Hope Nicholson bio

What I do

I connect people to help best tell stories.

Whether this is as my work as a publisher or as an editor, I've achieved significant success at building connections between artists, writers, publishers, and readers.

My Story

I am a Winnipeg based publisher, the owner of Bedside Press. I am also a historian, an editor, a writer, and an events organizer.

I began my career as a researcher and historian of 1940s comic books, eventually parlaying this from a side interest into the feature film Lost Heroes that I took lead on research and coordination as a producer on the film.

Noting a lack of reference material for 1940s Canadian comic books, I undertook campaigns to reprint Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Brok Windsor, Wow Comics, and Polka Dot Pirate.

My interest expanded into other areas of comics history, leading me to reprint Sally the Sleuth, a 1930s sex comic, and Fashion In Action, a 1980s women-led sci-fi comic.

This interest also led to me writing The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen for Quirk Books, a light-hearted history book showcasing the changing role of women characters in comics.

It's not just comics history that is overlooked, and I've worked to curate collections that spotlight Indigenous creators, with books such as Moonshot vol. 1 & vol. 2 for AH Comics, and Bedside Press's own Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time, a collection of Indigenous queer sci-fi stories. I have also spotlighted Jewish comics with A Bunch of Jews (and other stuff) and Muslim comics and prose with Habibi: A Muslimah Romance Collection.

In addition, I have been the curator and editor of The Secret Loves of Geeks series, which began with the Bedside Press published The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, later re-published by Dark Horse Comics, and followed up by The Secret Loves of Geek Girls: Redux, and the all-gender The Secret Loves of Geeks.

I guided the creation of the Margaret Atwood comic series Angel Catbird for Dark Horse, advising her on the process of comics creation, pairing her up with collaborators Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain, forming a deal with Dark Horse Comics, and assisting in marketing and promotion of the finished books.

Helping to tell stories is my goal, but it means nothing if people can not access the stories. To assist my local community of Winnipeg to access comics as easily as any of those in larger cities, I helped create two separate projects. These are the Prairie Comics Festival and Winnipeg Geek Girls Social Club.

Accessibility is important in person, and also online. As a Kickstarter Thought Leader, I assist in helping comic creators learn about the crowdfunding platform and offer advice at conventions as a representative of the company. To date, I have ran 7 successful Kickstarter campaigns, and have been a co-organizer on 3 more (Enough Space for Everyone Else, Habibi, and Prairie Comics Zine 2017).

I have appeared in international press publications including The New York Times, the Guardian, BBC Radio, CBC Radio, and Space TV.

I am available for speaking engagements and have been a welcomed guest at universities, colleges, book festivals, and comic conventions to talk about women's roles in comic history and small press publishing. I very much enjoy these experiences, so please don't hesitate to get in touch!

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