Miscellaneous, Nerdery

TR Contest: Nerdiest Childhood Creation

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Story time! I assume you were all once children. Probably nerdy children, with dreams of being comic book artists, videogame designers, robot designers, and more. I did all of these thing at various points, and I also thought I was going to be a comic strip artist (best not to ask, really. Although the above sketches of me hanging out with Christopher Lee while he kills Jedi I drew at the tender age of 25. Sorry it’s reversed, but I’d rather go out drinking than fix it right now).

So the contest is this: Tell me your awesomest nerdy childhood creation. I feel pretty damn confident most of you created characters and superheroes and such, or planned out brilliant videogames, or dreamed up books where you were a ninja, or assembled incredible machines out of Legos. Tell me these stories — well, one story each — and the awesomest childhood creation wins.

Since you only get one entry, they can be up to 250 words. NOT A WORD MORE. If have pictures of these childhood creations and are brave enough to show them to the entire class, email them to me; however, I will not give extra points for pics as to remain somewhat fair. The contest ends at 12:01 am on Monday, October the 18th. Got all that? Good. Have a great weekend! And by the way, any ideas of heroes with motorcycles will likely be docked points. I’m sure you understand.

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.