GeekGirlCon welcomes our Featured Contributors! Please check back as more GeekGirlCon ’19 Featured Contributors are announced.
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s part of the Rivals of Waterdeep live play stream on twitch.tv/dnd, a partnered Twitch variety broadcaster; and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality and other topics at conventions.
Paula Burrows is a Scottish-born, Canadian-raised actress based in Vancouver, B.C. A graduate of Studio 58 and Langara College Film Arts, Paula is over the moon to be playing Rayla in the animated show The Dragon Prince, and her Scottish mother is delighted that she is finally “talking properly.” Her recent credits include the conveniently named character Paula in The Dangers of Online Dating, Mrs Luckenbill in The Hunt, and Jessica Hartley in Unspeakable.
The Doubleclicks are a folk-pop music duo made up of siblings Laser and Aubrey. The siblings perform songs that are geeky, snarky, sweet, and uplifting on their cello, ukulele, and meowing cat keyboard. The latest Doubleclicks album, The Book Was Better, has songs about video games, gender identity, and trying to get away from the internet. The Doubleclicks’s songs are for everybody and tend to be especially appreciated by nerds, queer folks, kids, and the rad folks who helped fund the production of their new album on Kickstarter. This community has helped make three of their previous albums Billboard-charting successes.
The Doubleclicks Q&A coming soon!
SassyBlack is a multifaceted creative force with a focus in the performing and literary arts. Hailing from Seattle, this goddess of “electronic psychedelic soul” and “hologram funk” explores sound through deep compositions. Sassy’s musical journey is available for listening and purchase through Bandcamp, Spotify, and all other streaming platforms.
SassyBlack’s Q&A coming soon!
Molly Brooks is the illustrator of Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared by Alison Wilgus and many other short comics. Her work has appeared in the Village Voice, the Guardian, the Boston Globe, the Nashville Scene, the Nib, the TOAST, BUST, ESPN social, Sports Illustrated online, and other publications. She spends her spare time watching vintage buddy cop shows and making comics about knitting, hockey, and/or feelings, which you can see on her website (mollybrooks.com). Molly lives and works in Brooklyn.
Molly’s Q&A coming soon!
Hafsah Faizal is the New York Times bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame and the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. When she’s not writing, she can be found dreaming up her next design, deciding between Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim, or traversing the world. Born in Florida and raised in California, she now resides in Texas with her family and a library of books waiting to be devoured.
Hafsah’s Q&A coming soon!
Johnnie Jae is an Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw journalist, speaker, podcaster, technologist, advocate, community builder, and entrepreneur who loves empowering others to follow their passions and create healing, positive change in the world. She is the founder of both A Tribe Called Geek, an award-winning media platform for Indigenous Geek Culture and STEM, and #Indigenerds4Hope, a suicide-prevention initiative designed to educate, encourage, and empower Native Youth who are or know someone struggling with bullying, mental illness, or suicide. She is also the host of the Indigenous Flame and A Tribe Called Geek podcasts.
Johnnie’s Q&A coming soon!
Hope Nicholson is the owner of Winnipeg-based publisher Bedside Press, which focuses on publishing new and old stories from all cultures and walks of life. She was the curator of anthologies for Dark Horse comics, including The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, and was responsible for putting together the NYT #1 best-selling Angel Catbird trilogy. She is the editor of Moonshot vol. 1 & 2, an Indigenous comics anthology series, and the author of the The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen, which shines light on female characters forgotten by comics history.
Hope’s Q&A coming soon!
Aiden Thomas is a YA author with an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Oakland, California, Portland, OR is where they now call home. As a queer, trans Latinx, Aiden strongly advocates for diverse representation in all media. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, Harry Potter trivia, Jenga, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE,” and killing spiders. Aiden’s debut novel, Cemetery Boys, is a Dia de Muertos paranormal romance about Yadriel (a gay, trans brujo) who accidentally summons the wrong ghost (July 2020).
Aiden’s Q&A coming soon!