The wonderful thing about a hefty amount of geek/nerd culture is that it is super-optimistic. John Green, author of A Fault In Our Stars, says that nerds are basically people who are “unironically enthusiastic … too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.” Which is awesome!
The first time I hung out with my now-boyfriend, I totally melted over the fact that he got really, really jazzed pantomiming a stack that extended from hip-height to chin-height to illustrate how many books you can get for ten dollars at library book sales. As a little geekling, I learned to love guys like this by the examples that cartoons, TV shows, video games, movies, and books made for me of enthusiastic, caring dudes. Without further ado, my top five formative geek crushes…
Swagger New York and Italian designer Michele Morricci came up with a bizarro collaboration: fantasy illustrations detailing what some of our fave cartoon characters might wear to New York Fashion Week, and man, is it weird. It’s troubling enough imagining grown-up Lisa Simpson at all, but then to see her yellow-ish body bedecked in sassy Marc Jacobs hot pants and a button down? I’m still not used to the idea of her having knees. Morricci also illustrated Sailor Moon as a whimsical Rodarte fanatic, Daria in practical and chic Prabal Gurung, and perhaps most appropriately, Beavis and Butthead in Jeremy Scott. Because of course they’d wear a designer known for putting fast food on swimsuits and dogs in animal print shoes.
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Aubrey Plaza, as an actress, does dead-eyed and monotone-voiced really well. Which is why she’s actually perfect to play Daria, in a live-action version of the popular MTV cartoon. She basically is Daria, right? Unfortch, this movie isn’t real (yet!), but the faux trailer is a good start. [College Humor]
Sick of your GPS sounding like an uptight British woman or a sex kitten who wants to give you a beej? Well, now you can have the smuggest bitch of all time tell you when you’ve made a wrong turn: Daria Morgendorffer! She totally led the way for you in the early ’90s and now your fave apathetic teen will tell you where to go on the regs. Awesome! For $9.95, you can download the GPS Navtones here. Signature eye roll not included. Now, if only they could get Trent to pop in every now and again … [MTV Clutch] Keep reading »
Sucky people have not actually sucked on MTV for over a decade now, but there was a time when the channel didn’t send us diving underneath the bathroom sink for something toxic. Alas, a cartoon like “Daria” would never exist today and that’s why we “Daria” super-nerds need to get our hands on “Daria: The Complete Animated Series” DVD, which was released this spring. In honor of this momentous occasion, the blog Can I Get A Man With That? called up Tracy Grandstaff, the actress who voiced Lawndale High’s #1 social outcast, Daria Morgendorffer, for five seasons. Keep reading »
Today is a big deal, folks. Yes, it’s my birthday, but that’s not even what I’m talking about here. Today, “Daria: The Complete Animated Series” has been unleashed on the universe, and it’s only $45 over at Amazon
. The eight-disc set includes all five seasons of “Daria,” plus special features like cast interviews, the two “Daria” movies, and the show’s original five-minute pilot. But there is one big bummer here. Apparently, the reason it took so freaking long for this set to be released is because of all the ’90s music incorporated into the show. In the end, it would’ve cost MTV an arm and a leg to secure all the rights—so instead, they’ve ditched the R.E.M., Fiona Apple, and Alice in Chains original tracks in favor of newly composed background songs. In other words, elevator music. Sigh. [The Gloss
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But still, “Daria” is the ultimate show for nerds, weirdos, smarties and outcasts. After the jump, 10 reasons we still adore this series. Keep reading »