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A followup to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls! Featuring returning creators from the original series to tell short stories about love.
A followup to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls! Featuring returning creators from the original series to tell short stories about love.
A followup to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls! Featuring returning creators from the original series to tell short stories about love.
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As part of the Kickstarter Gold project, we're bringing back your favourite writer and artists from The Secret Loves of Geek Girls to bring you more true stories of love, sex, and dating from the worlds of fandom! This project is a book of new stories by creators from the first anthology, entitled The Secret Loves of Geek Girls: Redux.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls was a collection of comics, prose, and illustrations all on the themes of dating as a geek. The collection was full of stories from comic creators, sci-fi writers, videogame designers, cosplayers, and fans! The stories were a diverse range on different topics from first dates to discovering your sexuality and they've touched the hearts of people the world over. And this redux project will be the same! 

Cover art by Jenn Woodall (not final cover)
Cover art by Jenn Woodall (not final cover)

Being Part of Kickstarter Gold

Kickstarter has meant the world to my projects, helping me bring back lost treasures of Canadian 1940s comic history (Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Brok Windsor), 1980s independent comics (Fashion In Action), and new collections (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, A Minyen Yidn) showcasing unique themes and stories by talented creators.

It's more than fair to say I wouldn't be in publishing or have a career if it wasn't for this platform! I certainly wouldn't be a Kickstarter Thought Leader. Thank you to every person who has helped to support me so far, and those who are joining me for the first time!

To celebrate the good that Kickstarter has done, for me and so many other creators I've worked with, I'm bringing back a follow-up to my most successful project to date: The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, and I'm grateful for Kickstarter for this opportunity to join their Kickstarter Gold program.

After premiering as a breakaway success last year on Kickstarter, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls was later picked up by Dark Horse Comics. It is now sold in bookstores and comic shops worldwide, and has received overwhelming love from readers everywhere!

A selection of creators from the first volume at our launch party in Toronto in 2015!
A selection of creators from the first volume at our launch party in Toronto in 2015!

 

We can't thank Margaret Atwood enough for her support and cheerleading of the project!
We can't thank Margaret Atwood enough for her support and cheerleading of the project!

 

We did convention panels and signings almost everywhere in 2016! (here at SDCC)
We did convention panels and signings almost everywhere in 2016! (here at SDCC)

 

Even all the way to England! (w/Katie West, Hope Nicholson, & Cara Ellison)
Even all the way to England! (w/Katie West, Hope Nicholson, & Cara Ellison)

The Project

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls: Redux is a project with the same mandate as the original: Geek Girls sharing true stories about love, sex, and dating. Where the original project was limited to 5 pages each for the stories, we're going even smaller with this one: Most creators are contributing 1 page stories, with some up to 4 pages long. Most of the stories have already been completed, and we have experienced book publisher Sam Beiko designing the book. So, overall we hope that this will be a nice, quick, exciting project to fund and to be a part of!

The book itself will be a 6x9 softcover, perfect bound book, black and white. To keep the budget low for this follow-up and to reduce the amount of initial print run we need to be successful, we are doing the book as a print-on-demand, and it will be roughly 40 pages.

All the Kickstarter patrons will receive their names in the book

PS. Thanks to Diana Khong for the help with the Kickstarter intro video, and Chris Stone on the redesigned logo originally by Rachel Deering

The Returning Cast

Each of the creators was featured in the first book, and our returning cast list is:

Cover Art by: Jenn Woodall 

Art by: Deena Pagliarello, Leslie Doyle, Gillian G

New comics by: Trina Robbins & Megan Kearney, Janet Hetherington, Meags Fitzgerald, Megan Kearney, ALB, Jazmyn & Jessica Paoli, Jen Vaughn

Illustrated stories by: Katie West & Jamie McKelvie, Erin Cossar, Cherelle Higgins, Jen Aprahamian

Prose stories by: J.M. Frey, Stephanie Cooke, Megan Lavey-Heaton, Loretta Jean, Adrienne Kress, Hope Nicholson, Tini Howard, Natalie Zina Walschots 

Reprinted comics by: Margaret Atwood, Annie Mok, Sarah Searle

Sample Stories!

Margaret Atwood, creator of The Handmaid's Tale, returns to this collection with some archival comic strips from her past. This book will feature the first appearance of her 1970s superheroine Survivalwoman, along with some of the follow up strips and commentary by Margaret.

Comic by Margaret Atwood
Comic by Margaret Atwood

Deena Pagliarello contributes a pinup of two cosplayers falling in love at a convention.

Pinup by Deena Pagliarello
Pinup by Deena Pagliarello

Megan Kearney (contributing artist for Disney Princesses), contributes a story of an irresistible attraction found in the dark depths of the internet.

Comic by Megan Kearney
Comic by Megan Kearney

A comic by Janet Hetherington about comic convention sales.

Comic by Janet Hetherington
Comic by Janet Hetherington

A pinup by Gillian G showcasing the common habitat of the average 1990s fangirl. 

Pinup by Gillian G.
Pinup by Gillian G.

Annie Mok ruminates on love, lust, and videogames in a diary comic.

Comic by Annie Mok
Comic by Annie Mok

A pinup by Leslie Doyle

Art by Leslie Doyle
Art by Leslie Doyle

 

ALB tells the conclusion of the story started in the first The Secret Loves of Geek Girls.

Comic by ALB
Comic by ALB

Erin Cossar shares her favourite memories of the late 1990s internet.

Comic by Erin Cossar
Comic by Erin Cossar

Hope Nicholson (Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen) contributes a story on the anxiety and attraction of flirting at conventions.

Megan Lavey-Heaton (co-creator of Namesake) writes a powerful essay on women owning themselves and their loves.

J.M. Frey (The Untold Tale) tells a story of when a fangirl's fantasies become real...

Adrienne Kress (The Explorers: The Door in the Alley) tells a story of learning to fail at flirting.

Cherelle Higgins tells about being inspired by The Bionic Woman to deal with bullies.

Tini Howard (The Skeptics) discusses the connection between writing fanfiction, her love life, and career. 

Natalie Zina Walschots discusses the role of kink outside of the bedroom.

Stephanie Cooke (Rogue's Portal) contributes a story of teenage crushes and Livejournal friendships.

Katie West (Split) writes on falling out and into love, expressed through collecting an Anne Rice book. w/an illustration by Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked + The Divine)

 

Art by Jamie McKelvie
Art by Jamie McKelvie

Trina Robbins (Last Girl Standing) collaborates with Megan Kearney to show you that true love (or at least infatuation!) lasts forever

Art by Megan Kearney
Art by Megan Kearney

 A comic by Meags Fitzgerald about imaginary make-out sessions.

Comic by Meags Fitzgerald
Comic by Meags Fitzgerald

A comic by Sarah Searle about love and trust.

Comic by Sarah Searle
Comic by Sarah Searle

A comic by Jen Aprahamian about keeping the important things in your life. 

A comic by Jen Vaughn on the magic of podcasts. 

Comic by Jen Vaughn
Comic by Jen Vaughn

A comic by Jessica and Jazmyn Paoli about sisters connecting through common fandom crushes. 

Comic by Jessica & Jazmyn Paoli
Comic by Jessica & Jazmyn Paoli

Budget:

All of the artists are receiving a flat fee, as well as the cover artist and designer. All of the artists and writers will be paid a full split of the net profits of the Kickstarter in addition to being able to buy books at print cost for convention travel/online sales. This budget is estimated at an estimated 182 copies (or what is needed to break even)

Stretch Goals:

There are no stretch goals for this project, but all of the net profit of the Kickstarter will be divided equally among the creators of the zine!

EDITED:

OK! There is one stretch goal: If we reach over 500 funders for the book itself, we will upgrade from a print-on-demand to a full print run! 

Reward List:

  • $5 Level
    PDF copy of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls: Redux
  • $10 Level
    PDF copies of both The Secret Loves of Geek Girls: Redux and the original Kickstarter version of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls
  • $10 Level *ALL GONE*
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Art by Deena Pagliarello, Bedside Press logo by Genevieve FT
Art by Deena Pagliarello, Bedside Press logo by Genevieve FT

 

Risks and challenges

I've published several anthologies and are accustomed to the usual problems: delays with printers, unexpected new gigs for artists. I have experience handling it and forming solutions and will ALWAYS keep the funders informed!

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