Hey, That's My Cape!: One Con Glory

Posted at 10:00 AM Feb 24, 2010

By Jill Pantozzi

Crap. I wish I had written this. That's what I said to myself the second I put down Sarah Kuhn's One Con Glory. It's not only smart, funny, sentimental and charming, it was written by a woman pretty much just like me--an enormous geek with excellent taste. Who does she think she is, writing something so good?

One Con Glory is a novella-length romantic comedy from Alert Nerd Press written with the geek community in mind. Specifically the female geek community, which seems to be growing exponentially these days. The story is told from the perspective of jaded fangirl/journalist Julie who, it must be said, has some issues not of the comic variety (although she's got quite a few of those too). From Part One, titled "Pon Farr," I knew I was in for a treat.

What Julie loves most in this world is a rare (read: no one else in the world possibly wants it) superheroine action figure from an '80s comic book, and subsequent TV series, by the name of Glory Gilmore. She's managed to lose three of them in her lifetime. Along with the support of a few geek pals, Julie will stop at nothing to reclaim her former Glory at the next convention stop. The search quickly drops her in the lap of a most unexpected love interest-Jack, a shallow actor from said TV series. In true rom-com form, he's more than meets the eye and takes our bitter Julie entirely by surprise.

The characters of One Con Glory are believable without straying into blatant stereotypes of the variety of geeks out there. You know these guys; they're your friends, your neighbors, your raiding party. The journey Julie makes over the course of the story is remarkable, and Kuhn makes it easy to fall in love with them all. She also makes the book a veritable encyclopedia of geek references. It really helped pull me into the story, like I was reading about one of my gal pal's latest escapades.

Hollywood needs to option this NOW. As crazy as the circumstances of the plot are, I challenge every fangirl out there not to wish they were in Julie's shoes. Seriously, who hasn't fantasized about David Boreanaz, Nathon Fillion or Michael Dorn without falling in love with them? Ok, maybe that last one is just me. Klingon mating rituals are HOT. Go buy the hardcopy or ebook version of One Con Glory. Your inner (or outer) fangirl will thank you.


Jill aka The Nerdy Bird said:

Vulcan Pon Farr versus Klingon mating rituals...go!

Oh and follow Sarah on twitter because she's awesomesauce.

LeeboZeebo said:

Alternatively, the world of online fanfiction has made it possible for normal dudes to meet all manner of geeky celebrity women, and then have sex with them. Then again, roughly 99% of these pairings feature Power Girl, who isn't actually real, or played by anyone who is real.

Sarah Kuhn wins!

Kal-El said:

Well, Klingon mating rituals using involve the woman hurling heavy furniture while the men duck. In Pon Farr, the two potential mates fight to the death for the "love" of the female. Kinda seems a little backward to me. One would think the Klingons would have the more violent mating rituals.

SJ said:

Thanks for the recommend, sounds like my kind of story. I just bought the e-Book.

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