As I'm writing this, it's been a little over twelve hours since I left the Avalon Theater, site of the Geekie Awards, so you'll forgive the post-show warmth of hanging out with a collection of lightly-sloshed filmmakers, actors, comic creators, costume makers, and assorted geek personalities. And I got to sit next to the incredibly gracious "Husbands" creator/star Brad Bell and co-creator Jane Espenson, so that was pretty excellent.
As an awards show, this brainchild of Executive Director and creator Kristen Nedopak was different from shows of its type in that its scope was fairly modest and narrow (board games and toys were represented, but not video games, for example). At the same time, it followed the familiar template of the Oscars or our fellow Viacom company Spike's VGAs with a collection of skits, the odd technical issue, and at least one painfully awkward moment for good measure.
But its heart was in the right place, and that was clearly evident during Stan Lee's receipt of the Lifetime Achievement award. The nonagenarian comic creator and sometimes actor -- who presenter Seth Green described as the "Hugh Hefner of comics" -- took the stage, joking that he didn't know precisely what a geek was before launching into a little rhyme written for the event about the meaning of the word before promising to remain a Geek for life.
If you squint, you can see Stan Lee accept his Lifetime Achievement award
It was like that with much of the show -- near the end of the evening, Nedopak took to the stage to thank everyone in the audience for their support and to literally put a spotlight on her mom out in the crowd, singling her out for helping cultivate her geek interests. And since none of the projects were the usual high-profile comic and video game tentpoles, it was an opportunity to see indie creators take the stage and be overwhelmed with emotion at winning (possibly) their first award.
"The Record Keeper" creators and star accept the Best One Shot award
If I had any real complaints, it's that the show was kind of unfocused, with clever category names that didn't really speak to what the award was for (Best One Shot seemed to pay tribute to trailers for ongoing web series, I guess). Then there was the moment that "Battlestar Galactica" actor Richard Hatch turned to a pair of teenaged twins and said "Frak me" before launching into some kind bit about being activated or something. I have no idea, by that point the Pan Galactic Gargleblaster was hitting my empty stomach, so I can't be sure what the intent of the joke was at that point.
It's my hope that the Geekies get a second year. More than anything, I'd like to see it break free of the usual award show template and maybe go for something as raucous and nuts as the Independent Spirit Awards. Just let go of the skits, the excess patter, and the creepy jokes, and let the creators drink and be wild and be celebrated onstage.
Here's the final list of winners:
One Pumpkin to Rule Them All… for Best Geekie Arts & Crafts
COLONUS for Best Geekie Comics & Graphic Novel
The Goon (on Darkhorse Comics) for Best Geekie Crowdfunded
A Podcast of Ice and Fire for Best Geekie Podcasts
The Nerd Machine for Best Geekie Retail Store & Website
Undying Love for Best Geekie Short Film
The Record Keeper for Best Geekie One Shot
Cosplay Piano for Best Geekie Web Series
Takenoko for Best Toys & Games
You can find out more about the Geekie Awards on its official site.