The GeekGirlCon Staff Holiday Gift Guide 2018

We’re coming to the end of another year. For me, it was challenging. As I’m sure many of you did, I made some rough life decisions. But as I step back and reflect on 2018, I look to those who helped me get through it: my friends and my family. Because of them, I endured challenges and obstacles that I might not have been able to face alone. My close friends were there when I needed a shoulder to cry on, my mom and dad were a phone call away when I needed advice. They propped me up when I wanted to throw in the towel and stood by my side while I looked my demons in the eye. Now as I look back on the last twelve months, I feel the warmth that they shared with me.

The holiday season, regardless of what you celebrate, is a time to show your loved ones that you appreciate everything that they’ve done for you. Whether big or small, a gift is a gesture. It shows them that you care: that you care about their passions and interests and that you appreciate the time and effort they’ve put forth to support you. Whether a vinyl sticker of their favorite character or a book meant to inspire them the way that they inspired you, take the time this holiday season to express your love and gratitude. You never know how much that gesture might mean to them, too.

Curated by the lovely members of the GGC staff, without further ado, here is the 2018 GeekGirlCon Holiday Gift Guide:

 

Women in Gaming:
100 Professionals of Play

A new staple for industry professionals and gamers alike. Women in Gaming: 100 Pioneers of Play features an amazing lineup of women working in the industry, including a few friends of the staff! Help inspire your geek, whether they’re interested in pursuing a career in gaming or simply interested in learning more about the development process and how these amazing women came into their careers.

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

What’s Happening On Sunday At #GGC18

I hope Saturday was as fun for you as it was for us!

While GeekGirlCon 2018 is officially halfway over, never fear! Sunday is filled with amazing content, so get ready for another day of exciting panels and events. From our annual Costume Contest, to a plethora of amazing panels, workshops, and more, there’s plenty more to geek out about.

 

Panels

Disability in Cosplay & Pop Culture

10:30am to 11:30am in Storm

Disabled cosplayers and creators discuss the representation of people with disabilities in the media and how that influences the perception of disabled people in real life. Disability is a spectrum, and this panel will have perspectives from people with invisible disabilities as well as those that can be seen, but are frequently misunderstood.

Featuring Jay Justice, Diana Pho, and Emily Finke.

 

Enter LAIKA: Behind the Scenes

11:30am to 12:30pm in Garnet

Come to this discussion with Christina Mackin; learn about her work at LAIKA, the studio behind Oscar-nominated films Coraline, The Box Trolls, Paranorman, and Kubo and the Two Strings. You’ll hear about behind the scenes, what it’s like to be a woman in the animation industry, and the challenges of creating stop-motion films!

 

From Fan to Pro: In Conversation with Britta Lundin

1pm to 2pm in Shuri

Join us for a moderated chat with Britta Lundin, staff writer of Riverdale and author of Ship It, about writing, fandom, Riverdale, and what it’s like to be both fan and pro.

Featuring Britta Lundin, CB Lee, and Lissa Reed.

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

Our Saturday Recap: Panels, Cosplay, and Merch! Oh My!

The first day of con has come and gone, and there are plenty of feels to go around.

Each year, my team covers various panels and events to write about for the GeekGirlCon blog—a truly daunting task, of course. This year we each wanted to write a short blurb about our experiences during the weekend of con to share with all of you: what panels we attended, our favorite exhibitors, and a little bit about what’s happening behind-the-scenes (you know, those important anecdotes about naps in the staff room and dad jokes that only we find funny).

#GGC18 may go down as one of our favorites yet, and we hope you’re having just as much fun as we are thus far!

 

From GeekGirlCon Manager of Editorial, Indigo Boock (me!)

Saturday morning started off with a pot of coffee delivered right to my hotel room door at 6:15 sharp. Oh, I could write ballads to that coffee, but no amount of caffeine would stand a chance to the hectic excitement that awaited me on the convention floor.

Appropriately, I started off my day at a panel that meant a lot to me and my relationship with gaming: 25 Years of Myst Fandom.

Back when I learned that Cyan would be joining us for GeekGirlCon 2018, I was floored. I immediately called my dad and geeked out over the news, and without a doubt I was primed and ready for the panel at 11:30 this morning. A conversation between Myst co-creator Rand Miller and super fans Melinda Rose and Eleri Hamilton, the panelists discussed the game and the truly unique community that has tirelessly slaved over its lore throughout the years. Though I have far less street cred than both Melinda and Eleri, Myst has a sneaky way of integrating itself into pivotal parts of my life, and that now includes my time working with GeekGirlCon.

During a little bit of down time, I finally had a chance to walk around the exhibitor hall—and I am genuinely shocked that my wallet is still in once piece (though it’s definitely not happy with me). I passed some familiar faces, added a few more t-shirts to my ever growing collection, and connected with an artist I hadn’t heard of before but whose work I instantly adored. Susana’s (@S2HEARTBunny) style meshed perfectly with my aesthetic: very pink and a little eerie.  She even told me about a smaller, local event that she’s organizing in the coming months, illustrafest!

The exhibitors truly outdid themselves this year. I’m proud that I displayed at least a little self control and didn’t just buy everything for myself.

This year I was also joined by my mom, who periodically reported which panels she was excited about and the new friends that she was making. She really reminded me why I love this community, and also made me question my own genetics and introverted tendencies when she walked by with her newfound con-posse. My mom, who I’ve written about on the blog before, is still a little newer to the geeky side of life and definitely fresh to the convention scene. Initially a display of support for my work with the organization, her own interests have taken off and she’s really learned to open up and savor the experience. A geek in training yet, she’s proud so say that she has learned a lot and excited to keep going.

The rest of my day was spent tucked away in various panels and stowed up writing in the staff room—definitely not gorging on donuts whilst whining about how sore my feet were thanks to my ill fated decision to wear high heeled boots. I fawned over the women of Dungeons & Dragons, who have been working on the franchise since I was in grade school, and the lovely team behind Magic: The Gathering Arena. I also stopped by the Women in Horror panel for a few good laughs (and some much needed profanity). All in all, it was an great day.

….and here’s to a second that’s just as amazing as the first!

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

What To Do On Saturday At #GGC18

As I write this—sitting in my hotel room just hours away from the official start of the convention—I am thrilled, excited, and relieved. Another year of hard work and we’re finally ready to share it with all of you.  My outfit is spread out, my bag is packed, and I’m ready to commence a weekend of geeky fun as we celebrate the importance of diversity and inclusivity in this community.

Brought together by our love of fandom, popular culture, STEM, fashion, gaming, comics, and just about anything that we can possibly geek out about, GeekGirlCon gives us the ability to express what we love and share those passions with our friends and peers. Whether you’ve been with us from the beginning or this is your first year, we welcome you and we are honored that you’ll be apart of this journey alongside us.

This year’s content lineup includes a plethora of panels, events, workshops, and meetups for you to learn something new or explore an old favorite (with some added spooky happenings for Halloween!)

So without further ado, here are but a few things you can looking forward to during the first day of GeekGirlCon 2018.

 

Panels

Panelists from the GGC'16 Magic, Music, & Friendship: Steven Universe panel speak to the audience while sitting on white couches onstage.

Cosplay Quickfire

10am to 11am in Garnet

A roster of experienced cosplayers will instruct you on how to make any costume for under $100 in less than 7 days. No costume is unattainable. With a mix of suggested costumes from internet polls and ideas from the audience, the goal is for everyone to gain crafty, affordable methods of costuming.

Featuring Jay Justice and Emily Finke.

 

25 Years of MYST & MYST Fandom

11:30am to 12:30pm Samus

Since its release in 1993, MYST has had a dedicated following, built a complex world and lore, and Cyan has continued to push expectations of what is possible in video games. Join us as we reminisce on the joys, sorrows, and mayhem of the D’niverse, and ponder the future of Cyan and their fans.

Featuring Eleri Hamilton, Rand Miller, and Melinda Rose.

 

Feminist Frequency Radio Live!

1:30pm to 2:30pm in Storm

FemFreq Radio is a podcast tackling feminism & pop culture from the folks that ruined your favorite video games! Anita, Ebony, and Caro deliver funny, irreverent, take-no-prisoners opinions on the good, bad, and ugliest media that pop culture has to offer.

Featuring Ebony Aster, Anita Sarkeesian, and Carolyn Petit.

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

Represent: Order Your #GGC18 Fundraiser Tee Now!

Your passes are ready, the hotel is booked, and your costumes are coordinated. With the convention just under two weeks away, you might be wondering what else you can do to prepare for #GGC18.

Well, last night we launched our third annual fundraiser tee! Represent like a geek, and support your favorite convention!

Available in both straight cut and fitted sizing, all tees are 25$! Our goal is to sell 50, and the fundraiser will be running over the next 14 days (until October 28th). The tees will be sent directly to you after the fundraiser concludes.

Get ready to represent, and we’ll see you at GeekGirlCon 2018!

 

Update as of October 18: Due to a miscommunication with CustomInk, some extended sizing of the fundraiser shirts cost an additional $2.50 – $6.50. If you have purchased a shirt 2XL or larger, you will be automatically reimbursed for the additional cost.

 

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

25 Years of MYST At GeekGirlCon 2018

Screenshot via Cyan.

I’m always enamored with the GeekGirlCon content lineup, but when it was announced at a GGC staff meeting earlier in the year that Cyan would be celebrating MYST’s 25th anniversary with us at GeekGirlCon 2018…I was floored.

I grew up with MYST. We’re around the same age, actually—and while toddler Indigo had no clue how to navigate the intricate puzzles, I spent hours peaking over my dad’s shoulder while he explored the mysterious little island. I eventually aged enough to play it myself and it became a sort of tradition to go back to it every few years. MYST followed me into my teens and through my young adult life. When I was still in undergrad, I volunteered for the Art of Video Games Exhibition at the Smithsonian, where a portion MYST was featured as playable content. I spent that summer watching fans and beginners alike tackle a particularly challenging portion of the game, and now I get to relive those memories along with the team while we celebrate the anniversary of MYST and learn more about the studio behind it.

Join Eleri Hamilton, Rand Miller, and Melinda Rose of Cyan on Saturday at 11:30am in Sammus to celebrate the game’s growing legacy:

Since its release in 1993, MYST has had a dedicated following, built a complex world and lore, and Cyan has continued to push expectations of what is possible in video games. Join us as we reminisce on the joys, sorrows, and mayhem of the D’niverse, and ponder the future of Cyan and their fans.

I’ll see you there!

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

Name Our Avatar Contest Submissions Close October 1st!

We’ve been enamored reading all of your ideas for the Name Our Avatar contest and your creativity continues to amaze us with each entry.

If you haven’t had the chance to submit your idea yet, never fear! You still have a few more days to submit your name and a brief backstory online now. Submissions for the Name Our Avatar Contest close on Monday, October 1st at 11:59 PM PST. For more information on the rules, prizes, and the origin of the GeekGirlCon avatars, take a look at our prior blog post about the contest.

We look forward to announcing the winner in the coming weeks, and we’ll see you at GeekGirlCon 2018 in 28 days!

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

Get Ready For GeekGirlCon 2018 At Hotel Max

Imagine this. 66 days from now, probably early in the morning, I’ll be excitedly doing my hair and makeup in front of a hotel mirror. Maybe slipping into a casual cosplay, bopping around to some catchy music to pump myself up. My things will be spread out across the bed: my laptop, pens, at least one notebook, some backup concealer for the long day ahead, my schedule, possibly a snack, Sarah J Maas’ new book if I haven’t yet devoured it, and my badge for GeekGirlCon 2018.

The staff is busy putting the finishing touches on the convention. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing this year’s amazing lineup of panels, events, and giving you sneak previews of what you can expect to see at #GGC18. And while we’re making sure everything is prepped and primed, are you ready?

You still have time to book your hotel at Hotel Max for an amazing rate of $169, valid Thursday through Sunday night. You can either book your room online, or call them directly at 866-986-8087—just make sure to reference GeekGirlCon 2018!

Hotel Max is at the heart of downtown Seattle, just a few blocks away from the WSCC. Walking distance from great food and shops, there’s plenty to do and see before and after the convention. If you need a little downtime between panels, or want to take a few moments to look over your buys from the Exhibitor Hall, you can kick back and relax in one of their cozy rooms. GeekGirlCon is all the better when you’re well rested, and ready for a day of fun and fandom!

We’ll see you October 27 and 28 for GeekGirlCon 2018!

 

 

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

A Sense Of Community: Gender Diversity In Games Mixer at Bungie

A couple weeks back, I had the opportunity to go to Bungie’s Gender Diversity in Games Mixer at the studio. 

Mixers can be rough. Anyone that frequents them can vouch for that. Especially if you go alone, like I did, they force you out of your comfort zone and can be fairly nerve wracking regardless of what stage you’re at professionally. But this group was a little different—the atmosphere was welcoming, and it felt like a group of friends gathering to chat. The gaming industry is pretty tight as is, but the circle of women is even smaller.

It wasn’t difficult to start conversations, and perhaps that was because we gathered together as we face similar challenges every day, but more importantly, we gathered to bond over our love of games. We talked about what we did, who we worked for, and those of us who didn’t work for Bungie oogled a little at the memorabilia that lined the walls. 

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

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