Shanna Germain, a writer of erotica from Portland, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Geek Love: An Anthology of Full Frontal Nerdity. The funding deadline isn’t until September 27th, but the project has already met and exceeded its goal of $8,000 and has over 200 backers.
According to the Kickstarter page, Geek Love will be “200 pages of geek-themed erotic stories, accompanied by full-color art and comics, all from some of the finest authors and artists in the industry,” and will also be “sex-, gender- and geek-positive. The stories and art in the collection showcase and support a broad spectrum of geeks, genders, body types, classes, races, abilities and sexualities.”
It sounds like a great concept and the team behind it seems to be genuinely interested in the project, as opposed to milking the maxim “sex sells,” but what little of the art is available doesn’t inspire great faith that the anthology will actually show a mix of genders and sexualities. The Geek Love logo is two heterosexual androids copulating and, besides the logo, the only other art shown in the trailer depicts women.
Geek Love is still accepting submissions until September 15th, so it’s a little early to tell whether or not it will succeed in representing the wide range of nerdy love, but if the finished product is just more of what’s already on display, then Geek Love runs the risk of appealing to the stereotypical geek audience of heterosexual men, and only that audience.