I would be remiss if I did not mention some influences. Yes, Evan Dorkin's Eltingville Club
did influence the dynamic of four boys who love a certain nerdy thing (I should say I saw and loved the pilot
he did with adult swim first, and had then read the comics years after seeing that).
Another big influence was the short lived series "Ronin Dojo Community College DX."
Great writing and a fun story and it pushed me to make the Anime Club story something more than the one-shot I had already written and was a bit unhappy with.
So I paced my kitchen and mumbled to myself the 5 part story I was about to write. Thanks to both Evan and For Tax Reasons for inspiring me.