GeekGirlCon ’13 Info Page

Sunday Programming 2011

Our Official Sunday Programming Hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm with closing ceremonies at JBL Theater from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.

Sunday Programming Schedule

NW Rooms: Lopez NW Rooms: Fidalgo EMP: JBL Theater EMP: Learning Labs
10:00 AM GirlHeroes Adventures of Women in Science! Batgirls Arts & Crafts with the GeekGirlCon Design Team
10:30 AM
11:00 AM Killing Cattiness & Creating Community Skepchicks The Vampire Panel Costume Crafts & Cosplay
11:30 AM
12:00 PM Geeks Raising Geeks Girls Make Games Too Beyond the Scream Queen Geek Girl Vlogging with Feminist Frequency and Reel Grrls
12:30 PM
1:00 PM Rocking the Geek Niche That Comic Isn’t About Me Women of Harry Potter
1:30 PM
2:00 PM Women Running Geeky Businesses The Importance of Superheroes Media Literacy, Criticism & Production Make Yoda Stick-Puppets with Bonnie Burton
2:30 PM
3:00 PM Ink-Stained Amazons & Cinematic Warriors Roller Derby Rising: Bringing Back the Bank Enticing a New Generation of Women into STEM Careers
3:30 PM
4:00 PM You Play Like a Girl Womanthology Emo Music and the Muse Writing Through Real Life
4:30 PM
5:00 PM
5:30 PM GeekGirlCon Closing Ceremony & Labyrinth Sing-Along with Clinton McClung and Special Guest Karen Prell
6:00 PM
6:30 PM

Sunday Programming Descriptions

10:00-11:00 AM

Current female cartoonists and writers have role models such as the ladies on this panel, but who did or do these creators look up to? Join cartoonists, artists, and writers as they chat about their early inspirations, how they research a character, and the muses located in their daily lives.
Panelists: Brittany Matter (moderator), Roberta Gregory, Trina Robbins, Jen Van Meter, Anne Timmons, Jennifer K. Stuller

(Fidalgo)Adventures of Women in Science!
Ever wanted to be a scientist? Get the inside scoop on what it takes to succeed in the sciences from starting out to applying for graduate school and then how to advance your career. This diverse panel of women in chemical engineering, epidemiology, ecology, parasitology, physics, and aeronautics has the answers.
Panelists: Kelly Weinersmith (moderator), Jessica Balle, Miki Garrison, Amruta Mehta, Torrey Stenmark, Kristina Wang, Jessica Roberts

(EMP JBL Theater)Batgirls
Gail Simone and The Batgirl of San Diego, Kyrax2, talk about women creators and characters in comic books. They discuss the relaunch of DC Comics’ 52 titles and, of course, the Batgirls.

(EMP Learning Labs)Arts & Crafts with the GGC Design Team
Make Labyrinth sock puppets with the GeekGirlCon Design Team! Take a few moments to drop by and make your own sock puppet creation. Then, bring your puppet to the closing ceremony and celebrate Jim Henson’s 1986 classic fantasy film, Labyrinth, starring “the babe with the power.” Oh, David Bowie is in it too.
Panelists: Rachelle Abellar and Tammy Vince Cruz

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

(Lopez)Killing Cattiness and Creating Community
Girls have a reputation for negative competition and constant cattiness. Geek Girl culture is not immune to this. Panelists discuss how Geek Girls can put aside being negatively competitive, divisive, and catty to our sister Geek Girls.
Panelists: Kiri Callaghan (moderator), Hope Larson, Gail Simone, Marian Call, Jennifer K. Stuller, Bonnie Burton, Kristina Horner, Molly McIssac

What can people do to keep their bullshit detector well calibrated, and why is this especially important for women? This panel will provide people with the toolkit to be a good skeptic when it comes to extraordinary claims, using geek girl-relevant issues.
Panelists: Paul Case (moderator), Dana Hunter, Jen McCreight, Amy Davis Roth, Valerie Tarico, Meg Winston

(EMP JBL Theater)The Vampire Panel
Jacob McMurray hosts a panel to examine the lure of the vampire in popular culture. Scary or sparkly, you can’t spray holy water in a bookstore or at a Red Box without hitting a vampire. Why has “Das Wampyr” endured and captivated us for so long?
Panelists: Leah Wilson, Jessica Dwyer, Nancy Holder, Alan Kistler

(EMP Learning Labs)Costume Crafts and Cosplay
Is it cosplay or costuming? Crafters In Disguise bloggers, Sammy Ng and Amanda Wan, discuss costume craft from cosplay and costuming perspectives, including differences and similarities between the two. Get tips on techniques, materials, how best to approach a project, manage the design process, accuracy, and how to pose to bring your character to life.

12:00-1:00 PM

(Lopez)Geeks Raising Geeks
Everyday geeky women are starting families. How do you keep your geeky hobbies amidst diapers and bottles or soccer practice and band? And how do you foster geekiness in your own children? This panel of geek moms has creative answers to all your questions.
Panelists: Nancy Holder, Belle Holder, Carrie Goldman, Katie Goldman, Jenn Fujikawa, Sharon Feliciano, Cathe Post

(Fidalgo)Girls Make Games Too
Panelists speak about their positions and professional experiences including: what skills are required for jobs, what it’s like being a women working in the games industry, how to get a foot in the door, and how the industry is changing for women.
Panelists: Kristen Quebe (moderator), Lienn Lefler, Camille Chu, Claire Hummel, Maegen Walling, Kim Swift

(EMP JBL Theater)Beyond the Scream Queen
Women in horror media are typically celebrated as “hot horror babes of the month.” Women fight for visibility as serious contributors to this exciting genre. This panel introduces people to revolutionary women advocating for woman-created horror media and expanding awareness in fandom and technical arts.
Panelists: Hannah Neurotica (moderator), Jen and Sylvia Soska, Jenna Pitman, Jessica Dwyer

12:00-2:00 PM (2-hour session!)

(EMP Learning Labs)Geek Girl Vlogging
Vlog your way to a better tomorrow! Feminist Frequency and Reel Grrls team up to host a Geek Girl video blogging workshop. This introductory workshop covers the basic how to of video blogging from shooting to publishing. See examples of some of the most interesting vlogs on the net with panelists’ critique on the do’s and don’ts of creating compelling online videos.
Panelist: Anita Sarkeesian

1:00-2:00 PM

(Lopez)Rocking the Geek Niche
Nerdiness is your superpower! This panel highlights the owner and staff of the Offbeat Empire blog network, who have learned how to use their nerdiest qualities to achieve business and personal advantages. Discuss celebrating geek culture and how each panelist applied her techy, nerdy qualities for career development.
Panelists: Ariel Meadow Stallings (moderator), JMDodd, Megan Finley, Stephanie Kaloi, Cat Rocketship, Ang Jandak

(Fidalgo)That Comic Isn’t About Me
Take a critical look at gender, sexuality, and race in comics. Discuss how important it is to easily identify with characters, the state of diversity in comic arts, and why readers often overlook stories featuring characters whose gender, sexuality, race, class, or culture differs from their own.
Panelists: Zan Christensen (moderator), Chris Lange, Ashley Cook, Gail Simone

(EMP JBL Theater)Women of Harry Potter
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is full of women who are powerful, intelligent, confident, and determined. The Harry Potter fandom is also full of women who embrace their own strengths to fuel inspiration in life, music, fanfiction, blogs, and activism.
Panelists: Hallie Torrey (moderator), Arletta Gustafson, Juliana Kirmeyer, Kayla Brown, Renee Agatsuma

2:00-3:00 PM

(Lopez)Women Running Geeky Businesses
Business owners face many challenges daily. What do those challenges look like for a woman running her own geeky business? Panelists share their experiences with starting, building, and maintaining businesses in a geeky market and balancing it with everything life throws at you.
Panelists: Erica McGillivray (moderator), Megan Gaiser, Jenn Fujikawa, Stephanie Ogle, Chrystal Doucette, Jo Jo Stiletto

(Fidalgo)The Importance of Superheroes
You might already be a superheroine or hero! Don’t be defined by capes and tights. More and more being a superhero comes from working hard and cooperating with others. Panelists talk about the secrets that all superheroes know to stop dreaming of change and start making it happen.
Panelists: Serena Ngai and Cate Huston

(EMP JBL Theater)Media Literacy, Criticism, and Production
Geek Girls are fluent in popular culture, yet sometimes miss the subtext imbedded in the words and images put out by the media. Panelists will open your eyes to the good, the bad, and the ugly of media and help you to start asking questions of media creators, distributors, and consumers.
Panelists: Maile Martinez (moderator), Anita Sarkeesian, Leah Wilson, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Kelsey Wallace, Kjerstin Johnson

2:00-4:00 PM

(EMP Learning Labs)Make Yoda Stick-Puppets with Bonnie Burton
Bonnie Burton is THE expert on Star Wars crafts. To help you, Bonnie is here to show everyone how to make a Yoda stick-puppet. This craft workshop is for all ages, and you’ll have a free GeekGirlCon souvenir by the end. Join Bonnie and her Padawan helper, Marissa Nolan-Layman, as we color and glue our way into the Star Wars universe.

3:00-4:00 PM

(Lopez)Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology
From Wonder Woman to Buffy Summers, Emma Peel to Sydney Bristow, Charlie’s Angels to the Powerpuff Girls, superwomen are more than love interests or sidekicks who stand by their men. Author, blogger, and pop culture historian, Jennifer K. Stuller, explains how the female hero in modern mythology has broken through the boys’ club barrier and reveals the pivotal role of high-heeled, costumed, and kick-ass crimefighters in popular culture through video clips, slides, and readings.

(Fidalgo)Roller Derby Rising: Bringing Back the Bank
The Roller Derby resurgence over the last several years shows no signs of slowing down. The Northwest’s Tilted Thunder Rail Birds are one of only ten banked-track leagues in the United States. These derby girls are here to share their geeky experiences on and off the track.
Panelists: Bomb Scott (moderator), DonitaMann, Crusher Frequency, Geek 3000, Krozo the Clown, The Green Fairy, Shanimal, Xena Roller Princess

(EMP JBL Theater)Enticing a New Generation of Women into STEM Careers
Join Cheryl Platz of IGNITE (Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution) for an informative talk about the drop in female participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. Cheryl shares concrete actions to spark changes to reverse this trend. You’ll leave this panel with a good understanding of trends in STEM education and gain ideas for outreach activities.

4:00-5:00 PM

(Lopez)You Play Like a Girl: Video Games, Feminism, and The Border House
The Border House bloggers address the trials and tribulations of starting a feminist blog for gamers. Topics include developing a unique and compelling angle, identifying and engaging your readership, exploring the ways video game culture can be more inclusive of women, and what’s wrong (and what’s right) with games and gameplay today.
Panelists: Deirdra Kiai (moderator), Tami Baribeau, Regina Buenaobra, Katherine Cross, Ariel Wetzel

Sometimes a simple idea hits at just the right time and place. Renae de Liz’s desire to give back to the comics community and give women creators of all abilities a chance to be published turned into one of the most successful and anticipated Kickstarter projects ever. Panelists discuss the development and drive to create Womanthology, the creators and contributors, social media support, and the future of this project.
Panelists: Mariah Huehner, Trina Robbins, and Bonnie Burton

(EMP JBL Theater)Emo Music and the Muse: How Girls Are Depicted On and Off Stage
Leslie Simon shares stories and experiences during her tenure at Alternative Press during the burgeoning emo scene. She saw all the blood, sweat, tears, and eyeliner that went into being a chart-topping success. Join Leslie as she questions why all the emo girls are in front of the stage and not on it and why many girls aspire to be muses instead of musicians.

(EMP Learning Labs)Writing Through Real Life: How to Write with a Day Job or a Baby to Change
Reaching your daily word count is difficult to justify when it’s chaos at home or you have a day job. Hear what these writers have to say about the importance for women to be creative and the best methods and practical solutions to achieve all your goals.
Panelists: Danielle Hinesly (moderator), Adina Senft, Tasha McGill Kreger, Erica McEachern


(EMP JBL Theater)GeekGirlCon Closing Ceremony and Labyrinth Sing-Along
Close down this momentous weekend with a few remarks and a Labyrinth Sing-Along! Bring those sock puppets you made earlier and a belt out “Underground” and “Magic Dance” with Clinton McClung of Central Cinema and special guest and Labyrinth puppeteer Karen Prell. Oh, the 1980s, those were magical years.

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