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Keyleth Stands Among Leia, Buffy, and Batgirl in GEEK GIRLS DON’T CRY (EXCLUSIVE)

Keyleth Stands Among Leia, Buffy, and Batgirl in GEEK GIRLS DON’T CRY (EXCLUSIVE)

Geek Girls Don’t Cry is an upcoming non-fiction book from Andrea Towers that takes a look at the lessons some of our favorite women in pop culture have learned on their unforgettable journeys. We have an exclusive reveal of the book’s cover, illustrated by the wondrous Paulina Ganucheau! Take a look:

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From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Princess Leia Organa, the characters in our favorite stories overcome seemingly impossible odds to become heroes. Among the chapters dedicated to princesses, wizards, and superheroes, you’ll find a look at another beloved character who has passed through fire: Critical Role‘s Keyleth.

Andrea and other notable contributors to the book turn those characters’ stories and personalities into strategies for coping with what real life throws at us non-superpowered types. Geek girls don’t cry, after all–they get stronger! Marisha Ray, who played Keyleth in the first Critical Role campaign, penned the foreword to the highly anticipated book, and she spared a few minutes from her busy schedule to chat with Geek & Sundry about it.

Marisha considers it an honor to see Keyleth included in the company of so many beloved characters. “In my mind, I imagine it like being included in a proverbial Hall of Presidents,” she says, “but instead of endless portraits of stuffy old dudes in wigs, it’s a hall lined with beautiful portraits of badass women, and comfortably nestled in the middle of grandeur is a portrait of a humbled Voice of the Tempest. Having my character in such incredible company is the deepest compliment I could receive.”

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She learned her own lessons from Keyleth’s journey, in particular empathy. “Putting myself in her mindset for such an extended period of time truly taught me how to view situations from a more understanding perspective,” Marisha says. “In a way, Keyleth and I kind of grew up together. Having this second personality living in my head and developing as I was developing affected me every day in hundreds of ways, some microscopic, some monumental. But, when your brain is housing two sets of memories, it’s hard not to let elements of our imaginary lives bleed into our real ones.”

Andrea is a fan of Critical Role and Marisha, and vice versa, so Marisha was more than happy to write the foreword to the upcoming book. “Andrea has composed a truly beautiful book,” she says, “so I knew I had to write a foreword that was truly worthy of the privilege of mine and the piece’s position.

“Plus, I adore Andrea. With her as my inspiration, along with the greater Geek Girl sisterhood, this forward is truly my love letter to a community of which I am so lucky to be a member. Read Geek Girls Don’t Cry, and join me in holding back tears knowing that we’re not alone.”

Geek Girls Don’t Cry will be in bookstores April 2, 2019. Pick it up to gain inspiration from Keyleth, Leia, Buffy, Xena, Batgirl, Hermione Granger, and many more of the heroes you look up to.

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Book Cover: Sterling Publishing

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