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Being a longtime comic geek naturally made it harder to meet girls, which in turn pushed back the time when I had a kid. But now that I have the wife and kid, the geekiness comes in handy.

1. Making up stories on the spot.

My daughter wants a bedtime story starring herself, monsters, and Ladybug Girl? No problem. Daddy will dungeon-master this piece on the fly.

Then they all went to a party, where they danced, and had juice and ate … what did they eat? Peanut butter and raisins? You got it.

2. Passable chalk drawings.

Decades of drawing superheroes, the Nightchild, and Susan Downs have led me to this point: I can do a passable cartoon character in sidewalk chalk. This here is Elmo:

And this is Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

I wish I had a picture of my Cat in the Hat, which is my opus so far. Unfortunately, it got rained out before I took a photo.

3. No need to look cool.

Here’s the big one: I read comics on the bus. I wore a fedora to school all through eighth grade. Do you think I care if I have a Tinkerbell sticker on my forehead? You think I won’t stand on my head in the middle of the yard? You think I won’t have a tea party in a crowded restaurant? Pass the crumpets, kiddo.

I’ll probably have to figure out how to tone it down by the time she hits middle school. But luckily, she has her mother to teach her how to be cool.


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8 Responses to “Advantages of being a Geek Dad”

  • Bob Corby says:

    Tony, You might lose them through their teens but they come back again.

  • Paul schultz says:

    Geek Life was preparing us with a particular set of skills and we didn’t even know it.

  • ATS says:

    You. Are. So. Cool.

  • Liz says:

    No worries about middle school, you will be the most uncool person she knows no matter what, and ps the biggest idiot too. (Us daughters get over that phase too.) Love the article!

  • TJ says:

    My daughters have each created their own x-men characters. And recently during a gaming session a little voice was heard from up stairs. “I pull out my flaming sword.” They make me proud.

  • craig b says:

    My 5-yr old was making masks. I asked if they were superhero masks; she said no– they were super-villain masks!

  • Claire says:

    Makes for a pretty awesome uncle too! Uncle Tony was always a hit! And, while the nephew is 14, he still loves your geekiness! Everyone needs a chance to share their inner geekiness with someone even if their not comfortable sharing it with the whole world!

  • Chad lambert says:

    To echo what Bob said, they are REALLY going to hate this crap come high school, but it sure is fun now, huh? My boys (10 and 7) are already making thier own comics. They won’t read MINE, but they’re making thier own. 🙂


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