Cold Cut Distribution's Feature Spotlight #31 - January 1998
The 3 Geeks
How To Pick Up Girls If You're A Comic Book Geek
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When you're so involved in comic collecting that it seems to
be your life, you're a comic-book geek. With the helpful, colorful,
and thoroughly hilarious How To Pick Up Girls If You're A
Comic-Book Geek, Rich Koslowski hands out a number of
helpful hints, some serious but all tongue-in-cheek, on how to impress
girls when you're hopelessly stuck in a comic-book world. From
simple advice like "don't try any comic-book-related gifts" to
funny bits like keeping your comic lingo secret "like a secret
identity", every line seems to hit home.
The color one-shot proved so successful that Rich brought his
geeks back in the new black-and-white series The 3 Geeks, now
detailing the Geeks' trip to their first Comicon, with hilarious in-jokes
and oh-so-true-it's-funny con stories.
Rich's writing captures the absurdity of various levels of
Geekiness convincingly and thoroughly. His 3 geeks include
Allen, the boy so thoroughly lost in a comic-book world that he
dresses, acts, and even talks like Thor; Jim, the Punisher fan who
is so intense that he dresses in black all the time and forges his
own knives; and Keith, the closest to normal of the trio, who
organizes their outings and is a dedicated fan of the "mainstream"
books and creators.
All of the writing is dead-on. It's light on plot, but then this
comedy is about situations all fans are familiar with - plot is
beside the point. It's more fun to simply watch the Geeks spend
hours in a line to meet Stan Lee or search fruitlessly for a truly
mint copy of a comic - just relax and enjoy the show!
Comedic stylings, interesting panel layout, fun with camera
angles: Rich's art comes across as a mix of "Archie" and Scott
Shaw! with a thoroughly engaging and lighthearted spin on an
already-funny subject. Fun little asides include having
recognizable pastiches of a number of industry pros as well as cameos
from famous comic characters here and there - a solid, fun job.
The 3 Geeks and How To Pick Up Girls are both permanent
stock items for every store which caters to diehard fans who
enjoy a chuckle about fandom itself. Anyone who's been to cons
or has pondered the problems of relating comic-books to the real
world will love these books, and the timeless jokes poking fun at
fans will be funny for years. Hand this to fans of Copybook Tales,
Milk & Cheese, and everyone who's ever been to a comicon - and
of course it should be required reading for all store employees!
If you like The 3 Geeks, take a look at:
Cold Cut Distribution
220 N Main St. - Salinas, CA 93901 - (831) 751-7300