Short post today since I have to jump off and head to Northampton for Webcomics Weekend.
Geek idol Wil Wheaton may have enjoyed more cameos in webcomics than any other human being (although I suppose it's possible that he's been edged out by the likes of Gary Gygax or Steve Jobs). He serves as a handy geek touchstone, a focal point for our Star Trek fandom, our loving mockery of that fandom, and our somewhat tongue-in-cheek dreams of swashbuckling bloggers who save the world with their keyboards. Here is a by no means comprehensive list of Wheaton's two-dimensional travels:
- Jefbot explains why he hates Wil Wheaton -- and it has nothing to do with Wesley Crusher or Wheaton being an awesome blogger.
- When Wil Wheaton made Twitter friends with Heroes actor Greg Grunberg, HijiNKS Ensue revealed what went through Grunberg's head and which world leader got a little thrill watching their burgeoning Twiendship.
- Arcane Times so captured Wheaton's con experience that he asked to have this strip put on a mug.
- Diesel Sweeties not only renders Wil Wheaton as an 8-bit sprite, but also puts him in the notorious clown sweater.
- As Wesley Crusher, Wheaton saved the Enterprise on many an occasion. In Goats, he saves us all from the endless name-dropping of the world's greatest porno acting bot, the Pork-O-Tron.
- Wheaton is just one of many Next Generation actors cast in Joy of Tech's much-anticipated Firefly sequel. But this time, we're less interested in his intellect than in his...physical talents.
- Overcompensating puts Wheaton's awesome blogger skills to the test, and gets bonus points for dressing him in the Diesel Sweeties electric sheep t-shirt.
- A Softer World casts Wheaton as an unlikely werewolf, but naturally he's still a writer.
- Home on the Strange imagines an all-out Internet grudge match between the followers of Penny Arcade, Wil Wheaton, Drew Curtis, and Neil Gaiman.
- After naming one character's baby after the one-time convention punching bag (much to the father's chagrin), Something Positive pits a heavily muscled Wil Wheaton against an army of rabid, maneating catgirls.
- Real Life Comics reacts to Wheaton's presense at the Dumbrella table at Comic Con.
- Who cares if you're blogging at work if Wil Wheaton's linking to your site? Not Unshelved.
- Questionable Content may find the idea of Wheaton being menaced by a military combat droid amusing, but it's nothing compared to what he's endured from Star Trek fans.
- Queen of Wands reveals the secret shame those of us who mooned over Wesley Crusher in junior high share.