My brother, the college professor, is an expert on comics. He's a bona-fide published authority!
Here's a shot of him actually autographing his work for admirers at the conclusion of a scholarly, academic-style panel at the recent Comic-Con:
Now, this is a far cry from the hordes of geekdom that were inhabiting the large ballrooms. (Personal aside: one of my companions on this trip remarked that 'Nerdiness is just unappreciated expertise'....so true!) Having said that, though, I have to say that this panel from Ph.D is a hoot: