by GeekGirlCon Staff Copy Writer AJ Dent
Bookworms beware! GeekGirlCon ‘13 will spotlight so many absorbing books to pick up, you may not emerge from your favorite reading spot until next year’s convention. From feminist anthologies to young adult novels, we’ve got geeks of all kinds covered.
Want to collect some awesome autographs? Be sure to bring copies of your favorite authors’ works—or support them by purchasing a few at the big event!
Fantasy fans, take note: several authors will be discussing strong female characters—both in general and ones they’ve created—at the panel “The New Female Fantasy Hero.” Sit in to soak up examples from Cat Rambo’s Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight, Dia Calhoun’s After the River, the Sun, and Danika Dinsmore’s Brigitta of the White Forest. Sci-fi enthusiasts will also be treated at “Toward A Universe of Equals: The Past, Present and Future of Gender Equality in Science Fiction.” Danielle Myers, author of The Last Burning of New London, and Michael Shean, writer of The Wonderland Cycle series, will speak on these imperative issues in sci-fi worlds and our own.
We can’t forget children when analyzing and crafting well-rounded personalities! “Strong Female Characters in Young Adult Lit” is a not-to-be-missed panel for kids, parents, and YA novel fans of all ages. Writer of Prophecy Girl, Faith McKay will examine how to build and exemplify positive role models for young (and not-so-young) readers.
For mature-only audiences comes “Romance Is A Feminist Genre,” where writer Corrina Lawson will explore the concept that romance novels contain more substantial women than just damsels in distress. Lawson certainly knows her stuff, having been recognized multiple times by the association Romance Writers of America.
For book fans of the comic variety, we’ve even got panels on books about comic books. How meta! The panel “All The Real Girls—Creating Real Girls in Comics” will also explore this topic with multiple authors who have crafted fully-formed personalities in their books’ female characters. Sit in to soak up examples from Hope Larson’s Who Is AC?, Mariah Huehner’s Womanthology: Space, Kel McDonald’s As We Were/Strange Someone, and Rachel Edidin’s Adventure Time scripts.
For an informative, fun, and frank look at how geekery is changing the world, be sure to take in GeekGirlCon co-founder Jennifer K. Stuller’s panel, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Fan Phenomena”. Author of Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology, and editor of Fan Phenomena and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she will participate in talks tackling such scholarly work being done on fan communities, and how these studies’ findings affect both geek and mainstream culture.
Oodles of books and authors will be bouncing around at GeekGirlCon ‘13! Pick up your passes in advance so you can nab the best seat at each panel, and be first in line for each author signing session. See you this weekend!
10.16.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Sneak Peek at Merch!
Shubz Blalack, Merchandise Manager, here to give you a sneak peek at GeekGirlCon ‘13’s merchandise! Enjoy!
GeekGirlCon ‘13 Official T-Shirt ($15)
Our shirt is a must for the veteran or rookie con-goer! Choose from straight-cut, fitted, or children’s sizes.
GeekGirlCon ‘13 Tote Bag ($12)
The bag in black is back! Made from durable canvas, this bag is sturdy and roomy enough to hold your geeky necessities. [10.25”w x 13.5”h x 5”d]
GeekGirlCon ‘13 Collapsible Water Bottle ($8)
A new item this year! Save space and get hydrated with this convenient and easy to carry water bottle. In vibrant red, it’ll be easy to find! [10”h x 5.5”w]
GeekGirlCon ‘13 Notebook with Pen ($10)
Write a word, sketch, and everything in between! [5”w x 7”h]
You can find all of these and more at our merchandise booth! Don’t delay—all of our merchandise is limited edition, so items may sell out!
Get your passes to GeekGirlCon 2013 and check out the rest of our wares! We’ll be in the Exhibitor Hall on the 3rd floor, Booth 300.
10.15.13 // Safety at GeekGirlCon ’13
by GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Erin Doherty
GeekGirlCon strives to provide a safe and welcoming place where everyone is comfortable, respected, and can be themselves. All attendees are expected to treat other attendees, contributors, performers, staff, and the general public with respect. Therefore, physically or verbally harassing behavior is not tolerated.
-from our Code of Conduct
Creating a welcoming, safe environment is a top priority for us here at GeekGirlCon. Of course, there’s no such thing as 100% absolutely-without-a-doubt safety, but we do our best to make our convention as safe as possible. We expect all attendees (including staff, agents, exhibitors and other contributors) to follow our code of conduct. Below is a bit of an overview of our expectations and our responsibilities.
No Means No
If someone says “no,” “stop,” “go away,” or anything similar, they really do mean it. This is Respect 101 (closely related to Consent 101): when someone has a boundary, you respect it. Sometimes people have a hard time saying the words, so paying attention to body language is important, too. We all have different personalities and come from different cultural backgrounds around touch and language, but backing away, averting eyes, and stiffening body posture are generally signs that someone is feeling uncomfortable and possibly threatened.
Use your common sense, pay attention to words and body language, and respect your fellow attendees!
Attire Is Not Consent
There’s a lot of cosplay at GeekGirlCon, and it’s fantastic! But just because someone is dressed in a chain-mail bikini does not mean they want your touch or your lascivious comments. Even if you’re just interested in how something was made or want to feel the texture of something, ask first!
I sometimes have to remember this one myself: as a knitter, I’ll see a sweater or scarf on someone that I’m intrigued by, and my hand will thoughtlessly reach for the texture. By now, though, I’ve trained myself pretty well to stop and say, “Oh hi, I’m a knitter and I love your scarf! May I look at it more closely or touch it?”
The same idea applies to cosplay, whether it’s that chain-mail bikini, some fuzzy satyr leg coverings, or a shiny Cyberman mask: ask before touching or even ogling.
Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or any other kind of hate speech or imagery is just. not. tolerated. Part of how we create a welcoming, safer-feeling event is with our words.
That said, sometimes you just don’t know that something you’ve said is offensive until somebody lets you know. If someone tells you that you’ve said something offensive, try to take a breath and sit with it before reacting. And generally, the best reaction is to just say “I’m sorry, thank you for telling me.”
How to Get Help
If you feel threatened or harassed and want help (or if you’re concerned about something), find an Agent. We’ll be wearing dark blue shirts with yellow writing on the back that says “AGENT” in large, friendly letters. We’ll help you out and if needed, get one of our Reaction Team volunteers there to assist.
Our Reaction Team folks are there to help with any sort of tough incident or crisis; they’re the ones with the level heads, calm demeanors, and quick thinking to work with you to find solutions.
Photos and Video
If you don’t want to be captured on film, make sure to ask for one of our bright yellow “please, no pictures” stickers, and make sure to wear it in a clear, visible place—preferably somewhere on your chest so that our photographers and videographers know to steer clear when they see you. This will also help us after GeekGirlCon ‘13 is over: if we see someone wearing the sticker in a picture, we’ll try to ensure that we crop them out or not use that photo at all. And of course, you can always contact us to request that an image be removed.
And when you’re documenting your own GeekGirlCon adventures, try to be thoughtful about who else might be in the frame!
These are some of the ways we’re creating a safer community. Please let us know (in the comments below, via email, or in person) if you have any other ideas or concerns—we want you to feel safe so you can get down to the serious business of having a good time!
10.11.13 // GeekGirlCon ‘13 Costume Contest!
I grew up watching Wonder Woman on television. My mom wouldn’t let me wear a Wonder Woman costume, but she did get me a pair of Wonder Woman Underoos that I wore as much as I possibly could. I thought being Wonder Woman incognito was the coolest thing ever. Growing out of those Underoos was one of the saddest moments of my young life.
The best thing about the GeekGirlCon ‘13 Costume Contest is that you can display your inner superheroine, superhero, book, comic, television, or movie character on the OUTSIDE—and wear it proud! We will have a panel of fabulously non-judgmental judges, and there will be various categories to enter and win!
Stop by the Info Booth on Level One to enter the Costume Contest and get more information. We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with, even if you usually only wear your favorite character under your clothes!
When & Where: Saturday, October 19, 5:00 p.m., Room 303
Written by GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Sarah Grant
by Adrienne M. Roehrich, Manager of Editorial Services
I am often asked, “But is GeekGirlCon okay for kids?” As an involved member of the GeekGirlCon community, and a mom, I always answer with an enthusiastic “YES!”
One of the most family-friendly aspects of GeekGirlCon is the gaming floor. At GeekGirlCon ‘11, we spent hours at the Steve Jackson Games table playing Munchkin and learning new versions of the game. Steve Jackson games appeared at GeekGirlCon ‘12 and returns to GeekGirlCon ‘13. They produce over a hundred varieties of board, card, and dice games with geeky twists.
Look for Bhaloidam Adventure, a game designed to help you tell stories; Cheapass Games, a company that has been making affordable games for almost two decades; Green Ronin Publishing; Paizo, who will be running one-hour demos of The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game; Story Games, presenting several of their peer-to-peer tabletop RPGs; Valor, a game for those at least in their teens and older meant to increase performance in both combat and challenge for in-game characters; and Wizards of the Coast, to give your dungeon crawling skills a workout.
Game designer Keith Baker will be talking about games and running demos all weekend. So check out The Doom That Came To Atlantic City and get an early peek at his latest game, Phoenix: Nine Deaths. Kenny Owens will guide you through playing “staple” board games, such as Settlers of Catan, and helping you figure out other games you’ve always wanted to learn.
Want to have your own figurine for game play? You can attend the workshop to “Learn to Paint Miniatures and Take One Home!” Privateer Press is sponsoring this workshop in room LL1 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Stop on by to paint your own miniature to add as a part of your own tabletop and board game play, and you’ll have a fantastic GeekGirlCon ‘13 souvenir!
Other workshops include LARPing and designing a tabletop RPG in an hour! Don’t know how to LARP? First, attend the session to learn the basics of live action role-playing by LARP Master Shoshana Kessock, then spend a couple hours putting your new skills to use. Want to expand your RPG library? Andy Munich is there to help new players and seasoned campaigners learn and play a variety of games.
My family has also enjoyed the Game Lending Library. GeekGirlCon ‘13 has loads of board and card games for you to try. We found a bunch of new games we later added to our board game collection by playing some of these generously loaned games.
Don’t miss the EA/PopCap Games console game room, generously repeating their hosting the console room during GeekGirlCon ‘13. You and your family can enjoy EA and Popcap games on XBOX 360 and iPads. This year, a raffle benefiting a local Seattle charity with a mission to encourage girls to pursue STEM education and careers can benefit you with some marvelous prizes. Consult your Strategy Guide to learn more.
Not to mention all the panels on game-related topics, such as “Women in Gaming, Female Characters in Game Design,” “Let’s Make a Game Right Now,” “20 years of MYST,” “You Should Make Games!,” “Yuri Anime/Manga Battle!,” “Writing for Role-Playing Games,” “How to Build Inclusive & Welcoming Gaming Communities,” “Gaming and Comics Panel,” “The Family Who Games Together,” and “#1REASONWHY,” among others. Please note that not all the panels listed here are necessarily family-friendly.
But wait, there’s more! Gaming isn’t the only thing you can do with your family. While our science programming is for all ages (so a great spot for families), bring your kids to out “Edible Astronomy” panel, “Ask the Astronomers,” and “Making Science Fun: For girls, Boys, and Everyone.”
Finally, don’t miss stopping by the DIY Science Zone!
Other programming exists for your kids. Your teens may want to learn about strong female characters in young adult literature, or your cosplaying kid may want to get an intro to costume craft and cosplay, or your comic-enthusiast child may want to learn about keeping girls real in comics, or your Star Wars fan may want to learn about all the opportunities for all the ways to enjoy their favorite galaxy far, far away.
Want to connect with other parents—whether you, your kids, or all of you are geeks? We’ve got programming for you, too. Attend a workshop called “You and Your Connected Kid” about safety, privacy, identity, and plagiarism, while being media-positive and encouraging use of social media. “The Family Who Games Together” is a panel to talk with you about being a multi-generational gaming family.
Maybe your kids aren’t interested in panels. The Exhibitor Hall and Artist Alley offer fun and engagement. And your kids will not want to miss all the cosplay. In fact, the Zelda family will attest to the fun of cosplaying together! And your kids will not want to miss all the cosplay. At GeekGirlCon ’12, the Zelda Family, the Darth Vader Princess (Darth Makenna), the little Wonder Woman, the robot, and every other outfit left us “ooo”-ing and “aww”-ing. These young children are truly our future, so thank you for encouraging them to ask questions, think critically, and believe in themselves.
So come on out to GeekGirlCon ‘13 for your gaming interests, a safe place for your family, and all your geeky indulgences! Children under 5 are free and ages 6-10 are only $5! Get your passes now, pick them up Friday afternoon (so your children need not wait in line), and bring your family to a weekend of geekery they won’t want to miss!
10.8.13 // Get Connected at GeekGirlCon ’13
Written by GeekGirlConnections Manager Terra Olsen
GeekGirlConnections is thrilled to host an impressive lineup of professionals at this year’s GeekGirlCon! Join us for these interactive and intimate panels, and be prepared to learn from the best. Come with questions, your portfolio, and your resume, as these panels are designed to be Q&A friendly.
Here are just a few of the amazing people and panels the Connection Room will be hosting:
Join Carly Kocurek (Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology), Corrinne Yu (game programmer for Halo 4), and Meg Stivison (game writer and content designer) on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for “The Past, Present, and Future of Women in Gaming.” These women are all experts in the field and come from diverse backgrounds. Come hear their thoughts and discover what’s next in the gaming world.
Interested in learning how to build your brand on a small budget? Join Emma Mcilroy on Saturday at 12:30 to learn from the best about “How to Build a Kick-Ass Brand on a Start-Up Budget.” Emma is the the co-founder and CEO of Wildfang, a new clothing company started in early 2013 out of Portland that already has quite the following—over 10,000 on Instagram and Facebook to be exact, and you might have seen this Buzzfeed article on the company.
Join Lisa Granshaw, a full-time freelance writer based in NYC, to learn about “Breaking into the Media Industry.” Her work has appeared in The Daily Dot, TODAY.com, Blastr, Career Girl Network, and many more. She is excited to help young professionals seeking advice in media and communications, so make sure to catch her on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
SCIENCE! Don’t miss the “Careers in Science” panel on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Join Dr. Nicole Gugliucci (astronomer, educator, and writer), Dr. Jerry Nguyen (neuroscientist, consultant, stay-at-home dad, and financial analyst), Morgan Woroner (social media manager for many NASA education initiatives), and Dr. Stephen Granade (physicist and educator) as they explore the many career paths available in science. Science lovers! Don’t miss out.
AND MANY MORE!
Don’t miss a minute—buy your passes now!
by GeekGirlCon Staff Copy Writer AJ Dent
If there’s one thing most geeks can agree upon, it’s that reading can be a great mental escape from daily stresses. While novels, newspapers, and the interwebz are solid sources of brain candy, of course, there’s one literary art form in a class all its own: comic books!
Offering plot lines, punchlines, and instant visual enticement, comics and graphic novels are enjoying a resurgence in today’s pop culture. It’s possible to find series suitable for everyone from elementary schoolers to those enjoying their retirement years. GeekGirlCon ‘13 will host a wide range of exhibitors to satisfy any comic book lover’s cravings. Here’s just a tiny peek into the possibilities you’ll find on the 3rd floor Exhibitors Hall.
San Diego-based Rebecca Hicks has struck a vein of comedic gold (or is it blood?) with Little Vampires. Created at Lunasea Studios with her husband, James Hicks, Little Vampires is a family-friendly webcomic featuring adorable miniature monsters and tongue-in-cheek humor. Stop by their table to pick up a poster or a plush stuffed villain. Or both!
For fans of other fantastical creatures such as dragons, demons, and Grecian sphinxes, there’s also the wild world of webcomic Skin Deep. Artist Kory Bing has created such elaborate universes online, there’s even a Skin Deep Wiki dedicated to her work! The Portland, Oregon resident first began publishing her creations in 2006, and her prolificness continues today. Fly over to Kory’s exhibit to get a taste of the action—there’s no doubt you’ll find your new favorite cartoon character.
Those of us who live in GeekGirlCon’s locale, Seattle, are fortunate to share a city with Kaarina Makowski. Author of the ongoing webcomic Soulless, she’s brewed up complex characters (and interestingly lists their zodiac signs in describing them) in a mystery fraught with tension and based in the near future. You know anyone who describes their work as “a labor of love, and an ongoing challenge” has put their heart into something great. Speculative fiction fans are sure to gravitate towards her intriguing storytelling.
Want to meet one of the coolest couples of all time during your nerdtastic weekend? Seek out Lady Evelyn and Lazy Jay, the hearts and minds behind Larsen Geekery! They’re makers of bright, snappy comics available both in book form and on clothes and bags—think Wonder Woman greeting cards, TARDIS purses, and original comics about dinosaurs in space. Not only will you want all of their artwork to adorn your everything, but you’ll want to throw a tea party with these artists as your guests of honor.
This mini-list is but a glimpse into the countless genres that will be present at GeekGirlCon ‘13 to lure in comic book rookies and longtime readers alike. Be sure to check out the many panels (pun intended) pertaining to comic books as well. Buy your passes today and pore over all the geeky goodness with us!
10.3.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: DIY Science Zone
Science Communicator and GeekGirlCon Media Administrator Raychelle Burks has put together a star-studded workshop full of awesome science for you to get your hands on. Get a feel for what scientists do. This isn’t just for the kids—there’s science fun for all ages! Professional scientists and science teachers from a range of disciplines will be available to work with you in the lab. What might you get to do?
DNA extraction made easy!
Are you bitter? A genetic taste test.
Magic breath! Acid-base chemistry of the body.
CSI: GeekGirlCon! Finding latent prints using ninhydrin.
Coffee ground fossils! Perfect for Seattle.
Neuron know-how! Build your own & learn how they work.
Slime-to-go! Make your own bag of goo.
Making craters! Please bring your own sound effects.
Dancing raisins! No choreography skills required.
Nature notebooks! A mix of art & nature.
What scientists and science communicators might you get to interact with? Currently slated to help you out include:
Danielle Lee @DNLee5 – biologist, animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology
Lali DeRossier @Lalsox – science teacher, general biology, anatomy and physiology, and animal diversity
@Chemjobber – chemistry, chemical manufacturing
Emily Fink @Seelix
Bethany Brookshire @Scicurious – neuroscience, mental health, physiology, pharmacology
Matthew Francis @DrMRFrancis – physics, astronomy, cosmology, and gravitation
Caleph Wilson @HeyDrWilson – immunologist, cell engineer, STEM mentor/advocate
Rachael Ludwick @r343l – science, agriculture, food
Stephen Granade @Sargent – physics, lasers, quantum mechanics, robot airplanes, and sensors
Dr. Marie Villarba – chemistry, surface science, global warming, education
Melanie Mallon @melmall – science communicator
Nicole Gugliucci @NoisyAstronomer – astronomy, radio astronomy, specifically low frequency radio astronomy instrumentation, CosmoQuest, education
Dr. Charity Lovitt – chemistry, organometallics, quantum mechanical modeling of chemical reactions
Ray Burks @drrubidium – chemistry, analytical chemistry
Do you have other science questions? Each of these prominent scientists and science teachers has a field of specialty with tons of knowledge to share. Come visit them and get your questions answered!
Not only do you get to participate in hands-on science and talk to scientists and science communicators, but you also have an opportunity to bring some science kits home! Attendees will be given an “Exploration Tracker” to document the completion of experiments. This tracker doubles as a prize entry, thanks to the support of ThinkGeek! By completing 3 projects, attendees could win a Portal 2 PotatOS Science Kit, an Edible Chemistry Kit, or a Common Cold.
What more could you want? Come to GeekGirlCon ‘13 (passes on sale through Brown Paper Tickets or at a local shop) and get your science geek satisfied!
Written by Adrienne M. Roehrich, GeekGirlCon Manager of Editorial Services
by GeekGirlCon Staff Copywriter Erin Doherty
Ah, shiny baubles! For those of us who like to adorn ourselves, poring over displays of jewelry, clothing, accessories, and other luscious accoutrements never gets old. In any store or at any event that features crafters and artisans, it’s the first place I gravitate to, hoping to find the next little treasure that I just can’t live without.
Unfortunately, my geeky jewelry is sadly lacking these days. In high school, I had one of those dragon’s claw necklaces (you know the ones), and a ring in the form of a snake wrapped twice around, which I pretended was my own personal Sning (this was my Piers Anthony phase).
Happily, I plan to rectify that situation at GeekGirlCon ‘13. Here’s a small sampling of some of the many jewelers and other makers of pretty things you’ll see on the 3rd floor Exhibitors Hall.
I love it when science-minded artists create works that are sort of sneaky. Like this pendant from SurlyRamics: it looks a bit like an abstract drawing of a flower, but wait! It’s actually a neuron! She carries plenty of other science, skeptic, and geekery designs, too, from Feynman diagrams to trilobites and robots.
For fantasy-lovers who have maenads, faeries, unicorns, and the like on the brain, check out the fantastical creations of idolatre clothing co. Who needs the Younicorn app on your iPhone when you can have an actual unicorn horn sprouting from your head, complete with ears and a flowery headdress?!
If screenprints are more your thing, RetroPopNamu has got you covered with hoodies, t-shirts, and bags, all inspired by retro Japanese motifs. Some of their designs include octopus, squid, kitten, and dragon themes. It’s officially fall in Seattle, so I’m already coveting their cozy owl hoodie—you can never have too many hoodies, right?
Vendors like Tea Time Inc. and Christal Blu Creations appeal to the steampunk aesthetic, with their intricate hats, fascinators, and other apparel. With Halloween and New Year’s Eve both around the corner, you’ll find good use for items like jaunty mini top hats and saucy underbust vests. You’ll need some jewelry to go with these, of course, and Verona the Mad is just the thing, with brass filigrees, delicate gears, and colorful beads.
There’s more, including Lego-inspired jewelry, duct tape bags, and astronomy-inspired necklaces—but you’ll have to come to GeekGirlCon ‘13 to check it out!
09.27.13 // All the Programming for GeekGirlCon’13!
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for—ALL THE PROGRAMMING for GeekGirlCon ‘13!
You’ve got your plans for Friday evening—starting off at the Tap House Grill with beverages and camaraderie with fellow geeks from GeekGirlCon and Seattle Browncoat Charities, then heading out to The Bechdel Test Burlesque. And you’ve made your plans to attend the Saturday evening concert.
Now you can strategize every minute of your GeekGirlCon ‘13 experience! Check out our programming guide to make a detailed quest guide of what workshops, panels, and spotlights to attend on Saturday and Sunday. Remember to fit in time to visit our Exhibitors and Artist Alley.