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GeekGirlCon Gift Giving Guide: 2020 Edition

Description: Friends scene where Ross dresses up as the Holiday Armadillo as Monica and Ben look skeptically at each other.

Happy holidays you fabulous geeks! It is a bit of an understatement to say that this year has been a little rough, so we thought we would try to ease a little of the holiday stress by giving you a few gift giving (or asking) ideas selected from our favorite exhibitors from GeekGirlCONLINE. 

This super cute washable Shiba Inu patterned face mask from WinkWare– $17

Description: a teal cotton facemask featuring multiple colors of Shiba Inu faces.

Face masks are the new socks, y’all! They are an incredibly practical gift because everyone needs at least one right now and it shows how much you care about the recipients health and wellbeing. Plus, washable masks have the added benefit of being eco friendly, so this one is really a win-win. This particular face mask from WinkWare’s Etsy shop is made of 100 percent cotton and is machine washable. Check out the many other offerings WinkWear has here, including bags, hats, enamel pins, and more!

A set of fun vinyl cat stickers from TheVintagePostbox- $8

Description: Three stickers of cats. From left to right: a white and grey striped cat holding four kittens of varying colors, an orange striped cat playing a Switch, and a tuxedo cat wearing an apron and making a latte.

This sticker set would make the purr-fect stocking stuffer for the cat lover in your life! What better way to show your love of cats than by slapping one (or all) of these on your favorite water bottle or on your laptop? I don’t know about you, but I definitely identify with Switch Cat up there (Animal Crossing, anyone?). Seriously though, TheVintagePostbox also has a ton of great original art on their Etsy page you can check out here.

A print of Baby Yoda to brighten up your home from The SomethingPrettie Gallery– $20

Description: a stylized art print of The Child in a desert landscape of yellows, oranges, and pinks.

The Child (aka Baby Yoda) has been a bright light of adorable joy for all of us this year. What better way to keep that cute rage alive than to hang this 8×8 inch print in your very own home? Maybe in your bathroom as an accent piece, or even right in your living room. If Baby Yoda isn’t your thing, check out some of the other fantastic prints from The SomethingPrettie Gallery. You are certain to find something to suit your (or a friend’s) home.

A chic zipper bag to hold all your little treasures (featuring Link and a Korok) from Rin’s Art Shop– $15

Description: A blue floral print bag with a gold zipper featuring Link and a Korok on the right hand side.

Yahaha! You found this crazy useful and cute zipper bag! Measuring at about 8.5×6 inches, this bag is perfect to store your collection of enamel pins, change, makeup, or korok seeds. While you’re there, be sure to check out the impressive selection of charms Rin’s Art Shop creates to go along with it!

This cool crow branch wooden charm necklace from theGorgonist– $20

Description: A necklace featuring a crow sitting on a branch giving some epic side-eye.

This side-eyed, shade throwing crow necklace is everything! It is snarky, dark, and super cool. If you are looking for some truly unique pieces of jewelry to give or get, look no further than theGorgonist on Etsy!

So there you have it! The GGC 2020 gift giving guide! We hope that this list offers some inspiration in your hunt for the perfect gift. We always encourage you to support the causes that are near and dear to your heart this time of year, whether that be shopping small business, locally, female and/or black owned business, or with businesses that give back to their communities (or all the above).

And whatever you may celebrate this season, we wish you all the happiest (and safest) of holidays!

Rebecca Anglesey
“Rock On!”

Showing Up for Indigenous Communities with Our Money, Time, and Attention

Our community comes together on Indigenous land–the occupied, unceded territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, Snohomish, Lummi, Skagit, and Swinomish. It’s our responsibility to reckon with this reality every day, throughout our personal lives, professional lives, and everything in between. 

However, this acknowledgement is not enough. A continuing priority for GeekGirlCon is to build real, lasting, power-sharing relationships with Indigenous communities. We commit to holding ourselves accountable to this work and doing better. 

Today, Thanksgiving in the United States, is a symbolically relevant day to center conversations about how white and non-Indigenous people perpetuate the ongoing colonization of Indigenous communities. That being said, we must make these conversations–and action–a priority every day. 

Below are some resources for education, taking action, and engaging with Indigenous creators–this is far from a comprehensive list, but rather a place to build from:

Unlearning colonial Thanksgiving myths:

Mashpee Wampanoag

The people harmfully mythologized in our stories about Thanksgiving are currently fighting to defend the status of their Reservation and along with it resources for critical programs. This page describes direct action you can take.

All My Relations podcast: ThanksTaking or ThanksGiving?

The real history of Thanksgiving as told by Wampanoag scholars Paula Peters and Linda Coombs.

Teal Christensen
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How Kickstarter and Crowdfunding Are Changing Gaming

Post by guest contributor Brooke Chaplan.

Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms have widespread applications across many industries, but few markets have been impacted quite as much as gaming. There are several reasons for this phenomenon, but greater access to specialized products for narrow fan bases is among the main driving factors. There are several things about crowdfunding that should prompt independent developers and emerging studios to pause and reflect on how they can leverage it in their efforts.

GeekGirlCon
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Thank You for Supporting GeekGirlCONLINE!

We did it—our first-ever virtual con with five weekends’ worth of panels, programming, and socially distanced fun! It’s been quite the year, and we are so grateful for your support of this slightly different con experience. As you know, GGC runs on love—from our 100% volunteer staff to the donations that fuel our mission—and we can’t thank you enough for the love and encouragement you’ve shown us over the past month.

We hope to have GeekGirlCon back in all its IRL glory next year, but in the meantime, you can catch up on any content you missed from GGCONLINE on our YouTube channel and subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest on everything we’re doing.

We hope to see you again in person soon!

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Tickets Still Available For The GeekGirlCon (Virtual) Halloween Dance Party! 🔮

Happy Halloween week! While this weekend marks the finale of GeekGirlCONLINE, we still have plenty in store—including the Halloween Dance Party hosted by GeekGirlStrong founder Robyn Warren (@geekgirlstrong).

We still have plenty of tickets available, so make sure to pick your’s up before the event this Friday, October 30, at 6 pm!

When

The dance party is on Friday, October 30, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Where

The dance party will be held in a private Zoom room! A link will be sent out to all ticket-holders at a later date closer to the event.

Tickets

Tickets are available on Showclicks right now! There are only 50 seats available, to pick yours up today! All tickets are pay-want-you-want and budget-friendly.

Giveaways

Dancing isn’t the only thing you can look forward to! Throughout the event, there will be various fandom-related giveaways (including some GeekGirlCon merch!)

Costumes not required, but certainly encouraged! 🎃

Indigo Boock
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GeekGirlCONLINE Week 4: Gaming

[Image Description: Two young girls having a ton of fun playing console video games.]

We’ve made it to our penultimate weekend of GeekGirlCONLINE, but we’re not slowing down yet. Our fourth weekend of GeekGirlCONLINE is all about GAMING, so tune in on the GeekGirlCONLINE Twitch channel for a ton of amazing panels, workshops, and livestreams sponsored by our awesome gamemaker friends at Valve!

Rebecca Anglesey
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Big Players in Game Creation Coming to GeekGirlCONLINE this Sunday

VALVE | #Valve @ValveSoftware

WEARING ALL THE HATS: Adventures in Gaming and Tech with the Women of Valve

Sunday, October 25 at 2:30 p.m. on Twitch

Join a panel of women from Valve sharing their experiences wearing all of the hats as they contribute to games, Steam, and VR, discussing topics ranging from mechanical keyboards, wildlife tracking, imposter syndrome, confidence, humility, design, and playtesting.

MINECRAFT

Behind the Blocks: The Women Making Minecraft w/ Helen Chiang

Sunday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m. on Twitch

Meet the women making Minecraft: Head of Studio Helen Chiang, Chief Storyteller Lydia Winters, Minecraft Creator GM Deanna Hearn, and Executive Producer Anita Sujarit as they discuss being a leader inside one of the most popular gaming franchises in the world, Minecrafting for good, career tips for industry pros and newcomers, and what excites them as they look to the future of gaming.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

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