GeekGirlCon ’14 Don’t miss panel: Double Others

Photo by Serene Careaga. L-R: Lali DeRosier (@LalSox), Raychelle Burks  (@DrRubidium), Danielle Lee (@DNLee5), Stephen Granade (@Sargent), and Kristine Hassell (@GermanCityGirl).

Photo by Serene Careaga. L-R: Lali DeRosier (@LalSox), Raychelle Burks (@DrRubidium), Danielle Lee (@DNLee5), Stephen Granade (@Sargent), and Kristine Hassell (@GermanCityGirl).

Written by Adrienne M. Roehrich, Manager of Editorial Services

Last year, GeekGirlCon held the excellent panel “The Changing Role of the Character of Color” with panelists Danielle Lee, Kristine Hassell, Lali Derosier, Raychelle Burks, and Stephen Graanade. I had the privilege of attending this panel in its incarnations both at GeekGirlCon ‘13 and Emerald City ComicCon ‘14.

At GeekGirlCon ‘13, “The Changing Character of Color” panel featured three panelists from The Curly Haired Mafia, who review sci-fi and horror films viewable on youtube. The Curly-Haired Mafia examines these movies from the perspective of people of color (POC). How are characters developed? What tropes exist and how are they carried out in these movies? How has screen time for POC changed since really early movies? Has it evolved? Are advances authentic or are they just pandering?

At #GGC13, the panel and attendees went through a number of movies and television from the 1950s to current day, examining them in the light of the previous questions. It was educational and fun! The panel discussed making changes at at source – Hollywood producers and actors. It matters who is attending film school, because they make films with their friends. It matters where films are made (US vs UK).

At both conventions, this panel could have gone for hours and remained as informative, educational, and entertaining as it was for the short 50 minutes allotted.

GeekGirlCon ‘14 is delighted to have panelists Kristine Hassell, Raychelle Burks, and Stephen Granade return, along with Adverbia, Ashlee Blackwell, and Desiree Schell with the panel “Double Others.” This time the panel asks, “What if the character isn’t human? What if they’re non-human and a character of color? Does being non-human (alien, robot, vampire, werewolf, etc.) heighten or negate racial identities?”

They have a whole new slate of movies and television to discuss with these new questions. You don’t want to miss this panel. I sure won’t!

Buy your passes today!

Adrienne Roehrich
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Chaka Cumberbatch Appearing at GeekGirlCon ’13

Professional Cosplayer? Yes, she is!

GeekGirlCon announces the appearance of Chaka Cumberbatch at GeekGirlCon ‘13 on October 19 and 20, 2013.

Chaka Cumberbatch

Chaka Cumberbatch

On February 4, 2013, Cumberbatch authored a piece on XOJane called I’m a black female cosplayer and some people hate it responding to an uproar over her professional cosplay career. In addition to being a professional cosplayer, she is the Associate Brand Manager at FUNimation Entertainment, and a freelance journalist/blogger. Her writing has appeared on numerous sites, including and

Cumberbatch cosplays as various superheroes, in full character, at comic book conventions. Cumberbatch’s cosplay has become such a large focus in the media, she says she expects to never enter a job interview without also discussing her hobby. If you want to talk about back issues and current issues of comics, she is the person to see!

“GeekGirlCon is excited for Chaka Cumberbatch to attend our third annual convention. We look forward to hearing her speak on social, race, gender, and sexuality issues within the geek community and seeing her cosplay,” said Jennifer K. Stuller, Director of Programming and Events.

Visit Chaka Cumberbatch’s Facebook page or follow her on Twitter to learn more about her.

GeekGirlCon ‘13 is partnering with Homewood Suites and W Hotel.
GeekGirlCon ‘13 is seeking fabulous Vendors and Exhibitors (through June 1).
GeekGirlCon ‘13 is looking for your programming and events (through May 15).
GeekGirlCon ‘13 has press pass information.
GeekGirlCon presents GeekGirlConnections at the Con (apply now) and year-round.
GeekGirlCon offers fantastic events throughout the year that you don’t want to miss!

Don’t miss any exciting updates, schedules, and more for GeekGirlCon ‘13! Buy your passes now!

Adrienne Roehrich
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GeekGirlCon Wants You!


GeekGirlCon is seeking programming submission ideas, performers, and professionals for GeekGirlCon ’13. Are you interested in being a part of our convention this year? Please fill out one of the forms listed below!

Programming Submission Form: for all convention programming

GeekGirlConnections Submission Form: for our GeekGirlConnections room, a resource to help professionals connect with and mentor convention attendees

Events Submission Form: for musical talent at the convention

Do you have any questions? Please direct them to

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Making Connections at GeekGirlCon ’12

We learned a lot from running our first convention last year. We learned there was incredible demand for a con that celebrated the female geek, geared towards geeky girls and women, and with no “geek cred” required. So much so, that we sold out GeekGirlCon ‘11 on both days. We learned that the famous quote from Field of Dreams is true: “If you build it, they will come.”

That goes for attendees, but the same can be said for our guests as well. We learned that experts in science, technology, comics, and other fields were extremely supportive of our mission. And we are so lucky to have a range of amazing returning and new guests coming to GeekGirlCon ‘12 — guests who enjoyed the excitement and vibe last year or who heard all the buzz and couldn’t wait to attend.

Guests like comic book writers Gail Simone, Jen Van Meter, and Greg Rucka. Or local geeks M.J. McDermott, Purple Reign, Jamala Henderson, and Corrinne Yu. Women with incredible experience, like illustrator and Womanthology creator Renae de Liz, or television writer Jane Espenson, or actress and Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein.

Finally, we learned that you all wanted more time with these guests and other panelists, more time to learn how they achieved what they did and get tips for jumpstarting your own career.

That is why we are so excited to offer GeekGirlConnections, a room open the entire convention that will provide a place for attendees to network, make connections, and receive career advice.

It has always been the goal of GeekGirlCon to spotlight, support, and celebrate women in fields like comics and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). This year, we are taking that one step further and giving our attendees direct access to professionals who have the answers to your burning career questions.

This includes professionals like women from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory’s Education and Public Outreach team (perhaps they can talk about Curiosity’s little (okay, HUGE) trip to Mars…), professional designers, technologists, editors from Dark Horse Comics, and more.

Here’s a preview of what you can expect to find in the GeekGirlConnections room:

 Career planning support
 The opportunity to networking with professionals
• Organizations looking for YOU!

No business card? No problem– use the GeekGirlConnections Card below to share your contact info with all the new GeekGirls you meet at the Con. (Click on the image below and download.)

The biggest thing we learned from last year’s convention was that GeekGirlCon should be a place for you to make connections —  with old friends and new friends, interesting careers, cool geeky products, or with your favorite writers, producers, creators, and artists.

So be sure to stop by GeekGirlConnections in Room 101. We can’t wait to help you connect to your future!

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Bring out your Dice! Or Awesome Ideas! Calling for Tabletop Gaming & Workshops at GeekGirlCon ‘12

The GeekGirlCon Gaming Department is now taking submissions for tabletop gaming demos and workshops for GeekGirlCon ‘12 on August 11 & 12 at the Conference Center, at 8th & Pike in downtown Seattle.

Tabletop gaming!Workshops: Hands-On, Drop-In, Fun, Interactive

Do you have a great idea for a drop-in workshop or class that you would love to see at the next GeekGirlCon? Would you like to host or lead a workshop or class? Workshops and drop-in classes are great opportunities for fun, quick, and casual interaction. Example workshops include painting miniatures and hero/villain mask-making (back by popular demand).

Bring your imagination and send your workshop ideas and proposals to 

Tabletop Gaming: Demo Your Games!

Are you a game publisher, creator, or distributor looking for a great venue and enthusiastic audience to demo your game?  GeekGirlCon ‘12 has an awesome tabletop gaming space for your card, RPG, board, or other games. Tabletop gamers range from new and casual to lifelong and serious players, so all levels of complexity or involvement are welcomed.

Tables are currently available for Saturday or Sunday (or both). Reserve your table(s) soon by contacting for more information.

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Programming Update

We wanted to thank everyone for their programming proposal submissions for the inaugural GeekGirlCon. We received over 100 great ideas – and that’s on top of content we were already planning!

Unfortunately, there is just not enough time or space to accommodate every workshop, presentation, panel, reading, or screening. The final program will feature niche sessions that will appeal to the curiosity of a general audience. Throughout the summer, and leading up to the convention in the summer, we will continue to highlight some of the fun we have in store for you!

In the meantime, we are notifying accepted programming participants, and will continue to do so throughout the end of June. If you have been contacted by us with an invitation you must confirm your intention to attend no later than June 30th. If you do not contact us by the deadline, your reserved spot in the program will be given to another submission. If you do not intend to present at the con, the sooner you let us know, the sooner we can accept a different submission.

We are making every effort to notify those who proposed panels we couldn’t fit into our schedule this year – with an invitation to submit again in 2012 – but if you don’t hear from us by July 15th please assume we had to decline your proposal.

Either way, our entire team looks forward to seeing you in October!

Jennifer K. Stuller
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GeekGirlCon welcomes Carrie and Katie “Star Wars Girl” Goldman to our convention

GeekGirlCon welcomes Carrie and Katie “Star Wars Girl” Goldman to our convention

April 29, 2011-Seattle, WA- GeekGirlCon is proud to announce that Carrie and Katie Goldman will join our growing list of guests at GeekGirlCon. You may remember reading about Katie in November 2010 and her experiences being bullied at school by first-grade boys because she carried a Star Wars water bottle. The boys repeatedly picked on Katie in the lunch room, telling her Star Wars was for boys only. GeekGirlCon feels for these young boys, who do not yet know that Geek Girls exist and that we are everywhere. GeekGirlCon applauds Katie’s courage in declaring her love of Star Wars and believes that the force is strong with this one!

Carrie Goldman, who shared her daughter’s bullying experience on her blog A Portrait of an Adoption, is a painter and writer. Carrie is writing her first book, The Littlest Jedi, an exploration of bullying prevention that will be published by Harper Collins. At GeekGirlCon, Carrie and Katie will offer their insights and experience with bullies at a geeky parenting panel. GeekGirlCon programming is still taking shape, so please check regularly for up-to-date information.

In 2010, Carrie was eager to show Katie that other girls are Star Wars fans too. GeekGirlCon will have more Star Wars Geek Girls that you can count. Not only will our attendees show their love of Star Wars, but our special guests too.

Bonnie Burton, writer at The Official Star Wars Blog and author of many Star Wars arts and crafts books, is a confirmed guest at GeekGirlCon. Bonnie has built a name for herself as a renowned authority on Star Wars and Geek Girl culture. Her first book Girls Against Girls is a look at how girls are often so cruel to one and other and, most importantly, offers suggestions on how to break the cycle of cruelty in their own lives.

GeekGirlCon is a celebration of the female geek in Seattle on October 8-9, 2011 in the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. Look for more information soon about other programming ans special guests. Stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter @geekgirlcon or liking our Facebook page:


GeekGirlCon is a Seattle nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness of and celebrating the contribution and involvement of women in the sciences, science fiction, comics, gaming, and related Geek culture. The first ever GeekGirlCon will be October 8-9, 2011 at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. See for more details and our list of special guests.

Carrie Goldman is the author of Portrait of an Adoption, (, a blog that has drawn over 450,000 views just since November 15, 2010 and receives several thousand unique views per day. The blog is hosted by ChicagoNow, an online community owned by The Chicago Tribune. Goldman writes about issues related to adoption and parenting. She founded her own company, Artwork By Carrie, and entered the art show and gallery circuit. Through her award-winning oil paintings, Goldman expresses her emotions about the beauty, sadness and joy unexpectedly found in life. Goldman lives in Evanston with her husband and three young daughters, of whom Katie is the oldest.
Bonnie Burton is geek culture writer extraordinaire. She has done too much to list in one paragraph. Visit for a comprehensive list of Bonnie’s geek credentials.


GeekGirlCon Public Relations:
Kiri Callaghan

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Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?

Multi-platform producer and digital journalist, Ramona Pringle to present at GeekGirlCon

Seattle, Wa, October 8th & 9th, 2011 – GeekGirlCon is proud to announce that the highly anticipated convention will include a presentation from Ramona Pringle about her work on “Avatar Secrets to Real Life and Love“.

After speaking at Ignite in Toronto (an event that features a series of five-minute speed presentations on a wide spread of topics in geek culture) about the ideas on how we can learn about ourselves through how we pick our avatars in games, Ramona now explores how online gaming can teach us about life and love and how this can be applied ‘away from keyboard’.

“While some people turn to God in their quest for meaning, and others turn to therapy… I turned to video games,” Ramona confesses.  “Challenging myself to look for wisdom about love, success and meaning in one of the most unlikely places: World of Warcraft.”  Ramona shared her findings and personal discoveries in March at SXSW. This same presentation, ‘Avatar Secrets to Real Life and Love’ will also be featured as part of the program in GeekGirlCon’s first annual convention. “I am very impressed by the caliber of Ramona’s work. From the very beginning, GeekGirlCon and its fans have expressed interest in seeing a panel or presentation that explored the unique and particular world of ‘geeky dating,'” says Jennifer K. Stuller, GeekGirlCon’s Programming Director. “I think exploring the idea of game worlds as a guide to real world fulfillment is an exciting look into game play and its relationship to life experiences and happiness — one which I believe our audience will both learn from and enjoy!”

GeekGirlCon is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness about the contribution and involvement of women in geek culture. October 8 and 9, 2011 in the Seattle Center Northwest rooms begins the first in what will be an annual convention celebrating the female geek. To find out more about GeekGirlCon visit


Kiri Callaghan

Public Relations Manager

GeekGirlCon, Inc / @kiricallaghan

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GeekGirlCon Goes Mad for Anime

For Immediate Release

Kiri Callaghan
Public Relations Manager

GeekGirlCon Goes Mad for Anime

Seattle, WA-April 3, 2011- GeekGirlCon Otaku will be on hand at Sakura-Con April 22-24 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in downtown Seattle spreading the geek love for anime, manga, gaming, and Japanese culture.

Visit GeekGirlCon at booth 251! Come by to check out our merch, chat about geek stuff, spin our prize wheel, or just say “hi.” GeekGirlCon staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the GeekGirlCon happening October 8-9 at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms.

Look for our GeekGirlCon street team outside the convention center for free swag!


GeekGirlCon is a Seattle nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness of and celebrating the contribution and involvement of women in the sciences, science fiction, comics, gaming, and related Geek culture. The first ever GeekGirlCon will be October 8-9, 2011 at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. See for more details and our list of special guests.

Sakura-Con is the premier event for anime, manga, gaming, and Japanese culture. In 1998 Sakura-Con was a small, three-day event. It has grown dramatically in the past 5 years in terms of attendees, guest speakers, companies, and press. Operated by an all-volunteer staff, Sakura-Con and Team Sakura strive for everyone to have a good time from guest speakers to attendees. Visit for more information.


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Nancy and Belle Holder To Be Special Guests at GeekGirlCon!

New York Times Bestselling Author Nancy Holder and her coauthor and daughter, Belle Holder, have accepted GeekGirlCon’s invitation to appear as special guests. The Holders will attend the entire convention and are looking forward to a fantastic, stimulating weekend among their fellow geek girls.

The Holders have sold two short stories to DAW about a magical time-traveling mouse named Lightning Merriemouse-Jones. The team appears at SF cons and signs as a team for charity in the San Diego Comic-con’s California Browncoats booth.

Nancy Holder’s Wicked saga, co-written with Debbie Viguié, has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and been optioned by DreamWorks. She has also written dozens of episode guides, novels, short fiction, and essays in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville, Firefly, Saving Grace, and other “universes.” She has a new essay in Whedonistas: A Celebration the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them. She is also the writer on Moonstone’s Domino Lady comic book.

“Buffy turned 30 this year,” Nancy says “I wish she could come to GeekGirlCon to celebrate with us.”

Belle Holder’s application to exhibit at the San Francisco Maker Fair (May 21 and 22) has been approved, and she will attend. She was a contestant on American Inventor, and placed in the kids’ division at the Bubonicon masquerade dressed as a Stormtrooper photographer. She is currently participating in the San Diego City Science Fair, presenting her findings on cockroach navigation. She is crossing her fingers that she makes it and passes to State. She is also involved in gaming, costuming, model rocketry, filmmaking, and comic books.

“I’m really looking forward to GeekGirlCon,” Belle says. “I expect it will be geektastic!”

Belle even has a message about Geek Girls:

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