeks, gamer geeks, Pokemon geeks, movie buffs, Whovians, Trekkies, the Rebel Legions, Cosplayers, and the list goes on and on and on.
I really hope you start apologizing to the ones you've picked on in the past or gave disgusting looks to. I really hope Pokemon Go makes you a better person. I hope you cross paths, with the ones you picked on, while playing Pokemon Go and learn to see we did not deserve your negative treatment. Don't ever make fun of us again. Don't you dare pick on us for loving something you don't understand, because... well, based on your proclamation of love for Pokemon Go, now you understand.