GeekGirlCon ’14 – Day 1 AWESOMENESS!
Good afternoon, GeekGirlCon!
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.
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.
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!