“Hope has dedicated herself, in part, to bringing back things that have fallen from view” – Margaret Atwood
“Hope has a national and international reputation for doing fantastic work in terms of recovering lost pop-culture and lost comics.” – Dr. Candida Rifkind
I am a Winnipeg based freelancer specializing in the research and curation of comic books. Past projects have included the development of the Margaret Atwood/Johnnie Christmas/Tamra Bonvillain graphic novel series Angel Catbird for Dark Horse and writing The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen, a history of female characters in comics for Quirk Books. I am also fortunate to be a Kickstarter Thought Leader! A very cool program that lets me spread my love of the platform and advise new project creators. I speak frequently at conventions and events on women in fandom, Canadian comic book history, and self-publishing. Oh, and I run the Prairie Comics Festival in Winnipeg!
But my main passion and focus is my publishing house, Bedside Press. Bedside Press is dedicated to publishing niche books of archival comics and new prose/comic collections.
Projects in Production:
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls: Redux – a followup to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls featuring new short comics and prose stories from the original cast about geekery, dating, crushes, and love. Published by Bedside Press. Kickstarter begins June 20, 2017.
Gothic Tales of Haunted Love – a new comics anthology of stories based on the 1970s gothic romance genre, edited by Hope Nicholson and Sam Beiko. Published by Bedside Press. Kickstarter begins July 15, 2017.
Window Horses – An adaptation of the Ann Marie Fleming NFB film starring Sandra Oh, about a young Persian/Chinese poet who travels from Canada to Iran for a poetry competition and learns the truth about her estranged father. Published by Bedside Press. Coming Summer 2017.
Samurai Style/Honey Dill – A new flipbook digest featuring short comics by Winnipeg-based comic creators: Jamie Isfeld with Samurai Style and Ryan and Laura Harby with Honey Dill. Published by Bedside Press. Coming Fall 2017.
Habibi: An anthology of Muslimah love – a new anthology of romance stories and comics by Muslim women. Curated by Hadeel al-Massari and edited by Nyala Ali. Published by Bedside Press. Coming Fall 2017.
The Secret Loves of Geeks – a new anthology by Dark Horse Comics curated by Hope Nicholson. A sequel to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls with all new creators from all genders telling true and vulnerable stories of love, sex, and dating. Coming February 14, 2017.
Projects currently released:
Fashion In Action – a reprint of 1980s action-adventure comic series by John K Snyder III featuring an all-female team of bodyguards for hire! Published by Bedside Press.
Enough Space for Everyone Else – a comics anthology of outer space stories without colonial or imperial themes! Curated by J.N. Monk and Lee Black and published by Bedside Press.
Prairie Comics Zine – a comic one-shot featuring stories by Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta creators distributed exclusively by Kickstarter. Curated by Hope Nicholson.
The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen – a gallery sampler and historical overview of female characters in comics. Written by Hope Nicholson, published by Quirk Books.
Wow Comics #01 – a reprint of one of the first comic books published in Canada, by Bell Features. In full colour! Published by Bedside Press.
The Polka Dot Pirate – a reprint of all of the adventures of Polka Dot Pirate, a 1940s Canadian comic book superhero. Published by Bedside Press.
Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time – An all-prose (no comics!) anthology of sci-fi stories featuring LGBT characters by indigenous creators! Featuring stories by Richard van Camp, Giles Benaway, and David Robertson. Published by Bedside Press.
Angel Catbird – Consulting editor for a graphic novel series by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain for Dark Horse Comics.
A Bunch of Jews (A Minyen Yidn) – A translation of a 1930s Yiddish collection of short stories that take place in Belarus and Brooklyn, adapted by Trina Robbins and illustrated by a bevy of underground and independent comic stars. Published by Bedside Press.
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls – A mixed medium anthology of true stories from women in fandom on love, sex, and dating. Published by Bedside Press, republished by Dark Horse Comics.
Brok Windsor – A reprint of 1940s Canadian comic featuring Brok Windsor, a Winnipeg doctor who discovers a magical forgotten island in cottage country. Published by Bedside Press.
Moonshot vol. 1 & 2- Collections of comic book stories by North American Indigenous writers across all genres and nations. Published by AH Comics and edited by Hope Nicholson.
Lost Heroes – A documentary film on the history of Canadian superheroes. Produced by Farpoint Films, associate producer and researcher is Hope Nicholson.
Nelvana of the Northern Lights – A reprint of 1940s Canadian comic book featuring Nelvana, an Inuit demigoddess. Published first under CGA Comics (co-owner Hope Nicholson), then by IDW Publishing.