No, that is not a misspelling, for I am a goddess of geek! I'm a 3D artist, a web designer, an ARG player, a film nut, a sci-fi nerd, a martial artist, and an amateur astronomer, yet I love a good Sephora shopping trip, dressing up for a night of dancing, spa treatments, and would own quite a few more pairs of shoes if I could afford them (alas, zBrush is just too expensive and if given the choice, I could more happily live without the Louboutins). The ultimate proof of my geek status is that I can't wait to get to Comic-Con this year! Yes, I am going and yes, I do plan on bringing my mini-laptop so that I can blog away. The ultimate deciding factor for me this year was the strange commercial that played during the season finale of Lost (no spoilers here, I promise). The commercial was for "Octagon Global Recruiting." They claimed to be seeking people to fill a variety of "unpaid" positions that included "former military" and "ichthyologist."
Ichthyologist? When have you ever seen a commercial on prime time television advertising an unpaid position for an ichthyologist (Professor Frink voice: ahem, that would be a fish scientist, m'hey)?
Of course I knew that it had to be the start of a new between-seasons ARG like "The Lost Experience" (glayven)! I missed out on that one, so I wanted to be sure that I caught the start of this one. I immediately went to www.octagonglobalrecruiting.com and entered my e-mail address. Several things about the site caught my attention: their "recruitment dates" and location coincided exactly with Comic-Con, the recruitment was for the Dharma Initiative (big players in the Lost drama), and the site was sponsored by ABC, with a bit of wording in the legal disclaimer concerning "contest submissions." (There are other "interesting things," but I will spare you the details.)
I'm a HUGE fan of the show and its creator, J.J. Abrams. I had a bit of luck with one of his other projects earlier this year, so I figured if there is a contest having anything to do with Lost to be won, I was going to go for it. It turned out that it wouldn't be too expensive for me to go to Comic-Con and there were dozens of other reasons why attending such an event might be fun. And so, off to San Diego I shall travel next moth, Dharma Initiative costume in hand...
Okay, I'm not quite this guy. Yet. (or am I?)
(now in Comic Book Guy voice: for those of you unfamiliar with the show, that would be the outfit of Claire Bennet, the Indestructable Cheerleader from "Heroes." This was her season 1 cheerleading outfit with the Wildcats logo which was changed from the original Trojans logo from the pilot, thank you.)