One Of Us: Other Pencilnecks
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Artists (Painters, Architects and Sculptors)
- Roberto Calvi, head of the Vatican Bank, was obsessed with the novel The Godfather and carried a copy along with him everywhere he went. To him it was the only book that tells you how the world is really run. He would have known, because he was heavily involved in mafia intrigues, which eventually brought him into debt troubles. In 1982 he went missing and was found hanging on top of a bridge in London, which ironically would inspire the character Kenzig in The Godfather III, who is murdered by the Mafia in the same fashion.
- Isaiah Mustafa, the actor from The Man Your Man Could Smell Like commercials (he's on a horse), is a general paragon of manliness... and he absolutely loves comic books. He has said that he'd love to play Luke Cage in a movie. He also did a video response to Anonymous, complete with referencing the meme "Delicious Cake".
- Denny's is one of the few casual family restaurant chains that are quite open and free with their own social networking such as Facebook and Twitter. Their official Twitter account made an interesting Photoshop response to potato girl when someone posted her as their "official mascot".
- Looks like Denny's isn't the only one. It seems that Nature Valley, a company known for their granola bars, have the PR to be anime geeks themselves.
- Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is reputedly a geek who learns Chinese by himself, owns and drives a VW Golf GTi.
- Warren Buffett, one of the wealthiest and most successful investors and businessmen in the world, is a big Breaking Bad fan, even writing papers about what people can learn about business from watching the show, and dressing up as Walter White.
- This section is where obsession over something becomes Misaimed Fandom:
- There is an ongoing debate about the effect of watching too much violent films and TV series. Over the years several criminals have done copy-cat crimes, inspired by stuff they saw on TV or in the cinema. Though, truth be told, they were usually all mentally unstable from the start and came from dysfunctional backgrounds.
- It has been said that quite some real-life mafiosi love The Godfather. The inauguration of the new "don" by kissing his hand was an invention of author Mario Puzo, but has become a staple with real life maffiosi ever since.
- Charles Manson was a fan of The Beatles and The Beach Boys and read "hidden messages" in their lyrics.
- There has been some speculation that Osama bin Laden named his organization, al-Qaeda (which means "base" or "foundation"), after... the sci-fi novel Foundation by Isaac Asimov.
- Both Mark David Chapman (assassin of John Lennon) and John W. Hinckley, Jr. (who tried to shoot Ronald Reagan) were obsessed with the novel The Catcher in the Rye. Though some conspiracy theories have pondered if this was genuine affection or just being subject to brain washing.
Comic Strip Artists
- Tintin creator Hergé loved the novels of Jules Verne and Alexandre Dumas and considered Sherlock Holmes and Treasure Island to be among his favorite books. He was also inspired by early American comic strips like Bringing Up Father, Krazy Kat and The Katzenjammer Kids. The influence of early slapstick comedians like Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton is also evident in his work. Herge's main inspiration was French comic strip artist Alain Saint-Ogan, best known for "Zig et Puce". Later, when the magazine "Tintin" was founded Hergé even managed to publish "Zig et Puce" in Tintin and gave his idol much publicity. Hergé was also a known collector and admirer of modern painting and sculpture and later in life he expressed his love for the music of Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, The Beatles and Pink Floyd.
- Albert Uderzo, best known for Astérix, is a gigantic fan of Walt Disney and Carl Barks. His script writer, René Goscinny , enjoyed watching Walt Disney and Tex Avery cartoons and was very much influenced by Mad Magazine.
- Gotlib is a huge Tex Avery fan. His creation Gai-Luron is even an Expy of Droopy.
- Charles M. Schulz, best known for Peanuts, watched Citizen Kane more than 40 times. The biopic "Good Ol' Charles Schulz" examines Schulz' personal life through his obsession over this movie.
- Bill Amend, creator of FoxTrot, has a degree in physics from Amherst and avidly plays World of Warcraft, often making accurate jokes about both. Not to mention other video games, internet memes and just about any aspect of nerd culture you can reference in a family friendly comic. Bill Amend may well be the geekiest
daily weekly cartoonist out there.
- Hidenori Kusaka, creator of the Pokémon Special manga, doesn't get any inside info from Game Freak to help him out on his series. Instead, he plays the games when they come out and figures out which parts he wants to incorporate into the story. Some of his author notes have him squeeing over whatever new features the games have.
- The mid-'90s staff of Disney Adventures absolutely loved showing off their nerd cred in the magazine. For the better part of the decade, it was difficult to find an issue that didn't have some kind of reference to Star Trek, The X-Files, and/or Star Wars.
- The comics editors were huge outspoken fans of indie comics, and managed to put (among other things) Evan Dorkin's Kid Blastoff! and Jeff Smith's Bone into the magazine.
- Gabe Newell, head of Valve Software, said in an interview once that he was a brony. The internet's reaction was exactly what one would expect.
- This sequence of strips from Dork Tower relishes in it.
- This strip from Weregeek.
- Robert Crumb has been a comic book fan ever since he was young, with Carl Barks as his personal hero. Apart from that Crumb has a passion for everything from the 1920s and 1930s. He has a huge collection of old music records dating from this time period and even said it's one of the few things that gives him a love for humanity.
- Art Spiegelman has written several essays about comic strips and their creators, a passion that goes back to his youth. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in his hometown New York City Spiegelman fell into a long depression, with only old newspaper comics from the early 20th century being able to cheer him up.
- Willy Vandersteen (Suske en Wiske) was a huge fan of adventure and fantasy novels ever since his youth, which inspired many of his own stories. He also admired Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Hergé lent him a huge compliment by comparing Vandersteen's comics to Bruegel.
- Marc Sleen (Nero) is a huge admirer of figurative painting and the novels and poetry of T. S. Eliot. He is also an avid reader of philosophy and poetry and would let his characters quote lines regularly.
- Merho (De Kiekeboes) loves Laurel and Hardy so much that he referenced the duo in many of his stories. He has also given countless other comedians a cameo in his albums.
- Willy Linthout (Urbanus) is a gigantic collector of comic strips and associated merchandise. Fellow comedian and scenarist Urbanus, who writes the scripts for the series, shares the same passion. In fact, this was the reason why they started their creative collaboration in the first place. They also reference other comic strips frequently in their stories, to the point that you could make an entire list with pop culture references in each album.
- Urbanus himself also has three major heroes: Woody Allen, Bob Dylan and Marc Sleen (Nero), the latter with whom he shared a personal friendship.
- André Franquin (Gaston Lagaffe) and Morris (Lucky Luke) were both huge fans of jazz and animated cartoons.
- Martin Lodewijk (Agent327), despite being Dutch, is tremendously influenced by Belgian Comics. He calls Willy Vandersteen (Suske en Wiske) and Marc Sleen (Nero) his personal heroes.
- Jef Nys (Jommeke) was a huge fan of Walt Disney, especially Snow White.
- Paul Krugman, who received the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (it is technically not a Nobel Prize) in 2008. It is not unusual for those with a Ph.D. to be nerds but he deserves a special mention. Reasons: 1) His interest in economics began when he read Isaac Asimov's Foundation books. He wanted to, just as in the book, be one of the social scientists "who understand the true dynamics save civilization". Since psychohistory does not exist, he turned to the closest thing, economics. 2) He posted this LOLcat on his blog upon leaving for Sweden to get his Nobel prize. 3) This video. 4) To cheer himself up he once wrote The Theory of Interstellar Trade, a paper where he outlines how trade between different star system might work. It does among other things take up how time dilation could affect economics. And he's a Buffy fan!
- Israeli model Adi Noyman is one of the founders of the Israeli Star Trek fan club.
- The Miss USA winner Alyssa Campanella was revealed to be a huge Star Wars fan, even answering a few surprise trivia questions correctly, and going as far as admitting that if she knew she'd be quizzed on Star Wars, she would've worn her hair with Princess Lea's Odangos.
- The original America's Next Top Model winner, Adrianne Curry, is a hardcore World of Warcraft player and a very dedicated cosplayer.
- Canadian glamour model Marie-Claude Bourbonnais is at least as well known for her costume design skills as for her short, spiky blonde hair and her, um, super powers.
- Howard Stern is a big fan of science fiction and comic books, even saying that he only watches TV shows and movies about superheroes. He also plays chess every day.
- Albert Einstein was such a huge fan of Time For Beany that one time he interrupted a meeting because a new episode was about to start. He also loved reading Karl May and liked the Professor character in the comedy shows of Sid Caesar.
- Theoretical physicist and futuristist Dr. Michio Kaku is a big science fiction fan, even hosting a show called "Sci Fi Science" where he would figure out how to theoretically achieve popular sci fi tropes in real life such as traveling to a parallel universe, building an artificial planet, and even building a lightsaber and destroying a Death Star among others.
- Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is a huge comic book fan boy and Star Trek fan who frequently references both in his lectures and during his television appearances.
- The astronaut Steven Swanson is such a big Firefly fan that he added a copy of the box set and Serenity to the International Space Station library.
- For perspective on how significant this is, it costs several million dollars per pound to bring stuff up there, and even there, space is really, really, really at a premium.
- Scientists discovered a gene that causes an embryo to grow spikes like a hedgehog, so they called it a hedgehog gene. Then they discovered the protein that the gene produces, so of course they called it Sonic Hedgehog. It gets better: Another group of scientists found a potential antagonist to the protein in question, and decided to name it "Robotnikinin". And better: Sonic Hedgehog was later joined by Pikachurin, so named because it is "nimble".
- Scientists found a planet that orbited around two suns. They promptly named it Tatooine.
- An asteroid, once thought to have ~3% chance of hitting Earth in 2029, is named Apophis. Two of the scientists who discovered it admitted to being Stargate fans.
- Stephen Hawking is a big Star Trek fan, and requested to sit in the captain's chair during his guest spot on The Next Generation. He also said of the warp core while touring the engineering set, "I'm working on that." He had a guest appearance portraying himself in a scene where Data plays poker while conversing with three great physicists on the holodeck (the others being actors portraying Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein). Making him the only person to "play" themselves in Star Trek.
- Hawking also loves Futurama and named The Simpsons "the best show on TV ever." Naturally, he also was special guest voice in both series.
- But he has also stated that his favorite SF franchise of all is Red Dwarf.
- Mathematician Kurt Gödel, best known for his incompleteness theorems, was a huge Disney fan and fascinated by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He even tried to get Albert Einstein interested in the movie, but failed. Eventually Gödel's fascination with this film resulted in an obsessive fear of being poisoned, like what happened to Snow White. He would only eat food that his wife prepared for him. When she was hospitalized for six months in 1977 and could no longer cook his meals, Gödel simply starved to death because he refused to eat.
- British scientist Alan Turing also enjoyed "Snow White", especially the scčne where the wicked witch holds the poisoned apple. He even used to quote from her song: “Dip the apple in the brew / Let the Sleeping Death seep through.”. His fascination also has a disturbing afternote: Turing committed suicide the same way by injecting cyanide into an apple and then eat it.
Video Game Creators and Actors
- Charles Martinet, the voice of the Mario Brothers, created a Vine account dedicated to videos of him with his Mario and Luigi figures, talking in their voices; he likes playing with toys just as much as his fans and isn't afraid to show it.
- David Hayter, best known for being Solid Snake, is the one of the few Metal Gear Solid voice actors to have played and finished said game* . He also speaks fluent Japanese, has named his only daughter Natasha after the character in the Marvel comic book Black Widow, and once stated in an anime convention that he was present because he was "a big fan of Fushigi Yuugi" (he voiced Tamahome over there).
- And, of course, he wrote the script for the Watchmen film adaptation.
- He also wrote the scripts for the first two X-men films, and played a security guard in the first movie.
- And he's also aware of the web-series thing, particularly the Awesome Series. When he's in a con with Egoraptor, Hayter was kind enough to use his Snake-voice to say one of the lines in Metal Gear Awesome: "OhMyGodHotnessIWannaBangYou!"
- Lucas Gilbertson, the voice of Zero barring in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, apparently shares our pain from the Narmy dub of Mega Man X4, so he redubs it himself.
- Joe Kucan, known to gamers as the actor who portrays Kane in Command & Conquer, noted that he is an avid fan of the games and is known to be very friendly to people who've met him. The fanbase rejoiced when it was announced that he would reprise the role for Tiberium Wars and Tiberian Twilight.
- John J. Dick, voice of Serious Sam, posts on the Serious Zone forums under the handle "booger". Among his most famous posts were the threads in which he allowed fans to suggest lines for him, which he then read and recorded in Sam's voice.
- Game and anime voice actor Matthew Mercer is a big fan of the Resident Evil series, his favorite character being Leon Kennedy, whom he got to voice in Resident Evil 6.
- David Gaider, who wrote a lot of the script for Baldur's Gate, has written fanfiction for his own video game (including a Seinfeld crossover) and posted it on fan forums. Occasionally he'll review fics and help out with fan mod dialogue.
- He's also a huge Joss Whedon fanboy, to the point that he based several characters in Dragon Age: Origins on Whedon characters (Alistair as Xander being the most obvious), and liberally sprinkled the game with Buffy Speak and subtle references to Whedon's shows.
- Katsuhiro Harada, creator of Tekken, is a big fan of The iDOLM@STER. His favorite character is Iori Minase, whose birthday he recently celebrated by showing off some of her memorabilia and changing his twitter icon to her face.
- Most of the voice cast from Skullgirls, including Danielle McRae (Painwheel), Laura Post (Valentine), and Erin Fitzgerald (Parasoul), are big gamers. McRae and Post often even play their own characters in League of Legends.
- Jennifer Hale, the voice of Commander Shepard, has repeatedly stated her love of science fiction and Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined) in particular. She actually recommended Tricia Helfer and Michael Hogan for Mass Effect 2 based on their work on Galactica.
- After being exposed to a gamer fanbase from his voice roles as Albert Wesker in Resident Evil, D.C. Douglas has proven time and time again through his twitter and youtube accounts that he as definitely in touch with his fans among the Resident Evil and Mass Effect (where he voices Legion) fanbases.
- How much does he love Wesker? He has a convention event dedicated to reading Lemon fanfics of Wesker. Yeah, that much.
- Soraya Saga, freelance scenario writer for Final Fantasy VI, Xenogears and Xenosaga is a huge Transformers fan and publicly draws fan art for it.
Web Original Hosts
- The Angry Video Game Nerd and Cinemassacre: James Rolfe is a huge horror movie fan. He has a huge collection of movies and really likes the Universal Horror and Hammer Horror franchise. Apart from that he is very fond of practical special effects makers, which explains his glee over the original King Kong and Ray Harryhausen. Musically he is a huge Music/ACDC fan.
- Brad Jones is, of course, a huge fan of exploitation and other sorts of B-movies. But he also takes pride in watching all Nicolas Cage movies he can get his hands on.
- Several members of That Guy with the Glasses are big fans of Red Dwarf - Linkara and Spoony frequently reference the show in their videos, Doug Walker cites it as his favorite live-action show, and fourth-favorite television show overall (behind Home Movies, Daria and Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Rob Walker has stated that Santa Christ was inspired by Ace Rimmer.
- The Nostalgia Critic: Doug Walker is such a massive Batman fan that he named the 1989 Batman film and The Dark Knight two of his favorite movies, Batman as his second most favorite fictional character ever, cited Batman: The Animated Series as one of his favorite TV shows ever and frequently discusses and references the franchise in his videos and editorials. It gets to the point that he will dress himself up as Batman whenever he can.
- Doug is also a gigantic Looney Tunes fan and especially loves Daffy Duck. Other stuff he has a particularly strong love for are Blackadder, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Cowboy Bebop, South Park and Animaniacs.
- The Walkers are also fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Whilst Doug is only a recent convert to the show (which he initially watched primarily for research for a review of The Last Airbender), his brother Rob (who co-writes The Nostalgia Critic) has been a fan for quite some time, and when asked about his opinion of the show, his response was "I'm the one who's been telling [Doug] to watch it for the past 5 years."
- Doug also stated in a recent Facebook post that since he's started watching it, he's "in love" with Gravity Falls.
- The Nostalgia Chick: Lindsay is a huge J. R. R. Tolkien fan.
- Atop the Fourth Wall: Lewis Lovhaug has many passions outside of comic books - StarTrek, DoctorWho, Pokémon, PowerRangers, several horror movies, several British sitcoms, etc. And he's been known to Cos Play in his videos whenever the comic gives him the opportunity to do so.
- Online film critic James Berardinelli is a self admitted geek, having from youth been a fan of such things as Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Monty Python, Dungeons & Dragons, and more. He's even written a trilogy of fantasy novels found here, here, and here.
- Foster Dad John, who runs The Critter Room (a live webcam stream depicting mother cats raising their litters) is a big geek, naming some of the toys used by the kittens The TARDIS and The Enterprise, as well as often speaking at length about the tech he uses to record and broadcast the livestream.
- While we're on the subject of bloggers, at least half The Atlantic's bloggers right now are geeks, self-confessed or otherwise. The most blatant example is Ta-Nehisi Coates, who rolls with the Horde, enough to write about it for Time. Business Editor Megan McArdle is also a gamer, though to what extent is unknown (She loves Civ, at least). Chief blogger Andrew Sullivan, being English-born, is an obvious Doctor Who and Monty Python fan. Josh Green is limited to music geekery, enough to put up a fight with a music website. The rest (Ambinder, Fallows, Goldberg, and Crooks) remain uncertain (unless you count Fallows's beer fanaticism as geekery).
- Tabzz is a professional League of Legends AD Carry player, he also happens to be an anime geek. Here's his MAL profile.
- Maddox likes Fist of the North Star. Who knows why?
- Matt Santoro is a fan of Sir Mix-a-Lot, Tupac, and Harry Potter.
- Daniel Sulzbach, AKA Mr Repzion, is a fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter, Star Wars, My Chemical Romance, and Pokémon.
- Duncan of A Couple of Cunts in the Countryside definitely qualifies, as does Computer Joe.