If you are a reader of this site, chances are you classify yourself as a nerd, geek, or something similar. You like comics, video games, movie franchises, cartoons, anime – any combination of those or others. That also means many of you know the sting of Cupid’s arrow, or when it misses you altogether. Fret not, because there is a new anthology for you to give you hope, a few chuckles, and some serious thought about what it means to be a geek and be in love.
The follow-up to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, this edition expands on its premise and goes beyond gender to give everyone a chance to tell their story of romance. This book filled with comics and prose features many prominent nerdy creators (over 50 if you can believe they squeezed that many stories into this), who tell you all about their love life (and sometimes lack of one). When we say there is something for everyone, we mean it – as this book has tales from across the spectrum of sexuality and genders, and is very LGBTQ+ friendly.
Edited once again by Hope Nicholson, “The Secret Loves of Geeks” includes stories by Margaret Atwood, Mariko Tamaki, Trina Robbins, Marguerite Bennett, Noelle Stevenson, Marjorie Liu, Gabby Rivera, Gerard Way, Amy Chu, Tini Howard, and an enormous list of others.
Being the comic lover I am, I was initially drawn to just the illustrated stories. However, after reading a few stories from creators I knew or whose work I liked, I found myself digging through everything. I really enjoyed Gabby Rivera’s story of coming to terms with understanding her sexuality, and Hope Nicholson’s entry about hooking up with fellow comic creators at Comic Cons (and the problems with that). This anthology also opened my eyes up to many artists I was previously unfamiliar with, but now consider myself an intrigued fan. “Smudged” by Letty Wilson, “Deceptively Normal” by Dana Simpson, and “Love in Alderaan Places” by JP Larocque come to mind in particular.
The inclusiveness of all genders and sexualities in this book is not a gimmick, but a sincere effort to give everyone a voice. It’s a reminder to geeks from all worlds to remember that though we may be into different genres of fandom and different types of people, we all face the same battle when it comes to romance. It can be heartbreaking, it can be funny, but it’s always optimistic and hopeful. It’s a unifying element for all geeks to want to be loved and accepted by not just their own people but a significant other, and this anthology is a great way to connect yourself into the universal nerd collective.
The Secret Loves of Geeks is available February 14 from Dark Horse Comics. If you liked “The Secret Loves of Geek Girls,” you will love this second entry into the series that is bigger and better than the previous anthology. Are there plans for more of these in the works? Time will tell, but I have high hopes that this is not the last we have seen of this series.