First and foremost, thank you.
In February 2015 I decided to put a significant amount of my time towards the things that put that adolescent smile on my face, and yours. I immersed myself in geek culture even further than my everyday life already permitted (which to be honest, was already a lot) by reporting on it and sharing my thoughts with fellow geeks around the world. I hit the keyboard running and when the stars aligned I launched TheGeeko.com – a site written by geeks, for geeks. It seemed I wasn’t alone in my desire to connect with geeks around the world and as the year progressed, others saw what was going on and joined up. Some even began contributing amazing articles, making the community even tighter. Since we launched, the site has grown tremendously and our fan base has become its life blood. We’ve had some big successes in a very short time – From New York Times Best Selling Author, Ernest Cline, thanking us for our review of his geek-tastic sci-fi novel Armada, to helping introduce the world to fast fan favorite on the WB’s Arrow, Echo Kellum through a 1-on-1 interview series. We’re proud of these moments, along with many others, and we’re looking forward to bringing you many more.
There have been so many awesomely geeky stories in 2015, but the fandom and the fans are what keep it interesting, fresh and exciting. Year One has been, in one word, fun – and that’s thanks to you. Every time you share an article, like a facebook post or retweet a tweet you start a conversation that I want to be a part of. YOU are what makes TheGeeko.com a relevant site and you’re the reason I’ll still be happily at it as we head into Year Two. Before I get too mushy, I wanted to take a quick minute to go over some of my favorite stories and moments from TheGeeko.com‘s first year. If you already love everything I touch on below, then we need to be friends. If however, there are a few of you that discover a new obsession based on the following items, then my work is done, quite happily (and we still need to be friends).
Every once in while a novel attracts our attention and we just have to write about it. It’s not every day however, that the author himself not only acknowledges a piece of writing, but sends a thank you to boot, which is exactly what Mr. Cline did to The Geeko back in July. Thank YOU Ernie Cline – We couldn’t be bigger fans of your awesome novels and to have you as a true, fellow geek.
In a style all his own, Cline takes his readers on another exciting, charming, mysterious, heartwarming, geek-fueled ride. The nostalgia created in Armada serves as an homage to geek culture and the fans that make it such a strong community. If you’re a Star Wars fan, Armada will speak to you. If 2001: A Space Odyssey blew your mind, you’ll find yourself grinning throughout Armada. If Ender’s Game is that book you’ve read over and over, Armada may become another one. If you haven’t already, do your inner geek a favor and pick up Ernest Cline’s newest offering here.
Furious 7 was the site’s first movie review, so it holds a special place in our hearts (even though it simultaneously broke our hearts). It seemed like an almost impossible task – to deliver a fun, funny and entertaining film while paying homage to a man who always seemed to be having the time of his life on-screen. Not only does Furious 7 tick every box on an action-movie junkie’s list, but it pays tribute to Walker in an extremely respectful and impactful way. Fast and Furious series fan or not, you’ll love this film.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens lived up to the hype. I’ve personally seen it more than once and it officially made me a Star Wars guy. Each new character in The Force Awakens presents a different dynamic and internal struggle that audiences can’t wait to see fleshed out in the next films. Abrams succeeded in his casting and creation of the new characters, but now the more difficult task of allowing them to grow is at hand. The two preceding trilogies presented character arcs that, upon reflection, are staggering. Take the dreamy-eyed Luke in A New Hope for instance and compare him to the saber wielding hero who faces off against the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. Or Anakin’s journey from the innocent boy who wants nothing more than to free his mother to the murderous Sith that destroys everything he loves. Character arcs are what make the Star Wars trilogies so epic and if Episodes 7-9 hope to stand the test of time, Abrams has his work cut out for him. Luckily, he’s off to a great start.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has also allowed me to connect with the true Star Wars fans out there. The Star Wars community has only grown as a result of the new film and I’m immersing myself into the fandom even more. I’ve had the chance to speak with some great Star Wars fans out there, share theories and a plethora of artwork, jokes and memes. They’ve supported the site big time, so here’s a big shout out to them – you know who you are!
Check out our reasons why we think Star Wars: The Force Awakens is so good, here.
Echo Kellum and Arrow
Back in July, The WB’s Arrow made the very smart decision to cast Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt, aka Mr. Terrific. Fans immediately blew up the actor’s social media feeds, welcoming him to the family. Obviously here at TheGeeko.com we were very excited at the thought of Kellum taking on the role of Mr. Terriffic and we wanted to know more about the actor and the man himself. So did the fans. In a matter of hours, Arrow fans let Echo know that they wanted him to do an interview with TheGeeko.com by retweeting our suggestion almost 100 times.
— TheGeeko (@TheTrueGeeko) July 17, 2015
In true form, Echo responded to the fans by reaching out to us, and the rest is history.
— Echo Kellum (@EchoK) July 18, 2015
Actually, the rest is a 4 part interview series with Echo Kellum himself where he talks about Mr. Terrific, how he got the role, Arrow season 4, the Arrow fandom and his love of all things geek, especially gaming. It all starts here in Part 1. Echo has knocked it out of the park on Arrow this season and we feel that it couldn’t have happened to a better guy.
On another note, I’d like to take this opportunity to shout out the Arrow Fandom. The Arrow fandom has supported TheGeeko.com in its first year like no other. They’ve pushed the site and our shared love of geek in a major way and we want you all to know that we recognize and appreciate it. The fandom is huge in Star City and you couldn’t be doing it more proud. A big shout out to @dgct2, @SmoaknArrow, @Olicity_Arrow and @EssentialArrow for continuing to retweet @TheTrueGeeko‘s and @TheGeekoDotCom‘s love for the show – you guys are awesome. Keep up the good work and thank you.
Doctor Who: Dark Journey
Dark Journey is an audiodrama about a recently regenerated and emotionally shattered Doctor on his last regeneration. He arrives in London and becomes the unexpected companion to Sherlock Holmes. The Doctor and Sherlock are initially teamed up by Scotland Yard in an effort to stop Jack the Ripper’s murderous trail of terror. Series 1 of the audiodrama gained a following of fans who needed their fix of The Doctor and/or Sherlock and earned the respect of those fans by delivering a polished, 5 episode series that is sure to satisfy any Whovian. Check out our Series 1 interview with Director MA Tamburro here.
After the success of Series 1, TheGeeko.com was extremely honored when Dark Journey asked us to help launch Series 2. We were so proud to exclusively present Episode 2 of Doctor Who: Dark Journey Series 2 – The Case of the Poisoned Sky and give away some awesome prizes along the way. If you haven’t gotten on the Dark Journey Train, get to it here. Thanks AM Audio Media, for making us part of the internet’s #1 downloaded fan audio production and for being part of TheGeeko.com’s first year!
— Tom (@Whoooligan) September 11, 2015
So there you have it Geekos – TheGeeko.com’s favorite moments from Year One. None of them would have been possible without you, the fandom and the fans. You make this site fun for us – fun for me. So please, stay tuned and allow us to keep you informed and entertained. Keep sharing our articles and please, above all else, keep being your awesomely geeky selves! YOU are what makes TheGeeko.com the site it has become and you’re the reason I’ll still be happily at it as we head into Year Two. Thank you Geekos, so sincerely, for being part of this journey. Talk to you soon.
-The Geeko (@TheTrueGeeko)
A special thanks goes out to some amazing writers that have contributed to the site over the past year. You guys are not only awesome writers, but awesome people as well and I’m glad to have met each and every one of you. I can’t wait to collaborate more in Year Two!
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