Greek Mythology always held a fascination for me. Learning about them in school I imagined what it would have been like living in an era where these beings were worshipped. Not just that, I imagined what it would have been like to live among them. You want to scare your child into behaving? Tell them the story of Prometheus. I mean come on, even the Hercules narrator told us the ancient gods were petty and cruel. For good or bad, they were respected.
I propose there are a different breed of "gods" walking among us today. Geek Gods. These individuals are representatives of the early gods in that they've helped geekdom survive in one way or another. Some are definitely worshipped while others love to torture us. Here are your Geek Gods...
There is no one better to play the role of the King of the Gods than Stan Lee. I think it's safe to say he's been the single most influential individual to geek society. Even though he wasn't there from the very beginning, Marvel is certainly the house that Stan built. No longer serving as president and chairman, he continues his involvement with comics in all forms. He's the ultimate fanboy favorite when he steps onto the screen for his cameo in Marvel films and without him there would be no Spider-Man, X-Men or Iron Man. Just think where Robert Downey Jr. would be right now...
He's controlled scores of demons, not to mention other gods, in his time. Of course Joss Whedon is Hades. Though enjoyed by many, few could have predicted the creator of the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer would go on to control his own universe. The Whedonverse is vast and inhabits many. Although not all of his creations have been commercially successful, Joss Whedon will never go hungry. He's created characters people can't get enough of. A feature length film was made out of a tv show that didn't even last a full season and who needs actors when you can continue living out their lives in comics. This past years Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog proves we're truly the devil's plaything.
Hermes, the patron of boundaries and travelers, of orators, wit and invention. Wil Wheaton boldly went where no boy had gone before and kept on going. As Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation he joined the Traveler to explore other realities. As normal Wil Wheaton he went on to become a pillar in the geek community. He acts, he write, he plays a mean game of Dungeons & Dragons (or so I've heard). One of the most open geeks in the industry you can read his many varied and humorous ramblings on his blog WWdN: In Exile. He's also taken up residence on Twitter. If you're signed up and not following Wil, you're not a geek.
Dionysos is the god of wine, the inspirer of ritual madness and ecstasy. If that doesn't sum up Warren Ellis I don't know what does. We might have to switch wine for whiskey though. Is there any subject too taboo for Warren Ellis? If you've read his novel Crooked Little Vein, you know the answer to that. Beware surfing his website while at work or if you're near children or the elderly or someone with a weak stomach for that matter. He's used the internet to the best of it's advantage to promote his comic work, most recently the weekly web comic FreakAngels. He's also an establishment on Twitter. The following that's resulted from his raw talent is no less than cultish at it's best. It's not unsurprising for a man who's mind is like a great labyrinth.
The god of war. Star Wars. George Lucas created an empire out of a space opera. An evil, evil empire. With that he single-handedly made an entire race of geeks along with something they would pay anything to be a part of for the rest of their lives. He also made studying archaeology cool and that's hard to do. Whether it's swords, whips or lightsabers, Lucas weilds them all with an iron fist. Go ahead, just try to break into LucasFilm. Actually, don't. Just watch Fanboys when it finally comes out. His visual effects company Industrial Lights & Magic made leaps in the industry and has created effects for over 200 films. Heroes geek Masi Oka even got his start there. The world would be a very different place without George Lucas.
Majel Barrett Roddenberry passed away late last year but I could think of no one better to fill the shoes of Queen of the Gods. Majel was with Star Trek from day one and has had a hand in every series to date. She kept the ship flying after her husband Gene's death in 1991 and was well regarded and respected by Trekkies everywhere. It's truly fitting that both their cremated remains were recently rocketed into space for forever exploration.
Goddess of the pure, nourisher of youth. How can you not love Felicia Day? The first thing that brought her to our attention was as potential slayer Vi on Buffy. Little did we know she was a tride and true geek, not one of those fakers. She loves video games as well as sci-fi/fantasy novels. She also created, writes and stars in The Guild, a web based sitcom. She's a World of Warcraft player but the show keeps things simple by focusing on a generic online guild. With it she's helped break the stereotype that all online gamers are men who live in their parents basements. If you didn't know Felicia Day before, you certainly did after Dr. Horrible in which of course, she played Penny. She publishes a blog on her website and is another Twitter user.
Justine Jolie is the perfect fit for the goddess of love, lust and beauty. She's a porn star. To be honest, that's probably the best way she's helped geeks to survive but that's not all there is to her. She's one of the few self-described geeks out there in the industry. Not only does she love games and anime, she goes to comic conventions. She also likes science fiction and Harry Potter. Yup, just your run of the mill geek girl. Who does lesbian porn.
The hunter. If you've ever been on the receiving end of one of Rosario Dawson's deep looks, you're the prey, no doubt about it. She definitely got the blood pumping when she played the tougher-than-nails Gail in Sin City but it was when geekdom found out she was really into comics their heads exploded. Not only does she read them, she's created one. O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce was made along with writer David Atchison and illustrator Tony Shasteen. The character Sophia Ortiz was even modeled after her. Through the years, roles in Men In Black II and Josie and the Pussycats gave her plenty of geek cred as well. Coincidentally enough, she voiced Artemis in the soon-to-be released Wonder Woman animated film.
Athena is the shrewd companion of heroes and the goddess of heroic endeavor. That is Gail Simone. You want heroic endeavors? Years ago, she pointed out a fondness female comic characters seemed to have for refrigerators. Shrewd companion of heroes? Let's see...Birds of Prey, Superman, Teen Titans, the Atom. Just to name a few. Her work on the Secret Six has been so popular DC finally made it an ongoing. Now, who am I forgetting? Just the biggest and best! Wonder Woman. Gail Simone made history when she became the first ongoing female writer for the strongest member of the big three this past year. Her great-grandmother was a Suffragette so it's no wonder she's paved such an amazing path for herself and others to follow.