This fun and feminist girl-power guide to the geek galaxy gives lady nerds the lowdown on everything from fanfic to cosplay to attending your first con.
Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more-it's never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom.
Author Sam Maggs brings some serious geek cred to guide readers through the in(ternets) and outs of geek culture, with tips, play-throughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild. With useful sidebars and never-before-seen interviews with geek girl icons like Felicia Day and Tamora Pierce, this book is loaded with interesting, unexpected and hard-to-find facts, all in the common language of nerdery. Best of all, the author takes a stand for geek girl empowerment, urging girls to let their freak flags fly and stand up for themselves when haters gonna hate, with chapters like Support ALL the Ladies!
Why Feminism in the Nerd World is Key and The Fake Geek Girl is Here to Destroy Everything You Love-LOL JK She Doesn't Exist. The Fangirl's Handbook is, at its heart, a celebration-of obsessing over fictional characters, finding the tribe that shares your ships and feels, rooting on other ladies to kick butt and take names, and doing it all with pride.
About the Author
Sam Maggs is a writer, geek girl, and television professional whose work focuses on pop culture, geek culture, and (sometimes) how they intersect with concepts of gender. Her work has appeared across the Internet on sites like Geekosystem, The Mary Sue, Mashable, Gizmodo, and the front page of Digg, and she frequently appears as a pop culture correspondent on MTV Canada's Play With AJ and Space's InnerSpace. Sam is the 2013 recipient of Women Write About Comics' Awesome Geek Feminist of the Year Award, and she has been profiled by Tech Girls Canada as part of their Portraits of Strength series. She lives in Toronto.
"If you or someone else in your life could do with an inclusive, funny, super smart, and sweet introduction to the world of female geeks, look no further."--The Mary Sue
"Short, thorough, wide-spread, funny, and varied--I wish I'd had this handbook when I first ventured into the fanzones!"--Tamora Pierce, author of The Song of the Lioness series
"Everyone could use tips on how to be a better and happier geek from this book. Maggs dishes out the best advice on cosplay, gaming, fan fiction, social media and even how to battle trolls. You'll start reading as student and leave a Jedi Master. May this book be with you always."--Bonnie Burton, author of The Star Wars Craft Book and You Can Draw: Star Wars
"Part analysis and part celebration, this handbook thoroughly explores geekdom and the way women have made it their own. A must-have for anyone interested in fangirl culture."--Beth Revis, author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series
"This FANtastic book embraces and encourages the growing number of women who are unleashing their glorious and gorgeous inner geeks. It celebrates the nerdy girl in all of us. Such fun!"--Amanda Tapping, actress from Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis
"Read it cover to cover, and then make sure you share it with all the young girl geeks you know."--Brit + Co
"A handy handbook for being an empowering and happy girl geek."--Sweety High
"The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy is a great homage to anything and everything fandom, especially for those new to the genre."--Reading Eagle
..".this book could be invaluable."--GeekMom
"Through and through, Maggs manages to talk about feminism, fangirling, cons, lingo, and the general idea that you should be yourself, and do that unapologetically, with a great deal of lightheartedness and fun."--The Frisky
"For a woman trying to find her way in fandom, I think this book would be invaluable. But that's not to say men can't get something out of it as well."--FreakSugar