Echo Base has officially been around for over a year now, and right around our year mark the owners made a push to get back to our root values as writers, and why we started this site in the first place. Writing positive articles about things we love, and using this to get people excited about what we are excited about. With that in mind I want to encourage everyone to stumble with me through the reason I love Echo Base and being classified “geek”.
Have you ever felt like a platypus who showed up at a party full of peacocks? I’m sure if you consider yourself a geek, that at some point in your adolescence you’ve felt this.
Being out of place, or sheer un-acceptance. And while I wouldn’t recommend wearing your Jedi cosplay to a Star Trek convention. There is something special within the geek community about accepting every version of geek around you, because we all understand the feeling of un-acceptance. Where barring extremes, people are just excited about having more geeks around, and not to feel like the middle school oddballs we all probably were. I love being a geek.
But there is this idea that being an adult means you need to grow out of your imagination.
We basically smash the imagination out of children throughout the schooling process. Sit still, sit quietly, follow rules, pay attention, fit into society, work in finance, get married, don’t be different. When was the last time you hung out with a 3 year old and let them dictate the game you were going to play, and realized you don’t see the hot lava on the floor anymore like they do?
The reason I can wear my geek so proudly (other than just being seriously odd and unconcerned with other people) is to me the word geek goes against all of this. Being an adult geek means some part of me hasn’t lost my inner ‘child’, imagination, willingness to believe/love the unbelievable.
It’s becoming pretty main stream to have more geek in your life, superhero movies have made sure of that! But still, I am asked why I wouldn’t rather read an ‘adult book’ when I have my Attack on Titan comics out, reading in public. Or why I would want to go see a ‘kids’ movie when my buddy and I wore our random halloween costumes to a midnight showing of Finding Nemo (our costumes were not Nemo or fish related we were just really excited to dress up) when we were in high school. For me Echo Base takes all those comments, all those pushes to giving up my dorky side, and hits the mute button. It’s the space where even a post on why everyone should keep a heavy frying pan around to wield off enemies, can fly.
And that fucking rocks.
We aim to keep loving life, keep loving geek, and keep singing loud and proud about it. join us and fly that geek flag high along side us!