The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood is drawing a series of cartoons for The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, "an all-female comic/text anthology of true stories about love, romance, and sex":
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.
Atwood's cartoons will feature her experiences growing up as a geeky girl.
Award-winning author Margaret Atwood will be contributing her own drawn cartoons detailing her personal experiences as a young woman, created specifically for this project.
The project was inspired by reading dating advice for geeks, according to Hope Nicholson, the anthology's publisher:
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.
And as to how Nicholson managed to get Atwood involved? Twitter.
We met via twitter a few times, then a year later we went out for vodka and sausages and talked about comic books.