GeekGirlCon Blog

Hey, Staffer! Whatcha Geekin’ Out About? An Interview with Jo Lau

Image description: Jo sitting, looking up to where a tan ferret is perched on her head, licking its lips. Source: Jo Lau

Image description: Jo sitting, looking up to where a tan ferret is perched on her head, licking its lips. Source: Jo Lau

In this edition of Hey, Staffer, I’m taking the reigns from Jo (JC) and interviewing her for a change. I have been honored to work for the past year under Jo as a GeekGirlCon Copywriter to her Manager of Editorial Services. Jo has recently transitioned into a new role here at GGC–read on to learn about her new position, her “drunk toddler-puppy hybrid” pets, and plenty more!

Who are you and what do you do at GeekGirlCon?
Hi! I’m Jo, or JC Lau. I’m GeekGirlCon’s Campaign Project Manager! My job is to make sure that our various campaigns are coordinated and that all the different teams that touch them are aligned on how we want to show the world our best side. It involves taking marketing requests from other departments, parsing out the requisite tasks for each marketing team, and then making sure it all gets done. It’s a lot of herding cats, but the cats are lovely and want to make things work out.

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Revenge: The Subversive Feminist Movie You Have To See

Post by guest contributor Kate Harveston.

 

 

Trigger warning for content discussing rape and sexual assault, murder, violence, male violence against women, and guns. Movie spoilers included.

 

Revenge movies. They can go one of two ways — brilliant or bomb. The 2017 French film Revenge is a revenge thriller following a young woman who is raped and unceremoniously pushed off a cliff, left for dead in the dry desert heat.

Or so we think. Give the girl a gun and let her work the rest out.

The formula for a revenge movie is simple but it straddles an interesting line. In this case, you may ask yourself if it’s right or wrong to feel satisfied when she eventually turns the tables on the guys. After all, does violence not beget violence? But this is a must-see as far as the revenge formula goes, because it does something quite different at a critical time in our political and cultural conversation.

The leading female character, Jen, is an American socialite who is secretly dating French millionaire, Richard. They fly off to his secluded desert villa to share a weekend before his hunting trip with his friends, Dimitri and Stan. The boys arrive early though, to Richard’s distaste, but they all drink and dance the night away.

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

To Clarke Griffin, with Love

If you’re not watching The 100, I do forgive you. It is a CW show, after all. (I don’t know why, but I can’t take the CW seriously! It doesn’t seem to matter how many of their shows I watch and love!) However, if you are unfamiliar with the show, this post is a PSA for you specifically.

Before I get too into it, I’d like to say that though I am aware of the book that inspired the show (thanks, Kass Morgan!), for my purposes, know that everything here refers exclusively to the TV series. And, with that series, there is a lot to get into. But, first and foremost, the main character, Clarke Griffin.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: July

Welcome to July! Summer is in full swing, and Seattle (and beyond) is buzzing with all things fun, geeky, and eventful! Here’s a quick peek at special occasions you’ll want to add to your calendars as quickly as you can say “Harry Potter Drag Show!”

 

Image Description: A gif of the cast of High School Musical saying the word “summer” as they sit at their desks. Source: Giphy

 

Saturday, June 30th – Friday July 6th: Daily Vigils at Seattle ICE office

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
  • 1000 2nd Ave
    1000 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Join us for daily weekday (M-F) VIGIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS in front of the Seattle ICE office, 1000 2nd Ave (between Spring and Madison in downtown Seattle).

    We are a group of concerned human beings who gather every day in front of the Seattle offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    Many of us are here from 8 to 10 am every workday, but we encourage people to come any time between 8am and 6 pm, or later. Bring your friends. Bring a sign if you can. Our goal is to be a constant visual reminder that we repudiate ICE’s/CBP’s activities. Our presence is peaceful and we are not engaging in civil disobedience.

    Every day at this address, ICE and CBP agents report to work, and immigrants arrive for hearings at the Seattle Immigration Court on the 25th floor. ICE’s lawyers are on the 29th floor; its investigators, who work in joint task forces with Seattle Police and the King County Sheriff under the name of “Homeland Security Investigations,” or HSI, are on the 23rd floor. CBP, also known as the Border Patrol, has its Seattle field office on the 22nd floor. There are also other offices in the building unrelated to immigration enforcement.

    The U.S. government continues to subject migrants and refugees to an organized campaign of cruelty and abuse. For years, it has broken up families, detained migrants in inhuman conditions, and frustrated the right to asylum. Under President Trump, it has seized children from parents, threatened migrant families with indefinite detention, declared victims of gang violence and domestic violence ineligible for asylum, and slashed the number of refugee admissions. These policies are accompanied by a rhetoric of hate targeting migrants and refugees.

    Our government’s policies, implemented by ICE and CBP, violate fundamental rights to asylum, due process, and family life. They cause anguish, terror, and lasting psychological harm. They threaten the safety and well-being of children. We will not rest until our government respects the human rights of migrants and refugees.

    We call on our leaders to end the systematic mistreatment of migrants and refugees. We call on public employees to refuse to implement or assist such mistreatment. We call on our fellow human beings to oppose it with all their might.

 

 

Monday, June 30th – Sunday, July 1st: Urban Craft Uprising 2018 Summer Show

  • 8:00pm – 11:30pm
  • Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
  • 301 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
  • Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s largest indie craft show! At UCU, now in its fourteenth year, fans can choose from a wide variety of hand-crafted goods, including clothing of all types, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, buttons, accessories, aprons, children’s goods, toys, housewares, furniture, paper goods, candles, kits, geekery, art, food, and much, much more.

    Each show is carefully curated and juried to ensure the best mix of crafts and arts, along with quality and originality. This bi-annual show features over 150 vendors excelling in the world of craft, art and design.

    Hundreds of fans are lined up before our doors open to receive our famous swag bags full of goodies from our vendors and lovely sponsors. Not only can you peruse the aisles full of vendors, but there are also hourly crafty book signings to check out.

    This show is free and fun for the whole family! We look forward to seeing you!

    The show hours are 11am-5pm both days!

 

Saturday, June 30th: Immigrant Rights Summer Code Bash

  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Washington State Labor Council
    321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144
  • The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is hosting our second annual Summer Code Bash on June 30th!

    Last year we had an amazing turnout, and we’d love to replicate the experience. We’re looking for progressively-minded, code-savvy individuals to help us build and enhance vital tools, like our successful state-wide SMS Alert System.

    All skillsets and levels of experience are welcome. In particular, we are interested in people familiar with:

    • Frameworks & Platforms: React Native, iOS, Android
    • Languages: Java, Python, Scala
    • Services: Twilio, RapidSMS, Heroku

    Food and snacks will be provided!

    Please RSVP by 06/25 to grab your spot.

    Food and snacks will be provided! (Ooooh!)

    RSVP! Our workspace is limited. Please follow the link below to reserve your spot!!

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/immigrant-rights-summer-code-bash

    If you are not able to come or contribute time but would like to support this work, donations are another important need. You can donate to the WA Immigrant Solidarity Network at www.waisn.org.

    We look forward to seeing you June 30!

 

 

Thursday, July 5th: Zoo For All: A Celebration of Inclusion

  • 9:30am – 8:30pm
  • Woodland Park Zoo
    5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Woodland Park Zoo believes the zoo should be inclusive for all. To celebrate its commitment to inclusion, the zoo will host its first Zoo for All event on Thursday, July 5 to acknowledge and honor families and individuals from the special needs and inclusion communities.

    What to expect on July 5:
    -Additional accessible parking spaces
    -A new zoo map to help identify quieter and less heavily trafficked locations.
    -Reconfiguration of Zoomazium’s nature play space to make it suitable for children with autism and other sensory disorders.
    -Picnic on the North Meadow: families will be encouraged to join in a community bring-your-own lunch celebration on the zoo’s North Meadow.
    -Open Late! Because Zoo for All falls during the zoo’s new Evening Zoo event, the zoo will be open past normal closing hours until 8:30 p.m.
    -Sensory Garden opens! The opening of the long-awaited Seattle Sensory Garden, an addition to the zoo’s Rose Garden designed for those with and without disabilities to enjoy will debut on July 5. The new garden includes a variety of elements for guests to touch and explore at their leisure, including deep-toned wind chimes, temple bells, and guiros—rectangular wooden posts with slots that create noise when touched. There is also an accessible paved pathway, special sensory-friendly carpeting, and raised beds to make for easier interaction with the variety of trees, shrubs and bulbs planted throughout the garden.

    Zoo for All has been made possible through guidance from nonprofit partners in the community, including The Arc of King County, Special Olympics USA Games, Northwest Center, Northwest ADA Center, Kindering and others. These organizations will have booths at the zoo throughout the day to provide information about their services.

    “Zoo for All is a day to celebrate families coming together here at the zoo,” says Alejandro Grajal, Woodland Park Zoo’s president and CEO. “But our pledge to inclusivity is year round. We are constantly looking at ways to strengthen our commitment, improve our processes and make them more equitable. Creating this event has been a wonderful chance to truly learn from the community, and we hope to approach more Zoo for All events with the same spirit in the future.”

    Zoo for All is part of Woodland Park Zoo’s greater commitment to making the zoo a place of inclusion in which people of all backgrounds and abilities feel welcome and inspired to make conservation a priority in their lives.

    We hope to see you there!

 

Saturday, July 7th: Emerald City Night Market

  • 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Seattle Street Food Festival
    217 9th Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Seattle’s largest Night Market returns to South Lake Union stretching over 4 blocks as the centerpiece of the 6th Annual Seattle Street Food Festival on July 7th!

 

Saturday, July 7th: Seattle Frida Fest 2018

  • 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Centilia Cultural Center
    1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, Washington 98144
  • Join us as Colectiva Noroeste presents the first annual Seattle Frida Fest, a celebration of the life and art of Frida Kahlo!

    At the Centilia Cultural Center we will be hosting a Pop-Up Mercado with 30+ artists/crafters/vendors and a Frida inspired Art Show!

    Plus live performances & entertainment out in the Plaza! Including a Frida fashion show and look alike contest, family activities, and food vendors.

 

Saturday, July 7th: First Caturday Seattle at Cal Anderson Park

  • 1:30pm
  • Cal Anderson Park
    Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Friends of Caturday 🐱🐱🐱

    First Caturday is a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends! 🐾 🐱🌲

    It is a day for delightful outdoor cat-napping and socializing. 👯😺
    It is where we can freely exchange information, friendship, and joy to help make our cats happy and healthy. 📚❤😽
    Some cats actually like leash walks, others stroller walks, and still others just to come to the park in their pet carriers to listen to the birds singing 🙀🚁🐤.

 

Saturday, July 7th: Science Night July 7th: An Evening of Drunken Experiments!

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Hale’s Ales Palladium
    4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle, Washington
  • TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR STARTING AT 7 PM!

    Science Night: An Evening of Drunken Experiments returns this July 7th to the beautiful Palladium Theater at Hales Ales in Fremont.

    This is most fun you can have without breaking the laws of physics.

    Doors open at 7 and the Stage Show starts at 8 sharp.

    Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets here:
    https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3509763

    Science Night is a hands on Science Experiment free-for-all, with dozens of ever changing exhibits to try. Blow things up with air! Levitate metal! Make homemade lightbulbs, cube-shaped bubbles, 3-d art, float stuff on air, and more! Ever wanted to shatter flowers with liquid nitrogen? See sound waves? Tesla Coils? Jacobs Ladder? Oh my! We have got you covered. This is not a lecture… instead its a fully interactive science fair. Come ready to have your mind blown.

    As if that weren’t enough, we have special mainstage performances by Johnny Jetpack of America’s Got Talent, The Mysterious Dr. Owl and his Tesla Coil, Dan Heidel, The Unstumpable Science Oracle, and Isaac Vicknair, part time wizard.

    * Children must be supervised at all times.*

    Bill Nye and Neil Degrass Tyson will not be attending. Carl Sagan is always with us, everywhere we go.

 

Tuesday, July 10th: Harry Potter Trivia: Chapter 4 + Costume Contest

  • 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Optimism Brewing Company
    1158 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • And we’re back for round four at Optimism Brewing!

    Early edition: 6:00 doors, 6:30 start
    Late edition: 8:00 doors, 8:30 start
    Ticket required: $6.22 including fees
    All ages: children too young to participate do not need a ticket (but we don’t promise that all guarantee will be G-rated)

    SPECIAL THIS TIME: HARRY POTTER-THEMED COSTUME CONTEST
    No, not for you adults — for your kids and dogs!
    Here’s how it works:
    Kids compete during the early edition, dogs compete during the late edition (when the kids are probably in bed).
    If you are old enough to attend unaccompanied by a parent, you are not a kid. Dog means dog.
    You do not have to dress like Harry Potter himself, just like something from the series.
    The first place winner will be determined by the audience and wins a special prize!

    THE FINE PRINT
    6 people max per team.
    Questions are based on all 7 books, but not on the movies or ancillary writings (Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts, Pottermore, etc.).
    We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
    The late edition will be slightly more difficult than the early edition.

    Optimism Brewing offers beer and water, and you can find food at a food truck on site.
    Otherwise, you are welcome to bring outside food and non-alcoholic beverages.
    (Outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed as per Washington law.)

    A portion of our proceeds will be donated to charity.

 

Thursday, July 12th – Sunday, July 15th: Seattle Cuban Dance Fest 2018

  • 8:00pm
  • University of Washington
    Seattle, Washington 98105
  • The Seattle Cuban Dance Fest is the first and only festival dedicated to showcasing Cuban traditional dances. This year’s line-up includes some of the finest Cuban dance instructors in the West Coast.

    Join us for three days of high-intensity workshops with the instructors and live percussionists, performances, live Cuban bands, and social parties.

 

Friday, July 13th: Witches’ Night Out Market

  • 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Arcadia Seattle
    943 NW 50th Street, Seattle, Washington 98107
  • The first Witches’ Night Out Market will take place on Friday, July 13th at Arcadia in Ballard. Geared towards Witches and the metaphysically-minded, the evening will feature an array of curated artisans and mystical merchants, psychic readings and body workers, mini-lectures, community chat space, and more!

    Come out and meet our beautiful local community.

    This is a fundraising event for The Cabiri, a performance arts organization supporting the preservation of living myth and cultures, using dance, cirque and arial arts.

    Vending:
    We’ll be posting the form soon for interested vendors: there 13 tables of artisans/merchants/vendors, 8 spaces for readers/body workers

    Lectures:
    ~5 mini-lectures/sessions at quarter past each hour for 10-15 minutes long (TED-talk style), space also doubles as community chat space when sessions not happening, meet and greet area. We’ll be posting a form shortly if you’re interested in presenting a topic.

    Admission: Free to the public/all ages (but a small donation of $1-$5 will get you exclusive raffle tickets)

 

Friday, July 13th: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

 

Friday, July 13th – Sunday, July 15th: Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

  • 8:00pm
  • Seattle Symphony
  • 200 University Street, Seattle, Washington
  • Relive the mythic storytelling of the Star Wars saga like never before with this very special presentation. This concert features the complete film Star Wars: A New Hope on a giant screen while the Seattle Symphony performs John Williams’ iconic score live in the pitch-perfect acoustics of Benaroya Hall.

 

Saturday, July 14th: Salsa & Bachata on Alki Beach

  • 5:00pm
  • Salsa At Alki Beach
    Alki, Seattle, Washington 98116
  • Welcome to our 9th Annual Salsa & Bachata on Alki Beach with intro lesson. Hosted by http://belltowndancestudio.com/salsa_on_alki_beach. Please share this amazing outdoor summer dance event with your friends.

    -Sat. July 14th, featuring live music by Cambalache
    Dj – Felix Chu between sets.

    COST:
    $18 cover. Dance ONLY w/Live band 6pm-10pm (Student ID $15)
    $20 w/intro lesson & dance at 5pm – 5:55pm.
    Dance partners are NOT needed. Please be on time.
    Cash or Master/Visa welcome on site, no checks please.

 

Saturday, July 14th: Latinx Pride Festival Seattle

  • 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • El Centro de la Raza
    2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98144
  • —- 2nd Seattle Latinx/Latino Pride Festival —-

    Saturday, July 14th 5-10pm @ El Centro de la Raza
    2524 16th Avenue S Seattle, WA 98144

    Everyone is invited! Let’s celebrate our LGBTQ and Latino/a/x identities.

    ENTERTAINMENT, DANCING, FOOD, COMMUNITY RESOURCES/VENDORS & MUCH MORE!

    Invite ALL your friends!

    —————————
    Evento GRATIS!
    Acompañanos en el segundo festival del Orgullo LGBTQ Latino!

    Sábado 14 de Julio 5-10 pm en el Centro de la Raza
    2524 16th Avenue S Seattle, WA 98144

    Ven celebrar el orgullo de la comunidad Gay, Lesbiana, Bi, Trans Latina.

    ENTRETENIMIENTO, BAILE, COMIDA, BEBIDAS, RECURSOS COMUNITARIOS Y MUCHO MAS!

    Pasa la voz e invita a más personas.

 

Saturday, July 14th: Wizard Rock at the WTBBL Seattle

  • 7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL)
    2021 9th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121
  • Tonks & the Aurors is bringing Wizard Rock to the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library. Come have a fun night of wizardry with our friends at the WTBBL, and cap off the evening with Tonks playing acoustic tunes!

 

Sunday, July 15th: Seattle Summer Ale Fest

  • 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • You can Find Tickets & Info Here – https://tracking.goldstar.com/aff_c?offer_id=6&aff_id=5159&aff_sub=150274&aff_sub4=seattle-summer-alefest-tickets&aff_sub5=seattle

    The latest in a series of micro festivals designed to introduce you to locally-sourced libations from Puget Sound and beyond, the Seattle Summer Alefest brings craft brewers directly to you, so you can interact with the makers and indulge in some of their latest, greatest samples. From seasonal ales to everyday faves, this three-hour tasting event covers it all, and also offers snack samples from vendors, plus food-truck specialties for purchase. Check out this awesome alternative to your standard-issue happy hour at WithinSodo.

 

Thursday, July 19th: Outdoor Movie Night Ft. “Coco”

  • 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Green Lake Community Center
    7201 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, Washington 98115
  • Bring the family, chairs or blankets, and some snacks and enjoy a showing of the movie Coco. The movie and popcorn are FREE but seating is on a first come first served basis.

 

Friday, July 20th – Sunday, July 22nd: Capitol Hill Block Party

  • Capitol Hill Block Party
    925 E Pike Street, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Join us for the best weekend of the summer!

    Tickets are on sale now!
    www.capitolhillblockparty.com

 

Saturday, July 21st: More Fats More Femmes Witch Market 6.0

  • 12:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Indian Summer
    534 Summit Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102
  • Celebrate every inch of yourself at this Cancer/Leo season cusp pop-up shop just in time for the heart of Seattle’s summer. Indian Summer owner Adria Garcia, ex-IS manager Kim Selling, and current IS shopgirl Abby Cooke will be selling racks on racks on racks of plus size vintage clothing. We’ll have pieces of many style varieties from size 12 to 30, especially pertaining to our current beach bod situation and the encroaching autumnal season. Come get sweaty and summery with us ♥

 

Saturday, July 21st: ENBY PARTY

  • 1:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Cafe Racer
    5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • Emma Lee Toyoda and Kid (@cuddle_punk) are very excited to introduce ENBY PARTY at Cafe Racer !! This is an all-day mini fest centered around non-binary musicians, artists, and organizers !!

    Music:
    Porch Cat ~ https://porchcat.bandcamp.com/
    Lilac ~ https://lilacsounds.bandcamp.com/
    Donte da Qween ~ https://daqween.bandcamp.com/
    Emma Lee Toyoda ~ https://emmaleetoyoda.bandcamp.com/
    Nacion de Humo
    Nessa ~ https://nessaband.bandcamp.com
    Julz Ilang-Bulan ~ https://julz-ilang-bulan.bandcamp.com/
    Des ♥

 

Saturday, July 21st: Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary (Free Screening)

  • 6:00pm – 10:30pm
  • South Lake Union Discovery Center
    101 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • We’re bringing a classic back with a 25th anniversary screening of Jurassic Park just before the new release!

    We’re back for our monthly big screen celebration on the grassy lawn for in South Lake Union Discovery Center. We’re teaming up with the South Lake Union Saturday Market which is hosting their monthly Night Market, so grab some food and shop then grab a beer for charity with a movie!

 

Saturday, July 21st – Sunday, July 22nd: 2018 Seattle Bon Odori

  • 4:00pm
  • Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple
    1427 South Main Street, Seattle, Washington 98144
  • We’re kicking off PRIDE with a screening of the documentary Gaming in Color. This Kickstarter-funded film focuses on LGBTQ issues in video games, gaymer culture, and the rise of queer themes in gaming.

    NR | Included with Admission

 

Friday, July 27th: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

 

Friday, July 27th: A Drag Tribute to Harry Potter

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • WEIRD proudly presents a very special drag tribute to the world of Harry Potter, hosted by Old Witch & Londyn Bradshaw!

    ⚡ TIX: http://bit.ly/HarryPotterDrag ⚡

    A new drag tribute every 4th Friday!

    Door: 7PM ⎮ Show: 8PM | 21+
    1809 Minor Ave.
    Timbre Room is an ADA accessible space.

 

Monday, July 30th: Filipino Heritage Night Ticket Special

  • 7:10pm – 10:10pm
  • Safeco Field
    1250 1st Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134
  • Join the Seattle Mariners for Filipino Heritage Night at Safeco Field. Receive a Filipino Heritage Night hat when you purchase through this special offer.

    Enter Promo Code FILIPINO at Mariners.com/Filipino.

    Deadline to purchase: Monday, July 30 – 12:00 p.m

 

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Free RPG Day at Mox Boarding House

Post by Sharon Magliano Feliciano, President of the GGC Board of Directors.

On Saturday, June 16th, GeekGirlCon teamed up with our friends at Mox Boarding House for Free RPG Day.

GGC Volunteer Rick led a Shadowrun game.

Free RPG Day is an event hosted in various game and hobby stores worldwide. RPG publishers provide new content for both beloved properties, as well as new games. Stores throw events where customers can pick up brand new, never-before published content—totally free!

Mox celebrated by offering several free RPG modules, and invited both GeekGirlCon and the Pathfinder Society to talk about our organizations and role-playing games.

GeekGirlCon volunteers headed to Mox Boarding House in Bellevue with their bags full of dice to lead “Food Fight”, a short, introductory Shadowrun adventure. The folks from the Pathfinder Society led boisterous games of “Skitter Skirmish” from the year-old Starfinder (published by Paizo, the same company that produces the popular Pathfinder). There was also a volunteer who lead a round of Call of Cthulu—an RPG based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft.

The Pathfinder Society led the Free RPG Day module “Skitter Skirmish”.

For those new to the world of role-playing games, or RPGs, this event was a great opportunity to learn the basics. Often while playing an RPG, a Game Master or Dungeon Master (often abbreviated as GM or DM), tells a story that a group of people act out with characters that they have created themselves. For this event, fully formed characters were provided for attendees—though many seasoned RPG players find that creating their own is one of the most fulfilling aspects of play. These short “modules” allowed a game to be completed in about an hour. This let players get a feel for the game dynamics without having to make a huge commitment.

Attendees ranged from kids who had never played an RPG before, to seasoned DM’s who wanted to try something new. The Mox Boarding House tournament room was filled with laughs, spontaneous outbursts when something went awry, and the sound of many, many rolling dice. It was a great reminder of the wonderful geek community we have in our area, and the fun events that bring us together. At one point our Shadowrun table had our GM, a middle aged woman (me!), a professional in his 30s, and two teenage girls. It wasn’t a group that would make up your usual game night crew—but everyone was brought together by games.

 

GeekGirlCon
“Rock On!”

Come Work for Us!

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Love GeekGirlCon? Want to get more involved? Enjoy working with amazing people? If so, click on over to our Volunteer page and take a peek at our current year-round staff openings. GeekGirlCon is powered by volunteers, and we are looking for some great people to help us continue to grow and support the GGC community.

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Source: Giphy. Description: a gif of a parrot wiggling its head around in a circle.

Three of our top needs at the moment are for the roles of Senior Designer, Director of Internal Operations, and Volunteer Manager, but we also have other openings available if none of those are your cup of tea. We’re also looking to grow our copy team, so if you love writing, geek out about grammar, and want to be part of GGC’s greatest team ever (I may be just slightly biased) take a peek at our Copywriter role.

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Source: Giphy. Description: a gif of a parrot walking and then hopping across a table with stick-figure arms drawn on to make it look like he’s celebrating as he hops.

Being a GeekGirlCon staff member means being part of a collaborative, diverse, out-of-the-box team; getting to have a tangible impact on the geeky community; and getting to help build something incredible. I’ve been on staff for almost a year now, and it’s been a fun, motivating, challenging, and rewarding opportunity to support and give back to an organization that is doing great things for girls, women, and geeks around the world.

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Source: Giphy. Description: a gif of a cockatoo headbanging with a lot of enthusiasm.

So, check out our current openings, see if any of them speak to you, and, if so, send in an application. I’d love to meet you at the next staff meeting!

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Killing Eve is Everything You Need and More

Hello friends, blog readers, geeks far and wide! Today we are gathered here to celebrate a very important show. A show that is so insistently tense that it might as well be mainlining adrenaline directly into my veins. A show that represents relationships between women in all their strange and amazing multiplicity and complexity. A show that is smart and funny and idiosyncratic and bold. A show that, above all, provides a showcase for the brilliance of Sandra Oh, an actor so gifted that every tilt of her head conveys ten different emotions.

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The show is Killing Eve, and as you can see, I’m only slightly excited about it. Based on the Codename Villanelle novella series by Luke Jennings, and adapted by the inimitable Phoebe Waller-Bridge (the mastermind behind the brilliant Fleabag and Crashing), Killing Eve follows the intersecting lives of two women who are each enmeshed in a plot to pursue each other. Sandra Oh’s Eve is an American transplant living in London, a bored MI-5 officer who has outgrown her role and whose innate curiosity and intellect ensure that she will always crave something more than the cozy, tidy life she has constructed for herself. Portrayed by Jodie Comer (equally amazing in a diametrically opposite way in the groundbreaking series My Mad Fat Diary), Villanelle, on the other hand, is an immensely talented assassin and diagnosed psychopath with a mysterious backstory. When Eve catches onto Villanelle’s trail of seemingly disconnected kills, she finds herself propelled down a quest to apprehend one mercurial, enigmatic, highly dangerous, and absolutely irresistible target –  Villanelle – who, in turn, becomes equally obsessed with her dogged pursuer.

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There is nothing easy in the relationship that develops between Eve and Villanelle. Fraught from its inception, stretched to the brink my their actions, it still manages to spark with a kind of palpable energy. Scenes with the two of them are kinetic and electrified, as impossible to pin down as they are to resist. Just as Eve and Villanelle cannot resist their mutual obsession, so too is the viewer implicated in their mesmerizing dynamic, unwilling to look away even when we know we should.

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It is important to note that, from its very first episodes, the show has been wholeheartedly embraced by the queer community. Deftly sidestepping the pitfalls of queerbaiting, homonormativity, and (perhaps counterintuitively) queer demonization that so often befall mainstream television, Killing Eve presents a central relationship that is unmistakably queer even as it defies easy categorization. Stripped of the trappings of a traditional onscreen relationship, the show still manages to depict a red-hot core of infatuation that not only gives what could have been a stale cat-and-mouse game a palpably fresh urgency, but also expands the possibilities of what queer representation in television (and beyond) can look like: intimate, thrilling, complex, and provocative.

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If you, like me, geek out about queer representation, about espionage, about people with British accents typing very quickly on keyboards and referencing CC-TV, or about Sandra Oh being the lead in one of the best TV series of our time, please allow Killing Eve to change your life. You won’t regret it.

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Hanna Hupp
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Eight Reasons to Watch Sense8

Just to keep you all updated, I am a changed woman. And it all happened last Friday when the series finale of Sense8 premiered.

If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s a Netflix original that first premiered in 2015. Loosely, it’s about a species of human, Sensates, who are intensely telepathically linked with each other. More than anything else, this premise is a tool that allows the creators to write interlocking stories about eight strangers who, upon finding themselves linked and the prospective victims of vicious scientific testing, find out just how vital their newly amplified sense of empathy can be.

I’ve never been able to get a clear sense of just how large the Sense8 fandom is. Most people I ask haven’t watched it and don’t have immediate plans to. I myself only sat down to watch the first episode after a direct and imploring recommendation from a close friend, and I don’t remember it being on my radar before that. Maybe this means the show’s marketing team didn’t do the greatest job. Maybe it means the cast wasn’t high profile enough to garner the attention the show needed. Regardless, this just-too-small viewership has led, ultimately, to the cancellation of the show.

We’ve known about this impending end for a while now. In fact, this final episode was publicized as a last-ditch attempt to tie up the action before the show officially ended. And, let me tell you, it was perfect. It was everything we wanted and needed. More than anything else, it made me sad that more people hadn’t experienced this beautiful, glorious show. So, to commemorate this ending, I offer you eight spoiler-free reasons why you should consider watching Sense8 because if I’m sure of anything, it’s that this story deserved more attention than it got.

Teal Christensen
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E3 Press Conferences Show (Some) Diversity in Gaming (Sort Of)

It’s E3 week! The Electronic Entertainment Expo–or E3 for short–is one of the biggest events on the gaming calendar, with developers and publishers showing their latest and greatest upcoming releases. As a huge gaming nerd, I’ve been following it pretty closely, so I’m going to share my thoughts with you.

Obviously there’s a lot of gaming content, and I’m not going have time to go into all of the games that were announced. That said, there have been a couple of common threads:

  • As games move more to a “games as a service” (rather than single release games), a lot of game titles are trying to reflect that they’ll be around for all posterity, leading to such title names as Halo Unlimited, Doom Eternal, Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and Super Meat Boy Forever. Because if anything survives the impending apocalypse, it’ll be video games.
  • So many games are coming to Nintendo Switch! Super Smash Bros., Fortnite Battle Royale, Super Mario Party, Overcooked 2, and Fallout Shelter were announced on that platform, for example, and some of those are playable right now. If there’s one thing to take away from E3 so far, it’s to go buy a Switch. I’m surprised at how many non-Nintendo games got announced as being ported over, but the future of gaming is there for when you want to play on the go.
  • While a lot of the big titles involved shooting things (aliens, zombies, other combatants) in the face, I thought that the offerings from smaller, indie studios offered a bigger range of types of gameplay, such as Ori and the Will of the Wisps, We Happy Few, and Unravel Two. I have to say that I am super excited about Unravel Two; it’s so wholesome that it basically brought me to tears when I watched it at the EA conference.

More generally, there has been recent moves to improve diversity and representation in games and the games industry, and I was also looking out for ways that that was demonstrated at E3. While I felt like there was increased representation in the games that were shown, the overwhelming majority of presenters at the conferences were still white men.

So, I rewatched all the press conferences and tracked some data. Here’s a breakdown of the major press conferences, by demographic:

Note: for the purposes of gathering this data, I included Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Elijah Wood in the Ubisoft presentation, and did not include the two translators for the Nintendo treehouse presentation (both were men).

Of the 77 presenters, there were a total of zero women of color. Everyone also presented as able-bodied.

What this tells me is that–where the presenters are ostensibly representative of a particular game’s leadership–the leaders of the largest game publishers, gaming consoles, and game titles are still overwhelming white and male. Of course, for each title there are only a very limited number of presenters that have to represent the studio, but those are commonly the studio or project leaders. I also don’t believe that any presenter or company was doing this intentionally or maliciously. But (to quote a recent speaker at a disability and gaming bootcamp), if you do not intentionally, deliberately, proactively include, you will unintentionally exclude. I think that’s what happened here. Despite its recent moves for diversity and inclusion, the people who determine the future and direction in which the industry moves are still homogenous. 

Having said that, the games themselves seemed to show a openness to including players from underrepresented groups, with much clearer steps towards diversity and inclusion. I’m still trying to stick to my resolution to play games that do not have a grizzled white male protagonist (which makes me relieved that I can pick the gender of my character for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game), and the offerings announced gave me some pretty decent options for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

For female representation, I felt that there were several games that stepped up to the (very low) bar of having a female protagonist. For example, Gears of War 5’s main character is female, and the Tomb Raider franchise continues having a female playable character. Battlefield V recently stirred up a small controversy for merely putting a woman on the cover of a game about World War II. (Spoiler alert: there were numerous women who participated in the war.) Wolfenstein Youngblood offered us not one, but two, female protagonists.

I was excited enough when it was announced that in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey that you could finally pick the gender of your assassin and romance anyone in the game, but then The Last of Us 2 one-upped that for even greater LGBT representation:

That said, all of the female characters mentioned here (except for Kassandra in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey) are white women. Apart from games with character creation (such as Fallout 76, Beyond Good and Evil 2, and Anthem), representation for women of color was maddeningly scarce. I mean, there were more attempts at putting a female skin on previously male characters, such as Super Smash Bros offering a female version of pikachu and Cuphead having a playable female drinking vessel(?), than there were actual playable characters that were actually women of color.

So, I can appreciate that the games industry is trying to be more inclusive and there are going to be baby steps–a LOT of them. But even though this handful of games I’ve mentioned here are trying to broaden representation, the real test of what counts as progress for me will be how these games evolve their communities to make them more accommodating and inclusive. Making people of color and women feel represented will likely get new players into fanbases, but the gaming communities and how they are included will be what makes them stay. We’ll have to see how that plays out, but I want to hopeful that we’re moving in the right direction. I want us to live in a world where people can play what they love without judgement. We deserve as much.

JC Lau
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The Geek Girl’s Guide to Job Search Survival

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Recently, I made a change in my professional life. After working as a freelance copywriter and editor for nine years, I decided I needed a break from unpredictable workloads, feast-or-famine bank statements, and marketing myself as much as I marketed my clients. Job hunting, especially in a field where there are plenty of workers and not nearly as many jobs, can be a soul-sucking experience, so I wanted to share some tips and tricks that got me through it.

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Caitlin Foskey
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