Hello everyone! I’m back again and I have another awesome interview for your eyes to read I hope that you enjoy these interviews as much as I do. I really enjoy getting to know our world full of geeks and nerds, and gamers a like! I would like to introduce you to Cogan! We really never had too much interaction but he still volunteered to come on this journey with me. Really quick if your interested in joining in on the fun follow me on Twitter: @GeekyGamerChick
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Q. Tell us about yourself. Anything you’d like to share!
A. Well to start off I am a sophomore in College who just turned 20. I’m going to school to be an accounting major. I spent the last semester of school abroad in London and I’m from your stereotypical small town Midwest upbringing.
Q. How has social media impacted/improved your life?
A. Social media has impacted my life by providing me with an open forum to talk to and meet others who share my interests. Due to my background of where I have lived it has at times proven challenging to openly find incredibly nerdy people as it was looked down upon in these small judging towns I have lived in.
Q. Who inspired you to be the geek you are today?
A. The man who raised me for the first 13 or so years of my life, Tim. He kind of inspired me to many of my geek pursuits and we shared a lot of my favorite geek memories together. We saw Lord of the Rings together, spent many a night gaming into the early hours of the morning, he taught me to play Magic the Gathering, and recently him my half-sister and I went and saw Star Wars the Force Awakens together which was special as my half-sister had never seen star wars.
Q. If you could give a geek from this generation advice what would you say?
A. I would say do not fight your geekiness as that was my problem. I struggled in school to be a geek as people didn’t want me to be so I floated between being a jock and a geek. Just go out there meet some geeky people and have fun with it. It’s finally cool to be a geek so embrace it and enjoy because when I was growing up it was not.
Q. If you had to give up one geeky hobby what would it be and how would you replace it ?
A. If I had to give up on Geeky hobby it would probably be video games as it can get expensive at times and is somewhat anti-social. If I had to replace it I would play more dungeons and dragons due to the social nature, the wide open options, and the immense amount of fun I have playing as compared to video games.
Q.If there was one thing you could change about geek culture what would it be and why?
A. My biggest issue with geek culture is a general feeling of dissatisfaction that I get from most geeks. My example of this is the New Star wars movie and while I wont divulge for later questions it felt to me like everyone was waiting to just start trashing it as much as they good. Geeks (myself included) tend to complain about our hobbies a lot. The other aspect is people who get mad that “uh well I liked that before they did so they aren’t allowed to like it as much as me”. I’m the opposite the more people who like my geeky things the better in my opinion.
Q. Where all can my readers find you?
A. Your readers can find me on Facebook at Cogan Wilson James Bishop
I’m on twitter username @TheRealCogan
I also have an Instagram which is Cogan Bishop
Q. As geeks we have all been ridiculed at some point in our lives. How did you cope with that? How has it effected you as an adult?
A. I will admit I was made fun of a lot for my geekiness in elementary and middle school and I coped by trying to become a jock and usually spending all my free time alone at home reading or playing video games. As an adult I tend to be distrusting and at times introverted as I don’t trust people’s intentions at times.
Q. Do you have any hobbies that aren’t considered to be in the geek realm, if so what?
A. I am a bit of a fitness nut and I run and lift six or so days a week. Running is my true passion and I love nothing more than to spend a Saturday morning pounding the pavement with my headphones in and music blaring.
Q. What are your thoughts on Star Wars The Force Awakens?
A. I LOVED The Force Awakens. It was great in my opinion. While I may agree that it mirrored A New Hope that didn’t stop me from seeing it three times in one week. The actions, the villains, the hero’s all made it worth it to me. I especially love Kylo Ren, unlike a lot of people I know. I loved the movie to death, have ordered it already, and can’t wait to see Episode 8.
Q. Which Lord of the Rings movies is your favorite?
A. My favorite has to be the two towers. The atmosphere of uncertainty at the beginning and the stress that builds in the film and culminates in one of my favorite battles of Cinema, the Battle of Helms Deep, makes this my clear favorite of the trilogy. The character development in the second movie is also superb and I have spent many a weekend just watching these movies.
Q. Which movies do you prefer more DC or Marvel?
A. This is tough for me as there is a greater amount of Marvel movies, however I prefer dark and gritty movies closer to the Dark Knight and Man of steel. However the Marvel TV shows on Netflix are that dark and gritty. I would have to say I prefer DC movies and Marvel Tv Shows.
Q. What movie are you looking forward to in the upcoming year?
A. Oh boy. This is quite the list but we have Deadpool, Captain America, Rouge One is my personal favorite to come out, Xmen, Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond, and my guilty pleasure of Kung Fu panda 3 ( I love the first 2)
Q. What did you think of Jessica Jones? How about it getting a second season?
A. I Adored Jessica Jones. It was similar to daredevil but different enough that it was great. The dark and gritty nature of Hell’s kitchen as well as the very adult content of the show as perfect for me. The main character not wanting to be a hero dragged me in as well as the always talented David Tennent who excelled in his role as a villain. I am anxiously waiting for the 2nd season of Jessica Jones to see where she goes from here.
Q. Which version of Sherlock is your favorite?
Its Benedict Cumberbatch. No question he far superior to Robert Downy Jr’s Sherlcok in my opinion. He is much more arrogant, condensing, and handles and shows the Drug abuse by the character in a much more interesting way.
Q. Which Doctor on Dr Who is your favorite? How long have you been watching?
A. My favorite Doctor has to be Peter Capaldi. I just love the different style of doctor he brings as compared to the two previous incarnations of Matt Smith and David Tennant. His sarcasm as well as dry humor especially. Sad to say I have only been watching Doctor Who for 3 years as I discovered it during two a days of football my Senior year of high school.
Q. You also enjoy Politics and debate. Have you ever gotten heated during a debate, you either had with someone or watched someone, and why?
A. I have got heated plenty of times during a debate, more than I would wish to recount. In both instances of watching and participating I got heated as I use to be quite the hot head and very opinionated. My time in college has taught me to listen to all opinions as valid, but to question them nonstop.
Q. What board games do you own? Do you have any that you have yet to play?
A. The “board” games I won though I don’t know if they count are DnD, Magic the Gathering, Cards against humanity, and call of Cthulhu. I want to play Shadownrun, Star wars saga and edge of the empire as well as the superheroes table top game Mutants and Masterminds.
Q. Tell us a little about some of your favorite Anime’s? 1) Psycho Pass 2) Tokyo Ghoul 3) Attack on Titan.
A. I just very recently got into anime and I am sure the community would define me as a newbie or the equivalent term I found myself drawn to this storytelling medium over the past year for the fresh ideas to me at least they are able to tell. Each of these tell not a wholly original tale but different enough combined with great visuals that each has its own flavor that I can enjoy. Tokyo ghoul in particular drew me in with its violent visuals and dark story.
Q. Who are some of your favorite metal/rock bands? What draws you to this kind of music most?
A. While I won’t go one to list the 50 or so bands I enjoy immensely I will instead note some of my current favorites.
Rise Against has been my favorite band since middle school the punk instrumentals with the voice of Tim Mcilrath and the inspiring lyrics have drawn me in for the past 8 years and having seen them twice they are easily my favorite live show. (I love Rise against I forgot all about them until I played Sleeping Dogs and they were in the game and on the album!!)
Ghost is my favorite “new discover” the soft groove rock sounds with Papa Emeritus the 3rds voice combined with the doomlike lyrics on top of a satanic image combines for one of the most unique sounds in rock today in my opinion. I look forward immensely to their live show I will be attending in May.
The final band I will highlight that I enjoy listening to is Slipknot. I was never a really big fan fo Slipknot I just casually knew some of their top hits thanks to guitar hero and how popular songs like psychosocial are. Then I saw them live at ROTR 2015 and it changed my opinion of the band. While the band has evolved over the years I love their sound and especially the lyrics. I will have to admit that the image draws me too as I love the jumpsuit / mask get up (may explain my love for other bands like Ghost, Gwar, etc.)
I am drawn to this music for the instrumentals as well as lyrics. Lyrics in music are a big deal to me and that is my main draw. Rock and metal lyrics are always so deep and varied between each band and song. Every band sings about its own unique things and it is just refreshing to hear.
Q. You mentioned you were a former football player. What was your position, team, and how come you no longer play?
A. I played football for 6 years in middle school and high school. I mainly played in High School for the Marietta Tigers. During my time there I played every O-Line position but my real passion was as the team’s 3-4 noseguard. I no longer play due to when I reached the Division 3 level the time input was too great when weighed against my desire for good grades.
Q. Why do you consider movies such as American Psycho, Friday the 13th, Clockwork Orange to be non-nerd movies?
A. I would classify these as non-nerd movies simply due to my classification of nerd things. Nerd and geek things usually to me involved things like fantasy, science fiction, medieval settings, and futuristic settings. American psycho to me is a drama, Friday the 13th is horror, and Clockwork Orange is just the pure genius of Stanley Kubrick at work.
Q.How far is your longest run you’ve ever been on?
A. My longest run I accomplished in August of this year when I completed my first half-marathon with a time of 2 hours and 40 minutes. While some may see it as a slow time which it is I was just happy to have finished and look forward to running my next half marathon at a faster pace.
Q.Tell us about all of your favorite sports teams and why you enjoy them over other teams.
My favorite Sports are as follows:
College Football: The Ohio State University. I live in Ohio. I go to college in Columbus Ohio. I was born in Ohio. I have been rooting for The Ohio State since I was old enough to watch football and have always loved the culture and tradition around the program. Last year’s National Championship run was special as I got to be in Columbus during the year.
NFL Football: The Pittsburgh Steelers are by far my favorite team. I am a diehard Steelers fans and it goes back to James Harrison. When I started playing football James Harrison was my favorite NFL player. Going on as I got more and more into the team the history of hardnosed smash mouth defense is what draws me to the team as my football philosophy mirrors the old style of Pittsburgh where you establish a run game and force the opponent to fight your Defenses.
MLB Baseball: I have always somewhat rooted for the pirates as a general Pittsburgh fan but it was the season before their first winning season in 23 years that I got deeply involved. The players and the game of baseball are relatively new to me but I have been learning to enjoy them nonetheless.