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The Geek Mook launch is next week! One of my Torchwood/pulp novel mashups has been adapted and used as the cover:

Geek Mook cover

Vignette Press invites you the launch of Geek Mook

Geek Mook explores the worlds of hackers, gamers, steam punk fashionistas, trekkies, neo-punk trainspotters and obsessives of all the other fixations that give us a reason to stave off death (and quite frequently sex as well). The book explores the ways the ways geek, literary and human have crashed up and mashed up in our lives and imagination. Geek Mook exposes the fleshy heart beneath the robot carapace.

Caught in the intersection of geekery and the literary, editors Aaron Mannion and Julian Novitz are Melbourne-based writers and academics. Geek Mook contributors are writers revealing their hidden geekery or geeks discovering repressed writerly tendencies.

Come for the launch and stay on to attend Mr McClellands Finishing School (dance party) for free.

When? 6pm for 6.30pm start, Friday 13 July 2012
Where? Bella Union, cnr Lygon and Victoria St, Carlton VIC 3053

Geeky dress (pocket protectors/Cosplay) highly appreciated.

Check the event page on Facebook to get the latest updates on the event.
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The X-MachineIn 2009 I was very into Torchwood, a Doctor Who spinoff that liked to very seriously assert that it was an adult programme by having lots of gratuitous (and very often queer) sex and character death. In actual fact, it was enormously cheesily performed and clunkily written and utterly delightful due to all of the above.

I like to creatively engage with texts I love, so in honour of the utter OTT-ness of Torchwood--as well as its own aesthetic and thematic homages to hardboiled, melodramatic, retro trash--I made some fan art that mashed up vintage pulp and scifi covers with Torchwood. It was immensely fun to do, and I didn't really realise how much of that geek cultural capital (knowledge of the minutiae and subtleties of said text) could be communicated through a single image.

Also, I have a long-standing love affair with pomo, so it was fun for that, too.

I used various sources in each--the original novel cover (which I've linked to), Torchwood promo photography, textures, etc. The text on each is taken directly from the pulp; I didn't write any of it myself (and in most cases, the bylines belong to the titles they appear with).

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