Panel Highlight: A More Mature Side of #GGC17

We recently released our full panel lineup for #GGC17, and the con is brimming with a wide range topics. Previous Panel Highlights have covered panels that focus on Diversity and Inclusion, Pop Culture, and Social Justice, but I’m here to talk about a different side of GeekGirlCon—a darker side.

GeekGirlCon After Dark is a collection of panels that cover more mature content. Aimed at older audiences, these panels will discuss everything from the representation of women in Horror, to sex—real and fictional. Please note that all of these panels are 18+, and we will be checking attendees’ IDs at the door.

 

Yuri and Victor from Yuri!!! On ice.

Yaoi is one of the most popular subgenres of anime and manga, both in Japan and Western media—most notably among female fans. History of Yaoi: A Fangirls Not-so-Secret Shame will discuss the history of the genre while juxtaposing it’s popularity against the LGBT+ community’s fight for equality in Japan.

 

Sex is weird. I know that, you know that, Planned Parenthood knows that—and they’re ready to answer any questions you may have about the act. Sex Ed Super Friends! Presented by Planned Parenthood is a panel comprised of “sex nerds” that are ready to take on whatever questions Google hasn’t solved for you. Whether you’d prefer to submit questions anonymously or are comfortable starting a discussion, all questions are welcome and all questions are important.

 

Chun Woo-hee in the horror film The Wailing.

Horror is my favorite genre as a writer, and every year it grows in popularity amongst female creators and fans. Women in Horror will discuss the history of how women have been presented in the genre and look at its growing appeal. How has this vocal demographic changed the industry from the inside, and where is the genre going?

 

GeekGirlCon After Dark brings more scandalous content to #GGC17. From continued Sex Education to horror and the popularity of Yaoi, After Dark panels ignite more mature discussions for older audiences.

Stay tuned for even more Panel Highlights in the coming days before the convention, and we’ll see you September 30 and October 1!

Indigo Boock
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#GGC17 Fundraiser Tee, Now Available!

Last year, we launched our first ever fundraiser tee, and I’m excited to share that we’ve just launched our second fundraiser tee to benefit all things GeekGirlCon 2017!

…and let me say, it’s the cutest darn thing I’ve ever seen.

This year’s tee was created by California artist Celia Sutton, and not only is it absolutely adorable, it also shows some serious GeekGirlCon pride. The shirt reads “Support Your Local Geek Girls”–and sports a seriously cute pink-haired protagonist. Whether or not she looks like a smart scientist, or a peppy little witch, anyone can see something magical in this shirt.

The tee is available in both straight cut and fitted sizes. As of my writing this post, we have sold 27 of our goal of 50, and have raised $250.

There are still 15 days left, so make sure to grab yours now! After the fundraiser is over, we won’t be getting them again.

 

Artist Celia Sutton is a monster kid based in Los Angeles. She works as an artist assistant and screen prints in her studio garage. Celia enjoys foam fabricating props and costumes. In her free time she reads horror comics and pets dogs.

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

GeekGirlCon at PAX West

GeekGirlCon will be taking part in the PAX Diversity Lounge September 1st through September 4th. This is the Diversity Lounge’s fourth year, and we’ve been participating since it first started!

Come meet us (including me!) We’ll be waiting and ready to talk about GeekGirlCon, sell some merch and passes, and may have a fun surprise or two! So make sure to stop by and say hello.

 

Panels and Events

A few members of our staff will also be participating in a handful of panels at PAX, including:

 

Kristine Hassell

Panel: The Evolution of the Gaming Industry: Fresh Voices in Gaming

Info: Friday, Sept 1st from 12pm-1pm in Sandworm Theatre (Sheraton Level 2)

 

JC Lau & Asia al-Massari

Panel: Gaming While “Other”

Info: Friday, Sept 1st from 6pm-7pm in Sandworm Theatre (Sheraton Level 2)

 

Kathryn Storm

Panel: Git Gud Ally: Beyond 101

Info: Saturday, Sept 2nd from 3:30pm-4:30pm in Hippogriff Theatre (Hyatt Level 1)

 

Shubz Blalack

Panel: Geek v. Geek: The Fight for the Finest Fandom

Info: Sunday, Sept 3rd from 7:30pm-8:30pm in Sandworm Theatre (Sheraton Level 2)

 

Our Merch Manager, Shubz, will also be participating in a Nerdcore Showcase on Saturday, September 2nd:

 

NPC Collective Presents: The PAX West Nerdcore Showcase at Funhouse

Saturday, September 2nd at 7:30pm (additional event information)

 

The Golden Ticket

Do you think you can find the golden ticket? We’ll have a couple tricks up our sleeve this year at PAX…a little scavenger hunt of sorts.

Each day of the event, there will be four Golden Tickets hiding about PAX. All of the tickets will be with one of our many staffers. Make sure to check out the GeekGirlCon Twitter each morning for some hints and tips regarding the location of the Golden Tickets—all of which can be turned in for some fab prizes at our table in the Diversity Lounge!

 

Our early bird prices end tomorrow, August 31st. So if you want in on that great deal, make sure to buy your tickets online today. Otherwise, passes will be available for purchase at PAX at our standard pricing.

Happy gaming!

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

The GeekGirlCon Webstore Is Now OPEN!

Who doesn’t love a little bit of merch?

Well, we definitely do, and the time is finally here: we’re extremely excited to announce that our webstore has officially launched!

Now you can buy your favorite GGC merch year round. Tees and hoodies galore, we have merchandise emblazoned with the GGC logo, as well as some merch from the 2016 collection available right now for purchase online.

Whether you forgot to grab something at the con, or looking to add to your GGC treasure trove, there’s something for every geek.

It’s important to note that our past collections are limited edition, so we won’t be getting them back in stock once they’re gone. So make sure to grab that special something you’re eyeing while it’s still around (like this awesome Typography Tee from 2015, or a tote from last year!)  

 

Happy shopping!

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

Agent Applications Closing Soon!

Think of it now: this September, the convention floor will crowded with cosplayers, artists, and fans alike–gathered together for what we’ve been looking forward to all year. GeekGirlCon 2017! Everyone will be lining up for panels, taking selfies with their favorite voice actors, checking their wallets to make sure they have enough cash for that plushie or print they saw in the Exhibitor Hall, fervently discussing how excited we all are to see Ellie again in The Last of Us 2 (well, maybe that last part is my girl-crush speaking). I can see it now: busy and exciting. It’ll be filled with laugher, and maybe even a few tears over Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Right now, the GeekGirlCon team is busy at work making sure that everything is perfect when you step foot on the floor of The Conference Center as the WSCC, and there’s still time to get involved. You have until next Saturday, July 15th, at 10pm to apply to become an Agent for GeekGirlCon 2017.

GeekGirlCon is fueled by its volunteers, and we wouldn’t be able to host the convention each year without our team of Agents ready and waiting on the convention floor to help us throw an amazing event. Whether or not you’re working behind the scenes, or directing the traffic of con-goers on the floor, there’s plenty that needs to be done over the weekend of the convention, and we’re still looking to expand our team of volunteers to make sure we’re able to put on the show without a hitch.

There are only two basic requirement to become an Agent:

  1. You must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the convention.
  2. You must be available to work 2 shifts (that are 4 to 5 hours each) over the weekend of the convention, September 30th and October 1st.

That’s it! So long as those requirements are met, get ready because this year’s GeekGirlCon is bigger than ever before, and we’re excited to share what we’ve been working so hard on since last year.

We’ll see you in September!

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

An Interview With Claire Cassidy of GeekStar Costumes

Claire Cassidy is the founder, owner, all-aroud creative muse of GeekStar Costuming…and a long time supporter and exhibitor of GeekGirlCon! She recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to further her creative vision. Claire wanted to take her already very popular wearable cat ears and make them that much more luxurious by adding multi-colored, customizable LED lights! With the campaign ending tomorrow, June 29th, I chatted with Claire about her business, her time with GGC, and her interest in crafting these adorable, fuzzy accessories.

 

Q: How did you first discover GeekGirlCon? How long have you been showcasing your work with us as an exhibitor?


A: I discovered GGC year one because it made such a darn huge splash on the scene! I have been making and selling accessories at geeky events for darn near half my life, and it’s been my full time job for the last 5 years. I pay very close attention to the geek convention scene, and when GGC was announced I got SO EXCITED! Here was a convention that not only was a perfectly geeky event, but was also for geek girls AND was obviously well thought out and run! A dream event!

I was impossibly even more stoked when the event went off so well, it was a consummate success from my point of view. I personally know three or four artists that decided to go full time pursuing their dream to sell their craft based off the success of *that first show* alone. So of course I have gone out to my way to try to be at the show every year since, and I am happy to say I have succeeded! I am in this one for the long run, it’s my favorite of all the cons.

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

Agent Applications, Open NOW!

GeekGirlCon 2016 at Washington State Conference Center in Seattle, Washington. October 2016. Photo by James McDaniel.

Every year, our volunteers bring GeekGirlCon to life. We wouldn’t be able to host the convention each fall without our team of stellar Agents behind the scenes, setting up equipment, handing out passes, and so much more. From dawn to dusk, our Agents are on the convention floor helping make sure that everything is running like a well-oiled machine, and we’re currently looking for even more model citizen geeks to help us put on our biggest year yet!

There are a couple requirements to be an Agent with GeekGirlCon. During the weekend of the convention, which will be held on September 30th and October 1st at the Conference Center at the WSCC, you must be available to work two shifts that are 4 to 5 hours each. You must also be at least 16 years of age at the time of the convention. That’s it! Most Agents will help support panels, set up, hand out passes, and help guide guests as they make their way through the Conference Center. 

We’re also looking for some more specialized volunteers, such as ASL interpreters and photographers (who are able to bring their own equipment). If you are able to perform either of those roles, please make sure to check them off while filling out your application.

Applications close July 15th, at 10pm PST, so make sure to fill yours out today and we’ll see you in September!

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

Jim Henson Con

The Seattle Public Library will be hosting Jim Henson Con, a free, all-ages-friendly convention honoring the work of Jim Henson and his creation of The Muppets. Jim Henson Con will take place on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Library. Various activities will take place throughout the day, such as a “Labyrinth” sing-along, various puppetry performances, crafts, costumes, and more!

 

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium

 

This event is co-sponsored by GeekGirlCon. We will be at the event, so make sure to stop by and say hello!
If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact the Central Library (206) 386-4636 or via Ask a Librarian.

 

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

My 51-Year-Old Mother, The Gamer

I was raised a gamer, by a gamer. My dad, whose roots are strong and true from playing Dungeons & Dragons in the ‘80s, put a controller in my hands when I was barely old enough to build a comprehensive sentence (I’ve written about my youthful adoration for Zelda and its impact on my creativity numerous times before). Gaming has always been a big part of my life, even spanning into my professional career through writing fiction. Watching E3 conferences was a family affair, and we were always first in line whenever a new console dropped. Every member of my family was an active participant, except my mother, who took on a more passive role until recently. For the last 23 years, she’d watch us play everything. Cheekier titles like Mario Kart and other Nintendo classics like Zelda, more involved and darker titles like Square Enix’s Final Fantasy X, Bioshock, Skyrim—she watched us play them all.

Although she was a “backseat gamer” for the vast majority of my upbringing, she was always participating. Telling us where to go when we walked past an obvious story marker, giving suggestions on a tricky boss. She wasn’t holding the controller, directing whichever character we embodied, but because she had been there observing, taking it all in from beginning to end, she knew the ropes just as much as we did (sometimes even better).

Since moving to Washington, I’ve been able to spend more time with my family, a lot of which still revolves around playing video games since I’m actively involved in the industry. A few months back my mom finally asked, “Will you help me pick out my first game?” and I dropped everything and went to work.

Indigo Boock
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Reminder: Programming Submissions Due April 30th!

Do you have a stellar idea for a panel, or have you been working hard on developing your first tabletop game? Own a trendy DIY business, and have a great idea for a workshop? Never fear, it’s not too late to submit Programming Submissions for GeekGirlCon 2017!

Whether you and a small group are geared up with an idea for a panel, or you are an individual interested in being a panelist or moderator, we’re looking for mission-aligned panel ideas for #GGC17. We’re also accepting applications for performance and event submissions (such as musical performances, variety and game shows, and networking events), workshop submissions, and tabletop game host submissions.

Photo via Danny Ngan, GGC Flickr.

So make sure to mark your calendars, because the following forms are due on April 30th, 2017 at 11:59 PST:

 

Questions? Feel free to reach out to our team at programming@geekgirlcon.com.

Indigo Boock
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