Many girls are really daunted by the geek world. Face it, we're not really encouraged to read comic books, and those of us who have been brave enough to enter the bagged-and-boarded comic book store haven't always received the warmest welcome. You might as well slap a "No Girls Allowed!" sign on that whole world.
But there are a lot of awesome reasons why girls should get in on this superpowered trend. Not only does it feature some butt-kicking heroines (think Wonder Woman or Dark Phoenix), but it's populated with a lot of really good-looking heroes. Think Hugh Jackman in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight" and Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man." Better yet, think of those "300" Spartans — the event may have been historical, but the skimpy costumes were all due to its origins as a graphic novel.
If you're thinking geekdom sounds like girl heaven, then you might want to make the ultimate pilgrimage and visit San Diego Comic-Con! While the convention started as a way to buy and sell comic books, Hollywood has taken it over to promote any movie or television show that's based on comics or has a sci-fi or fantasy twist.
Twilighters already have it on their radar since the "Twilight" movie gang visited last year, and they are due to make a return to promote "New Moon." Other possible guests include Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson for "Iron Man 2," Brad Pitt for "Inglourious Basterds," the new and hunky Thor, Chris Hemsworth, the casts of "Smallville" and "True Blood," Jake Gyllenhaal for "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," Channing Tatum for "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and Gerard Butler for "Gamer." The official list has yet to be announced, so there's no telling what eye candy might be arriving, but the LA Times has some additional possibilities to tease you with.
If you decide to make the trip, we also suggest that you take some time out from stargazing to visit the comic book vendors. After all, there's a reason they cast the likes of Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale to portray superheroes onscreen, and you really should find out how handsome and heroic Wolverine and Batman are off. The stories are exciting, the men are good looking, and hey -- the Wonder Womans kick butt, too. This geek stuff isn't just for guys anymore, and it's time we started reminding everyone of that!
So girls -- do you think you might make a trip to San Diego Comic-Con this year? Do you have a favorite superhero you'd like to see in person? Or are you interested in attending only for "New Moon"?