10.9.13 // Ask GeekGirlCon: What Is One Panel You’re Excited to Attend at GeekGirlCon ’13?
by GeekGirlCon Staff Copy Writer AJ Dent
Now that the GeekGirlCon ‘13 Strategy Guide has been released, we can all officially freak out about this year’s phenomenal panels! For months, we GeekGirlCon staff members have literally been counting down the days until the big event, oohing and aahing over the nerd-tastic times ahead.
When asked to name one panel she plans to attend, Programming Project Manager and Member of the Board Meg Humphrey said, “I’m really excited to see ‘Geek Girl Style: Demanding Recognition in the Fashion World!’ I remember making some of my own clothes when I was 13 using old bed sheets—it was the only material available that had Disney, cartoon, or Star Wars characters on it. It’s been amazing seeing our options grow: women’s sized clothing, plus-sized clothing, entire fabric lines dedicated to fandoms, and things available at local malls! Clothing and accessories have always been an important tool for self-expression and it’s great that Amy Ratcliffe will be hosting a panel talking about our options and where to go from here!”
Like many of us, Manager of Editorial Services Adrienne Roehrich is trying to squeeze as much in over her GeekGirlCon ‘13 weekend as possible! When tasked with talking about one panel she’s looking forward to, she responded, “Do you even know how hard of a question this is to answer? I’ve been writing on so much of the fantastic programming: from announcing the presence of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Chaka Cumberbatch to Karen Prell and Red Fraggle; the return of Mike Madrid; looking at comics through academic eyes and previewing the panel on the Gender Through Comic Books SuperMOOC; highlighting all the engaging science workshops and panels; and focusing on some of the intersectional discussions that will be occurring on topics like humor in feminism and race in geekdom. Not to mention all the awesome programming everybody else on the Copy Team has been posting about!
I’m extra excited to attend panels to write up and let those who can’t attend GeekGirlCon ’13 get a taste of our fantastic programming. I don’t know which ones those will be yet. Readers may not know that I’m also involved in the science communication community; friends from that community will be present on panels and in the DIY Science Zone, and I’m looking forward to getting to see them.
There are a number of panels that we haven’t even been able to touch on, and all our programming is so unique and fantastic, that I’ve read the programming over and over to find one to choose. Maybe because I’ve spent over a month trying to write my contribution to our Strong Female Character Series, but I think I’m most intrigued in the panel on ‘Deconstructing the Mary Sue.’ I am friends with many authors, some of whom write strong female characters and some of whom write Mary Sues, on purpose. I imagine this conversation will be riveting. Of course, you’ll find me at so many panels, in the Exhibitors Hall and Artist Alley, and in the game area (where my family spends most of their time).”
President of the Board and Twitter Administrator Kristine Hassell was amped when asked about her GeekGirlCon plans: “In addition to two very full days of phenomenal programming, our gaming area looks amazing! (Here’s where I’m totally using all the exclamation points to indicate excitement). Andy Munich (The 8 Hour Gamer) will be returning to GeekGirlCon this year with an ambitious plan to entertain.
Some might intimate that I’m biased… to confess, he’s not only an amazing GM/DM, but he’s also my husband. Unless you’ve played in one of his sessions, it’s hard to grasp the fun that he consistently brings. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of playing in his games for nearly 14 years now and I’ve never been disappointed. He is patient with new players and can also put veterans through their paces, all while crafting engaging story lines.
He just posted his schedule for the entire convention with over twelve hours of RPG goodness including systems like Dread, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, and Ghosts of Albion, based on the universe co-created by Amber Benson (making her first GeekGirlCon appearance).
Explore all that GeekGirlCon has to offer but definitely stop downstairs and look for the man in the bowler hat! He’s friendly and has stories to tell. Sit at his table and find yourself in one of them…”
Like everyone who’s read our Program Book so far, GeekGirlCon Copy Writer and geekdom aficionado SG-1 found it difficult to select just one panel to gush about: “Picking the panel I’m most excited about is pretty hard. First of all, Denise Crosby. Hello! I’ve been a Star Trek fan since seventh grade, and Denise Crosby is a big part of that. They may have killed her off in the show, but her character lived on, interwoven through the story throughout the series.
Second, ‘Building the Mystery: A Character Creation Workshop’ sounds pretty amazing to me. I’m a writer, and I’m always looking for good ways to construct characters that are believable, and that seem to jump off the page at the reader. Any help I can get in that area would be great.
Third, ‘Deconstructing the Mary Sue Myth’ is one I’m really looking forward to. One of the panelists is actress and author Amber Benson, and I’m a big fan of hers. I would love a chance to pick her brain about her writing process!”
Manager of Programming Alison Kozar expressed her enthusiasm for the increase of women working in the gaming industry: “Nearly a year ago, #1reasonwhy began trending on Twitter. Why? Someone asked: ‘Why are there so few lady game creators?’ The hashtag exploded with responses from women in every part of the game industry as they related their experiences working on games. The responses ranged from expected to horrifying, but soon spun off mentorship opportunities and a larger discussion on how to make the industry more inclusive and, in so doing, become more productive.
I got to watch these discussions grow, and I am super-excited about seeing ‘#1ReasonWhy: Play to Win’ at GeekGirlCon ’13. We’ve got some really exciting folks speaking on the panel: Anna Megill, Cameron Harris, Filamena Young, Jennifer Brandes Hepler, Jessica Price, and Regina Buenaobra. The panelists will talk about some of their experiences in the game industry and discuss strategies for survival and improvement in this changing field.”
As a GeekGirlCon Copy Writer and lifelong bookworm, there are countless writing-related presentations I personally plan to attend. “The Geeks for Poetry, Poetry for Geeks” panel is particularly calling my name. Redmond, Washington’s Poet Laureate, Jeannine Hall Gailey, and others will be speaking about concocting poems on comic books, computers, and many more geeky themes. I’m extra eager to learn some insider tips on the best places to submit such nerd-centric works for publication!
After purchasing your passes, start routing your way through the best weekend ever. But don’t just glance at the GeekGirlCon ‘13 Strategy Guide—bookmark it, print it, highlight it, red-circle it, build a treasure map out of it! We are all pumped to see you there!