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Is Spain a good place to be a geek?

Spain is a good place to be if you're an Otaku, since Spain is completely taken over by anime and manga, although all the Otakus in Spain download their anime and manga, so it's not a good place for publishers and it's not rare for the most popular series to be unvailible legally...
They do buy merch though...

As for anime cons? There are basically a cluster of stores where you cosplay...

It's OK for mainstream US comic fans, except it's unlikely to meet your idol. Once again, most cons are clusters of comic stores.

That's the thing with Spain, it's OK for mainstream fans, but what if you aren't a fan of mainstream stuff?

That's when things get ugly...

 I'm not the only guy in Spain who likes webcomics and indie comics and other things, but we are very very rare...

The problem is Spaniards tend to stay away from sites that are not in Spanish, so Spanish geeks usually don't know Homestar Runner, Scott Pilgrim, podcasting, etc, etc, etc....

Every time I think I find a Spanish geek that like things like this, it's ends up being an American living in Spain or someone from another Spanish speaking country.

What I find VERY interesting is the state of webcomics in Spain, it's similar to the beginning of the webcomic era for the rest of the world.
What do I mean by this? Well... more than half of the webcomic are made by geeks who can't draw or write, but since there aren't many webcomics in Spanish out there, they don't have much of a competition, just like all those comics from the pre-Big Panda era, which where made by computers geeks. The other half is teenagers who are ripping of manga, some are just parodies of series like Naruto or One Piece.

And like in the Pre-Big Panda era, only one or two are worth reading, like "Joven Lovecraft" and "Polo Sur" which unfortunately have... Spanish humor... Which never makes me laugh, which probably explains why I never laughed until I started reading webcomics!

As for podcasts, most of them are musicals, and most of them are not from Spain...

As for indie comics? They are basically teenagers doing manga. And the indie artists that are good end up working else pretty quick...

OH! I nearly forgot about sci-fi and fantasy! Let me put it this way... They don't know who Douglas Adams is... And Discworld only got to Pyramids the last time I heard...

And TV? Like I said before even though anime has taken over we don't have much on TV, we don't have Adult Swim, but seriously, who need TV today with youtube and podcasts? :P

So basically, I have to rely on the UK or US to get my geek on, but I do intend to go a Spanish convention to see if things are improving...
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