Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time
Program
Location
9:00 AM
First-Time Fan Meetup
America
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location:
America
Type:
activities

Are you new to this whole fandom thing? Is there something you love—a TV show, movie, comic, book, STEM topic, even a baseball team—that you’re not sure if anyone else has ever even heard of? Come to GeekGirlCon’s First-Time Fan Meetup, and meet more first-timers like yourself. Get to know your fellow attendees, and explain that book you just read to your new friends. Maybe they’ll want to read it too!

10:00 AM
Harry Potter Fan Meetup
America
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
America
Type:
activities

Wingardium what now? It’s off to Hogwarts—or possibly one of the other new wizarding schools recently described by J.K. Rowling—for the beginning of your wizarding education. Don’t forget your wand, and be sure to stop at Weasley’s Whizzbangs to get some contraband for playing pranks on your friends. What’s your favorite Quidditch team? Owl or cat? Has your mother ever sent YOU a Howler?? Join the rest of us Potterheads and see what it’s all about!

Paint ‘n’ Take by Privateer Press
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Type:
gaming

Stop in and learn how to paint your very own Privateer Press miniature. Our miniature painting experts will give you all the tips and tricks you need to bring your mini to life. Supplies are limited, so get here early!

Pathfinder Society RPG & Card Game Demo
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Time:
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Location:
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Type:
gaming

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is an evolution of the world’s oldest fantasy roleplaying game (based on version 3.5 of the rules set). Throughout GeekGirlCon, we’ll be running 1 hour demonstrations of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. These short adventures are a great introduction both to Pathfinder RPG and the entire genre of d20 roleplaying games. We’ll have everything you need!

RPGs with Andy
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Time:
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location:
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Type:
gaming

Join our game master laureate Andy Munich (The 8 Hour Gamer) to learn and play RPGs. New players and seasoned campaigners are welcome. Check out the gaming floor for times and more details. RPGs this year include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dread, Legend of the Elements, and more. Play something you’ve never played before, or return to an old favorite!

Building A Welcoming Game
Samus
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
Samus
Type:
programming

Crafting a good campaign requires participation from both gamemaster and players. It’s easy to make games exclusionary by mistake, thwarting a player’s ability to engage with your story. Join Mythcreants to learn the best ways to make your game welcoming for all players. We’ll advise on assisting new players, keeping troublesome players in check, and avoiding triggers. We’ll also offer strategies to help ensure your game is friendly to all players. You CAN get all your players on board!

Oren Ashkenazi, Elise Abramson, Rhys Subitch, Sarah Gould, Ed Turner, Mike Hernandez

Reign Robotics: High School as a Female Nerd
Uhura
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
programming

The Holy Names Academy Team Reign members are experts on high school life as nerds. Topics will range from computer science to robotics to how to get more girls involved in STEM. We’ll also discuss how we deal with naysayers, as well as what life and STEM are like in an all-girl environment. We convey to adults how high school has evolved, we inspire other high schoolers, and we show younger audience members how exciting STEM can be for girls.

Addie Boileau, Michaela Fennell, Sorrelle Schifferling, Ayla DeLaat, Joelle Fitzgerald

Science Fiction Romance: Tentacles Not Required
Korra
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
Korra
Type:
programming

Science fiction romance has a strong core audience, with authors like Linnea Sinclair and Angela Knight creating vivid, exciting love stories. Princess Leia, Rey, and Katniss Everdeen fire up the imaginations of readers and authors and provide strong role models for young women. We’ll define romance and science fiction as genres, and then examine what SFR is and what it is not for authors. How do we successfully blend these two genres via plot, character development, research, and imagination?

Belinda McBride, J Tullos Henig, Raven Oak, Tricia Barr

10:30 AM
Finding Your Place in the Wizarding World: Race & Identity in Harry Potter
Storm
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location:
Storm
Type:
programming

Many characters in Harry Potter struggle with their identity and how it impacts their standing in the Wizarding World. Often this identity is shown through the lens of blood status, but the intersectionality between race and other identities also shape people, both in the Wizarding World and its fandom. As the Wizarding World continues to expand, more cultures are included and representation becomes more important—and problematic. How does this change the fandom and the world we fell in love with?

Isabela Oliveira, Marie Giesela, Olivia Hernández, Robyn Jordan, Sabrina Avila

Inclusion & Evolution of Female Roles in Modern Animation
Garnet
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
programming

Cartoons aren’t just for kids anymore. With a greater diversity of characters, there is a wonderful expanse of female characters for us to love. How have cartoons evolved over the last few decades since those Saturday morning marathons* of our youth? Starting with “The Smurfette Principle,” our panelists will discuss amazing characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Steven Universe, Gargoyles, Scooby Doo, and more. Let’s talk cartoons together! (*Cereal not provided.)

Kristine Hassell, Kayla Sutton, Kristen Lehua

Men In Comics
Furiosa
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
programming

We’re flipping the script on those all-men, “women in comics” discussions with this non-compliant, tongue-in-cheek discussion on the state of men and male characters in comic books. No bashing allowed; bring your love of all things comics and join us!

Emma Houxbois, Kayla Sutton, Joamette Gil, Zoey Hogan, Jennifer Stuller

11:00 AM
Hamilton Fan Meetup
America
Time:
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:
America
Type:
activities

Hamilton: The Musical has ushered in an entirely new era on Broadway—and off. People who never saw or listened to a musical before are memorizing lyrics and dance moves and plotting how to get tickets to their new favorite thing in the world. Come meet a group of people who love Hamilton, or just come see what the excitement is all about. We guarantee you’ll learn something new—don’t throw away your shot!

Gaming with the GeekGirlScouts
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Time:
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location:
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Type:
gaming

Bring your compass, sash, and sense of adventure as you explore an exciting RPG scenario written and run by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington!

Rock Band Freeplay Stage
Chell
Time:
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location:
Chell
Type:
gaming

Ever wanted to rock out on stage while playing a video game? Whether you’re a seasoned Rock Band veteran or have never played before, bring a band of 1 to 7 people, pick from one of our 3000+ songs, and have fun!

11:30 AM
Con Survival 101 For The Geek Girl
Korra
Time:
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
programming

Is GeekGirlCon your first con? Are you having a great time and want to know about other Seattle-area cons where you can get the same safe, fun, and amazing experience? How do you prepare before the con begins? We’ll share our experiences at local geeky events, recommend where to go and what to do when you get there, and provide tips on which common con problems are unavoidable (and how to cope), and which should be treated as unacceptable.

Berlynn Wohl, earthfirefly, BelladonnaQ, Mickey Schulz

Costume Contests 101
Uhura
Time:
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
programming

So you want to enter a cosplay contest but aren’t sure what it’s all about? Do your knees quake at the thought of getting up in front of hundreds of people? Fear not! Join three veterans—Lulu Laurent, Uvi Bee, and Meldandy—as they discuss their positive experiences participating in and judging cosplay contests. Discussion topics include skits, group coordination, audio tips, solo-presentations, walk-ons, craftsmanship judging, and getting your kids involved. Be sure to stay for audience Q&A!

Lulu Laurent, Melissa Quinn, UviBee

Mass Effect: The Next Generation
Samus
Time:
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
programming

Now that Commander Shepard’s story is over, what does the Mass Effect universe have in store for us? It may be too early to speculate, but that won’t stop us from trying! Join Mass Effect fans and game industry insiders as we discuss the Mass Effect series and what we hope to see in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Meagan Malone, Alyssa Jones, Emma Perry

12:00 PM
Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Representation of Asians in Film, TV, & Gaming
Storm
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location:
Storm
Type:
programming

Mirror’s Edge, Halo 5, Quantico, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Master of None show that Asians are increasingly present in our media. However, is presence enough for racial equity? Asian characters are often stereotyped, and they don’t represent the diversity of voices, cultures, and nationalities that fall under the broad Asian umbrella. We’ll discuss changes in the representation of Asians and what challenges still need to be overcome. Come share your ideas in a crowdsourcing activity for improving Asian representation!

JC Lau, Kristine Hassell, Meris Mullaley, Sonja Marcus

Imposter Syndrome: Are You as Good as Everyone Believes You To Be?
Furiosa
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
programming

Geeks often feel they are on the outside of society, and suffering from imposter syndrome—thinking you’re a fraud, and it’s only a matter of time before everyone knows it—only makes that worse. Getting rejection letters for your geeky creations makes positivity and inclusion in fandom even more important. Why is imposter syndrome so prevalent inside geekdom? How do you get help and learn to celebrate your diversity rather than feeling like an outcast?

Raven Oak, G. G. Silverman, Phoebe Kitanidis, Fran Stewart, Robin Bradford, John Lovett

Journey into the Gaming Industry
Garnet
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
programming

Join gaming industry veterans as they share their stories of how they made their way into the industry and–how you can too!

Tifa Robles, Kiki Wolfkill, Kelly Snyder, Clark Ly, Morgan Lockhart

12:30 PM
Sessions with a Specialist – Mentorship for Geeks
America
Time:
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:
America
Type:
activities

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a woman in the gaming industry? Have questions on how to break into a science or math field? Ask these questions and more during our Sessions with a Specialist, where individuals meet with women professionals in diverse backgrounds hosted in a fun “speed-dating” environment!

Make a Game with Girls Make Games
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Time:
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Type:
gaming

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a video game? Stop by and learn how to make your own game with the crew from Girls Make Games! This mini workshop features a short lesson in game design and fundamentals of programming. Each participant will create a single level platformer (think classic Mario) and receive further instructions/tutorials on how to continue building on the game at home!

1:00 PM
Cosplay 101
Uhura
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
programming

So you decided you want to make a costume for a convention. Awesome! Come talk to the people who can give you tips on how to deal with unconventional fabrics or what to do if you don’t know how to sew. We’ll also discuss how to realize that no one is shaped like a comic book character—and you are perfect just the way you are.

Stevie Williams, Abi Roddy, Jerica Wilson

Saving Sci-Fi & Fantasy: POC, Women, & LGBTQ Voices Saving the Genre
Korra
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
programming

Join a panel of Seattle and surrounding area librarians, along with a John W. Campbell Award winner for Best New Writer, to hear about books and authors that are truly taking science fiction and fantasy into the future!

Dawn Rutherford, Emily Calkins, Jackie Parker, Misha Stone, E. Lily Yu, Zola Mumford

The Care & Feeding of Your Geek Family
Samus
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
programming

You’ve got a nerdy family: congratulations! Now what? How can you keep your family stocked with fabulous books, comics, and shows for all ages? Join a panel of youth librarians for all-ages media recommendations featuring diverse creators and characters; tips and tricks for finding more great recs; resources for supporting curious, enthusiastic young fans; and suggestions for dealing with edgy material and challenging conversations. Our all-ages recommendations will center on diversity of both creators and main characters.

Claire Scott, Whitney Winn, Michelle Waddy, Jessica Werner

1:30 PM
Brainy Anime Babes Who Know More Science Than You
Storm
Time:
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:
Storm
Type:
programming

Anime, along with many other fantastical fiction genres, has a bizarre mix of hyper-sexualized female characters who are somehow still liberated and strong. But there’s a sub-archetype with the Brainiac anime girl who is the kind of heroine we all want. We’ll explore a number of the go-to heroine templates, as well as talk about ways to break away from them.

Z.D. Gladstone, Camela Thompson, Patricia D. Eddy

Mahou Shojou: Magical Girls!
Furiosa
Time:
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
programming

Let your henshin wand fly! Magical girls have been a staple of Japanese animation since 1968, grabbing the heart and imagination of a young Japanese female audience. We’ll explore the historical and cultural rise of the magical girl while taking care to consider the reasons for their popularity, narratives that explore issues relating to gender and female sexuality, and if these narratives are truly empowering for female fans.

Misu (Oshare Cosplay), Paige LaVoie, Merri Christianson, Natasha Tucker

The Women of Pixar
Garnet
Time:
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
programming

Pixar Animation Studios will showcase a variety of women within the studio ranging from animators to engineers. Audience members will be able to grasp what it feels like working at Pixar. Within the panel, these extraordinary women will be discussing their backgrounds, what they do at Pixar, and their professional journey to Pixar. Join this lively panel and discover what’s at the heart of Pixar and the films they make!

Angelique Reisch, Becky Tower, Jude Brownbill, Trina Roy, Yun Lien

2:00 PM
Star Wars Fan Meetup
America
Time:
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location:
America
Type:
activities

Star Wars has been around for longer than a lot of its fans have been alive—and it’s getting an incredible revival through the new films, cartoons, books, and more media than you think is possible. Share your love of Star Wars, ask questions about characters and their backstories, or just listen to the people around you talking about a galaxy far, far away. May the force be with you!

2:30 PM
Custom Superheroes Masks Workshop
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Type:
gaming

Complete your geek uniform by designing your own face-formed Super Hero(ine) Mask! Zelda, Iron (wo)Man, Pikachu—you name it! Each mask is unique as you design face molds to custom fit your mask to your features. Get creative with it to represent your inner geek! You’ll learn about the technology, math, and fun that goes into mask-making for many famous super hero masks.

Adaptation, Appropriation, Influence: Using Other Cultures to Build Fictional Worlds
Korra
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
programming

We’ve all read, watched, and played through worlds not based on our own culture. However, what aspects of those worlds “authentically” represented that culture? Did they borrow the aesthetics without cultural context or implications? Or did they give justice to all aspects of the culture, exploring the depth of these adapted ideas? Explore how creators are influenced by other cultures in good ways, contrasted with poorly appropriated cultures—and learn to avoid the latter in your own creations.

Carrie McClain, Karla Pacheco, Leia Weathington, Paulina Przystupa, Tristan J. Tarwater

Rolling for Boob Size: Being a Woman in a (Masculine) D&D World
Samus
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
programming

Hypermasculinity in games, both during play and in its creation, can lead to the policing of women’s voices and limiting female participation. Three female D&D players, DMs, and academics will discuss how tabletop role-playing games have intentionally—or unintentionally—prioritized straight male narratives, what it’s like to be the only woman at the table, and how we can change the narrative to allow everyone a seat at the gaming tabletop.

Lauren Karp, Helen Stonehouse, Jaden Emme

Getting Away with Murder
Uhura
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
programming

How accurate is the forensic science in TV shows, movies, and books? What’s the best way to get rid of a body? How do criminal databases actually work? What is the Prosecutor’s Fallacy? Can you get DNA evidence from crab lice? Will your browser history sink you? Scientists discuss the real science behind forensic investigations compared to what we see in our media. Join us to see what isn’t accurate and what definitely is!

Dr. Gwen Pearson, Torrey Stenmark, Dr. Raychelle Burks, Seelix

3:00 PM
Become Your Own Hero: Create Superheroine Wrist Cuffs
America
Time:
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:
America
Type:
activities

Everyone finds themselves wanting to be a superheroine at some point, and every superheroine needs killer accessories. Join Crafting with Feminism author Bonnie Burton as she guides you through making your very own superheroine wrist cuffs. (Just don’t use them to try to deflect speeding bullets.)

From FanFic Writer to Published Author
Storm
Time:
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:
Storm
Type:
programming

From writing fanfiction and posting free tales on Wattpad, Archive of Our Own, and even Livejournal,, authors are taking advantage of audiences clamoring for free entertainment. But making the jump from writing for free to becoming a published author involves quite a few hurdles. We’ll take a look at how writing fanfiction and other free content can help launch an author’s career, and the challenges facing those who want to transition from writing fanfic to original, published fiction.

Angel Lawson, Beth Bolden, Elizabeth Hunter, Gretchen S. B., T.M. Franklin

Incorporating Fandom Into Learning & Play
Furiosa
Time:
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
programming

Did you know your children’s fandom can be a great educational tool in your parenting arsenal? Join the writers of GeekMom and GeekDad as they discuss their experiences teaching their kids using everything from Star Wars to Minecraft.

Kelly Knox, Will James, Sarah James, Marziah Karch, Claire Jennings

4:00 PM
Cosplay Contest
Garnet
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
activities

Come see our annual—bigger and better!—GeekGirlCon Costume CONtest! We’re celebrating a variety of categories this year, each with both a winner and a runner-up: Video Games, Anime, TV/Film, Comics, and Other—and you don’t want to miss out on all the cuteness that is the Children’s March for our geeks aged 11 and under. Submissions are online only, with a deadline of Saturday, October 8 at 11am. We want to see all the hard work you’ve put in and give you the applause you deserve! All are welcome! If you have any questions, please email sammy@geekgirlcon.com.

Whedonverse Fan Meetup
America
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
America
Type:
activities

Joss Whedon: man or myth? Is he as smart as he seems? How many shows and movies has he had his hands in? Who is your favorite character in the ‘verse of his work, from Buffy and Dollhouse to Firefly and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Talk about your love of all things Whedon in this meetup, and discover more than you ever thought you’d know about his work—and why we can’t get enough of it.

XBox Workshop: Intro to Game Design
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location:
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Type:
gaming

Have you ever wanted to make a game? Come learn about the basics of game design and what it takes to start creating your own game – whether it’s a card game, a board game, or a video game. Paper prototyping is key in the early phases of game creation, so no technical skills required!

Geek Wellness
Samus
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
programming

Join a panel of diverse athletes who’ve channeled their geeky passions into their athletic pursuits and listen as they discuss their fitness journeys, body confidence in the geek world, and incorporating fandom and passions into physical activity. Learn how to incorporate your love of sci-fi, fantasy, and video games into your own fitness adventures!

Amber Karnes, Collin Anderson, Marina Martinez, Emily Knight, Kat Selvocki, Devious Cosplay

Geeks Got Your Back
Korra
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
programming

Anti-harassment has become a hot topic within the geek community over the last several years. Whether it is anti-harassment policies or grassroots awareness (such as Cosplay is Not Consent), more and more geeks are looking for ways to make the geek community a better place for everyone. Come join us as we discuss ways in which we can all just be a little more excellent to each other!

Jonnalyhn Wolfcat Prill, Stevie Williams, Tina Beychok, Donna Prior

Worlds of Star Wars
Uhura
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
programming

Is it possible for a planet to revolve around two stars like Tatooine does? Do ice worlds like Hoth exist? Can a planet be turned into a weapon like Starkiller Base? Join a panel of astronomers as they discuss these Star Wars–related questions and more! There will be plenty of time for Q&A, and you’ll leave knowing much more about both the Star Wars and real-life universe than you started with!

Diana Windemuth, Nicole Gugliucci, Meredith Rawls, Karen Knierman, Summer Ash, Lisa Will

4:30 PM
It’s Not…Natural: Female Fanbase of TV’s Manliest Show
Furiosa
Time:
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
programming

Supernatural super fans will discuss the mysterious phenomenon of how a show focused on two men has developed and sustained an incredibly female-driven fandom. We’ll also look at the ramifications of the fandom being mostly female: general dismissal of the show by the mainstream, yet incredible endurance and success, and the rocky history Supernatural has had with its treatment of women and minorities. We’ll celebrate the truly unique relationship Supernatural’s creators and cast have with their female fan base.

Jessica Mason, Misty Fig, Meg Kirkpatrick

Ripley Loves Furiosa: Women Kicking Butt in Action, Sci-Fi, & Horror
Storm
Time:
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location:
Storm
Type:
programming

Let’s talk about our favorite female warriors in film and beyond! Female action heroes tend to be either ultra-sexualized or denied their sexuality. But in the last few years, there has been an emphasis on female heroes (and anti-heroes), and not just tokens or flukes in the genre. From Ripley and Storm to Rey and Jessica Jones, we’ll talk about the past, present, and future of the female warrior in pop culture.

Evan J. Peterson, Grace Moore, Laura Lucas, Katie Tippie

5:30 PM
VR and the Future of Reality
Uhura
Time:
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
programming

Just like the internet and smartphones did in the past, virtual reality is set to revolutionize the way humans interact with technology and each other. In 2015 and 2016, we saw the first instances of commercially viable VR with Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus, PlaystationVR, and HTC Vive. We’ll begin this panel with an introduction to VR, and then we’ll discuss how VR will change everyday tasks and experiences, using pop culture and science fiction references for context.

Meagan Malone, Carolyn Huynh, Felice Gallego, Eva Hoerth, Evie Powell, Ph.D

5:00 PM
DC Comics Fan Meetup
America
Time:
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location:
America
Type:
activities

Superheroes and villains: all are welcome in this gathering of DC Comics fans, a place to convene, to contemplate, and to cosplay. What are your thoughts on Zack Snyder’s take on the extended universe? Let’s talk about Wonder Woman! And Gal Gadot! Any suggestions of preparatory reading between now and the premier of the Justice League movie? Bring your awesome self and your superheroine wrist cuffs!

5:30 PM
Fight Like A Girl
Samus
Time:
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
programming

House Valkyrie discusses the history of Medieval Battle Games, the unique community that these games provide, and challenges (and advantages!) women encounter when participating in these games. We’ll examine the diverse body mechanics and strategies available in battle gaming and discuss how this relates to gender parity. Sit in on this panel to gain a deeper insight into the world of battle gaming and perhaps a newfound desire to dive into battle!

Alli “Rocca” Cramer, Angela Garcia, Shannon Cramer, Ana Tijerina, Kylie Olson, Katie “Morwen” Stearns

Out of this World! Exploring the Awesomeness of LGBTQIA Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Korra
Time:
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
programming

Join us for an out-and-proud and out-of-this-world discussion with sci-fi/fantasy authors as we explore the wonderfully queer realms of LGBTQIA representation in speculative fiction, as well as the various intersections found within, from race to gender identity, sexuality to ability. Magic, and potentially mayhem, may also ensue.

Astrid Amara, Evan J. Peterson, Laylah Hunter, Matthew Buscemi, Nisi Shawl, Tracy Timmons-Gray

6:00 PM
Disney Fan Meetup
America
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:
America
Type:
activities

When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are—if you love Disney, this is the meetup for you. Who’s your favorite—and least favorite—Disney villain or heroine? Are all those princesses relevant in today’s world? Jiminy Cricket or Scuddle? Come meet your fellow Disney fans, find out what you’ve missed since the animation giant hooked up with Pixar, or reminisce over Steamboat Willie. We’ll see you real soon!

Looking Past the Male Gaze: Sexuality in Comics (18+)
Furiosa
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
programming

Do you find that the graphic worlds you love just don’t quite get you? Can’t identify with Tony Stark’s playboy or Matt Murdock’s tragic love life? Let’s talk about sex…uality in comics! There are gaps where there should be representation for relationships not seen by the (generally) default male gaze of many comics. We’ll look at comics trying to shrink those gaps and how we can tell more inclusive stories. Come share your favorites in this safe, inclusive space!

Megan Spurr, Hannah Craig, Stacey Weber, Joshua Neal

Sex Geeks Mobilize! (18+)
Storm
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:
Storm
Type:
programming

Sex education—once reserved for uncomfortable gym teachers and judgmental doctors—is becoming a peer-oriented and pleasure-positive industry. How are sex geeks using technology and social media to communicate with the public? How is sex education influenced by the larger conversation about consent culture, LGBTQ rights, and gender justice? And why is there such a big overlap of fandom, queerdom, and sex geeks, anyway? Join us for this PG-ish conversation!

Allison Moon, Liz Andrade, Sandra Daugherty, Tobi Hill-Meyer

Q&A with Ashly Burch and Sarah Elmaleh
Garnet
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
programming

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a video game voice actor, to create your own online content, or to write for an animated television show? Join moderator Terra Clarke Olsen for a conversation with Ashly Burch and Sarah Elmaleh as they discuss these and more!

7:00 PM
Doctor Who Fan Meetup
America
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
America
Type:
activities

When did you first start watching Doctor Who? Was it back in the 1960s? Or just last year with its newest incarnation of the Doctor? No matter where you fall on that spectrum, or if you just want to see what all the fuss is about, join us for this meeting of the fandom—and see how many other people are waiting for the mad man in the blue box to take them on an adventure through space and time!

Phoenix: Dawn Command
Samus
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
programming

Your world is in peril, and you’re the only one who can save it. You may not survive…but it won’t be the first or last time you’ve died. Phoenix: Dawn Command is a roleplaying game from the creator of Gloom and Eberron; it combines card-driven mechanics with collaborative storytelling and unique approaches to sacrifice and character growth. Creators Keith Baker (Eberron, Gloom), Daniel Garrison, and Jennifer Ellis will discuss Phoenix, from the initial idea through production of the final game.

Keith Baker, Dan Garrison, Jennifer Ellis

Science After Dark (18+)
Uhura
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
programming

Let’s talk about sex, sexuality, and sexual health—science style! Nothing is taboo; we’ll talk openly and factually. Submit your anonymous questions online until September 30. Our team of panelists will answer questions in a spirit of inclusiveness, science, and fun! Panelists include biology teacher Adverbia, holistic physician Dr. Serena McKenzie, reproductive justice advocate/full spectrum doula Takeallah Rivera, and chemist Dr. Raychelle Burks.

Dr. Serena McKenzie, Takeallah Rivera

Young Adult After Hours (18+)
Korra
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
programming

The secret world of YA: sex, scandal, and shame. We’ll talk about everything subversive related to YA books, from how far the thrills and chills go to the degree of intimacy. What degree of intimacy is appropriate in YA books—both in discussion and action? What about violence? Is there anything off limits, or are certain elements actually expected for publication? Join this panel of YA authors to get the answers to these questions!

Danny Marks, J. Anderson Coats, Jeanne Ryan, Lish McBride, Rori Shay

7:30 PM
The David Bowie Sing Along
Garnet
Time:
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
activities

Celebrate the legacy of cultural icon David Bowie with his greatest vintage music videos and performances. From Space Oddity to Let’s Dance and from Ziggy Stardust to Jareth the Goblin King—we’ve got a full hour of your favorite Bowie moments from the ’70s and ’80s, subtitled and ready for you to sing along. Costumes and uncontrollable dancing encouraged!

Curated by Clinton McClung and Hosted by Rebecca M Davis from The Stay Up Late show

Incredible Girl Presents: Geeks & Kink (18+)
Storm
Time:
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:
Storm
Type:
programming

Margaret Cho asked, “What’s this weird connection between fans of Star Trek, S&M, and the Renaissance Faire?” This panel gathers members of the cast and crew of Incredible Girl, a digital series about liturgy, leather, and love, along with guests from both the geek and sex-positive communities to discuss the correlation between loving sci-fi and fantasy and loving BDSM and other alternative sexualities. We’ll screen the 30-minute Incredible Girl pilot, discuss these and other issues, and have a lively Q&A!

Celia Aurora de Blas, Sandra Daugherty, Teresa Jusino

Queering the Apocalypse (18+)
Furiosa
Time:
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
programming

Let’s discuss race, gender, and sexuality in dystopian pop culture! Stories about life post-apocalypse are so popular right now—from The Walking Dead to Mad Max to The Hunger Games—but whose stories are represented? We’ll discuss the work of sci-fi greats like Octavia Butler and focus on what dystopian future stories about say about society today.

Sarah Mirk, Joamette Gil, Charles “Zan” Christensen, Tristan J. Tarwater

8:00 PM
EC Comics Fan Meetup
America
Time:
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location:
America
Type:
activities

Hey fright fans! It’s your old putrefied body—I mean buddy—the Crypt-Keeper! This is the gathering place for all horror aficionados, whether you’re a devoted fan of Tales from the Crypt or if your allegiance is with one of the other GhouLunatics, the Vault-Keeper or the Old Witch. Come here to discuss the art of great cartoonists like Jack Davis and reminisce about Weird Science. EC was the inspiration point for so much of what we love today!

Late Night Nostalgia Mystery Tournament
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Time:
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:
Gaming Area - Lower Level
Type:
gaming

Anything can happen in this flashback to the old school games of our childhood. While the games are a mystery, the fun is guaranteed! Space is limited, so sign up early to secure your spot!

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