You’re Invited to Kick Off GeekGirlCon 2013

GGC '13 Kick Off Party

It’s the night before GeekGirlCon ‘13. You’ve checked into your hotel, picked up your GeekGirlCon weekend pass early so you can beat the crowds tomorrow, and gone for a long wander around the block. You see the evening stretching out before you in unending boredom, as the time space continuum conspires against you, and the start of GeekGirlCon ’13 seems to spiral further and further away…

Don’t worry–we can help!

Come to the free GeekGirlCon ‘13 Kickoff Party at Tap House Grill from 6p.m. to 9p.m. on Friday, October 18! Our sweet pals over at the Seattle Browncoats Charities are co-hosting this party with us, so we’ve got four pool tables to play on and talk around. Plus, the excellent Tap House Grill offerings of food and drink will stave off the evening munchies and help those hours fly by. It’s an excellent place to meet new friends, map out the panels you’re going to see and the games you’ll play, and just relax and have a great time with your GeekGirlCon peeps.

And when we’re done, you can meander back to your hotel with your first memories from GeekGirlCon ’13 dancing in your head. Though it is just possible there might be somewhere else to go before you mosey off to bed, so stay tuned.

Details for the evening:

What: GeekGirlCon ‘13 Kickoff Party
Where: Tap House Grill, 1506 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
When: 6-9PM
Who: GeekGirlCon, Seattle Browncoats Charities, Anyone who wants to start the convention weekend off right!
How Much: No charge to attend! Food and beverage available for purchase.

All ages are welcome!

Bring your pool cues, and maybe your dancing shoes, and come hang out with us the night before GeekGirlCon ‘13!

Laurel McJannet
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Vroom Over To Central Cinema for Veronica Mars

Central Cinema - Veronica Mars Event July 27, 2013

Riddle me this: What’s the best way to spend a Monday night out in Seattle? Why, gumshoeing it up and getting your grub on at Central Cinema, of course! GeekGirlCon and Central Cinema invite you to indulge in a TV Dinner filled with detectives and deliciousness. Two standout episodes of the critically acclaimed Veronica Mars show will be aired, so come prepared for puzzles.

Starting at 7:00 p.m., watch as Veronica, a teenage private eye, takes on “The Wrath of Con.” When her friend Georgia is scammed out of a hefty sum of money, she must go where no non-geek has gone before—a den of hardcore gamers. With an intriguing disguise and guts that just won’t stop, she proves her stuff and then some. This episode from the show’s first season features one of the series’ most emotional endings, and acts as a great introduction for interested newcomers.

After a nice seventh inning stretch, “Ain’t No Magic Mountain High Enough” will unfold. In this second-season episode, our super sleuth slips up, with money being stolen right from under her nose. The carnival setting is a perfect backdrop for laughter and trickery, and with most of the main players running amok, it allows for some serious character development. Hailed for being chock-full of one-liners and classic Veronica zingers, this episode is a wild ride.

For just five bucks, you get all this action as well as a food voucher, which serves as your ticket inside, and enables you to order a meal with the server in your section. No mystery involved!

The Clues

Date: Monday, July 29, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Price: $5
Where: Central Cinema, 1411 21st Avenue, Seattle (21st Ave and East Union Street)
If you’d like to make it to the mayhem by bus, the #2 line drops off around the corner from the theater at 20th & Union. The #48 is also an easy option, stopping at 23rd and Union just two blocks away.

For additional information, check out Central Cinema online. Hope to spy you all at the show!

Written by AJ Dent, GeekGirlCon Staff Copy Writer 

 

Laurel McJannet
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Announcing an amazing GeekGirlCon event!

nerdcore benefit concert may 17 2013

GeekGirlCon Nerdcore Benefit Concert featuring the returning Jonny Nero Action Hero, Canadian rapper Nursehella, and GeekGirlCon’s own Shubzilla!

The Details:

Join host GeekGirlCon to welcome three fantastic musicians to our Benefit Concert at the White Rabbit in Fremont!

Jonny Nero Action Hero has performed for us before; he has been performing for fifteen years, and writing his own material for ten years.

Nursehella was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada; this will be the Canadian rapper’s first performance for GeekGirlCon.

Shubzilla, GeekGirlCon’s own Public Relations Content Producer, debuted at NerdcoreNow’s First Annual Vocalist/Producer Challenge.

Add these three talented performers together, and we get a smashing nerd concert. Proceeds go to benefit GeekGirlCon and our mission. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets; get online and buy yours now!

Laurel McJannet
“Rock On!”

Join us at Emerald City Comicon

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Are you headed to Emerald City Comicon this weekend?

Stop by Raygun Lounge on Friday, March 1, for Excelsior!, a party organized by GeekGirlCon and NW Gay Geeks.

For those who haven’t checked it out yet, Raygun Lounge is a full-service tabletop game lounge where you can geek out and relax with friends. We are thrilled to partner with them to host this event!

What can you expect at this party? Game demos, beer and wine, groovy tunes from DJ PBear, and free mead for the hobbits among us! Please note that the event is for those age 21 and over.

We’ll be joined by some special guests, including Tony Akins, artist for DC Comics’ Wonder Woman, and Chris Lange of the Capitol Hillbillies webcomic. We’ll also raffle off some amazing prizes, with all proceeds benefiting the Lambert House for homeless gay youth.

Please be sure to give Gamma Ray Games, Raygun Lounge, and the Comics Dungeon a big shout-out for sponsoring this event. Because of them, and you, it’s going to be epic.

We hope to see you on Friday!

QUICK REFERENCE DETAILS

What: Emerald City Comicon party hosted by NW Gay Geeks and GeekGirlCon
When: Friday, March 1, 2013, 8:00 P.M. – close
Where: Raygun Lounge
Cost: Free
Age: 21+ event
Website: Check out all the details on our Facebook event page

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GeekGirlCon 2nd Annual Masquerade: Sign Up Now

It’s your time to shine in all your geek finery at the GeekGirlCon ‘12 Masquerade hosted by GeekGirlCon’s Julia Santo and Tara, The Geeky Hostess!

The Masquerade will be held at GeekGirlCon at The Conference Center August 11th from  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Room 303.

Competition is open to everyone–all ages, experience levels, and fandoms. Entrants will vie for Best Individual Costume, Best Group, and Best Child’s Costume.

There will also be a new non-competitive Kids’ Cosplay event from 5:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. – bring your costumed young ones to the Masquerade for a chance to show off their nerdiness and get a prize!

The deadline for submitting the online form is midnight, Thursday, August 9. You can also sign-up in person at the con until 3 p.m. Saturday, August 11.

To enter:

  • Agree to the contest rules and cosplay guidelines. Then, sign up online.
  • Visit the Information Booth on Saturday and fill out your entry forms before 3:00 p.m.
  • Be outside Room 303 by 4:30 to be lined up for your onstage appearance!


No costume? No problem! What’s a masquerade without an audience? Come cheer for your favorites.

Laurel McJannet
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Sign up Now for the Game Design Challenge at GeekGirlCon ‘12

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 gaming@geekgirlcon.com with your name and a few sentences about why you want to participate. Please include “Workshop Registration” in the subject line.

Workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11th. Purchase of a pass to GeekGirlCon ‘12 is required for participation.

Here’s how it works:

– 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
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
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
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.

Register Now!
Don’t miss this opportunity! To register, email our gaming director, Lani Blazier at gaming@geekgirlcon.com with your name and a few sentences about why you want to participate. Please include “Workshop Registration” in the subject line.

Laurel McJannet
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Gaming Nerdery + Burlesque: JOYstick!

**Both shows SOLD OUT!** 

Join GeekGirlCon for a fun and geektastic evening of nerdlesque — combining the best of gaming nerdery and the new burlesque — and fundraiser for GeekGirlCon ‘12.  JOYstick is put together by gamers for gamers, this celebration brings together the world of video games with the allure and fun of burlesque.

JOYstick! is a full-fledged dedication to the gaming world. The performers are gamers of all types, ready to take -1 (or more) to their armor in what will surely be an epic evening.

Details and cheat codes:
When: July 20th and 21st, 2012
Time: Doors open at 7:00 P.M., show starts at 8:00 P.M.
Where: Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Avenue South, Seattle, WA
Cost: General Admission $20 in advanced, $25 at the door, Click here to buy tickets! 
Ages:  21+

JOYstick! will be hosted by Vanadium Silver and will showcase performances by: Whisper De Corvo, Fosse Jack, Miss Elaine Yes, Rachel Jackson with Paul Velasquez, Iva Handfull, Lady Laycock, Scarlett O’Hairdye, Lexi Luthor, Seraphina, Shubzilla, The Norse Goddess with Izzy Insidious, Bolt Action.

Questions? Contact Kelly at specialevents@geekgirlcon.com. No photography of performances allowed. Only our staff photographer is allowed to take pictures during the performance.

JOYstick! is a fundraiser supporting GeekGirlCon, which is dedicated to celebrating female involvement in all fields of science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design. GeekGirlCon ‘12 takes place August 11-12 at The Conference Center in downtown Seattle. Get your passes now!

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GeekGirlCon & Three Dollar Bill Cinema Whisk You Away to Oz

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 early to enjoy music with 12HR NOTICE DJs (DJ LA Kendall and DJ Julia) and the Shopping Cart Soundsystem! All girls on the decks!

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’s Cal 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.

If you have questions regarding this event, please contact our Special Events Team at specialeventsteam@geekgirlcon.com.

Laurel McJannet
“Rock On!”

Nerdy Improv Comedy at GeekGirlCon ‘12

Photo taken by Rasmus Rasmussen


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!

 

Send an email to specialevents@geekgirlcon.com with questions or for more information on this event.

Laurel McJannet
“Rock On!”

Geek + Music = GeekGirlCONcert at GeekGirlCon ‘12!

The Doubleclicks are performing at GeekGirlCon '12

Photo courtesy of Cahoots Photography

Photo courtesy of David Tinney

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
  • Time: 8:30 p.m.  – 10:30 p.m.
  • Who: All ages
  • Cost: Free with purchase of GeekGirlCon’12 pass. Get your passes now!

 

Send an email to specialevents@geekgirlcon.com with questions or for more information on this event.

Laurel McJannet
“Rock On!”

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