Saturday Programming 2011
Our Official Saturday Programming Hours are 10:00am – 9:00pm.
Saturday Programming Schedule
Saturday Programming Descriptions
(Lopez) — Comic Books for Breakfast
Editors Jennifer de Guzman (Slave Labor Graphics), Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), and Mariah Huehner (IDW Comics, Conlan Press) discuss the representation and visibility of women in comics, and the future of the industry–and answer your questions about pitching to publishers and breaking in.
Panelists: Jennifer de Guzman, Rachel Edidin, Mariah Huehner
(Fidalgo) — A Career as a Lady Coder
Get the real truth about being a coder in today’s economy and gender climate. Know how to present yourself to your colleagues and how to show your skills to an interviewer without triggering common preconceptions. Learn from the panel’s experience at Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and other companies.
Panelists: Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack (moderator), Liz Dahlstrom, Qian Yi, Vanessa Pacheco
(EMP JBL Theater) — Star Trek and Beyond with Chase Masterson
Chase Masterson talks about her 5-year role as Leeta “the Dabo Girl” on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and how she has leveraged that job into a 16-year career as an actress, jazz singer, and producer. She also discusses the ways genre fandoms reach out to positively affect the world around them.
(EMP Learning Labs) — How to Own the Media: Zine Making 101
Mimi Marinucci, Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Philosophy at Eastern Washington University, gives a brief explanation and history of zines as an important feminist alternative to mainstream print media. Get practical advice for making your own zines and learn about resources like zine libraries, including one in downtown Spokane.
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
(Lopez) — Star Trek: Then and Now
Every generation reframes stories to make them relevant for a modern audience. In the sixties, Star Trek presented a diverse vision of the future. Hello Earth Productions explores if this vision is still relevant, how sci-fi stories have been updated, and how the portrayal of women is perceived by fans and professionals in these stories.
Panelists: Kris Hambrick and Joy DeLyria
(Fidalgo) — Lessons Learned from the World of LOLcats, FAILS, and Other Blunders
Lern frum teh best! Emily Huh, Editor in Chief of Cheezburger, shares her insights on how she and her husband grew one LOLCat into one of the largest blog networks in the world getting 16 million visits every month. Wouldn’t you love those numbers for your blog?
(EMP JBL Theater) — Boobies and Blasters: The Women of Star Wars
Panelists delve into the Star Wars canon to examine the portrayal of female characters. Are they more than princesses and dancing girls? How are the villainesses of the Star Wars Expanded Universe changing the perception of women for a new generation of fans?
Panelists: Mercedes Santaella-Lam(moderator), Misty Buxton, Deunan Berkeley, Sarah Silverman, Amy Sjoberg
11:00-12:30 PM (90-minute session!)
(EMP Learning Labs) — The Heroine: Journey, Culture, and Narrative
The role of the heroine in a patriarchal society is fraught with pitfalls. Panelists address the historical position of WWII action heroine Claudette Colbert, the complexities of the warrior woman in genre media, the heroine’s journey in anime and RPG, and the non-heterosocial world of Wonder Woman’s Themyscira. Bring your questions!
Panelists: Haviva Avirom (moderator), Sara Freeman, Catherine Bailey, and Erin Lovejoy-Guron
(Lopez) — Feminism, Race, and Geek Culture: Perspectives from Women of Color
These feminist and anti-racist cultural commentators take a critical look at the intersection of race, gender, and other facets of personal identity in geek media and tackle issues like tokenism and white washing. The panel explores how their lived experience of race, gender, and sexuality informs their perspectives.
Panelists: Regina Buenaobra (moderator), Michelle Hu, Nina V. Reyes, Christina Xu
(Fidalgo) — YA Authors
YA characters have often provided lifelines for readers who find themselves outside the mainstream. Panelists will discuss authoring characters who relate to geeky fans and why YA is a great home for kick-ass female protagonists.
Panelists: Anna Minard (moderator), Nancy Holder, Scott Westerfeld, Phoebe Kitanidis, Hope Larson
(EMP JBL Theater) — Very Special Dudes
The Very Special Dudes on this panel celebrate the Geek Girl in comics, television, and journalism. These guys get why GeekGirlCon exists. The characters they create, books they write, and articles they post show that women and female characters can be great despite being marginalized by the mainstream.
Panelists: Sean McNeil (moderator), Greg Rucka, Mike Madrid, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Alan Kistler
(EMP Learning Labs) — How Broad is Your Universe?
Broad Universe promotes women in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative genres at conventions and on the web. By supporting women creators through hosting Rapid Fire Readings, tables at conventions, a newsletter, and a podcast: this international nonprofit organization can help launch your writing career with sage advice on navigating the publishing world.
Panelist: Cat Rambo
(Lopez) — Trina Robbins on Tarpé Mills and Miss Fury
Trina Robbins, ground-breaking herstorian and comic author, introduces you to one of the greatest female creators you never knew existed. Author Tarpé Mills’ created Marla Drake, aka Miss Fury, has been described as the “grandmother that Buffy Summers and Sydney Bristow didn’t know they had.” Time for a history lesson!
(Fidalgo) — Geeks with a Heart of Gold
Panelists from various costuming organizations will be discussing the charitable aspects of their respective organizations. Discussion will focus on items ranging from local to national charities and community involvement. All things charitable to better our communities while we spread the word of our respective groups.
Panelists: Misty Buxton (moderator), Lisa Merritt, Crystal von Oy, Arletta Gustafson, Ericka Johnson, Kate Buike, Nicolette Butler
1:00-2:30 PM (90-minute session!)
(EMP JBL Theater) — Oral History Live! With Jane Espenson
An EMP Museum Ticketed Event
Battlestar Galactica writer Jane Espenson joins Brooks Peck, the curator of the EMP Museum Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition, for an intimate interview. A crucial member of the BSG writing and producing team, Espenson was the executive-producer and co-writer of the Emmy-nominated BSG webisodes and an Executive Producer of the spin-off series Caprica. Espenson is also widely known for her work on Buffy: the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Warehouse 13, Game of Thrones, and Torchwood: Miracle Day.
(EMP Learning Labs) — Tell Your Story Through Audio Drama
The rise of the iPod culture means more demand for good listening material. Audio is a cheap alternative to getting a book deal or producing your own indie film. Panelists explain the production process and how to find legit resources like free sound effects, free music, and voice actors.
Panelists: Julie Hoverson (moderator), Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, Kimberly Poole, Rhys Torres-Miller, Beverly Poole
(Lopez) — Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Midnighters) talks about his latest series, Leviathan. Though written and illustrated in the style of a “Boy’s Own Adventure,” Leviathan co-stars Deryn Sharp, a girl passing as male to serve aboard a living airship. Westerfeld discusses how boy-oriented adventure novels in the early 20th Century erased women altogether, and how he and artist Keith Thompson collaborated to update and expand the form.
(Fidalgo) — Stunt-Grrls
Meet local stunt-grrls and get the inside scoop on local resources, industry tips, and how to get your foot in the door. Also hear stories from the set and ins and outs of a day in the life of a stuntwoman.
Panelists: Angela Johnson (moderator), Sherril Johnson, Restita DeJesus, and Zee Kennedy
(EMP Learning Labs) — On Writing Urban Fantasy
Urban Fantasy is a red-hot genre! Learn about world building, magic, and characterization for a compelling paranormal world. How do you write heroines who are smart, strong, and sexual AND refuse to wait to be rescued? The audience is encouraged to ask questions and do some writing exercises.
Panelists: Yasmine Galenorn and Andria Holley
2:30-4:00 PM (90-minute session!)
(EMP JBL Theater) — History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman
Watch footage from the independent documentary, History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman, with director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and a panel full of experts as they examine our culture’s obsessions with superheroes. Panel explores the evolution of the representation of female empowerment.
Panelists: Maile Martinez, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Gail Simone, Trina Robbins, Jennifer K. Stuller, Mike Madrid
(Lopez) — Crossplay 101 — A Guide to Cross Gender Cosplay
Whether you’re new to crossplay or need tips on crossing gender in your cosplay, you found the right panel. Topics include male-to-female and female-to-male transformations, makeup, body enhancements, costume alteration, and techniques to be convincing while in character. Audience participation is encouraged!
Panelists: Curt White and Sam Faris
(Fidalgo) — Steampunk!
What would the past look like if the future had happened sooner? Steampunk! Steamy elements are everywhere from art exhibits, to mainstream movies and best-selling novels. The panel gives us the latest news on the retro-futurism movement and explains why everyone is wearing goggles and a lot of brown.
Panelists: Claire Hummel (moderator), Cherie Priest, Belle Holder, Ericka Johnson
(EMP Learning Labs) — Life Flashes By: The Making of an Indie Video Game
Independent games, like Deirdra Kiai‘s Life Flashes By, is a way for marginalized voices to tell their stories. Learn from her experiences with open source game engines, finding fantastic artists, hiring voice actors, and funding your project through Kickstarter. See an interactive demo of the game where panel attendees can shout out commands!
(Lopez) — Character Studies: Geek Girls in Popular Culture
How challenging is creating geek girl characters? Come to a panel discussion on geek girl representations in film, TV, novels, comics, and other media. What’s the current state of geek girl characters in pop culture?
Panelists: Jennifer K. Stuller (moderator), Amy Berg, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Sarah Kuhn, Jessica Mills, Stephanie Thorpe
(Fidalgo) — The Designing Women of BioWare
Get the behind-the-scenes perspectives of women working in the fast-paced environment of game design. Learn from designers who write, edit, and create levels and cinematic animations for BioWare (Dragon Age, Mass Effect). Share in their experiences, ask questions, and find out what it takes to become a game designer.
Panelists: Mark Baxter (moderator), Raylene Deck, Melanie Fleming, Cori May, Kris Schoneberg, Karin Weekes
4:00-5:30 PM (90-minute session!)
(EMP JBL Theater) — Women in Webseries
Simple fact: Women are writing, producing, directing, starring, promoting, and filming web series BECAUSE THEY CAN! Panelists share the ups and downs of the webseries life and screen teasers. Hear what they have to say about breaking barriers, writing scripts, and casting.
Panelists: April Grant and Shahavar Shockley (moderators), Mary Higgins, Josephine Hoy, Glynis Mitchell, Vanessa Driveness, Joanna Gaskell, Trin Miller, Jane Espenson
4:30-6:00 PM (90-minute session!)
(EMP Learning Labs) — Geeky Intersections: Girl Culture, Fan Culture, and Game Culture
This academic panel presents a collection of papers that trace the intersections between girl culture, fan culture, and game culture. By engaging critical modes of thinking about problems female gamers face, what it means to be a woman in fandom, and unique avenues through which women can perform fandom.
Panelists: Alenda Chang (moderator), Ed Chang, Ariel Wetzel, Sarah Kremen-Hicks, Stevi Costa
(Lopez) — “No, I am not a Booth Babe:” Sexism in the Video Game Industry
The women of Crabcat Industries discuss the problems within internet fandom reinforced by the entertainment industry and what we can do to combat traditional stereotypes. Drawing on personal experiences, this panel examines culture and identity based on the work of feminist scholars like Judith Butler.
Panelists: Jessica Merizan (moderator), Holly Conrad, Hilary Shapiro, Elizabeth Heckmaier
(Fidalgo) — Superheroines in Poetry
Want to combine your love for superheroines and poetry? This presentation surveys contemporary poems featuring female heroines from Miyazaki films to comic books. Panel will include short readings from local poets. Jeannine Gailey will read from her works Becoming the Villainess and She Returns to the Floating World.
(EMP JBL Theater) — Whedonistas
In Whedonistas, award-winning female writers and fans come together to celebrate the works of Joss Whedon. By discussing the impact of Whedon’s work, their involvement with his shows’ fandoms, and why they adore the worlds he’s created, these essayists “aim to misbehave” in his rich, fantastical worlds. Come for the readings and stay for trivia.
Panelists: Teresa Jusino (moderator), Jane Espenson, Nancy Holder, Mariah Huehner
(Lopez) — Nerd Burlesque: Translating Fandom to the Stage
Mature Content: An 18 and Up Panel
Proving that smart can be very sexy, a panel of seasoned burlesque pros share their thoughts, theories, tricks, and tips on taking their obsessions and translating them for the stage through the art of burlesque. Both women and men will discuss the notion of empowerment through burlesque and finding inspiration in well-loved characters and concepts.
Panelists: Elsa Von Schmaltz (moderator), Jo Jo Stiletto, The Mad Marquis de Maltease, Sophie Maltease, Billy Corazon, Heidi Von Haught, Hottie McNaughty, Miss Elaine Yes, Sailor St. Claire
(Fidalgo) — Women in Fantasy
Fantasy themes are an integral piece of our pop culture pie. What role do women play in shaping and developing those themes through writing, acting, and “fanning.” How do women get farther and do more by leveraging our legacy in fantasy genres?
Panelists: Tristan J. Tarwater and Stephanie Thorpe
(EMP Learning Labs) — Geek Girl Power: Can’t Stop the Signal
How much further have Geek Girls yet to go in terms of feminist representation in geek culture? Panelists discuss queer feminism in comics, works dealing with feminist issues, bringing geekiness into feminist spaces, and if geeky girls are truly becoming more accepted in mainstream and geek cultures. Join the debate to work towards a brighter, geekier future!
Panelists: Karen Burrows and Alison Mandaville
(EMP Level 3) — GeekGirlCon Masquerade
Doors open at 5:30pm and show starts at 6pm. FREE with GeekGirlCon pass. Enter your cosplay or cheer for your favorites. The GeekGirlCon Masquerade is open to everyone and all cosplay and costumes, but keep in mind the younger folks in the audience. No wardrobe malfunctions, please. Win prizes for best individual costume, best group costume, and best child’s costume (for kids 12 and under). Sign-up details! Hosted by Julia Santo and Erica McGillivray.
(Fidalgo) — Everything You’ve Wanted to Know about Kinky Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Mature Content: An 18 and Up Panel
Be afraid no more! Allena Gabosch, the Executive Director of the Center for Sex Positive Culture, answers the questions you’ve been dying to ask about Kink and Sex in a totally accessible manner. Are geeks kinky? What is a safeword? What role do endorphins play in BDSM? What is BDSM? Don’t Google it, get real answers at this panel.
Panelists: Allena Gabosch, Mac McGregor, Cunning Minx
(EMP JBL Theater) — Viscera Film Fest
Mature Content: An 18 and Up Panel
Shannon Lark hosts a mini-Viscera Film Fest. They will screen selected horror short films created, written, directed, produced, acted, goredup, and designed by women. You’ve never seen horror like this before. Operating since 2007, Viscera is committed to expanding opportunities for female horror creators.
(EMP Level 3) — Whedonesque Burlesque (18+)
(GeekGirlCon Ticketed Event — SOLD OUT — / Limited Con Exclusive Freebie)
Close out the first day of GeekGirlCon with the Whedonesque Burlesque: Seattle Edition. Jo Jo Stiletto Events and a Whedon-inspired cast of performers are returning to thrill you with performances based on Buffy: the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Angel, and Dollhouse. Expect lots of sexiness, silliness, and a hint of sadness as this cast aims to misbehave! As a free GeekGirlCon 2011 exclusive, we are giving away 50 general admission tickets to GeekGirlCon attendees. These tickets will be located at the GeekGirlCon information booth in the lobby and are first come, first serve. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Read more.