Meet (Some!) of the GeekGirlCon ’19 Featured Contributors

As y’all know, GeekGirlCon hosts an array of presenters from across fields and fandoms each year. They bring us everything from gaming demonstrations to DIY science to workshops to panels. Among them, we have our Feature Contributors, folks who are new to the con and will be heading some of the biggest and coolest programming of the weekend. 

In our first round of announcements, we’ll be focusing on those Featured Contributors whose work falls broadly into the categories of Gaming and Entertainment. 

As we get deeper into con prep, we’ll be announcing more Featured Contributors and adding Q&As with them as a part of our Share Your World series. 

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Don’t Forget to Book Your Room for GeekGirlCon ’19!

Today we’re exactly four months away from GeekGirlCon ‘19, and I don’t know who needs to hear this, but don’t forget to reserve a hotel room!

This year, in a slight change of pace, we’re partnering with Hyatt at Olive 8. We’ve struck a deal with them, and they’re offering y’all a rate of $149 a night. Also, the hotel is, like, a four minute walk from the Washington State Conference Center, which is so ideal. Don’t get me wrong, I love the constant energy of GeekGirlCon, but the idea of having a place of respite so nearby is a dream.

If you’d like to take advantage of our group rate, click through here to place a reservation. Once you’ve done that, read this interview with Tanya DePass, our first Featured Contributor for this year, and GET EXCITED.

Me watching (in spirit) as y’all book your rooms. [Image Description: Dean from Supernatural looks at Sam. He’s slowly smiling, raising his eyebrows and shoulders in excitement.] Source: Giphy

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Pride, Queerness, and Being a Geek: Thoughts from GeekGirlCon Staffers

While a lot of our content covers the queer and LGBTQIA+ topics at play within our larger community, we thought we’d take a moment, here at the end of June, to do a little Pride round-up with our staff. The work of queer safety, equity, representation, and celebration is ongoing, both a part of our history and our future. We’re committed to those values here at GeekGirlCon, and wanted to share a little bit about how we personally view the intersection of these communities. 

Hanna, Copywriter | @hupptwothree on Twitter and Instagram

Your identity? Bisexual, queer

What does being part of this community mean to you? Being part of the queer community means everything to me. From my relationship with my girlfriend, to my incredibly supportive group of queer friends, to the immediate connections I can make with queer coworkers, to queer media of all kinds, being part of queer communities is a constant source of support, strength, love, joy, and resistance.

Favorite pieces of queer media? Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (gay First Son + gay Prince of England = the best romance novel I’ve ever read?!), The Handmaiden (the most incredible Korean historical lesbian psychological thriller, with gorgeous visuals and true romance), Schitt’s Creek (feel good small town vibes, a sweet slow-burn gay love story and “The Best” by Tina Turner—what more could you ask for?), Steven Universe (just watch it, I promise you won’t be disappointed).

Queer love! [Image Description: Hanna poses for the camera with her girlfriend. There is a street and house in the background, and they are both smiling. The picture is black and white.] Source: Hanna Hupp

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

#GeekGirlTalk: Subverting Heteronormativity in Romance Novels

Welcome to Geek Girl Talk, a (biased, subjective, opinionated) conversation about the pop culture we’re currently loving, hating, and obsessing over. This month, we’re discussing romance novels and what the genre has to offer in terms of queer representation and complex, autonomous women characters. In other words, we’re fangirling about Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue and Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient.

Who We Are Vaguely and in Terms Only of the Media We Seek Out Most Often:

Teal (roman type!)
Literally any teen TV show, YA, women’s and feminist media, everything Star Trek

Hanna (italics, baby!)
Reality TV, memoirs, romance novels, anything British, any podcast ever

Spoiler disclaimer: We kept it spoiler free, so read on!

I’ll start by saying that this whole conversation could just be one long line of exclamation points as far as I’m concerned, because that’s how passionately I feel about our topic of conversation: romance novels in general, and Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang in particular. But since that won’t get us very far, I’ll actually begin with the fact that I love romance novels. My whole childhood basically consisted of flipping through slightly-age-inappropriate books to get to the smutty and/or romantic parts. Of course, my relationship with the genre—and especially with certain tropes (namely heterocentric ones)—has changed over the years. For a long time, especially as I was coming to understand more about my own sexuality and navigating real-life romantic and sexual dynamics for the first time, romance novels stopped being satisfying for me. Reading them was fun, but it wasn’t full of that giddy, half-in-love-yourself feeling that used to be there. I wasn’t connecting with the same dynamics and tropes that used to feel so all-consuming to me. That is, until I read RWRB this past month. I read it three times, and basically forced you to read it too, Teal, because my love for this book (and for you—you’re welcome for introducing you to this brilliance!) knows no bounds. I’m so curious about whether you had the same reaction—did reading this book feel different to you too? And, if so, why are we feeling this way?

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

We’re All in This Together: 10 Years of Starkid

If you read this blog, you’re probably familiar with A Very Potter Musical, or, as I like to think of it, the funniest, smartest, most heartwarming piece of fan art of all time. What you might not realize, though, is that since the show premiered on YouTube in July of 2009, Starkid has grown into a fully-fledged theatre company that’s produced eleven full-length comedy musicals (all of which are available on YouTube) and is currently working on its twelth, which is due to open this October.

Being the tenth anniversary of A Very Potter Musical and Starkid’s inception, this year marks a huge milestone for them, but also for us, their fans. I’ve been following Starkid since the beginning. I watch the shows the moment they come out, I buy the soundtracks and listen religiously, and I have been known to launch into convoluted but exuberant explanations of the chronology of their works to anyone who loves me enough to pretend to listen. I even follow their careers outside of Starkid, everything from sketch comedy groups to planetariums to Buzzfeed.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

#GeekGirlTalk: Queer Representation in Roswell, New Mexico

Welcome to Geek Girl Talk, a (biased, subjective, opinionated) conversation about the pop culture we’re currently loving, hating, and obsessing over. For our first installment, we’re unpacking queer representation in Roswell, New Mexico.

Who We Are Vaguely and in Terms Only of the Media We Seek Out Most Often:

Teal (roman type!)
Literally any teen TV show, YA, women’s and feminist media, everything Star Trek

Hanna (italics, baby!)
Reality TV, memoirs, romance novels, anything British, any podcast ever

[Spoiler disclaimer: If you’re not caught up, this post won’t be too spoiler-y, as we just talk about general interpersonal stuff between the characters. We might recommend watching the first episode, though!]

Queer people being queer!
[Image Description: Michael is holding Alex’s face between his hands. Their foreheads are touching and their eyes are closed. The whole scene is set in blueish lighting.] Source: Tumblr

While I’m not (yet) familiar with its source material, I do consider the original Roswell TV series to be an important piece of teen media—not to mention one that I specifically harbor a lot of fondness for. And so, the new CW adaptation, Roswell, New Mexico, is a series I’m both excited about and slightly skeptical of. That being said, I’ve found that this version does have a lot of things going for it. The characters are older by about a decade, the show addresses current social issues directly instead of relying solely on the ambiguous implications of the alien-human metaphor, and the blatant whitewashing of the original cast is being backtracked. In other words, there’s a lot to be hopeful about. If I’m being honest, though, what’s struck me the most about this retelling is what it’s doing in terms of queer representation, and with one of the alien protagonists, Michael, in specific. I won’t argue that it’s the most radical or robust depiction one could imagine, but something about the way they’re writing his bisexuality is affecting me personally and, by extension, shedding light on the way this particular facet of queer representation has been failing us even as popular media is beginning to do a better job of normalizing non-hetero characters and relationships overall.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Agent Applications Open Now!

In my opinion, the coolest thing about GeekGirlCon is how much customization can go into everyone’s individual experience of the weekend (besides the epic congregation of a bunch of feminist nerds all in one place, that is). Whether that means spending most of your time gaming or cruising the Exhibitor Hall or deep-diving into our panel offerings, there’s truly no right way to GeekGirlCon. For a lot of folks, I know that a key part of really experiencing any con is by volunteering. At GeekGirlCon, we call our con-weekend volunteers Agents, and we seriously could not do without them, the perfect and irreplaceable extended family that they are.

If you’re interested in joining our ranks again or for the first time this year, here’s what you need to know before applying:

  • We do need Agents to be at least 16 years old.
  • This year, the con falls on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17. We ask that Agents are available to take two shifts (4-5 hours each) over the course of the weekend, though we’ll be able to work with you to make sure that you get to any programming you’re especially excited about!
  • As an Agent, you’ll be required to review some training materials and adhere to our Code of Conduct before hitting the floor.

And also, there are perks!

  • You’ll get a free pass to the con and access to our Agent Headquarters! And an Agent t-shirt, the best of all event-specific clothing!
  • You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at con operations.
  • You’ll be connected with other Agents and year-round staff members; we’d love to meet you!

If you’re at all interested, here’s this year’s application. We’ll contact all those who applied after the applications close in September.

Here’s to a totally awesome GeekGirlCon ‘19!

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Exhibitors Wanted for GeekGirlCon ’19

This year’s con falls on the weekend of November 16 and 17. We’ll be gathering at our usual haunt, the Washington State Conference Center (across the street from the convention center you’re picturing!). One of the items on our GeekGirlCon ‘19 To-Do List is enticing exhibitors to apply for space in our Exhibition Hall and Artist Alley.

Here’s the application form if you already know your way around these matters, but we also have this super useful FAQ page that’s full of specifics. Before I leave you to the application, there are a few things I’d like to bring to your attention,

First, there’s $10 non-refundable application fee. Of course, we’d love to be able to accept applications without a fee, but charging a bit per person helps keep the burden of expanding this piece of con operations from falling solely on one group. If you’re accepted, we’ll apply the $10 to the cost of your booth/table.

Second, applications are due May 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Any applications that come in after that time will be automatically added to the wait-list. We intend to respond to applications by the end of July.

Third, please reach out to exhibitorservices@geekgirlcon.com if you have any questions or concerns. We’re beyond happy to help.

We’ll see you on the floor!

[Image Description: The Exhibitor Hall at GeekGirlCon ’16. A cosplayer in a yellow dress, orange wig, and yellow crown flips through prints at an artist’s table.] Source: Danny Ngan

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Submit! Submit! SUBMIT!

As  you’ve probably noticed, we’re now accepting programming submissions for GeekGirlCon ‘19. That means panels, workshops, performances, and other kinds of events—we want it all! We’re also, as always, accepting submissions for panelists/moderators who are not yet associated with a specific programming proposal.

We have a little over two months until the deadline of May 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST, and we’re here to support y’all as you put together your teams of geeks, experts, creators, and performers and we all gear up for what will probably be the most epic con yet.

We’re planning to roll out more submissions-related content in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, I’ll direct you to one of my favorite places on the internet, the GeekGirlCon Contributor Forum on Facebook. We’re processing requests to join super regularly, so please jump on in! This is a great resource to find everything from co-presenters to feedback on programming ideas to proposal troubleshooting from GeekGirlCon staff and our wider community. Additionally, here’s our web page detailing the submission process in more detail for your reference.

And, do remember that this year’s theme is Share Your World. Our community is founded in collaboration, coming together in a physical place to collaborate and celebrate. What media is important to you? What is your community’s relationship with geek culture or pop culture generally? What are you creating that you’re excited about? If you have programming ideas that respond to one or more of these questions, we want your proposal!

As always, feel free to reach out to programming@geekgirlcon.com with questions or concerns, but until next time, SUBMIT!

[Image Description: David Tennant as the Doctor looking down and moving his arm to point towards the camera. The caption reads, “I want you.”] Source: Tenor

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

GeekGirlCon ’19 Passes on Sale Now!

New year, same GeekGirlCon-attending you. Or, in other words, passes for GeekGirlCon ‘19 are on sale now!

This year, we’ll be convening on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 at the Conference Center in downtown Seattle. If you’re able, snag your passes now! They are currently at their lowest price, so be sure to take a look.

Here’s a quick rundown of the prices for your reference:

  • Saturday Pass: $25
  • Sunday Pass: $25
  • Two-Day Pass: $40

While we have tons of very adult-oriented programming, we also have tons that’s very much for kids. So, for all of the kids in your life:

  • Kids 6-12: $10 (one of these is good for both days of the con!!)
  • Kids 0-5: FREE

Additional FYIs:

  • Besides the base pass prices, there are a few minimal service fees ($1-$3, depending on what pass you’re getting) and a standard Seattle Amusement Tax.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to registration@geekgirlcon.com.

That’s all for now! Get your passes and keep an eye on our blog and social media for more updates—especially all of the programming goodness that’s sure to come!

[Image Description: Captain Picard sitting in the captain’s chair and dancing with his eyes closed. ] Source: Tenor

Teal Christensen
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