One of the many aspects of GeekGirlCon that sets it apart from other conventions is its commitment to welcoming geeks of all ages. We don’t just tolerate our kid attendees, we design the weekend with their interests in mind. Whether that means keeping our 18+ programming scheduled in the evenings or setting up a kids-only cosplay contest, we’re serious about keeping our evolution reactive to the needs of even the littlest con-goers.
In terms of kids programming, the now-classic GeekGirlCon event we’re proudest of is our DIY Science Zone. This year will mark the Zone’s eighth iteration, with each con bringing bigger and better additions. Part of the reason we’re able to keeping growing and changing when it comes to this special-ist of events is because we’ve got a community that shares our values and knows that accessible science education needs funding.
At long last, October has (almost!) arrived!!! That’s right, the best month of the year is upon us? Not only is it the time for ooky, spooky, cozy, warm, chilly, knitwear-centric, hot-beverage-filled, swirling-leaves, stay-inside-under-the-covers wonderfulness, but it’s also the month of our convention!!!! Though GeekGirlCon ‘18 certainly takes the cake in terms of exciting events this month, check out all of the other greatness coming your way this month and revel in the majesty of October!
The Seattle Public Library Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
Haunted Healing: Confronting Intergenerational Trauma through Film and Poetry Traces of America’s dark history still haunt us today. Join us as we confront this haunting through art and conversation. The program will feature a screening of Daryn Wakasa’s short horror film, SEPPUKU (2017), which treats the lingering effects of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans as a form of intergenerational haunting. Poet Melissa Bennett will share writing that explores the painful resonances of the boarding school and mental health systems that separate Native people from their culture, home land, language, faith, family, and community. Wakasa and Bennett will then discuss their work in conversation, exploring overlaps in Japanese American and Indigenous history, and creative possibilities for healing in community. The coming together of these two communities is an important alliance for the historical moment we find ourselves in now. The event will be followed by a short convivial gathering in order to create additional space for conversation and connection.
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The con will be packed full of incredible panels, workshops, science DIYs, games, meet-ups, and other geeky goodness you won’t want to miss. If you, like me, are a bit of a procrastinator, don’t panic—there’s still time to get your passes. Currently, the pass prices are:
Kids (Aged 0 to 5): Free! Kids (Aged 6 to 12): $10 One Day Pass: $30 Weekend Pass: $45
So, round up your family, friends, acquaintances, and/or that polite regular on your bus route and get ready to get your geek on at the con!
With GeekGirlCon only five weeks away* we’ve been giving you a sneak peek at some of our amazing content for this year. So far, we’ve shown you a sample of our amazing workshops and panels for literary geeks.
This week, we’re going to be highlighting a couple of panels that cover various aspects of geek culture. Now, we all know that geek culture is a HUGE area covering specific domains of geekdom (such as comics, gaming, TV, and so on), so we have loads of panels covering geek stuff generally, but this list of panel highlights is for all you culture vultures out there. Get excited!
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about GeekGirlCon is how interactive it is. Whether you’re speaking to artists, makers, and entrepreneurs in the Exhibitor Hall, asking questions at an incredible panel, or just meeting fellow geeks, the Con is a space to learn, play, listen, and have fun. Probably nowhere is this more apparent, though, than in the workshops we offer every year.
Spanning a huge swath of topics, from fandom to gaming to cosplay to consent (and beyond!) our workshops are the perfect place to learn how to bring all the joy, passion, excitement, and general goodness from GeekGirlCon out into your day-to-day life.
This year’s workshops promise to be some of the most exciting and intriguing yet! Here’s a look at just a few we have coming up during #GGC18 weekend.
Creating a Culture of Consent: From Cosplay to Classrooms
Sunday, 10/28 at 4:00 // Furiosa
Learn about what consent means, sounds, and feels like. We will discuss how and when questions of consent appear in our relationships, in our communities, and in geek culture in this workshop by Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council members. Ages 13+
Image Description: An illustrated gif of Amber Rose wearing dark sunglasses and speaking. Words written on either side of her head read: “When I say no, it means no.” Source: Giphy
Mystery Box Game Design Challenge
Saturday, 10/27 at 5:30pm // America
Teams will work together with table top industry experts to create a game using only a box of mystery items. At the end, games will be judged on a set of predetermined criteria and a winner selected!
Image Description: A gif of a commercial for the Sweet Valley board game. The commercial depicts a group of friends walking into a house and playing the board game together. Source: Giphy
Each year, we recruit an artist who shares our values to work on our con-specific merch. This year, that artist is Cassie Kelly. Cassie is ridiculously talented, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s in store for GeekGirlCon ‘18. In celebration of the big reveal, I asked Cassie a few questions about everything from process to faves.
If you’re interested in checking out more of Cassie’s work, I have the Instagram and web store for you!
GeekGirlCon’18 is only a month and a half away! Our panel lineup is packed full of fantastic topics from wonderful, thoughtful, inspirational individuals, and I get to give you the first sneak peek of a few.
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For those who have been following GeekGirlCon for a while, our little team of avatars may be familiar to you: Burashi, Jwé, Vívid, and Dr. Mae! Last year we introduced a new avatar to the lineup by artist Sheri Bates, but have yet to name them.
In anticipation for GeekGirlCon 2018 from today, September 5th, to October 1st you can submit a name and explanation by following this link! The #NameOurAvatar contest gives our community the chance to help us build upon the convention. We are looking to your creativity and stories not only to name the latest addition to our team of characters, but to help us continue to build a GeekGirlCon that you feel apart of and proud of. Whether you come to us with an original story or want to tell us a little bit about yourself, we want to hear what you have to say.
In case you missed Teal’s announcement about it—or in case you saw it and, like me, just have a bad habit of meaning to put things on your calendar and then forgetting to actually do it—GeekGirlCon Trivia Night is this Sunday, September 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Mox Boarding House in Bellevue! Bring a team or join one when you get there and show off that geeky brain of yours in front of people who will appreciate it!
Source: Giphy. Description: Buster from Arrested Development leaning back and saying, “You guys are so smart.”
Tickets for players of all ages are $7 each online or at the door. The fabulous prizes include a $100 Mox Boarding House gift card, passes to GeekGirlCon 2018, and more. Hope to see you there!
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It’s officially September, and you know what that means! Fall is right around the corner, and as much as we’ll mourn the days of bright blue (or smoke-filled, ugh) skies, carefree days spent outside, and plentiful iced beverages, autumn holds its own special allure for those of us who prefer our temps a little less extreme and our pursuits a little more indoors. Without further ado, take a peek at what’s coming up this month!
Pacific Science Center 200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
Start the fall off on a high note, and check out the science behind sound – For the first part of September, we’re spotlighting music – how instruments work, what happens to your brain when you hear sound, and more. Our ensemble of hands-on activities and demonstrations are a great way to get your brain tuned up and ready for fall. This event is included admission (separate tickets are required for IMAX and Laser Dome shows).
South Lake Union Discovery Center 101 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
Join us for the 9th annual Cider Summit Seattle. This year’s event will feature nearly 200 ciders from over 50 producers, plus cider cocktails and apple spirits! Specially paired food from Capitol Cider & more. Your well-behaved dog is welcome and can get water & treats in our Dog Lounge! Also check out our event store with bottles-to-go and festival merchandise!