For Fall ’10, forget Dior, McQueen or even Rag & Bone. It’s all about Seibei!
By Marc Leonard
Geek is in; the writing is on the entertainment wall! Looking even beyond a little show called Glee we’re seeing hot geeks all over shows like Chuck, Bones, and we already miss the begeekzus out of 24‘s Chloe. And at the multiplex it’s been a banner summer with movies like Kick-Ass and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. So this winter we’re all about Geek Chic, and this weekend we checked out NY Comic Con 2010 to see the latest in Geek couture.
Taco or sandwich? Take your pick!
We were mainly on the hunt for that ultimate geek wardrobe staple, the t-shirt; after all we’re dressing for comfort here, not style! First stop was a visit to the booth of Brooklyn artist David Murray whose now classic sandwich monster t-shirt we discovered at a Bust magazine Brooklyn arts show last year. Since we last met him, David’s expanded his collection of original t-shirts to include a Mexican variation of his hungry dinosaur, as well as fun new tees “I’m Fat Let’s Party” and a rainbow pooping dog.
More hot geek daywear after the jump!
A new favorite collection for us was the work of Sticky Comics. We love the shirt that challenges the stereotype about clams’ happiness, their rendition of a steampunk Mr. Peanut, and “Solstice is Wiccan Awesome”. Check out their site for more quirky and darkly humorous cartoon drawings on t-shirts.
Literary sex jokes and fresh clams. Geeks got it goin’ on!
All the wiccan in the house say “Yeeeaaahhhhhh!”
We also dig the shirts at Digital Pimp Online; their Gotham Ninjas Athletics team jersey combines three of our favorite things: Gotham City, ninjas, and wearing cooler sports jerseys than actual jocks. We also love their line of adorable little cartoon animals hoisting lethal weapons. Nothing quite says cute on the outside, sharp-tongued sassy geek on the inside, quite like an adorable baby cartoon bunny aiming an uzi.
Stop or my turtle will shoot!
As usual Comic Con had no shortage of Star Wars-themed shirts and swag. But our new favorite by far was at the Comic Geek Speak booth, for the Tosche Station Power Converters (“Worth Whining About!”). This is a refreshingly original take on a Star Wars tee because it’s not overtly clear to only but the biggest geeks what this is a reference to. But if you’re a real Star Wars fan you’ll likely find yourself giggling uncontrollably every time you look at this (we did!).
For a show that lasted only half a season, Buffy creator Joss Whedon’s Firefly sure has inspired quite the selection of geek swag. We visited fan group the Austin Browncoats‘ large booth offering a huge array of shirts, bags, gun replicas, and other items for Firefly fans, or just fans of western/space/Asian fusion culture. Our favorite shirt of the bunch is the one worn by Jayne in the Firefly movie Serenity; the Chinese characters say “troublemaker”.
A Serenity souvenir. (The shirt, not the guy.)
In accessories we’re loving the folks at Exotic Lenses and their spectacular line of theatrical and custom contact lenses that’ll help you achieve your nonhuman look of choice. The wolf eye lens was weirdly sexy, while the various alien, zombie, and vampire models were somewhat less so.
Our favorite accessory was these groovy and very geeky Lego earrings from Bricks and Boards Toys. We also loved the passionate toy brick-themed t-shirts which are also an original design. The original design earrings are available from the Ohio-based store whose site is currently down, but you can get more information on how to find these stylish items at email@example.com.
Speaking of Legos, while this last item isn’t geek fashion it’s definitely trés chic. Check out the incredible brick sculptures from artist Nathan Sawaya. This was easily one of the coolest things we saw and that’s saying a lot since we’d just seen Tricia Helfer AND Katee Sackhoff minutes before discovering this geeky art. If you happen to be in NYC check out Sawaya’s gallery exhibition at Agora Gallery in Chelsea from Nov 23 to Dec 14.
Thanks for playing! Now buy a new T-shirt, comb your hair and leave the house!