Monday, March 26, 2007
Nerd Man of the Month: Joss Whedon
With the recent debut of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Season 8 comic book series, now seemed like the perfect time to name Joss Whedon our first Nerd Man of the Month. Witty and talented with a couch-honed physique and catastrophic hairline, our Mr. March is a Nerd World Everyman. He’s that guy we liked in AV class but didn’t ask out because we thought maybe we could do better. And then he graduates and creates an incredible TV series and then we feel really stupid because, shit, he just got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and here I am on the couch eating ice cream.
Beyond our high school regrets, however, Joss Whedon earns our girl nerd love because of his incredible skill as a writer. From Buffy to Angel to Firefly, he’s crafted some of television’s finest hours, seamlessly bridging that harrowing gap between fall-down funny comedy and bitterly heart-rending drama – all with monsters and space ships and more heroes and metaphors than Joseph Campbell could shake his dead, jealous fist at. And while I still haven’t forgiven Mr. Whedon for bifurcating Anya in the last episode of Buffy, he did make up for it in so many other ways. He gave us Once More With Feeling and a hot librarian named Giles and a Mandarin-spewing space cowboy we like to call “Captain Tightpants.” For those reasons and so many more, The Park Bench is proud to name Joss Whedon our Nerd Man of the Month.