You should know I’m not a writer. I’m not an artist either. I don’t play video games, Magic, or Dungeons and Dragons but I have read the shit out of some Harry Potter. I kneel at the altar of Whedon. I enjoy dabbling in a few other geeky things as well but those are the main ones that I claim my geek cred on. I am but a geeks apprentice. Rashad’s apprentice actually, he has opened more geek doors for me than I knew existed. That’s why I was stoked for this website. Rashad wanted me to help illustrate how awesome it is to be a geek in Cleveland by explaining what it’s like being a geek outside Cleveland.
I’ll start with my favorite subject; movies. Cleveland has multiplexes, PLURAL. You can’t know how amazing that is until it’s no longer available to you. Also they also know how to frame a movie on the screen properly, which doesn’t seem difficult or impressive unless it’s not done right then it’s the most frustrating thing in the world. Also Cedar Lee, Nuff said. It’s gotta be one the better art house theatres outside of New York and LA in the continental United States. Ok that’s a lot of qualifiers, but still better than nothing.
I want to touch on comic book shops real quick too. Your local comic shop is the last destination where it is still infinitely more awesome to do your shopping there. Online comic book shops are nice for someone without a shop for 100 miles. In Cleveland I don’t think you ever have to drive more than 20 to reach one. And it is always a great experience, the people and vibe is electric. You know the people there are just as passionate as you are and are more than willing to entertain comments on anything when most businesses end their interaction when they end the sale. Don’t take them for granted people.
Justin Eustace is a Cleveland expatriate currently residing in the middle of nowhere New Mexico.