GeekGirlCon is searching for some new faces to fill a few important roles here behind the scenes at the con. Our staff is filled with exciting, driven, smart, and creative people with a passion for diversity, feminism, and all things geek. The entirety of GeekGirlCon is run by volunteers and we can always use some new energy. If you’re interested in expanding your social circle, giving some time to a great organization and cause, or developing new skills, check out the position summaries below and apply soon! We’d love to have you!
I myself definitely wouldn’t be called thin, but I’m not fat, and even I struggle to see my body shape represented in the media I consume. So I found it interesting and, above all, inspiring to hear other women who are more actively interested in representation and the importance of safe spaces for fat geeks at the GeekGirlCon ‘15 panel “Fatness and Fandom Reloaded.”
There are not a lot of overweight characters in the games, shows, movies, comics and other things we love—and when there is, those portrayals are almost always founded on negative, embarrassing tropes. So what can we do it about it, and why is it important?
No matter how hard I try, I have never managed to be a part of a truly epic D&D campaign—or any other tabletop system. I’ve been playing various tabletop games since I was around 15, so nearly half my life, but they all seem to peter out for various reasons. Now, I haven’t given up and am actually scoping out a new game right now, but in the meantime, thank goodness, there’s The Adventure Zone, a biweekly D&D comedy podcast that dazzles my dice.
The Adventure Zone features three brothers, Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, along with their dad, Clint. The brothers are well-known in the podcast sphere thanks to their hilarious and successful comedy advice show My Brother, My Brother, and Me from the Maximum Fun network. Griffin is our Dungeon Master, since at the beginning of the podcast he had the most D&D experience, and so the trio of player characters is made up of Justin as Taako, an elf wizard; Travis as Magnus Burnsides, a human fighter; and Clint as Merle, a dwarf cleric.
The first time I saw Mad Max: Fury Road in theaters, I cried for at least half of it. My roommate was pretty sure I had gone insane, but the simple fact that this movie not only existed but was a big-budget film with beautiful effects and great name recognition was shaking me to my core. I loved every moment of the film, even though I hadn’t seen the other movies in the series and hadn’t even been interested in it until I learned it was making men’s rights activists angry. But I was quickly converted and, obviously, very touched by the story.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that GeekGirlCon ‘15’s panel on MMFR was on my go-see list as soon as I got the panel listings. Moderated by Jennifer Stuller and with an amazing panel composed of disability activists, feminist scholars, and associate professors, “Matriarchy in Mad Max: Mothers, Warriors, and Wives” was a study of feminist themes in the movie. Perspectives on the film varied across the panel, but thanks to a remarkably calm and respectful atmosphere, the discussions never dissolved into arguments.
Whether you’re looking for something to add to your own wishlist or to bring to what will definitely become the best white elephant ever, you’ll need something fantastic and geeky to make a splash. The staff at GeekGirlCon came together and curated this perfect list, with options ranging from a few bucks to a few hundred, so there’s something in every price range.
Obviously I’m not alone when I say autumn is my favorite time of the year and Halloween is my favorite holiday, but for once my secret hipster heart is pleased by not being the only cool kid: it makes it easier to share my interests and, of course, get new recommendations! Right now, though, I’ll be kind enough to propose some of my own ideas for how to get into the spooky mood—but, of course, please comment below if you think of anything else!
I have to admit–this year’s costume contest was the first one I attended at GeekGirlCon. I usually have to commute in and out of the city to get to the con and by evening I’m exhausted thanks to all the other great panels, gaming, and other activities. For GeekGirlCon’s fifth anniversary, though, I sprung for a hotel room–and the chance to take part in the evening celebrations! Including, of course, the costume contest. Which, it turns out, is amazing.
Cosplay is a big part of GeekGirlCon and, from my first time attending, has always been one of my favorite parts. I love how welcoming and encouraging the environment at GeekGirlCon is; I see a much bigger variety of different ages, sizes, abilities, and fandoms represented in the cosplay world here than anywhere else. If I ever fulfill my dream of cosplaying the X-Men’s Rogue, complete with her skintight green and yellow original costume, GeekGirlCon is the place I’m going to do it.
Fandom is a powerful thing. It can connect, inspire and frustrate—often at the same time. I’ve my fair share of important fandoms, which I participate in to varying degrees. There’s the movie I’ll reblog any picture from as long as it has my favorite character, the musical I’ll talk about to anyone who looks like they might care, the book series I’ll push on you as soon as we talk. But fandom isn’t just about the actual work of art: at its most powerful, it can also be a source of community.
GeekGirlCon 2015 has, of course, a variety of panels focused on individual fandoms and also a few that will discuss the idea of fandom on a larger scale. Whether you’re a fantasy fan interested in science or a dystopia fan interested in utopian ideals, there’s a panel or two for you.
After I attended GeekGirlCon for the first time in 2013, I was hooked. It was unlike any other convention I had attended. Its friendly environment and focus on important topics faced by the community not often given attention elsewhere made the convention a must-visit and more than worth the trip across the country for me.
I’ve been attending ever since, and each year I host a panel about geek fashion, a topic which has been very important to me over the last few years. I believe fashion can be an empowering force for women in the geek community and that it’s important for it to be accessible to all women so they can express their passion for their interests.
Considering GeekGirlCon’s mission and my own recent efforts to write and speak about how empowering geek fashion can be, I thought about how the convention could be a great place for a diverse fashion show. With its goals, GeekGirlCon could host a different type of show for the geek community that not only could spotlight the amazing, empowering geek fashion created by fantastic local companies, but also discuss what still needs to be improved in the industry so everyone can show off their geeky side.
It’s amazing how a small idea has now bloomed thanks to the talented efforts of the GeekGirlCon staff into the first-ever GeekGirlCon Fashion Show in partnership withEspionage Cosmetics andPNW Fattitude.
At the con this year, we will have an amazing group of models joining us on the runway to display a range of great geek fashion. The designers will be talking with us about what inspires them and how they got started combining their geeky interests with fashion.
I’m honored to be hosting the show and hope you will join us Saturday, October 10, at 8 p.m. in room 301/302 in the WACC! The first 100 attendees will receive a free swag bag filled with items from our sponsors and everyone will get a raffle ticket for great prizes.
I doubt I’m alone when I say my first venture into geekdom was through the tried and true passages of fantasy, and that love has continually grown, shuttling me from classic fantasies such as Tolkien and The Last Unicorn all the way to more modern, progressive works like The Raven Cycle and Game of Thrones.
Fantasy—coupled with science and other speculative fiction—is a constant draw for me, so it’s no surprise that the GeekGirlCon ‘15 vendors leaning that way are all absolutely on my “Must Visit” list for the upcoming con. Here’s a preview of some of what you’ll see in the Exhibitor Hall, from steampunk corsets to full-on plate armor to delicate nymph headdresses.
Every aspiring magic user could use a skull or two, whether it’s a resin cast of a crow, raven or barn owl, or a replica bat skull strung on a long chain. Art Phoenix Studios’ skulls and jewelry add the perfect, fantastical touch to any outfit or decor.
If soft leather in beautiful styles is more your fancy, Bansai8 Creations should be your first stop. Hand-crafted gear-heavy necklaces, guitar straps, and even sporran bags await you in this fine establishment. Take a load off and invest in these high-quality goods.
Searching for a new look? Butterfly Frillies’ corsets, cinchers, and vests are perfect for almost every occasion. These steampunk, couture goods are hand-made by the designer and have been featured by USA Today, Ladies of Steampunk Magazine, and Dark Beauty Magazine!
There’s nothing like scalemail to really get the fantasy point across, and Crystal’s Idyll is the ideal place to get your fix. With hand-knitted bases to keep the mail from shifting, these epaulets, dice bags, and gauntlets will help you get into character no matter what the setting.
Planning on cavorting through some fields and forests in the near future? Idolatremight be what you’re looking for. Whether you’re interested in taking on the spirit of a jackalope, a ram, or even a maenad, these innovative pieces will help you blend into the steampunk or fantasy land while also standing out in style.
If it’s plate you’re looking to adorn yourself with, the lightweight armor made by Sinister Metalworks might suit. The helmets, crowns, and chestplates come in styles as varied as Grecian and Orc, and they even do custom jobs for your unique LARPing needs.