09.24.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: HollabackPHILLY

Street harassment: at best, it’s irritating, like a buzzing fly that won’t leave you alone. At worst, it’s scary and makes you feel unsafe. Most of us have experienced it at least once, if not several dozen times. And we’re tired of it.

The good news is that women (and other folks) all over the world are putting that fed-up energy to good use. Hollaback is an international movement to end street harassment, with chapters from Argentina to Turkey, including several cities in the US.

2011 comic cover

2011 comic cover

Hollaback encourages folks to take action, and HollabackPHILLY took an innovative approach to that mission. Working with Philadelphia-based artist Erin Filson, they created an anti-street harassment comic book for use in education workshops. Fundraising to publish the comic was so successful, they’ve also been able to translate the comic into ten (!) languages and are at work on a choose-your-own-adventure computer-based comic.

According to their website, HollabackPHILLY is “on a mission to make conventions safer.” At GeekGirlCon ‘13, they will lead a panel on comics for social good, culture jamming, and a more inclusive geek culture. They’ll talk about some simple ways for you to get involved in anti-harassment efforts at cons.

Join the conversation—buy your passes today!

by GeekGirlCon staff copywriter Erin Doherty

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09.23.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Connections Room Booths

Get your connection on this year in GeekGirlCon’s Connections Room! That’s right, we have an entire space devoted to your career and school needs. Make sure to have your resume and portfolios in hand; we’ll be featuring some of Seattle’s top companies and schools.

 

Featuring:

Amazon

Ever wonder what Amazon engineers do everyday? Now is your chance to talk one-on-one with a diverse team of lady engineers and learn about all the amazing projects they’re working on!

 

Moz

Moz is provides inbound marketing and social monitoring software. Meet Sierra Murphy, the Technical Recruiter, and learn more about this awesome company!

F5 Networks

F5 is a Seattle-based global leader in Application Delivery Networking. Stop by and learn more!

 

Microsoft, featuring Project Spark

Everyone has been talking about Project Spark, the game maker video game for XBox One, XBox 360, and Windows 8. Here you have the chance to talk directly with the team behind it!

 

EMC Isilon

Seattle-based EMC Isilon is the global leader in scale-out storage. Now is your opportunity to talk directly with recruiters and learn more!

 


Reel Grrls

Stop by to meet the ladies running Reel Grrls, an award-winning nonprofit media arts and leadership training program for girls and young ladies.

DigiPen

Have you ever thought about studying game design? Then you need to stop by the DigiPen booth! DigiPen Institute of Technology has been ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the top colleges for studying Game Design.

 

AND MANY MORE!

 

Don’t miss out—buy your passes now!

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09.17.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Race and Geekdom

We are proud to present programming exploring race and geekdom. Estafany Gonzales will be presenting a panel titled “Black, Latina, Girl, and Geek” with Aquala Lloyd and Emily Berrios. She chose to bring it to GeekGirlCon ‘13 because “[GeekGirlCon] feels intimate and above all things, open and eager to truly stand behind its name and keep a space open for geek girls of all fandoms, walks of life, etc. With that said, I think it’s a great place to talk about a really underestimated demographic of geeks.”

Chaka Cumberbatch

Chaka Cumberbatch

The dynamic Chaka Cumberbatch will be joining us. Catch her superhero cosplay and get her insight on topics such as social, race, gender, and sexuality issues within geek and cosplay communities. On a related superhero topic, Grace Gipson presents on black heroines. Gipson chose to present at GeekGirlCon so that she furthers awareness with regards to race and gender in comic books and novels, particularly on the black female. She notes that “little research has been conducted [on the subject] and I would like to build upon the small founding so that individuals in and outside the academic community can learn and hopefully share with others.”

The same session will be loaded with concurrent presentations by Erin Lovejoy-Guron and Jose Alaniz on the topics of Wonder Woman and Octobriana, respectively. Not only will programming examine the characters of color in comic books, but it will also take on movies. At the panel “The Changing Role of the Character of Color,” panelists Raychelle Burks, Danielle Lee, Kristine Hassell, Lali DeRosier, and Stephen Granade will examine if the disposable Character of Color trope has truly disappeared from film, or if it has morphed into other forms of disposability and invisibility.

curly hair mafiaLali DeRosier explains some of her experience when exploring the concept, as a part of the Curly Haired Mafia (CHM): “In the last year, I became involved with the Curly Hair Mafia (@drubidium & @DNLee5 on Twitter), where we did movie reviews for sci-fi and horror. We got together as friends with common interests, but themes of race that spoke to us became a common thread. For me, CHM was the first time I’d had an opportunity to have conversations about race-related issues in a public way about fandoms that I deeply care about. The opportunity to be on the panel at [GeekGirlCon ‘13] is an extension of that desire to continue the conversation. I am very excited to hear input from so many voices. In sci-fi especially, the intersections of so many influences (science, gender & race perceptions and stereotypes, pressure from producers, biases of the writers, class, education…) make it a constantly shifting sand on which to build worlds.”

GeekGirlCon is a great place to explore intersectionality in geekdom. We’d love to see you participate in the topic of race in geekdom—come to GeekGirlCon ‘13!

Written by Adrienne M. Roehrich, GeekGirlCon Manager of Editorial Services

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09.13.13 // Kick Off GeekGirlCon ’13 with Bechdel Test Burlesque!

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In a world where women let their geek flags fly, thirteen burlesque performers will gather to celebrate female fandom through the art of striptease. And they’ll do it all without having conversations about their boyfriends!

Left: Shanghai Pearl, photo by Jules Doyle. Right: Sailor St. Claire

Left: Shanghai Pearl, photo by Jules Doyle. Right: Rebecca Davis, photo by Inti St. Clair

Hosted by Rebecca M. Davis and featuring performances by burlesque luminaries Miss Indigo Blue (Miss Exotic World 2011), Lola LeSoleil (Southern Fried Burlesque Queen 2013), The Shanghai Pearl, and Iva Handfull (Kansas City Burlesque Festival Queen 2013), Bechdel Test Burlesque offers top-notch talent with a geeky flair. These superheroes of striptease will be joined by nerdlesque’s rising stars, including Bolt Action, Flirty Sanchez, Maxie Milieu, Sara Dipity, Sailor St. Claire, Scarlett O’Hairdye, Sophie Maltease, Trooper, and Trojan Original, making for an explosion of nakedness and nerdiness!

Left: Trooper; Right: Lola LeSoleil

Left: Trooper. Right: Lola LeSoleil

Produced in association with GeekGirlCon, Bechdel Test Burlesque will be a fun, feminist romp sure to go down in history. GeekGirlCon ‘13 attendees, Seattle burlesque fans, and geeks of all stripes will have two chances to experience this epic event with two showtimes at the inimitable Re-Bar. With all the costumes flashing around onstage, audience members are highly encouraged to cosplay! Come in your best geeky gear and get ready to hoot and holler!

Tickets to view these ecdysiasts start at $15 for general admission. VIP tickets, which include a reserved seat closest to the stage, are $30. All tickets are available via BrownPaperTickets starting Friday, September 20. Full disclosure: the show is likely to sell out, so save that date and act fast to secure a seat!

Date: Friday, October 18, 2013

Times: 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Price: $15 for General Admission Seating, $30 for VIP

Where: Re-bar, 1114 Howell Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Don’t forget that just before these tour de forces begin, GeekGirlCon is hosting another kick-off party over at the Tap House Grill! Imagine the excitement of picking up your Con passes at registration, grabbing some noms, and meeting new peeps at the Tap House Grill party, then joining even more fellow geeks over at Re-bar. Your weekend is sure to start off right with all this entertainment.

Kick off your weekend right with Bechdel Test Burlesque: because this time, the personal is political. Get your tickets now!

After snagging your tickets to the striptease, remember to pick up your passes for GeekGirlCon ‘13!

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09.12.13 // You’re Invited to Kick Off GeekGirlCon 2013

GGC '13 Kick Off Party

It’s the night before GeekGirlCon ‘13. You’ve checked into your hotel, picked up your GeekGirlCon weekend pass early so you can beat the crowds tomorrow, and gone for a long wander around the block. You see the evening stretching out before you in unending boredom, as the time space continuum conspires against you, and the start of GeekGirlCon ’13 seems to spiral further and further away…

Don’t worry–we can help!

Come to the free GeekGirlCon ‘13 Kickoff Party at Tap House Grill from 6p.m. to 9p.m. on Friday, October 18! Our sweet pals over at the Seattle Browncoats Charities are co-hosting this party with us, so we’ve got four pool tables to play on and talk around. Plus, the excellent Tap House Grill offerings of food and drink will stave off the evening munchies and help those hours fly by. It’s an excellent place to meet new friends, map out the panels you’re going to see and the games you’ll play, and just relax and have a great time with your GeekGirlCon peeps.

And when we’re done, you can meander back to your hotel with your first memories from GeekGirlCon ’13 dancing in your head. Though it is just possible there might be somewhere else to go before you mosey off to bed, so stay tuned.

Details for the evening:

What: GeekGirlCon ‘13 Kickoff Party
Where: Tap House Grill, 1506 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
When: 6-9PM
Who: GeekGirlCon, Seattle Browncoats Charities, Anyone who wants to start the convention weekend off right!
How Much: No charge to attend! Food and beverage available for purchase.

All ages are welcome!

Bring your pool cues, and maybe your dancing shoes, and come hang out with us the night before GeekGirlCon ‘13!

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09.11.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Announcing Denise Crosby!

Image courtesy of Denise Crosby

Image courtesy of Denise Crosby

 

UPDATE! 

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.

 

We’re pleased as Muskan seed punch to announce that Denise Crosby will be at GeekGirlCon ’13 this October 19 and 20!

As Lt. Tasha Yar; image courtesy of Denise Crosby

 image courtesy of Denise Crosby

Best known for her memorable role as Lt. Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Crosby has appeared in plenty of other geeky fare, with turns in Pet Sematary, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. The impact of her portrayal of Lt. Yar far outweighs the character’s tragic first-season death; Crosby as Yar has inspired countless girls and women with her strong, intelligent leadership as the head of security.

Currently co-starring in the new Showtime series Ray Donovan with Liev Schreiber, John Voight, and Elliot Gould, Crosby has kept busy with indie films The Miracle Mile and The Red Shoe Diaries as well as guest-starring in more recent shows like Mad Men and Bones.

We’ll have more details about her attendance as GeekGirlCon ‘13 draws nearer, but in the meantime, you can check her out in our upcoming TV dinner at Central Cinema, where we’ll be showing two episodes of Brisco County, Jr. including “No Man’s Land,” in which she plays the sheriff of an all-woman town.

Denise Crosby appears courtesy of the Olympia Film Society.

Don’t miss out—buy your passes now!

 by GeekGirlCon staff copywriter Erin Doherty

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08.29.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Taste the Rainbow

In many ways, it’s a pretty awesome time to be a queerdo/gayelle/QUILTBAG/whathaveyou. But just because Ellen and Portia can get married doesn’t mean it’s all unicorns and rainbows. (Okay, sometimes it is because unicorns and rainbows are totally gay and totally awesome.)

unicorns and rainbows

So gay, so awesome.

While a lot of GeekGirlCon’s programming includes content of interest to queer and trans folks (and allies!), there are also some panels and discussions that focus exclusively on LGBT topics.

“QUEER GEEK!: Women in Gaymer Communities” focuses on the rise of gay gamer communities—and women’s experiences in these queer geek spaces.

“Kids of the New Normal: Queer Families and Their Children in Popular Culture” will get geeky-intellectual and explore representations of LGBTQ families and kids using television shows like The New Normal and Modern Family. Discussion topics will include challenging heteronormative gender, creating complex stories about queer parents and gender-creative and trans children, and why we can’t seem to get past the story of (initially) unsupportive families.

Anything-That-Loves-PromoAnything That Loves: Comics Beyond “Gay” and “Straight” is a comics anthology that delves into the complex world of sexuality beyond the gay/straight binary. Editor Charles “Zan” Christensen and contributors will discuss the origins of the project, why it’s important, the challenges of being a bisexual storyteller, and more.

Don’t miss out on these and other great events at GeekGirlCon ’13—get your passes today!

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Erin Doherty

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08.27.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Geeks Got Style

I'm a big damn hero and I deserve a raise.

I’m a big damn hero and I deserve a raise.

Listen, sometimes a girl just wants to pretend she’s fancy Cersei Lannister, all braids and brocade. Other times, she’s out to find the perfect tweed jacket, suspenders, and bow tie. Or maybe she’s getting ready to ask her boss for a raise, so she needs to dress for success and channel her inner badass Zoe.

For such occasions in your life, GeekGirlCon ’13 has you covered, from fashion to cosplay to crafting. Your not-so-inner research nerd will be delighted by the presentation “Everything I Thought I Knew about Fashion History Was Made Up by Victorians: Research and Costuming.” Caroline Willis and Sarah Rocheleau will discuss stereotypes, appropriation, and how turn-of-the-century Victorians still influence us today.

“Intro to Costume Craft and Cosplay” is a workshop for newbies and veterans alike. Bloggers from Crafters In Disguise will delve into cosplay, costuming, and tips and tricks for creating outfits and props. And for those who like to cosplay across gender, “Rule 63 Costuming: The Whys and Hows of Genderbending” will explore genderbending versus crossplay and what makes a good genderflipped character.

How about drawing inspiration from fictional characters for your everyday fashion? As previously mentioned, Anika Dane will put on a mini-fashion show followed by a discussion of the looks and how to put together your own heroine-inspired outfits. And the panel “Geek Girl Style: Demanding Recognition in the Fashion World” will explore the growth of pop culture-themed fashion and accessories for women, where you can find these items, what areas need improvement, and how recognizing geek girls in fashion empowers fangirls in a predominantly male market.

For those who want to get crafty, bring your needles and row counters and get ready for a reading from Needles and Artifice: A Refined Adventure Story with Ingenious Knitting Patterns, from The Ladies of Mischief. There’ll be a Q&A after to ask some of the authors about steampunk, knitwear design, and co-writing fiction.

Buffy: The Making of a Slayer Deluxe Edition

Buffy: The Making of a Slayer Deluxe Edition

Well-known local sci-fi (and more) publishers becker&mayer will be on hand for “Craft Explosion! Craft Books and Kits,” with a behind-the-scenes look at the book-making process from beginning to end.

And finally, hold on to your glue guns and get your soldering irons ready for GeekGirlCon Craft Wars! Three rounds of vague themes, crafting tools, and weird supplies will determine who wins the title of Ultimate Crafters of GeekGirlCon!

Buy your passes today to join in on the fun!

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Erin Doherty

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08.26.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Problems In Fandom

It’s not easy being an enthusiastic consumer of media and a social-justice-minded critical thinker.

Seriously?

Seriously?

Sometimes the problematic content is front and center from the get-go (I’m looking at you, white-savior-Khaleesi Game of Thrones); sometimes it seemingly comes out of nowhere (hello, Charles de Lint and your romanticization/appropriation of Indigenous culture). Either way, it’s almost always there, the big ol’ fly in my otherwise delicious soup of fantasy and sci-fi escapism.

But I often keep enjoying the shows or books, because I like them for other reasons. Memorable characters, exciting plot points, witty writing—all of these will typically keep me coming back for more, even when there are cringe-worthy moments (and let’s be honest, sometimes they’re shouting-obscenities-and-throwing-things moments). It’s hard for me to know what my tipping point will be. What makes me decide to call it quits, versus being content to critique it?

With Once Upon a Time, I watched the show for about one and a half seasons. It was mostly the fairy-tale storylines that kept me watching, because I adore fairy tales (I even took a class on the subject in college). Like many shows, it frustratingly focuses on thin white women (especially blonds) and casts a woman of color as the villain. But there was one episode that touched me personally as an adoptee. And when I say “touched,” I mean “filled me with white-hot rage at the lazy stereotypes of adoptees and adoptive parents and using adoption as a plot device.” Bam, that was it. Done with the show (though I admit that lately I’ve gotten curious about the whole SwanQueen ship).

On the other hand, I started Game of Thrones all excited for a pseudo-historical, slightly fantastical epic tale, liked it in many ways. . .and then quit about two episodes in. Rape scenes are always horrible, but the ones in this show seemed to be about titillation, which especially bothered me. And the portrayal of the Dothraki? Again, lazy stereotyping, this time of epic racist proportions. I decided abruptly that it was not for me. But a lot of people I knew were watching it, people whose opinions and politics I generally respect, so I gave it another go. Like many others who hadn’t read the books, I was right there gaping and shrieking at the (spoilers) Red Wedding. I still find it problematic in oh-so-many ways, but for some reason, I can reconcile that with my enjoyment.

In fact, one of my favorite ways to enjoy shows like Game of Thrones is to immediately hop online and see what other people are saying about it, what critiques they’re bringing to the table that I may not have thought of. And Social Justice League’s “How to be a fan of problematic things” has an excellent set of general guidelines for folks who want to think critically and get their fan on.

As you might expect, GeekGirlCon is the kind of place where such explorations are encouraged and welcomed. The 2013 Con has some panels and workshops for the critical thinker in you, focusing on fan, gender, race, and queer studies, and more! As a Con, we’re committed to creating spaces where we can have these kinds of potentially challenging conversations in a respectful and safe(r) environment.

Below are a few of the topics you’ll see at the Con—keep your eye out for the program and don’t forget to buy your passes!

 

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Erin Doherty

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08.23.13 // GeekGirlCon ‘13: Calling All Academic Comic Fans!

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Photo courtesy of Comixology

Just last spring, a massive open online course (MOOC) called Gender Through Comics, taught by Christina Blanch, exploded! With an enrollment of over 7,000 students, the course was dubbed “SuperMOOC.” For six weeks, students in the course read about gender, read comics, watched lectures, discussed issues, and participated in live interviews with creators such as Brian K. Vaughan, Gail Simone, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Mark Waid, and watched interviews with other professionals like Greg Rucka, Jen Van Meter, and Roberta Gregory.

From left to right, photos of Christina Blanch, Jen Van Meter, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Mark Waid, and Greg Rucka

From left to right: Christina Blanch, Jen Van Meter, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Mark Waid, and Greg Rucka

GeekGirlCon ‘13 will explore Gender Through Comics! For you, Christy Blanch will unveil the adventures of exploring gender through comics, the design of the course, the interview process with the comic creators, and the results of the class. Get your own feel for the course by attending the panel with Blanch, Van Meter, DeConnick, Waid, and Rucka.

Look for more from these panelists soon on our blog! And don’t miss this Super Panel! Get your GeekGirlCon ‘13 passes NOW! Prices go up after August 25!

You can save $10 on 2-day and single-day passes if you buy now. Starting August 26 through the Con, a 2-day pass will be $45 and a single-day pass will be $30. Passes will still be available in limited supply at local comic book shops (list to be provided by Rose) or in person at our events at the discounted rate of $35 for a 2-day pass (and $20 for a one-day).

By Adrienne M. Roehrich, Manager of Editorial Services

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