Film Review: Geek, and You Shall Find

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Comic books have been around for what seems like forever. I can remember going with my sister and dad to antique shops when I was a kid - not really the place that a little boy wants to ever be – but as I wandered aimlessly around any given store, I would inevitably stumble upon comic books and pick up 2 or 3 of them for a buck or two. I never really explored the culture any further that that. I’ve never bought tickets to a comic con or gotten into the superhero films too much. But just like anyone, I’ve always been intrigued and wanted to know more.

So, what is it about Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, and the countless others, that intrigue us so much? That’s the very question that the film Geek, and You Shall Find sets out to answer.

"What is it about superheroes that makes us gravitate to them?"

Through a series of interviews with author’s, writer’s, publisher’s, artist’s, college professor’s, and the legends of comic books themselves including Stan Lee, Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones), the film untucks the history of the comic book, the battles they faced with the government, and how they overcame the constraints and obstacles placed on them to become a viable art form and the cultural phenomenon that they are in today’s modern world.

The filmmaker’s, Brad Faye, Kelsey Dickerson, and Nick Williams, dig deep into how the stories in comic books weaved in social justice situations and stood their ground on topics such as war, civil rights, women’s rights, equality, etc. But also, how superheroes inspire us to overcome our own obstacles that handcuff us from moving forward and encourage us to find the strength within ourselves to proudly live life to its fullest by being exactly who we’re meant to be.

But in the last 15 minutes of the film, perhaps the most important discovery of the comic book world was found: the community! Not much different at its core than that of the punk rock scene that I fell into during my teens, the comic book community is a place where you can fit in and be around the people who are just like you; Some who love the same things as you, but all who champion the differences.

Where most films of this nature set out to fight the “geek” tag placed on the comic culture and end up shifting the majority of their focus to the movie world instead of the printed comic, Geek, and You Shall Find sidesteps the stereotype, delves into why comics matter to so many people, and pulls back the curtain on how the superhero makes its impact on the world, by encouraging us to be the difference makers!

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