GeekGirlCon ‘14 was spectacular! This was my fourth year attending GeekGirlCon. I was a volunteer at the first convention, a special agent (one of our volunteers who works the entire weekend) at the second convention, and have been on staff for the third and fourth conventions. I go through GeekGirlCon with an eye to the inner workings.
Talk about tough decisions! The costume contest on Saturday evening at GeekGirlCon ’14 created plenty of Oohs and Aahs, as well as close calls about whose cosplay would be deemed the best. The nearly-impossible task not only fell into the hands of pre-selected judges, but also each audience member, as many winners were decided based upon applause.
GeekGirlCon staffers rocking the punk Sailor Moon look.
It’s been an amazing day here at GeekGirlCon ‘14! I had so much fun playing “spot the cosplay,” especially with the sheer number of character remixes and cross-plays gracing our convention floor. A special shout-out goes to the Welcome to Night Vale fan who floated their Glow Cloud around all day long, and the baby dancing Groot everyone was buzzing about.
All online passes for GeekGirlCon ‘14 have sold out! Thanks so much for all your wonderful support and we can’t wait to see you this weekend. If you missed out on online passes, there may be a few left in stores, but please call first to be certain. There will be no passes available at the door.
This is the first of our series of live blogs from GeekGirlCon ‘14–and let me tell you, we are excited! The doors are open, lines are forming outside panel rooms, merch and art are already flying off the tables…it’s pretty amazing.
So far this morning I’ve seen a cosplayer Baby Groot (a child with each foot in half flower pots as shoes, so adorable!), Adventure Time people, someone wandering around under a cloud with various colored LED lights, Captain Marvel, Doctor Horrible, some Starfleet officers, and more geeky t-shirts than I can possibly describe. The photo booth on the second floor, across from Artist Alley, is already in full swing–flashes galore! I’m very excited to see those photos on our Flickr page in a few weeks.
I’m really, really looking forward to a bunch of panels and events today. How to Be a Nerd for a Living is on at 11 a.m. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do that for years, and I think this is going to be a very, very good panel for me! Feminist Community Building 101 is at 12 p.m., and I’m discovering more and more about what feminism IS and ISN’T in my life these days.
John and Lily Williamson
A Life of Creation, Not Consumption with John and Lily Williamson, a father/daughter team, will be documenting the things they’ve made together in the past couple of years at 1 p.m.Curious About Comics? We’ve Got You Covered! at 2 p.m. is right up my alley. I’m coming to the comics game a lot later than some of my geeky friends, and this is going to be a great place for me to get in on the ground floor–where to start, what to read next, and specific stuff to concentrate on.
Sabrina Taylor, Jamie Broadnax, Kara O’Connor, Charles “Zan” Christensen, Adrienne Fox, and part of Susie Rantz!
Sammus, one of our performers at tonight’s GeekGirlCONcert, is doing a signing in our Media Signing area at 4 p.m., and I’m planning to swing by to hopefully get my program book signed. That’s the same time as Foam-Fight Like a Girl, though, so I’m going to have to figure out which one I want to do more. It always becomes a problem–trying to do All The Things!
At 5 p.m. in room 303, our Costume Contest is getting into swing. I missed last year’s contest, and there’s a panel called The Heroine’s Journey: Moving Beyond Campbell’s Monomyth at the same time, so again, hard choices! Outdoor Trek is putting on “Mirror, Mirror” at 7 p.m., and then the GeekGirlCONcert starts at 8 p.m., so I definitely have my night fully planned!
Tomorrow is going to be just as amazing: Diversity in Young Adult Fiction (even though I’m not technically a young anymore), Geek Elders Speak: How Media Fandom Empowered Women in the 60s, 70s, and 80s (even though I’m not quite in the “elders” category yet, either!), Fandom and Black Twitter, Women in Words, Careers You Never Knew You Wanted, Fatness & Fandom, Women in Nerd Music, and so many others–and our closing celebration, headlined by former NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence! I always wanted to be an astronaut, and I’m so excited to hear her speak–and hopefully ask her a question or two as well!
Seriously, folks–there is so much AWESOME here. And we’re just getting started!
GeekgirlCon ‘14 opens its doors at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 11 and we have so much for you! This is our fourth fantastic year bringing together all those who celebrate the contributions of women and girls in all aspects of geekdom and nerdery.
This year, our programming continues to represent our mission to bring a diverse lineup of panels, workshops, and featured contributors. Be sure to check your strategy guide in your swag bag and get the guidebook app to plan out which panels you plan to attend, and which ones you need a time-turner to get to.
We’ve been blogging about some of the programming you can see this weekend. Visit the GeekGirlCon ‘14 page to see a round-up! Follow our Twitter, our blog, the #GGC14 hashtag this weekend to hear about all the stuff going on!
Most of all, to those are attending, have fun! For those who can’t be there, we hope you can engage with us in the online content.
Our GeekGirlCon community is fantabulous! You love us so much that we have now sold out of one-day passes online. There may be a few left in stores – but call first to be sure there are. You can still get two day passes online and in stores, but hurry, passes are going fast.
Come celebrate and honor the legacy of women contributing to science and technology with a Keynote Presentation and Q&A with former NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence!
Wendy Lawrence earned a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in ocean engineering from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). She was selected as an astronaut mission specialist in 1992 and worked at NASA for 14 years. Her technical assignments included serving as the Director of Operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia and as the astronaut office representative to the space station program for crew training, operations and support. She is a veteran of four shuttle missions (STS-67, 86, 91 and 114) and has logged over 50 days in space. Captain Lawrence is a retired naval aviator with 25 years of service. While stationed at HC-6 and HSL-30 Det ALFA, she made deployments to the North Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Kenya. She currently works part-time at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, informing the public about NASA’s spaceflight programs and participating in STEM education programs.
Captain Lawrence will share her experiences and insight of her time in space as well as the importance of STEM education, especially for girls . There will be time for a Q&A so bring your questions!
Then look to the future and celebrate the female geek with Seattle slam poets, Elisa and Rebecca!
Elisa Chavez and Rebecca Shay are spoken word poets living in Seattle, WA. Elisa represented Rain City Slam at the 2014 National Poetry Slam, which placed 7th overall out of 72 teams; Rebecca represented Seattle Poetry Slam, which placed 8th. Both are members of the Seattle Poetry Slam management team, which puts on a great show every week at Re-bar. They love nerdy things and have zero time for misogynistic nonsense; Rebecca has an adorable but terrifying cat.
Elisa and Rebecca will close the night with tales of sidekicks, spaceships, and coming to terms with cherishing and and identifying as a Geek Girl.
This event is free for GeekGirlCon’14 badge holders! This is an event you won’t want to miss!
GeekGirlCon is excited to announce the presence of featured contributor Susan Eisenberg at GeekGirlCon ‘14. Ms. Eisenberg is the voice of Wonder Woman on the Justice League animated series, and a nerdy role model. Her other geeky voice-acting credits include The Super Hero Squad (Power Princess), Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Shaak-Ti), Jak II (Ashelin), Daxter (Taryn), Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, and Destiny.
And this year we’re lucky enough to have her join us for several of the con’s highlights!