Wait a minute! Chicago Geek Guy isn’t one guy?! One of them isn’t a GUY? THEY BOTH DON’T EVEN LIVE IN CHICAGO?
Chicago Geek Guy started as a solo effort. Within weeks Rex realized that he needed some help. After rekindling a long quiet friendship, he asked Sheri to come on board as an editor. Sheri doesn’t live in Chicago now, but she did when the two first met.
Rex is …
… a professional with a day job
I currently work in a mixed project management, business analyst, software developer role a large, international law firm. I entered the private sector after five years of teaching in Japanese and American middle schools.
… a father
I will confess. I wasn’t sure I wanted to have kids. My teenager, Trinity, has convinced me I made the right choice in conceiving them. I love seeing the world through a new set of eyes. That Trin shares many of my interest adds icing on the cake.
“Daddy? Will I get your comic books when you die? I just want to make sure Mommy doesn’t sell them.”
… a long time role-player
I’ve been role playing in various forms for almost 30 years. I started in D&D and quickly branched into other systems: Traveller, Gamma World, Champions, Call of Cthulhu, Cyberpunk, etc. I started playing World of Darkness in 1992 while a friend of mine was working for White Wolf. I consider running a 10 yeah WoD chronicle one of my greatest achievement in terms of RP, storytelling, character development, and just good times with friends. It’s the bar I use to measure other gaming experiences against. It’s also the reason I will not likely play a WoD game ever again.
I am currently running a tabletop Traveller game for my regular group while working on a D &D campaign online.
… an avid comic book collector
My personal, physical comic collection contains about 8,000 books. It includes some notable stories: the first appearance of Black Panther, full runs of Sandman, Birds of Prey, and Strangers in Paradise, the original “monthly” run of Watchmen. The most valuable book in the lot just happens to be The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #1, given to me by a customer while I was managing a comic shop. I add 40~50 comics each month and I read them all.
I worked in comic and game stores all through university and managed a shop in the Loop while attending grad school.
… a beginning cosplayer
Steampunk finally convinced me to let down my guard and let me costuming flag fly. Since slipping on my first pair of goggles, I knew I needed more. Now, one bedroom of our house has turned into a sewing room/closet and I’ve done my best to expand my collection of Neo-Victorian, Neo-Meiji, and Neo-Bedouin gear, while trying to piece together costumes of Deathstroke, Ravager, Walter White, and an Adventure Team GI Joe. My sewing skills are nothing to brag about, but I’m getting better all the time.
… a writer
Writing is something I’ve had to do this I was a teen. I enjoy telling stories, developing characters, and figuring out the intricacies of a plot.
… a certified Geek Guy
Sheri is …
… a professional on hiatus from the business world, but starting a small business
For many years I worked in a variety of consulting capacities both in the US and internationally. About five years ago, I took a break from the fortune 100 to be a full-time mom (more about that below). I am now embarking on the process of turning a beloved hobby, antique and vintage jewelry, into a small business on ETSY and perhaps create my own website as well.
… a mother
Of two children in their teen years (18 and 15 years old). They are both full-fledged geeks, who are avid players of the Pokémon trading card game (as well as Pokémon DS games, etc), MTG and other off-beat board games. They are also very into cosplay and the Anime and Comic conventions. My home is a place of all things math, robotics, computer programming and science (including an occasional visit by a famous scientist’s grandchild). I believe my role is to provide a space for all those interests (and more) to flourish.
… artist and crafter
I love to paint, draw in charcoal and other mediums like pastels. I am also known as the local craft mom, a few years ago I made 40 paper mache Darth Vader helmets for the 5thgrade play. I help my kids make their cosplay costumes (I made a steampunk top hat two nights ago) and enjoy it thoroughly.
… writer and editor
Much of my consulting work involved writing in a variety of capacities. Right now, I mainly edit materials for my husband’s law firm and this web blog.
… a geek
And yes, I am a geek too. I also enjoy dressing up (although I don’t do it nearly as often as I’d like). I like playing off-beat games and I love that my kids are into all of this stuff. My family discusses science, math, politics and world affairs at the dinner table.
I even belong to the “geek” synagogue of the Boston suburbs (yes, I’m Jewish and although I am a former Chicago inhabitant I am currently living “out East”). Although there is a perfectly fine synagogue a two minute drive from my home, we are willing to sacrifice the additional thirty minutes to be among others with similar interests – where the focus is upon self-acceptance, intellectualism, open discussion of science and religion (in a non-rejecting of science way) and the celebration of the uniqueness of everyone.