10.19.13 // Fresh Sheet for the Con!

fresh_FINALFINAL_img_0Welcome to the first day of GeekGirlCon 2013!

We’ve put together our Fresh Sheet 2013 containing programming updates, newly added panels, and where to find sustenance within walking distance of the Con. Oh, and there are attendee discounts to be had, so check out the Fresh Sheet between session breaks!

 

 

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10.18.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13 Passes Have Sold Out Online

All  one-day and two-day passes for GeekGirlCon ’13 have sold out online. There will be a limited supply of one-day passes available at the door each day. You can also call any of these stores to see if they still have passes available to purchase: Arcane Comics, Card Kingdom, Comics Dungeon, Fantasium Comics and Games, or Gamma Ray Games.

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10.18.13 // Welcome to GeekGirlCon ’13!

Written by GeekGirlCon Manager of Editorial Services Adrienne Roehrich

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It’s been 14 months since our last GeekGirlCon and today is the day! W00t!

Start your GeekGirlCon weekend off by grabbing your badge early on Friday afternoon at the Conference Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., so you can walk right in on Saturday morning. Then pop on over to the kickoff party at Tap House Grill running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., co-hosted by Seattle Browncoats charities. There will be pool and fun people to meet, as well as food and drink available for purchase.

Not enough geeky fun for you yet? Check out the amazing Bechdel Test Burlesque just up the hill at Re-Bar at 8 p.m. or 11 p.m. or wander over to the geekiest cafe around, Wayward Coffeehouse, for some games and music with The Doubleclicks and Molly Lewis starting at 8 p.m.

Head back to your hotels for an evening of rest so you can be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the rest of the weekend! Our volunteer staff has worked long and hard to bring our awesome GeekGirlCon community fantastic programming! Get a load of what’s in store for you!

Saturday: The Conference Center doors open at 9:00 a.m. If you haven’t gotten your passes, get in line early so you can head off for an exciting day including:

Top the evening off with the GeekGirlCONcert! Guarantee yourself entry by purchasing your passes through Brown Paper Tickets OR head over to the info booth first thing Saturday to get your FREE pass!


Unable to attend? We’ve got blog coverage on the programming coming your way over the weekend, don’t miss videos and images that will post on Facebook, and follow #GGC13 on Twitter and Instagram. There will be enthusiastic photographers uploading to our Flickr group all weekend.


Sunday is chock-full of more awesome programming and activities! Consult your Strategy Guide for details.

We’ll wrap-up GeekGirlCon ‘13 with a Ladies of the 80s Sing-Along starting at 4:30 p.m. in Room 301/302, followed by our Closing Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss a single minute!

Please enjoy yourselves at our convention and through all the social media with contributions from GeekGirlCon and attendees alike!

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10.17.13 // Magic, Music, and Wicked Witches: The EMP Museum and GeekGirlCon

Written by AJ Dent, GeekGirlCon Staff Copy Writer 

gif_250x188_5ff9a4There are many famous pairs in pop culture: Betty and Veronica, Wayne and Garth, and Leela and Fry, just to name a few. Notice a pattern here? One half of each of these duos is known for being nerdy, while the other is portrayed as more “hip”. This dynamic keeps duos both playing off of and balancing out the other as they learn from their differences.

Over the past three years, another twosome has formed that brings together geek and chic: The EMP Museum and GeekGirlCon! They are the “cool” to our “nerd-quirk”—and working together, we’re bringing panels, performances, and one of film history’s most iconic props to GeekGirlCon ‘13 for everyone to enjoy.

Grab your broom, horse, or carriage and make your way to the “Witches, Princesses, and Warrior Maidens” panel on Saturday for a discussion of the EMP exhibit, “Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic.” Learn about the world building, mapmaking, and displaying of iconic costumes from Xena: Warrior Princess, Labyrinth, and The Princess Bride. The panel members will also discuss the various roles and archetypes that women have played in fantasy literature, film, and pop culture over the last century.


witch hatTo top it all off, the original Wicked Witch of the West’s hat from The Wizard of Oz will be on display at GeekGirlCon ’13! Worn by actress Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 sensation, it’s become a worldwide symbol of campy evil and villainous delight. The American Film Institute listed the Wicked Witch of the West at number four on their list of the 50 Best Movie Villains of All Time, making her the highest-ranking female villain. She’s permanently embedded in the public psyche, thanks to memorable lines like “I’ll get you, my pretty—and your little dog too,” and “I’m melting! I’m melting!” Grab a photo op on the second floor starting when doors open from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Fly over on Saturday, October 19 and feast your eyes on this delightfully devilish memorabilia.

concertSaturday night will conjure up more magic with the GeekGirlCONcert Spectacular! Opening with first-class comedian Bri Pruett, the show also features phenomenal cellist Unwoman. Singer-songwriter and GeekGirlCon veteran Marian Call returns as the headliner. Buy your tickets today, or hurry to nab one of 50 free general admission tickets at GeekGirlCon Info Booth on Saturday.

EMP (2)Hop on Seattle’s iconic Monorail for an efficient and fun trip—walk just a couple of blocks from GeekGirlCon to Westlake Center, where the monorail drops you off at the Seattle Center.  There, you’ll quickly spot the Frank O. Gehry-designed museum complimenting its neighbor, the wondrous Space Needle. With its sight-filled zip and low price, the Monorail is easily the smoothest way to reach all the myth, mirth, and music that awaits you at the museum.

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The splendor continues on Sunday with the panel “Geek Girl Jobs: The Women of EMP.” Discover behind-the-scenes details on exhibits of music, sci-fi, film, and literature that has shaped the world. Panelists include members from EMP’s curatorial, marketing, museum collections, design, and interactive teams who will discuss sensational showings such as Icons of Science Fiction, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film, AVATAR: The Exhibition, and Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition.

Did you know that GeekGirlCon attendees can snag a discount on passes to the EMP Museum? Sneak a peek at the back inside cover of our Program Guide this weekend for more information! Current exhibits include tributes to Seattle staples with Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses and Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London. Starting November 15, remarkable faces—famous and unknown alike—will fill walls in the Martin Schoeller: Close Up photography showcase.

GeekGirlCon and the EMP are surely a match made in rock and roll heaven, and this weekend will no doubt go down in history. Whether you’re a rocker, geek, or combination of them both, be part of the glory by picking up your passes before they sell out!

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10.17.13 // Stories and Signings: Books Abound at GeekGirlCon ’13

Written by AJ Dent, GeekGirlCon Staff Copy Writer 

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!

Dia Calhoun - After the River the Sun smFantasy 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.

Faith McKay - Prophecy GirlWe 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.

Corrina Lawson - Phoenix LegacyFor 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.

Hope Larson - Who Is ACFor 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.

Jennifer K Stuller - Ink-Stained AmazonsFor 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!

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10.16.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Sneak Peek at Merch!

Hey everyone!

Shubz Blalack, Merchandise Manager, here to give you a sneak peek at GeekGirlCon ‘13’s merchandise! Enjoy!

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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.

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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.

Offensive Behavior

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.”

GeekGirlCon '12 Agents; this year's Agents will be wearing blue shirts.

GeekGirlCon ’12 Agents; this year’s Agents will be wearing blue shirts.

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!

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10.11.13 // GeekGirlCon ‘13 Costume Contest!

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Contestants from GeekGirlCon ’13; photo by JourneysInColor

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

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10.10.13 // GeekGirlCon ‘13: Games and Programming for Kids and Parents

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.

The EMP Museum is a fantastic place to take your family! Attend “Witches, Princesses, and Warrior Maidens,” a panel discussion about their exhibit “Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic.”

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!

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10.8.13 // Get Connected at GeekGirlCon ’13

GGConnections_blogBannerWritten 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!

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