GeekGirlCon ’13 Info Page

Sunday Programming

Details on programs listed below may change before GeekGirlCon ’12, so check back here or the Info Booth at the con for the most up-to-date program information. In addition to this website, follow us on Twitter at (@GeekGirlCon) or find us on Facebook page ( for the latest and greatest GeekGirlCon ’12 updates. We’ll see you there!

Programs below are as of Friday, 8/10. Sessions with an asterisk (*) will be Live-Tweeted.  Program Grid for Sunday is available here.

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Gail Simone – RM101 GeekGirlConnections

Gail will be reviewing portfolios and talking to aspiring writers one-on-one.
Presented by Gail Simone


10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Monster Brides, Robots, Superheroines, and Anime Girls: Geek Girl Poets! – RM204
Moderated Roundtable Discussion

What do monster brides, robots, comic book superheroines, and anime girls have in common? Poetry! These geeky awesome Northwest poets celebrate the women of the pop culture fringes in their work. They will read some poetry, discuss the inspirations for their work, and point readers towards exploration of even more geeky girl poets!

Presented by Jeannine Hall Gailey, Lana H. Ayers, Tiffany Midge


10:30 AM    11:20 AM       

Storytime with Susie – RM205

You are never too old or young to appreciate a great story — a story that takes you to the Shire, to Narnia, or to an island inhabited by “Wild Things.” Parents, kids, grandparents — and anyone else who simply loves a good story — gather around and geek out over books. Come explore picture books, kid-friendly comics, and new ways of telling stories for children. We’ll talk about what makes a great book, and we’ll even put the pieces together for our very own story.

Presented by Susie Rantz, L.B. Chambers


10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Spotlight on M.J. McDermott – RM301/302

M.J. McDermott is an Emmy Award-winning meteorologist on Q13 FOX News This Morning. She has a degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, where she was the first woman to win its annual Forecasting Competition. A self-proclaimed geek girl, M.J.’s favorite subjects in school were math and science; she loves science fiction books, film, and television.

Presented M.J. McDermott


10:30 AM – 11:20 AM *

Why Men Write Women Poorly, and How to Get a Clue (aka Writing with a Y Chomosome) – RM303

Author Greg Rucka shares his thoughts on why so many writers fail when it comes to portraying strong female characters in popular media, using examples, anecdotes, and the occasional rant. Topics covered include: theory of character development and portrayal; suggestions on ways all authors, aspiring or otherwise, can create stronger portrayals regardless of the gender, orientation, or background of themselves or their creations.

Presented by Greg Rucka, introduced by Susana Polo (The Mary Sue)


10:30 AM – 11:50 AM

Really Make Your Own Videoblog: Hands-On Workshop – RM202

Feminist Frequency and Reel Grrls lead this hands-on, interactive workshop where you will learn the skills to record and shoot a short online video…and then you will make one! The session will emphasize tips and techniques like framing and lighting. You will then be able to record a short videoblog about a topic you care about or something you have learned at GeekGirlCon. Recording equipment will be provided, so just show up ready to make videos!

Presented Anita Sarkeesian, Lila Kitaeff, Maile Martinez


11:30 AM – 12:20 AM *

A Fate Worse than Death: The Last “Outsider” in Popular Culture – Disability – RM303

More than one in 10 Americans live with an apparent disability. But this isn’t reflected in books, comics, films, or television. When seeking to include characters with disabilities, creators are asked “why?” Panelists will examine the reluctance to include characters with disabilities, common myths and stereotypes, and some of the common controversies by using examples from popular and geek culture, personal experiences in industry, and discourse with audience members.

Presented by Day Al-Mohammed, Liz Henry, Teal Sherer, Lawrence Carter-Long, Gail Simone


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

Stunning Space Science: Voyager — 12,396 days and counting – RM204

The twin Voyager are considered by many to be the most successful robotic explorers in the history of NASA. After having been on a journey of exploration for more than 26 years, the Voyagers continue to return data, and the discoveries continue. Learn all about the Voyager Mission, from its breakthrough trajectory, the basics of the spacecraft, its stunning science results, and what it’s doing now.

Presented by Trina L. Ray


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

The Healthy Gamer: Living an Awesomesauce Balanced Life – RM205

Does your lvl 85 Mage have a hot Blood Elf boyfriend, but boys IRL baffle you? Does your social life consist of your guildies? This is the case for many of us dedicated gamers (including myself!). Let’s talk about building social skills and maintaining a healthy life balance while still participating in the online worlds that we love. You too can complete the quest-chain that earns you the title “Totally Awesomesauce Healthy Gamer!”

Presented by Wendie Mathews


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

The Myth of “The Female Gamer Perspective” – RM303

We all know that considerably fewer women than men work in game design; those of us that do are often called upon to “represent the female audience.” At BioWare, we’re lucky to have quite a few women working here, and we represent a pretty wide range of backgrounds, tastes, and gaming styles. We certainly don’t have a singular gaming perspective.We’d like to talk with you about why there’s probably no such thing and how games should be designed accordingly.

Presented by Sheryl Chee, Kris Schoneberg, Melanie Fleming, Sarah Hayward, Jessica Merizan; moderated by Karin Weekes


12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

How to be a Negotiation Ninja – RM202

Does the idea of asking for a raise or negotiating a contract for your next freelance job make you want to breathe into a paper bag? Let negotiation expert Katie Lane teach you how to become a Negotiation Ninja! She will show you how to negotiate in a style that feels comfortable and powerful. You don’t want to miss this if you freelance or deal with the daily slings and arrows of cubicle politics.

Presented Katie Lane


12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

Intro to Costume Craft and Cosplay – RM204

Cosplay or costuming? The Crafters In Disguise bloggers discuss costume craft from two different approaches. What is “cosplay,” what is “costuming,” and how are they similar or different? How do you approach a new costume project? Costume reproduction: when and how is accuracy important? Poses and personality: how do you bring your character to life?

Presented by Amanda Wan, Sammy Ng


12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

YA Literature and Feminism – RM205

Young Adult literature is a largely female-driven domain. It is written by women and marketed primarily toward young woman. But how feminist can we consider YA literature to be? Do popular works within this genre promote contemporary feminist ideals or work against them? This panel presents academic work dealing with popular YA literature series such as The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twilight, Modelland, and others through a critical feminist lens.

Presented by Ed Chang, Taylor Boulware, Leanne Day, Stevi Costa


12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

Science, I am Just That Into You – RM301/302

DoubleXScience exists to bring science to the woman in you: whoever she is, whatever she does. It’s not only for women in science, but also for women into science. If you’re single, married, dating, a mother, an aunt, a niece, a daughter, a sister, transgendered, born XX, or just feeling womanly…we wish to bring something in science of interest to you. The panelists are the editors and contributors to the blog, DoubleXScience.

Presented by Emily Willingham, Raychelle Burks, Liz Neeley, Adrienne Roehrich


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Geek Girls Creating Their Own Films and Shows – RM303

Meet women who took their love of the geek life and turned it into a career as producers, hosts, actresses, and multi-hyphenate personalities. They spent time and love creating their own award-winning content for film, TV, and the web. Learn how each of these smart ladies built their unique, individual brands. Gain insight into the struggles and success of creating your own work, from networking to production to marketing; and stay sane along the way.

Presented by Kristen Nedopak, Stephanie Thorpe, Teal Sherer, Christa Charter


12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Dark Horse (Ask the Editors) – RM101 GeekGirlConnections

Looking for sound story advice? Curious about what happens behind the scenes of a comic book? Eager
to find out just how glamorous the life an editor is? Well, come join Dark Horse Editor Rachel Edidin
(Alabaster, Axe Cop, Valve), Image Comics Jennifer de Guzman (former EIC of SLG, editor of Zombies
Calling, Shadoweyes, Rex Libris), and rogue editor Mariah Huehner (Womanthology, Angel, The Last
Unicorn) for a collective 20+ years experience in the strange and wonderful world of comics. You can ask
questions about visual storytelling, scripting, pitching, and how to be extremely fashionable.

Presented by Rachel Edidin, Jennifer de Guzman, Mariah Huehner


1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

The Avatar, the Superhero, and the Reaper – RM202
Moderated Roundtable Discussion

What do the avatar of a war god, a super-powered spy, and a 12-year-old embodiment of death have in common? They’re all fierce and capable females headlining the flagship series in Talaria Press’ library. Join authors Ren Cummins, Garth Reasby, and H.L. Reasby, along with Talaria Press Editor-in-Chief Quiana Kirkland to discuss the joys and challenges of breathing life into these amazing characters. Join us for a frank and open discussion of the writing process; from idea through composition, editing, publication and marketing challenges.

Presented by Ren Cummins, Quiana Kirkland, Garth Reasby, H.L. Reasby


1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Tech Jobs You Never Knew You Wanted – RM204
As professional women in technology, many of us are in positions we never knew existed when we
started working. Bridging the gap can be difficult if you don’t know where to start or where to go. Panelists
include engineers and a database administrator from Twitter, a network engineer from Wikimedia, CEO
and founder at Interface Guru, and a technical project manager at Arizona State University.

Presented by Lisa Phillips, Dana Contreras, Henna Kermani, Leslie Carr, Cia Romano, Nicole Phillips


1:30 PM – 2:20 PM


This spotlight will start with a freewheeling discussion with critically acclaimed author of comics and
animation, Gail Simone, and include a question and answer session at the end. She will be discussing
her comics work, from Deadpool to Simpsons to Birds of Prey to Batgirl, as well as her views on females
in comics and other social issues. This promises to be a lively hour with this popular and entertaining writer!

Presented by Gail Simone, Erica J Heflin


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Geek Girls in Popular Culture – RM301/302

There’s no denying that geeky ladies have become a major pop cultural force to be reckoned with. But
it hasn’t always been this way: until recently, authentic geek girl characters were few and far between.
Our panel of creators will take an in-depth look at how the landscape has changed: what makes geek girl
portrayals problematic or powerful? And what’s next for geek girl characters and the fans who love them?

Presented by Amy Berg, Cecil Castellucci, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Stephanie Thorpe, Sarah Kuhn, Sarah Watson


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM *

Spotlight on Purple Reign – RM303

Join Seattle’s superhero Purple Reign in a discussion about stopping crime, domestic abuse, and bullying. In this informal and conversational Q&A, Purple will share her personal survivor story and escape from an abusive relationship. She’ll also share some funny stories including how she met her partner, Phoenix Jones and of their early crime fighting days starting the Rain City Superhero Movement. Find out why they chose to use the symbol of a superhero in their community activism.

Presented by Purple Reign


2:00 PM – 3:20 PM

LEDs in Fabric: Sew Your Own Circuit – RM202

In this hands-on workshop, you can learn the basics of what a circuit is and get a chance to sew your own. You will see some examples of LEDs sewn into fabric and then have some time to create your own light-up clothing. Get started on the path to create your own technology-infused fashion. Warning: may lead to desire for microcontrollers.

Presented by Jill Naiman


2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

Comedy Web Series: Standard ActionRM204

The award-winning comedy-fantasy web series Standard Action hit the web in 2011 and wowed audiences with its intelligent writing, quirky characters, beautiful cinematography, and fantastic design. It was created, written, and produced by a woman. Standard Action boasts strong, realistic female characters. Watch excerpts from Standard Action’s first season and hear the team talk about how they created, designed, and brought to life this exceptional comedy-fantasy series, grounded in the world of Dungeons & Dragons and geek pop culture.

Presented by Joanna Gaskell, Edwin Perez, Rob Hunt, Vanessa Driveness


2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

Womanthology Continues – RM205

The zeitgeist continues as Womanthology takes on new challenges in 2012 and continues the momentum of helping women of all ages and backgrounds realize their dream of telling stories through comics.

Presented by Mariah Huehner, Rachel Edidin, Jennifer de Guzman, Renae de Liz


2:30 PM – 3:20 PM *

A Career as a Lady Coder II: Getting the Job – RM301/302

Last year, we helped you learn what being a woman coder was like. We helped you understand what it’s like to code for a living as a woman, and how to succeed. This year, we’ll help you get the job. We’re senior technical women who make our living as professional programmers, and this year, we’re adding a female computer science student to help show you your path to getting these rewarding and prestigious positions.

Presented by Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack, Michael Reinhardt, Marina Babic, Tanya Sweeney, Liz Dahlstrom, Lorraine Sawicki



3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

So You Want to Write (and Finish) a Novel? – RM202

Learn how to write a finished novel (written or graphic) in one year by focusing on the single most important aspect to the novel: the story! Elizabeth Guizzetti has created three graphic novels, a comic book series, and a published novel, Other Systems, as well as over 100 paintings.

Presented by Elizabeth Guizzetti


3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

Secrets of the (Female) Hacker/Maker – RM204

What’s it like to be a hacker or a maker? Although the hacker/maker community is quite large, there is a serious lack of women. How can we be more involved? What’s it like to be a woman in the hacker or maker community? This panel will provide the space for women to talk about what it’s like being a woman in the hacker and/or maker community.

Presented by Leigh Honeywell, Willow Brugh, Allison Hughes, Danielle Hulton, Jeskia McEvoy


3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

Geek Girls for Good – RM205

Did you know geek girls can be real-life superheroes? Join these amazing women working in global health, education technology, the arts, and science as they talk about how they turned their geeky passions into a career that improves lives, from Seattle to South Africa. Learn how you can be a superhero and apply your interests to a job that makes a difference. Panelists are from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, and Reel Grrls.

Presented by Susie Rantz, Jennifer Hauseman, Therese Littleton, Reitha Weeks, Robin Held


3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

From Fan Fiction to Self-Publishing: Ten Tips For Making the Move – RM301/302

When author Sarah Wynde made the move from fan fiction, her first novel sold enough on Amazon to buy a year’s worth of coffee. In this session, she’ll share her story and give fellow fan fiction authors tips on how to self-publish, including specific advice on formatting, editing, and cover design. She’ll also explain why tables of content matter and why Twitter doesn’t, what expenses can be avoided, and what common wisdom to ignore.

Presented by Sarah Wynde, Wendy Sharpe


3:30 PM – 4:20 PM *

Women and Skepticism – RM303

What is real and what isn’t? A panel of renowned skeptics will analyze some of the current claims marketed to or directed specifically at women. From psychics to super-antioxidant juices, this panel will show you how you can use the tools of skepticism to protect yourself, your family, and the contents of your wallet from pseudoscience and scams.

Presented by Rebecca Watson, Amanda Marcotte, Desiree Schell, Ericka Johnson, Jennifer McCreight, Cloe Ashton


4:30 PM – 5:20 PM *

Women in Video Gaming RM204

Come join us for a glimpse into the video games industry from a female perspective. We’ll share stories from the trenches: How did we enter a mostly male dominated environment? What challenges did we face? And most of all, what keeps us in the game? Dream, laugh, or cry with us…we won’t judge.

Presented by Chenelle Bremont, Theresa Jones, Alexandra Novikova, Brownwen Grimes, Jen Pearce, Kathie Flood


4:30 PM – 5:20 PM

How to Build a Superheroine – RM205

Superheroes are a dime a dozen, but superheroines who aren’t flimsy caricatures are harder to find. Here’s a breakdown of how to create a superheroine who’s a fully-formed character with backstory, origin story, and life story.

Presented by Danielle Monsch, Eilis Flynn


4:30 PM – 5:50 PM

Nerdlesque: A New Wave of Neo-Burlesque – RM301-302

Ages 18+ (Show ID at the door)

A fun and informative look at a new trend in the neo-burlesque scene—Nerdlesque! The presentation starts off with a brief history of the art of burlesque. It then dives into the significance of such shows as: Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque; Whedonesque Burlesque; Babes in Space: The Wrath of Thong; and more. It’s slightly academic, slightly tongue-in-cheek look at nerdy burlesque.

Presented by Jo Jo Stiletto


6:00 PM – 7:50 PM

Closing Celebration – RM301/302 *

Come join the GeekGirlCon staff and special guests to celebrate the end of the second-ever GeekGirlCon. Fun surprises, geekery++, and a much-anticipated screening of Wonder Women! The Untold History of American Superheroines (to be introduced by executive producer Erin Prather Stafford) – a great way to end a fabulous weekend!


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