Saturday, January 12, 2008

Superheroes Just Got a Little Bit Cooler in Portland

Picture from the Portland Lumberjax via the Portland Tribune.

When you cross an über jock with an über geek the results can be rather stunning. In this Photo we have Dallas Eliuk, a lacrosse goalie for the Portland LumberJax, and his wife Daria O’Neil, a Rose City radio celebrity. The local non-daily paper, The Portland Tribune, wrote up an article about Eliuk for the sports section this last Friday (see article here), and man, is this guy a hardcore Batman fan or what? From the story:
The geekdom of Dallas Eliuk can be traced back to his childhood, watching Adam West play Batman on television and reading DC Comics about the Caped Crusader. Today, it’s displayed in Eliuk’s thousands of collectibles and his own alter ego… …Growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Eliuk says, “my first spoken word was ‘Batman.

What's most amazing is the fun, geeky relationship Eliuk has with his new wife.
Eliuk met his match in his new bride, Daria O’Neill, a radio personality with 105.1 “The Buzz.” As their relationship took off, Eliuk broached the subject of Batman – and Spiderman, since Eliuk isn’t naive enough to think that only one superhero saves the world. Sunday cartoons told him that.
Eliuk couldn’t believe that O’Neill loved comic books and superheroes, too. This sort of thing just doesn’t happen with women, he thought. It had been such a “big issue” with his ex-wife…
…The couple tied the knot New Year’s Eve at home, but O’Neill says a Batman-theme marriage celebration is planned for spring or summer. There will be heroes joining Batman on one side, and villains with leather-printed Catwoman on the other side. Guests will register by Batcomputer. No word on whether the couple will then take the Batplane on their Bathoneymoon.

I used to listen to Daria quite a lot a several years ago so it was a bit of a surprise to discover that she’s really into geeky comic stuff along with her husband. But the two of them sure make a great looking couple right? They made an appearance at the last Portland Comic Book show as Batman and Catwoman, but unfortunately I was in Japan. I love it when a good-looking folks let their freak flag fly. Maybe I can sneak into that wedding and snap a few pictures? Heh heh!


Dean Wormer said...

That's so funny. I read that article yesterday and thought about you.

I've been a fan of Daria since her WB 32 hot weather-girl days but her best stuff is her local entertainment guide.

She mixes stories about herself with reviews of local bars, etc. She did one on comics some years ago and talked about how she learned to love comics as a teen discovering them in a closet of a boyfriend. I'm sure that story is available in one way or another but it's pretty touching to those that love comics to hear her tell it.

Don Snabulus said...

Daria was a good spokesperson for channel 32 (WB/CW). They were dumb to lose her.

The heavy metal music on the Lumberjax commercials is from a local band called Debris. My coworker friend just joined the band about a month ago. And now this. The biggest town in Oregon just got a little smaller.

Arkonbey said...

Hey, that's as cool as finding out that Vin Diesel grew up playing D & D!

Overdroid said...

Finding that out made me realize how geeky D&D is. Will Wheaton plays it too. Even now.

The Moody Minstrel said...

And just WHAT is wrong with being "geeky"?

Nothing, I guess. This couple proves it.

Eaglewing said...

Great stuff, and a lucky dude. Should be some wedding if everyone shows up in character. Will the Joker object, or forever hold his piece?

Swinebread said...

Dean – I loved her entertainment guide too. I think I’m having a vague memory of Daria talking about comics. I’ll look around the web, thanks for the reminder.

Snab – it’s funny how we are all connected like that. I’ll check out Debris.

OD – You never did get footage of that.

Arkonbey – It sure is!

Moody – exactly!

Eagalewing – I was wondering if it will be scripted or not, and what heroes and villains will show up. If I get more info I’ll post it.

Arkonbey said...

OD: I think you can play D&D without being too geeky. As long as your character names are your real names and there is Guiness involved.

Oh, and you shouldn't ever play in the middle of a comic store. Or in the back room of a comic store.

Dean Wormer said...

Swinebread said...

cool thanks!

Dr. Zaius said...

I have a feeling that Bat-Mite will ruin the whole wedding with his prankish hijinks.

ladybug said...

Just from the pic alone,the fam damily nic name "Boobia" hit the nail on the head.

The scrawny, bug-eyed hyperactive announcer chick they replaced her with doesn't have half her personality.....

The Moody Minstrel said...

...or cup size...

Swinebread said...

Dr Zaius – Now that would be too much fun if he showed up

LB – everybody calls her Boobia

Moody - LOL said...