I Get Nerdy Gifts

The nature of nerdy gifts is that they’re hard to get for other people unless you’re really familiar with their particular flavor of nerd/geek/fandom. But I recently received two TWO gifts that really float my boat.

Dark Mark scarf from Universal Studios

A friend just visited the Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and brought me back this scarf:

A black scarf, folded with fringe along one edge. White skulls and snakes "dark marks" from Harry Potter - are stamped regularly across the cloth

and had a grand time – we bought the wand, we drank the butterbeer, and that Christmas the Hubby made me this gigantic mural that now hangs in my study:

A busy collage of Harry Potter paraphernalia, including an invitation to the Yule Ball, Harry's acceptance letter to Hogwarts, a scribbled list of Dumbledore's army, Mrs. Weasley's angry letter to Ron, a poster for the 422nd Quidditch World Cup, a wanted poster for Sirius Black.

So what I’m saying is, that was a pretty good nerd gift for me. And because it has a simple pattern I can actually wear it out of the house! …as long as I’m ready to deal with the occasional side-eye from people who know what the dark mark is.

Gift, the second: A artist sketch from a new comic that I’m reading.

This one was unexpected and pleasantly received. I have a pull list set up at The Source, a comic book store in Roseville, Minnesota. One of the titles that I had on reserve is The Infinite Loop. From the IDW website:

Meet Teddy, a young woman who lives in a faraway future where time traveling is a common practice and her job is to maintain the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ano, “a time paradox” and the girl of her dreams, Teddy must decide between fixing the time stream or the love of her life, both of which have unique consequences.

I know, right?

So I get this cryptic message that I have a prize waiting for me at the front desk at The Source. No problem – I don’t need an excuse to go to a comic book shop. I figured “the prize” would be some trinket like they occasionally hand out (my last prize was a plastic orange lantern ring. I’m not complaining, ‘cuz who turns down an orange lantern ring? Not this gal.)

Long story slightly shorter: I arrived at The Source to find this note waiting for me:

Image contains text only. "It turns out that we were one of the three shops that ordered the most copies of the Infinite Loop series in the US. Elsa, the artist on the series, emailed us a while back to let us know that. In thanks for the support of he series, she did these sketches for us and those other two other shops. As someone who pre-ordered or subscribed to the book, you were a major part of making it possible for us to support the book like we wanted to. So on behalf of the Source, Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, thank you very much for supporting this title!"

Text reads: “It turns out that we were one of the three shops that ordered the most copies of the Infinite Loop series in the US. Elsa, the artist on the series, emailed us a while back to let us know that. In thanks for the support of he series, she did these sketches for us and those other two other shops. As someone who pre-ordered or subscribed to the book, you were a major part of making it possible for us to support the book like we wanted to. So on behalf of the Source, Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, thank you very much for supporting this title!”

…and this pencil sketch of Teddy!

A pencil sketch in blue and red of a woman's face, signed "Elsa C 2015"

How cool is that?

What’s the best nerdy gift that hit the mark for you? Alternatively (or in addition to) what’s the weirdest nerdy gift that you re-homed because it fell short of the mark?

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