THINGS TO LOVE TUESDAY – The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

Things to Love Tuesday


Every week I highlight an awesome project, artist, or event that I think people should know about.

This week, I would like to introduce:


There are just eight days left to help push this anthology over $100k.

And when we get there, you can come out to the PANEL AND RECEPTION on July 23rd and celebrate with us!


An anthology by Hope Nicholson, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a celebration of the stories we tell each other but never make public —until now.

This non-fiction anthology of text stories and comics features stunning work from an amazing cast of female creators negotiating their way through love, dating, and sex.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls includes:

Cover Art by Gisèle Lagacé & Shouri

Art by Renee Nault, Jen Bartel, Sanya Anwar, and Kristen Gudsnuk.

New comics by: Margaret Atwood, Meaghan Carter, Megan Kearney, ALB, Jen Vaughn, Meags Fitzgerald, Gillan G., Diana Nock, Roberta Gregory, Laura Neubert, Sarah Winifred Searle, Natalie Smith, Jenn Woodall, Mariko Tamaki/Fiona Smyth, Irene Koh, Fionna Adams/Jen Vaughn, and Annie Mok.

Illustrated stories by: Kate Leth, Janet Hetherington, Sam Maggs/Selena Goulding, Megan Lavey-Heaton/Isabelle Melançon, Cherelle Ann Sarah Higgins/Rachael Wells, and Stephanie Cooke/Deena Pagliarello.

Text stories by Brandy Lynn, Diana McCallum, Jen Aprahamian, Katie West, Adrienne Kress, Soha Kareem, Loretta Jean, J.M. Frey, Trina Robbins, Twiggy Tallant, Rachel Deering, Hope Nicholson, Crystal Skillman, Marguerite Bennett, Soraya Roberts, Emma Woolley, Gita Jackson, Renee Nejo, Natalie Zina Walschots, Alicia Contestabile, Tini Howard, Cara Ellison, Jessica Oliver Proulx, and Erin Cossar.

Reprinted comics by: Gisèle Lagacé and Danielle Corsetto.

The Book (In Hope’s Words)


The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a 6” x 9” softcover, approximately 250 pages, mixed art and text.This project was inspired by two things: reading dating advice online, and a typo.I find myself very optimistic whenever I see an article on advice or information on geeks and dating.

But soon this excitement turns to disappointment; the articles are almost always written with only the male geeks in mind.There is a desert of information geared towards the women in fandom. Yet when I get together with my friends at events or over drinks, one of our major topics is how we handle relationships and crushes, rejections, unwanted advances, and general romantic and sexual entanglements.

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.

Now for the typo. Years ago I had been developing a television series on the Secret Lives of Nerd Girls, a docu-soap focused on the fangirls and creators in my Toronto community, tracing their daily lives and interests in preparation for con season. A sort of feminist Comic Book Men, if you will. Sadly, broadcaster interest was low and the project was shelved. But I always kept the poster that I commissioned for the series, and whenever I looked at the file, I noticed a typo in the filename. Instead of “Secret Lives”, it said “Secret Loves”.

For the last few years every time I see that typo I think “Man, now that would be a good project!”

Well, here it is!

I’m so excited to be able to bring these stories to you.


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