Growing up in the world of Geek was a world with limited experience. I knew Star Wars, I knew Star Trek, and that was about it. Despite the additional science fiction movie, the comic cartoons, or the fantasy epic I was left in a world of limited geekdom. These geek endeavors all had one thing in common: They were serious.
Picard never debated the migration patterns of swallows. (Although we wish he had)
Han never decided to use tree leafs as currency. (Would have paid for those repairs quickler)
Wolverine never killed anyone by throwing a scrabble K into the bushes. (Only way he hasn’t killed anybody.)
To a young child growing up, fantasy and sci-fi were the high class ladies, uptown girls living in their white bread worlds, whereas comedy were the frat-boy who drink and make fart jokes all the time (good fart jokes mind you but fart joke none the less,) and never shall the two meet.
I was wrong, and happily so.
In sixth grade, when I was eleven years old, I discovered that science fiction had gone slumming and had an affair with comedy.
Anything is possible in Britain.
Douglas Adams opened my eyes to a world I never knew existed, science fiction and comedy, if this was possible what else was possible?
So I present you with the ‘Must-Read’ books for Comedic Geek books.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
When I was eleven this book changed my life. It left us with The Answer to life, the universe and everything. The answer is 42, it’s the question we don’t understand. This book is about Arthur Dent, the universes unluckiest man. He saves the world in his nightgown and travels the weird and wacky universe with the Guide as his….guide.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
In the realms of ‘almost cheating’ I am going to put Douglas Adams on the list twice. In his second sci-fi-comedy series we meet Dirk Gently. Dirk is the only detective in the universe that can prove a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, and electric monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics; a chronologist over 200 years old, Samuel Taylor (poet) and pizza all have something in common. He does this by solving a murder, assisting a professor and by eating alot of pizza and along the way saves humanity from extinction (at no extra charge).
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Whereas Adams combined comedy with sci-fi, Terry Pratchett hook comedy up with sci-fi’s sister, fantasy. In the first book of this long running series we are introduced to Discworld, a world supported on the back of a giant space turtle (Sex unknown). It stars a tourist who travels with luggage that move on hundreds of little legs, an inept wizard who only knows one spells and a dragon who only exist if you believe in him, but none of that compares to the EDGE OF THE WORLD….sorry for the caps…it was needed for comedic effect.
From the notebooks of Dr. Brain by Minister Faust
What does the worlds greatest superhero team do when they become so dysfunctional they can no longer function? They do what any couple would…go see a counsellor. After defeating the all of their archenemies the Fantastic Order of Justice (or FOJ) go to the renowned Dr. Eva Brain-Silverman, aka Dr, Brain, to work out their problems. The book is told by her prespective and what we see if a comedic unravelling of six larger-than life figures as they bare their souls before her. Somehow I think this book breaks the Doctor-Patient confidentiality agreement.
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin
Welcome to Toy City, a world of fairy tale creatures, stars of rhymes, and all around madness. When a serial killer starts killing off the rich and PPP (Preadolescent Poetic Personalities) the only man to save the day is not available, so with nowhere left to turn they turn to Eddie, a teddy bear private detective. This series feels like Fables, if Bill Willingham mated with Douglas Adams (what would their kids look like?) We see a world full of the names we know and grew up with, only to have them twisted before our eyes.
Scott Pilgrim Series by Bryan Lee O’Malley
In what can only be called the epitome of geek culture combined with comedy we see the six issue series of Scott Pilgrim. This graphic novel, being released as movie, tells the tale of Scott who falls in love with Romona Flowers and in order to date her must defeat her seven evil exes. The real world setting (Toronto) descends in geekdom as the battles begin to mimic games like Street Fighter, River Cit Ransom, Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolutions and many more.
Comedy is tough to pull off in geek culture without being drowned by other the bad jokes or the science fiction/fantasy but these are example of comedy done well.
Dying is easy, Comedy is hard – Edmond Gween