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How American Television is Changing for the Better

Written by Chelsea Hinkofer

American television has seen some recent changes from a casting and technical stance. These are not changes we should heed with warning, but rather welcome.

Lately, women of color have been attaining more lead character roles, directing opportunities, and writing positions. Some prime examples of women of color as main characters that are killing it are shows like The Get Down (Herizen Guardiola is mixed race), Jane the Virgin (Gina Rodriguez is Latina), and American Crime (Regina King is African-American). These shows portray women of color as real people, not some stereotype. They show the struggles they go through and give a realistic view of the world where not everyone is white and looks and dresses a certain way.

There are more shows taking the leap and casting women of color in main roles (such as Fresh Off the Boat, Empire and Blackish), but what this might mean is that America is finally changing its stance on white people being in charge. However, this does not seem to be the case when it comes to directing, writing, and producing.

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We’ll Tumblr For Ya– And We’ll Live-Tweet, Too

Written by Laurel McJannet, Social Media Manager

With so many panels to attend and games to play and exhibitors to see, there comes the painful realization that you can’t do it all.

We’d like to help lessen that pain. We’re going to live-blog and live-tweet some panels so you can follow along real-time or review at your leisure at the end of the day (when you visit our super cool Social Media Dashboard!)

Below is a list of panels we plan to cover during the con, along with Twitter handles and hashtags. Just search for the hashtag on Twitter or follow our Tumblr to check out our live blogging coverage.

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Amazing Tales from Girls Make Games Camp!

Written by guest contributor Sharon Feliciano

“I think Kitty’s summer is kicking everyone else’s summers butt!” this statement on my Facebook page accompanied a picture of my nine year old daughter proudly standing by the door to a conference room at PopCap Games’ corporate offices.  Kitty was getting ready to start her second week of Girls Make Games, a game design camp. Our friends and family followed along enthusiastically on social media as I posted daily updates of her camp adventures.

Girls Make Games is a three week camp that was held in July at 24 locations around the world. During the camp the participants learned about different career options in the gaming industry, met people working in the field, and toured game studios. In the three weeks they attended camp they also wrote, designed and developed a playable game.

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#DIYSciFilm returns with The Avengers!

Written by DIY Science Zone’s Event Coodinator Torrey Stenmark

 

The movie-watching scientists of the DIY Science Zone are back! In advance of the release of Captain America: Civil War, we’re bringing you our breakdown of Marvel’s The Avengers.

Curious about the science behind Tony Stark’s arc reactor (somewhat plausible), the Tesseract (less so), or the helicarrier (um, no)? Please join us on Twitter at #DIYSciFilm next week! We’ll start the film at 6:00 PDT and share comments, criticism, and general merriment.

Previous #DIYSciFilm events have included Real Genius and The Mysterious Affair at Styles, now storified for all propserity!

Specifics:
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (available for digital rental from Amazon, or purchase wherever DVDs and Blu-rays are sold.)
  • Start time: April 28, at 6:00 PDT/8:00 CDT/ 9:00 EDT
  • Follow and use hashtag #DIYSciFilm on Twitter
See you there! Excelsior!

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GeekGirlCon 2016: More Space for Every Geek, Everybody

Written by GeekGirlCon Social Media Manager Laurel McJannet

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We have exciting news!

This year, we are adding the 4th floor trade show area at the Washington State Conference Center.

All this glorious space means you can look forward to:

  •     Seeing Artist’s Alley, Exhibitors, and GeekGirlConnections all on the same “giant” floor.
  •     A new concession area/café.
  •     Lots of space for exploring without running into long queue lines.
  •     Additional space for authors and game vendors to sell their wares.
  •     More exhibitors and artists than ever before.
  •     Two more giant rooms for panels added to our regular room set-up.
  •     A DIY Science Zone  that’s doubled in size.

The timing of this makes it all the more appropriate to also announce this year’s Con theme… Ready?

 

Every Geek, Everybody.

 

We’re working on ways for everyone to participate and have fun with this year’s theme, so stay tuned to our social media and our blog for details.

What are you most looking forward to in our new 4th floor space? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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GeekGirlCon ’15 Annual Costume Contest!

Saturday, October 10 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in Room 301/302

It’s your time to shine in all your geek finery at the GeekGirlCon ‘15 Costume Contest hosted by Devious Cosplay!

Tiffany – aka Devious Cosplay – has been actively cosplaying for 2 years. Before she discovered cosplay, she couldn’t even make a pillow. Her mom has been her mentor and taught her how to sew. She is 33, works full time, and has 2 children, so having a hobby that allows her to be creative and escape from the daily routine of adulthood is amazingly fun and liberating. She loves instantly having something in common with so many people. She hopes to continue to improve and make many more friends over the years. Her geek loves are video games, anything Joss Whedon, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and comic books.

The Costume Contest is open to everyone – all ages, experience levels, and fandoms. Entrants will vie for Best Individual Costume, Best Group Costume, and Best Child’s Costume.

There will also be a new non-competitive Junior Cosplay event from 5:00 pm to 5:20 pm – bring your costumed young ones to the Costume Contest for a chance to show off their nerdiness.

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Adventures in GeekGirlScouting

Written by guest blogger and GeekGirlCon Social Media Manager Kristine Hassell

 

When you think about the Girl Scouts, what immediately pops into your head? Let’s be honest… you think cookies, right? I mean, who doesn’t love those decadent Samoas or addictive Thin Mints?

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Image source: Daniel Kissinger

Hopefully when the Girl Scouts come to mind, you also think about their long tradition of confidence building and their efforts to help girls make the world into a better place. So an alliance between the Girl Scouts and GeekGirlCon makes total sense, right? That’s what we thought too. The Girl Scouts of Western Washington participated in previous GeekGirlCon conventions, both in our Exhibitor Hall and in the GeekGirlConnections room. Building on that, some smart folks had another idea…

 

Back in November of 2014, our Gaming Events Coordinator, Andy Munich, was invited to represent GeekGirlCon in a 24-hour D&D marathon hosted by Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast (WotC) to benefit Extra Life. During his eight-hour gaming stint, he struck up a conversation with Tammie Treibley Thompson, wife of WotC Senior Game Designer Rodney Thompson. During their conversation, Andy learned that Tammie was a troop leader and as they continued to talk, they quickly realized that there was some synchronicity in their ideas–and the GeekGirlScouts were born!

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The Riddle of Randomness

Written by guest-blogger and GeekGirlCon participant Jason Thibeault of Free Thought Blogs, @lousycanuck

 

Last year at GeekGirlCon, I had the privilege of participating in the Do-It-Yourself Science Zone teaching kids about probability and randomness.

However, being The Riddler, I had a secret agenda in mind while doing my demonstrations–I have a trio of ten-sided dice that I use to gamble with my fellow super-villains, and I wanted to figure out which of them, if any, had a bias for or against any particular number. What better way to find out than to offload the boring task of rolling those dice over and over again onto unsuspecting passers-by?

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An Interview with Briana Lawrence

This blog post was originally published as part of the Featured Fatty series on PNW Fattitude; cross-posted with permission from the author and interviewer, Kristine Hassell.

 

Greetings readers, it’s new feature time with our fantastic featured fatty, Briana Lawrence, also known as Brichibi Cosplays. Welcome Briana!

Thanks so much for having me!

Let’s begin with an origin story. Tell us a little about yourself so our readers get an idea of who you are and how you got into cosplay.

Let’s dim the lights and have an epic city backdrop as I tell the tale of Brichibi Cosplays! [laughs]

Deal! The lights are dimmed! Let’s do this!

So I’ve been a geek ever since the Nintendo was a thing, and I mean the original NES. I’ve been playing video games since I was six, then I got into anime when I was ten thanks to a little something called Vampire Hunter D. I also grew up with a dad who collected comic books, and a mom who sat me down to watch all the Star Wars movies (episodes 4 – 6 at the time) because she felt I absolutely HAD to know who Luke Skywalker was.

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