When a full moon rose over the sky, Mark felt a calling in the night. “I felt the urge to slip out into the night to hunt (something) down.” He tries to resist the urge but he gives in and his eyes turn yellow. “I give in to the hunger” says he.
While most stories would have him howling at the moon and hunting down a helpless damsel, this scene ends with him drooling over the sights of figurines by a comic shop window. This amusing scene both begins the web comic series Weregeek and sums up the playful, mischievous tone of the series. Created by Alina Pete, Weregeek is a comedic online comic that is both a beginner’s guide to geekdom and a love letter to the world of geeks.
In his personal life, Mark was just an average schlub. He was a faceless drone in a cubicle always seen conversing near the water cooler. He was one amongst a group of guys ogling girls at a bar. In fact, he was supposed to meet with his girlfriend to make doilies with her church group. But then one night, he has the aforementioned urge and his yellow, googly eyes gaze upon a Dragon Lair’s comic shop. This little sequence contains panel after panel of funny one liner and sight gags. In one panel, the comic shop boss points to a sign saying “No spitting or slobbering” when Mark drools over a comic book. In another, the boss jangles a D&D dice over Mark like keys over an infant. “Sad part is, he’s still not the weirdest customer I’ve had today” he states as Mark stares in awe.
Enter Joel, a comic shop employee, to shake Mark back to his senses. He informs Mark that they are weregeeks. It’s kind of like a werewolf except as Joel points out “instead of the whole teeth and claws and the hungry-for-blood thing, you get a handful of dice and an unholy hunger for Cheetos.” Luckily, Joel has a group of friends to teach him the ways of geekdom. There’s the pudgy Dustin, the bespectacled Susan and the fun loving, energetic Abbie. Every moment these five get together is where the comic hits its stride. There are moments when the comic takes a turn to fantasy or science fiction , but Pete’s storytelling shines brightest when it’s just the five of them sitting around and talking.
Being a geek herself, Pete shows a full understanding of geekdom and shares her wisdom to the reader. How does one play Dungeons and Dragons? What is after game coffee? Why do fans of Firefly celebrate June 23rd?  Oh, and did you know Vin Diesel is a Dungeon Master? In the book, she writes some texts giving more details and discusses her own experience. Instead of hammering this info in our heads like most after school specials, Pete lets the information flow into the strips through the conversations between the characters. It also helps that the characters are surprisingly well written. Mark makes for a great straight man for the audience to connect with. Despite looking like Velma’s twin sister, Sarah is one tough cookie capable of strong arming Joel. Joel and Dustin seem like fun guys to be around. But the real star of this comic is Abbie.
As far against the stereotype as a geek can get, Abbie is one of those fun loving girls who arrives at a party carrying an armful of goodies. Whether she’s building a tower of ketchup packs or starting a pillow fight, Abbie will give in to her impulses no matter how random. It is a joy to watch her panel after panel. These characters play each other perfectly. Pete writes some of the most believable dialogue of geeks since Clerks. They sound like they know exactly what they are talking about whether it’s Larping, web comics or Monty Python without the audience feel isolated. What Pete gets right the most is the fact that geeks will have different interests and opinions and they do playfully defend it against each other? Firefly fan Dustin forms a verbal duel against Battlestar Galactica fan Joel. Joel and Abbie debate whether or not they should see Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. And don’t get Sarah started on Lord of the Rings books vs. movies. It is clear through this comic, Alina Pete seeks to debunk the stereotypes of geeks and present them as people. Their hobbies are just those…hobbies. They don’t live with their parents and they do have careers.
In the first volume, Weregeek delivers a well written and mischievous comedy along the lines of Clerks and Superbad. It offers a better understanding to why geeks take an interest in their hobbies. The reader can connect their own interest with those of these characters. It may even get some readers interested in an activity or two.
 Albeit from RPGs.
 They christen it Browncoat Day.