Ask GeekGirlCon: Images from GeekGirlCon ’13
Can you believe GeekGirlCon ‘13 wrapped up just under 3 weeks ago? Wow! It was stellar, if I do say so myself. (I may be just a little biased.) I, for one, love taking photos during the convention and browsing all the photos online that I can find from the convention in the weeks following. So, I asked my fellow GeekGirlCon staffers: What image struck you from GeekGirlCon ‘13 and why?
“When I spotted this Rosie the Riveter at GeekGirlCon ’13, I felt incredibly inspired. I love that she took this opportunity to honor a hero of hers — what a strong female characters she must be! The original World War II-era working women probably would have loved attending GeekGirlCon too. Mulling this over, it hit me all over again just how much I want to support GeekGirlCon for the rest of my life.” – AJ Dent, Copy Writer
“Two things spring come to mind when I think about GeekGirlCon ’13. After many years of admiring cosplay, I finally did my first cosplay with friends as Bōsōzoku Sailor Scouts! We gave out themed stickers and people loved finding us all throughout the convention. My other fond memory was being invited to speak on a panel, ‘The Changing Role of the Character of Color.’ I can’t wait to speak again with these amazing, erudite people in 2014 when we bring another panel to GeekGirlCon ’14!” – Kristine Hassell, Twitter Administrator and President of the Board
“This picture essentially says how I felt about GGC13, much better than I could articulate. We have the chance to work with wonderful people, interact with amazing attendees, watch and participate in so many great panels and discussions and conversations and and and… it all kind of devolves into a Kermit-like flailing. It’s what makes all of the hard work totally doable, and worth it.” – Kris Panchyk, Exhibitor Services Manager and Board Liaison
“One of my favorite images from GeekGirlCon ’13 is this photo of Julie Lane (@happylilheathen) as Wonder Woman because as a fat person, it’s so wonderful seeing someone with a body similar to mine rock a sweet costume with such confidence. I strongly feel visibility is an important step in combating fat-shame in geek culture and I’d love to see more fat people unapologetically take up space with their cosplay. It is my hope that seeing more rad cosplayers like Julie will help inspire other people of size to cosplay as their favorite characters. It’s definitely inspired me to step up my cosplay game for GeekGirlCon ’14!” – Rachelle Abellar, Manager of Design
|– Audrey Chang, Game Floor Operations Manager|
So, what about you? What image did you see from GeekGirlCon ‘13 that you want to share with everyone?
Written by Adrienne M. Roehrich, Manager of Editorial Services
I don’t have an inspiring photo to share, but I do have more on Rosie. That was me. 🙂 Rosie for me is as much an icon of female fortitude as Wonder Woman is. After all, they came out of the same war. WWII was not the first time women contributed to a war effort, but J. Howard Miller created an enduring image of that effort. I was so happy to be her for a day…
At breakfast that morning, a woman stopped at my table in the hotel and thanked me for cosplaying as Rosie. That it was important enough for a stranger to approach me tells me that she’s still important to us. What happened to women after the war is something we still fight. And it’s why GGC is such an important place to celebrate the contributions of women in geek culture.