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July 5, 2014

Geeking out

Anderson cartoonist's comic about fandom goes into syndication

ANDERSON — Between blockbusters based on Marvel comics to sitcoms centered around nerds and their science puns, geek culture is becoming pop culture, and it’s paying off for cartoonist David Reddick.

The Anderson resident’s new comic, “Intelligent Life,” is going into syndication Monday. It will run in The Herald Bulletin.

Reddick said it's all about being a nerd.

“We’re all geeks of some sort,” he said. “There are sci-fi geeks, sports geeks, food geeks, documentary geeks, military geeks (and) workout geeks. Being a geek is all about being a fanatic.”

“Intelligent Life” follows four friends — and different types of geeks: Skip, who’s obsessed with video games, comic books and science fiction movies; Mike, Skip’s best friend who has similar interests as his buddy, but takes his fandom to a higher level; Gwen, who geeks out over her blog, social media and pop culture; and Barry, who is seemingly the opposite of Skip, although his obsession and knowledge of all things sports draws certain parallels to his counterpart.

The comic celebrates geeks instead of ridiculing them, Reddick said. The characters and events stem from his own experiences and observations throughout his life.

Reddick said Skip is mainly based on himself, and sports geek Barry is a combination of a number of his friends and family. Although Skip and Barry don’t understand each other, they’re essentially the same.

“It’s like someone dressed in a Colts uniform with an old Peyton Manning jersey, half blue and half orange,” Reddick said. “He’s probably going to laugh at the guy dressed like a (“Star Trek") Klingon, and the guy dressed as a Klingon is going to laugh at the guy dressed in a jersey and paint. But they’re totally going to get each other. They’re the same person.”

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