Just A Geek

Just A Geek by Wil Wheaton

Review

"A cleverly constructed and vivid collection of
memoirs with flashes of brilliant wit, this title betters even Dancing
Barefoot." – Paul Hudson, Linux Format, Nov (top stuff award)

Product Description
Wil Wheaton has never
been one to take the conventional path to success. Despite early
stardom through his childhood role in the motion picture "Stand By Me",
and growing up on television as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next
Generation", Wil left Hollywood in pursuit of happiness, purpose, and a
viable means of paying the bills. In the oddest of places, Topeka,
Kansas, Wil discovered that despite his claims to fame, he was at heart
Just a Geek.

In
this, his newest book, Wil shares his deeply personal and difficult
journey to find himself. You'll understand the rigors, and joys, of
Wil's rediscovering of himself, as he comes to terms with what it means
to be famous, or, ironically, famous for once having been famous.
Writing with honesty and disarming humanity, Wil touches on the
frustrations associated with his acting career, his inability to
distance himself from Ensign Crusher in the public's eyes, the launch
of his incredibly successful web site, wilwheaton.net, and the joy he's
found in writing. Through all of this, Wil shares the ups and downs he
encountered along the journey, along with the support and love he
discovered from his friends and family.

The stories in Just a Geek include:

– Wil's plunge from teen star to struggling actor
– Discovering the joys of HTML, blogging, Linux, and web design
– The struggle between Wesley Crusher, Starfleet ensign, and Wil Wheaton, author and blogger
– Gut-wrenching reactions to the 9-11 disaster
– Moving tales of Wil's relationships with his wife, step-children, and extended family
– The transition from a B-list actor to an A-list author

Wil
Wheaton–celebrity, blogger, and geek–writes for the geek in all of
us. Engaging, witty, and pleasantly self-deprecating, Just a Geek will
surprise you and make you laugh.

Star Trek: The Manga Volume 3: Uchu

The art of war by wil wheaton illustrated by ej su

My story The Art of War in the latest Star Trek manga got a really nice mention at Trek Movie dot Com:

Fans of Wil Wheaton’s blog or books know him to be an adroit writer
of nonfiction, an almost Mark Twain for the geek crowd if you don’t
mind such a comparison. Yet his "Art of War" story shows he is talented
with fictional narratives, too. The story involves Kirk and a Klingon
named Kring both trapped together in a collapsed mine on the planet
Angrena. The "enemies forced to cooperate" situation isn’t unique to
science fiction or to Star Trek, be it the film Enemy Mine or
"The Enemy" and "Darmok" episodes of TNG. These kinds of narratives
succeed if there is something different about how they are told and if
they provide the reader with something to think about with the
characters or a social lesson. Wheaton does all of these things with
his comic.

The story begins with both Kirk and Kring having to answer for their
behaviors of helping the other person survive. One side of the page
tell the story from Kirk’s experience, the other side of the page is
from Kring’s. This allows for a juxtaposition of the Federation and
Klingon cultures throughout the narrative. Also, we learn something
about Captain Kirk and his decisions here show why he is such a great
leader. There is also a social lesson here about not treating people,
especially the enemy during war, as stereotypes. It is a lesson which
is in the grand tradition of Star Trek.

The art by E.J. Su is effective, although one of my complaints about
manga comics and Star Trek has historically been the lack of colors.
The tradition for manga is of course black and white art, yet Star
Trek’s tradition is bright colors. In fact, colors are an important
storytelling device in Star Trek, from adding danger to scenes with red
shirts to reinforcing the symbolism of diversity. I am not suggesting
that a manga should have colors, it is that the lack of colors for a
Star Trek comic are disconcerting and obviously distracting. That being
said, Su’s art is quintessential manga art, with sharp lines that show
the expressions of the characters in exaggerated and fun styles.

They gave me 10 out of 10! Dude!

Buy Star Trek The Manga Volume 3 at Amazon.

Star Trek: The Manga Volume 2: Kakan ni Shinkou

Star trek the manga volume 2
Like that television classic, these new journeys venture into the
terrain of social politics, personal reflection…and bare-knuckled
brawls between the dashing Captain Kirk and the galaxy’s most cunning
alien species. Vulcan science officer Spock's unflappable logic, Doctor
“Bones” McCoy’s flare for drama, chief engineer Scott's perpetual
struggle to keep the warp engines online, and the never before told
origin story of one of the Star Trek universe’s most popular
adversaries, all come at you in a fresh, new style.

TrekMovie had some very nice things to say about my story in Star Trek: The Manga volume 2:

Wil Wheaton skipped the easy Wesley Crusher story (are there any other kind?) to pen a TOS tale for Tokyopop’s second Star Trek: The Manga collection that debuted last year, and it’s easily one of the best in the book. Drawn by E.J. Su, recently of IDW’s Transformers comics —official non-Trek plug accomplished!— Wheaton’s “Cura Te Ipsum” (Latin for “heal thyself”) tackles a Kirk vs.
the Prime Directive tale with surprising skill, and establishes his
cred as a comics creator well beyond his celebrated cult of geek.

Buy Star Trek: The Manga Volume 2 at Amazon.

Dancing Barefoot

Dancing barefoot by wil wheaton
Review

"Short but sweet, a highly recommended addtition to
anyone's bookshelf – Trekker, Trekkie, geek or otherwise – we can't
wait for his next book!" – Paul Hudson, Linux Format, July – Linux
Format Top Stuff Award

Product Description
Wil Wheaton–blogger,
geek, and Star Trek: The Next Generation's Wesley Crusher–gives us
five short-but-true tales of life in the so-called Space Age in Dancing
Barefoot. With a true geek's unflinching honesty, Wil examines life,
love, the web, and the absurdities of Hollywood in these compelling
autobiographical narratives. chronicle a teen TV star's journey to
maturity and self-acceptance. Far from the usual celebrity tell-all,
Dancing Barefoot is a vivid account of one man's version of that
universal story, the search for self. If you've ever fallen in love,
wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a Star Trek convention, or
thought hard about the meaning of life, you'll find a kindred soul in
the pages of Dancing Barefoot. In the process of uncovering his true
geeky self, Wil Wheaton speaks to the inner geek in all of us.

The stories:

Houses in Motion – Memories fill the emptiness left within a childhood home, and saying goodbye brings them to life.

Ready
Or Not Here I Come – A game of hide-n-seek with the kids works as a
time machine, taking Wil on a tour of the hiding and seeking of years
gone by.

Inferno – Two 15-year-olds pass in the night leaving
behind pleasant memories and a perfumed Car Wars Deluxe Edition Box
Set.

We Close Our Eyes – A few beautiful moments spent dancing in the rain.

The Saga of SpongeBob VegasPants – A story of love, hate, laughter and the acceptance of all things Trek.

Buy Dancing Barefoot at Amazon.

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