Hope Nicholson, author of The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen, appears with Wonder Women author Sam Maggs, at Bookworks, for a night of comic fun, with the spotlight on women!
Bookworks hosts Quirk Books authors Hope Nicholson and Sam Maggs, for a conversation about women in comics, fandom, and their experiences as professional geeks as part of our new Book Pop initiative, which helps bookstores and libraries bring the comic con experience to readers. Come geek out with us!
About Hope Nicholson and The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen, from the publisher, Quirk Books:
Think comic books can't feature strong female protagonists? Think again! In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen you'll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who've populated comic books from the very beginning. This spectacular sisterhood includes costumed crimebusters like Miss Fury, super-spies like Tiffany Sinn, sci-fi pioneers like Gale Allen, and even kid troublemakers like Little Lulu. With vintage art, publication details, a decade-by-decade survey of industry trends and women's roles in comics, and spotlights on iconic favorites like Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomenproves that not only do strong female protagonists belong in comics, they've always been there.
"Comic book heroines have come a long way and not always by the expected routes, as Nicholson, founder of Bedside Press, traces in this informative and entertaining encyclopedia of female characters in comics. ... Since superheroes, female and otherwise, permeate so much of our current culture, it's a real treat to get such rich history of how characters such as Carol 'Ms. Marvel' Danvers emerged and evolved, and Nicholson is a trustworthy, knowledgeable guide."--Publishers Weekly
Hope Nicholson is the owner and founder of Bedside Press, specializing in archival and anthology comics collections such as Moonshot (a collection of Inuit, Metis, and First Nations comic book stories) and The Secret Loves of Geek Girls (an all-female comic and text anthology of true stories of geeky love). She's a consulting editor for Margaret Atwood's Angel Catbird (Dark Horse Comics, 2016). She's been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail, ComicsAlliance.com, BleedingCool.com, and io9.com, and is a frequent speaker on women in fandom, comic book history, and publishing at conventions and other events.
About Sam Maggs and Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, also from Quirk:
Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In [this book], author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. The book features Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy--only to have the credit taken by a man; Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit; and Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China--centuries before the cotton gin, among others. Chapters cover women of science, medicine, espionage, innovation, and adventure. Also includes interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations--all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.
Sam Maggs is an assistant writer for BioWare and the best-selling author of The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy (Quirk Books, 2015). Named -Awesome Geek Feminist of the Year- by Women Write about Comics, Sam received her MA in Victorian literature in 2011 and now appears on TV and movie screens across Canada. She has written for Marie Claire,PC Gamer, the Guardian, National Post, the Mary Sue, and more. You can geek out with her about Mass Effect or Jeff Goldblum on Twitter @SamMaggs.
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad's old costume), Elle's determined to win...unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons--before he was famous. Now they're nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he's ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake--until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
Ashley Poston is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. She lives in South Carolina.