Patton Oswalt Talks Comic Book Movies, Geek Cultures, Zombies, The Wire, and More

Don't be surprised if you find comedian Patton Oswalt thumbing through the bins at Gotham City Comics in downtown Mesa sometime Thursday. Or at nearby Evermore Nevermore checking out the shops' selection of steampunk gear. 

After all, the diminutive comedian is a major consumer of nerd culture (and a ginormous comic book devotee too) and will be performing down the street at the Mesa Arts Center Thursday night.

Oswalt's also a major geek icon pundit and infamously declared in a January issue of Wired that nerd culture has reached a critical mass of sorts and needs to be destroyed in order to be saved. 

We caught up with Oswalt for a phone interview and to get his opinions on such topics as comic book movies, geek fads, and if artists have an expiration date. 

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.