Contributor Bios

Saturday Programming
Sunday Programming

Programs below updated as of Saturday, 10/19, 8:42 a.m.

 

Name
Bio
Scheduled Items They Are In
Coren IdleCora Idle is a scholarly fangeek with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature with a Comparative Literature focus. She is passionate about cats, tumblr, fan culture, women's rights, gender studies, video games, and recipe collecting. She also is a fan of the Oxford comma, and will spend hours debating whether the book or movie was better.(Re)creating Female Sexuality in Comics [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Elk PaauwElk Paauw is a Philosophy and Comparative Literature student at the University of Washington specializing in comics studies (with an emphasis in Franco-Belgian bande dessinee). Elk is currently researching globalization in the age of exploration for her future swash-buckling historical adventure webcomic series entitled Yellow Jack. Elk's favorite geeky activities include: playing Settlers of Catan, listening to chiptune, cracking codes from Gravity Falls, playing Legend of Zelda, and refraining from sleeping.(Re)creating Female Sexuality in Comics [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Kimberlee Gillis-BridgesKimberlee is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Washington, where she teaches literature, writing, film, and cultural studies. She also directs the department's Computer-Integrated Courses Program. E-mail: kgb@u.washington.edu(Re)creating Female Sexuality in Comics [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Ryker Hodge AttiliRyker Hodge-Attili is a graduate of UW's creative writing program.(Re)creating Female Sexuality in Comics [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Sierra BottSierra Bott is a 20-year-old Creative Writing student at the University of Washington. She has voraciously consumed Japanese manga since infancy and currently toils away at Starbucks. Her new favorite show is Girl Code, and she has a massive crush on actor Daryl Dixon of the Walking Dead.(Re)creating Female Sexuality in Comics [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Anna MegillAnna Megill worked her way through school as a bartender and QA tester, before becoming a game writer. She has worked on major titles for Cyberlore, Hasbro, and Nintendo, as well as several indie game projects, but is best known for her writing on Guild Wars 2. Currently, Anna is the narrative designer on an unannounced triple-A title for Airtight Games. She also mentors many aspiring game writers and designers. Interests include (in no particular order) literature, being badass, and talking about herself in the third-person.#1ReasonWhy: Play to Win (or the Real World of Women in the Games Industry) [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Cameron HarrisCameron Harris entered the video-game industry after more than a decade in software development as a programmer, technical writer, and editor. Following a stint at Nintendo of America, she moved to Microsoft Studios as editor and narrative producer on such titles as Gears of War 3 and Fable: The Journey and then to BioWare as managing editor on Star Wars: The Old Republic. Her most recent position was managing editor at ArenaNet, working on Guild Wars 2.#1ReasonWhy: Play to Win (or the Real World of Women in the Games Industry) [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Jennifer Brandes HeplerJennifer Brandes Hepler has been a professional game writer since she began writing for "Shadowrun" at 19 years old, contributing to numerous supplements and co-authoring the well-received ‰ÛÏCyberpirates.‰Û After a brief stint in Hollywood on the CBS television show ‰ÛÏThe Agency,‰Û Jennifer began writing for Bioware, serving in a senior creative role on both the "Dragon Age" and "Star Wars: The Old Republic" franchises. Known, respectively, for her development of the dwarven culture in ‰ÛÏDragon Age: Origins,‰Û the Smuggler in "Star Wars: The Old Republic," and for blowing up the Chantry and leading the mage rebellion in ‰ÛÏDragon Age II,‰Û Jennifer has most recently served as senior writer on ‰ÛÏDragon Age: Inquisition.‰Û Despite having been the unfortunate target of a highly public internet harassment campaign, she is looking forward to continuing to make ground-breaking RPGs for all audiences.#1ReasonWhy: Play to Win (or the Real World of Women in the Games Industry) [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Jessica PriceJessica Price has worked in video games, alternate reality games/transmedia entertainment, and tabletop roleplaying games as a writer, editor, game designer, and producer on everything from MMOs to Facebook games to Xbox titles to games involving a lot of dice. After helping create the Kinect launch portfolio as a writer/editor at Microsoft Studios, she became the project manager at Paizo Publishing, makers of the Pathfinder roleplaying game. #1ReasonWhy: Play to Win (or the Real World of Women in the Games Industry) [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Regina BuenaobraRegina Buenaobra works at videogame development studio, ArenaNet, as the North American Community Team Lead for the MMORPG Guild Wars 2. She has a special focus on social media management and strategy. Regina has spoken about diversity in gaming communities for the International Game Developers Association and at fan conventions, including Penny Arcade Expo and Emerald City Comicon. She is a co-founder and an advisor at The Border House, a collaborative feminist blog that spotlights the perspectives of underrepresented gamers. Regina also occasionally writes about games on her personal blog, Acid for Blood.#N/A
Filamena YoungFilamena Young is a writer, freelancer,åÊand published game writer for over five years. Most of her work is in analog gaming, as well as EVE Online and The Escapist. She‰Ûªs written for award-winning games, including Shelter in Place, winner of the 2011 Judge‰Ûªs Spotlight ENnie. She‰Ûªs contributor to GamingasWomen.com, an award winning blog that features women‰Ûªs voices in the analog gaming world. Her credits include the Smallville High School Yearbook, and books for Vampire the Requiem line, Shadowrun, Dragon Age, and the Mistborn RPG game lines as well as fiction anthologies. She‰Ûªs co-owner of Machine Age Productions. #1ReasonWhy: Play to Win (or the Real World of Women in the Games Industry) [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50], Design a Tabletop RPG in One Hour! [Sat: 3:00 - 4:00]
Breanne BolandBreanne Boland has been making zines and comics for four years now and has sold her fiction, autobiography, and how-to books at Emerald City Comicon, Short Run, the Olympia Comics Festival, APE, the Portland Zine Symposium, and the Punk Rock Flea Market. She embraces the democratic nature of the medium and--in an age of easy, free, online self-publishing--relishes the importance of real, solid evidence of our thoughts, hopes, and ideas.A Book of One's Own: How to Make a Zine [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Erin BurkeErin Gose has been cosplaying for about 10 years and is a member of the cosplay troupe, House of Flying Needles. She enjoys cosplay for the friendships and creativity it brings. Outside of cosplay, Erin has a master‰Ûªs degree in community counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 6 years. She is excited to bring psychology into the discussion of cosplay.A Community Divided: Bullying within the Cosplay Community and How to Solve the Problem [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Katie MurphyKatie Murphy, going by the cosplay alias UviBee, has been a general nerd all her life, and cosplaying for the last 9 years of it. She has experienced bullying outside the cosplay world, and watched it happen inside of it. She helps understand the types of bullying and why people do what they do.A Community Divided: Bullying within the Cosplay Community and How to Solve the Problem [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Lauren CrossonLauren Crosson (known in the cosplay community as Noin Hime) has been a part of the anime community since 1998 and has been cosplaying since 2002. She fell in love with cosplay because it gives her the chance to recreate something that she finds inspiring; whether it be a character, a design, or something that just makes her laugh. Most importantly, she loves cosplay because of how it has brought her closer to her friends and helped to make new ones.A Community Divided: Bullying within the Cosplay Community and How to Solve the Problem [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Son Young YuSon Yong Yu grew up surrounded by unicorns, fae, sword wielding warriors, and smack talking robots longing for a touch of humanity. That is to say, she read a lot of books and daydreamed even more when she wasn‰Ûªt outside fighting imaginary monsters or building tiny, tiny fires. Now, she fights her own battles, wields her own sword and builds big, big fires to cook her big, big meals. Yet, through the power of imagination whether reading a great story, cosplay, or spouting lines from her favorite movies, Son Yong strives to live a life less ordinary and share her fandom with fellow weirdos. Goonies never say ‰ÛÏDie!‰ÛA Community Divided: Bullying within the Cosplay Community and How to Solve the Problem [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Aimee SkeersThe Ladies of Mischief are 12 friends who believe that if you mix different personalities, quirky ideas, a vast variety of talents and gifts, and a handful of challenges, with trust, love, and a little compassion‰Û_you can write a book and run a business. They really believe the power of friendship can encourage, support, and push you to use your talents for creative, collaborative, and visionary work. And they wrote you this book to prove it could be done. But mostly they did this because they are really good friends. And they really like to knit. And wear corsets.A Dignified Reading from Needles & Artifice [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50], Media Signing: Needles and Artifice Panelists [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50], Steampunk Knitted Fashions with the Ladies of Mischief [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Jen SchripsemaThe Ladies of Mischief are 12 friends who believe that if you mix different personalities, quirky ideas, a vast variety of talents and gifts, and a handful of challenges, with trust, love, and a little compassion‰Û_you can write a book and run a business. They really believe the power of friendship can encourage, support, and push you to use your talents for creative, collaborative, and visionary work. And they wrote you this book to prove it could be done. But mostly they did this because they are really good friends. And they really like to knit. And wear corsets.A Dignified Reading from Needles & Artifice [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50], Steampunk Knitted Fashions with the Ladies of Mischief [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Sarra LoewThe Ladies of Mischief are 12 friends who believe that if you mix different personalities, quirky ideas, a vast variety of talents and gifts, and a handful of challenges, with trust, love, and a little compassion‰Û_you can write a book and run a business. They really believe the power of friendship can encourage, support, and push you to use your talents for creative, collaborative, and visionary work. And they wrote you this book to prove it could be done. But mostly they did this because they are really good friends. And they really like to knit. And wear corsets.A Dignified Reading from Needles & Artifice [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50], Steampunk Knitted Fashions with the Ladies of Mischief [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Valerie DePietroThe Ladies of Mischief are 12 friends who believe that if you mix different personalities, quirky ideas, a vast variety of talents and gifts, and a handful of challenges, with trust, love, and a little compassion‰Û_you can write a book and run a business. They really believe the power of friendship can encourage, support, and push you to use your talents for creative, collaborative and visionary work. And they wrote you this book to prove it could be done. But mostly they did this because they are really good friends. And they really like to knit. And wear corsets.A Dignified Reading from Needles & Artifice [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50], Steampunk Knitted Fashions with the Ladies of Mischief [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Cecil CastellucciCecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including ‰ÛÏBoy Proof,‰Û ‰ÛÏThe Plain Janes,‰Û ‰ÛÏFirst Day on Earth,‰Û ‰ÛÏThe Year of the Beasts,‰Û and ‰ÛÏOdd Duck.‰Û Her picture book, ‰ÛÏGrandma‰Ûªs Gloves,‰Û won the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her short stories have been published in Strange Horizons, YARN, Tor.com, and various anthologies including ‰ÛÏTeeth,‰Û ‰ÛÏAfter,‰Û and ‰ÛÏInterfictions 2.‰Û She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Children‰Ûªs Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus, and a two time Macdowell Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles.All the Real Girls: Creating Real Girls in Comics [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50], Deconstructing the Mary Sue Myth [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50], Media Signing: Cecil Castellucci [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Hope LarsonNo bio information.All the Real Girls: Creating Real Girls in Comics [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50], Media Signing: Hope Larson [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Kel McDonaldKel McDonald has been doing comics for 7 years. Projects include Sorcery 101, From Scratch, As We Were, and Strange Someone. KelåÊhas also organized the comic anthology Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales.All the Real Girls: Creating Real Girls in Comics [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50], Media Signing: Kel McDonald [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Mariah HuehnerMariah Huehner is the New York Times bestselling writer of the graphic novel True Blood: AllTogether Now, Anne Rice‰Ûªs Servant ofthe Bones, Angel, Illyria: Haunted, and currently Emily & The Strangers for Dark Horse Comics. She has also edited the New York Times Bestselling graphic adaption of Peter S. Beagles The Last Unicorn, Womanthology: Heroic, Womanthology:Space!, and the Eisner Award-winning Lucifer and Fables series, among many others. She likes squidly octopi, pink mustaches, and storytelling. Lots.All the Real Girls: Creating Real Girls in Comics [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50], Media Signing: Mariah Huehner [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Leia WeathingtonNo bio information.Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond "Gay" and "Straight" [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50]
Charles "Zan" ChristensenZan is an LGBT comics community activist and comics writer. He co-created the series The Mark of Aeacus and The Power Within with Mark Brill. The latter book earned them a spot in OUT Magazine's OUT 100 for 2011. Zan founded the LGBT graphic novel and comics company Northwest Press in 2010.Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond "Gay" and "Straight" [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50], Media Signing: Anything That Loves Panelists [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Kevin BozeNo bio information.Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond "Gay" and "Straight" [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50], Media Signing: Anything That Loves Panelists [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Ashley CookAshley Cook is a community organizer and writer for Queer Geek!Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond "Gay" and "Straight" [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50], QUEER GEEK!: Women in Gaymer Communities [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Jillian ScudderJillian Scudder is a PhD student in Astrophysics at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where she studies the details of galaxy collisions. She is in her final year of her PhD and will be completing in the summer of 2014. In her spare time, Jillian also runs the astronomy outreach blog Astroquizzical, which is designed to explain astronomical and physical phenomena in simple terms. Astroquizzical runs entirely on questions submitted by the public, which leads to extremely interesting and non-"textbook" questions and answers about the physics of the Universe.Ask The Astronomers [Sat: 1:30 - 2:20]
Lisa WillA lifelong love of science fiction and all things space-related led Lisa Will to a B.S. in Astrophysics from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Physics from Arizona State. She now works as a professor of physics and astronomy and devotes much of her time to outreach, bringing science to the general public.Ask The Astronomers [Sat: 1:30 - 2:20]
Nicole GugliucciDr. Nicole Gugliucci is a post-doctoral researcher in astronomy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville working for the citizen science project called CosmoQuest. Her graduate work was on building a low-frequency radio telescope to detect hydrogen from the early universe. She enjoys all kinds of outreach, especially helping kids explore the world around them. She is skeptically curious about all things. Astronomer, writer, educator, skeptic, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it her mission to study and share the Universe. She blogs for Discovery Space News, Skepchick, School of Doubt, and on Noisyastronomer.com.Website: noisyastronomer.com.
Ask The Astronomers [Sat: 1:30 - 2:20], Careers in Science [Sun: 1:30 - 2:00], DIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00], Edible Astronomy [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Aomawa ShieldsNo bio information.Ask The Astronomers [Sat: 1:30 - 2:20], Media Signing: Aomawa Shields [Sat: 2:30 - 3:20]
Renne Emiko Brock-RichmondRenne Emiko Brock-Richmond is an artist, instructor, superhero, and advocate of awesomeness. Her company, unique as you, specializes in color perception, intention, and utilization to create motivating, engaging experiences with innovative identity development, marketing, social media, events, and immersive environments for businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, organizations, and communities. She has taught art, digital media, and virtual world application at Peninsula College, University of Washington, TechSoup Global, Monterey Peninsula College, Arizona State University, at conferences, and independently. She creates art, apparel, and virtual goods embracing the power of brilliant hues, uniqueness, and acceptance. Renne only uses her superpowers for good.Authentic Avatars: Your Virtual Existence and Superpowers [Sun: 11:00 - 11:50]
Hsiao-Ching ChouHsiao-Ching Chou is the Director of Communications for the Institute for Systems Biology, a nonprofit biotech research organization. From 2007 to 2011, she was a partner at Suzuki + Chou Communimedia, which was a public relations firm focused on the hospitality industry. Prior to that, she was a newspaper journalist for more than 10 years. Most notably, she was the food editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where she wrote weekly food stories and hosted one of the country's first food podcasts. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.Best of Both Worlds: Careers Where STEM Meets the Humanities [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Nazila MeratiNo bio information.Best of Both Worlds: Careers Where STEM Meets the Humanities [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Suzette ChanSuzette Chan writes about comics and pop culture for Sequential Tart (www.sequentialtart.com), where she is currently Features Editrix. She has also reported on books and the performing arts for a variety of media outlets. Her essay on fan fiction and the show Supernatural appeared in Transformative Works and Culture, Vol. 4. Exercising her metaphorical left brain, Suzette has written about physics research at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada since 2000.Suzette Chan who works in administration for the Physics Department at the University of Alberta. Best of Both Worlds: Careers Where STEM Meets the Humanities [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50], Romance is a Feminist Genre [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50], Women in Comics: What's Left to Do [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50]
Jessica BayJessica Bay is an MA student in English at the University of Lethbridge. She has previously completed an MA thesis in Popular Culture entitled The New Blockbuster Film Sequel: Changing Cultural and Economic Conditions Within the Film Industry. Her current research examines a connection between fanfic and self-publication of e-books in the urban fantasy genre.Beyond Tomorrow: Empowering Female Makers and Fans [Sat: 6:00 - 6:50]
Kelaine DevineKelaine Devine is a techno-crafty contemporary artist, designer, and creative educator. She melds/merges fibre, drawing, video, and media arts into hybrid forms. She has a long history of working with emerging technologies and social media, from BBS, DDials, early HTML websites, blogs, and vlogs. As a Masters candidate at the University of Lethbridge, she is researching how Media Arts Organizations use social media and the internet to form communities, disseminate concepts, and document work. Her other areas of research include media literacy, design thinking, Creative Commons, digital divide, hacktivism, DIY/DIT, soft circuitry, and social advocacy. Kelaine is president of the Alberta Media Artist Alliance Society (AMAAS) and is active in the Lethbridge arts community. Kelaine is also the Computer Graphic Design Instructor at Reeves College in Lethbridge.
Beyond Tomorrow: Empowering Female Makers and Fans [Sat: 6:00 - 6:50]
Kristen HutchinsonBeyond Tomorrow: Empowering Female Makers and Fans [Sat: 6:00 - 6:50]
I-Wei FengIn the beginning, I-Wei Feng was a young aspiring biologist who loved to catch bugs, tadpoles, snails, and pigeons, curious about how they were different and what made them grow and thrive. Fast forward many decades later, I-Wei Feng is a 17-year veteran in the biotechnology industry. She still doesn't know exactly what makes bugs, tadpoles, snails, and pigeons grow and thrive, but she now knows a fair bit about careers in biosciences and skills an aspiring biologist can develop to compete in today's world. Biotechnology and Robots! [Sun: 2:30 - 3:00]
Aquala LloydNo bio information.Black, Latina, Girl, and Geek: A Tale of Acceptance [Sat: 3:30 - 4:20]
Emily BerriosNo bio information.Black, Latina, Girl, and Geek: A Tale of Acceptance [Sat: 3:30 - 4:20]
Tiffany JanibagianI started GeekMundo.net in 2011 as a way for me to rant and rave about all of the geek things I like and love from my perspective. I felt that the geek blog scene, for a lack of better words, lacked a diverse voice, so I threw my hat in and I am so very glad that did. I am also an entrepreneur, geek mom to three mini-geeks, and wife to another geek.Black, Latina, Girl, and Geek: A Tale of Acceptance [Sat: 3:30 - 4:20]
Amber OsborneAmber Osborne is the CMO of Meshfire, a social media management tool for teams.åÊShe is alsoåÊa social media consultant for bands and brands. She recently moved to Seattle from Tampa, FL, and has been featured in Forbes, Mashable, and CNN.åÊAmber was recently featured as one of the Top CMO‰Ûªs On Twitter by Social Media Marketing Magazine. http://missdestructo.comBlogging and Social Media Workshop/Q&A [Sun: 10:30 - 11:00]
Lauren Hall-StigertsLauren is a veteran of the geek girl scene, having been an active cosplayer & gamer for years. She spends her off-geek hours being an internet marketing maven, playing clarinet and sax, and knowing more about tea than your average jane.Blogging and Social Media Workshop/Q&A [Sun: 10:30 - 11:00]
Cora HarringtonCora Harrington is the founder and lead editor of The Lingerie Addict--the #1 lingerie blog in the world--with a monthly readership of over 150,000 people and a social media following of over 80,000 people. She is a full-time blogger, and also consults with businesses in the intimate apparel industry regarding their social and digital media strategies. She has been featured on the websites for Vogue Italia, Time Magazine, The Today Show, Fox News, and The Huffington Post. In 2013, The Lingerie Addict celebrated its 5 year anniversary. http://www.thelingerieaddict.comBlogging and Social Media Workshop/Q&A [Sun: 10:30 - 11:00], Making Your Website a Hate-Free Zone: Advice for Creating Safe Spaces Online [Sat: 4:00 - 4:50]
Lisa GranshawLisa Granshaw is a full-time freelance writer and career consultant based in New York City. Her work appears on numerous national websites including the Daily Dot, TODAY.com, Blastr, Vetstreet, MSN, The Huffington Post, and more. Her company, Media Career Consulting LLC, offers a variety of consulting services to young professionals interested in a career in the media and communications industry. You can connect with her on Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.Breaking into the Media Industry [Sun: 12:30 - 1:00], Geek Girl Style: Demanding Recognition in the Fashion World [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50], Star Wars: More Than A Boys‰Ûª Franchise [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Gwendolyn Jensen-WoodardNo bio information.Bringing Your Writing to Life with the Spoken Word [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Julie HoversonJulie Hoverson is a woman of mystery. And horror. And sometimes comedy or romance... From her background in costuming and tabletop roleplaying to her current award-winning audio productions, she has demonstrated an affinity for almost everything she has taken on.Bringing Your Writing to Life with the Spoken Word [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Kimberly PooleKimberly Poole is associated with Hole With a Rock Around it Productions.Bringing Your Writing to Life with the Spoken Word [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Rhys Torres-Miller19 Nocturne BoulevardBringing Your Writing to Life with the Spoken Word [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Jennifer K. StullerJennifer K. Stuller is a writer, author, scholar, media critic, and feminist pop culture historian. She is the Director of Programming and Events for, as well as a co-founder of, Seattle‰Ûªs own GeekGirlCon; the author of Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology (I.B. Tauris), and the editor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Fan Phenomena (Intellect, 2013). Additionally, Stuller is a noted public speaker, and a member of Humanities Washington‰Ûªs Speakers Bureau. She can be found at Ink-StainedAmazon.com, and has vowed to use her powers only for good.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Fan Phenomena [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50], Changing Culture in Mainstream and Alternative Spaces [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50], Fan Studies: Past, Present, and Future(s) [Sat: 5:30 - 6:20], Media Signing: Jennifer K. Stuller [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50], Spotlight on Kelly Sue DeConnick [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Suzanne ScottSuzanne Scott received her doctorate in Critical Media Studies at the University of Southern California, and is an Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University. Her work on transmedia storytelling, fanboy auteurism, and gender and comic book culture has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Her current book project explores the gendered tensions underpinning contemporary fan culture and industry/audience relations. She serves on the board of the journal Transformative Works and Cultures, and also contributed to the twentieth anniversary edition of Henry Jenkins‰Ûª Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture (Routledge, 2012).Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Fan Phenomena [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50], Fan Studies: Past, Present, and Future(s) [Sat: 5:30 - 6:20]
Jo Jo StilettoJo Jo Stiletto is a burlesque producer, performer, and historian, and is known as the Professor of Nerdlesque--the leading authority on all things nerdy in burlesque. She is currently working on a book project titled Nerdlesque: The New Burlesque represented by Red Sofa Literary and has been interviewed on the subject for several publications including The Wall Street Journal, Geekwire, Penthouse, and Seattle Pulp. Jessica has lectured and moderated panels on burlesque, feminism, and fandom for events like GeekGirlCon, BurlyCon, and Nerd Nite. Sometimes she does this dressed as Agent Scully.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Fan Phenomena [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50], Fat Girl: Fan Girl [Sat: 6:00 - 6:50], Show Me How to Nerdlesque [Sat: 9:00 - 10:20]
Jane Espenson Jane Espenson started her screenwriting career with the likes of Disney and Ellen (the 90's sitcom, not the talk show), and has worked extensively with Joss Whedon's creative team on shows from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Angel, Dollhouse, and Firefly. She has penned episodes and produced for shows such as Tru Calling, Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica, and Game of Thrones. Espenson has shared Hugo Awards for an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ("Conversations with Dead People") and for a first-season episode of Game of Thrones ("A Golden Crown"). Along with Husbands, Espenson is also co-creator of the SyFy hit Warehouse 13. As if that wasn't enough of an amazing rÌ©sumÌ©, she can currently be found as a writer and producer of NBC‰Ûªs runaway hit Once Upon a Time.

Espenson‰Ûªs latest project, a collaboration with writer and co-creator Brad Bell, is the hit web series Husbands; it has won critical acclaim from multiple sources, including both mainstream press and the LGBTQ community. Its second season came about thanks to a fan-funded Kickstarter campaign, which led to its third season being picked up by CW Seed, a subsite of CWTV.com.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Fan Phenomena [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50], Getting Cheeky: The Making of Husbands [Sat: 5:00 - 5:50], Media Signing: Jane Espenson [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50], Witches, Princesses, and Warrior Maidens: Exploring the Archetypes of Women in Fantasy [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Clinton McClungFilm programmer Clinton McClung plans year-round film and event screenings for SIFF Cinema, including the historic Uptown Theatre. He also produces interactive film events and party events, including the nationally touring Buffy Sing Along (GeekGirlCon in 2012), the Labyrinth Sing Along (GeekGirlCon 2011), and the award winning Willy Wonka in Smell-O-Vision. He started his career in film programming in 1999 at the prestigious Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston, and is the former Program Director for Central Cinema, where he was short-listed for the Stranger Genius Award for creating "mass celebrations of beloved entertainments, gussied up to maximize the shared thrills." Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Fan Phenomena [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50], Ladies of the 80s Sing Along [Sun: 4:30 - 5:20]
Amy PeloffDr. Amy Peloff is the Assistant Director of the Comparative History of Ideas Program and an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. Her work examines the role that popular culture has played in disseminating feminist ideas beyond the organizations and activists that identified as feminist in the United States, particularly during the second wave of feminism. A voracious consumer of female detective stories, sci-fi and fantasy television series, and Hollywood gossip, she continually studies the ways in which ideas about identities are created, presented, and shared through media and popular culture.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Fan Phenomena [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50], Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: How Feminism Has Changed Pop Culture [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Quiana KirklandQuiana Kirkland is the Editor-in-Chief of Talaria Press and lives and works in the Seattle area. She became passionate about writing and helping others write while attending Bryn Mawr College, outside of Philadelphia. Quiana has edited various written works for over a decade before coming to Talaria Press. Her goal at Talaria Press is to publish books that inspire, entrance, and fill the reader with the spirit of adventure.Building the Mystery: A Character Creation Workshop [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50]
Garth ReasbyGarth Reasby was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives there with his wife Heather Reasby, also an author, and their menagerie of animals. When Garth does find time to relax he enjoys reading, comic books, video games, music, camping, and off-roading, as well as putting a few hours in at the range to keep up his firearm skills.
Building the Mystery: A Character Creation Workshop [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50], Media Signing: Garth Reasby [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
H.L. ReasbyHeather Reasby is a writer and editor who resides in the beautiful (and rainy) Pacific Northwest. She lives there with her beloved husband, two deranged cats, and two crazed dogs. Reading and writing (of course) top the list of personal interests, but Heather also enjoys movies, gaming (roleplaying games being her favorite), and spending time with friends.Building the Mystery: A Character Creation Workshop [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50], Media Signing: H.L. Reasby [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Ren CumminsRen Cummins lives in the rain forest of the Pacific Northwest with his wife and daughter and a smattering of animals. When he‰Ûªs not writing, he can occasionally be found reading, playing video games, drums, or the piano.Building the Mystery: A Character Creation Workshop [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50], Media Signing: Ren Cummins [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Jerry NguyenJerry Nguyen is the Global Health and Science Program Manager at the consulting firm, Edge Business Consulting. He earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis and was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. Since then, he has been a healthcare management consultant, stay-at-home dad, and a financial analyst. He is currently providing project and alliance management expertise to a global health non-profit. Careers in Science [Sun: 1:30 - 2:00]
Morgan WoronerMorgan Woroner is the social media manager for a number of NASA education initiatives, including NASA Wavelength and NASA Earth Science Week, and has participated in a number of internal events to encourage scientists to utilize social media to share their research. While she loves science, and is committed to providing quality science information to the public and educators, Morgan holds a B.A. in Art History and Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis, and has no formal training in the sciences. Careers in Science [Sun: 1:30 - 2:00]
Shoshana KessockNo bio information.Changing Culture in Mainstream and Alternative Spaces [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50], Female Characters in Game Design [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50], How to LARP: Learn Live Action Role Play [Sat: 5:00 - 6:00], LARP Session: LIMBO [Sat: 7:00 - 9:00]
K.T. BradfordNo bio information.Changing Culture in Mainstream and Alternative Spaces [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50], Let's Hear it for the Boys of Doctor Who [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Rob SalkowitzNo bio information.Changing Culture in Mainstream and Alternative Spaces [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50], Media Signing: Rob Salkowitz [Sat: 5:00 - 5:50]
Jo Jo StillettoJessica Obrist, aka Jo Jo Stiletto, is a burlesque producer, performer, and historian, and is known as the Professor of Nerdlesque--the leading authority on all things nerdy in burlesque. She is currently working on a book project titled Nerdlesque: The New Burlesque represented by Red Sofa Literary and has been interviewed on the subject for several publications including The Wall Street Journal, Geekwire, Penthouse, and Seattle Pulp. Jessica has lectured and moderated panels on burlesque, feminism, and fandom for events like GeekGirlCon, BurlyCon, and Nerd Nite. Sometimes she does this dressed as Agent Scully.
Changing Culture in Mainstream and Alternative Spaces [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50]
Rochelle KeyhanRochelle is an attorney and the Director of HollabackPHILLY, a branch of the international anti-street harassment organization, Hollaback!. HollabackPHILLY focuses on research, and reframing the conversation around street harassment to enlist male allies in ending the behavior. To that end, Rochelle has done extensive research that is being published, and HollabackPHILLY has released public transit ads and developed an anti-street harassment comic book. HollabackPHILLY's programming is all designed to be scalable to the 62 international branches in the Hollaback! network.Comics for Social Change [Sat: 4:00 - 4:50]
Rebecca M. DavisRebecca M. Davis' emcee career began with the Cheldelin Middle School Talent Show at age 13. Since then she's hosted Queen City Cruise, The Prom You Never Went To, and for 7 years she hosted The Stay Up Late Show, Seattle‰Ûªs longest-running live talk show. Of late, she has been lucky enough to host burlesque shows and nerdlesque shows such as the Whedonesque Burlesque, Behind the Blue Door Burlesque, and Minxees of Middle Earth: A Lord of the Rings Burlesque. When not hosting, Rebecca can be seen acting on one of Seattle's many fine stages. She is a geek and nerd by family connection, as her father was a mathematician who watched Star Trek and Doctor Who with her at an early age. Other deep fandoms include the Whedonverse, and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Costume Contest [Sat: 5:00 - 7:00], Show Me How to Nerdlesque [Sat: 9:00 - 10:20]
Delia GreveEditorCraft Explosion!: Craft Books and Kits by becker&mayer! [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50]
Emily ZachNo bio information.Craft Explosion!: Craft Books and Kits by becker&mayer! [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50]
Katie BenezraDesignerCraft Explosion!: Craft Books and Kits by becker&mayer! [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50]
Kjersti EgerdahlSenior Editor/ManagerCraft Explosion!: Craft Books and Kits by becker&mayer! [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50]
Stephanie SwaneDirector of Sales and MarketingCraft Explosion!: Craft Books and Kits by becker&mayer! [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50]
Terra Clarke OlsenTerra credits her family for instilling the geek in her. Family board game nights and Nintendo sessions ignited Terra‰Ûªs love for gaming. In addition, her family‰Ûªs extensive comic collections created the false belief that every family obsesses over the Golden/Silver Ages. Terra‰Ûªs other obsessions include Tolkien, Star Wars, Firefly, History, Gaming, and 1970‰Ûªs Sci-Fi. Terra is the Game Content and Brand Manager at an indie mobile gaming company. She has a BA in History and a MA in Medieval Studies. In addition to managing Have You Nerd, she is also the Manager of GeekGirlConnnections. Follow her on Twitter @terrasum.Creating Inclusiveness in the Geek Community [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Meg HumphreyMeg Humphrey's earliest memory is of the Sarlacc Pit. She has been involved with Sakura-Con since its first year in 2000 and holds the staff position of Panels Coordinator. She is a writer for the nerdista blog HaveYouNerd, where she enjoys making lists and spotlighting fabulous artists she finds on Tumblr. You might have seen Meg vending at conventions like Rose City Comic Con and Jet City Comic Show as she also runs a geeky clothing and accessory business and Etsy store called Force Apparel (where size matters not)!Creating Inclusiveness in the Geek Community [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50], Star Wars: More Than A Boys‰Ûª Franchise [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Julie HaehnHappy to get the chance at being in front of an audience, Julie Haehn has long been happy to embarrass herself for your entertainment. Her background of more than 12 years of working in the gaming industry has provided fodder for many amusing stories. She has recently been a success on Kickstarter, leading two projects to successful completion and working on more. To understand her better you should understand that at a young age, while watching ‰ÛÏStar Trek: The Next Generation‰Û she mistakenly thought that the actors were experts in the things they were portraying. This caused her to devote her life to learn as much as she possibly could about everything! Crowdfunding without Losing Your Mind [Sat: 6:00 - 6:50]
Lillian Cohen-MooreLillian Cohen-Moore is an award-winning editor and writer, working in journalism and game design. Influenced by the work of Jewish authors and horror movies, she draws on bubbe meises (grandmother‰Ûªs tales) and horror classics for inspiration. She loves exploring and photographing abandoned towns; Lillian spends every fall searching for corn mazes and haunted houses‰ÛÓthe spookier the better. She is currently RPG Girl Thursday at Geek‰Ûªs Dream Girl. She is also aåÊmember of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association.Crowdfunding without Losing Your Mind [Sat: 6:00 - 6:50]
Nicole LindroosNicole Lindroos entered the game industry in 1987. She has worked on staff on numerous game lines and for several companies, including Lion Rampant, White Wolf, Atlas Games, and Cheapass Games. She co-founded Adventures Unlimited magazine and has been an active freelancer for large and small companies alike. For the last 13 years she has been co-owner and General Manager of Green Ronin Publishing, and she currently combines her loves of food and gaming in her column Adventures in Dinner for Open Gaming Monthly.Crowdfunding without Losing Your Mind [Sat: 6:00 - 6:50]
Shanna GermainShanna Germain claims the titles of writer, editor, leximaven, vorpal blonde, and Schr̦dinger‰Ûªs brat. Her stories, essays, poems, articles novellas, novels and more have been widely published. Reject projects include Geek Love: An Anthology of Full Frontal Nerdity (Stone Box Press, 2013), Kicking It: Successful Crowdfunding (Stone Box Press, 2013), Leather Bound (Harper Collins, 2013) and Numenera (Monte Cook Games, 2013). Visit her online at www.shannagermain.com.


Crowdfunding without Losing Your Mind [Sat: 6:00 - 6:50]
Amber BensonAmber Benson is a writer and actress best known for her work as witch Tara Maclay on the hit show ‰ÛÏBuffy The Vampire Slayer‰Û and vampire Lenore on ‰ÛÏSupernatural.‰Û She is the author of the five book urban fantasy series ‰ÛÏDeath‰Ûªs Daughter‰Û and a middle grade book, ‰ÛÏAmong the Ghosts.‰Û She has co-written a number of ‰ÛÏBuffy‰Û comics for Dark Horse and a David Copperfield-inspired vampire series, ‰ÛÏDemon Father John‰Ûªs Pinwheel Blues,‰Û with the artist Ben Templesmith for IDW. ‰ÛÏDrones,‰Û the feature film she co-directed (with Adam Busch), premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and is available on Showtime.Deconstructing the Mary Sue Myth [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50], Media Signing: Amber Benson [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Javier Grillo-MarxuachBest known as one of the Emmy award-wining writer/producers of ‰ÛÏLost,‰Û and for creating the Viper graphic novels and ABC Family TV series ‰ÛÏThe Middleman,‰Û Javier Grillo-Marxuach is a prolific creator of TV shows, movies, comic books, and transmedia content. He currently Co-Executive produces SyFy's event series ‰ÛÏHelix.‰Û His name is pronounced ‰ÛÏHa-Vee-Air Gree-Joe Marks-Watch.‰ÛDeconstructing the Mary Sue Myth [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50], Media Signing: Javier Grillo-Marxuach [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Sarah KuhnSarah Kuhn is the author of the geek romantic comedy novella ‰ÛÏOne Con Glory,‰Û which has earned kudos from io9 and USA Today and is in development as a feature film. She has written for Apex Magazine, Back Stage, IGN.com, Geek Monthly, The Hollywood Reporter, and StarTrek.com. Sarah is one fourth of the Alert Nerd collective (AlertNerd.com), contributed to the Hugo-nominated anthology ‰ÛÏChicks Dig Comics,‰Û and has served on such popular panels as San Diego Comic-Con‰Ûªs ‰ÛÏGeek Girls Exist.‰Û In 2011, she was selected as a finalist for the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award.Deconstructing the Mary Sue Myth [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50], Media Signing: Sarah Kuhn [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Andrea LetamendiDr. Andrea Letamendi is a clinical researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Letamendi has spoken at San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con on topics ranging from the psychology of cosplay to the exploration of trauma and psychological resiliency in comic books. She has been interviewed by Psychology Today, Marvel, and Roddenberry Entertainment. In 2013, DC Comics welcomed Dr. Letamendi to the DC Universe by making her a character--Barbara Gordon‰Ûªs clinical psychologist--in ‰ÛÏBatgirl.‰ÛDeconstructing the Mary Sue Myth [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50], Race in Costuming and Performance [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50], The Psychology of Cosplay: Culture, Consent, and Misconceptions [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Mike MadridMike Madrid is a San Francisco native and a lifelong fan of comic books and popular culture. He is the author of The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, which Entertainment Weekly called ‰ÛÏsharp and lively‰Û. His next book is Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics (October 2013). He also appeared in the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.Divas, Dames, & Daredevils [Sat: 12:30 - 1:20], Media Signing: Mike Madrid [Sat: 1:30 - 2:20]
Bethany BrookshireBethanyh Brookshire has a PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology; she is a eåÊscience writer, public speaker, fancy tweeter, and currently an intern at the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Also known as Scicurious. Website: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/scicurious-brain/DIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00]
Caleph WilsonDr. Caleph Wilson is an immunologist and studies how to teach T cells (white blood cells) how to kill cancer and HIV-infected cells. Also, he promotes STEM through outreach activites and mentoring.åÊHe is alsoåÊknown as HeyDrWilson. Website: www.heydrwilson.comDIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00]
Charity LovittNo bio information.DIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00]
ChemjobberCJ has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and works as a chemist at a small company. He writes on employment issues in chemistry. Website: www.chemjobber.comDIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00]
Emily FinkeEmily FinkeåÊwas trained asaåÊa forensic anthropologist, but she is by passion a science communicator. Emily is happiest when she is in a creek, teaching kids how to catch crayfish and find fossils. When she's not doing that, she's talking about science, art, costuming, and nerdery to anyone who will listen. Emily is also known as Seelix. Website: www.madartlab.com www.thisview.orgDIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00]
Marie VillabaraMarie Villabara has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and 18 years of experience teaching chemistry at Seattle Central Community College. She is also the faculty advisor for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) club. Her interests include teaching students about global warming, traveling, cycling, and gardening. http://seattlecentral.edu/faculty/mvillarba/DIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00]
Matthew FrancisMatthew Francis is a physicist, science writer, public speaker, educator, and frequent wearer of jaunty hats.åÊHeåÊis alsoåÊphysics editor at DoubleXScience.org and director of CosmoQuest.org's CosmoAcademy. Website: http://BowlerHatScience.orgDIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00]
Melanie MallonMelanie Mallon is a freelance editor and writer, science groupie, Skepchick Events coordinator, and master of the geek-nerd-dork trifecta. She is also known as MelMall. Website: http://events.skepchick.org/DIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00]
Rachael LudwickRachael Ludwick is a software engineer working in theåÊindustry, butåÊshe spends some ofåÊher free time reading and writing about agricultural and how science affects policy.DIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00]
Torrey StenmarkStenmark is an award-winning costumer and an organic chemist. She teaches college chemistry when she isn't making and wearing "galactic vixen" outfits with a sci-fi or superhero theme. She's a chemistry instructor at Shoreline Community College, with a masters degree in organic chemistry. I'm also an award-winning science fiction costumer.DIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00], Rule 63 Costuming: The Whys and Hows of Genderbending [Sat: 7:30 - 8:20]
Danielle LeeDanielle Lee: Research scientist and Curly Hair Mafia movie reviewer for The Futurist. DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups. Also known as DNLee5. Website: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/urban-scientistDIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00], The Changing Role of the Character of Color [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Raychelle BurksWhen a career as a deadly ninja assassin proved too tame, Raychelle turned to chemistry. Researcher, teacher, and all-around nerd, she hopes to infect everybody with a love of science. Dr. Raychelle Burks is an analytical chemist who spends her days finding needles in needlestacks. Also a science communicator, she focuses on the the science behind everyday stuff and pop culture. She is also known as DrRubidium. Website: http://scientopia.org/blogs/thirtyseven/DIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00], The Changing Role of the Character of Color [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Stephen GranadeStephen Granade: Science lecturer and researcher, award-winning interactive fiction author and podcaster (WhatTheCast and Disasterpiece Theatre). Dr. Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in robotic systems and sensors. His sensors have flown in space, controlled robot-flown helicopters, and guided the Shuttle to the Hubble Space Telescope. He also loves helping people discover the awesomeness of science. He's provided scientific commentary for FoxNews.com, CBS Marketwatch, and Jalopnik. In his spare time he's part of the Disasterpiece Theatre podcast and is involved with DragonConTV. Also known as Sargent. Website: http://granades.com/DIY Science Zone [Sat: 9:00 - 6:00], DIY Science Zone [Sun: 9:00 - 2:00], The Changing Role of the Character of Color [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Keith BakerBest known as the creator of the Eberron campaign setting and the card game Gloom, designer Keith Baker will talking about games and running demos throughout the weekend. Stop by and try The Doom That Came To Atlantic City, the latest Gloom expansion Unquiet Dead, or get an early peek at Keith's new RPG Phoenix: Nine Deaths! Find out more at Keith-Baker.com.Doom & Gloom [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00], Doom & Gloom [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00]
Amy Davis RothNo bio information.Edible Astronomy [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Nancy GrazianoNo bio information.Edible Astronomy [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Berlynn WohlBerlynn Wohl has been writing fan fiction since since 2002, slashing her way through LOTR, U2, and MST3K, among other alphanumerics. Fandom has also compelled her to cross-stitch TARDISes, crochet the Avengers, and make comics about New Wave bands. An Esperantist, conspiracy nut, and D&D 4e apologist, she recently appeared as a panelist at Norwescon 36, and as a panelist and trivia host at Seattle Sherlock 2012.Esperanto: La Internacia Lingvo [Sun: 11:00 - 11:50]
Caroline WillisCaroline Willis is a LARPer and former archaeologist who loves writing about history and fashion.Everything I Thought I Knew About Fashion History was Made Up by Victorians [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Sarah RocheleauNo bio information.Everything I Thought I Knew About Fashion History was Made Up by Victorians [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50], Media Signing: Sarah Rocheleau [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Jeanne LewisNo bio information.F5 Networks [Sat: 10:00 - 2:00], F5 Networks [Sun: 10:00 - 2:00]
Julie Levin RussoJulie Levin Russo is a faculty member at The Evergreen State College. She received her doctorate in Modern Culture & Media at Brown University and subsequently served as Acting Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies at Stanford University. Her forthcoming book, Indiscrete Media: Queer Economies of Convergence, was supported by a Associateship at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College. She has published in Camera Obscura, Cinema Journal, and many online journals and forums, including co-editing a special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures on Fan/Remix Video. julielevinrusso@gmail.comFan Studies: Past, Present, and Future(s) [Sat: 5:30 - 6:20]
Anne JamisonAuthor ofåÊWhy Fanfiction is Taking Over the WorldFan Studies: Past, Present, and Future(s) [Sat: 5:30 - 6:20], Media Signing: Anne Jamison [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Haviva AviromHaviva Avirom is a practicing dramaturg currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Her first real fandom was Star Trek, especially Voyager. More recently, she's become an Avengers and Battlestar Galactica fan, as well as anything Greg Rucka writes. There's a special place in her heart for the sparkly genderbending delights of the Takarazuka Revue. When there's time, she reads a lot of fantasy. She loves strong snarky women who kick ass.Fat Girl: Fan Girl [Sat: 6:00 - 6:50]
Rachelle AbellarRachelle is a queer, fat, magical girl from Seattle. She is the Manager of Design for GeekGirlCon, an eternal starving artist, intersectional feminist, fat activist, troublemaker, and the perfect candidate for costumed aggression. Website: www.rachelleabellar.com.Fat Girl: Fan Girl [Sat: 6:00 - 6:50]
Teka EnglandReady to Wear SuperheroFat Girl: Fan Girl [Sat: 6:00 - 6:50]
Anita SarkeesianNo bio information.Female Characters in Game Design [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50], Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: How Feminism Has Changed Pop Culture [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Kimberly VollNo bio information.Female Characters in Game Design [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50]
Lori HittleNo bio information.FIRST Robotics - Glacier Peak High School [Sat: 10:00 - 5:00]
Go To GamesGo To Games is a division of Roll To Market LLC, focused on representing small game publishers at conventions. At GeekGirlCon 2013, Go To Games will bring the new Dice Rings company Crit Success, along with Atlas Games, Looney Labs, Passport Game Studios, Signalfire Studios, andWildfire. Games available for demo and sale include Gloom, Once Upon A Time, Fluxx The Board Game, Cthulhu Fluxx, Zombie Fluxx, Star Fluxx, Tokaido, Ace Detectives, Castaways, Building An Elder God, and Nuts. Come play with us!Game Lending Library [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00], Tabletop Gaming [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00], Tabletop Gaming [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00]
Donna AlmendralaNo bio information.Gaming and Comics Panel [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50]
Jen VaughnJen Vaughn is a cartoonist (Adventure Time, Menstruation Station) who also does marketing for Fantagraphics.She is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies, and managed the Schulz library there. Gaming and Comics Panel [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50]
Kristy ValentiKristy Valenti has worked for Fantagraphics Books, Inc., a graphic novel publisher, for 10 years, and helps edit The Comics Journal. She also wrote a column about comics for Comixology.com for four years.Gaming and Comics Panel [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50]
Jen Van MeterJen Van Meter is a comics writer who has done a Black Cat miniseries for Marvel, and Hopeless Savages for Oni Press.Gaming and Comics Panel [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50], Media Signing: Jen Van Meter [Sat: 4:00 - 4:50], SuperMOOC: Exploring Gender through Comic Books [Sat: 2:30 - 3:20]
Ana VisneskiAna Visneski is a geek with a military background who will be speaking on the difference (and similarities) between military etiquette and geek etiquette. She also writes for FlipTheMedia (http://flipthemedia.com/).Geek Etiquette [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Sharon FelicianoSharon Feliciano runs the site Parenting Geekly (http://parentinggeekly.blogspot.com/) and will be speaking on etiquette for geeky parents.Geek Etiquette [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Marian CallMarian Call is a geek performer who has learned a lot about geek etiquette as she's traveled around the world performing.åÊShe is a nerdy singer-songwriter based in Juneau, Alaska, and has made a name for herself by touring endlessly and connecting directly with fans on Twitter. She mostly writes songs about spaceships, dragons, and Jane Austen. Marian has an international online following and the enthusiastic endorsement of a number of web celebrities such as Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Peter Sagal, and Adam Savage of the Mythbusters.åÊ She has played on the Jonathan Coulton Cruise and she has toured with w00tstock and the Ladies of Ragnarok (The Doubleclicks and Molly Lewis), warming the hearts of comic shop denizens across the country. Learn more or listen to her music for free at http://mariancall.com.Geek Etiquette [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50], GeekGirlCONcert! [Sat: 8:00 - 11:00], It‰Ûªs Not Too Dangerous to go Alone: Finding the Bravery to Do It Yourself [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50], Media Signing: Marian Call [Sun: 11:00 - 1:50]
Tara TheoharisTara Theoharis - Blogger at GeekyHostess.com, a site devoted to incorporating your geeky passions into your everyday life through parties, gift ideas, home decor, and more. Contributor to the OneUpMakeup YouTube channel.Geek Etiquette [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50], Home Geek Home [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50]
Addy FrohlichAddy Frohlich has worked at EMP Museum for six years, managing the design, fabrication and installation of the built environments for EMP‰Ûªs exhibits. The breadth of EMP‰Ûªs interests yields an equal variety of exhibit opportunities, from crafting displays around glass rockets and space squids to managing the construction of a fantastically magical world; from creating a retro tableau for the science fiction collection to finding a way to get three Battlestar Galactica spaceships to the third floor (when the elevator isn‰Ûªt big enough). Addy has had the great privilege of working with a team of talented fabricators and installers, along with the occasional trip to Seattle Opera‰Ûªs scenic shop to collaborate on a dragon.
Geek Girl Jobs: The Women of EMP Museum [Sun: 11:00 - 11:50]
Aleen AdamsAleen Adams is a producer and content editor of award-winning interactive experiences, museum exhibits, and children‰Ûªs games and toys. Most recently, she has been leading interactive media projects for exhibitions at EMP Museum, including Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic; Avatar: The Exhibition; Can‰Ûªt Look Away; Icons of Science Fiction; and Hendrix Hits London. She specializes in leading creative teams and turning ambitious ideas into reality. Previously, she led creative teams and developed new products for the game and toy company, Cranium; was a Senior Producer at Second Story InteractiveåÊStudios; and ran interactive publishing projects for Corbis and Microsoft Encarta. Aleen is a geek girl luddite, who somehow ended up working with technology. She loves a good story, great design, and thinking about the different ways people engage with information, environments, and each other.Geek Girl Jobs: The Women of EMP Museum [Sun: 11:00 - 11:50]
Ariane Westin-McCawAriane Westin-McCaw grew up in Seattle, watching Star Trek: The Next
Generation with her family and anxiously awaiting Star Wars prequels
with her friends. She went to college at the University of Chicago
studying International Studies,
hoping to boldly go where no one had gone before. Instead she went to
graduate school. A MA degree in Museum Studies (NYU) gave her the
training and education to work behind the scenes in museum collections. She learned how to handle artifacts properly,
keep track of objects, and the importance a collection has to a museum. Internships with the Smithsonian Institution and the Field Museum of
Natural History led her to a job at the Terra Foundation for American
Art (Chicago) and a job at EMP Museum. The artifact
she installed that most excited her was the Darth Vader light saber
currently on display in
Icons of Science Fiction (even though it doesn‰Ûªt work).åÊ
Geek Girl Jobs: The Women of EMP Museum [Sun: 11:00 - 11:50]
Melissa RobinsonMelissa RobinsonåÊis an art director, designer, photographer, and lover of all things creative. A Seattle native, she has been managing the Creative Services department at EMP Museum for nearly 3 years where she oversees a talented team of designers while creating the vision for all graphic design projects for the institution's marketing campaigns, as well as core brand strategies. Prior to working at EMP, she was an editorial graphic designer for Seattle Met magazine. She has a passion for storytelling and education-based graphic design‰ÛÓespecially when it involves Dalek photoshoots and Game of Thrones-inspired billboards. She lives in West Seattle with her husband, Nate, and yellow lab, Elska.Geek Girl Jobs: The Women of EMP Museum [Sun: 11:00 - 11:50]
Elizabeth GiorgiElizabeth Giorgi is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. Her short films have been featured on The New York Times, Scientific American, io9, and many others. Her blog, Being Geek Chic, celebrates the life of female nerds. She also writes about technology and design for Apartment Therapy.Geek Girl Style: Demanding Recognition in the Fashion World [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Jed SeigleJed Seigle is the CEO of Treehouse Brand Stores.#N/A
Jon KayJon Kay is the creative director at Fangamer. He is currently working to increase the site's women's clothing sizes and products.Geek Girl Style: Demanding Recognition in the Fashion World [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Kaitlin StewartKaitlin Stewart is the founder of PwnLove, a video games fashion blog. She is a columnist for Top 5 with Lisa Foiles and has challenged herself to wear video game gear for all 365 days in 2013.Geek Girl Style: Demanding Recognition in the Fashion World [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Amy RatcliffeAmy Ratcliffe writes about all things geek and travel. She is best known for her blog, Geek with Curves, and has contributed to the Star Wars Insider magazine and the official Star Wars Blog. She covers topics from Star Wars: The Clone Wars to tabletop gaming. Amy is also a contributor to Her Universe‰Ûªs Year of the Fangirl. Geek Girl Style: Demanding Recognition in the Fashion World [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50], Star Wars: More Than A Boys‰Ûª Franchise [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Aina BraxtonDFL Digital Future LabGeek Girls in Higher Education [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Cora WalkerCora Walker (cmw81@uw.edu) is currently a junior at the University of Washington - Bothell. She has a passion for all forms of writing, especially creative and analytical, and hopes to work professionally in the creative fields. An avid consumer of science fiction and fantasy, she‰Ûªs interested in studying the ways in which people engage with media on all levels. Cora comes from a diverse family and educational background, with a strong emphasis on both humanities and the STEM fields. She loves to read, and has recently fallen into a terrible comic book habit. Her free time is usually spent talking to people on the internet (most of whom are extremely pleasant and quite normal), spending time with her ridiculous dogs, or working on various prose and game projects.Geek Girls in Higher Education [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Elyssa GrantElyssa Grant (elyssa@tricofilms.com), a Media and Communications Major at the University of Washington Bothell, started her role at the University‰Ûªs Center formerly known as Serious Play in project management in the fall of 2012. Her main focus has been editing the film for the Innovation Forum: Virtually Physical, managing the overall production of said film, and working on concept designs for various projects. She has a concrete background in film production, design, and industry networking,åÊand she received the prestigious Washington Interactive Network‰Ûªs Interactive Media Scholarship in the summer of 2012. When Elyssa is not at work, which is hardly ever, she finds the smaller things amusing by people watching, going on adventures, working on freelance film projects, attempting to parkour off free weights at the gym, playing video games by her lonesome, listening to mediocre music, and climbing trees.Geek Girls in Higher Education [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Emma Clithero-MichaelsEmma Clithero-Michaels is an assistant editor at The Next, and a current UWB junior with ambitions of becoming a famous novelist. She was homeschooled in the woods for the first sixteen years of her life, an upbringing which taught her the value of an active imagination. She has a background in musical theater, writing, and singing. Her university studies include narrative design, genre fiction, and queer history and representation. Emma loves all types of speculative fiction, and is currently working on several novels about sad robots and/or the afterlife. She has participated in National Novel Writing Month every year since she was twelve, sometimes two or three times a year. In her free time she can mostly be found writing, gaming, baking, drinking too much tea, and raging about social justice.Geek Girls in Higher Education [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Eva HoerthNo bio information.Geek Girls in Higher Education [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Simone de RochefortSimone de Rochefort is the Editor-in-Chief for The Next, and a soon-to-be graduating UWB senior with a degree in Culture, Literature and the Arts. Simone is passionate about social justice and sees media representation as a stepping stone to equality. She is thrilled to be working at a place where she can give people the chance to express their frustrations and criticisms about today‰Ûªs media, as well as celebrate what is done right. In her personal writing she mostly explores genre fiction, and if you tell her that that‰Ûªs not respectable, she will take out her Vorpal sword. At the DFL she enjoys working with fabulous teammates, coffee by the gallon, and creating science fiction in real life.Geek Girls in Higher Education [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Jen PageJen Page is a geek genre actress in projects such as Gamers: Dorkness Rising, Gamers 3: Hands of Fate,
JourneyQuest Season 2, Project London, and Chop Socky Boom. She is the co-creator, writer, and host for Geek Seekers with Monte Cook. Jen is also co-hoståÊfor a new web series for Gen Con (unreleased)
Geek Seekers Screening and Panel [Sat: 9:30 - 10:20]
Max HolechekMax Holechek is the Director of Geek Seekers.Geek Seekers Screening and Panel [Sat: 9:30 - 10:20]
Monte CookMonte Cook is a co-host, creator, writer, and game designer. Geek Seekers Screening and Panel [Sat: 9:30 - 10:20]
Sammy NgDoes she code? Does she sew? Does she blog on CraftersInDisguise about crafts? Does she draw with Crayons? Does she run around taking pictures of Pokemon? Or does she hide in Victorian luggage and pop out to scare other cosplayers? It mostly depends on the day of the week. Her line of cosplay accessories can be found on her side hobby site, www.SmallRiniLadyShop.com, or check out her random acts of cosplay on FacebookåÊat SmallRiniLady.GeekGirlCon Craft Wars [Sat: 4:00 - 5:20], Intro to Costume Craft and Cosplay [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Bri PruettBri is a comedian of all disciplines performing wherever anyone will listen, usually in and around the Pacific NW in theaters, bars, casinos, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival. Bri is the sidekick/director of original talk/variety show Late Night Action with Alex Falcone. Bri has opened for comedians like Ron Funches (NBC), Sarah Schaeffer (MTV), Fred Armisen (SNL), and Kids in the Hall's Kevin McDonald. You can see her performing with her improvised musical ensemble Pipes and hosting a stand-up showcase every other Saturday at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, OR.GeekGirlCONcert! [Sat: 8:00 - 11:00]
UnwomanUnwoman is a San Francisco-based solo cellist-singer-songwriter. With timeless songs about love gone wrong and classic covers, Unwoman has
been a featured favorite at major steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over North America. She received the 2013 Steampunk Chronicle
Reader's Choice Award for best solo musician. In addition to solo work, Unwoman has performed with Amanda Palmer, Voltaire, Abney Park, Rasputina, and Stripmall Architecture. She has released seven albums. http://unwoman.com

GeekGirlCONcert! [Sat: 8:00 - 11:00], Media Signing: Unwoman [Sun: 2:00 - 4:50]
Jeannine Hall GaileyAs Redmond, WA's Poet Laureate, Jeannine Hall Gailey launched the motto "Geeks for Poetry, Poetry for Geeks." Geeks for Poetry, Poetry for Geeks [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50], Media Signing: Jeannine Hall Gailey [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Kelly DavioKelly Davio is the author of the poetry collection Burn This House (Red Hen Press, 2013) and the novel-in-poems Jacob Wrestling (Pink Fish Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and others. She is the former Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Review and a current Associate Poetry Editor of Fifth Wednesday Journal. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and she teaches English as a second language in the Seattle area.Geeks for Poetry, Poetry for Geeks [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50], Media Signing: Kelly Davio [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Nicole DiekerNicole Dieker is a singer/songwriter who performs as the one-person band Hello, The Future! to sing stories about the intersection of fandom and reality. Her recent album Geek Girl EP contains six songs told from the points of view of six different female fandom characters: Julia Wicker, Katniss Everdeen, Arya Stark, River Tam, Johanna Mason, and Chell.Geeks for Poetry, Poetry for Geeks [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50], Media Signing: Nicole Dieker [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Tiffany MidgeTiffany Midge is the recipient of the Kenyon Review Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry for ‰ÛÏThe Woman Who Married a Bear‰Û (forthcoming) and the Diane Decorah Memorial Poetry Award for ‰ÛÏOutlaws, Renegades and Saints; Diary of a Mixed-up Halfbreed‰Û (Greenfield Review Press). Her work has appeared in North American Review, The Raven Chronicles, Florida Review, South Dakota Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest and the online journals No Tell Motel and Drunken Boat. An enrolled Standing Rock Sioux, she holds an MFA from University of Idaho and lives in Moscow, Idaho (Nez Perce country).
Geeks for Poetry, Poetry for Geeks [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50], Media Signing: Tiffany Midge [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Katherine J. LeeNo bio information.Geeks in Education [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Kristin FitzsimmonsKristin Fitzsimmons is a geekademic who received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota in 2013. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner, writer Reinhardt Suarez, and her cat, Karl.Geeks in Education [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Rachel McWhorterNo bio information.Geeks in Education [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Ursulla IdlemanNo bio information.Geeks in Education [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Christina BlanchChristina Blanch is an educator who uses comic books as teaching tools. She has taught on college campuses, for online courses such as the ‰ÛÏGender through Comic Books‰Û SuperMOOC, and in the correctional system. She is a comics scholar, a researcher, and a writer of both academia and comics. Her first comic is ‰ÛÏThe Damnation of Charlie Wormwood,‰Û an online comic found on Thrillbent.com. She will graduate with her doctorate from Ball State University in December of 2013. She lives in Indiana with her two children, one boyfriend, one dog, and two cats.Geeks in Education [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50], SuperMOOC: Exploring Gender through Comic Books [Sat: 2:30 - 3:20]
Elsa Sjunneson-HenryElsa E. Sjunneson-Henry is a rogue feminist scholar living in Jersey City. She is the founder and main author of Feminist Sonar, a website dedicated to pop culture, burlesque, and disability & feminism. Feminist Sonar is also where the series #BlindLadyVs lives, livetweets, and reviews video games from a visually impaired perspective.åÊShe also does consulting for game designers on accessibility & descriptions for character creation when they involve disabilities.åÊ

Geeks With Disabilities [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Stevi CostaStevi Costa is a PhD student in English at the University of Washington where she studies 19th and 20th century American literature and investigates the figure of the "freak." Her interest in all things freaky began when she started doing research on tattooed ladies as an undergraduate, and has since devoted her studies to the intersections of feminism, performance, and the body. She got her first tattoo when she was 20 and has been slowly building her collection ever since. She shows them off frequently onstage as her alter ego, burlesque performer, and producer Sailor St. Claire.Geeks With Disabilities [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50], More than Skin-Deep: Fandom, Women, and Geek Tattoos [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50]
Eli GondaAppearing at his first GeekGirlCon will be Husbands director Eli Gonda. Gonda is best known for producing movies American Teen and Swimmers, and for directing short film The Rooster (written by Buffy alum Danny Strong). He and Espenson will discuss their work together on Husbands and the future of the series, as well as taking questions from the audience.Getting Cheeky: The Making of Husbands [Sat: 5:00 - 5:50], Media Signing: Eli Gonda [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50]
Ruby BlondellRuby Blondell is a Professor of Classics at the University of Washington. She has published widely on Greek literature, philosophy, and the use of myth in popular film and television. She is the author of books on Sophocles and Plato, co-editor and translator of Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides, and editor and translator of Sophocles: The Theban Plays. Her most recent book is Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation (Oxford University Press, 2013). Her next project is on the figure of Helen in film and television.Helen of Troy Unlimited [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50], Media Signing: Ruby Blondell [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Anya McCulloughAnne McCullouch is a Reel Grrls youth participant, and is a workshop co-facilitator.Hiding in Plain iSight: Face Detection Self-Defense Workshop and CV Dazzle Makeup Tutorial [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50]
Bronwyn LewisA scholar of socio-political sexuality, Bronwyn Lewis earned her BFA at the University of Washington in 2010 with a concentration in Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS).The Seattle-based video and performance artist has been producing live feminist performance art events and neo-burlesque shows since 2010, including an evening of feminist performances at the Henry Art Gallery and nerdlesque hit Stark Naked: A Nerdlesque Tribute to A Game Of Thrones. Her work is political and personal, exploring ideas of gender and sexuality in technology and the media. Bronwyn teaches a computer vision (CV) camouflage workshop at the Henry and at Reel Grrls.Hiding in Plain iSight: Face Detection Self-Defense Workshop and CV Dazzle Makeup Tutorial [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50]
Kelly KnoxKelly Knox is a core contributor to GeekMom.com, where she writes about geeky parenting topics ranging from kids' crafts to app reviews, as well as news and interviews from the worlds of comic books, movies, and games. Kelly and her husband live in Seattle with their adorable four-year-old daughter, who insists that Darth Vader is a nice guy.Home Geek Home [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50]
Bonnie BurtonAuthor Bonnie Burton writes about everything from Wookiees to mean girls. Books include: The Star Wars Craft Book, Girls Against Girls: Why We are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change, and Never Threaten to Eat Your Coworkers. She‰Ûªs edited/written for comic book anthologies Womanthology and The Girls' Guide to Guys' Stuff,åÊand written for Wired, Star Wars Insider, Geek, Bust, Craft, CNN.com, Huffington Post, and her column in SFX magazine. Bonnie hosts web shows "Geek DIY" for Stan Lee's World of Heroes, "Vaginal Fantasy" Book Club on Geek & Sundry, & her vlog "Ask Bonnie." Twitter: @bonniegrrl Home Geek Home [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50], Life as a Lone Wolf: Tips for a Successful Freelance Career [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50], Media Signing: Bonnie Burton [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Corrina LawsonCorrina Lawson is a Senior Editor at GeekMom.com and contributor to GeekDad.com; she is also co-author of the book Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families. Corrina is the writer of three superhero romance stories from Samhain: Phoenix Rising, Luminous, and Phoenix Legacy. She‰Ûªs a published romance author of six books, with a superhero and alternate history romance, and has had three comic stories published.Home Geek Home [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50], Media Signing: Corrina Lawson [Sun: 11:00 - 11:50], Romance is a Feminist Genre [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50], Women in Comics: What's Left to Do [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50]
Jenn FujikawaJenn Fujikawa is a blogger, designer, and geek mom. After a career in design, blogging became a business and Jenn started combining her love of Star Wars and comics with food blogging. justJENN recipes is known for creating unique geeky treats from Weeping Angel cookies to Jean Grey Phoenix cupcakes. Her recipes have been featured by StarWars.com, Her Universe, The Mary Sue, io9, Comics Alliance, The Nerdist, Sanrio, and most recently the cover of Food Network Magazine. www.justjennrecipes.comHome Geek Home [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50], Media Signing: Jenn Fujikawa [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Bronwyn DetlofsenBronwyn Detlofsen is a female geek (since long before it was cool to be a geek) and an entrepreneur who started the geek-centric coffeehouse, Wayward Coffeehouse. She is also a writer, poet, world-traveller, single mom, and rides a motorcycle.How to (or Should You?) Start a Geek Business [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Cecil LonginoHow to (or Should You?) Start a Geek Business [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Stephanie ZimmermanHow to (or Should You?) Start a Geek Business [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Andrea ColeAndrea Cole is the Community Manager for Wizards of the Coast's Kaijudo brand. She grew up in Cleveland and landed in Seattle three years ago via Los Angeles, Japan, and Monterey. When she‰Ûªs not chatting with fans online, you‰Ûªll often find her creating a new recipe, working on a sewing project, or planning her next adventure.
How to Begin Your Career in Community Management [Sat: 1:30 - 2:00]
Melissa DingmonMelissa Dingmon is the Social Media Manager for Big Fish Studios in Seattle, WA. She loves connecting with people who have a share her passion for LEGOs, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and, most importantly, games! Twitter: @SustainableMBA and @melissadingmon How to Begin Your Career in Community Management [Sat: 1:30 - 2:00]
Donna PriorDonna Prior is the Sparkly Princess of Social Media at Hostile Work Environment and also works as a Community Manager in the video game industry. She manages the Freebooter Program at Green Ronin. Donna is a gamer and a beer geek, often combining both hobbies. She plays all kinds of games. Donna volunteers at numerous conventions, such as GDC, and was the Games Chair for SteamCon I & II. She has spoken at PAX 2010/2012, Gen Con 2011, Mensa AG 2010, and numerous talks at NorWesCon. She‰Ûªs a certified beer geek who also insists she is NOT a Hobbit.#1ReasonWhy: Play to Win (or the Real World of Women in the Games Industry) [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50], How to Build Inclusive & Welcoming Game Communities [Sun: 11:00 - 11:50]
Caitlin DiMottaCaitlin DiMotta is a Seattle-based arts and entertainment law attorney at Impact Law Group who works extensively with artists and creators on publishing contracts in the television, motion picture, literary, and comic book industries. As a former professional ballerina, Caitlin has unique insight on the legal needs of professional artists, writers, and creators.How to Read & Understand Your Next Publishing Contract [Sat: 3:30 - 4:00]
Katie LaneKatie Lane is an attorney and negotiation coach for freelancers and independent artists. She has given workshops on freelancing and negotiating at Emerald City Comicon, Stumptown Comics Fest, and GeekGirlCon 2012. She writes a blog about freelancing and negotiation at WorkMadeForHire.net.How to Read & Understand Your Next Publishing Contract [Sat: 3:30 - 4:00]
Amy MayesAmy Mayes stars as Claire and is one of the producers for "Imaginary Friends".Imaginary Friends Screening and Panel [Sat: 9:00 - 9:50]
Andre NelsonAndre Nelson stars as Sam in "Imaginary Friends".Imaginary Friends Screening and Panel [Sat: 9:00 - 9:50]
Katherine JettKatherine Jettis a writeråÊfor "Imaginary Friends", and stars as Mona .Imaginary Friends Screening and Panel [Sat: 9:00 - 9:50]
Monika HolmMonika Holm is an actor, dancer, singer, and stage combatant who loves to dream big. She has a BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts and Big Fish NW Talent. Monika is currently helping friends on their web-series "Imaginary Friends" as a boom operator, and can be seen as a bus rider extra in Episode 1.Imaginary Friends Screening and Panel [Sat: 9:00 - 9:50]
Sara PorkalobNo bio information.Imaginary Friends Screening and Panel [Sat: 9:00 - 9:50]
Thom MorganThom Morgan directs, produces, and stars as Percival in "Imaginary Friends."Imaginary Friends Screening and Panel [Sat: 9:00 - 9:50]
Alexandra EdwardsAlexandra Edwards is a writer, transmedia producer, and lifelong fandom advocate. She got her job on the award-winning transmedia team for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries through the power of knowing people only on the internet. When she grows up, she wants to be Batgirl.Inside The Lizzie Bennet Diaries [Sat: 7:30 - 8:20]
Kate RorickKate Rorick is a bestselling author and television writer. Her television credits include Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Terra Nova, among others. She has also written for the hit transmedia series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
When not writing television, Kate can be found in various LA coffee shops working on her latest historical romance novel under the name of Kate Noble. She has decided that having a dual identity is very much like being a werewolf. Some people get it, some don‰Ûªt. And eventually you have to make your own peace with it.åÊTwitter: @katenoblewriter.
Inside The Lizzie Bennet Diaries [Sat: 7:30 - 8:20]
Katie MoestKatie Moest turned her enjoyment of wasting time on the internet; a passion for books, movies and television; and an Environmental Analysis and Design degree from UC Irvine into a career as a production designer through willpower and serious geekery. Credits include Shelf Life (Season 4), Bunker, Welcome to Sanditon, and the award winning Lizzie Bennet Diaries. As a lifelong Austen fan, she honestly cannot believe her luck. Her twitter is @orangepenguino. Inside The Lizzie Bennet Diaries [Sat: 7:30 - 8:20]
Jenni PowellJenni Powell has been deeply involved in innovative online communities, dating back to the cult internet series Nobody‰Ûªs Watching and lonelygirl15. She has since worked on many popular web series such as The Guild, Streamy Award-nominated With the Angels, Poor Paul, The Crew, and The Legend of Neil. Recently, she produced both The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Welcome to Sanditon. She is currently Director of Content and Social Media for VidCon, the world‰Ûªs largest online video conference, and a producer at Felicia Day‰Ûªs YouTube Premium Channel Geek & Sundry. She doesn‰Ûªt have a lot of free time. Find her on twitter @JenniPowell.Inside The Lizzie Bennet Diaries [Sat: 7:30 - 8:20], Opportunities for Women on YouTube [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Margaret DunlapMargaret Dunlap spent most of the last year writing more than thirty episodes of the Emmy Award-winning transmedia series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, where she also served as co-executive producer. Proving that the reward for a job well done is another job, she went on to become an Executive Producer and co-showrunner on Pemberley Digital's follow-up project: Welcome to Sanditon. Her television credits include episodes of Eureka (SyFy) and ABC Family's cult-hit The Middleman.åÊTwitter: @spyscribe.Inside The Lizzie Bennet Diaries [Sat: 7:30 - 8:20], Opportunities for Women on YouTube [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Cheryl PlatzCheryl Platz is a Senior User Experience Designer at Microsoft, where she is designing the next generation of automobile infotainment systems for automakers like Ford. Her diverse experience as a designer and producer spans multiple industries--she has designed for billion-dollar server products and a variety of video games, theme parks, and websites. Prior to working at Microsoft, Cheryl shipped over half a dozen video games on multiple platforms for Electronic Arts, Maxis, Disney Interactive Studios, and Griptonite Games. Other past employers include Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and MAYA Design. Cheryl has a BS in Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and spent a year in graduate studies with CMU's Entertainment Technology Center. http://cherylplatz.com. Cheryl is an actress and the Digital Media Coordinator for Seattle Experimental Theater. She co-stars in their flagship show, "Where No Man Has Gone Before." She is also an ensemble member with NERDprov and Unexpected Productions.Interaction Design: Make Your World Easier to Use [Sat: 5:00 - 5:50], User Experience Design [Sun: 11:30 - 12:00], Where No Man Has Gone Before: The Show [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50], Where No Woman has Gone Before: Creation of Geeky Theater by Women, for Everyone [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Jarrah HodgeJarrah Hodge is a regular GeekGirlCon attendee and feminist uber-nerd. In addition to running the award-winning blog Gender Focus, Jarrah blogs for the Huffington Post and speaks in the media and at public events on various feminist issues. In 2011 she wrote a popular "Revenge of the Feminerd" series of posts on feminism and nerd culture for Bitch Magazine Blogs. Her feminist YouTube videos have been featured on sites like The Mary Sue and Sociological Images. Jarrah is a fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, World of Warcraft, history, politics, crafts, boardgames, musical theatre, and brunch.Is Star Trek a Feminist Utopia? [Sat: 6:30 - 7:20]
Mary CzerwinskiMary Czerwinski is an actor, host and producer for DVD Geeks (dvdgeeks.tv). Czerwinski was featured in the Star Trek Craft Book and hosts Glue Guns and Phasers, her Star Trek crafts web series. She has interviewed many Star Trek luminaries for Roddenberry Entertainment, CreationTV, and Bif Bam Pow Wow!Is Star Trek a Feminist Utopia? [Sat: 6:30 - 7:20]
Tanya FeldmanBased in California,åÊTanyaåÊis the managing editor of Geekquality.com, a project that found its roots at the inaugural GeekGirlCon. Geekquality is a multi-contributor blog focused on discussing diversity and representation in geek culture.TanyaåÊhas also written about pop culture for Coilhouse, Flavorpill, and most recently, KQED Pop, and is an occasional guest on Destroy All Podcasts.Is Star Trek a Feminist Utopia? [Sat: 6:30 - 7:20]
Jamala Henderson
Jamala Henderson

Jamala Henderson

Jamala Henderson has been working for KUOW public radio for eight years, first as an announcer, then announcer/reporter, and now as a producer for a local afternoon program, KUOW Presents. Before working at KUOW, Jamala studied film and video at The Evergreen State College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts. After several years of working in the video field, she began to pursue radio while working for the University of Washington's television station, UWTV. She started off hosting some shows at KBCS, a volunteer radio station over in Bellevue, then worked as a broadcaster at the Evergreen Radio Reading Service for several years.

Jamala started playing the viola at the age of eight, soon after which she fell in love with the soundtrack to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. She spent a significant part of her childhood and teenage years playing the viola in many Seattle-area youth orchestras. Today, you will often see her searching shelves of used bookstores around the city, looking for treasure. She loves doing crafty stuff like making candles and wire-wrapped jewelry, and she is really into reading about mythology, fairy tales, and everything by Joseph Campbell. She also has two awesome cats named after her favorite Farscape Characters, Crighton and Jothee.
Is Star Trek a Feminist Utopia? [Sat: 6:30 - 7:20], Spotlight on Denise Crosby [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50]
Annie RomasNo bio information.Isilon Storage Division/EMC [Sat: 10:00 - 5:00], Isilon Storage Division/EMC [Sun: 10:00 - 4:00]
Kara HelgrenKara Helgren is the President of PDX Browncoats, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and has been involved in organizing their signature event, Can‰Ûªt Stop the Serenity, since its inception in 2006. She has been a writer, audio editor, and producer on the Firefly-focused The Signal podcast and recently started the Grimm-centric GrimmPDX podcast (grimmpdx.libsyn.com) with co-host Anna Snyder. An historian and writer by training she enjoys long talks about Puritans, how Jane Austen was kind of a formulaic romance writer, Arnold Palmers, and getting caught in the rain.It‰Ûªs Not Too Dangerous to go Alone: Finding the Bravery to Do It Yourself [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Miellyn Fitzwater BarrowsMiellyn Fitzwater Barrows is a writer, producer, and general creative force. She has provided creative content for more than a dozen national television networks including National Geographic, TLC, Travel, and HGTV; Random House and Smart Pop Books anthologies; the Telegraph Newspaper; Tin Man Games; and websites including Not For Tourists, Knuckle Salad, WiDGET (Women in Development (Games and Everything Tech)), and Nerd Appropriate. She is the inspiration agent and creative director for Gorgeous Robot. Her favorite possession is her laptop. Her best friend is a dog named Wallace. She never, ever runs out of ideas. Twitter: @MiellynB.It‰Ûªs Not Too Dangerous to go Alone: Finding the Bravery to Do It Yourself [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50], Life as a Lone Wolf: Tips for a Successful Freelance Career [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50], Media Signing: Miellyn Fitzwater Barrows [Sat: 4:00 - 4:50], Playing God: What it Takes to Create a Universe [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Kenna ConklinSince 2011, Kenna ConklinåÊhas been locating, tracking, and celebrating the diverse geek culture in Portland, OR. As a lifelong comic reader and game player, Kenna knows the importance of bringing geeks together to raise one another up. Through GeekPortland.com, an online event calender, she discovers and promotes all the niche worlds geeks create and love.It‰Ûªs Not Too Dangerous to go Alone: Finding the Bravery to Do It Yourself [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50], Playing God: What it Takes to Create a Universe [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Karen PrellKaren Prell embarked on her first career as a puppeteer with Jim Henson and the Muppets in 1980 and performed popular film and television puppet characters for 16 years. Karen is now well into a third career in video games at Valve, animating characters as well as tackling game testing, merchandise design and development. She was the main animator for Wheatley (the mechanical companion sphere in Portal 2) and also contributed to animation for GLaDOS and the co-op bots Atlas and P-body. She is currently animating a wide variety of creatures for DotA 2. Karen‰Ûªs career has come full circle and she continues to celebrate 30 years of Fraggle Rock.Karen Prell & Red Fraggle [Sun: 12:00 - 1:30], Karen Prell: The Career of a Muppeteer--and a Performance by Red Fraggle! [Sun: 11:00 - 11:50]
Red FraggleRed Fraggle is as active, energetic, and competitive as the color red itself denotes. According to the Jim Henson Company, ‰ÛÏRed Fraggle is a nonstop whirligig of activity. To her fellow Fraggles, Red is often seen as a flash of crimson racing to her next athletic pursuit. She is Fraggle Rock champion in Tug-of-War, Diving while Singing Backwards, the Blindfolded One-Legged Radish Relay, and a number of other traditional Fraggle sports. She is outgoing, enthusiastic, and athletic, but take note--her impetuosity can get her into real trouble.‰ÛKaren Prell & Red Fraggle [Sun: 12:00 - 1:30], Karen Prell: The Career of a Muppeteer--and a Performance by Red Fraggle! [Sun: 11:00 - 11:50]
H̩l̬ne Frohard-DourlentH̩l̬ne Frohard-Dourlent is a graduate student in Sociology at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her high school years revolved around analyzing episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and she continues to spend much of her time dissecting popular culture with fellow geeks of all genders. She is interested in the way that critical analysis of popular culture can serve as a medium to facilitate discussions on the limits of modern narratives about gender, sexuality, race, and other axes of marginalization, and also work to cultivate critical literacy and imagine new possibilities for social justice.Kids of the New Normal: Queer Families and Their Children in Popular Culture [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50]
Julian BlissNo bio information.Labor of Love: Why Women Make Transformative Works [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Rachael VaughnRachael Vaughn is a podcaster and vidder on staff of the podcasts Snapecast and the Three Patch Podcast. In real life, she's a lawyer specializing in intellectual property law. Ask her why the DMCA exemption for remix video is important!Labor of Love: Why Women Make Transformative Works [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Tegan MulhollandTegan found fanfiction while trying to discuss Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and never looked back. She writes, reads more than anyone probably should, and tries to keep abreast of developments in the fanfiction and larger transformative fanwork communities. She volunteers as a programmer for the Archive of our Own fanfiction site.Labor of Love: Why Women Make Transformative Works [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Torra KimbulNo bio information.Labor of Love: Why Women Make Transformative Works [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Amanda MarcotteNo bio information.Laugh Riot: Comedy as a Tool of Social Change [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Kate HardingNo bio information.Laugh Riot: Comedy as a Tool of Social Change [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Luvvie AjayiNo bio information.Laugh Riot: Comedy as a Tool of Social Change [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Rebecca WatsonRebecca Watson leads a team of skeptical activists on the Skepchick Network, which includes Skepchick.org, Teen Skepchick, Swedish Skepchick, Esceptica, Queereka, and Mad Art Lab. She also co-hosts the weekly Skeptics‰Ûª Guide to the Universe radio show and podcast. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. Twitter: @rebeccawatson.Laugh Riot: Comedy as a Tool of Social Change [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Privateer PressNo bio information.Learn to Paint Miniatures & Take One Home! [Sat: 10:00 - 2:00]
Erica McGillivrayErica McGillivray is a former GeekGirlCon staffer, and one of our intrepid founders. She lives and works in Seattle, and her apartment is a haven of comic books and audacious geekery.Let's Hear it for the Boys of Doctor Who [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Mac RogersNo bio information.Let's Hear it for the Boys of Doctor Who [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Ceri YoungCeri Young is a former journalist and current scriptwriter at Ubisoft Montreal. She's been working in the games industry for 6 years, and she's been playing games since she owned a tabletop PacMan Game when she was 4. Ceri has worked on titles including Assassin's Creed 3, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Naruto: The Broken Bond. In her copious spare time, Ceri is a fantasy writer, knitter, costumer, and (of course!) gamer. She is mom to a 3-year-old Proto-Gamer, whom she and her husband named after Ada Lovelace, because they could.Let's Make a Game RIGHT NOW [Sat: 4:00 - 4:50]
Jill MurrayJill Murray is a WGA-award-winning game writer whose credits for Ubisoft include Assassin‰Ûªs Creed 3: Liberation, and Assassin‰Ûªs Creed 4: Black Flag. She is also the author of two novels for young adults, Break on Through, and Rhythm and Blues (Doubleday Canada, 2008, 2010). Let's Make a Game RIGHT NOW [Sat: 4:00 - 4:50]
Khris BrownKhris Brown began her career in games as the manager of technical support at Lucasfilm Games (later LucasArts) in 1990. From 1992-1998, she edited, directed, and cast titles from Secret of Monkey Island through Grim Fandango. Since 1998, she has worked on marquee game titles throughout the industry for EA, Microsoft, THQ, Activision, and numerous feature film and animated projects. Khris is currently the in-house creative consultant, casting and voice director at Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions and the Director of the Narrative Talent Group at Ubisoft Montreal‰Ûªs Studio Alice. Let's Make a Game RIGHT NOW [Sat: 4:00 - 4:50]
Jessica MerizanJessica Merizan is a rogue archaeologist turned costumed bard, traveling the world as a Community Manager at BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts. After writing her Masters dissertation on cosplay, consumerism, and fandom at pop culture conventions in 2010, she co-founded Crabcat Industries which focuses on promoting an inclusive teaching community to build costumes, props, and practical special effects as well as new-media entertainment like "Try This At Home" on the Nerdist Channel. Follow her on Twitter: @JessicaMerizan.Life as a Lone Wolf: Tips for a Successful Freelance Career [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50], Opportunities for Women on YouTube [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50], The Family Who Games Together: Gaming with your Kids...AND Your Parents [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50], The Psychology of Cosplay: Culture, Consent, and Misconceptions [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50], ‰ÛÜTry This at Home! With Crabcat Industries [Sat: 5:00 - 5:50]
Holly ConradHolly Conrad is a cosplayer, monster maker, designer, and general performing hoodlum. She is Commander of Crabcat Industries and one of the stars of Morgan Spurlock‰Ûªs Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan‰Ûªs Hope. She‰Ûªs also co-host of "Try this at Home" on the Nerdist channel. Follow her on Twitter: @HollyConrad. CommanderHolly is known around the cosplay world for her Renegade Femshep as well as for her amazing monster creations. BioWare even tapped her to create the Husks in their live-action commercial! Holly carried this viral success on to The Game Station [POLARIS] where she manages the community formed around the network. Life as a Lone Wolf: Tips for a Successful Freelance Career [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50], Opportunities for Women on YouTube [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50], ‰ÛÜTry This at Home! With Crabcat Industries [Sat: 5:00 - 5:50]
Laurie ReynoldsNo bio information.LiftPort Group [Sat: 10:00 - 5:00], LiftPort Group [Sun: 10:00 - 4:00]
Alice EnevoldsenAlice Enevoldsen is currently the planetarium supervisor at Pacific Science Center; she alsoåÊblogs about astronomy at Alice's AstroInfo, and volunteers as one of NASA‰Ûªs Solar System Ambassadors. She has a B.A. in Astronomy-Geology from Whitman College, and a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. Her fascination with the stars led her to try her hand at astronomy research in Boston and Walla Walla, where she realized that her calling in life was to be a translator for scientists. Now she works hard to share her love of the stars and excitement about astronomy with as many people as possible.Making Science Fun: For Girls, Boys, and Everyone [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50]
Holly CsigaHolly Csiga is a mother, musician, urban farmer, and science performer.åÊHer love of science and the arts comes from an upbringing in the wilds of Alaska. Holly is Presentation Supervisor for Pacific Science Center, where she trains presenters to engage the public using theater, fire, liquid nitrogen, and boa constrictors. On the weekends she can be found songwriting, and planting in her garden.Making Science Fun: For Girls, Boys, and Everyone [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50]
Anika DaneIf Anika was in a comic book she would be Mary Jane Watson: fashionista, fangirl, free spirit--andåÊin love with Spider-Man. Anika has a background in Dance and Women‰Ûªs Studies and currently works at Wesleyan University. She is Managing Editor of the weblog Fantastic Fangirls and was a contributing author for the nonfiction anthology Chicks Dig Comics. Anika has a lifelong interest in both fashion and superheroes.Media Signing: Anika Dane [Sat: 5:00 - 5:50], Ready-to-Wear Superhero [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Cat RamboSeattle area author and writing teacher.Media Signing: Cat Rambo [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50], The New Female Fantasy Hero [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Danielle MyersDanielle Myers began writing The Last Burning of New London at the age of 17, and sold the manuscript to RainTown Press during her freshman year at Seattle Pacific University, where she is nearly finished with a degree in Creative Writing. She was always one of those kids who carried around books like The Lord of the Rings to read during recess. She can currently be found frequenting anime conventions, shops that sell tea, and embarking on occasional quests through the rain. She is a published poet and lists Jesus Christ, Peter Pan, and Samwise Gamgee as her greatest inspirations.Media Signing: Danielle Myers [Sat: 5:30 - 5:50], Toward a Universe of Equals: The Past, Present and Future of Gender Equality in Science Fiction [Sat: 4:30 - 5:20]
Danika DinsmoreDanika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. With a background in performing arts and education, she often takes her Imaginary Worlds Tour on the road, entertaining children at festivals and schools, and teaching world building to kids and adults. She is author of children‰Ûªs fantasy novels Brigitta of the White Forest, The Ruins of Noe, and Ondelle of Grioth (forthcoming Fall 2013). http://thewhiteforest.com/Media Signing: Danika Dinsmore [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50], The New Female Fantasy Hero [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Elizabeth GuizzettiElizabeth Guizzetti is the artist and author of the independent comics Faminelands, Lure, and Out for Souls and Cookies. Other Systems is her debut written novel. Guizzetti currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs.Media Signing: Elizabeth Guizzetti [Sat: 5:00 - 5:50], Readings: Elizabeth Guizzetti and Sandra M. Odell [Sat: 6:30 - 7:20]
Faith McKayNo bio information.Media Signing: Faith McKay [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50], Strong Female Characters in Young Adult Literature [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Janet Lee CareyJanet Lee Carey was raised in the redwood forests of California. In the whispering forest she dreamed of becoming a writer. She is the award-winning author of eight Young Adult novels including Dragonswood, (Kirkus and School Library Journal starred reviews). The first two books of her Wilde Island fantasy series were listed as ALA‰Ûªs Best Books for Young Adults. School Library Journal calls her work, "fantasy at its best-original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving." Carey links each new book with a charitable organization empowering readers to reach out and make a difference. A founding member of readergirlz, she tours the U.S. and abroad presenting at schools, book festivals, and conferences for writers, teachers, and librarians. http://www.janetleecarey.comMedia Signing: Janet Lee Carey [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50], The New Female Fantasy Hero [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Kelly Sue DeConnick will be appearing at GeekGirlCon '13

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick has worked in the comic book industry for the last decade, writing comics and adapting manga into English including the scripts for Kare First Love, Black Cat, Sexy Voice and Robo, and Blue Spring (among others!).

DeConnick‰Ûªs best-known comic credit is her involvement with Marvel Comics and the evolution of Ms. Marvel, a character with beginnings in the 1970s as a feminist character named Carol Danvers, into Captain Marvel. The role of Carol Danvers has grown through many personal hardships, from identity crises to alternate reality disasters to alcoholism. DeConnick emphasizes the character‰Ûªs strength in overcoming and living through these challenges, and focuses on the amazing woman who has become Captain Marvel.
Media Signing: Kelly Sue DeConnick [Sun: 2:00 - 3:50], Spotlight on Kelly Sue DeConnick [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50], SuperMOOC: Exploring Gender through Comic Books [Sat: 2:30 - 3:20]
Mark WaidA New York Times bestselling author, Mark Waid has written thousands of comic books and graphic novels in his 28-year career. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, Kingdom Come, is one of the best-selling comics collections of all time. Currently, he writes Daredevil for Marvel Comics, Irredeemable for BOOM! Studios, andåÊRocketeer: Cargo of DoomåÊfor IDW. Mark maintains a process blog at markwaid.com that is full of advice and discussion for experienced print-comics professionals and aspiring digital-comics creators.Media Signing: Mark Waid [Sat: 4:00 - 4:50], SuperMOOC: Exploring Gender through Comic Books [Sat: 2:30 - 3:20]
Michael SheanMichael Shean was born among the sleepy hills of southern West Virginia. Taught to read at a very early age, he has always had a great love of the written word. Michael draws from chronic nightmares to produce settings that are as engaging as they are disturbing, producing work in which both male and female protagonists actively work to change their worlds. Michael is no stranger to Seattle, either; his first three works, including his newest, Redeye, are all set in the Emerald City.åÊHe lives with his wife and four cats in the Washington, D.C. area.Media Signing: Michael Shean [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50], Toward a Universe of Equals: The Past, Present and Future of Gender Equality in Science Fiction [Sat: 4:30 - 5:20]
Patrick WeekesPatrick Weekes joined BioWare‰Ûªs writing team in 2005 and worked on all three games in the Mass Effect trilogy, where he helped write characters like Mordin, Tali, and Samantha Traynor. After finishing Citadel, the final Mass Effect DLC, Patrick began work on the third Dragon Age game. Patrick‰Ûªs non-videogame publications include fantasy heist-caper novel The Palace Job, and Dragon Age: Masked Empire (Tor Books, July 2014). He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Stanford University, which often manifests as inappropriate poetry or song lyrics. Patrick lives in Edmonton with wife Karin and two Lego/videogame-obsessed sons. Media Signing: Patrick Weekes [Sat: 4:00 - 4:50], Playing God: What it Takes to Create a Universe [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Sandra M. OdellSandra M. Odell is a 45 year old happily married mother of two special needs teenagers, an avid reader, compulsive writer, and rabid chocoholic. Her writing has appeared in such venues as Jim Baen's Universe, Ideomancer, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and the anthologies Fear of the Dark, and Deep Cuts. She is a 2010 graduate of Clarion West.Media Signing: Sandra M. Odell [Sat: 5:00 - 5:50], Readings: Elizabeth Guizzetti and Sandra M. Odell [Sat: 6:30 - 7:20]
Kim McAuliffeSenior Game Designer, Microsoft StudiosMicrosoft Studios: Project Spark! [Sat: 10:00 - 5:00], Microsoft Studios: Project Spark! [Sun: 10:00 - 4:00]
AJ BurginAJ Burgin is a graduate student of English at the University of Washington. Her research explores the intersections of gender, race, and sexuality in twentieth century transatlantic texts. AJ's first comic book was Spiderman, but she couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about until she read Wonder Woman. Though Wonder Woman is still her favorite superhero, the Amazon princess was also the gateway to a brave new geek world that has left its marks on AJ, both figuratively and literally.More than Skin-Deep: Fandom, Women, and Geek Tattoos [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50]
Steve StoneSteven Stone is a scientist, nerd, and former staff member for GeekGirlCon. In his spare time he produces nerdy burlesque shows in the Seattle area as co-owner of Smooches and Science Presents. He prides himself as a gamer, board game enthusiast, and lover of anything Batman related.

Steve's exploration of tattooing his body began at the age of 18 and ventured into the nerdy at the age of 22. He currently has tattoos dedicated to Discworld, Batman, Sandman, and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He has also been featured on the internet at geekytattoos.com/steves-geeky-collection-of-tattoos/. Steve is a firm believer that a tattoo helps created individuality, and thinks that everyone should get at least one. He warns, though, that once you start a healthy tattoo habit, it is difficult to stop.
More than Skin-Deep: Fandom, Women, and Geek Tattoos [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50]
Taylor BoulwareTaylor is a PhD student in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Washington, where she studies and teaches American literature and pop culture. Her geek tattoos celebrate a lifetime of fandom and geekery, including artwork that honors Buffy, Angel, Battlestar Galactica, Margaret Atwood, and punctuation.More than Skin-Deep: Fandom, Women, and Geek Tattoos [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50]
Emmi JensenNo bio information.Moz [Sat: 1:00 - 5:00]
Sierra MurphyNo bio information.Moz [Sat: 1:00 - 5:00]
Susan SestakNo bio information.Moz [Sat: 1:00 - 5:00]
Erin Lovejoy-GuronErin Lovejoy-Guron is a proud Geek Girl who is honored to have been a panelist at the first 2 GeekGirlCons. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, CA, and is currently working on a story about what it would be like to actually live on the Amazon's island of Themyscira. What would feminism be like on an island excluded from most of our history? Erin's paying job is only geeky because she helps students with their homework. Her main occupation is teaching her two-year old son to appreciate Wonder Woman, Superman, Batgirl, and Batman equally.Octobriana, the Black Heroine, and Wonder Woman: A Comic History in Three Presentations [Sat: 11:00 - 12:20]
Grace GipsonRaised in the Midwest, this Clark Atlanta University alum is currently a proud 2013 M.A. graduate in the African American Studies program at Georgia State University. His research interests include African American Film/ Media & Popular Culture, and Race/Gender Issues in African American Film and Comic Books. You can also catch Grace as the creator and editor of her movie blog ‰ÛÏBlack Savant Cinema" and lead film blogger for Project Blaq.åÊUpon graduation, Grace will continue her journey to pursue a PhD in African American Studies at the University of California Berkeley.
Octobriana, the Black Heroine, and Wonder Woman: A Comic History in Three Presentations [Sat: 11:00 - 12:20]
Jose AlanizJos̩ Alaniz, associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature (adjunct) at the University of Washington - Seattle, published his first book, Komiks: Comic Art in Russia (University Press of Mississippi), in 2010. He currently chairs the Executive Committee of the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF), the leading comics studies conference in the US. His current projects include Death, Disability and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond, and a history of Czech comics.Octobriana, the Black Heroine, and Wonder Woman: A Comic History in Three Presentations [Sat: 11:00 - 12:20]
Sarah RodriguezSarah Rodriguez is a YouTube expert, having served as channel manager to YouTubers such as TradeChat, ComicBookGirl19, Markiplier, and many more. She now shares her knowledge with the vloggers over at Geek & Sundry, while running a small feminist geek website, Nerdy But Flirty, on the side.åÊTwitter:åÊ@sarahtherebel.Opportunities for Women on YouTube [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Kiri CallaghanKiri Callaghan is one of the new vloggers at Geek & Sundry, with her geek philosophy vlog, 'Kiriosity'. She's also the Community Coordinator for 343 Industries, an independent author, blogger, actor, and a wig-loving Shakesnerd. You can follow her hijinx on twitter @kiricallaghanOpportunities for Women on YouTube [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50], Wigs 101 [Sat: 5:30 - 6:20]
Dr. Virginia MorrisDr. Virginia Morris is a natural medicine nerd and bodywork connoisseur. She has been practicing massage for ten years and naturopathic medicine for two. Dr. Morris is currently practicing both massage and medicine in Seattle. When not helping people feel better she has been known to wear clothes in the style of the 14th century, play board games to the wee hours, or photograph anything within the her sight.Ouch! It Hurts Where?!? [Sat: 2:00 - 2:50]
Phoebe KitanidisPhoebe Kitanidis is a co-founder of OddRocket, a next generation press that celebrates odd books (and odd authors). A multi-published writer herself, Phoebe is the author of Whisper, Glimmer, and Be My Yoko Ono, as well as numerous Discovery Girls magazine articles and a non-fiction book for girls. Phoebe has spoken on creativity, writing, and publishing everywhere from cons to university classrooms. She served as Editing & Publishing track lead at this year‰Ûªs Norwescon. In her spare time she grows food, tweets about #Revenge, and roots for Derby Liberation Front. Websites: www.phoebekitanidis.com, www.oddrocket.comPitch Practice Session [Sun: 3:30 - 4:00], Strong Female Characters in Young Adult Literature [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Suzanne BrahmSuzanne Brahm is former television producer and OddRocket co-founder and author. Her YA novel Lie to Me was released this September and she's currently revising Beautiful Wreck which will be released this fall. Suzanne is passionate about good writing, creative collaboration, and building long lasting partnerships with talented writers. She believes that the relationship between writers and publishers should be transparent, positive, and based on mutual respect Pitch Practice Session [Sun: 3:30 - 4:00], Strong Female Characters in Young Adult Literature [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Karin WeekesKarin Weekes is Lead Editor for BioWare Edmonton/Montreal. She has worked at BioWare since 2006, editing Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, and DLCs for both franchises. She currently manages the editing team while working primarily on the third Dragon Age game. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of New Mexico and an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford University. When not working, Karin sings, costumes, and promotes inclusivity in the gaming world. Karin lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with her husband, Patrick, their two sons, and (currently) 9 pets. Playing God: What it Takes to Create a Universe [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50], The Family Who Games Together: Gaming with your Kids...AND Your Parents [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50], Women in Gaming: A New Frontier [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Meg StivisonMeg Stivison is a game writer and content designer who has worked for companies including Next Island, Lakoo, and Baller Industries on projects ranging from in-game dialogue and scene writing to quest design and focus testing. She is also a widely published games critic and writer with bylines in Hardcore Droid, Indie Game Magazine, and DIYGamer. meganlouise@gmail.com;åÊWebsite: http://simpsonsparadox.comPress Kit Hacks for Indie Devs [Sat: 2:30 - 3:00], The Past, Present, and Future of Women in Gaming [Sat: 11:30 - 12:00]
Benjamin WilliamsBenjamin Williams is co-founder of Queer Geek!, and heåÊåÊ works at the University of WashingtonåÊin the department of Minority Affairs & Diversity.Changing Culture in Mainstream and Alternative Spaces [Sat: 1:00 - 1:50], QUEER GEEK!: Women in Gaymer Communities [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Crystal FrasierCrystal Frasier is an author and works in digital productionåÊat Paizo Publishing.QUEER GEEK!: Women in Gaymer Communities [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Samantha KalmanSamantha Kalman is an Experience Artist.QUEER GEEK!: Women in Gaymer Communities [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Kelsey WesleyKelsey Wesley is aåÊGlobal Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at EA Games.QUEER GEEK!: Women in Gaymer Communities [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50], Women in Gaming: A New Frontier [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
The Shanghai PearlThe Shanghai Pearl is an internationally renowned Burlesque performer and instructor based out of Seattle, Washington. She is celebrated for her extravagant costumes, bawdy humor, sizzling strip-tease, vintage glamour, and pulchritudinous performances.

Since her debut in the Cabaret world she has shimmied her way across virtually every Seattle stage including The Illustrious Triple Door, The Pink Door, Rebar, Highway 99 Blues Club, The Pampas Room, West Hall, The SeaMonster Lounge, Julia's on Broadway, The ACT Theater, The Palace Ballroom, The Noc Noc, The Can Can, The Jewel Box Theater @ The Rendezvous, The Fun House, The Heavens, Trinity, The Last Supper Club, Columbia City Theater, The Bedroom Club, The Chop Suey, and Hard Rock Cafe.

The Shanghai Pearl can be seen in Deidre Timmons‰Ûª documentary ‰ÛÏA Wink and A Smile‰Û which premiered to sold out audiences across the nation and is available on Netflix, iTunes, and DVD.
Race in Costuming and Performance [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Chaka CumberbatchChaka Cumberbatch cosplays as various superheroes at comic book conventions. In addition to being a professional cosplayer, she is the Associate Brand Manager at FUNimation Entertainment, and a freelance journalist/blogger. Her writing has appeared on numerous sites, including TheMarySue.com and NerdCaliber.com.Race in Costuming and Performance [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50], The Psychology of Cosplay: Culture, Consent, and Misconceptions [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
@WonderAliNo bio information.Ready-to-Wear Superhero [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Caroline PruettNo bio information.Ready-to-Wear Superhero [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Stefanie G. KahlerNo bio information.Ready-to-Wear Superhero [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Suzanne WalkerNo bio information.Ready-to-Wear Superhero [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Vanessa SmithNo bio information.Ready-to-Wear Superhero [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Kristine HassellOne tiger mother plus one polar bear father equals one Kristine Hassell. In a nondescript Texas town, she cut her nerd teeth on steady diet of Marvel comics, westerns, and martial arts films. Because she was only allowed PBS during her formative years, she never forgot her first Doctor, and has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of British comedies. Alyson Hannigan swore they went to high school together and she shares a birthday with Nicholas Brendon. Kristine knows that Aang ain't white and loves all things Fire Nation. She is the loquacious (and bodacious) Twitter Administrator of GeekGirlCon and President of their Board. Follow her on twitter @GermanCityGirl and germancitygirl.tumblr.com Ready-to-Wear Superhero [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50], The Changing Role of the Character of Color [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Betsey BrockAs Director of External Relations for Reel Grrls, Betsey Brock oversees communications, marketing, individual giving, and special events. She supports existing programs offered by Reel Grrls, while forging community partnerships and providing points of connection and collaboration with other organizations, foundations, and special interest groups.Reel Grrls [Sat: 10:00 - 5:00], Reel Grrls [Sun: 10:00 - 4:00]
Barbara Caridad FerrerBarbara Caridad Ferrer always knew she was meant for a life in the arts‰ÛÓshe just thought it would be onstage, belting out smoky torch songs with a side of teaching little darlings the difference between adagio and vivace.
Her subconscious clearly knew better, prompting her to keep journals and weave stories around everyday observations. Several novels and a RITAå¨ award later, her subconscious delights in regular taunts of, "Nyah! Told ya." A native Floridian, Ferrer now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, thriving amidst the cool, rainy weather‰ÛÓthe perfect creative environment. http://caridadferrer.com/
Romance is a Feminist Genre [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Karen HarbaughKaren Harbaugh is a half-Japanese U.S. Northwesterner Navy brat with a BA in English, one engineer husband, and one alarmingly intelligent son. She‰Ûªs an award-winning romance writer with 18 novels to her credit, including one inspired by Buffy The Vampire Slayer. She adores the George Perez Wonder Woman revamp and can get quite intense about superhero mythology. http://www.sff.net/people/karenh/index.htmlRomance is a Feminist Genre [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Katt SKatt is a third-generation comic book reader and collector, part artsy-fart, part science nerd, all geek, and damn proud. Her contributions to fandom include The Mutant Problem, a New York Times photo-editorial on mutants by Peter Parker; Superclan, a webcomic about the Lane-Kent marriage; and almost 20 years' worth of fanfiction, most of them involving wuv, twu wuv. They can be found at her website, MadWeasel.comRomance is a Feminist Genre [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Andy MunichAndy Munich has been making adults cry. Using dice. For years.

Let's start again! Andy Munich has been running all kinds of tabletop (and laptop) roleplaying games since he began making up adventures (with nothing but a worn Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition Monster Manual) on the playground in fifth grade. Over the intervening 20-plus years, he's honed the craft of the Game Master with a variety of game systems, before falling in love with the Unisystem by C.J. Carella.

Nothing brings him greater pleasure than causing his players to forget the world they live in for a few hours as they become lost in one of shared creation. And if he can wring out a few tears, all the better. He has been known, on occasion, to elicit laughter as well.

Andy lives in his own head, which is located in Seattle.
RPGs with Andy [Sat: 12:00 - 8:30], RPGs with Andy [Sun: 11:00 - 7:00]
Jonnalyhn Wolfcat PrillNo bio information.Rule 63 Costuming: The Whys and Hows of Genderbending [Sat: 7:30 - 8:20]
Sailor St. ClaireSailor St. Claire performs with Sinner Saint Burlesque, and is the producer of Tuesday Tease, a monthly burlesque revue with live musical accompaniment. Sailor has also graced stages in Portland, San Francisco, Edinburgh, and recently performed at the Great Burlesque Exposition in Boston, the Ohio Burlesque Festival, and the Alabama Burlesque Festival. Known as The Showgirl Scholar, her brand of burlesque is a classic and sexy combination of sass, sparkle, and smarts that makes seamen and landlubbers alike shout, ‰ÛÏHello, Sailor!‰Û
Show Me How to Nerdlesque [Sat: 9:00 - 10:20]
Scarlett O'HairdyeScarlett O'Hairdye is what one finds at the center of a Venn Diagram of Nerdiness, Musical Theater, and A Complete Lack Of Shame. In high school she discovered anime and science fiction convention costuming and over the last thirteen years has spent several weekends each year wandering around semi-public venues in bizarre handmade costumes and uncomfortable footwear. She graduated from Miss Indigo Blue‰Ûªs Academy of Burlesque in the Spring of 2011 and currently attends modern and ballet dance classes. She spends her evenings knitting, rhinestoning everything she can get her hands on, and watching Doctor Who.Show Me How to Nerdlesque [Sat: 9:00 - 10:20]
Denise Crosby
Image courtesy of Denise Crosby

Image courtesy of Denise Crosby



Currently costarring in the new Showtime series Ray Donovan with Liev Shreiber, John Voight, and Elliot Gould, Denise Crosby may best be known for playing the role of Lt. Tasha Yar on one of the most popular TV series ever, Star Trek, The Next Generation. She later returned to play Tasha‰Ûªs daughter "Sela" a role she helped create. Star Trek fans were thrilled this year by her addition to the Star Trek MMPORG.

Denise co-starred alongside Fisher Stevens and Jennifer Tilly in the Fox series Key West and has played recurring roles on the acclaimed series Southland, Mad Men, NYPD Blue, The X-Files, and Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman. She has guest starred in numerous TV series, most recently Dexter, Crossing Jordan, and Bones.

She co-starred in Stephen King‰Ûªs classic film, Pet Sematary. Denise made her film debut in 48 Hours and went on to work with Blake Edwards in The Man Who Loved Women and Skin Deep with the late John Ritter. She teamed up with Quentin Tarentino in Jackie Brown and Mimi Leder in Deep Impact. Denise has worked in indie films such as the Sundance Film Festival Winner Miracle Mile and The Red Shoe Diaries directed by Zalman King.

Denise is also the Producer and Host of the feature documentary Trekkies released by Paramount Pictures. The film reteams her with director Roger Nygard who directed her in the indie comedy High Strung, written by comedian Steve Oedekerk. They have also worked together on Trekkies 2; both areåÊcurrently out on Paramount Home Video.

Denise currently resides in L.A. with her husband, writer Ken Sylk, their son, Augie, and three goldfish, two cats, and a very sweet Basset Hound named Clementine.

When visiting with Denise Crosby , you can get an autograph for $25 (on your item or one of her photos at her booth). Candid photos with Denise on your camera are free with the purchase of an autograph. $15 for a candid photo with Denise on your camera without the purchase of an autograph.

You can also see Denise at our Spotlight on Denise Crosby on Sunday at noon in room 301/302.
Spotlight on Denise Crosby [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50]
Edwin PerezNo bio information.Standard Action the Webseries: Season 2 Screening and Panel [Sat: 8:30 - 9:20]
Jennifer LysengJennifer Lyseng is a camerawoman on Standard Action and a member of the art department. She has a background in visual art and photography.Standard Action the Webseries: Season 2 Screening and Panel [Sat: 8:30 - 9:20]
Joanna GaskellJoanna Gaskell is a Vancouver-based actor and producer, and produces, writes, and stars in the comedy-fantasy webseries Standard Action, now in its second season. She is also a presenter in the prolific board game review show Starlit Citadel Reviews, and a member of the popular monthly live D&D improv comedy event the Critical Hit Show. She has appeared on panels all over North America promoting her work with Standard Action, discussing the rise of webseries, and the prominent role of women in webseries media.Standard Action the Webseries: Season 2 Screening and Panel [Sat: 8:30 - 9:20]
Rob HuntRob Hunt is the director, cinematographer, editor, and visual effects supervisor behind Standard Action. He has produced, written, directed, shot, and edited two feature films, and directs, shoots, and edits the popular board game review show Starlit Citadel Reviews.Standard Action the Webseries: Season 2 Screening and Panel [Sat: 8:30 - 9:20]
Tara PrattNo bio information.Standard Action the Webseries: Season 2 Screening and Panel [Sat: 8:30 - 9:20]
Vanessa DrivenessVanessa Driveness is the costume designer and associate producer of Standard Action. She studied Theatre Arts at the University of Puget Sound and has worked on many independent and professional sets in Vancouver and Seattle in costume and wardrobe.Standard Action the Webseries: Season 2 Screening and Panel [Sat: 8:30 - 9:20]
Linda Hansen RajLinda Hansen-Raj is a neurorehabilitation physician and mother of a geek girl, who in her spare time plays Star Wars: The Old Republic. Linda conducts interviews and reviews books for FANgirl Blog, sitting down with notables like Joe Gatt (Star Trek Into Darkness, Banshee), Drew Karpyshyn (The Old Republic, Mass Effect), and Randy Stradley (Dark Horse Comics).
Star Wars: More Than A Boys‰Ûª Franchise [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Tricia BarrTricia Barr is a professional engineer who used her business and marketing experience to create her successful blog, FANgirl. Through her blog, Tricia encourages women to voice their opinions about what they want to see from the stories they consume, their favorite female characters, and what it means to be a fangirl. She writes about Star Wars for Star Wars Insider magazine and Random House‰Ûªs SUVUDU blog, and is a proud contributor for Her Universe‰Ûªs Year of the Fangirl campaign.Star Wars: More Than A Boys‰Ûª Franchise [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Chris BoltNo bio information.Steampunk Knitted Fashions with the Ladies of Mischief [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Tori CentanniNo bio information.Strong Female Characters in Young Adult Literature [Sat: 11:00 - 11:50]
Kenny OwensNo bio information.Tabletop 101: Learning the Basics [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00]
Bhaloidam AdventureBhaloidam is designed from the core out to help you tell stories collaboratively in in any genre, with any theme, at any length. In other words, Bhaloidam focuses on the storytelling, not on the story being told. Bhaloidam encourages players to work collaboratively, to build trust and expertise, and to take risks and explore new approaches to storytelling. Stop by the Bhaloidam table and try it out!

Tabletop Gaming [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00], Tabletop Gaming [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00]
Cheapass GamesCheapass Games believes that fun shouldn‰Ûªt come with a high price tag. Cheapass has been making affordable, high quality, high fun games since 1996 and wants to share them with you. Come by the table to see how much awesome fun you can have on a budget! Tabletop Gaming [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00], Tabletop Gaming [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00]
Doom & GloomNo bio information.Tabletop Gaming [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00], Tabletop Gaming [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00]
Green Ronin PublishingGreen Ronin Publishing is dedicated to the art of great games. Since 2000 Green Ronin has established a reputation for quality and innovation. Stop by the Green Ronin table and learn to play their award-winning games!Tabletop Gaming [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00], Tabletop Gaming [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00]
PaizoThe Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is an evolution of the 3.5 rules set of the world's oldest fantasy roleplaying game. Throughout GeekGirlCon, they‰Ûªll be running 1-hour demonstrations from the Pathfinder Beginner Box. These short adventures are a perfect introduction both to Pathfinder and the entire genre of d20 roleplaying games. With strict policies against bullying and player-vs.-player dynamics, Pathfinder Society groups provide a fun, welcoming environment for roleplayers of all ages.Tabletop Gaming [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00], Tabletop Gaming [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00]
Steve Jackson GamesSteve Jackson Games produces over a hundred varieties of board, card, and dice games with geeky twists. Zombies, Cthulhu, and conspiracy games are well-represented in their arsenal, but they may be best known for Munchkin, a card game of treasure hunting and backstabbing! Try your hand at some card-based dungeon dives here! Tabletop Gaming [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00], Tabletop Gaming [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00]
Story GamesGM-less peer to peer tabletop RPGs, such as: Fiasco, Inspectors, Dogs in the Vineyard, Ghost/Echo, Shock,Silver and White, The Dreaming Crucible, and more! Most Story Games are role play heavy and rules light--and a fantastic introduction to tabletop gaming. Tabletop Gaming [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00], Tabletop Gaming [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00]
ValorValor is a new tabletop system based on player customization and ownership over their characters, as well unifying mechanical benefits with playing in-character. The system focuses on flexibility in order to allow GMs and players to make any setting they want and any kind of character they want without pigeonholing them into specific roles or arbitrary play requirements. The titular Valor system gives players an expendable resource that allows them to dramatically increase their performance in both combat and challenge scenes, and is awarded based on how well the players act and play out their character in a situation. Valor is recommended for teenagers or older.Tabletop Gaming [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00], Tabletop Gaming [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00]
Wizards of the CoastWhether you‰Ûªre an experienced dungeon crawler, new to the genre, or a youngster looking to get into games, Wizards has something for you! Come check out what‰Ûªs new in the realm of Magic: The Gathering, delve into some Dungeons and Dragons, or get to know the art of Kaijudo: Duel Masters!Tabletop Gaming [Sat: 9:00 - 9:00], Tabletop Gaming [Sun: 9:00 - 5:00]
Meredith WengerNo bio information.The Big-Brained Superheroes Club [Sat: 10:00 - 5:00], The Big-Brained Superheroes Club [Sun: 10:00 - 4:00]
Lali DeRosierLali Derosier is a science teacher and Curly Hair Mafia movie reviewer for The Futurist.åÊShe has been aåÊteacher for 15 years, holding degrees in Biology and Science Education. She writes on SciEd issues for Convergent Education blog. Lali is also known as Lalsox. http://ConvergentEd.comThe Changing Role of the Character of Color [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Ann LemayIf you listen to her co-workers, Ann Lemay is a fire PokÌ©mon by day; by night, she fights crime as part of an elite super-team with her cats. Ann'såÊcivilian coveråÊis a 15-year veteran of the video-game industry. Born in Montreal, she has been reading, watching, and living all things science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. After joining BioWare Montreal in 2010, she wrote for Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect 3: Omega, contributed to the next Dragon Age game, and is now working full-time on the next Mass Effect title.The Family Who Games Together: Gaming with your Kids...AND Your Parents [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Julie BloomThe Family Who Games Together: Gaming with your Kids...AND Your Parents [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Kris SchoenbergKris Schoneberg started her gaming career at the tender age of 4 when her mom challenged her to head-to-head Tetris on the original Game Boy. Ever since, she‰Ûªs shared a great gaming relationship with her mother, Donna, who encouraged Kris to pursue her passion for gaming. After graduating from the Computer Science program at the University of Alberta, Kris started her career as a Level Designer at BioWare in 2008. Kris designed for Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, and is now working on the third Dragon Age game.The Family Who Games Together: Gaming with your Kids...AND Your Parents [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Mel FlemmingMelanie Fleming has worked for BioWare in one way or another for almost six years. Having previously done production work for BioWare‰Ûªs VoiceOver team, she‰Ûªs now specializing in Localization production. She is an avid gamer, and mother to a precocious toddler.The Family Who Games Together: Gaming with your Kids...AND Your Parents [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Ben DobynsBen Dobyns is the executive producer ofåÊThe Gamers: Hands of FateåÊandåÊJourneyQueståÊfor Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. He worked for six years as Director of Development for Dead Gentlemen Productions, where he oversaw the business and creative development of both new media and feature films, most noteworthy the cult hitåÊThe Gamers: Dorkness Rising, which he executive produced.The Gamers: Hands of Fate--Screening and Panel [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Samara LermanSamara Lerman is a Seattle based actor. She has been lucky enogh to play some pretty kick-ass women in a number of independent films and webseries including JourneyQuest and The Gamers: Hands of Fate.The Gamers: Hands of Fate--Screening and Panel [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Sarah CornSarah CornåÊcompetes regionally and nationally in the Legend of the Five Rings CCG circuit. In addition to administrating the Romance of the Nine Empires Wikia site (r9e.wikia.com), she is part of the playtest team for the real-life R9E game released by AEG.The Gamers: Hands of Fate--Screening and Panel [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Trin MillerTrin Miller is a Seattle based actress and redhead who has appeared in dozens of local feature films, short films and webseries. When not on set, she can usually be found baking cookies, reading comic books, and wearing kickass boots.The Gamers: Hands of Fate--Screening and Panel [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Carly KocurekCarly A. Kocurek is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she researches and teaches about video games and culture. She is also a regional director of the Learning Games Initiative, and the co-developer of Choice: Texas, an interactive fiction game addressing reproductive healthcare access in Texas. She blogs at Casual Scholarship and Tweets at @sparklebliss.

The Past, Present, and Future of Women in Gaming [Sat: 11:30 - 12:00]
Corrinne YuCorrinne Yu is a game programmer, currently serving as the Principal Engine Programmer of Halo 4. Her resume includes previous work as Director of Technology at multiple studios including Gearbox Software. Yu has been named one of the ‰ÛÏTen Most Influential Women in Games of the Past Decade‰Û by Kotaku, and has been recognized by the Women in Gaming Awards for her programming work.åÊ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Corrinne; Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrinne_YuThe Past, Present, and Future of Women in Gaming [Sat: 11:30 - 12:00]
Kimi HughesOn weekends, Kimi is the creative mind behind Golden Lasso Cosplay and is known for her highly detailed costumes that are inspired by historical fashion. Her work has been featured on DCcomics.com, TheMarySue.com, io9.com, fashionablygeek.com, and more. She was also featured in the book 1000 Incredible Cosplay & Costume Ideas and is known for her blog, goldenlasso.net, which contains step-by-step costuming tutorials and articles. During the week, Kimi is a professional educator. She holds an M.A. in Education, and works as an elementary school assistant principal where she is constantly looking for ways to inspire students with her geeky passions.The Psychology of Cosplay: Culture, Consent, and Misconceptions [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Dawn "Sam" AldenDawn ‰ÛÏSam‰Û Alden is a classically trained stage actress who fell in love with swinging large chunks of metal at other people during her MFA graduate studies. While later working as a fight choreographer for the stage, she was dismayed at the paucity of fight roles for women in the theatrical canon. The reason given to her was that women had never historically fought. This led to quite a bit of research that proved that assumption to be complete baloney, and thus to the subsequent founding of the all-female theatre company Babes With Blades (www.babeswithblades.org) in Chicago to explore this martial legacy of women on stage. After a successful decade creating, nurturing, and performing plays with fighting roles for women, Alden moved to Los Angeles to explore acting on film. With her new production company, Vicarious Films (www.vicariousfilms.com), Alden is writing, acting in, and producing projects that feature three-dimensional women in kick-ass roles. Find her online at IMDb.com, and at www.dawnalden.com.The Toughest Job You'll Ever Hate, but do Anyway: Workday Women Warriors [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
Kathrynne WolfKathrynne knew in her youth that she would need the right kind of training to grow up to be Wonder Woman or Kitty Pryde. She has pursued this training, and the skills needed to to tell such stories, ever since. As an actress, writer and director, she focuses on women's stories that challenge preconceived notions of 'gender-appropriate' behaviour. A veteran of Chicago's storefront theatre scene, she has also recorded numerous voiceovers, and can be seen in indie feature films and shorts, plus "Dark Age: The Web Series". She is in post-production for her web series "The Scarlet Line".The Toughest Job You'll Ever Hate, but do Anyway: Workday Women Warriors [Sun: 2:00 - 2:50]
AprilJo MurphyA 2012 finalist for the Richard J. Margolis Award, April Jo Murphy is a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of North Texas. She currently serves as the Assistant Nonfiction Editor for American Literary Review. Her writing has been published in Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, Mason‰Ûªs Road, and The Irish American Post. April is currently working on her first book, Shrouded: Women Who Work With the Dead.She lives in Denton, TX with her dog Roan.Toward a Universe of Equals: The Past, Present and Future of Gender Equality in Science Fiction [Sat: 4:30 - 5:20]
Crystal ConnorNo bio information.Toward a Universe of Equals: The Past, Present and Future of Gender Equality in Science Fiction [Sat: 4:30 - 5:20]
Satyros Phil BrucatoSatyros Phil Brucato gained the nickname "Satyr" back in the '90s for his passionate temperament, flirtatious ways, and work on the Changeling: The Dreaming RPG. Later, he was gifted with the slightly more dignified "Satyros" by his beloved tribe in Greece. A professional author since the late '80s, Satyr's best-known for his short stories in Weird Tales, Sword & Sorceress, Cabinet des Fees, and other publications; articles and columns in Realms of Fantasy, newWitch, Witches & Pagans, and other periodicals; comics, especially the webcomic Arpeggio; and RPG creations Mage: The Ascension, Deliria - Faerie Tales for a New Millennium, The Sorcerers Crusade, and more. He loves to hike, dance, play bass guitar, go barefoot, spin fire, and run around naked in the woods. Living in Seattle, WA, with his partner Sandra Damiana Buskirk, he can usually be found up to his eyeballs in four or five projects.Toward a Universe of Equals: The Past, Present and Future of Gender Equality in Science Fiction [Sat: 4:30 - 5:20]
Tina SheltonNo bio information.Toward a Universe of Equals: The Past, Present and Future of Gender Equality in Science Fiction [Sat: 4:30 - 5:20]
Amanda NuckollsAmanda Nuckolls runs an online business focused on fiber art--hand-dyed yarn, fiber, and more: www.Shop.GnomeAcres.com.åÊShe owned a web design/development and online marketing business before creating GnomeAcres. HeråÊbackground is in web design/development, e-commerce, business planning, project management, photography, radio, newspaper, agriculture, and more.Turning Your Art into an Online Business [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Mary MohsenianTurning Your Art into an Online Business [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Rebecca HicksTurning Your Art into an Online Business [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Wendy BuskeWendy Buske - Has moderated the same "Art as Business Online" panel that we originally introduced at GeekGirlCon '12, then again at Wizard World St. Louis and C2E2. Turning Your Art into an Online Business [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Andi ZeislerNo bio information.Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: How Feminism Has Changed Pop Culture [Sun: 4:00 - 4:50]
Kai SoremekunKai Soremekun is the creator/founder of whoisCH!CK.com. Part entertainment, part feminist manifesto, and part adventure in self-discovery, WhoisCH!CK is home to
‰ÛÏCH!CK‰Û, a show about a naÌøve romantic who, while struggling with a deep depression after being dumped by her cheating boyfriend, discovers she possesses a unique superpower which she puts to use for the sake of jilted lovers everywhere; and ‰ÛÏJust Add Cape‰Û, a hip, personal development blog that explores how to be a superhero in real life. Kai's mission is to inspire women to discover their inner superhero so they can put a dent in the universe.
Unleash Your Inner Superhero: Courage Guaranteed, Cape Optional [Sun: 1:00 - 1:50]
Amber Lena-MillerAmber Lena-MilleråÊis the founder of the Bloggie Award-winning website, 3ChicGeeks.com. An avid geek, she spent much of her time in college and beyond studying science fiction and fantasy narratives from a feminist perspective. She is intensely interested in the role of new media in participatory fan culture as well as the ever-growing role of the fangirl. Amber is a Ringer, a Potterhead, a Sherlockian, and possibly a Cylon.We Are Fandom, Hear Us Roar [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Robin HarwickRobin Harwick, is the Senior Manager of Impact Measurement at Treehouse--a non-profit in Seattle, WA--and a doctoral candidate in Special Education at the University of Oregon. Music has been a driving force in Robin‰Ûªs life since childhood. She has been active in the music industry for decades as a performer and promoter, as well as a 6 year stint as a Union Stagehand. She has been a member of academic, governmental, and private research teams since 1995. Her current research examines the intersection of music, gender, and disability.When Music, Gender, & Disability Intertwine [Sat: 3:00 - 3:50]
Colin MadisonNo bio information.Where No Man Has Gone Before: The Show [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50]
Doug WillottPerformerWhere No Man Has Gone Before: The Show [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50]
Nick SchellPerformerWhere No Man Has Gone Before: The Show [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50]
Oliver TrimbleNo bio information.Where No Man Has Gone Before: The Show [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50]
Sam HeckerStage ManagerWhere No Man Has Gone Before: The Show [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50]
Tony BeemanNo bio information.Where No Man Has Gone Before: The Show [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50]
Wayne PishuePerformerWhere No Man Has Gone Before: The Show [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50]
Jeannine ClarkeJeannine Clarke is director of Where No Man Has Gone Before, an improvised parody of the original Star Trek series. She has been creating shows, performing and directing since 1999, and began her own business, Seattle Experimental Theater, in 2011. She holds a BA in Drama from the University of Washington, and is a cast member of Twisted Flicks and NERDprov.åÊShe's alsoåÊa long-time comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy nerd. Where No Man Has Gone Before: The Show [Sat: 8:00 - 8:50], Where No Woman has Gone Before: Creation of Geeky Theater by Women, for Everyone [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Samantha HeckerSamantha Hecker is a Seattle native who attended Garfield High School and flew the nest to get her theater and business degrees at Michigan State University. After graduating in 2009, Sam returned home and began freelancing in theater production roles throughout the Greater Seattle Area. After a stint as the Production Manager for SecondStory Repertory in Redmond, Sam decided to wait on a staff position in a theater until she could start her own. Little did she realize how quickly Jeannine Clarke would come along and they would start the journey of Seattle Experimental Theater. Sam is still slinging coffee as a barista to pay the rent, but with SET‰Ûªs exponential growth, that may not last much longer.Where No Woman has Gone Before: Creation of Geeky Theater by Women, for Everyone [Sun: 3:00 - 3:50]
Diane HaelsigDiane Haelsig has helped promote women in computing for over 50 years. She became a scientific programmer in the early 60‰Ûªs by taking the only two programming courses offered by UW, machine language and Fortran II. She recognized that this new career called programming was not only fun, it didn‰Ûªt have the discrimination against women that was common in most fields at that time. While working for the UW School of Medicine 1979 , she and a friend co-founded the Puget Sound Chapter of Women in Computing which continues to promote women in the computer sciences. She founded her own software company, Peopleware, Inc., in 1981 and hired mostly bright, hard working women. While serving on the Board of the Washington Software Association in the early 1990‰Ûªs she organized a group of women in the software industry to speak to junior high school girls and encourage them take math and science so that they would have the option of going into computer science. Why Programming is the Perfect Career [Sat: 4:30 - 5:00]
Brooks PeckNo bio information.Witches, Princesses, and Warrior Maidens: Exploring the Archetypes of Women in Fantasy [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Jasen EmmonsJasen Emmons is the Director of Curatorial
Affairs at EMP Museum and oversees the curatorial, collections, exhibits, and traveling exhibits departments. He joined EMP in 1999 as a producer, creating audio tours and interactive kiosks for multiple exhibits. In 2004 he curated his first exhibit, Beatlemania: America Meets the Beatles, 1964, followed by Bob Dylan‰Ûªs American Journey, 1956-1966. In 2007 Emmons collaborated with three University of Washington professors to co-curate American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, EMP‰Ûªs first bilingual exhibit, which explored the impact of Latino musicians and music on the soundscape. Most recently, Emmons curated Fantasy: Worlds of Myth & Magic, which explores the human need to create and explore alternative worlds and cultures. Before joining EMP, Emmons was a multimedia producer at Corbis Images and Microsoft. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. He earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington and is the author of the epic country and western novel, Cowboy Angst.
Witches, Princesses, and Warrior Maidens: Exploring the Archetypes of Women in Fantasy [Sat: 12:00 - 12:50]
Sheena McNeilSharon Feliciano runs the site Parenting Geekly (http://parentinggeekly.blogspot.com/) and will be speaking on etiquette for geeky parents.Women in Comics: What's Left to Do [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50]
Stephanie ChanLifelong geek girl Stephanie Chan has an eclectic career involving technology and art. Since 2000, she has worked as a comic book colourist and flatter to many titles. She has helped design and develop the Newsarama Blog. Then she moved on to being a contributor to Comic Book Resource's Robot 6 website. Currently, she is a professional photographer, aurora chaser, a social media and marketing consultant, the art director of Sequential Tart, and creator of her new project, Women Into Comics. Based in Alberta, Canada, Steph is an adventurer, fighter and superhero planning to circumnavigate the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctica. Women in Comics: What's Left to Do [Sun: 12:00 - 12:50]
‰ÛÜAdrien PiroNo bio information.Women in Gaming: A New Frontier [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Allison BilasNo bio information.Women in Gaming: A New Frontier [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Jen PearceNo bio information.#N/A
Megan Marie LauNo bio information.Women in Gaming: A New Frontier [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Sarah DickenNo bio information.Women in Gaming: A New Frontier [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Stephanie BayerNo bio information.Women in Gaming: A New Frontier [Sat: 10:00 - 10:50]
Sara ReyersonNo bio information.Women's Funding Alliance [Sat: 10:00 - 2:00]
Amber ScottAmber E. Scott began her career writing for Dragon Magazine in 2004 and now frequently freelances for Paizo Publishing. Her most recent work, The Worldwound Incursion by Paizo Publishing, is the first adventure path installment written by a woman. Amber posts writing news and thoughts on the roleplaying industry on her professional Facebook page, "Amber E. Scott." She lives in Canada with her husband and her two cats, Dabu and ZugZug.Writing for Roleplaying Games [Sun: 10:00 - 10:50]
Katie ChironisKatie Chironis has been an avid gamer since she first played WarGods on Nintendo 64 in 1997. She studied writing and human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon, where she wrote lots of fiction and made lots of video games. After a couple of internship shindigs she ended up as a game designer at Microsoft Studios full time. When not gaming or game developing, she enjoys cats, Pinterest, craft beer, cooking, and really bad fantasy novels. Twitter: @katiechironis You Should Make Games! [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Miko CharbonneauMiko Charbonneau is a writer, designer, and researcher, but most of all a storyteller. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on 3D user interfaces for dance games and recently began working as game designer for Microsoft Studios. In 2013, she founded the independent studio Pretty Smart Games, which has published over a dozen apps and three games. Miko is passionate about making and playing games with strong, unique stories. She also writes the cosplay webcomic Con Season. Website: http://www.evaliation.net. Twitter: @EvaliationYou Should Make Games! [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
Kristen EnosKristen started in lesbian and AIDS activism in the early 90‰Û_s in Orange County, CA. She writes a column called ‰ÛÏActive Voice‰Û in the LGBT Blade California Magazine. She wrote an epic fanfic series ‰ÛÏBubblegum Crisis Post 2040,‰Û_ based on the Japanese anime series Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. She created and managed the website ‰ÛÏThis Lesbian‰Ûªs Guide to Anime and Manga.‰Û Her latest project is her original sword & sorcery book with feminist (and a lot of LGBT) themes, Creatures of Grace, which was reviewed as ‰ÛÏclever, inventive and thought-provoking‰Û by Foreword Clarion Reviews. For more information go to www.creaturesofgrace.com.Yuri Anime/Manga Battle! [Sat: 8:30 - 9:20]
Dia CalhounThe author of eight novels for teens and kids,åÊDia CalhounåÊwon the prestigiousåÊMythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children‰Ûªs LiteratureåÊfor her young adult novel Aria of the Sea. Her other fantasy novels are: Firegold; White Midnight; Avielle of Rhia; and The Phoenix Dance.Three were namedåÊALA Best Books for Young Adults.åÊHer newest books are Eva of the Farm and After the River the Sun. Calhoun is working on another YA fantasy novel. She‰Ûªs a co-founder of readergirlz‰ÛÓthe premiere online book community for teen girls, which received theåÊInnovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation. www.diacalhoun.blogspot.com
The New Female Fantasy Hero [Sat: 7:00 - 7:50]
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