Hope Nicholson spent high school in a world of books at Maples Collegiate reading Rebellion, the beat generation authors Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs and the fantasy-adventure series Thieves World.
At 29, the Winnipeg publisher is completely in touch with her inner geek. “I like fantasy novels and video games and comic books,” Nicholson says.
It’s a world many believe is male oriented but that has changed. The Big Bang Theory has given away to Supergirl and the popular Netflix series Jessica Jones. “A lot of us are learning to build our own communities and hang out with each other to form our own groups and make us a lot more comfortable.”
In Toronto, Nicholson helped launch a reprint of Canadian comics from the 1940s and an anthology of love, sex and dating stories by women in the geek industry. In Winnipeg, she is turning heads by publishing Fashion in Action, a 1980s action-adventure comic and collection. She is a panelist at an Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba seminar this Saturday aimed at emerging artists. Hope is also organizing the Prairie Comics Festival this summer.