05.18.11 // GeekGirlCon Art Sale Supports Japanese Red Cross

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05.15.11 // Help Us Win!

We need all of our GeekGirlCon Supporters to help us win Where’s the Tardis Contest?

In order to win the TARDIS competition, you all need to go “like” our entry page: http://www.wheresthetardis.com/entry/381

If you want to see our Tardis live, its on display at Card Kingdom, 5105 Leary Ave NW, Seattle WA until Saturday, May 21st.

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05.11.11 // GeekGirlCon Clothing Swap

GeekGirlCon is hosting a clothing swap! Trade the clothing you aren’t wearing for clothes that you will wear. You know the saying: one geek’s trash is another geek’s treasure. So clean out your closet and join GeekGirlCon on Monday, May 23rd, from 7-10 p.m. . Women’s, men’s, kids’, fancy, or casual, ALL clothing is welcome.

Email communityoutreach@geekgirlcon.com for location or questions.

All unclaimed clothing will be donated to local organizations like Dress for Success, St. Francis House, Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project, and Goodwill.

http://www.geekgirlcon.com/ClothingSwap

Thank you,
Community Outreach

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05.4.11 // GeekGirlCon welcomes Carrie and Katie “Star Wars Girl” Goldman to our convention

GeekGirlCon welcomes Carrie and Katie “Star Wars Girl” Goldman to our convention

April 29, 2011-Seattle, WA- GeekGirlCon is proud to announce that Carrie and Katie Goldman will join our growing list of guests at GeekGirlCon. You may remember reading about Katie in November 2010 and her experiences being bullied at school by first-grade boys because she carried a Star Wars water bottle. The boys repeatedly picked on Katie in the lunch room, telling her Star Wars was for boys only. GeekGirlCon feels for these young boys, who do not yet know that Geek Girls exist and that we are everywhere. GeekGirlCon applauds Katie’s courage in declaring her love of Star Wars and believes that the force is strong with this one!

Carrie Goldman, who shared her daughter’s bullying experience on her blog A Portrait of an Adoption, is a painter and writer. Carrie is writing her first book, The Littlest Jedi, an exploration of bullying prevention that will be published by Harper Collins. At GeekGirlCon, Carrie and Katie will offer their insights and experience with bullies at a geeky parenting panel. GeekGirlCon programming is still taking shape, so please check geekgirlcon.com regularly for up-to-date information.

In 2010, Carrie was eager to show Katie that other girls are Star Wars fans too. GeekGirlCon will have more Star Wars Geek Girls that you can count. Not only will our attendees show their love of Star Wars, but our special guests too.

Bonnie Burton, writer at The Official Star Wars Blog and author of many Star Wars arts and crafts books, is a confirmed guest at GeekGirlCon. Bonnie has built a name for herself as a renowned authority on Star Wars and Geek Girl culture. Her first book Girls Against Girls is a look at how girls are often so cruel to one and other and, most importantly, offers suggestions on how to break the cycle of cruelty in their own lives.

GeekGirlCon is a celebration of the female geek in Seattle on October 8-9, 2011 in the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. Look for more information soon about other programming ans special guests. Stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter @geekgirlcon or liking our Facebook page: facebook.com/geekgirlcon.

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MORE INFORAMTION ON GEEKGIRLCON:
GeekGirlCon is a Seattle nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness of and celebrating the contribution and involvement of women in the sciences, science fiction, comics, gaming, and related Geek culture. The first ever GeekGirlCon will be October 8-9, 2011 at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. See GeekGirlCon.com for more details and our list of special guests.

MORE INFORMATION ON CARRIE GOLDMAN:
Carrie Goldman is the author of Portrait of an Adoption, (http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/portrait_of_an_adoption/), a blog that has drawn over 450,000 views just since November 15, 2010 and receives several thousand unique views per day. The blog is hosted by ChicagoNow, an online community owned by The Chicago Tribune. Goldman writes about issues related to adoption and parenting. She founded her own company, Artwork By Carrie, and entered the art show and gallery circuit. Through her award-winning oil paintings, Goldman expresses her emotions about the beauty, sadness and joy unexpectedly found in life. Goldman lives in Evanston with her husband and three young daughters, of whom Katie is the oldest.
Bonnie Burton is geek culture writer extraordinaire. She has done too much to list in one paragraph. Visit www.grrl.com for a comprehensive list of Bonnie’s geek credentials.

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GeekGirlCon Public Relations:
Kiri Callaghan
pr@geekgirlcon.com

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05.4.11 // Programming submission reminder!

Programming submission reminder!

Some highlights of our upcoming GeekGirlCon programming are up at GeekGirlCon.com. Do you want to see your name on that list, yet continue to procrastinate? No need to power up that TARDIS; there is still time. The submission deadline for GeekGirlCon presentations, panels, screenings and workshops is May 31, 2011.

The more information you can provide in your proposal, the better the chance of acceptance. Concise details, a clear vision for your panel, and acknowledgment and understanding of the GeekGirlCon’s mission are required. A thorough spell check is also always a good idea!

http://www.geekgirlcon.com/con/propose-a-panel

Accepted participants will be notified by email by July 1, 2011. You must then confirm your attendance at GeekGirlCon no later than July 31, 2011.

If you want to lend your own expertise to GeekGirlCon, consider some of the areas where we haven’t received a lot of submissions:

Anime & manga

Cosplay experts & professionals

Women in robotics

Diversity in genre

LGBTQ Geeks

Fan-fic or author readings

Pop culture scholarship

Dr. Who

Steampunk

Geek Girls in fandom

All proposals and submissions must reflect the mission of the convention – to promote, celebrate, educate, mentor, encourage and empower the female geek. We are interested in presentations, screenings, readings, and roundtable discussions from women and men in geeky professions: science fiction, fantasy, horror, action, gaming, science, anime, roller derby, cosplay, comic books, technology, B-movies, LARPing, and video games. There must be an understanding that these topics be addressed with a women-centric and woman-positive focus and with attention to issues of diversity.

GeekGirlCon is committed to representing women geeks of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statues. Proposals must reflect a commitment to this as well.

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04.22.11 // MarQueen Hotel and Inn at Queen Anne Offer Discounts to GeekGirlCon Goers

GeekGirlCon is happy to announce a special rate for accommodations is now available for GeekGirlCon October 8-9, 2011. Thanks to MarQueen Hotel and Inn at Queen Anne, you can receive reduced hotel rates just blocks from Seattle Center Northwest Rooms and con festivities.

To receive the special GeekGirlCon rates, you must book your rooms by September 9, 2011. Don’t hesitate! There are a limited number of rooms available, so buy your passes and reserve your room today.

Visit our hotel page for more information about discount booking at our official hotels.

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04.21.11 // GeekGirlCon Rocks Earth Day

Reduce, reuse, and recycle–we’ve heard that line a million times. But the truth is that those books, games, comics, DVDs, CD’s, statues, and other geeky stuff leave a carbon footprint.

Since today is Earth Day, GeekGirlCon wants to save the earth and save some money doing it. GeekGirlCon is in Seattle, so the information below is Seattle-centric. GeekGirlCon encourages you to search out your city, county, or state’s particulars and post some of your own ideas.

GeekGirlCon says: Reduce Energy & Water Consumption
• Leave your car at home twice a week. It can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year.
• Unplug your computer, DVD player, and other electronics before going on vacation to save on your electrical bill.
• Replace one conventional light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb. If every home made that switch, it save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes a year.
• Seal and insulate your home. It may not have curb appeal, but placing plastic over windows in older homes saves you money on your heat bill (and it’s reusable for the next wintery season).
• Run your dishwasher only when it’s full and wash only full loads of laundry.
• Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water per day. That’s 240 gallons a month!
• Take a five-minute shower and reduce that 70 gallons to fill a tub to 20 gallons in the shower.
• Use a drip irrigation system in your garden; it uses between 20 to 50 percent less water than a conventional sprinkler systems.
• Think twice before watering your lawn. Seattle is rainy!

GeekGirlCon says: Reuse & Recycle
• Reuse shopping bags, plastic food containers, jars, and Ziploc bags.
• Recycle your (cleaned) cans, glass, vitamin bottles, plant pots, boxes, and food trays. Remember to chuck the caps.
• Bundle up bags for recycling or return them to your grocery store.
• Buy in bulk to cut down on packaging.

GeekGirlCon says: Repurpose Yard and Food Scraps
• Compost at home with a compost bin, green cone, or worm bin.
• Use your Food & Yard Waste container to send food scraps to compost centers.
• Leave your grass clippings on the lawn. It will add nutrients to the lawn as the grass breaks down.

GeekGirlCon says: Repurpose Your Stuff
• Send old clothes and items to Goodwill or have a clothing swap party.
• Donate or e-cycle old TVs, scanners, busted laptops, and computer monitors.
• Donate appliances, furniture, or bed mattresses in good condition.

Terraforming another planet is a long way off, so save this one while you have the chance.

Thank you kindly,
Community Outreach Coordinator
communityoutreach@geekgirlcon.com

Check out www.seattle.gov/util/lookitup for more info on reducing and recycling.
Email help@gardenhotline.org for tips on gardening chemical free or visit www.gardenhotline.org.
Visit 1800recycle.wa.gov to find electronic product recycling services in your area.
Call The Sharehouse (206) 767-5280 to donate furniture and appliances in good condition.

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04.18.11 // GeekGirlCon Responds to the NY Times and Bellafante’s Review of Game of Thrones

To the Editor at the New York Times:

We at GeekGirlCon, a Seattle nonprofit for geeky women, take exception to Ginia Bellafante’s statement that “no woman alive” would be interested in George R. R. Martin’s “boy fiction” and watch HBO’s Game of Thrones. Her generalization of women and our lack of interest in the fantasy genre is uniformed and untrue.

GeekGirlCon is dedicated to fighting the marginalization of girl geeks and the stereotype perpetuated in this review: that fantasy and sci-fi is for boys only and too complex for women unless it has romantic overtones. Please know there are many, many women reading and enjoying the “boy fiction” as is–bloody, gritty, layered, and complex–without need of Sex and the City-style sex and shoe shopping.

If Ms. Bellefante would like to meet smart, accomplished women, who demand fantasy titles in their book clubs, we invite her to Seattle on October 8-9th for the first annual GeekGirlCon.

For Geek Girls everywhere,
Erica McGillivray
President GeekGirlCon

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04.13.11 // GeekGirlCon + Decoupage + DTwenty Games = Craft Day 4

Come to get your geeky craft on!

Decoupage? Yes please!

GeekGirlCon + Decoupage + DTwenty Games = Craft Day! • April 17th, 1-6pm at DTwenty Games

GeekGirlCon is throwing a 4th craft day, this time hosted by DTwenty Games! Dig out those old comics, manga and Magic Cards (but not the rare ones!). We will be decoupaging frames, boxes, and anything else you can think of. Modge Podge, supplies and items to decoupage will be provided, but feel free to bring your own items to geek up. Pieces will be for sale on our Etsy site and available during events.

DTwenty Games is located at 17849 1st Ave S. • Normandy Park, WA (back to the right, and next the QFC).

Please RSVP by April 14th either via Google Calendar, Facebook, or emailing graphics@geekgirlcon.com (Subject: GeekGirlCon Craft Day #4). See you there!

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04.12.11 // A Night of Mike Daisey, Steve Jobs, and GeekGirlCon

The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

GeekGirlCon Has Your Hook-up for the New Mike Daisey Show at Seattle Rep

GeekGirlCon and the Seattle Repertory Theatre teamed up to offer discount tickets for the Tuesday, April 26 performance of Mike Daisey’s The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. Mike Daisy is a critically acclaimed, award-winning playwright and actor. And Steve Jobs is, well, Steve Jobs.  Don’t miss this combination of master storyteller and revolutionary innovator.

With ticket purchase, you can hang-out with GeekGirlCon staff and volunteers, as well as other geeks, pre-performance with a glass of wine in The Spirits Lounge. Drink, chat, and browse GeekGirlCon wares. Prints by the GeekGirlCon design team and other artists will be for sale. All proceeds from the art sales will be donated to Japan relief efforts.

Tickets are $25 while supplies last. Visit http://www.seattlerep.org/promo/geekgirlcon and use the password “geekgirlcon” at checkout or call the box office (206) 433-2222 to get this special offer. The Tuesday, April 26 performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with GeekGirlCon happy hour, $2 suggested donation, and art sale at 6:30 p.m. Check with the Seattle Repertory Theatre for any changes in show times.

If you have questions on this event, contact info@GeekGirlCon.com

Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Thank you!
Kelly Clark
Special Events Director | GeekGirlCon


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