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.”
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.
Lali 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
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!
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!
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!
09.12.13 // You’re Invited to Kick Off GeekGirlCon 2013
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
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!
09.11.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Announcing Denise Crosby!
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!
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
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.)
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: 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
08.27.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Geeks Got Style
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.
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
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.
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!
- Creating anti-street harassment comics, with HollabackPHILLY
- Queer families and their kids in pop culture
- A research study on race and gender in comic books/graphic novels
- Women of color in geekdom
- Queer women in gaymer communities
- Cosplay and consent
- How to build inclusive and welcoming game communities
- Comics beyond “gay” and “straight”
- Creating safe spaces online
- The changing role of the “character of color”
- Being a fat-girl fan girl
Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Erin Doherty
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.
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
08.22.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Humor in Feminism? Bring it on!
Media is full of comedic women subverting the mainstream by using satire and parody as tools to challenge authority. GeekGirlCon ‘13 is proud to present Laugh Riot: Comedy as a Tool of Social Change. Join notable feminists Rebecca Watson of SkepChick, author Amanda Marcotte,writer Luvvie Ajayi, and speaker Kate Harding to discuss how comedic women combat oppression, the efficacy of combining humor and feminism for social justice, and how sometimes in the face of sexism and bigotry we could all use a good laugh.
Interested in learning more? Watch for upcoming interviews with the panelists and don’t miss this laugh-out-loud feminist panel! Get your passes before prices increase on Saturday, August 24.
By Adrienne M. Roehrich, Manager of Editorial Services.
08.21.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Do you love Muppets?
Did you know it is the 30th anniversary of Fraggle Rock? We know you remember rockin’ out and dancing your cares away! GeekGirlCon ‘13 is excited to be involved with the celebration!
We welcome back the phenomenally entertaining and talented Karen Prell (remember her from GeekGirlCon ‘11 and the Labyrinth Sing-A-Long?) along with her very special friend direct from The Jim Henson Company, Red Fraggle!
“We’re excited to meet Red and Karen when they take the stage together at GeekGirlCon ’13!” says Director of Programming and Events, Jennifer K. Stuller. Prell is as excited as we are. She said, “Performing Red in my hometown in front of a bunch of girl geeks? That’ll be amazing!”
We think so too!
Red Fraggle is as active, energetic, and competitive as the color red itself denotes. According to the Jim Henson Company, “Red Fraggle is a nonstop whirligig of activity. To her fellow Fraggles, Red is often seen as a flash of crimson racing to her next athletic pursuit. She is Fraggle Rock champion in Tug-of-War, Diving while Singing Backwards, the Blindfolded One-Legged Radish Relay, and a number of other traditional Fraggle sports. She is outgoing, enthusiastic, and athletic, but take note – her impetuosity can get her into real trouble.”
Karen Prell embarked on her first career as a puppeteer with Jim Henson and the Muppets in 1980 and performed popular film and television puppet characters for 16 years. Her most well known characters are fan favorites Red Fraggle in Fraggle Rock and the Worm in Labyrinth. Her puppet credits also include Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and several classic and recent Muppet movies. Her second career as a computer animator included work on the award-winning Pixar films Geri’s Game, For the Birds, A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2 and Disney’s Enchanted through Tippett Studio.
Karen is now well into a third career in video games at Valve, animating characters as well as tackling game testing, merchandise design and development. She was the main animator for Wheatley the mechanical companion sphere in Portal 2 and also contributed to animation for GLaDOS and the co-op bots Atlas and P-body. She is currently animating a wide variety of creatures for DotA 2. Karen’s career has come full circle and she continues to celebrate 30 years of Fraggle Rock.
Come get to know Red when Karen performs her for our community at GeekGirlCon ‘13! Buy your passes before Saturday’s price increase!
by Adrienne M. Roehrich, Manager of Editorial Services