08.16.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Web Series Spotlight
YouTube is bursting at the seams lately with smart, engaging web series. I’ll admit that I’m a little late to the game in this area; my first forays into a web series were Issa Rae’s hilarious Misdventures of Awkward Black Girl (ABG) and Hannah Hart’s inebriated My Drunk Kitchen.
These days, more and more talented writers, producers, and actors are showcasing their talents online and foregoing the traditional Hollywood studios. Especially those whose voices and experiences are often marginalized at mainstream television studios: there’s so much more creative freedom to be able to present a character in a fully-fleshed, nuanced way, whereas a mainstream show often would reduce that character to a punchline or erase them entirely. Web series are a breath of fresh air in the all too often stagnant and stale world of televised entertainment.
In that vein, GeekGirlCon ’13 is proud to bring you several viewings and panels focusing on web series.
As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Husbands co-creator Jane Espenson and director Eli Gonda will take the stage to talk about the making of the show and what’s in store for our two accidental lovebirds—and they’ll be taking questions from the audience, so make like a scout and be prepared!
Did you know that women were leaders in nearly every aspect of the production behind the scenes of the roaringly successful web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? You won’t want to miss “Inside the Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” a screening and discussion with some of the movers and shakers behind the hit YouTube series.
The folks from Standard Action—including Joanna Gaskell—will be on hand to screen a few episodes from season two and chat about the story of four misfit adventurers as they bumble through their quest to save the world from evil. Hear about the webcomic, the card game, and what’s next in the Standard Action world, like season three!
Other screenings include Seattle’s Imaginary Friends, an adorable new show with a twist about two loners and their imaginary friends who find each other, and Geek Seekers, in which we follow the (mis)adventures of paranormal investigators. Geek Seekers will be followed by a discussion on web series, ghosts, Bigfoot, and gaming with creators Jen Page, Monte Cook, and Max Holechek.
For those who just want to talk about web series in general (and other kinds of fan art), the panel “Beyond Tomorrow: Empowering Female Makers and Fans” delivers with a discussion about Felicia Day’s Geek and Sundry as well as topics like gender bending in cosplay and women in fanfic and publishing.
Don’t miss out on these or any other events—buy your GeekGirlCon ’13 passes today before prices go up on August 25!
Written by GeekGirlCon Staff Copy Writer Erin Doherty