08.26.14 // All Shapes and Sizes at GeekGirlCon ’14

One of the joys of any convention is the sight of hundreds of people dressed up in celebration of their favorite characters. Daenerys Targaryen playing board games with the Tenth Doctor; Pinkie Pie making superhero masks at a panel; Loki buying a poster of himself in artist alley.

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Rufio, Peter, and a Lost Boy
Photo by Tyler Pruitt at GeekGirlCon Flickr

Cosplay and geek fashion is a means of self-expression for people of all shapes and sizes–except that some shapes and sizes have a harder time of it than others. At GeekGirlCon ‘14 we have several panels exploring the role that clothing and costumes play in reclaiming female sexuality and moving toward a positive body image for people whose bodies are considered unacceptable in mainstream society.

Mickey Schulz of Geek Girls Rule leads “Cosplaying While Fat,” an exploration of the challenges fat geeks face, including negative reactions from other geeks, and the difficulty of finding pre-made costumes.

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Photo by Sayed Alamy at GeekGirlCon Flickr

It’s easy to get into the mindset that it’s our bodies that are wrong, rather than the clothes, so in her “Costuming for Every Body” panel, theatrical costume designer Dodi Rose Zooropa offers practical advice on how to alter the character and the costume to fit your body. Cosplayers of all sizes and shapes are welcome!

For further practical advice, there’s “Working with Worbla”–a guide to using this versatile thermoplastic to create models, armor, and other costume pieces.

 

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Sailor Senshi Jupiter and Labelle.
Photo by Sayed Alamy at GeekGirlCon Flickr

Our panel “Cosplay, Parenting, and the Word ‘Appropriate’” is a great resource for parents who are helping their kids to navigate cosplay in a world that sexualises young bodies, and for kids hoping to get their parents’ support in their costumed adventures. There’ll also be discussion about ‘appropriating’ versus ‘appreciating’.

Meanwhile, “Crafting the Body” invites you to join the “participatory craftivism” movement, which uses crafting and cosplay to bring together geeks who think critically about pop-culture narratives and mainstream beauty ideals, and who undermine them together.

For a more direct way to translate geeky costuming into support for good causes, check out “CAUSEplay.” CAUSEplayers use their creativity for good, whether it’s running a toy drive or cheering up sick kids by cosplaying their favorite characters.

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Paige New (left) and Michelle Thorstrom (right).
Image source: GeekGirlCon Flickr

 

 

 
Outside the world of cosplay, as geek culture goes mainstream, it’s no surprise that fashion designers are taking pointers from geeky fashions. Call it a mash-up. “Geek Couture: Pop Culture in the High-Fashion World” discusses this trend, and the future of the fashion industry.

Other geeky fashions raise interesting questions, too, such as the revival of Victorian fashions for steampunk costumes. At our panel “The Corset: Object of Propriety or Liberation,” explore the history of this often controversial garment, from its origins as a means of constraining female sexuality, to its modern reclamation as an expression of that same sexuality.

By GeekGirlCon Copywriter Jess Downs.

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08.25.14 // Keep Calm and Swag (Bag) On

swag bagThousands of eyes looking at your logo. That’s how much attention your brand will catch by appearing in this year’s swag bags! From now until September 26, GeekGirlCon is accepting submissions of promotional items from geeky businesses and organizations.

Each GeekGirlCon ‘14 attendee scores one of these satchels, and we are expecting more event-goers than ever this year! Countless costumed heroines and fun-loving fans could all be flashing your brand every time they reach for a water bottle, pick up a bookmark, or throw on some sunglasses. Whatever you prefer to donate, you’ll be giving support to a cool cause—not to mention geeks at large. And you know geeks always remember the good people who’ve got their backs.

Simply fill out our handy-dandy webform to get started and snag a spot for your stuff. Should questions or concerns arise, please email swagbags@geekgirlcon.com. We look forward to working with you to fill swag bags for the estimated 4,000 people attending GeekGirlCon ’14!

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08.22.14 // Looking for Performers at GeekGirlCon ’14

The Double Clicks and Marian Call performing together at GeekGirlCONcert '13

The Doubleclicks and Marian Call performing together at GeekGirlCONcert ’13

GeekGirlCon will take place on the weekend of October 11 and 12, 2014 at the the Conference Center at the WSCC in downtown Seattle. Our special night time events, such as our annual GeekGirlCONcert on Saturday, and our Closing Celebration on Sunday, always bring the best of music and comedy to you. In recent years, these stellar lineups of geeky entertainment have normally sold out and been one of the most popular attractions of the con. Past GeekGirlCon  performers have included Marian Call, The Doubleclicks, Molly Lewis, and Unwoman.

This year we want YOU to be a part of it! GeekGirlCon is looking for musicians, stand-up comedians, performers, improvisation actors, slam poets, and entertainers of all kinds to take part in our GeekGirlCONcert, our closing celebration Sunday night, and potentially other events throughout the con.

We are looking to diversify our performances and musical genres from previous years, so don’t be afraid to apply, even if it is not something we have seen or heard at GeekGirlCon before. We’re especially looking for talent that reflects and appreciates the mission of our convention – to promote, celebrate, educate, mentor, encourage, and empower the female geek. Not a performer but know someone who is? Please pass along this form to them!

Do you have to be a woman to apply?

No, although woman performers are highly encouraged! GeekGirlCon is committed to representing women geeks of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statuses. All performers must reflect this commitment as well.

Do performers get discounted badges?

All performers are eligible for a discounted weekend pass!

Submissions are open until 11:59PM PST on Friday, August 29.

Please fill out the form here to indicate your interest. All questions and suggestions can be directed to maddy@geekgirlcon.com. Thank you for your interest and we will be in touch shortly!

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08.20.14 // GeekGirlCon ’14 – Exhibitor Guide, Part 1!

When I went to Star Trek conventions many years ago, they called it the “dealers room”. At Emerald City Comicon, they call them “exhibitors”. GeekGirlCon calls them “exhibitors” as well…and there are some AMAZING exhibitors coming, y’all! I don’t have room to tell you all of them here…but I’ve spotlighted a few for you, our dear GeekGirlCon devotees.

The first one to catch my eye is a vendor I’ve seen before called cutebricks. They make “up-cycled LEGO jewelry”, and I have been drooling over them since my first sighting. (Don’t worry, it was figurative drool–no cleanup necessary!)

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Cascade Rainbow earrings, a dark blue chrome heart, and a Battlestar Galactica Viper!

Photo credit: cutebricks on Etsy

 

The next vendor on my list–and one I’m saving up to buy something from as soon as GeekGirlCon ‘14 opens on Day 1–is Unicorn Empire. They make screenprinted t-shirts from various fandoms (Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Captain America to name a few!), pillows, paper dolls, and this exquisite clock that I have absolutely no real reason to own, but desperately want!

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Photo credit: Unicorn Empire

 

Do you have a magic wand? Do you need one? Of course you do! If you can’t get to London, Diagon Alley, and Olivander’s Wand Emporium, you can just come talk to the friendly keeper of the Hungarian Wand Shop. They have a selection of wands ready-made in various woods, and with different types of cores, depending on the type of magic you are most likely to be performing. And don’t worry–if they don’t have a wand on hand that responds to you (as a good wand should), they take special orders. You can have any kind of wand you want!

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Photo credit: The Hungarian Wand Shop

 

LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) was featured in an episode of Supernatural last year–and those of us who watched that episode (with guest star Felicia Day!) kind of geeked out about it. We saw knights, queens, faeries, and all sorts of other medieval people and creatures. Sinister Metalworks has everything you need to outfit yourself and all of your friends for your next LARP session. From metal crowns of all different kids to custom-made body armor, their work will help keep you safe from swords, axes, and magic spells of all strengths!

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Wyvern chestplate, Moon crown, triskelion bracelet

Photo credit: Sinister Metalworks

 

Butterfly Frillies has Steampunk costuming supplies–from outer garments to under garments and everything in between. A friend of mine is looking for a custom-made, over-bust corset, and I have sent her the website information; this is the kind of thing they do! They have a selection of ready-made apparel and jewelry, as well. The fabrics are amazing, and the craftsmanship is beautiful.

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Photo credit: Butterfly Frillies

 

LuvCherie Jewelry has what you’re looking for in the “elegant geek fandom and nerd whimsy” category. Necklaces, charms, earrings, rings, and many more pieces will grace their booth in the vendors room. Here are a few examples that I can’t wait to see in person:

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Photo credit: LuvCherie

 

I’ve spent some time looking at FiveLeafClover’s Etsy shop, GeekStar Costuming, and I’ve got to say: I need glowing cat ears, if only to make my own cat jealous!

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Photo credit: GeekStar Costuming

 

And I’ve been jealous of other people with these earrings as well:

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Photo credit: GeekStar Costuming

Looking back at this partial list of exhibitors for upcoming GeekGirlCon ‘14, I realize that I could be in some trouble: there are a lot of items I want to buy from these peeps. And this is only some of them. Here’s the whole list!! I may need a loan…

 

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08.1.14 // DIY Science Zone Fundraiser

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Photo source: Laodamaren Tumblr

Last year, we introduced the DIY Science Zone to bring real-live science to con attendees young and old, and we need your help bringing it back at GeekGirlCon ‘14!

What is the DIY Science Zone?

The zone is a hands-on, weekend-long extravaganza that makes science accessible to everyone, whether or not they have their own lab goggles at home. It’s open to all ages, and all levels of experience–and all equipment is provided.

At GeekGirlCon ‘13, more than 350 people participated in experiments ranging from making their own neurons, to crime-scene fingerprinting, to dancing raisins.

This year we’ll mix it up a bit with invisible ink, DNA extraction, dice roll science, slime-making, Cartesian drivers, making light, laser rules, pocket solar systems, and many more!

Last year's DIY Science Zone
Photo source: GeekGirlCon flickr

Who’s involved?

Once again, we’ll have a line-up of science professionals from a range of different disciplines, many of them returning from last year:

 

Where do the funds go?

Raised $1,423 towards the $6,000 target.

In order to make this drop-in science fun once again available to everyone, we need to raise $6000 to provide travel support for our science superstars to get to the con, as well as for equipment, materials, and prizes.

As if the knowledge that you’re donating to a great cause is not enough, our zone workers will be performing “Acts of Whimsy” at fundraising milestones:

Do your part to help make this happen by donating to GeekGirlCon via PayPal!

Fundraising Update: So far we have raised $1,423 towards our $6,000 target! Thank you for your support! Let’s make this happen!

By GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Jess Downs

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07.31.14 // Extended Early Bird Pricing and Official Hotels

Extended Early Bird Pricing

If you’ve been waiting to figure out where you’re staying and haven’t yet grabbed your passes for GeekGirlCon ‘14, now’s the time to do it; we’ve decided to extend our Early Bird deadline for one week UNTIL AUGUST 8, 2014. Last year’s con sold out before the doors opened, and we’re expecting to repeat that, so don’t risk missing your chance!

Buy your passes online at Brown Paper Tickets for these knock-down prices:

After the Early Bird Pricing ends, prices for all Adult passes will increase:

 

Photo by Liz Henry.

Photo by Liz Henry.

Hotels

Getting ready for a con can be busy and challenging, what with planning which panels you want to attend, and all that last-minute costume making. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with two hotels in Downtown Seattle, very close to The Washington State Conference Center. Get your reservations sorted out, so you can concentrate on the important stuff, like making sure your steampunk bustle doesn’t get squashed in transit.

Use our online reservation links, or mention GeekGirlCon while booking over the phone, to get our special rates.

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Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Ave (corner of 6th Ave and Pike Street) (map)
Seattle, WA 98101

Reservations line: 800-325-3535
Reserve Online

What you get:

ADA Accessible Rooms are available upon request.

 

Double Room. Courtesy of Sheraton.

Double Room. Courtesy of Sheraton.

 

Interior. Courtesy of Sheraton.

Interior. Courtesy of Sheraton.

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Homewood Suites
1011 Pike Street (corner of Seattle Convention Center and Pike Street) (map)
Seattle, WA 98101

Reservations Line: 800-225-5466
Reserve Online

What you get:

To request an ADA Accessible Room, please make a note in the “Additional Comments” field.

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Queen Studio at Homewood Suites

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Homewood Suites

By GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Jess Downs

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07.24.14 // Want over 11,000 eyes to see your business? Ads for GeekGirlCon ‘14 are the way to go!

Reach nearly 6,000 people with ads at GeekGirlCon ‘14. Choices abound! Do you love the feel of a program guide? Want to see your business in print? Ads are available for the programming guide in both color and black and white, anywhere from an eighth page to a full page, and ranging from $40 to $300. (Order by August 15, 2014.) Is the digital world your world? Digital display ads are the way to go! You can buy up to 10 ad placements (40 ad placements x 2x/hour display) for $50 each. (Order by September 19, 2014.)

Crowds at GeekGirlCon '14. Photo by Tyler Pruitt and used under Creative Commons license.

Crowds at GeekGirlCon ’13. Photo by Tyler Pruitt and used under Creative Commons license.

Why would you want to advertise to the GeekGirlCon community? Our first GeekGirlCon in October of 2011 sold out in our small venue at the Seattle Center, seeing over 2,000 attendees in two days. At our second GeekGirlCon in 2012, we welcomed close to 4,000 attendees over two days in August at The Conference Center, a larger venue centrally located in downtown Seattle. Our third annual convention sold out (again!) with 4,700 attendees over the two days of GeekGirlCon in October of 2013, maintaining steady but sustainable growth in the spacious venue of The Conference Center. This year, GeekGirlCon ‘14 expects continued growth.

Find out more information! (pdf)

Purchase an ad today! (webform)

 

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07.21.14 // Writers and Writing at GeekGirlCon ‘14

If there’s one thing nerds love, it’s stories: reading them, watching them, playing them, and for many of us, writing them. At GeekGirlCon ‘14, we have so many writing-related panels that you will need a Time-Turner to attend them all!

Have you ever wondered what geekdom would be like if it weren’t dominated by male heroic-journey sagas? B.J. “Lex” Priester of Fangirl Blog takes us on “The Heroine’s Journey: Moving Beyond Campbell’s Monomyth,” exploring how female-focused sci-fi and fantasy such as The Hunger Games, The Legend of Korra, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Disney’s Frozen differ from the established archetypes, and what that means for the stories they tell.

Kill your darlings! No, not literally; you must have been reading too many classic sci-fi short stories. Instead, join a professional editor and learn “Editing 101 for Writers,” skills that every writer needs whether they are writing for publication or for personal pleasure.

For the YA lover, we have two dedicated programming events. There’s the “Fierce Reads Young Adult Author Panel,” featuring four science fiction and fantasy authors talking about getting their work published. There’s also “Diversity in YA,” which will tackle the dearth of protagonists of colour, and LGBT protagonists (among others) in young adult fiction. For writers–and readers–who want to see more diversity, what are the current issues, and what can we do about it?

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Photo source: malindalo.com

If your kid is an aspiring writer, or a natural storyteller, you might be interested in “Imaginary Worlds (for Kids).” Author and spoken word artist Danika Dinsmore leads an interactive story time for families, which is sure to inspire young imaginations!

As we’ve mentioned lately on the GeekGirlCon blog, fanfic is going mainstream. No longer the dirty little secret that you stay up indulging after everyone else has gone to bed, it’s now cool to share fanfic recommendations–gasp!–in public, to own up to being an author, even to get work published. But where does the law stand on this? Commercial publishers’ and authors’ stances range from, “I’m flattered when people play in my worlds,” through, “Do it, but I’ll avoid looking at it,” all the way to, “Cease and Desist.” Our panel “Fan Fiction: Sharing, Creating, and the Law” explores the nuances of copyright law for fanfic authors.

In this context, slash fic has its own specific problems. Now that it’s being acknowledged in the works that inspire it, how much of that acknowledgement is genuine recognition, and how much is exploitation, tokenism designed to hush the calls for diversity and meaningful representation? “21st Century Boys: Slash in the Mainstream” delves into these questions.

Finally, in “If You Can Write, You Can Make Games,” discover how easy it is to make interactive fiction using free, open-source programs you can find online. Take your existing writing skills and expand them into a whole new medium.

There’s something for every writer, storyteller, and daydreamer at GeekGirlCon ‘14–we’ll see you there!

 By GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Jess Downs

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07.14.14 // Call for Connections Programming for GeekGirlCon ‘14

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Last year, GeekGirlCon added a new department called Connections focused on leadership development, mentorship, and connecting women with professionals in their desired career fields. The Connections program was such a hit (read more from last year here and here), we’re bringing it back for GeekGirlCon ‘14.

In addition to featuring a Connections Room at the convention—where attendees can interact with companies, universities, and nonprofit organizations—we plan to dedicate a programming room for Connections-specific panels, networking sessions, and workshops. This Connections Programming Room will allow for more intimate conversations with attendees and panelists. And we need your help to make this happen!

Connections Programming at GeekGirlCon ‘14

We are looking for professionals in geeky industries, the arts, and academia, as well as female entrepreneurs. We hope to promote, celebrate, educate, mentor, and encourage women professionally. We are seeking engaging proposals from professionals for panels on topics such as, but not limited to:

 

Feel free to propose something we didn’t think of!

To be considered for acceptance, proposal submissions must reflect the mission of the convention: to promote, celebrate, educate, mentor, encourage, and empower the female professional. GeekGirlCon is committed to representing women of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statuses. Proposals must reflect a commitment to this as well.

Please note: this call for Connections programming is specifically focused on career and leadership development panels. Our broader programming submission deadline has passed.

Submissions are open until 11:59pm PT on July 25.

If you are interested in proposing a panel or presentation please fill out this form.

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07.7.14 // Brace Yourself – July 31 Is Coming

GeekGirlCon ‘14 is coming up very soon–October 11 and 12, 2014! If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, just do it here. We sold out before we opened our doors for GeekGirlCon ‘13, and we’re anticipating another awesome sell-out show. Don’t wait!

Our Early Bird Pricing ENDS JULY 31, 2014! “Screaming deal” prices through July 31 are:

2-Day Adult passes: $35

1-Day Adult passes: $20

1-Day Kids 6-12 passes: $10

Kids 0-5: Free!

 

After the Early Bird Pricing ends, prices for all Adult passes will increase:

2-Day Adult passes: $45

1-Day Adult passes: $30

Kids’ passes will not increase.

There will be a very limited number of passes for sale in local shops; those will remain at the Early Bird pricing until they’re gone. We’ll update you with locations when we have them!

 

Did you hear? The Volunteer Application for GeekGirlCon ‘14 is LIVE and waiting for you!

GeekGirlCon ‘14 is an entirely volunteer-run organization. We have an awesome staff, but we can’t do what we do without our fabulous army of volunteers every year. If you’ve attended GeekGirlCon in the past, our “Agents” are the people in charge of seating in panel rooms, wrangling lines, setting up and tearing down the convention, directing traffic, and being the best people around. When you are accepted as a volunteer, you’ll get an official, exclusive GeekGirlCon Agent t-shirt in exchange for working parts of the convention. Go to the Volunteer Application today and sign up–and don’t delay: the application deadline is July 31. No applications will be accepted after this time.

You have no idea how excited we are to see you all at the Washington State Conference Center on October 11 and 12. Buy your tickets, sign up to volunteer, and we’ll see you there soon!

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