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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
  • 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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Calling All Amateur Astronomers!

Last week Seattle hosted the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society. That meant that hundreds of America’s leading astronomers were in town last week! I was lucky enough to catch a few free presentations from some of these researchers at the latest Astronomy on Tap, and learned how I could help astronomers through citizen science initiatives.

Kalyna Durbak
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Panel Recap: Enter LAIKA: Behind the Scenes

LAIKA Studios Logo. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Description: A short video explaining some of the art and science that goes into LAIKA films. Source: LAIKA Studios’ YouTube channel.

Veronica Hernandez, Senior Roto/Paint Artist at LAIKA and the host of the Enter LAIKA: Behind the Scenes panel, kicked off her introduction to LAIKA with the clip above. “We’re all super geeks,” she explained when it ended. “At LAIKA, being weird is a superpower. We get to come together and make these amazing films.”

Caitlin Foskey
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Geek Into The New Year

A new year means new resolutions and goals, new movies to watch and books to read, memories to make, and ideas to be had. As the GGC team begins to ramp up again as we piece together the 2019 convention, let us keep in mind all things geeky that we’re looking forward to: Captain Marvel, The Avengers, and Kingdom Hearts III to name a few. For my local Seattleites, we’re excited about Brewology coming up next month, the Dear Evan Hansen tour, and another year filled with conventions (like ours!)

The blog is officially back from our brief holiday hiatus and we’re excited to get started! Stayed tuned for new content and exciting announcements about #GGC19.

Happy New Year from the GGC team!

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours

From the GeekGirlCon family to yours, we wish you a beautiful holiday season filled with family, fandom, and celebration. Sit around the fire, open some presents, and spend time with your loved ones.

We’ll be back in January with a plethora of new content as we welcome the new year and prepare for GeekGirlCon 2019! See you then!

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

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
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Do It for the Geeks: The GGC Holiday Wish List

While the next GeekGirlCon is almost a full year away (November 16 and 17, 2019!), we’re already getting the ball rolling, and we’d love your help! We’ve compiled an Amazon Wish List of items that will help us make the con a success. If you’d like to support our mission, please take a look and consider donating an item or two to the cause.

Source: Giphy. Description: An overhead shot of many people putting their hands into a pile as a celebration of teamwork. The last

Source: Giphy. Description: An overhead shot of many people putting their hands into a pile as a celebration of teamwork. The last “hand” is a dog paw.

Each item on the wish list is labeled with the area of the con it will help support, so you can contribute directly to the experiences that have had an impact on you.

Love our panels and featured contributors? Consider donating a Southwest Airlines gift card to help us bring in more panelists from more places around the country.

Appreciate our accessibility efforts? You may want to donate a pack of writing pads to support that mission.

Consider our cosplay contests the highlight of GeekGirlCon? Our wish list is full items we’d love to offer as fabulous prizes for contest winners. (Pro tip: if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas for the geeks in your life, I’d highly recommend scrolling through our list.)

Source: Giphy. Description: a trio of people dressed as Santa's elves wrapping a present.

Source: Giphy. Description: a trio of people dressed as Santa’s elves wrapping a present.

Whatever you love about GeekGirlCon, our Amazon Wish List is a great, inexpensive way to have a tangible impact on next year’s con. We appreciate your support and can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the upcoming year!

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Shirase Kobuchizawa: Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Goal

Shirase posing for a forced perspective photo.

Series spoilers included.

A Place Further than the Universe is not your typical “cute-girls-doing-cute-things” anime, and thank goodness! Sure, the four protagonists are cute teen girls, but that is where the similarities with the genre end. Instead, A Place Further than the Universe is a coming-of-age story in which Mari Tamaki, Shirase Kobuchizawa, Hinata Miyake, and Yuzuki Shiraishi learn about themselves (and of course, friendship) during an expedition to Antarctica.

While Mari, Hinata, and Yuzuki all have great character development, Shirase’s narrative stuck with me. The writers made her a character full of contradictions: stoic looks, but full of emotions. She’s super stubborn, but only until she catches a glimpse of penguins. I love her character because she’s an ordinary, realistic girl who will stop at nothing to achieve the extraordinary.

Kalyna Durbak
“Rock On!”

Give to #GivingTuesday, For Science!

Image description: a young attendee colors in with crayons at the Science Zone at GeekGirlCon.

After a week of feasting, hanging out with family, fighting lines at stores, and shopping online, Giving Tuesday is upon us!

#GivingTuesday is a movement–it even has its own hashtag–that’s set right in the middle of all your holiday shopping as a day to give back to nonprofit organizations so that we can keep doing things that you love. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, GeekGirlCon is entirely volunteer-powered and rely on donations to fulfil our mission to support, empower, and celebrate women and girls in all areas of geekdom.

Donate for her.
Image description: a young attendee in a Wonder Woman costume does a science experiment with beads and cups at the DIY Science Zone.

Today from 5am PST, PayPal and Facebook are partnering to match 100% of donations made for Giving Tuesday, up to a total of $7 million. This means that every dollar that you donate to GeekGirlCon today will be matched so that your donation will go twice as far. Since donation matching will continue until the $7m runs out, the earlier you donate in the day, the better!

Our focus this year is on raising funds for our famed DIY Science Zone! What better way to foster a love of science in the next generation of geeks than to do all the science with them? Funding the DIYSciZone allows us to invite more scientists, do bigger experiments, and grow the Zone, all for the love of science!

Image description: A young attendee pets a  spotted spider in the DIY Science Zone.

Click here to donate on Facebook today. Or, you can even go further and make your own GeekGirlCon fundraiser! Your generosity will not only go directly to helping us put on the convention, but it will also give us the following powerups, to name a few:

  • Year-round activities, such as our Board Game Nights at Wayward Coffeehouse.
  • Outreach in the Greater Seattle Area, such as Atomic Comicon or the PAX Diversity Lounge.
  • Programming, such as featured contributors, speakers, and workshops at the convention.

Regardless of how you contribute, your donation will make an impact, and we truly appreciate the strength, kindness, and generosity of our community. We truly wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

<3 GeekGirlCon

JC Lau
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GeekGirlCon ’18 Media Recap

Can you believe it’s been three (plus!) weeks since we all said goodbye at the end of GeekGirlCon ‘18?

While it’s almost enough to begin prep for GeekGirlCon ‘19, I’d like to just take a second to revel in what we made and experienced this year. Here’s some of what our community had to say about that glorious weekend.

From our friends over at GeekWire:

A Feminist Frequency Radio podcast episode recorded live at the con for anyone who missed it (or for those who just need even more Anita, Ebony, and Carolyn in their lives).

And, of course, from our community—parents and cosplayers alike:

 

Teal Christensen
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