But a little sad for those who still have to wait. =(
SO MANY HAPPY FACES THOUGH! YAY!
AND LOOK! I got both J Scribble AND Hanklerfish!! HECK YEAH!
I really hope so! I’m hoping tickets don’t sell out by next payday. Blahhh!
#1 I used my phone to quickly make a couple of “hipsterish” typography pictures. I wanted to immortalize a couple of quotes from that post about Nerdfighters I reblogged. Yes, those are my feet.
Every group has flaws. I have never believed Nerdfighteria to be an example of perfection, but I think the problem is that a lot of other people do. They think it’s this beautiful, wonderful place where unicorns (or zombies, if you’re team zombie) jump over rainbows and we all hold hands and sing Hank Green songs. Just like any society, there is a “norm” and to anyone in Nerdfighteria those norms are pretty clear.
It’s okay to be socially awkward, but not too socially awkward.
It’s okay to be gay, but transgendered people and gender-queer people are hardly ever mentioned.
It’s not okay to like Twilight.
You better like Harry Potter.
You don’t like Hank Green songs? Shame!
You like Top 40 music? You’re not a nerd!
You like makeup and pink and going to the mall? That makes no sense!
You’re popular? I don’t understand!
I love Nerdfighteria, but I think people forget that it has flaws. I think sometimes people focus so much on making something perfect and defined that we forget that the most beautiful things aren’t necessarily defined, and they’re definitely never perfect. This is not at all a hate on Nerdfighteria. I love Nerdfighteria, I just think it’d help if people admitted that it had flaws more often. Maybe people want it to be perfect because we want to believe we belong to something so magical. The thing is, though, imperfect things are so much more magical than perfect things.
Another quality post that I agree with 100%.
I say that I’m a proud Nerdfighter, but there are some days when that’s hard to say because I question myself and other Nerdfighters’ assumed “definition” of a Nerdfighter. For instance, some days I don’t feel like I’m nerdy enough to be a Nerdfighter. I like make-up, and clothes too much. I don’t watch enough Doctor Who (or watch it in order, at least). I’m not THE smartest person. I think that’s apparent in my style of writing. By writing, I mean to say that I lack in the grammar department.
Then, there’s the Twilight thing, which is the BIG thing that threatens to separate me from other Nerdfighters. Because of liking Twilight, I feel like I’m at the gates of Nerdfighteria, with guards pointing swords at my neck, inching me out of their kingdom. It’s like Twilight is sorcery, and I’m about to be burned for practicing it (Sorry, I’ve been watching too much Merlin). I’m tired of defending myself. I’m tired of hiding this side of me for fear of being rejected from a community that I was so glad to have found. I just want to be proud of who I am, and like what I like without being questioned why I like it.
I’m going to reblog this again later, and I will reblog it again until it gets so many notes. We need to get this post out there. I don’t do “forever reblog”….but I will make an exception for this one.
God, I love you. Can we be best friends? You said it even better!
Only if it’s forever! Haha. Seriously, though. What you said just made me realize what has been bugging me about being a Nerdfighter. Just that one thing that’s been right in front of my face the whole time. You say it in one post, and I’m like….Oh my damn! THIS! THIS IS WHAT’S BEEN BOTHERING ME. THIS IS WHAT’S KEEPING ME FROM BELIEVING THAT I’M A NERDFIGHTER, BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT ARE HELL BENT AT MAKING YOU FEEL LIKE WORTHLESS PIECES OF SHIT IF YOU DON’T CONFORM TO THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION. Then you think, isn’t that like any community? Which makes your statement true: “EVERY GROUP HAS FLAWS”…no matter how perfect the people in it think it is.
What is this and why is it happening?
It’s people complaining that other people are willing to design JG’s cover for free, thinking those people are being used by Penguin. They think Penguin is taking advantage of everyone by convincing them to do work for free, without realizing that nerdfighteria did just as much work, with even less of a potential reward, for the TFIOS covers. Basically people with strong and misguided opinions complaining about corporations.
Interesting. So this is a movement led by graphic designers? I’ve never heard of anything like it, but graphic design is a subject I’m very unfamiliar with.
Wow. I’m really glad I was made aware of this. I didn’t know something so awesome would get a lash back. =\
I found John’s reply in the comments:
Hi. Author of the book in question here.
First, let me say that I might be in the wrong here, and if I am, I’m sorry.
This project was inspired by fans (almost all of them teens) who generated thousands of covers for “The Fault in Our Stars,” my new book. Many of those covers were very good, and I went to Penguin and said, “Hey! We should think about using these covers!” And they were like, “Yeah, no, that would be soliciting spec work, and that’s immoral,” so if you want to be mad at anyone, you should probably be mad at me.
I’ve written a lot on spec, and I absolutely agree with you that it’s unfair to designers to be asked to design on spec (specifically when the payment is, as you note, a book that retails for $9.99). But that’s precisely why there’s no money involved. We figured—rightly, I assume—that designers would not be interested in participating in a contest if there were no prize. This is not one of those spec campaigns where a company tries to get a thousand designs from a thousand designers by offering to pay one winner. We don’t want to be soliciting spec designs; we want to reward and thank the kids who love the book and have been designing covers for it for months and uploading them to tumblr and twitter.
But it’s not like there were plans to release a new cover and then Penguin decided to find a way to make that new cover for free. If anything, they were bullied by an author into doing this because that author did not feel the contest would contribute to the very real and very serious problem of these paid design contests.
Again, I might be wrong about any or all of this, and I’m sorry if I am.
Hank’s Question Tuesday DEBUT!
In which Hank and John answer real questions from real nerdfighters. Hank’s question tuesday debut! We didn’t get through many questions…but it was fun…really fun. So fun that we’re going to have to do an out-takes video at some point.
Hank: And I will see you right now.
John: I will continue to see you.
Hank: Stop looking at me. STOP LOOKING AT ME!
So much cute in one video. Brotherly love forever!
Man, I remember the first time they were in a video together. I think my heart almost leaped from my chest. REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD.