We are pleased to announce programming highlights leading up to GeekGirlCon’s inaugural convention this October 8th and 9th, 2011.
CHARACTER STUDIES: GEEK GIRLS IN POPULAR CULTURE
From Willow Rosenberg to Wendy Watson, from Codex to Kitty Pryde, geek girls have always been an intrinsic part of popular culture. And when you’re a geek girl sitting in the audience or poring over the page, there’s a special thrill in discovering a fictional persona who truly speaks to you. Our panel of creators will discuss geek girl representations in film, TV, novels, comics, and beyond: what are the challenges in creating and portraying these characters? How do you balance the “girl” with the “geek”? And what’s the state of the geek girl character in our current pop cultural landscape?
Cecil Castellucci is the author of numerous books for young adults, including “First Day on Earth,” “Rose Sees Red,” “Beige,” “The Queen of Cool,” “Boy Proof,” and “The Plain Janes” graphic novel series. She wrote the libretto for a comic book opera, “Les Aventures de Madame Merveille,” and she used to lead a band called Nerdy Girl. She once waited in a tent for 6 weeks for “Star Wars: Episode I” tickets. She also loves “Star Trek,” BioWare games, and outer space. She lives in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, go to www.misscecil.com .
Javier Grillo-Marxuach is a writer/producer of TV, films, comic books, and transmedia content. He is best known as one of the Emmy, Golden Globe, and WGA award-winning producers of “Lost” and creator of the graphic novels and TV series “The Middleman.” His credits include the George Foster Peabody award-winning “Boomtown,” as well as “Medium,” “Charmed,” “seaQuest,” and “The Pretender.” His original graphic novel “Ramiel: Wrath of God” will be published in July 2011 by APE Entertainment.
Sarah Kuhn is the author of the geek romantic comedy novella “One Con Glory,” which has earned kudos from io9 and USA Today/Pop Candy and is currently in development as a feature film. Her work has appeared in such fine publications as Back Stage, IGN.com, Geek Monthly, The Hollywood Reporter, Creative Screenwriting, and StarTrek.com. Sarah was also featured on San Diego Comic-Con’s popular “Geek Girls Exist” panel in 2010. As one fourth of the mighty Alert Nerd collective, she can often be found discussing important issues – like the state of Cyclops’ hair – at AlertNerd.com.
Jessica Mills is a transplant from Texas currently living in Los Angeles. She is best known for writing, producing, and starring in the geektastic comedy web series “Awkward Embraces,” which has been featured in the New York Times and Pink Raygun. She is currently hard at work on a number of other nerdy projects for her production company, Project A Productions. Jessica likes to knit tiny TARDISes in her spare time and secretly wishes she were Wonder Woman.
Stephanie Thorpe is an actor/writer/producer/lifelong geek. She has been a driving force as a producer and actor in numerous web productions, including the critically acclaimed “After Judgment” (6 Streamy nominations), “Asylum” (NYTVF), “Apocalypse WOW,” “Hurtling Through Space!” (for Babelgum), and the crowd-sourced “ElfQuest” fan fiction trailer (featured in the New York Times). She’s excited to be starring in the “GOLD” spin-off series “Night of the Zombie King.” Stephanie was proud to host the 2nd Celebrate the Web event during Comic-Con 2010: an interactive forum for genre web creators and fans.
Yet another incredible individual has signed on to be a guest of GeekGirlCon! We’re excited to announce that writer, Gail Simone, will join us this October!
Gail Simone, creator of the Women in Refrigerators List – which subsequently raised awareness of the treatment of women in comic books – has written Simpsons comics for Bongo, Killer Princesses for Oni Press (with co-creator and artist Lea Hernandez), and a Rose and Thorn limited series for DC Comics.
In 2003 she took over DC’s Birds of Prey title. Under her direction Birds of Prey became one of DC’s steadiest selling and most critically acclaimed books.
In 2007 she took over writing duties on Wonder Woman. Additionally, Simone’s commitment to creating diverse casts of characters led her to win a Glyph Comics Award for Best Female Character in Thomasina Lindo—one of the lead characters in Welcome to Tranquility—a creator-owned comic published by WildStorm. Simone has also worked on a reboot of Gen¹³ for WildStorm and All-New Atom for DC Comics.
She has also done work in scripting for television and film based on comics including an episode of Justice League Unlimited and early drafts of the Wonder Woman animated direct to DVD feature film (2009).
She recently returned to writing the Birds of Prey series for DC Comics and can be followed on Twitter or her Tumblr, Ape in a Cape.
GeekGirlCon is proud to announce that Marian Call has agreed to join us October 8th & 9th for our 2011 convention. You may know Marian by her song “I’ll still be a Geek After Nobody Thinks it’s Chic (The Nerd Anthem)” and her occasional inclination to use a typewriter as part of her musical acts.
The Anchorage-based musician has toured in all 50 states and shared her eclectic and unique style of tunes with a diverse fan-base—from hipsters to church-ladies; geeks to gangsters.
We are again thrilled to announce some fabulous special guests for GeekGirlCon!
Greg Rucka and Jen Van Meter – comic book writers and loving marrieds – will be in attendance!
Greg Rucka is a novelist, an author of comic books, and has written for animation and film. He’s written for DC, Marvel, and Oni. You may know him from his run on Wonder Woman, Elektra/Wolverine: The Redeemer, the Queen and Country series, or Whiteout.
Jen Van Meter is a writer of comics best known for her Eisner-nominated Hopeless Savages series from Oni Press, which follows the adventures of a pair of semi-retired punk rock musicians and their eccentric children. She has also written short stories, single issues and several miniseries for Dark Horse, DC & Marvel Comics, including the Glyph-nominated Black Lightning: Year One and 2010′s Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat.
Thank you, Greg and Jen!!! We are honored to have you on board!
Want to know more about what kind of programming you can expect from GeekGirlCon? Want to start working on your awesome, female-friendly panel?
Well here’s How to propose a panel for GeekGirlCon!
GeekGirlCon will feature programming on topics ranging from geek lifestyle issues, to the sciences to popular culture.
We are seeking proposals for panels and presentations on topics such as, but not limited to:
· Geeky parenting and dating
· Women in science, math and technology
· Women characters and creators in comic books, literature, film, and television
· Pop culture scholarship
· Women in gaming
· Women in horror
· Diversity in genre
· Crafty businesses
· Women in Stunt Work
· Women writers (and men writing great geeky female characters)
· Women in science fiction and fantasy
· Fandom and community
· Women’s history in geeky popular culture, science, and technology
To be considered for acceptance proposal submissions must reflect the mission of the convention – to promote, celebrate, educate, mentor, encourage and empower the female geek. We are interested in presentations, screenings, readings, and round table discussions from women and men in geeky professions: science fiction, fantasy, horror, action, gaming, science, anime, roller derby, cosplay, comic books, technology, B-movies, LARPing, and video games. There must be an understanding that these topics be addressed with a women-centric and woman-positive focus and with attention to issues of diversity.
GeekGirlCon is committed to representing women geeks of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statues. Proposals must reflect a commitment to this as well.
GeekGirlCon is excited to announce that the amazingBonnie Burton has agreed to be our very first Special Guest. If you don’t already know, Bonnie is an author, writing several Star Wars craft and art books, content for starwars.com, the official Star Wars Blog and is the brains behind the Star Wars twitter page!
Aside from her work with Star Wars, she has written the books “Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change” and “Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers”
For a complete listing of Bonnie’s wonderful books, and we recommend you purchase them all please click here.
We could not be more excited to have such an amazingly supportive Geek Girl involved with our convention!