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Panel Highlight: Diversity and inclusion in fandoms, RPGs, and beyond

GeekGirlCon attendees at a 2015 panel discussing diversity. (Photo by Sayed Alamy)

We’re living in a time with an incredible volume of movies, television, comics, books, and games. The options seem nearly endless, and while that’s exciting, it can also be disheartening when so much of that content still isn’t diverse and inclusive.

During several panels at GeekGirlCon, we will celebrate diversity in fandoms, constructively criticize the media that we love, and uplift creators making a difference in a discussion about greater representation.

Ashli Blow
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Con Prep: How to ‘Makeup’ Your Favorite Character

Con Prep is a new series of blog pieces providing tips, suggestions and other ideas as to help you prepare for convention season.

The third installment of Con Prep was written by Guest Contributor Nathalie Marsh. 

 

Comic Con is getting back to San Diego again this July and, as always, it’s going to be an exhibition full of creative displays. It’s only fair to say that almost everyone gathering there is going to participate, as in all previous years, in the mesmerizing art of cosplay. Be it fans, professionals or future makeup artists and fashion designers, this mix is going to take the stage with their amazing creations.

The work involved in re-creating your favorite character is quite something and usually comes down to the last detail. For this purpose, make-up is your go-to friend when trying to represent or even add a fine touch to your persona.

We’ve gathered a list with what we believe to be the most popular female character impersonations this year, based on the sister conventions (Eastern European Comic Con and WonderCon) and we’ll be sure to point out what makeup product is a must for each of them.

 

Wonder Woman: Up Your Makeup Game With Eyeshadow Primer

Setting numerous box-office records, the movie was a total hit, bringing to the stage the wondrous character of Diana, the immortal Amazonian princess.

All around the world, superhero fans are marveling Wonder Woman and her fierce appearance. And because we just can’t take our eyes off this beauty and strength icon, we believe that she’s going to be one of the most popular faces at this year’s Comic Con.

With a half au naturelle, half femme fatale look, fair skin and red lipstick are a total must, but the focal point in Wonder Woman’s appearance is the eyes.

There are several eyeshadow combinations you can choose from and you are free to get very creative within the classic color palette (red, gold, blue), but the key thing in trying to achieve each of these looks is choosing the best eyeshadow primer to help hold your makeup freshly in place for the whole day.

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Panel Highlight: Discussing the Media We Love

Michelle and Barack Obama

We are T minus three weeks to GeekGirlCon ‘17, and I’m already stressing over finding time for everything I want to do while I’m there. Panels make up a good 60 percent of my Con enjoyment, and I already have a list of must-see GGC panels with multiple alternates for some of the time slots, because there are too many that I’m excited about.

JC Lau already talked about the social justice panels we’ll have this year, so I get to tell you about our pop culture offerings. When life gets rough, I am all for escaping into the world of fiction, and with movies and shows like Hidden Figures, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Wonder Woman all being released in 2017, this has been a pretty good year for seeing women and women’s perspectives on screen. If you’re interested in discussing how far pop culture has come and how far it still has to go, you’ll be in good company at GGC ‘17.

Caitlin Foskey
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Review: Sell Your Heart to The Hearts We Sold

 

Written by Guest Contributor Marissa Brantley

 

Grab a latte, slip on some comfy socks, light a pumpkin scented candle, and prepare to settle in for this spooky tale about a girl who sells her heart. Her literal heart. Demons in this world, are willing to grant you your greatest desires as long as you’re willing to part with an arm, a leg, and occasionally your heart. I wondered what would prompt a person to decide to trust a demon and lose a body part in the process. I went to church-I watch Supernatural. I know that you do not trust freakin’ demons no matter what. However, the book answers that question very quickly: very desperate people.

The Hearts We Sold was not what I was expecting from the description. The author slowly ushers us into this world that is much deeper, darker, and even creepier story than as first presented. Peeling back layer after layer and feeling a little more horrified each time was both skin-crawling and highly entertaining. There were more Grimm fairytale qualities than I initially expected. The small elements of fantastic creepiness really put it over the top in the best ways.

Our main character, Dee is surrounded by fully formed characters with express purposes outside of simply helping or pushing her narrative. Because of these characters, even though the world is a fantastical one, it feels eerily realistic. Everyone has a motive, a backstory, that makes their actions, even cruel, abusive ones, realistic. It does make every action excusable, but it does make those actions understandable. Human. The romance develops naturally and sweetly and does not overpower the story. If you’ve read Vassa in The Night, which I recommend if you like dark fairytales this book would be right up your alley.

Representation-wise, this book does a fairly good job of portraying people of color, and LGBT+ characters. Dee is half Hispanic. Her race is mentioned at most two times. It does not affect her story, so if you’re searching for a character with a heavy latinx identity, this is not the book you’re looking for. This world is not exactly a diverse utopia, as some of the characters do face discrimination. However, it’s something that is alluded to in passing and does not come from any of the characters we know and love. There is a gay supporting character, as well as a trans character. Their sexuality and identity does not affect who they are as people and is only mentioned briefly.

I appreciate the way in which abuse is portrayed in this story. Abuse storylines can often be a bit obvious. They run the way that most people think all abuse happens: physical. But in The Hearts We Sold, the abuse while not exactly subtle, forces you to think about how you would survive in this situation when your options of escape are slim to none. The results of which forces Dee to make extremely difficult decisions, that I’m not sure everyone will be agree with, but I personally think it was an important one that should be illustrated as an option to matter your age or situation.

There were some aspects of the “weird” and “spooky” that seemed too readily accepted by the main character. She describes herself as being afraid all the time, yet when faced with truly terrifying situations, she’s calmer than most people would be. Only later does she seem to react appropriately to them, so it made her a little inconsistent to me. I would have liked to see her struggle with her fear more. It does get off to a bit of a shaky start, but it finds its legs early. Before you know it, it’s five hours later, you’ve forgotten to feed your cats, and you’re getting dual death glares. Can’t relate.

The Hearts We Sold is perfect to get you in the mood for Halloween season, and a great filler until we all binge watch Stranger Things come October.

 

Marissa is a grad school student, writer, and feminist who’s surviving Arkansas in our current political climate. She gets through it with her two fluffy cats and her Hufflepuff tendencies. 

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Panel Highlight: Truth, Justice, and the American Way

This year has been a challenging one for most of us who follow politics. From the Women’s March to the March for Science to the numerous Black Lives Matter Marches, activism and getting involved in political action has been increasingly prevalent in our everyday lives.

How we understand politics is also pervasive throughout pop culture and the media we consume, and this is reflected in several of the panels that will be presented at GeekGirlCon ‘17. Even if you’ve never written political slogans on a square of cardboard, nor marched in the street, there’s a place for you to start learning about how your can take what you’re passionate about and transform it into effective activism.

JC Lau
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Register for the GeekGirlCon 2017 Cosplay CONtest!

We at GeekGirlCon know every cosplay is a labor of love, which is why we want to give you the opportunity to showcase your hard work and win fabulous prizes at this year’s GeekGirlCon Cosplay CONtest! Cosplayers of all ages and experience levels are welcome to register and reserve their spot for the CONtest on Saturday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m.

Whether you’re equipping yourself to fight Ganondorf:

Link Cosplayer

Image source: GeekGirlCon Flickr

Or embodying R2-D2:

R2D2 Cosplayer

Image source: GeekGirlCon Flickr

We want to see what you’ve put together!

This year the contest will have two age groups: Adult, for adult GGC passholders, and Child, for 12-and-under attendees with child GGC passes. The event will also have a new, masquerade-type format to give everyone more time on stage. Space is limited and entries are online-only, so submit your application early! Registration opens Tuesday, September 5 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time and closes when all of the spots are filled, or on Friday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, whichever comes first.

Good luck!

Caitlin Foskey
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Seeking Models for the GeekGirlCon 2017 Fashion Show!

GeekGirlCon Fashion Show Models

UPDATE: The deadline for applying to be a geek model has been extended to Tuesday, September 12!

Are you a geek who loves fashion? Own the runway Saturday, September 30 at the GeekGirlCon Fashion Show! We are looking for a diverse group of individuals to model outfits created by designers from six geek fashion companies. Come be part of an evening that both highlights how empowering geek fashion can be and addresses the steps still needed to make geek fashion truly inclusive for everyone.  

GeekGirlCon Fashion Show Models

Image source: GeekGirlCon Flickr

Experience what goes on behind the scenes at a fashion show and enjoy your time in the limelight with a fun community of design-minded geeks. Time is short and space is limited, so get your application in by Tuesday, September 12 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time to be in the running.

For a first-hand perspective on what it’s like to be a GeekGirlCon Fashion Show Model, check out SJ-1’s blog post The Life of a Famous Geek Model.

Caitlin Foskey
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Geek About Town: September

Can you believe summer is almost over?! But don’t fret, September has plenty of fun geeky things to do  plus GeekGirlCon is the last weekend of the month! Here’s some events to check out in the meantime.

Friday, Sept. 1: Scratch Retro Gaming: Pac-Man

  • Starts at 1 p.m. Living Computer Museum in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood
  • Free event
  • In Living Computer Museum Scratch Retro-Gaming Workshop series, you recreate the 8-bit classics. Boys and girls use MIT’s popular free programming platform, Scratch, to write and debug scripts, learn basic coding rules and jargon, and use simple game theory to create one of the most famous arcade games of all time: Pac-Man.

Friday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 4: PAX West (Visit GeekGirlCon in the diversity lounge!)

  • PAX West is sold out, but if you already have your tickets, make sure to come visit us at our table!
  • GeekGirlCon has been a proud participant at the PAX Diversity Lounge since it started in 2014. (This is year #4!) We’ll also be selling passes to our convention and GeekGirlCon merch! Learn more here. 

Ashli Blow
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GeekGirlCon at PAX West

GeekGirlCon will be taking part in the PAX Diversity Lounge September 1st through September 4th. This is the Diversity Lounge’s fourth year, and we’ve been participating since it first started!

Come meet us (including me!) We’ll be waiting and ready to talk about GeekGirlCon, sell some merch and passes, and may have a fun surprise or two! So make sure to stop by and say hello.

 

Panels and Events

A few members of our staff will also be participating in a handful of panels at PAX, including:

 

Kristine Hassell

Panel: The Evolution of the Gaming Industry: Fresh Voices in Gaming

Info: Friday, Sept 1st from 12pm-1pm in Sandworm Theatre (Sheraton Level 2)

 

JC Lau & Asia al-Massari

Panel: Gaming While “Other”

Info: Friday, Sept 1st from 6pm-7pm in Sandworm Theatre (Sheraton Level 2)

 

Kathryn Storm

Panel: Git Gud Ally: Beyond 101

Info: Saturday, Sept 2nd from 3:30pm-4:30pm in Hippogriff Theatre (Hyatt Level 1)

 

Shubz Blalack

Panel: Geek v. Geek: The Fight for the Finest Fandom

Info: Sunday, Sept 3rd from 7:30pm-8:30pm in Sandworm Theatre (Sheraton Level 2)

 

Our Merch Manager, Shubz, will also be participating in a Nerdcore Showcase on Saturday, September 2nd:

 

NPC Collective Presents: The PAX West Nerdcore Showcase at Funhouse

Saturday, September 2nd at 7:30pm (additional event information)

 

The Golden Ticket

Do you think you can find the golden ticket? We’ll have a couple tricks up our sleeve this year at PAX…a little scavenger hunt of sorts.

Each day of the event, there will be four Golden Tickets hiding about PAX. All of the tickets will be with one of our many staffers. Make sure to check out the GeekGirlCon Twitter each morning for some hints and tips regarding the location of the Golden Tickets—all of which can be turned in for some fab prizes at our table in the Diversity Lounge!

 

Our early bird prices end tomorrow, August 31st. So if you want in on that great deal, make sure to buy your tickets online today. Otherwise, passes will be available for purchase at PAX at our standard pricing.

Happy gaming!

Indigo Boock
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