GeekGirlCon ’13 Info Page

Panelist Bios 2011

At GeekGirlCon, we are proud to present an array of professionals, fans, and just generally awesome people to be part of our programming. From technology and science to burlesque and Star Wars, each of our panelists brings a unique perspective on her/his geekery.

Adina Senft holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty. In her day job, she’s a copyeditor for a marketing communications company in Silicon Valley, as well as a multi-published author. Writing as Shelley Bates, she was the winner of RWA’s RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, a finalist for that award in 2006, and, writing as Shelley Adina, was a Christy Award finalist in 2009. Three of her books have shortlisted for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award for book of the year. Of her fiction, publisher and industry blogger W. Terry Whalin has said, “Readers will be lost in the vivid world that [she] paints with incredible detail and masterful storytelling.” A transplanted Canadian, Adina returns there annually to have heur accent calibrated. Between books, she enjoys traveling with her husband, playing the piano and Celtic harp, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.
Panel: Writing Through Real Life: How to Write with a Day Job or a Baby to Change

Alan “Sizzler” Kistler is an actor and freelance writer living in New York City who has been recognized by news media and comic book publishers as a historian who specializes in superhero comics and Doctor Who. His work can be found on sites such as MTV Splashpage, Nerd Puddle, ComicMix, and Newsarama, where he does a weekly column “Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.” describing the visual evolution of many fictional heroes and villains. He is also the creator/host of the web-series and podcast Crazy Sexy Geeks. Twitter: @SizzlerKistler
Panel: Very Special Dudes

Alenda Chang
Panel: Geeky Intersections: Girl Culture, Fan Culture, and Game Culture

Allena Gabosch is the Executive Director of the Center for Sex Positive Culture has been producing educational and social events for the sex-positive community since 1990. She is a frequent speaker on many sex-positive subjects at colleges and conferences around the US and Canada with an emphasis on BDSM and polyamory. She is the producer of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. She is a former commissioner with the Seattle LGBT Commission. She is a kinky bisexual, polyamorous switch and considers herself extremely blessed as she has a rich and full poly life, with many amazing and loving people in her “polycule.”
Panel: Everything You’ve Wanted to Know about Kinky Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Alison Mandaville from Pacific Lutheran University
Panel: Geek Girl Power: Can’t Stop the Signal

Amanda Wan: By day, I am an analyst in technology services at a non-profit organization in Seattle; at night, I can be found in my craft room or online raiding a dungeon. I have played MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) since 2005, beginning as a total newbie and progressing through end-game raiding, becoming an officer of a multi-MMO multi-national guild. To varying extents, I have played World of Warcraft, Dark Age of Camelot, RF Online, Lineage II, Rohan Online, Granado Espada/Sword of the New World, Warhammer Online and Aion.
Panel: Costume Crafts and Cosplay

Amruta Mehta is a full-time space nerd who also takes up consultancy, writing and editing jobs when she isn’t dancing or throwing paint about on walls. Having eloped and married the wonders of physics and adventure at a young age, her geekiness went on to work for the European Space Agency and the German Aerospace Center and is now an independent expert for the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency. She is currently based out of the bustling city of Mumbai, India, from where she shares her perspective of the world and can be found tweeting @amrutamehta.
Panel: Adventures of Women in Science!

Amy Berg is a writer/producer/geek hyphenate. She’s worked her way up the producer ranks twice — once as a half-hour writer at Nickelodeon and most recently as a one-hour dramatist on such shows as Eureka (Syfy), Leverage (TNT), The 4400 (USA), and Threshold (CBS). Currently she’s working on a miniseries, developing several network pilots, and occasionally lending her awkward public speaking skills to such geektastic ventures as w00tstock. Berg has written kiddie comedy, soap operas, crime dramas, and science fiction and has also dabbled in comic books and feature films. She plainly needs to focus. Until then, you can find her @bergopolis on Twitter.
Panel: Character Studies: Geek Girls in Popular Culture

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a 4th generation visual artist from Hollywood, California. She runs a handmade art business called Surly-Ramics where she creates ceramic jewelry inspired by science and skepticism. Amy is a longtime contributor to the widely popular blog Skepchick.org where she writes, among other things, a skeptical advice column called “Ask Surly Amy.” She is managing editor for MadArtLab.com, which deals with the intersection between art, science, and skepticism. She loves to add her creative skills to the fight against pseudoscience.
Panel: Skepchicks

Amy Sjoberg has been collecting items from a galaxy far, far, away for the past 16 years. She spends her free hours geek crafting, adding items to her Etsy store (Nerdventions), working on her life-sized R2-D2, and sewing costumes. When she’s not going to conventions or crocheting plush Taun Taun’s, she is actively looking for more Ewoks to add to her growing Ewok Village collection. Amy is a member of the R2 Builder’s club and the Seattle Area Lucasfilm Artifacts Collector’s Club.
Panel: Boobies and Blasters: The Women of Star Wars

Andria Holley
Panel: On Writing Urban Fantasy

Ang Jandak, Community Manager of Offbeat Bride: Fan of Doctor Who when the Daleks were actually garbage cans with plungers; named dog after a Monty Python sketch; and sometimes speaks HTML and CSS in conversation with normal people.
Panel: Rocking the Geek Niche

Angela Johnson
Panel: Stunt-Grrls

Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist pop culture critic who produces an ongoing web series of video commentaries from a feminist/fangirl perspective at FeministFrequency.com. She uses her web show to explore representations of race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability in popular culture. Her videos are used as educational tools in classrooms and are screened at conferences and film festivals. She speaks internationally about feminist media criticism, online video production, remix video, and fair use.
Panels: Geek Girl Vlogging and Media Literacy, Criticism, and Production

Anna Minard spent six and a half years as a kids and YA bookseller at her friendly neighborhood indie, University Book Store. Now she’s a copy editor and sometimes writer at her local alt-weekly The Stranger.
Panel: YA Authors

April Grant (Destini) and Shadhavar Shockley: With years of experience in creating online content between them, April and Shadhavare have been producing the weekly live podcast Indie Intertube since January 2010. This podcast delves deep into the world of webseries with in-depth interviews, reviews, and weekly awards. Their website is updated daily with all the webseries news too. In January 2011, they launched the ‘Indie Intertube Awards’ with nominations and later that month hosted their first Annual Awards ceremony. They are an active part of the webseries community and launched a new video live video show on Stickam with Mingle Media TV in June 2011.
Panel: Women in Webseries

Anne Timmons was born in Portland, and has a BFA from Oregon State University. In addition to her collaboration on the Lulu Award-winning GoGirl! with Trina Robbins, Anne’s work includes the Eisner Award-nominated Dignifying Science and the comics version of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She has also drawn and painted children’s books and covers and interior art for magazines including Comic Book Artist and Wired. She has also illustrated for Graphic Classics, Capstone and recently another graphic novel with Trina, Lily Renee, Escape Artist for Lerner Books.
Panel: GirlHeroes

Ariel Meadow Stallings is a writer and editor who got her start editing a rave magazine in the mid-’90s. Stallings has been published in magazines and newspapers like Modern Bride, ReadyMade Magazine, and Seattle Weekly.
Her work has been featured by The New York Times, Today Show, and The Guardian. Ariel’s book, Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives For Independent Brides, was first published in 2007 with a second edition in 2010. She launched OffbeatBride.com in 2007 to promote the book, but instead the website grew into the world’s most popular blog dedicated to nontraditional weddings, spinning off two additional websites, Offbeat Mama and Offbeat Home. The Offbeat Empire, as its now known, is grown into an online network serving 3 million page views a month, with a staff of eight editors, developers, and community managers.
Panel: Rocking the Geek Niche

Ariel Wetzel is a graduate student in English literature at University of Washington, where she studies feminist in science fiction. Wetzel is a labor activist and involved in the anti-budget cuts movement at her university. Since 2005, she’s written about feminist and videogames (sometimes under her penname Lake Desire) on the sites New Game Plus, Feminist SF: The Blog!, Cerise, and The Border House.
Panels: Geeky Intersections: Girl Culture, Fan Culture, and Game Culture and You Play Like a Girl: Video Games, Feminism, and The Border House

Arletta Gustafson is a proud Seattlite, who is, by an overwhelming majority vote, the hippie activist of the family. She sampled civil disobedience in 7th grade and hasn’t stopped fighting for what’s fair and right since. Often having five books going at the same time, booksellers see her coming and rejoice. When she’s not working for The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), she is cuddling with her cat and causing trouble with the Instigators, the Washington HPA chapter.
Panels: Geeks with a Heart of Gold and Women of Harry Potter

Ashley Cook
Panel: That Comic Isn’t About Me

Beverly Poole started acting for audio drama at the far off age of 13, when she couldn’t do an accent to save her life. Now, at the old and mature age of 20, she spends her time pretending to be killers, ingenues, and clones for 19 Nocturne Boulevard, Warp’d Space, and her own reflection. Maturity rocks.
Panel: Tell Your Story Through Audio Drama

Billy Corazon has long been able to expound at ridiculous lengths on the complex feminism of Alan Moore and the bizarre intricacies of Silver Age DC Comics continuity, but it is only relatively recently that he has started using these quirks of character as an excuse to take his clothes off in front of people. He has since taken to proclaiming himself the earthly manifestation of Huruth-Zaa, the ancient Sumerian deity of Omnisexual Geek Sluts, but this should be taken with some degree of skepticism, as he is a notoriously unreliable narrator and likely an opium sot to boot.
Panels: Nerd Burlesque: Translating Fandom to the Stage and Whedonesque Burlesque

Bonnie Burton: San Francisco-based author Bonnie Burton writes about everything from Wookiees to mean girls. Best known for her Star Wars crafts and drawing books, Bonnie’s geektastic books include: The Star Wars Craft Book (Del Rey/Random House), Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Klutz Books), You Can Draw: Star Wars (DK Children), and Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Planets in Peril (DK Readers). In addition to her Star Wars books, she recently wrote a teen girl advice book on how to deal with mean girls while not becoming one called Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean To Each Other and How We Can Change (Orange Avenue Publishing). The book features helpful advice written for teen girls, as well as advice from female celebrities such as Tegan from Tegan & Sara, Jane Wiedlin from The Go-Go’s, and Hannah Aitchison from L.A. Ink. Bonnie’s ground-breaking first book is an anthology of stories and essays from prominent bloggers, and interviews on why they blog, called Never Threaten To Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs (Apress). Her writing also appeared in the comic book anthology The Girls’ Guide to Guys’ Stuff (Friends of Lulu) as well as Wired, SFX, Bust, Craft, Star Wars Insider, Geek Monthly, and Organic Gardening magazines. She works for Lucasfilm as a senior editor at Starwars.com. When Bonnie’s not writing books or making Chewbacca sock puppets, she’s answering questions about ghost hunting, weird candy, troll dolls, and bizarre warning labels on her vlog “Ask Bonnie” which can be found on Youtube. Learn more about Bonnie Burton on her site: www.grrl.com.
Follow her on Twitter @bonniegrrl.
Panels: Killing Cattiness and Creating Community, Make Yoda Stick-Puppets with Bonnie Burton, and Womanthology

Brittany Matter is a freelance editor and writer. She has written promotional materials for Fantagraphics Books and Image Comics, and she is currently editing The Intrepids, an X-Men meets Scooby-Doo comic book mini-series written by Kurtis J. Wiebe and drawn by Scott Kowalchuk. She loves to read comics and fix all those pesky mistakes! She lives in Seattle, WA and blogs on Thought Bubble Universe.
Panel: GirlHeroes

Brooks Peck is the curator of the EMP Museum Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition.
Panel: Oral History Live! With Jane Espenson

Camille Chu is a senior animator working at Warner Brother’s Game Studio in Kirkland. She has been in the game industry for 5+ years and has worked in everything from modeling, texturing, design, and animation. She has worked in studios such as Turbine Games, Tencent Boston, and Warner Brothers. Some of her titles include Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragon’s Online, and The Mines of Moria. Camille is also is an active participant of the independent scene as the Co-Founder of TribeToy and their most recent Xbox Live Indie Games release Chu’s Dynasty.
Panel: Girls Make Games Too

Carrie and Katie Goldman: Carrie Goldman is the author of Portrait of an Adoption, a blog that has drawn over 450,000 views just since November 15, 2010 and receives several thousand unique views per day. The blog is hosted by ChicagoNow, an online community owned by The Chicago Tribune. Goldman writes about issues related to adoption and parenting. Goldman is writing her first book, The Littlest Jedi, an exploration of bullying prevention that will be published by Harper Collins. Goldman received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management. She was a commercial banker with Bank One, now JP Morgan Chase, from 1998 to 2004 and happily worked on financial presentations. Goldman and her husband Andrew adopted baby Katie in 2003. The life-changing process of building a family served as the catalyst for Goldman’s transition away from the world of finance and into the world of the arts. She founded her own company, Artwork By Carrie, and entered the art show and gallery circuit. Through her award-winning oil paintings, Goldman expresses her emotions about the beauty, sadness, and joy unexpectedly found in life. Goldman lives in Evanston, IL with her husband and three young daughters, of whom Katie is the oldest. You may remember reading about Katie in November 2010 and her experiences being bullied at school by first-grade boys because she carried a Star Wars water bottle. The boys repeatedly picked on Katie in the lunch room, telling her Star Wars was for boys only. GeekGirlCon feels for these young boys, who do not yet know that geek girls exist and that we are everywhere. GeekGirlCon applauds Katie’s courage in declaring her love of Star Wars and believes that the force is strong with this one!
Panel: Geeks Raising Geeks

Cate Huston
Panel: The Importance of Superheroes

Catherine Bailey is a graduate student in English at Western Michigan University. A longtime lover of anime and gaming, she is passionate about exploring the intersections between Japanese popular culture, gender studies, and literary theory. Her involvement with nonprofits such as Yes Magazine and Teen Talking Circles has inspired her to work for the empowerment of young women and for more widespread media literacy. Her areas of interest include feminist criticism, visual culture, narratology and identity construction, and postcolonial studies. (She hopes, someday, to find the time to finish the graphic novel she started when she was 10.)
Panel: The Heroine: Journey, Culture, and Narrative

Cathe Post has always been a geek. Before she was even born, she rocked out to John Williams’ Star Wars in the womb. When she isn’t writing for GeekMom or tutoring people on how to use computers, Cathe can be found playing Dungeons & Dragons, Pokemon, or a board game with her husband. The rest of the time she is chasing her two geeklings.
Panel: Geeks Raising Geeks

Cat Rambo is a Seattle area-based fantasy and sci-fi writer and tech journalist. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Weird Tales, and Tor.com among other places. www.kittywumpus.net
Panel: How Broad is Your Universe?

Cat Rocketship, Managing Editor of Offbeat Home, met husband at space camp, writer of X-Files fanfic, harbors a talent for Warhawk, Starcraft, Diablo II, and Katamari, and a passion for Farscape, Magnum PI, Quantum Leap and MST3K.
Panel: Rocking the Geek Niche

Chase Masterson: Actress, producer, and singer, Chase Masterson broke into the biz with a role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as “Leeta”, a Dabo girl in Quark’s bar. First intended as a four-line character, Leeta became an integral part of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine cast and her role extended into a five-year story arc. Chase is also recognized for her reoccurring television work on General Hospital, playing opposite Bruce Campbell in the first Sci-Fi Original Movie Terminal Invasion, playing Sabrina Loyd’s sister on Sliders, and hosting SciFi Entertainment. Additionally, Chase is known as being the featured guest star in the Emmy-Award winning episode of ER that broke records for prime-time television with 49-million viewers when it first hit the air. Some of her film work includes Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back For More, the award-winning Marina and her most recent film, Yesterday was a Lie. She was also the executive producer for Through Your Eyes, a feature length documentary about the world’s only deaf-blind triplets. Chase’s accomplishments on the screen are complimented by her stellar vocal talent. Film Score Monthly described Chase as a jazz-singer that “slides comfortably between Streisand, Judy Garland and Billie Holiday.” She has currently released four albums and often performs for the U.S.O. A self-professed geek, who was ostracized growing up, Chase now gets her geek on with a love of Doctor Who and has admitted to not only have visited the TARDIS console of the 8th Doctor on multiple occasions, but to having to be dragged from the Doctor Who exhibition in London after closing. It’s okay, Chase, you’re in good company. We totally understand.
Panel: Star Trek and Beyond with Chase Masterson

Cherie Priest is the author of ten novels, including the Clockwork Century series from Tor and the Cheshire Red series from Bantam Spectra. Her 2009 novel Boneshaker was nominated for a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award and won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.
Panel: Steampunk!

Cheryl Platz has been a user experience designer at Microsoft for over three years, working on advanced user interfaces for information technology professionals. She is also a veteran of the interactive entertainment and video game industries – past employers include MAYA Design, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Electronic Arts/Maxis, and Griptonite Games. She also serves as an executive board member for IGNITE, a local 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging young girls to consider careers in science and technology. When the sun sets, Cheryl is a musical theatre performer and a professional improv actress with Unexpected Productions (Seattle TheatreSports). blog.cherylplatz.com.
Panel: Enticing a New Generation of Women into STEM Careers

Chris Lange
Panel: That Comic Isn’t About Me

Christina Xu works at Breadpig, a purveyor and publisher of all things geek (including the XKCD book), which donates all of its non-sustainable profits to organizations and individuals doing great things for the world. She is a co-founder at ROFLCon, a convention to celebrate internet memes. In her spare time, Christina is working on a documentary about Chinese-Jamaicans and their contribution to reggae.
Panel: Feminism, Race, and Geek Culture: Perspectives from Women of Color

Chrystal Doucette is founder of DigitalSoaps, the original inventor of geek and gamer soap. Chrystal’s soap was the first to communicate with subcultures of gamers and geeks. As a fan of handmade soap and gaming, she found the two ideas merged well. Soon, Chrystal left the 24-7 world of news reporting for a much more zen existence as full-time soapmaker and geek craft pioneer.
Panel: Women Running Geeky Businesses

Claire Hummel grew up in LA, studied Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design, and ended up in Seattle as a concept artist for Xbox. She was lucky enough to have a dad who took her sister and her to sci-fi conventions as a kid, so she continues that tradition to this day… Just with more costumes.
Panels: Steampunk! and Girls Make Games Too

Clinton McClung, Central Cinema
Panel: GeekGirlCon Closing Ceremony & Labyrinth Sing-Along with Clinton McClung and Special Guest Karen Prell

Cori May
Panel: The Designing Women of BioWare

Crusher Frequency (Michelle Maggitti) Crusher Frequency skated a lot as a kid, mostly outdoors since the local skating rink was known to have shootings. She started playing roller derby when she found the awesome-ness that is Potential Fresh Meat. Freq skated with them for about a year and a half when the Tilted Thunder opportunity presented itself. Shortly thereafter, she fell in love with banked track roller derby, and it’s where she finds herself today. She also enjoys all things sci-fi/fantasy/nerd including, but not limited to, Star Trek, every movie Wil Wheaton is in, Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Guild, etc.
Panel: Roller Derby Rising: Bringing Back the Bank

Crystal von Oy‘s love for costuming has been lifelong, but only recently has she found the costuming clubs and being able to have an “outlet” for her hobby. She holds a B.A. in theatre, so costumes and makeup are things that she focused on, and she has a never ending list of costumes she wants to make! She has been unemployed a year, so she has been able to find some rather creative ways to get her costumes done. Not only does she get to make and wear costumes all year round and make friends, but she is enjoying helping give back to the community at the same time!
Panel: Geeks with a Heart of Gold

Cunning Minx is the sultry-voiced producer and host of the Polyamory Weekly podcast, sharing tales from the front of responsible non-monogamy from a pansexual, kink-friendly and extremely geeky point of view. A geeky boobiesexual, Minx founded the show as a resource for the poly and poly-curious to form a community, share experiences, and help guide each other on their journeys of poly and kinky exploration. Minx has been a submissive for the past ten years and founded The Lost Generation Chicago, a social club for kinksters and kink-friendly aged 18-85. Minx has spoken on poly, kinky, and Web 2.0 community-building topics at Dragon*Con, Conflation (a sci-fi relax-a-con), MomentumCon, Atlanta Poly Weekend, Sex 2.0, Leather Leadership Conference, Vancouver PolyCamp, Northwest PolyCamp, Galleria Domain 2, Heartland Polyamory Conference, New York Poly Pride, and Poly Living. The Polyamory Weekly podcast is the winner of the 2007 Erotic Award for Best Podcast and has received accolades from the likes of ErosZine, Fleshbot, and the Chicago Sun-Times.
Panel: Everything You’ve Wanted to Know about Kinky Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Curt White (Kato Shiroi) is a graduate of Eastern WA University and working as a computer cartographer. White volunteers as public relations liaison for Sakura-Con animation convention and has staffed the convention since 2007. She studied natural sciences, music, and performing arts in college and continues to use her studies in crossplay (costuming opposite gender characters) and cosplay roles, having dozens of costumes. She helps coordinate costume chess games where people are the chess pieces, and costuming panels such as the Crossplay Panel. We have now formed the Crossplay Society in order to help others with costuming and crossplay.
Panel: Crossplay 101 — A Guide to Cross Gender Cosplay

Dana Hunter is a science blogger, SF writer, complete geology addict, and Gnu Atheist. She loves Doctor Who, Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Find her at her blog En Tequila es Verdad.
Panel: Skepchicks

Danielle McGill Hinesly writes women’s fiction and fantasy. She grew up in the Deep South among Spanish moss, sweet tea…and family secrets. With children in tow, Danielle moved to the US-Mexican border and discovered magical tumbleweeds, tamales, and endearing friends. She has edited and written for newspapers, websites, and a women’s magazine. Though she loves writing just about anything, one day characters began whispering in her ear. Danielle decided it was time to go back to school to learn to write fiction. She earned her M.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University. Danielle has written one novel, Chiggers, Grits & Dead Shrimp in Heaven and is working on two more. She teaches English at the El Paso Community College. She hopes to one day transform into a dragon.
Panel: Writing Through Real Life: How to Write with a Day Job or a Baby to Change

Deirdra Kiai is an indie game developer with a passion for interactive narrative. She has previously worked as a programmer and designer for Hothead Games and Telltale Games, and she most recently completed a solo project called Life Flashes By. She has also previously spoken on panels at PAX and Casual Connect on the subjects of interactive storytelling, women in games, and social responsibility in games.
Panels: Life Flashes By: The Making of an Indie Video Game and You Play Like a Girl: Video Games, Feminism, and The Border House

Deunan Berkeley
Panel: Boobies and Blasters: The Women of Star Wars

DonitaMann (Jules Jones) has been aggressively pursuing utility skater status for just over a year. She’s a filmmaker and musician, who is teaching herself to play the accordion.
Loves: skating, Harlan Ellison, Steven Sondheim, Stephen King, karaoke, Igor Stravinsky, The Wheel of Time, Battlestar Galactica, physics, drinking and hard living, rock & roll, strong independent women, and just about everyone named ‘Tim.’ Hates: Wedding shows, motion sickness, waiting, people who can’t stop whining about their boyfriends/the boyfriends who make them whine, wedgies, woman-haters, cancer, lazy spelling, pad stank, ‘post-feminism,’ and saxophones.
Panel: Roller Derby Rising: Bringing Back the Bank

The Doubleclicks, also known as sisters Angela and Aubrey Webber, are a nerd/comedy folk band based in Portland, Oregon. Their songs cover the topics important to them–games, grammar and Jurassic Park. Their first CD, called Beta Testing 1-2-3, covers these topics and others, and they post new music on their YouTube channel and website frequently, some as part of their song-a-week project.

Edmund Chang, University of Washington: Ed is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Washington. His areas of emphasis are 20th century American literature, science fiction, and queer theory. Ed teaches classes in LARPing and hosts table game sessions every Sunday.
Panel: Geeky Intersections: Girl Culture, Fan Culture, and Game Culture

Elizabeth Heckmaier Dr. Lieutenant Doctor/Physicist, Crabcat Industries: No team of pseudo-heroes is complete without a scientist. Someone to say it’s OK to sweep up tritium dust and not to touch anything in the radioactive corner of the lab. Elizabeth is the resident physicist, electronics specialist, and general badass. No joke. She graduated from Berkeley, worked with a particle accelerator, got super powers, and is now getting her PhD in blinding people with science.
Panel: “No, I am not a Booth Babe:” Sexism in the Video Game Industry

Elsa Von Schmaltz has many passions: dingle balls, lime green, googly eyes, and ugly ’60s fashion. She is whimsical, sexy, absurd, seductive. She will make you laugh, reflect, rejoice, and recoil! Beauty, boobs, and brains, Elsa is the total neo-burlesque package; you just can’t look away! Elsa is an instructor and emcee at Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque, as well as the regular host of Naked Girls Reading. Performance highlights include being a cast member of Shine: A Burlesque Musical, being featured in the boylesque documentary Waxie Moon, and being a founding member of the now defunct The Von Foxies, which won Miss Exotic World 2007 for Best Troupe.
Panel: Nerd Burlesque: Translating Fandom to the Stage

Emily Huh is the editor-in-chief at Cheezburger, the company behind popular humor sites such as I Can Has Cheezburger and FAIL Blog. She started Cheezburger with her husband, Ben Huh, in 2007, and the company is quickly becoming the new internet media empire counting a passionate fan base of 16.5 million people who upload more than 500,000 pictures and videos and view 375 million pages and 110 million videos each month.
Panel: Lessons Learned from the World of LOLcats, FAILS, and Other Blunders

Erin Lovejoy-Guron is a college librarian and Oakland resident. She hadn’t read comics since junior high; then she and her wife got the Justice League series for Christmas. Now they have a collection of Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, and Buffy trades. Erin has a B.A. from Western Washington University in cultural anthropology — focusing on the structure of society, women, gender, religion — and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Mills College with focuses in gender, sexuality, science fiction. She is gathering information for a novel about going to Themyscira to study the immortal Amazons. Erin is supported in this obsession by her wife and son.
Panel: The Heroine: Journey, Culture, and Narrative

Erica McEachern believes in magic, or she may just be seeing things. (Did you take her glasses again?) She holds a BA in Humanities from Rollins College and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. A voracious reader, gamer, cook, blanket thief, and writer, she thinks e-publishing is the wave of the future and won’t miss packing 50 boxes of books every time she moves (and she moves a lot). Born in Germany into a military family, she attended four high schools in four years, was in Germany for the fall of Communism, has a piece of the Wall, and the spirit of a nomad. By day, she is a tech writer, but has been the worst waitress known to man, the grumpiest bookseller east of the Mississippi, and the most scatterbrained administrative assistant ever. Then she discovered Post-it-Notes and decided to take over the world. She writes and edits daily, yes daily. Why? Because she’s not allowed to game, drink, read, or socialize until the writing is done, and she does love to game with a good glass of wine (and a bad one as well…. who needs to shoot straight on COD?) If you want to stalk her, connect with her, she can be found on Twitter (@moodymeow), Facebook, Google + (Erica McEachern), and www.erica.mceachern.com.
Panel: Writing Through Real Life: How to Write with a Day Job or a Baby to Change

Erica McGillivray spends too much contemplating the socioeconomic importance of the bananaphone. She’s is snarky feminist geek. Erica loves kittens and tiny baby polar bears, soap opera plots in comic books, and dreams of flying in the stars. She works in e-commerce with a focus on social media and SEO. Erica lives and loves in Seattle, her adopted hometown. You can find more about her on her website, Sliver of Ice. Oh, yeah, Erica’s also president and marketing director of GeekGirlCon.
Panels: GeekGirlCon Masquerade and Women Running Geeky Businesses

Ericka M. Johnson is addicted to volunteering. She has been a minion, a volunteer coordinator, and an event organizer. Volunteering with the Center for Sex Positive Culture for the last five years provided ample opportunities to learn and grow. Ericka’s most ambitious project was the creation of the Steampunk Exhibition Ball to benefit the CSPC. She also worked with the Seattle SteamRats to create the Seattle Steampunk Film Festival when bandits stole the brass clockworks from a local historic clock.
Panel: Geeks with a Heart of Gold and Steampunk!

Gail Simone, creator of the Women in Refrigerators List — which subsequently raised awareness of the treatment of women in comic books, has written Simpsons comics for Bongo, Killer Princesses for Oni Press (with co-creator and artist Lea Hernandez), and a Rose and Thorn limited series for DC Comics. In 2003, she took over DC’s Birds of Prey title. Under her direction, Birds of Prey became one of DC’s steadiest selling and most critically acclaimed books. In 2007, she took over writing duties on Wonder Woman. Additionally, Simone’s commitment to creating diverse casts of characters led her to win a Glyph Comics Award for Best Female Character in Thomasina Lindo — one of the lead characters in Welcome to Tranquility — a creator-owned comic published by WildStorm. Simone has also worked on a reboot of Gen¹³ for WildStorm and All-New Atom for DC Comics. She has also done work in scripting for television and film based on comics including an episode of Justice League Unlimited and early drafts of the Wonder Woman animated direct to DVD feature film (2009). She recently returned to writing the Birds of Prey series for DC Comics and can be followed on Twitter or her Tumblr, Ape in a Cape.
Panels: History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman, Batgirls, Killing Cattiness and Creating Community, and That Comic Isn’t About Me

Geek 3000 (Aubry Hernandez Zajac) never skated as a kid and was rarely active as an adult! But after watching two seasons of Rat City and Jet City play, she was coerced by a Tilted Thunder skater to join up as a referee. February 2010, she joined Tilted Thunder as a ref, strapped on skates, and learned how to roll in her hallway, at the local tennis court, and the local bowl and skate. Outside of derby, she works at an emergency veterinary hospital and is a mother to two awesome kids.
Panel: Roller Derby Rising: Bringing Back the Bank

Glynis Mitchell is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and feminist. She was classically trained in New York and Seattle. While some of her critics have compared her writing to late Polish speculative fiction writer Stanislaw Lem and “enjoyed the process of moving from perplexity to discovery,” others have found her work “discouragingly confusing.” Coincidentally (or not…), that’s also a perfect description of her life in general. Her time-travel webseries, CAUSALITY, is scheduled for a December 2011 release.
Panel: Women in Webseries

Greg Rucka is a New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels and literally hundreds of comics. In addition to his award-winning work for Marvel and DC, he is the creator of several properties published through Oni Press, including Stumptown, Black Magick, Queen & Country, and Whiteout, the last of which was made into a feature film by Dark Castle Entertainment, starring Kate Beckinsale. Rucka’s work has been optioned several times over, and he serves as a creative and story consultant in television, film, and electronic entertainment. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and family and is currently at work on his latest novel, Alpha, due to be published in 2011 by Mulholland Books, an imprint of LittleBrown. www.gregrucka.com.
Panel: Very Special Dudes

Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard runs and owns Gypsy Audio an audio drama company that does a myriad of different shows, many of which she writes, mixes, and sometimes acts in herself. Gwendolyn also voice acts for several other companies web-wide and has to date done over 200 different roles. She is also a writer of urban-fantasy and fantasy novels still waiting to be published. (At least, once she sends them off.) She’s an avid gamer, geek, actors, writer, reader, and oh yeah, wife and mother (which isn’t really last place).
Panel: Tell Your Story Through Audio Drama

Hallie Torrey is a full-time Hufflepuff and a part-time fan artist with an impressively long name: Hallie Alexa Marie Torrey Jaworski LeFebvre. On the Harry Potter Alliance Ning, she is known simply as “Hallie.” Hallie has a master’s degree in applied math, but aspires to be a professional illustrator. She is a Rocky Mountain baby with two cats from Indiana. Her favorite color is white, and her favorite word is “now.”
Panel: Women of Harry Potter

Hannah “Neurotica” Forman is the creator and editor of the critically acclaimed ‘zine Ax Wound: Gender & the Horror Genre. She is also the founder of Women in Horror Month — an event that launched after posting her manifesto about the importance of recognizing all the women who love and contribute to the horror genre. It is now an international celebration, taking home the 2010 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Fan Event. Since May 2008, Neurotica launched and has hosted the first and longest running radio show dedicated to zines: ZINECORE RADIO. Her writing has appeared in Bitch Magazine, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Broken Pencil, and her art has been written about in Curve Magazine, Yahoo! News, The Guardian, AOL News, Rue Morgue, and FearNET to name a few. She is currently in pre-production on her directorial debut HOTLINE starring Shannon Lark and working on getting her MFA application complete.
Panel: Beyond the Scream Queen

Haviva Avirom is a lifelong fan of sci-fi and fantasy, especially the kind with strong competent female characters. Her particular favorites include Kara “Starbuck” Thrace in Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica, Myka Bering in Warehouse 13, Tara Chace in Queen & Country, the current DC incarnations of the Question and Batwoman, and Willow Rosenberg in Buffy: the Vampire Slayer. While completing her masters in theatre history, she took a course in sci-fi and horror cinema which led to an expanded interest in feminism in popular media. She is a dramaturg currently residing in Los Angeles with a specialization in modern Shakespeare production.
Panel: The Heroine: Journey, Culture, and Narrative

Heidi Von Haught has been involved in Seattle’s Neo Burlesque scene since 2004, producing and performing in hundreds of shows across the country during that time. Heidi began her career as co-founder of the comedy burlesque troupe, The Von Foxies, taking the stage in Las Vegas to win Miss Exotic World’s Best Troupe award in 2007. Heidi is a co-producer of Seattle’s Naked Girls Reading chapter and is currently acting as Chair for the Programming Committee of BurlyCon 2011, the annual educational burlesque convention held in Seattle.
Panel: Nerd Burlesque: Translating Fandom to the Stage

Hilary Shapiro Gunnery Chief/President, Crabcat Industries: Writer. Snowboarder. Video game proselytizer. All-around sci-fi nerd and animal lover. When not Crabcatting, you can find Hilary (aka Gunny) working as a marketing director for a software company or evangelizing her book to anyone who’ll listen. She also collects Scottish great swords.
Panel: “No, I am not a Booth Babe:” Sexism in the Video Game Industry

Holly Conrad Commander/Creative Director, Crabcat Industries: Faced with the prospect of a life working in an office with bad florescent lighting, Holly decided to take her medieval studies degree and doodle on it. Now she leads a team of talented artists, actors, cats, and much more at the best place in the world, her garage…er…Crabcat Industries.
Panel: “No, I am not a Booth Babe:” Sexism in the Video Game Industry

Hope Larson is the author of four graphic novels, including Mercury (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) and Chiggers (ginee seo books). Her short comics have been featured on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times and in several anthologies, notably the Flight series, and she’s currently hard at work on a graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Larson has been nominated for cartooning awards in the US, Canada, and Europe and is the recipient of a 2006 Ignatz Award and a 2007 Eisner Award. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A native of Asheville, NC, she currently lives in Los Angeles.
Panels: YA Authors and Killing Cattiness and Creating Community

Hottie McNaughty, the Rhinestone Housewife, is a local burlesque performer/producer, dog wrangler, and Rhinestone Housewife about town. Born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she still works, plays, and causes trouble in the greater Seattle area. With a love of all things sparkly, shiny, fast, little, and helpless, she keeps herself busy with her day job working in a vet clinic; her night job, producing and performing burlesque; and in her free time (yeah, right!), she runs a dog rescue organization.
Panel: Nerd Burlesque: Translating Fandom to the Stage

Jane Espenson was a crucial member to the Battlestar Galactica writing and producing team. Additionally, she was the executive-producer and co-writer of the Emmy nominated Battlestar Galactica webisodes and an executive producer of the spin-off series Caprica. Espenson grew up in Ames, Iowa where she watched too much television, and at age 13 attempted to write an episode of M*A*S*H. She studied linguistics at UC Berkeley, and while still in graduate school, she submitted spec episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, thereby wedging her tiny foot into the last open door of show business. After winning a Disney Writing Fellowship, she accepted a staff position at Buffy: the Vampire Slayer, followed by a year as co-executive producer of Gilmore Girls. She is a co-creator of Syfy’s Warehouse 13 and has written for Angel, Firefly, The O.C., Dollhouse, Game of Thrones, Torchwood: Miracle Day, and Caprica. Espenson currently writes for ABC’s Once Upon a Time and is a co-writer and the producer of the original web-series, Husbands.
Panels: Oral History Live! With Jane Espenson, Women in Webseries, and Whedonistas

Javier Grillo-Marxuach is a writer/producer of TV, films, comic books, and transmedia content. He is best known as one of the Emmy, Golden Globe and WGA award-winning producers of Lost and creator of the graphic novels and TV series, The Middleman. His credits include the George Foster Peabody award-winning Boomtown, as well as Medium, Charmed, seaQuest, and The Pretender. His original graphic novel Ramiel: Wrath of God will be published in July 2011 by APE Entertainment.
Panels: Very Special Dudes and Character Studies: Geek Girls in Popular Culture

Jeannine Gailey is the author of Becoming the Villainess and She Returns to the Floating World. Her work has been featured on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in journals like The Iowa Review, The Seattle Review, and Prairie Schooner. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and teaches at the MFA program at National University. www.webbish6.com
Panel: Superheroines in Poetry

Jen McCreight blogs about atheism, feminism, science, and sex at Blag Hag. She is a board member of the Secular Student Alliance and a contributor to The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, and was recently listed as one of More Magazine’s top “New Feminists.” Jen has written guest columns about skepticism at The Guardian, The Daily Beast, and Ms. Magazine Blog, and has also made an appearance on the Savage Love podcast as an expert skeptic. Her day job is geeking out about human genetics and evolution as a PhD candidate at the University of Washington.
Panel: Skepchicks

Jen and Sylvia Soska
Panel: Beyond the Scream Queen

Jen Van Meter is best known as the writer of the Hopeless Savages comics and graphic novels from Oni Press collected in a 2010 omnibus edition, Hopeless Savages: Greatest Hits. Other recent work includes a Black Cat miniseries, “Trophy Hunters,” a Liberty Belle/Hourman co-feature that ran in JSA: All-Stars, and Black Lightning: Year One. Van Meter is currently working on a new volume of Hopeless Savages material and has stories forthcoming from both Marvel and Dynamite, including a Red Sonja one-shot called “Break the Skin” due out in April 2011. www.jenvanmeter.com.
Panel: GirlHeroes

Jenn Fujikawa from JustJenn Designs
Panels: Geeks Raising Geeks and Women Running Geeky Businesses

Jenna M. Pitman is a fantasy and horror writer from the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies and is currently available from a couple of publishers. She is very engaged in the local horror and fan scenes, attending many conventions and assisting at a number of events. After GeekGirlCon, her next project will be ensuring that Vaginomicon 2012 will proceed without a hitch!
Panel: Beyond the Scream Queen

Jennifer de Guzman has worked as a writer and editor in the comic book industry for more than a decade. She is editor-in-chief at SLG Publishing and also writes for Publishers Weekly. She has an MFA in creative writing and literature from San Jose State University and only sporadically regrets what she has done with her life.
Panel: Comic Books for Breakfast

Jennifer K. Stuller is a professional writer, critic, pop culture historian, scholar, programming director for GeekGirlCon, and the author of Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology. As an erudite connoisseur of television, films, novels and comic books with a special interest in gender, sexuality, and diversity, Stuller strives to be the Joseph Campbell of modern myth — only much more feminist and much less crotchety. She can be found at her website: www.ink-stainedamazon.com.
Panels: History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman, Character Studies: Geek Girls in Popular Culture, GirlHeroes, Killing Cattiness and Creating Community, and Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology

Jessica Balle is a chemical engineer from Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University where she was involved in research on alternative fuels and biomass. She went on to work as a research technician for a major oil company. She currently provides analysis and training support for an engineering firm that specializes in food, beverage, and package production for manufacturers worldwide. She is an avid gamer, costumer, homebrewer, writer, and a regular attendee of Atlanta’s Dragon*Con with her boyfriend John. Like most geeks, she loves her cats: Cicero, Artemis, and Enkidu.
Panel: Adventures of Women in Science!

Jessica Dwyer has been a horror fan since she was 5-years-old, sneaking into her sister’s Tomb of Dracula collection and watching creature features on Friday night. Over the last few years, she’s worked with Bloody Disgusting, HorrorHound Magazine, and FearNet as a writer. Her short story “Red Brew” appeared in the horror collection Uncanny Allegories. Jessica is editor/creator of a webzine called Fangirl Magazine that celebrates what female genre fans love. This fall Fangirl will have its own radio show on FM syndication. She is currently working on a book about the history of TV horror.
Panels: The Vampire Panel and Beyond the Scream Queen

Jessica Merizan (XO), co-founder of Crabcat Industries, forces the team to do funny things on video for the amusement of the internet. Greek cred includes writing a master’s dissertation on Comic-Con and a tattoo she doesn’t want to talk about. She writes a blog (Stuff Jessica Hates) about what makes her angry. Hint: it’s almost everything.
Panel: “No, I am not a Booth Babe:” Sexism in the Video Game Industry

Jessica Mills is a transplant from Texas currently living in Los Angeles. She is best known for writing, producing, and starring in the geektastic comedy web series Awkward Embraces, which has been featured in the New York Times and Pink Raygun. She is currently hard at work on a number of other nerdy projects for her production company, Project A Productions. Jessica likes to knit tiny TARDISes in her spare time and secretly wishes she were Wonder Woman.
Panel: Character Studies: Geek Girls in Popular Culture

Jessica Roberts received her B.S. from Caltech where she studied atmospheric effects on Titan. She is working on her masters in physics at San Jose State University, which is where she discovered her true love: extrasolar planets. After an emotional break up with Titan, she is now an intern at NASA Ames where she is currently studying Kepler 10b. Her long term goals include a PhD in astrophysics, creating a science outreach program for geeky high school students, and discovering extraterrestrial life. She also enjoys long walks on the beach.
Panel: Adventures of Women in Science!

JMDodd, CTO of Offbeat Empire: currently teaching her 6-year-old to build PCs from scratch, has secret skills with sci-fi graphic design, hosts LAN parties for her four children.
Panel: Rocking the Geek Niche

Joanna Gaskell: I’m the writer, producer, and lead actor of the comedy-fantasy, gaming-inspired webseries Standard Action. I love pen-and-paper role playing games and MMORPGs, and my writing is inspired by Poe and Tolkein, with a dry comedic edge. As a woman trying to make a living as an actor and writer, I have realized that by taking control of my own my career I can create the content I want to see, rather than waiting for it to be produced. I would love to talk to other women about finding the courage to take risks and make their dreams reality.
Panel: Women in Webseries

Jo Jo Stiletto has been performing and producing shows around Seattle since 2005. Her first “nerdlesque” act was a tribute to her pocket calculator set to the music of Kraftwerk. She has since produced a sold-out run of Whedonesque Burlesque as well as a popular series of shows featuring members of the Rat City Rollergirls.
Panels: Nerd Burlesque: Translating Fandom to the Stage, Whedonesque Burlesque, and Women Running Geeky Businesses

Josephine Hoy is a Seattle-based actress, writer, and producer. Raised in the Pacific Northwestern United States and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, she completed a degree in human-centered design and engineering at the University of Washington. She has worked on several short films. Currently, she is in development for the upcoming webseries Affiliated. She’s also scheduled to play Dove in an web episode related to the upcoming graphic novel Gimp, a collaboration with writer Travis Webb and artist Sun Tate.
Josephine also guest stars as Dr. Feyrer in Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Firefly, anime, and manga). She enjoys costuming, especially as her favorite anime characters and as a TIE Fighter Pilot from Star Wars as part of the 501st Legion. Stop her sometime, and she’ll chew your ear off about all things nerdy!
Panel: Boobies and Blasters: The Women of Star Wars

Michelle Hu is a student at the University of Washington in the department of sociology. Her senior thesis is on the intersection of race and gender in the lives of Chinese-American men and how interactions within their networks work to either legitimize or subordinate Asian masculinity. Outside of school, she writes about intersectional anti-oppression and sex-positivity in her personal blog, Walls of Etiquette. Much of Michelle’s geekdom lies in her ability to reference or quote excessively lines from Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, and Firefly. And ramble on about science. And sometimes a combination of the two.
Panel: Feminism, Race, and Geek Culture: Perspectives from Women of Color

Mike Madrid is a San Francisco native and a lifelong fan of comic books and popular culture. The former advertising executive’s first book is The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, published in September 2009. Entertainment Weekly called The Supergirls “sharp and lively”, and NPR named it as one of the “Best 5 Books of 2009 to Share with Your Friends.”
Panels: Very Special Dudes and History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman

Mimi Marinucci is a professional “geek girl” and associate professor of women’s and gender studies and philosophy at Eastern Washington University. She teaches and writes on feminism, philosophy, and feminist philosophy, particularly as they reflect and are reflected in popular culture. She is also the founding editor of Wave 2.5: A Feminist Zine, which has been nominated twice (2005, 2009) for an Utne Independent Press award.
Panel: How to Own the Media: Zine Making 101

Miss Elaine Yes is an actor and burlesque performer. She can be seen in the upcoming production of Hairspray at Seattle Musical Theater.
Panels: Nerd Burlesque: Translating Fandom to the Stage and Whedonesque Burlesque

Misty Buxton
Panel: Boobies and Blasters: The Women of Star Wars and Geeks with a Heart of Gold

Miki Garrison earned her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington, and she’s currently researches the complex web of connections between media use, sleep problems, physical activity, and cognitive and emotional development in children and adolescents. Past research projects have covered a wide range of diseases, medications, and surgical techniques — but the most entertaining one involved squatting over the bomber bay of a plane and dropping rabies vaccine biscuits to the coyotes and foxes below.
Panel: Adventures of Women in Science!

Molly McIssac
Panel: Killing Cattiness and Creating Community

Nancy and Belle Holder – Nancy Holder’s Wicked saga, co-written with Debbie Viguié, has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and been optioned by DreamWorks. She has also written dozens of episode guides, novels, short fiction, and essays in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville, Firefly, Saving Grace, and other “universes.” She has a new essay in Whedonistas: A Celebration the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them. She is also the writer on Moonstone’s Domino Lady comic book. Belle Holder’s application to exhibit at the San Francisco Maker Fair (May 21 and 22) has been approved, and she will attend. She was a contestant on American Inventor and placed in the kids’ division at the Bubonicon masquerade dressed as a Stormtrooper photographer. She is currently participating in the San Diego City Science Fair, presenting her findings on cockroach navigation. She is crossing her fingers that she makes it and passes to State. She is also involved in gaming, costuming, model rocketry, filmmaking, and comic books. The Holders have sold two short stories to DAW about a magical time-traveling mouse named Lightning Merriemouse-Jones. The team appears at SF cons and signs as a team for charity in the San Diego Comic-Con’s California Browncoats booth. Nancy Holder.com.
Nancy’s panels: YA Authors, Whedonistas, The Vampire Panel, and Geeks Raising Geeks
Belle’s panels: Steampunk! and Geeks Raising Geeks

Nicolette Butler has been a member of Garrison Titan since May 2011. Currently, she has an approved Imperial Crewman costume, and is working on a Tie Fighter Pilot, Mara Jade, and Slave Leia. She learned about the 501st while working in the Comics Dungeon in Wallingford. While she is no longer working in the comics industry, she still supports it wholeheartedly, as well as a myriad of things throughout the geek girl world as she works towards a career in the medical field.
Panel: Geeks with a Heart of Gold

Nina Reyes is a graduate of Kalamazoo College, where she earned her BA in anthropology. Her academic research has focused on immigration, linguistics, identity, and social networking, and culminated in her senior thesis titled, “Identity and Trust in Virtual Communities and Computer-Mediated Communication.” She later earned her MA in media studies from The New School and currently works in web development. Nina is a production associate at the New York-based creative services agency, rayogram, and a web developer and designer for Hyphen magazine. She is also a member of Ella’s Daughters.
Panel: Feminism, Race, and Geek Culture: Perspectives from Women of Color

Paul Case likes to challenge himself and the group by constantly seeking opposing views. From climate change, ghosthunting, Young Earth Creationism, vaccine safety,”9/11 was an Inside Job,” and vampirism, he’s frequently seeking out people who will stand up for their viewpoints and discuss/debate them. When he’s not leading monthly skeptic events in downtown Seattle, he can be found hosting the “Ask an Atheist” radio show/podcast about once a month.
Panel: Skepchicks

Phoebe Kitanidis is the author of the YA novels Whisper and Glimmer (Harper Collins 2010). A six-year contributor to Discovery Girls magazine, she wrote the book Fab Girls Guide to Friendship Hardship as well as dozens of articles for tween girls. Phoebe grew up in a variety of places, including Athens, Greece; the American Midwest; and the San Francisco Bay area. Now a full-time novelist, she lives with her family in Seattle.
Panel: YA Authors

Qian Yi is currently working as a software developer for Department of Genome Sciences at University of Washington, Seattle. She is mainly developing software for analyzing large scale of human exome DNA sequences. She received her Ph. D. in Biochemistry from Washington State University in 1994 and a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Zhejiang University, China in 1987.
Panel: A Career as a Lady Coder

Rachel Edidin is an editor at Dark Horse Comics, as well as an ivory-tower expat, a freelance writer and editor, and an all-purpose hellraiser and feminist geek pundit. She has been spotted and at least once recorded returning briefly to academia to spawn and/or deliver papers on gender transgression in superhero comics.
Panel: Comic Books for Breakfast

Rachelle Abellar is a designer, illustrator, and Whovian. Always one for impromptu adventures, she recently moved to Washington state from Southern California on a whim. She has spent the better part of her life immersed in art, sci-fi/fantasy, video games, and comic books. Other interests include typography, oxford commas, roller derby, and carbs. Her geekiest point of pride is her Seal of Rassilon tattoo. Rachelle is excited to meet like-minded individuals and be involved with a community where she can let her geek flag fly. You can follow her on Twitter @rachelleabellar.
Panel: Arts & Crafts with the GGC Design Team

Raylene Deck
Panel: The Designing Women of BioWare

Regina Buenaobra works at videogame development studio, ArenaNet, as a community manager for both the online role-playing game, Guild Wars, and the upcoming massively multi-player online role-playing game, Guild Wars 2. She has spoken about diversity in gaming communities for the International Game Developers Association and participates in its Diversity Special Interest Group. She is a co-founder and an editor at The Border House, a collaborative feminist blog that brings the perspectives of underrepresented gamers to the fore. Regina also writes about games on her personal blog, Acid for Blood.
Panels: Feminism, Race, and Geek Culture: Perspectives from Women of Color and You Play Like a Girl: Video Games, Feminism, and The Border House

Renee Agatsuma
Panel: Women of Harry Potter

Restita DeJesus
Panel: Stunt-Grrls

Rhys Torres-Miller has been a utilizing her talents as a voice actor for three years and has begun producing as well. With a background in cabaret, she has brought various characterizations to the audio forum, finding this medium a boundless expression of creativity not only for the performer and producer, but the listener that interprets and imagines the stories for themselves.
Panel: Tell Your Story Through Audio Drama

Roberta Gregory has been writing and drawing her own stories and comics since she was a geeky little girl, and she is happy to have readers who enjoy the strange stuff she comes up with. She published her first comic book back in 1976 and is best known for her Bitchy Bitch character, star of 40 issues of her own comic books and countless collections from Fantagraphics, (and an animated cartoon series from Cinemaria); but she also appreciates readers who enjoy her Winging It graphic novel, Mother Mountain series, and other current work. AND she will illustrate your true cat stories. Visit her website: www.robertagregory.com.
Panel: GirlHeroes

Sam Faris is the secretary and a co-founder of the Crossplay Society and has been staffing conventions since 2006. Sam has been crossplaying since 2006, has performed in cosplay chess for both Sakura-con and Kumori-con, and also helped to teach and lead crossplay panels at several conventions. Sam studied drama in high school for four years and taken several lessons since then. She continues to crossplay for the joy of the experience and the different perspectives and learning experiences it brings to drama and acting, with the added bonus to be able to buy lots of shoes and wield props that are two times taller than her in size.
Panel: Crossplay 101 — A Guide to Cross Gender Cosplay Crossplay 101 — A Guide to Cross Gender Cosplay

Sammy Ng is a software developer for Xbox, an Otaku that watches anime and reads manga during her time off, and a crafter who builds kawaii things with her hands. She has turned a spare bedroom into a crafting workshop where her closet overflows with petticoats. She has been cosplaying for over 10 years and has made over 60 costumes. She got her start by raiding closets for Card Captor Sakura outfits for Halloween, progressed to multiple lolita outfits for conventions, and now builds body armor and weapons to showcase Final Fantasy XIII-2 in the snow.
Panel: Costume Crafts and Cosplay

Sara Freeman is a feminist film theorist living in Chicago. She’s written freelance for a number of years and is currently at work on her first book about the history of women in action cinema, which is tentatively titled Nothing But Guts. When not at work as a customer service slave, Sara can probably be found hiding in her apartment writing, watching old movies or obsessing over Star Trek with her fourteen-year-old Dachshund and the love of her life, Jake. She will write for vegan food, money, or blu-rays. www.cineslayer.com.
Panel: The Heroine: Journey, Culture, and Narrative

Sarah Kremen-Hicks, University of Washington: Sarah is a graduate student in English at the University of Washington. She focuses on Victorian literature, fan literatures, and hybrid genres. She is also an avid knitter and Whedonite.
Panel: Geeky Intersections: Girl Culture, Fan Culture, and Game Culture

Sarah Kuhn is the author of the geek romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which has earned kudos from io9 and USA Today/Pop Candy and is currently in development as a feature film. Her work has appeared in such fine publications as Back Stage, IGN.com, Geek Monthly, The Hollywood Reporter, Creative Screenwriting, and StarTrek.com. Sarah was also featured on San Diego Comic-Con’s popular “Geek Girls Exist” panel in 2010. As one fourth of the mighty Alert Nerd collective, she can often be found discussing important issues — like the state of Cyclops’ hair — at AlertNerd.com.
Panel: Character Studies: Geek Girls in Popular Culture

Sarah Silverman was a huge science nerd in school, especially regarding paleontology, marine biology, and a few other ‘ologies.’ She was a zoology T.A. and drew and painted, so she’s always been an art nerd. Sarah has a BFA in illustration and a certification in scientific illustration. She got into costuming via furry, then loved all the dancing trooper videos, so that’s how she found the 501st. She’s also known as ‘Sarah the dancing scout.’
Panel: Boobies and Blasters: The Women of Star Wars

Sara Sutler-Cohen (Bomb Scott) joined Tilted Thunder back in March 2011 after finishing up “Flight School” and a successful tryout with Tilted Thunder Rail Birds. She’s been skating since she was a young kid and started training for roller derby in April of 2010 with Potential Fresh Meat. In her other life, she’s working on a memoir, teaches sociology at Bellevue College, and is the programming director for BC’s annual American Indian Film Festival.
Panel: Roller Derby Rising: Bringing Back the Bank

Sean McNeil is the managing editor of Royal Archivist Publishing, a quizmaster for Geeks Who Drink, and a regular host for events involving geek culture and social activism in Seattle and beyond. Some of these include the Seattle Pride Parade, Geek Bowls V & VI, and fundraisers for Child’s Play, Seattle homeless shelters, and GeekGirlCon. Sean loves to read and write speculative fiction with an eye towards social justice. You can find his work in the The Guidebook to the Ingressa, as well his weekly column Building Character, both available through Royal Archivist. Sean lives with a partner named D and two cats named Kershach and Drannor, all of whom are smarter and better groomed than him.
Panel: Very Special Dudes

Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Uglies series. His other novels include The Last Days, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and the sequel Peeps; So Yesterday, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and the Midnighters trilogy. Scott alternates summers between New York City and Sydney, Australia. Visit him on the Web at scottwesterfeld.com.
Panels: YA Authors and Scott Westerfeld

Serena Ngai is a front-end developer and designer at Shopify. She is the lead organizer for her local chapter of Girl Develop It and is passionate about mentoring and inspiring young females to explore fields of technology and its many different applications. serenangai.com
Panel: The Importance of Superheroes

Shanimal (Shanna Sawatzki) is a new recruit to Tilted Thunder, joining in February of 2011after completing Flight School. Shanimal has been a derby fan for several years and decided to join when a friend introduced her to banked track roller derby. Shanimal jumped in “skates first,” only roller skating recreationally as a kid and a few times prior to Flight School. In her professional life, Shanimal is a technical sales specialist with a life science supply company, after working as molecular biologist and a scientific recruiter or “geek hunter” before taking the plunge into scientific sales 3 1/2 years ago.
Panel: Roller Derby Rising: Bringing Back the Bank

Shannon Lark
Panel: Viscera Film Fest

Sharon Feliciano is geek from birth. (She was dressed as Spider-Woman for her first Halloween and had a Pac-Man themed fifth birthday.) And she has passed her love of all things nerdy onto her children. Her son Nate had his 8-year-old portraits taken with his trusty lightsaber and her daughter Kitty doesn’t play house; she plays Buffy. Sharon’s blog, www.ParentingGeekly.com is her love-letter to geeky parents everywhere. A native of Philadelphia, Sharon lives in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood with her husband, children, and their Xbox.
Panel: Geeks Raising Geeks

Sherril Johnson
Panel: Stunt-Grrls

Sophie Maltease is a founding member of Critical Hit Burlesque, which has been producing geek-themed burlesque shows in Portland, Oregon since early 2011. A graduate of the Rose City School of Burlesque, Miss Maltease enjoys the traditional bump-and-grind, but also loves putting a glittery twist to classing geek themes, such as D&D, with the help of her giant velvet d20, Gary.
Panel: Nerd Burlesque: Translating Fandom to the Stage

Stephanie Kaloi, managing editor of Offbeat Mama: huge dork over Star Wars, Harry Potter, and British comedies, known for taking infant son to Star Wars cons.
Panel: Rocking the Geek Niche

Stephanie Ogle founded Cinema Books in 1977 and has been sole owner since 1979. She earned a BA in history from University of Washington, MA from Seattle University and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Stephanie taught history of film at the University of Washington for four years. Since its founding in 1977, Cinema Books has always been dedicated to film, television and theatre subjects. It is a theme bookstore and has been located in the University District of Seattle since 1984 and maintains an international clientele.
Panel: Women Running Geeky Businesses

Stephanie Thorpe is an actor, writer, producer, and lifelong geek. She has been a driving force as a producer and actor in numerous web productions, including the critically acclaimed After Judgment (6 Streamy nominations), Asylum (NYTVF), Apocalypse WOW, Hurtling Through Space! (for Babelgum), and the crowd-sourced ElfQuest fanfiction trailer (featured in the New York Times). She’s excited to be starring in the GOLD spin-off series Night of the Zombie King. Stephanie was proud to host the 2nd Celebrate the Web event during Comic-Con 2010: an interactive forum for genre web creators and fans.
Panels: Character Studies: Geek Girls in Popular Culture and Women in Fantasy

Stevi Costa (aka Sailor St. Claire) is a graduate student in English at the University of Washington. She studies 20th century American literature, late 19th century American literature, and theories of embodiment. She also moonlights as Sailor St Claire, a tassel-twirling burlesque performer with Seattle’s Tempting Tarts Burlesque.
Panel: Geeky Intersections: Girl Culture, Fan Culture, and Game Culture and Nerd Burlesque: Translating Fandom to the Stage

Tami Baribeau
Panel: You Play Like a Girl: Video Games, Feminism, and The Border House

Tammy Vince Cruz is a self-proclaimed Japan-o-phile, obsessed with pandas and dreams one day of being a toy designer. She is the vice-president and design manager for GeekGirlCon. A graduate from Henry Cogswell College with a degree in digital graphic design, Tammy’s senior project consisted of a line of dolls featuring Japanese street fashion. Top three games played the most include Phantasy Star Online, Animal Crossing, and Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Current shows in Instant Queue include X-Files, Doctor Who, and anything by the late Satoshi Kon. If you scan her bookcase, you’ll find josei manga and many art books ranging from instructo art to the cutesy horror of Junko Mizuno. Favorite pastimes include illustration, kabuki, cosplay, belting out 80s karaoke, and avoiding small spherical things in large quantities. Pantone Color is 7514 C and CMYK Values are C=16 M=37 Y=43 K=0. Stalk her via Twitter: @shibuyababy.
Panel: Arts & Crafts with the GGC Design Team

Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack is a coder for Halo for Xbox 360 at Microsoft Game Studios. She also blogs on open source software and women’s issues in programming careers. thecowgirlcoder.com.
Panel: A Career as a Lady Coder

Tasha McGill Kreger was told by her fifth-grade teacher to stop using math short cuts in class because the other students couldn’t keep up with her. She sure wishes she knew those short cuts now. As a child, she loved watching PBS nature shows with her father and listening to fairy stories from her mama. She’s grown up to love science and reading and writing fantasy. She has a BA from Evergreen University, and she is working on a master of fine arts in writing popular fiction at Seton Hill University. Her first novel, Blood Calls to Blood, is a fantasy about Arianna, a fifteen-year-old village girl who must learn to balance her dark and light magic or watch the world be consumed by evil. Tasha’s learned that juggling a new baby with writing time is as adventurous as the journeys her protagonists travel.
Panel: Writing Through Real Life: How to Write with a Day Job or a Baby to Change

Teresa Jusino was born on the same day that Skylab fell. Coincidence? She doesn’t think so. Teresa writes prose fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays and has been writing content for online outlets since 2002. She is currently a contributor to Tor.com, ChinaShopMag.com, PinkRaygun.com, Newsarama, and PopMatters. Her fiction has appeared in the sci-fi literary magazine, Crossed Genres, and her essay, “Why Joss is More Important Than His ‘Verse” is included in the anthology, WHEDONISTAS: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon By the Women Who Love Them. Her work generally has a geeky bent. Except when it doesn’t. Get Twitterpated with Teresa at: @teresajusino.
Panel: Whedonistas

The Green Fairy (Stephanie Thomas) quad skated as a child and even participated in the rollerblading craze in college. After seeing a Rat City bout in June of 2007, a week later, she joined the Potential Fresh Meat Practice Squad. After two years with PFM, she was one of the first to join Tilted Thunder. In her personal life, she enjoys all things sci-fi and the occasional derby comic. By day, she’s an association property manager.
Panel: Roller Derby Rising: Bringing Back the Bank

The Mad Marquis de Maltease is one half of the founders of Critical Hit Burlesque, which has been producing geek-themed burlesque shows in Portland, Oregon since early 2011. Being a dedicated fan of burlesque, as well as a lifelong lover of genre geekery, drove the Marquis into producing the kind of shows he wanted to see.
Panel: Nerd Burlesque: Translating Fandom to the Stage

Torrey Stenmark holds a masters degree in organic chemistry from the University of Washington. She teaches general and introductory chemistry at Shoreline Community College as well as MCAT review courses for the Princeton Review. She has wanted to be a scientist since first grade. Geekily, Stenmark is an accomplished science fiction costumer and has won awards in local masquerades and costume contests.
Panel: Adventures of Women in Science!

Trin Miller is a Seattle native and nerdy actress. After being cast in local superhero webseries, The Dirty Do Gooders, she gradually took on greater responsibilities for the series, including casting, social media networking, and procuring wetsuits. Twitter: @trinmiller. FB: thatTrinMiller.
Panel: Women in Webseries

Trina Robbins: Award-winning herstorian and writer, Trina Robbins has been writing graphic novels, comics, and books for over thirty years, ever since she produced the first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t Me, Babe, in 1970. Her subjects have ranged from Wonder Woman and the Powerpuff Girls to her own teenage superheroine, GoGirl!, and from women cartoonists and superheroines to women who kill. She is considered the expert on the subject of early 20th century women cartoonists and is responsible for rediscovering many brilliant, but previously-forgotten women, including Golden Age Fiction House cartoonist Lily Renee and the great Nell Brinkley. Her full-color book, The Brinkley Girls: the Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913-1940 (Fantagraphics), published in April, 2009, was nominated for an Eisner award and a Harvey award. She has lectured everywhere from England’s Oxford University and the Library of Congress to New York’s Museum of Sex. Some other books by Trina: a 3-book graphic novel series, The Chicagoland Detective Agency (Lerners Books) and a 2-part Honey West comic book (Moonstone Press) in 2010. Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury (IDW) and more graphic novels, including a graphic biography of Lily Renee, in 2011. www.trinarobbins.com.
Panels: Trina Robbins on Tarpé Mills and Miss Fury, History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman, GirlHeroes, and Womanthology

Tristan J Tarwater is a longtime geek, gamer, and the writer of Thieves at Heart, Self-Made Scoundrel, and other books yet to be released in The Valley of Ten Crescents series. Born in NYC, she migrated between various coasts and took on the mantle of wife and mother along the way. In everything she does, she tries to uphold the self-imposed title of ‘Ladygeek.’ www.backthatelfup.com.
Panel: Women in Fantasy

Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington who explores the intersection between belief and psychology with candor and compassion. She is the author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, the founder of Wisdom Commons, and a contributor to the Huffington Post Religion Page. Her articles can be found at Away Point.
Panel: Skepchicks

Vanessa Driveness: associate producer/PR manager/costume design/wardrobe ~Standard Action @cymerin (Twitter). Born in rural Montana, Vanessa has a BA in theatre arts from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Most recently, she has been working in tv/film (actor, photodouble, background) in Vancouver, BC. An avid convention goer, cosplayer, comic book reader, and active in several sci-fi/fantasy fandoms (Browncoat for life!) as well as helping coordinate and organize a number of geek themed charity events (asst organizer Vancouver CSTS 2010, 2011; co-founder of Fans4Writers), Vanessa loves working on such a fantastic, geeky project as Standard Action.
Panel: Women in Webseries

Vanessa Pacheco
Panel: A Career as a Lady Coder

Xena Roller Princess (Chantal Argyle) quad skated as a child, and when the rollerblading craze happened, quads were all but forgotten. After watching the movie Whip It in February of 2010, Xena knew what her destiny was banked track roller derby. In April of 2010, she joined Emerald City Co-Op to learn to skate again. In June 2010, she also joined PFM; then by August 2010, she tried out for and made Tilted Thunder. She loves all things sci-fi, and by day, she works at a construction law firm in downtown Seattle as a file manager.
Panel: Roller Derby Rising: Bringing Back the Bank

Yasmine Galenorn writes two bestselling urban fantasy series for Berkley: the Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon and Indigo Court series. In the past, she wrote mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and nonfiction metaphysical books. Her books have hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists numerous times. Yasmine can be reached via her website at www.galenorn.com and Twitter: @yasminegalenorn.
Panel: On Writing Urban Fantasy

Zan Christensen
Panel: That Comic Isn’t About Me

Zee Kennedy
Panel: Stunt-Grrls

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