GeekGirlCon Blog

Only 384 Days to GeekGirlCon ‘19!

We’re just a couple hours away from saying goodbye to GeekGirlCon ‘18, and while this part of the con is always a bit bittersweet, the countdown to GeekGirlCon ‘19 is on!

Source: Giphy. Description: Linda from Bob’s Burgers doing jazz hands in excitement.

Join us November 16 and 17, 2019, at the Washington State Conference Center for even more panels, DIY science, featured contributors, artists, and everything else you love about GGC!

Get your passes now at our early bird prices, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, TumblrFacebookor this blog for updates on everything we’ll have in store for you next year. We’ve already got great stuff in the works, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

We’ll see you there!

Caitlin Foskey
“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!”

Meet Some MoPOP Geeks!

Guest post by our sponsor, MoPOP.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

We at MoPOP look forward to GeekGirlCon every year. And this year is no exception. We’ve got our panel guide planned, our cosplay laid out, and MoPOP booth prepared for you to come visit.

When we were asked to write a piece for the GeekGirlCon blog, we got excited! But what to write about? There are countless topics we could have tackled, but when we got down to it, we thought it might be nice to pull back the curtain and introduce you to just a few of the many people who populate the world of MoPOP.

If you see them around the Con (or the museum or Seattle), feel free to say hi.

GeekGirlCon
“Rock On!”

Witching Hour at GeekGirlCon’18!

GeekGirlCon’18 is just over a week away, which means it’s right before Halloween!

Source: Giphy. Description: A dog in a ghost costume holding a glowing Jack-o'-lantern on a cord while surrounded by more jack-o'-lanterns.

Source: Giphy. Description: A dog in a ghost costume holding a glowing jack-o’-lantern on a cord while surrounded by more jack-o’-lanterns.

Scared you’ll have to choose between enjoying the con and getting your ghoul on? Don’t worry, we have plenty of unboolievably fun workshops, games, panels, and more lined up to help you celebrate in style. Plus, get ready to trick-or-treat all con long! Look for “Trick-or-Treat Here” signs scattered throughout the con. Got food sensitivities or allergies? We’ll have teal pumpkins to mark locations with candy alternatives.

Source: Giphy. Description: a corgi barking at and jumping around a small pumpkin.

Source: Giphy. Description: a corgi barking at and jumping around a small pumpkin.

Dying for a sneak peek of our fangtastically spooky programming? Here are some highlights:

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Thank You to Our GeekGirlCon ’18 Sponsors

GeekGirlCon owes its lifeblood to a nearly unquantifiable host of individuals and groups who dedicate themselves to bringing us all together once a year. From our year-round staff to our con-weekend Agents to our Featured Contributors to our attendees, the light and love coming from our support network is seemingly infinite.

That all being said, we also couldn’t do the thing—the hosting our big, lively family all together in one physical space for a weekend thing—without the help of our annual sponsors. Our sponsors put their faith in us, and we couldn’t be more grateful. So, without too much more fanfare, I’d like to take moment to thank some of the folks who’ve come through for us this year. After all, we’re all in this together.

Teal Christensen
“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!”

Gaming at GeekGirlCon ’18

Image description: A series of board games stacked on a table. Image source: GeekGirlCon Flickr

Over the weekend of GeekGirlCon, there are of course a whole slew of activities for you to enjoy. From the various geek-themed panels, to the family-friendly DIY Science Zone, from Artist Alley to the bustle of the Exhibitor Hall, there’s always something to see and do.

Image description: an attendee with a Pikachu hat plays King of Tokyo at GeekGirlCon. Image source: GeekGirlCon Flickr

Speaking of seeing and doing, the gaming spaces at GeekGirlCon let you do just that. Whether it’s getting yourself immersed in a board game or creating your own at our Game Design Challenge, our gaming floor is going to be packed with games that you can borrow and play. As a bonus, we’ll be bringing back our Let’s Play stage for a second year, and with that comes a whole series of new and fun games to watch and talk about.

One of the things that GeekGirlCon is known for is our introduction to role playing games, and this year is no different. Our game master laureate Andy Munich returns lead some RPG sessions for new and old dungeoneers alike, and join the D20 Dames on Saturday night on our Let’s Play stage as they behead (or befriend) monsters and punch creeps in order to collect loot!

Image description: Two children and an adult sit at a table to playtest a game. Image source: GeekGirlCon Flickr

If card games are more your speed, you’re also in luck! Dungeon Mayhem is an action-packed, easy-to-learn, family-friendly, and (importantly) not-yet-released new D&D card game, and it’s available to try at GeekGirlCon! Check it out before it hits the shelves in your friendly neighborhood game stores! You can also meet the designers who will be be demoing the game over the weekend.

 

Image description: a family plays a video game together. Image source: GeekGirlCon Flickr

On the video game front, In particular, we’re especially proud to be presenting some of our very own GeekGirlCon staffers and their friends as they play Overwatch and talk about their regular gaming sessions! We’ll also have accessibliity advocate Cherry Rae on stage during our Witching Hour event to play the spooky game Oxenfree!

Of course, there are many, many other things happening on the gaming floor and around the Let’s Play stage for you to discover! For more information, check out our gaming basics guide. See you at the con!

 

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

Join Us for the GeekGirlCon ’18 Kickoff Party!

Come one! Come all! Even before the convention officially begins, we’re starting #GGC18 off right by hosting our annual kickoff party. It’s the perfect chance to eat, drink, mix, mingle, and be merry with other awesome geeks just like you!

Image Description: Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland dancing next to each other in unison. Source: Giphy.

When: Friday, October 26th (aka the day before Con! Woo!)

Where: Optimism Brewing Company

1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

What:

  • Convention attendees will be able to pick up their passes a whole day early! Yay for planning ahead!
  • Exciting activities you won’t want to miss, including a prize drawing, Meet Some Geeks Bingo, and Find a Fandom Masqerade.
  • Having fun and getting to meet – or be reunited with – an incredible community of people!

Mark your calendars and come out for a great night celebrating everything that makes GeekGirlCon so great! We’ll see you there!

Image Description: A gif of three dinosaurs dancing in a row outside a building with concrete steps in the background. Source: Giphy.

 

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

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