Originally called Nerd Is The Word, Otakuz With a Z started in June 2010 with entirely different set of characters, art style, and number of frames. The comic was done without a regular schedule and nobody seemed to notice or care.
Fast forward to January of 2011.
Chad sends Quazo a link to a story on Kotaku about a man that tunneled into a GameStop a la DigDug. The jokes practically wrote themselves. Luckily for Quazo and Chad, the jokes didn’t literally write themselves so they were able to write them down. The comic was posted and a regular schedule was strictly withheld. This regular stream of comics has brought more meaning to the lives of its creators while simultaneously providing a regular three-panel window into the lives of two nerds that have nothing better to do.
You may find yourself asking, “What the hell is an Otaku? Especially one that feels it necessary to add a Z to the end?” According to Urban Dictionary, the Mecca of pointless teenage colloquialisms, an otaku is someone who “has nothing better to do with their life so they pass the time by watching anime, playing videogames, surfing the internet (otaku is also used to refer to a nerd/hacker/programmer).
In the Western culture, people confuse otaku to be something positive like “Guru”. If you think about it, it’s not really good to be called a guru if it means you are a total loser who can’t socialize with other people except through the Internet.” [Sic]
Why would that be a good thing? Why label yourself as a set of introverted, socially inept nerds? Why? Because we want to, god damn it! Being labeled a nerd is no longer a moniker that is considered a burden of shame. The fine young chaps over at Urban Dictionary seem to not understand that being a nerd, geek, dork, or in this case, otaku, is downright awesome nowadays.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, is a nerd in some way, even if just a little bit. Everyone has at least one thing they are passionate about above all things; and those who don’t? Well, they are the ones who are truly the losers. The ones who say that the weird thing you love is bizarre and stupid and who only choose the paths and hobbies that are otherwise deemed safe and socially acceptable are the ones who are truly weird (and not in the good way). They are the ones who are truly boring at heart and deep down have as much flair as off-white paint.
Be proud, my fellow nerds, geeks, dorks, and otaku. Know that we are the ones who truly run this place; we run it, and we run it well, for us, by us.
As for the Z? Well, the letter Z makes things more badass, so the literal translation of “Otakuz with a Z” is “Nerds who completely and totally fucking badass.”
Pretty cool, huh?