The Geek Zodiac emerged one lazy weekend in late March 2011 when creator James Wright began musing on the shifts and cyclical nature of nerd culture, namely how in the 80s of his formative years the robot Transformers were supplanted by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The concept germinated from there, incorporating the various touchstones he and his childhood friends geeked out over in their youth: superheroes, pirates, daikaiju, zombies, etc. Narrowing these down to a manageable 12, the next steps required determining a system of years around which to base a simple zodiac chart, as well as the attributes associated with each of these new “signs.” Pleased with the admittedly crude format, he sent it out to friends for feedback and because he thought they would dig it… >>>MORE

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Year of the Robot

1876 1888 1900 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008 2020

Merits: Law-abiding, Dedicated, Logical

Demerits: Stubborn, Intractable, Cold

Why 1984? The year both The Terminator and Transformers debut

[Robot Apparel]

[Robot Poster]

Year of the Wizard

1877 1889 1901 1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009 2021

Merits: Wise, Worldly, Naturalist

Demerits: Aloof, Didactic, Clandestine

Why 1937? The publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, introducing Gandalf.

[Wizard Apparel]

[Wizard Poster]

Year of the Alien

1878 1890 1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010 2022

Merits: Intelligent, Technophile, Diplomatic

Demerits: Suspicious, Secretive, Inscrutable

Why 1938? Orson Welles’ radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.

[Alien Apparel]

[Alien Poster]

Year of the Superhero

1879 1891 1903 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011 2023

Merits: Selfless, Moral, Vigilant

Demerits: Condescending, Pious, Sanctimonious

Why 1939? The debut of Superman #1, the first superhero to have his own title.

[Superhero Apparel]

[Superhero Poster]

Year of the Undead/Slayer

1880 1892 1904 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012 2024

Merits: Soulful, Transcendental, Knows value of all life

Demerits: Haunted, Tormented, Difficulty connecting to humanity

Why 1880? Tod Browning, director of the 1931 Dracula film, is born.

[Undead/Slayer Apparel]

[Undead/Slayer Poster]

Year of the Pirate

1881 1893 1905 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013 2025

Merits: Natural leader, Bon viveur, Charismatic

Demerits: Restless, Quick to anger, Untrustworthy

Why 1881? Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island begins serialized publication.

[Pirate Apparel]

[Pirate Poster]

Year of the Daikaiju

1882 1894 1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014 2026

Merits: Center of attention, Big-hearted, Scientific

Demerits: Destructive, Lonely, Misunderstood

Why 1954? The first Godzilla film is released.

[Daikaiju Apparel]

[Daikaiju Poster]

Year of the Time Traveler

1883 1895 1907 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015 2027

Merits: Punctual, Perceptive, Cosmopolitan

Demerits: Regretful, Distracted, Chaotic

Why 1895? H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine is published.

[Time Traveler Apparel]

[Time Traveler Poster]

Year of the Spy

1884 1896 1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016 2028

Merits: Confident, Patriotic, Desenrascanço* adept

Demerits: Duplicitous, Selfish, Remorseless

Why 1908? Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond series, is born.

[Spy Apparel]

[Spy Poster]

Year of the Astronaut

1885 1897 1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017 2029

Merits: Bold, Team-Oriented, Precise

Demerits: Untethered, Distant, Controlling

Why 1969? The year of the first lunar landing.

[Astronaut Apparel]

[Astronaut Poster]

Year of the Ninja/Samurai**

1886 1898 1910 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018 2030

Merits: Loyal, Deferential, Level-headed

Demerits: Unemotional, Subservient, Violent

Why 1910? The birth year of director Akira Kurosawa, who brought us the films Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, among others.

[Ninja/Samurai Apparel]

[Ninja/Samurai Poster]

Year of the Treasure Hunter

1887 1899 1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019 2031

Merits: Adventurous, Cultured, Quick thinker

Demerits: Greedy, Loner, Cavalier with laws/rules

Why 1935? The year of Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr.’s first cinematic adventure as depicted in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

[Treasure Hunter Apparel]

[Treasure Hunter Poster]

*Desenrascanço (loosely translatable as “disentanglement”) is a Portuguese word used, in common language, to express an ability to solve a problem without having the knowledge or the adequate tools to do so, by use of imaginative resources or by applying knowledge to new situations.” – Wikipedia

**This is not to say that Ninja and Samurai are the same, only that they tend to appear around the same time and often in the same stories. And yes, Jedi Knight falls under this category (but depending on your reading, Han Solo would be either Pirate or Treasure Hunter).