If ever you feel in the need of some outside affirmation that it's okay to be a geek then just stick Morgan Spurlock's Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope in your DVD player and kick back for 87 minutes of sheer joy.
This documentary is a celebration of all things "Comic-Con", which, of course, is itself a celebration of all things geek and is a near pitch-perfect example of documentary making: there's no judgement, no snark, just fans and creators talking about their love of pop culture.
We get the usual high profile mavens of geekdom (e.g. Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Joss Whedon, Seth Green, Harry Knowles etc) as well as comic book artists and writers, film directors etc mixed in with a fascinating cross-section of fandom.
After introducing us to the fact that Comic-Con started in 1970 as comic book convention with about 500 attendees, the documentary switches things up to the 2010 Comic-Con, with its 140,000 visitors and then focuses on the four days of the event.
Primarily the film follows the stories of a number of attendees, which are interwoven with the interviews: a couple of aspiring artists who've come to show off their portfolios, a cosplayer and her friends who are putting on a Mass Effect skit in the costume masquerade, a young couple who met at the 2009 Comic-Con, a very driven toy collector and the owner of a massive comic book chain who isn't particularly happy about the fact that the con has moved away from comic books and now embraces all of pop culture.
On one hand, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope doesn't really say anything new to long-time observers of geekdom, but it is so positive (even the story about the comic vendor ends up-beat) and if you don't have a tear in your eye during the segment from the Kevin Smith presentation then you have a heart of stone.
Even in these supposedly enlightened times, it's rare to come across an examination of geek culture (my culture) that is so balanced and devoid of uninformed prejudice.
However, the main thing I took away from this film (and I knew it really, it's just nice to hear other people expressing it) is what a great bunch of people us geeks are.