Blair Strange: Anywhere between 18- to 40-year-old geek guys. Geek girls might be into it too, just because of the whole “woman power” thing, which is one of the reasons we did it. I was tired of walking into Game Stop and having all the guys ask, ‘Are you buying this for your boyfriend?’
BS: We started by thinking about the most popular geekdoms. If it was up to me it would all be video game-related, but we just made a list of 50 different ideas we could do and narrowed it down. For next year's calendar all of the models get to vote on what we do.
BS: Some of the models aren’t wearing anything, which is sexy by itself. I pulled out all of my 1940s and 50s pin-up books. We showed them the poses and tried to get the models to take their cues from those books to create the classic sexy, but playful look. It was all very carefully designed. In total we took about 12,000 shots. I had to get an external hard drive just to store all the images.
BS: We only did minor photo manipulation. I was not going to do the hardcore liposuction thing through photoshop. One of my big rules was that the girls had to fit the character more than be hot. I was like, ‘I don’t care if she's a super model. If she's not black she can’t be Storm.’
BS: It’s empowering in a weird way. It says it's okay to be naked, which needs to be encouraged.
BS: Science fiction can be anything as long as it has some sort of tech or futuristic element. It’s all escapism. It’s like reading a book, except the book moves and talks to you.
BS: I actually got the idea for this at DragonCon. We are aiming to have a booth at Megacon, which is in February in Orlando.
BS: At the moment, it is just a burden of love. The models will get part of the take once we break even and start making a profit. But they mainly did it because I asked and they thought it was a fun idea.
BS: Oh yes. In fact most of the girls I’ve shown this to are like, ‘This is awesome. I want to be in next year’s. Where is the one with the guys?’ I have had so many guys say, ‘I’ll pose.’ But I don’t know how we would do a guy’s calendar. The pin-up aesthetic isn't really macho. We had the idea of doing the Marilyn pose with a guy in a kilt, but we decided that wouldn’t really be sexy.
BS: You could do guys who are bigger, especially in geekdom. Most of the girls who go to conventions single, usually go because the market is so good. You can walk in wearing a skimpy top and just have your pick. Most geek guys are a little more of the sit-down-and-play body type, or they are really scrawny, which many geek girls like.