I Am A Giant Nerd

A Chat with Ernest Cline

9 August 2011

Yesterday, I talked about Ernest Cline’s new novel, Ready Player One. I also had the opportunity to talk to the author about the book. I really appreciate his insights, though we will forever disagree about Krull (which I have not actually seen since I was six years old). —– Jeff Stolarcyk: Hi Ernest. Thanks for […]


Jefferson Reads: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

8 August 2011

Note: A copy of Ready Player One was provided to the author for review. The past decade has been the Age of the Geek – studios pander to the Comic-Con crowd, Internet buzz can destroy a movie’s opening weekend and nostalgia drives marketing. For every dyed-in-the-wool geek creator or personality, there’s at least two or […]



5 August 2011

Sometimes I think about blogging as a medium and I feel like I am not cut out for it. This blog is a record of my life and, really, my life is not entertaining at all.  Seriously not at all, you guys. If I’m going to keep this up, I need to establish goals. Or […]


Shields and the Weilding Thereof

26 July 2011

It is incredibly easy to get cynical about fandom. We can, collectively, be utterly joyless bastards about the things we profess to love a lot of the time. There are a lot of things we feel, some rightly and some wrongly, about Our Things – stewardship, ownership, affection, disappointment, even equivalency – but the feeling […]


It All Ends

15 July 2011

It’s problematic. I look at a lot of the things I love in fiction – fantasy, science fiction, superheroes – and I see that that same basic story structure that props each hero’s journey up ultimately tends to be a little fascistic.  Because when Boy X gets Sword Y and learns how to fight from […]



13 December 2010

Thanks to Dan, I saw this slightly incomprehensible image today: It is, of course, a photo of Gandalf, featuring a quote by Yoda, which has been attributed to Albus Dumbledore.  The thing is a trinitarian artifact of nerd blasphemy that defies belief (except that, on the Internet, unbelievability is inversely proportional to its likelihood of […]


…With Chaotic Good Tendencies

8 December 2010

(click to giant-size) I’ve been quite entertained by what Christoper Bird has been doing with Alignment Chart week, and wanted to make one of my own. I thought about re-doing the Glee chart, because it’s severely flawed (Rachel Berry is unabashedly evil), but figured it would be more fun to tackle Leverage, which is a) […]


New York Comic Con

8 October 2010

This morning, I’m headed to New York for the 5th annual New York Comic Con.  I probably won’t be online during the days much, so the best place to keep up with me is going to be The Twitter. I’ll also do a Flickr-dump of each day’s photos at night. I’m planning to take the […]



20 September 2010

Comics I’m Buying This Week 08/18/2010

18 August 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #640 – I was prematurely set to hate this story with a burning fanboy rage, but last issue threw me for a loop. Atlas #4 – Sad that this series is ending after #5. But the remaining two issues should be a hell of a ride, and I’m kind of looking forward to […]