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Authors speak the arise of geeky YA at New York Comic Con

Geeks are having a moment in cocktail culture, and they’re finally getting their due in immature adult fiction, too.

Authors collected at New York Comic Con last weekend to speak about their own middle nerd, and how it’s led them to incorporate fandom and geeky themes in their books for teens.

Danika Stone, author of “Internet Famous” and “All the Feels,” says there’s been an expansion in YA books that allows the characters to be genuine people, not just angel story archetypes — and that includes geeks.

“It was much behind in making its transition and it shouldn’t have been,” she said.

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Others forked to the arise of the geek elsewhere in cocktail culture, which is evidenced by the record-breaking assemblage at this year’s Comic Con.

(From l.) Authors Lily Anderson, Danika Stone, Sarvenaz Tash, Brian Katcher and Laurent Linn speak about their books  at New York Comic Con’s “Geeky YA FTW” row on Sunday.

(From l.) Authors Lily Anderson, Danika Stone, Sarvenaz Tash, Brian Katcher and Laurent Linn speak about their books at New York Comic Con’s “Geeky YA FTW” row on Sunday.

(Allison Chopin/New York Daily News)

“There was a time in my life that word used to burn,” pronounced Brian Katcher, author of “The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak,” on being called a geek. These days, it’s cold to be a geek.

Sarvenaz Tash’s book, “The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love,” is even set at New York Comic Con. For Tash, Comic Con supposing the ideal environment for YA, a genre where characters understanding with standard teen problems like unrequited adore and wise in.

“Nobody’s a weird here since everybody’s a weird here,” she said.

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