focus on: bedside press

I’ve been hearing a lot of fabulous stuff about Bedside Press, and their recent publications. So I thought I would continue one of my favourite blogging series’, and give them a little press!

Bedside Press is the brainchild of Hope Nicholson, an editor, publisher, comic-book reader, and all-around fabulous lady! This indie publishing company focuses on anthology collections, including short stories and comics that have gone out of print. There’s a specific emphasis upon diversity (as you will definitely come to notice!) and creating safe spaces for female writers, illustrators and fans within nerdy spaces. And, if she wasn’t cool enough, Nicholson is also one of the editors for the recent Margaret Atwood publication, Angel Catbird!

I’m sure that a lot of you have heard of their recent publication Love Beyond Body, Space and Time. What’s it about? It is:imgres-13

a collection of indigenous science fiction and urban fantasy focusing on LGBT and two-spirit characters. These stories range from a transgender woman undergoing an experimental transition process to young lovers separated through decades and meeting in their own far future.

Check out these reviews by Naz and Brendon for in-depth thoughts!

Other publications that I am INCREDIBLY EXCITED to read include: Secret Loves of Geek Girls and Moonshot.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is an ambitious anthology collecting comic and prose stories from women in the creative fields. All of these stories are nonfiction and revolve around love, dating and sex.

Moonshot is an exciting new comics anthology featuring over a dozen stories from indigenous creators across North America! Showcasing the diverse range of cultural storytelling across indigenous North American communities this collection features stories written by indigenous writers showing cultural and personal tales that take place in the far past, the present, and the far-flung future.

On the Bedside Press website, you can also take a look at the art styles used in each comic book – a fabulous idea, in my opinion – whether or not you like the artistic style is a big deal when buying comics, I think! I am definitely going to use some of my uni funds to order a couple of these publications. Diverse comics – what more could a girl want?!

They’re also open for submissions – specifically for black and white comics by Canadians that have not been published previously. If that’s you, get cracking, I say!

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