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Review: Sell Your Heart to The Hearts We Sold

 

Written by Guest Contributor Marissa Brantley

 

Grab a latte, slip on some comfy socks, light a pumpkin scented candle, and prepare to settle in for this spooky tale about a girl who sells her heart. Her literal heart. Demons in this world, are willing to grant you your greatest desires as long as you’re willing to part with an arm, a leg, and occasionally your heart. I wondered what would prompt a person to decide to trust a demon and lose a body part in the process. I went to church-I watch Supernatural. I know that you do not trust freakin’ demons no matter what. However, the book answers that question very quickly: very desperate people.

The Hearts We Sold was not what I was expecting from the description. The author slowly ushers us into this world that is much deeper, darker, and even creepier story than as first presented. Peeling back layer after layer and feeling a little more horrified each time was both skin-crawling and highly entertaining. There were more Grimm fairytale qualities than I initially expected. The small elements of fantastic creepiness really put it over the top in the best ways.

Our main character, Dee is surrounded by fully formed characters with express purposes outside of simply helping or pushing her narrative. Because of these characters, even though the world is a fantastical one, it feels eerily realistic. Everyone has a motive, a backstory, that makes their actions, even cruel, abusive ones, realistic. It does make every action excusable, but it does make those actions understandable. Human. The romance develops naturally and sweetly and does not overpower the story. If you’ve read Vassa in The Night, which I recommend if you like dark fairytales this book would be right up your alley.

Representation-wise, this book does a fairly good job of portraying people of color, and LGBT+ characters. Dee is half Hispanic. Her race is mentioned at most two times. It does not affect her story, so if you’re searching for a character with a heavy latinx identity, this is not the book you’re looking for. This world is not exactly a diverse utopia, as some of the characters do face discrimination. However, it’s something that is alluded to in passing and does not come from any of the characters we know and love. There is a gay supporting character, as well as a trans character. Their sexuality and identity does not affect who they are as people and is only mentioned briefly.

I appreciate the way in which abuse is portrayed in this story. Abuse storylines can often be a bit obvious. They run the way that most people think all abuse happens: physical. But in The Hearts We Sold, the abuse while not exactly subtle, forces you to think about how you would survive in this situation when your options of escape are slim to none. The results of which forces Dee to make extremely difficult decisions, that I’m not sure everyone will be agree with, but I personally think it was an important one that should be illustrated as an option to matter your age or situation.

There were some aspects of the “weird” and “spooky” that seemed too readily accepted by the main character. She describes herself as being afraid all the time, yet when faced with truly terrifying situations, she’s calmer than most people would be. Only later does she seem to react appropriately to them, so it made her a little inconsistent to me. I would have liked to see her struggle with her fear more. It does get off to a bit of a shaky start, but it finds its legs early. Before you know it, it’s five hours later, you’ve forgotten to feed your cats, and you’re getting dual death glares. Can’t relate.

The Hearts We Sold is perfect to get you in the mood for Halloween season, and a great filler until we all binge watch Stranger Things come October.

 

Marissa is a grad school student, writer, and feminist who’s surviving Arkansas in our current political climate. She gets through it with her two fluffy cats and her Hufflepuff tendencies. 

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Panel Highlight: Truth, Justice, and the American Way

This year has been a challenging one for most of us who follow politics. From the Women’s March to the March for Science to the numerous Black Lives Matter Marches, activism and getting involved in political action has been increasingly prevalent in our everyday lives.

How we understand politics is also pervasive throughout pop culture and the media we consume, and this is reflected in several of the panels that will be presented at GeekGirlCon ‘17. Even if you’ve never written political slogans on a square of cardboard, nor marched in the street, there’s a place for you to start learning about how your can take what you’re passionate about and transform it into effective activism.

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Register for the GeekGirlCon 2017 Cosplay CONtest!

We at GeekGirlCon know every cosplay is a labor of love, which is why we want to give you the opportunity to showcase your hard work and win fabulous prizes at this year’s GeekGirlCon Cosplay CONtest! Cosplayers of all ages and experience levels are welcome to register and reserve their spot for the CONtest on Saturday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m.

Whether you’re equipping yourself to fight Ganondorf:

Link Cosplayer

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Or embodying R2-D2:

R2D2 Cosplayer

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We want to see what you’ve put together!

This year the contest will have two age groups: Adult, for adult GGC passholders, and Child, for 12-and-under attendees with child GGC passes. The event will also have a new, masquerade-type format to give everyone more time on stage. Space is limited and entries are online-only, so submit your application early! Registration opens Tuesday, September 5 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time and closes when all of the spots are filled, or on Friday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, whichever comes first.

Good luck!

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Seeking Models for the GeekGirlCon 2017 Fashion Show!

GeekGirlCon Fashion Show Models

UPDATE: The deadline for applying to be a geek model has been extended to Tuesday, September 12!

Are you a geek who loves fashion? Own the runway Saturday, September 30 at the GeekGirlCon Fashion Show! We are looking for a diverse group of individuals to model outfits created by designers from six geek fashion companies. Come be part of an evening that both highlights how empowering geek fashion can be and addresses the steps still needed to make geek fashion truly inclusive for everyone.  

GeekGirlCon Fashion Show Models

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Experience what goes on behind the scenes at a fashion show and enjoy your time in the limelight with a fun community of design-minded geeks. Time is short and space is limited, so get your application in by Tuesday, September 12 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time to be in the running.

For a first-hand perspective on what it’s like to be a GeekGirlCon Fashion Show Model, check out SJ-1’s blog post The Life of a Famous Geek Model.

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Geek About Town: September

Can you believe summer is almost over?! But don’t fret, September has plenty of fun geeky things to do  plus GeekGirlCon is the last weekend of the month! Here’s some events to check out in the meantime.

Friday, Sept. 1: Scratch Retro Gaming: Pac-Man

  • Starts at 1 p.m. Living Computer Museum in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood
  • Free event
  • In Living Computer Museum Scratch Retro-Gaming Workshop series, you recreate the 8-bit classics. Boys and girls use MIT’s popular free programming platform, Scratch, to write and debug scripts, learn basic coding rules and jargon, and use simple game theory to create one of the most famous arcade games of all time: Pac-Man.

Friday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 4: PAX West (Visit GeekGirlCon in the diversity lounge!)

  • PAX West is sold out, but if you already have your tickets, make sure to come visit us at our table!
  • GeekGirlCon has been a proud participant at the PAX Diversity Lounge since it started in 2014. (This is year #4!) We’ll also be selling passes to our convention and GeekGirlCon merch! Learn more here. 

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GeekGirlCon at PAX West

GeekGirlCon will be taking part in the PAX Diversity Lounge September 1st through September 4th. This is the Diversity Lounge’s fourth year, and we’ve been participating since it first started!

Come meet us (including me!) We’ll be waiting and ready to talk about GeekGirlCon, sell some merch and passes, and may have a fun surprise or two! So make sure to stop by and say hello.

 

Panels and Events

A few members of our staff will also be participating in a handful of panels at PAX, including:

 

Kristine Hassell

Panel: The Evolution of the Gaming Industry: Fresh Voices in Gaming

Info: Friday, Sept 1st from 12pm-1pm in Sandworm Theatre (Sheraton Level 2)

 

JC Lau & Asia al-Massari

Panel: Gaming While “Other”

Info: Friday, Sept 1st from 6pm-7pm in Sandworm Theatre (Sheraton Level 2)

 

Kathryn Storm

Panel: Git Gud Ally: Beyond 101

Info: Saturday, Sept 2nd from 3:30pm-4:30pm in Hippogriff Theatre (Hyatt Level 1)

 

Shubz Blalack

Panel: Geek v. Geek: The Fight for the Finest Fandom

Info: Sunday, Sept 3rd from 7:30pm-8:30pm in Sandworm Theatre (Sheraton Level 2)

 

Our Merch Manager, Shubz, will also be participating in a Nerdcore Showcase on Saturday, September 2nd:

 

NPC Collective Presents: The PAX West Nerdcore Showcase at Funhouse

Saturday, September 2nd at 7:30pm (additional event information)

 

The Golden Ticket

Do you think you can find the golden ticket? We’ll have a couple tricks up our sleeve this year at PAX…a little scavenger hunt of sorts.

Each day of the event, there will be four Golden Tickets hiding about PAX. All of the tickets will be with one of our many staffers. Make sure to check out the GeekGirlCon Twitter each morning for some hints and tips regarding the location of the Golden Tickets—all of which can be turned in for some fab prizes at our table in the Diversity Lounge!

 

Our early bird prices end tomorrow, August 31st. So if you want in on that great deal, make sure to buy your tickets online today. Otherwise, passes will be available for purchase at PAX at our standard pricing.

Happy gaming!

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GeekGirlCon Passes Now Available In Stores and Online!

Are you a Pacific Northwest resident who wants to support a local business and get yourself a pass to GeekGirlCon 2017 at the same time? We’ve got good news for you: passes for GeekGirlCon are on sale now in comic book and game stores throughout the greater Seattle region!

While you can only take advantage of our early-bird pricing online now through August 31, these in-store passes will stay at early-bird pricing until they sell out. GeekGirlCon has sold out every year so far, so be sure to get yourself a pass before they’re gone!

Visit one of the following stores to pick up your pass while supplies last:

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GeekGirlCon and Executive Director Stand for Diversity and Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 23, 2017

Contact: Sharon Feliciano: PressInquiries@geekgirlcon.com or 206-245-0004

Inclusive convention celebrating “Geeks United” theme planned to continue in September

Seattle, WA – The GeekGirlCon Board of Directors has completely cleared Michele Carrico Domingo, Executive Director, of all the allegations made by five former volunteers, which were contained in an unauthorized email sent out on August 6, 2017. The Board of Directors stands behind Michele Carrico Domingo, whose distinguished career includes more than 20 years as a social justice and equity advocate for women, girls, and people of color, which includes 12 years as an immigration rights lawyer.

GeekGirlCon published an initial message on Sunday, August 6 that was posted on the GeekGirlCon blog, and GeekGirlCon board member Sharon Feliciano addressed the complaints from the departed members of the operations team on Facebook Live on August 7.  

“Michele is passionate about GeekGirlCon’s mission and has made it her priority to promote its values to our greater community since joining the organization in February of this year,” said Board President, I-Wei Feng.

GeekGirlCon is now focused on putting on its annual convention taking place on September 30 & October 1, 2017 at the Washington State Conference Center centered around the theme “Geeks United.” This year’s Featured Contributors include Erica Luttrell, the voice of Sapphire in Steven Universe, Lucie Pohl from Overwatch, and Fryda Wolff from Mass Effect: Andromeda, with more guests being announced in the coming weeks.

GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women worldwide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.

 

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Early Bird Pricing Ends 8/31: Don’t Miss Out!

Deciding to go to a convention is no small task. You have to plan your days, decide on your cosplay, and figure out what art and swag you want to buy.

But even before that, you have to decide who you’re going to the con with!

That’s why if you’ve been on the fence about coming to GeekGirlCon, you need to finish reading this blog post and jump online to buy your passes. I didn’t plan to write this as a listicle, but here are four reasons why you should do that right now:

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