Maya is the founder of Memetales, a revolutionary marketplace for children’s picture books. Memetales opened its doors in March of 2010 and has been growing steadily ever since. She didn’t just stop with Memetales. Maya is also a founding board member of MomItForward and co-founded ReadingSocialMedia, a social media book club.
She is one busy and fabulous mom, geek, entrepreneur, and writer.
Maya is also dedicated to helping women realize their own potential. In fact, she will host a panel at GeekGirlCon ‘12 called “Here is Your Cape. You are a Superhero. Now Act Like One.” Join Maya on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. for this panel, and learn how you can achieve your goals. As the title implies, we can all be superheros with the right equipment. Maya will show us how to gather our own tools so we can succeed. You will learn why you should reach for the stars and how to quell that voice inside telling you that you can’t achieve your goals.
We are lucky to have someone like Maya in Seattle, and look forward to sharing her with all of you at our convention (have you bought your passes yet?).
In the meantime, leave us a comment with your favorite children’s book!
We might have released our programming last week (Saturday and Sunday), but that doesn’t mean we are done announcing guests for GeekGirlCon ‘12! Today, we are excited to announce the addition of Ashley Eckstein, an amazing actress and entrepreneur.
Eckstein in a Her Universe shirt (left) and Ahsoka Tano (right)
Eckstein currently stars as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the animated television show. Her devotion to Star Wars extends well beyond her years as a voice actor for the show’s four seasons. She currently blogs for The Official Star Wars Blog and is the founder of Her Universe, the first merchandise line exclusively for female science fiction fans. She created the company to provide female fans an equal opportunity to show off their Star Wars pride. Her Universe products have since expanded to other well-known franchises such as Syfy, Doctor Who, and Star Trek.
How cool is that?
Here is what Jennifer K. Stuller, our Programming Creative Director, had to say about this announcement: “We are honored and incredibly excited to have Ashley joining us for GeekGirlCon ‘12. She is a fantastic role model for young girls and women, and the work she does is completely in line with our mission at GeekGirlCon, which is to create a community where women and girls can come together to celebrate who they are, and what they love.”
Eckstein will join other Star Wars fans on Saturday as a member of the panel From Jedi Princess to Sith Witch: An Exploration of Female Characters in Star Wars. She will also be available for media signings and will be featured in the GeekGirlConnections room, where convention guests can network and get mentorship and advice from professionals, who work in their desired career fields.
GeekGirlCon’s Mystery Box Game Design Challenge is an opportunity for you to learn from the top industry pros and have a little fun while doing it. This workshop is aimed at ages 12 + and college students interested in game design, but the workshop is open to everyone, by yourself or with your friends. Just bring your brain (mmm….braaaaains) and your creativity!
Space is limited (only 16 seats available), so register now to secure your spot! To register, email our gaming director, Lani Blazier at email@example.com with your name and a few sentences about why you want to participate. Please include “Workshop Registration” in the subject line.
– You and your design team get a box of mystery game parts.
– An industry mentor shows your team the ropes to create game concepts, prototypes, and design.
– Creativity abounds.
– Your team’s game goes on display in the game room for a popular vote to choose a winner.
– Return to the Game Room on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. to find out if you won and collect your prize.
Industry Mentors FTW!
We have some amazing, talented, and experienced industry mentors to help you win this design challenge, get expert advice, and learn what it’s like designing a brand new game.
Mark Baxter has been in the Games and Digital Media industry for more than 12 years in a variety of roles including: executive, producer, and creative director. He is currently vice president of product & creative and co-founder at Vivity Labs, a Vancouver-based developer of mobile, web, and social games. Baxter is also the president and founder of Gnosis Games, an independent games studio that developed multiple #1 games. At Threewave Software, he led the Casual Games division and was also producer of multiple titles for the Xbox360 and PS3, working closely with top clients including: Disney, EA, MTV/Viacom, RealArcade, Shockwave, and Big Fish Games.
Christine Miller started a career in games early – at six she and her brother were board game testers for a now-defunct publishing company. That was followed by years of interest in everything from art and technology to horror stories and science. Clearly only one outcome could emerge – a fabulous career in game development! She has shipped numerous well-respected titles including Morrowind, Forza and several titles in the SOCOM series. Miller has also worked as FX artist, environment artist and game/level designer. In her spare time she trains for triathlons and half-marathons and somehow also manages to play a lot of Diablo 3. Currently working at Disney Interactive, she shares office space with some amazingly creative and talented people and a purple manatee named Hugh.
Narisa Spaulding is a multidisciplinary user experience (UX) designer with a passionate focus on creating aesthetically-pleasing and usability-considerate digital experiences. In other words: she believe that things should be pretty AND easy to use. Her current emphasis is on making fun, beautiful, easy-to-use games for mobile touch devices. Her favorite way to do this is by working collaboratively with others to define, develop, and streamline the UX — from flows to UI to visual design to final production art. Thankfully Big Fish Games Studios lets her get away with it.
Before falling into games, she spent 8 years at design agencies creating graphic design solutions for web and print, for clients such as Nintendo, Hasbro, Nike, and PBS.
Outside the office, you’ll find her seeking out new sights, sounds, and tastes around the world, snapping endless digital and film photos, attending live music, and petting moss.
Don’t miss this opportunity! To register, email our gaming director, Lani Blazier at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and a few sentences about why you want to participate. Please include “Workshop Registration” in the subject line.
GeekGirlCon teams up with Three Dollar Bill Cinema for a night of lions, tigers, bears, good witches, wicked witches, munchkins, ruby slippers, and wizards hiding behind curtains. Kick off GeekGirlCon ‘12 on Friday, August 10th around 8:30 PM at the southeast corner of Cal Anderson Park (East Pine and 11th Avenue) on Capitol Hill for a FREE outdoor movie, The Wizard of Oz (1939, 101 minutes). All ages event.
Here are more details from our friends at Three Dollar Bill Cinema:
Follow the Yellow Brick Road over the rainbow with Dorothy, Toto, and the whole gang in this queer-beloved classic of timeless fantasy, catchy songs, and must-have shoes.
Come dressed to compete in the Wizard of Oz Costume Contest, presented by GeekGirlCon!
Compete for fabulous prizes in your best Glinda, Munchkin, Wicked Witch of the West, or Emerald City costumes!
All screenings are FREE and start at dusk (around 8:30 pm) at the southeast corner of Capitol Hill’sCal Anderson Park. Hot popcorn, cold drinks, candy, and other concessions will be for sale on site. Limited lawn chair rentals available. Donations to Three Dollar Bill Cinema happily accepted. Proceeds benefit Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s efforts throughout the year to provide voices and visibility for the LGBT community through film and video.
There is no better way to start off your GeekGirlCon ‘12 weekend! Dogs are welcome, and we recommend you bring your own lawn chair or blanket, if you have them available. If you are local, bring an extra! Sharing: it could be a great way to meet other geeks in town for the con.
Getting there by bus from downtown Seattle: Take Metro Route 11 from 3rd Avenue and Pike Street to Capitol Hill and get off on E Pine Street between Broadway and 11th Avenue. Adult fare will be $2.25 if traveling after 6:00 PM. Kids under 5 are free and children 6-18 are $1.25. All fares are cash only, and drivers will not make change.
Getting there by foot from downtown: If you are staying downtown for GeekGirlCon ‘12 you can also walk to this event. From the Hyatt Olive 8 at Olive ST and 8th AVE, head one block south on 8th AVE to Pine Street (if you hit Stewart Street, you went the wrong way). You’ll head east on Pine (up a modest hill and over the freeway) to the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Pine will turn into East Pine, but keep walking to 11th AVE. You’ll see Cal Anderson Park on your left. The walk is about 14 blocks on city sidewalks.
What to wear: Layers. We are a coastal city, and Seattle can be chilly, even on an August evening. And be prepared for rain. Because you never know around here.
Act Nerdy With Me! GeekGirlCon ’12 and NERDProv present a raucous night of improvisational theater from audience suggestions. Rest assured that our audience will be a room full of geeks! Buffy Summers in a regency romance aboard the Galactica? You never know what fanatical combinations come to life at a NERDProv show.
NERDProv, a special team from Unexpected Productions, has performed at Emerald City Comicon, PAX, and TheaterSports. Don’t miss this chance to see a bunch of quick-thinking geeks and nerds ham it up over sci-fi, fantasy, role-playing games, tech, cartoons, and more at GeekGirlCon ’12.
Details and cheat codes:
Date: Saturday, August 11th
Where: GeekGirlCon’12 at The Conference Center in downtown Seattle.
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Who: All ages
Cost: Free with purchase of GeekGirlCon’12 pass. Get your passes now!
Music and nerdery are an awesome combination. Join us at GeekGirlCon ‘12 for a geekery-packed concert!
Returning favorites to GeekGirlCon, Portland based duo The Doubleclicks (Angela and Aubrey Webber) will entertain the crowd with a selection of songs about issues that speak to the geek in all of us, including gaming, dinosaurs, and of course, Star Trek. Armed with cello and guitar, the duo’s first full-length album Chainmail and Cello was released earlier this year. You may have caught them at GeekGirlCon ‘11 for an impromptu courtyard session — find them at GeekGirlCon ‘12 in full concert glory. Shiny!
Making their GeekGirlCon concert debut, Seattle-based filk artists (and winners of multiple Pegasus Awards) Michelle Dockrey and Tony Fabris form the duo Vixy & Tony. You may have heard their popular Firefly anthem “Mal’s Song” or caught one of their many local performances in coffee shops, bookstores, conventions and other venues around the Pacific Northwest. If you aren’t already entranced with their style of catchy tunes, unforgettable harmonies, and sing-a-long crowds, you will be. You will be.
Come join us for a memorable evening you are certain not to forget.
Details and cheat codes:
Date: Saturday, August 11th
Where: GeekGirlCon’ 12 at The Conference Center in downtown Seattle
Today is part two of our GeekGirlCon ‘12 preview series.
And in honor of San Diego Comic-Con, we want to talk about Batgirl.
You might be wondering what the heck Batgirl, San Diego Comic-Con, and GeekGirlCon have in common. Well, some of you might have read about Batgirl last year at San Diego Comic-Con, or perhaps you were at the convention to witness the event or heard her talk at GeekGirlCon ‘11.
The “San Diego Comic-Con Batgirl” was the woman who stood up during a DC Comics panel, where they were discussing the unprecedented across-the-board re-launch of DC Comics’ superhero titles in 2011. With the “New 52,” DC Comics went from an already small 12 percent down to one percent female creators. Batgirl, who goes by Kyrax2 online, challenged how women were portrayed by the publisher and asked about the lack of female creators.
Other con-goers began to ask similar questions. When DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio asked what the company should do, a man in the crowd shouted, “Hire more women,” and the crowd erupted in cheers. The San Diego Comic-Con Batgirl launched a movement that resulted in a promise from DC to hire more women creators and writers.
That Batgirl will be at GeekGirlCon ‘12, and she’ll be joined by the fabulous Gail Simone, who is writing the new Batgirl title for DC Comics. Simone will have plenty to talk about, as big things happened to Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) in the past year.
Last September, when Batgirl #1 hit the stands, fans saw Barbara Gordon transform from a wheelchair-bound Oracle to the healed Batgirl. Many were shocked by the sudden event, but Simone has explained that Batgirl #1 takes place a whole year since her cure.
The September 2011 issue of Batgirl
Simone has handled the reaction from fans with incredible grace. In fact, here’s what another GeekGirlCon ‘12 guest, Teal Sherer (Venom in The Guild), had to say about Gail:
I’m a huge fan of Gail Simone. She actually tweeted me after seeing my “Oracle Addresses the DC Comics reboot” video to tell me she liked it. She’s one classy lady. She took a lot of heat over the Barbara Gordon being healed controversy, and she handled it beautifully. I can’t wait to meet her in person.
We are so lucky to have both Gail Simone back for our convention this year and are even luckier to have Kyrax2/Batgirl join her for GeekGirlCon ‘12.
On Saturday, August 11, the two will be on a panel titled “Batgirls, One Year Later.” They’ll talk about the future of the Batgirl comic, about Gail’s decisions with the comic series, and about the fateful moment at SDCC last year.
You don’t want to miss it. So be sure to buy your passes now for GeekGirlCon ‘12. It is only one month away!
And while we have you here, let’s talk about comics. What do you think of the new Batgirl title? If Batgirl isn’t your top choice, who is your favorite superheroine in comics?
GeekGirlCon ‘12 is nearly a month away. It is going to be a rocking, amazing, empowering, inspiring convention.
Don’t believe us? Well, perhaps a preview of some of the awesome panels will persuade you. Today marks the start of a series of GeekGirlCon ‘12 panel previews that will come out in the coming weeks.
Join us on Saturday, August 11, for Sporty Geek: How Roller Derby and Quidditch Are Changing the Game for Women.
Roller derby and Quidditch don’t seem to have much in common on the surface. But they share something very important. They are both thriving, grassroots sporting efforts that provide a new range of athletic opportunities for women. Geek girls are kicking ass … on skates and brooms!
Panelists Sara Weisenbach, Chelsea Hougan, and Tammy Oler will lead this moderated discussion. They will explore the intersections of geek and jock culture with two sports that challenge convention and have the power to change women’s lives.
Here’s a little more background on these sporty geeks:
Sara Weisenbach is the Alaska and Washington state representative for the International Quidditch Association. She is currently studying design illustration at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she is also co-captain from the college’s quidditch team.
Chelsea Hougan is the other co-captain from the Cornish Quidditch Team. She’s currently attending the college to pursue a degree in motion design.
Tammy Oler co-founded the Denver Roller Dolls in 2005, a nonprofit roller derby league that has not only trained hundreds of female athletes, but also contributed thousands of hours of community service. She also co-produced Talk Derby to Me, a documentary about the roller derby revival.
We don’t talk about sports a lot in geek culture, but a number of GeekGirlCon staff can be seen attending Seattle Sounders games or roller derby bouts, losing their voice at Seattle Seahawks events, running marathons, or kicking butt in fantasy football.
Are you a geek and a jock? Or are you simply interested in learning more about women and sports? This is the panel for you.
With the Summer Olympics only weeks away and ending during GeekGirlCon ‘12, we thought this was the perfect panel to highlight. So what are you waiting for? Get your passes for GeekGirlCon ‘12 before we sell out.
In the meantime, let us know your favorite sport in the comments below.
GeekGirlCon will be here before you know it, and we’re accepting submission for items to put in our swag bags! Are you a geeky business or organization who would like to include any promotional items? If so, please contact Melodie Hardwick at email@example.com. We are expecting to fill 4,500 swag bags this year, and the deadline for receiving swag items is July 20.
There are only 43 days until GeekGirlCon ‘12, but who is counting? (We are, of course!)
Before all the crazy fun, we have a little bit of sad news to share. Trina Robbins, the amazing writer and self-described herstorian, will unfortunately be unable to make it to Seattle for GeekGirlCon ‘12.
Some of you might remember her from last year; she was an amazing addition to our list of special guests. We will miss her, but understand that she is in high demand. Trina has promised to do everything possible to make it out here for 2013.