Margaret Atwood. Marguerite Bennett. Marjorie Liu. What do these high-profile names in comics have in common, other than all beginning with “Mar”? They, and MANY others, wanted to team up with creator Hope Nicholson for her massive anthology “The Secret Loves of Geek Girls.” PopCultHQ had the fortunate opportunity to chat with Hope and dicsuss her jam-packed anthology published by Dark Horse Comics.
Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Hope Nicholson (Angel Catbird, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen) runs Bedside Press, a publishing house which is dedicated to publishing niche books of archival comics and new prose/comic collections. The freelancer specializes in the research and curation of comic books, or as Dr. Candida Rifkind, the Associate Professor of comic books and Canadian literature at the University of Winnipeg, most succinctly explained it, “Hope has a national and international reputation for doing fantastic work in terms of recovering lost pop-culture and lost comics.”
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls anthology is written for the geek girl who wants information and stories on dating and love. It’s a compilation of tales told from both sides of the tables: from the fans who love video games, comic books, and sci-fi, and those that work behind the scenes: creators, and industry insiders.
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls collects successes as well as embarrassments, examines the fandoms that we ship, and reassures us that no matter what we’re going through or have gone through, we are never alone.
Publication Date: October 05, 2016
Format: FC, 280 pages; TPB, 6” x 9”
Age range: 14
All-star lineup of female writers and illustrators!
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a nonfiction anthology mixing prose, comics, and illustrated stories on the lives and loves of an amazing cast of female creators. Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (The Heart Goes Last), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Marguerite Bennett (Marvel’s A-Force), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and over fifty more creators, its a compilation of tales told from both sides of the tables: from the fans who love video games, comics, and sci-fi to those that work behind the scenes as creators and industry insiders.
* Features comics written and drawn by Margaret Atwood.
* Cover by Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes).
* Foreword by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet).
PopCultHQ Creator Spotlight:
Hope Nicholson of Dark Horse Comics’
“The Secret Loves of Geek Girls“
PopCultHQ: What I liked most about your anthology “The Secret Loves of Geek Girls” is what I had never expected. Initially going into reading it, I (mistakenly) assumed it was a collected volume of comic shorts. The fact that it include short literary works infused with illustrations impressed me. How do you describe the type of book you’ve produced? What audience(s) would most enjoy it?
PopCultHQ: With this anthology, you’re connecting with the reader on an emotional level not often seen in comic books. Not simply made-up narratives but genuine, relatable depictions and conversations about love, affection, and relationships originating from the true feelings and experiences of female creators in the comic book industry today. Do you feel the success of this anthology, and the responses you receive from fans, comes from a need of positivity in today’s world? Perhaps even self-discovery?
PopCultHQ: From the response (so far) for “The Secret Loves of Geek Girls,” do you have plans for a second volume? Have creators approached you about being a part of the next project?
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