I got this book from a Kickstarter, but it’s being released worldwide by Dark Horse in October 2016. So if it sounds like your geeky cup of tea, keep an eye out for it! The new version will have a different cover, foreword, and some more stories, too.
This is a collection, so I liked some stories more than others, but none of them really fell flat for me. And I think the reason for that is this book is really inclusive–both in sexuality and identity of the writers/characters, and in the sense of geekiness. There is, as you likely know if you are a geek, many different ways to be a geek. What you love can vary widely, and how you express that love as well.
And that’s what makes my geeky heart happy. Feeling connected to people, not just through what we like, but how we feel. Sometimes alone, sometimes part of a group. But always enthusiastic about something–people use the term as a negative, to describe the socially inept and outcast–and sometimes that’s true, but it isn’t the whole truth. We love learning, at least learning about the things we love. We can quote most of a movie, or cite all the minor characters, or draw them, or whatever.
But we’re smart and we know our stuff, and we’re proud of that.
The loves in this book are sometimes fictional, and other times based in reality–from first crushes to long-term relationships. Dating, ships, fanfiction, writing, acting, drawing… pretty much everything that can be, is in these pages. At turns it’s funny, sweet, and tragic–but overall has a warm feeling of friendship and love.
There are short stories and longer stories and comics, and illustrations scattered throughout in various art styles. The whole thing is quite nice to look at, with plenty of color and a nice mix of text to images. And I’m sure the reprint will be even better.