The term ‘geek culture’ relates to a subculture of a community that has to do with games, comic books and the characters inside it. With the rise of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, the community has grown and is reaching its peak with the recent release of the final installment of the Infinity Saga, ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
To tie in with the movie release, Fanboys Infinite along with Brunei Hobby Enthusiasts created a Bruneian comic convention called Infinity Con to celebrate the release and also as a way to summarise everything relating to geek culture.
In an interview with Khairul Anwar, Co-Founder of Fanboys Infinite, he talked about the convention and geek culture community in Brunei.
“The convention this year is more varied than last year with some influences from the 1980s such as He-Man and wrestling. In a way, we don’t only promote things that are popular, but also characters that were popular at one point in time,” said Khairul.
Other than stuff from the 80s, the convention also includes video games, board games, Legos and action figures. Infinity Con also had an emphasis in promoting Bruneians who have contributed towards the geek culture in the country, such as video game developers and comic artists.
“I think the geek culture community in the country have become more interesting in recent years as there had been a surge of followers due to MCU. It is good to see the old and new followers of the culture gather in one venue,” said Khairul Anwar.
He added that it is fascinating to see that the community has become more mainstream and common among people, that it may eventually not be called geek culture anymore and just be a normal popular culture.
During the event, we also interviewed one of the vendors, Abdullah Husaini from Shiroiokami Hobbytech to share his thoughts on the culture.
“We have to understand that people are still learning about it other than the comic books, people may not know much about building a Gundam figure or Tamiya racing, so as long as the community works together, the culture can be bigger and more supported in the future,” said Abdullah.
Khai mentioned that he hopes to see more gatherings like Infinity Con that will coincide with certain dates that are observed by geek factions, such as Star Wars Day on May the Forth (4th May), which is essentially a play of words based on the famous quote, “May the force be with you” and spreading awareness for fans to participate in comic or hobby conventions in the country.
“The Infinity Con will hopefully be a blueprint for things going forward, and hopefully there will be more people organising conventions in the future. Through the Infinity Con, we can set the standards of what can be expected for events like this,” added Khai.