Ask GeekGirlCon: What’s your favorite Halloween costume?

Hi everyone! Halloween is just around the corner and, as we geeks all know, is a great day for cosplay! We asked our staff what their favorite Halloween costumes were, and here’s what they said:

Anna Daniel, Facebook Administrator

“My favorite Halloween costumes are little kid costumes. Specifically, the costumes that kids love so much that they wear them even before Halloween. Seeing a parent with their little Jedi, monkey, ballerina, etc. at the grocery store is adorable.” Anna Daniel

Erica McGillivray, President and Marketing Director

Erica (left) gets back-in-the-day geeky for Halloween

“My favorite Halloween costume ever was the Star Trek: The Next Generation uniform that my mom made me when I was in 4th grade. I even found a fake visor. It was also the first time I ever cosplayed. Thanks for nurturing a geek, mom!” Erica McGillivray

Tammy Vince Cruz, Vice President and Design Manager

Tammy cosplaying as the Senshi of Revolution and Time, Sailor Pluto!

“Guarded by Pluto, planet of time. I am the soldier of revolution, Sailor Pluto! Well, at least for Halloween. This was my 2nd cosplay, back in the day! I hand-carved the Time Key myself, and the Garnet Orb was even detachable! I’m hoping to reprise a new version of Sailor Pluto in 2013, 15 years later! Yup, I just dated myself.” Tammy Vince Cruz

Susie Rantz, PR Manager

Susie as Daria Morgendorffer — blank stare included

“One of my favorite Halloween costumes in recent years was Daria Morgendorffer. I LOVED Daria growing up, because she showed me that you could be smart, sassy, and challenge social norms. It was a fun costume to put together, but it was also really difficult to take photos, because I usually have a permanent smile plastered on my face.” Susie Rantz

There you have it, folks! What was (or will be!) your favorite Halloween costume?

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September Geek About Town

September is a nutritious snack, as well as a month to look forward to!

Hi everyone! GeekGirlCon ‘12 came to a close early August, and we on staff are rested and ready to get back out for some nerdy events in the Seattle area! Take a look!

Friday, August 31st – Sunday, September 2nd: SOLD OUT: PAX Prime
Three-day gaming expo brought to you by the folks of Penny Arcade

Friday, August 31st – Saturday, September 1st: SOLD OUT: Whedonesque Burlesque
From the event page: “Seattle’s finest geeky burlesque performers are daring to take inspiration from the Whedonverse: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, Dollhouse, Angel, and yes, maybe even Cabin in the Woods. It’s the summer of Joss and we’re baring ourselves in his honor! This shindig is a celebration of the evil genius that is Joss Whedon AND the fans who love him.”

Saturday, September 1st Jonny Nero’s PAX Death Tour (Xbit)
Chiptunes concert by X-bit, sponsored by PAX featuring: rainbowdragoneyes, A_rival, Electric Children, Orbital Strike, Turtlesaur, Abducted by Sharks, Jonny Nero Action Hero, Live Animals, G.Diffuser (On the El Corazon Lounge Stage)

Saturday, September 1st: Another Damn PAX Party!
Nerdy music and burlesque featuring: MegaRan, Death*Star, Klopfenpop, Bill Beats, and The Glitter Vixens Burlesque (On the El Corazon Main Stage)

Saturday, September 1st Doctor Who Season Seven Premiere at 9 p.m. / 8 p.m. Central! (BBCAmerica)
Episode description: “In the season opener, ‘Asylum of the Daleks,’ the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission after being kidnapped by his oldest foe – to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter…. the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.”

Saturday, September 1st – Monday, September 3rd: Kumoricon 2012
Three day anime, manga, and Japanese culture convention located in Vancouver, WA. Kumoricon 2012 is the con’s 10th year.

Sunday, September 2nd: Jonny Nero’s PAX Death Tour (Post PAX Party)
Chiptunes music with Jonny Nero Action Hero and Danimal Cannon.

Sunday, September 9th: Seattle Browncoats: Every 2nd and 4th Dominoes and Such
From the event page: “What are we doing? Dominoes (or other games depending on the mood), chatting about anything sci-fi related, drinking (caffeinated or unleaded), and general silliness. We start around 10:30 a.m. or so and play until whenever (usually 2:00 p.m.), feel free to come early or late; punctuality isn’t important.”

Tuesday, September 11th: Seattle Information Architecture and User Experience Meetup: Let’s Talk Taxonomy: Guest Speaker Gary Carlson
From the event page: “September’s meetup will center around the topic of Taxonomy. We’ll start with a talk from Gary Carlson (more info to come!) and continue discussion and networkng. We will be charging for this event, $10 covers attendance and comes with yummy pizza and beverages.”

Friday, September 21st – Sunday, September 23rd: Foolscap
From the website: “Foolscap is a small weekend conference where readers, writers, visual artists, and other people who love science fiction and fantasy meet, learn, talk to each other, and have a great time together.”

Saturday, September 22nd: Jet City Comic Show
From the website: “Jet City started in order to fill in the void for a quality one-day show for fans and dealers. A show that will be fun and entertaining for the fans, where they will have time to browse all the dealer tables or visit with their favorite creators.”

Sunday, September 23rd: Seattle Browncoats: Every 2nd and 4th Dominoes and Such
From the event page: “What are we doing? Dominoes (or other games depending on the mood), chatting about anything sci-fi related, drinking (caffeinated or unleaded), and general silliness. We start around 10:30 a.m. or so and play until whenever (usually 2:00 p.m.), feel free to come early or late; punctuality isn’t important.”

Thursday, September 27th:Seattle Analytic Philosophy Club
From the event page: “As this is a philosophy club, we will specifically focus on the moral issues related to equality of condition. The political debate over this issue has moral dimensions in addition to the usual practical ones, particularly as one side often casts the issue as one of fairness. But people of different political persuasions have different definitions of fairness. Is it more fair that those who do more get more, or that there is more equal distribution? Please see the forum post, What’s wrong with the 1%? – Equality and inequality, for a list of questions to consider before the meeting.”

Sunday, September 30th: Nectar Lounge Presents: Extremeties, Kirby Krackle, Death*Star, Soup or Villianz, Klopfenpop, MC 117, Shubzilla
From the event page: “A huge lineup with touring act Extremities (Fresh Kils and Uncle Fester feat. Relic), out-of-towners Soup or Villainz, geek rock gods Kirby Krackle, producer and performer extraordinaire Klopfenpop, the Shakespeares of Nerdcore Death*Star, and newcomers MC 117 and Shubzilla! That’s right! 7 acts of hip hop and music on 1 night at one of Seattle’s best venues, Nectar Lounge!”

What are you excited to check out in September? Leave us a comment below!

If you have a geeky event you’d like to see on Geek About Town, please email Shubz Blalack at Please keep in mind, that GeekGirlCon does reserve the right to post or not post events at our discretion and all events must be in alignment with our mission statement.

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GeekGirlCon ’12 Preview: Sporty Geek

GeekGirlCon ‘12 is nearly a month away. It is going to be a rocking, amazing, empowering, inspiring convention.

Don’t believe us? Well, perhaps a preview of some of the awesome panels will persuade you. Today marks the start of a series of GeekGirlCon ‘12 panel previews that will come out in the coming weeks.

Join us on Saturday, August 11, for Sporty Geek: How Roller Derby and Quidditch Are Changing the Game for Women.

Roller derby and Quidditch don’t seem to have much in common on the surface. But they share something very important. They are both thriving, grassroots sporting efforts that provide a new range of athletic opportunities for women. Geek girls are kicking ass … on skates and brooms!

Panelists Sara Weisenbach, Chelsea Hougan, and Tammy Oler will lead this moderated discussion. They will explore the intersections of geek and jock culture with two sports that challenge convention and have the power to change women’s lives.

Here’s a little more background on these sporty geeks:

Sara Weisenbach is the Alaska and Washington state representative for the International Quidditch Association. She is currently studying design illustration at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she is also co-captain from the college’s quidditch team.

Chelsea Hougan is the other co-captain from the Cornish Quidditch Team. She’s currently attending the college to pursue a degree in motion design.

Tammy Oler co-founded the Denver Roller Dolls in 2005, a nonprofit roller derby league that has not only trained hundreds of female athletes, but also contributed thousands of hours of community service. She also co-produced Talk Derby to Me, a documentary about the roller derby revival.

We don’t talk about sports a lot in geek culture, but a number of GeekGirlCon staff can be seen attending Seattle Sounders games or roller derby bouts, losing their voice at Seattle Seahawks events, running marathons, or kicking butt in fantasy football.

Are you a geek and a jock? Or are you simply interested in learning more about women and sports? This is the panel for you.

With the Summer Olympics only weeks away and ending during GeekGirlCon ‘12, we thought this was the perfect panel to highlight. So what are you waiting for? Get your passes for GeekGirlCon ‘12 before we sell out.

In the meantime, let us know your favorite sport in the comments below.

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Geek out with GeekGirlCon

GeekGirlCon President and Marketing Director Erica McGillivray (left) and Programming Operations Director Julia Santo (right) show off the TARDIS built by GeekGirlCon staff and volunteers

Do you live in or around Seattle? Are you interested in getting to know other geeks in the area?

Then you should join GeekGirlCon’s first informal meetup of the year!

In addition to hosting special events such as movie nights, art auctions, and burlesque shows, we want more opportunities to get to know all of you better and build a community of GeekGirlCon fans.

What do you love? What sort of geeky things get you excited each day?

Come discuss them at one of our meetups, which we plan to host every other week. We’ll explore areas outside of Seattle, chatting with geeks in Tacoma, Everett, and perhaps as far as Spokane. We might focus on certain topics each time, and we’ll mix up times and locations — a bar one night, a coffee shop another, and an outdoor picnic on a pretty day.

We’ll host our first meetup on Wednesday, May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

But we need your help to get there. Tell us where our first meeting should be. We’ll stick to the Greater Seattle area for the first one, but what neighborhood or city?

Leave a comment below telling GeekGirlCon why we should come to your neck of the woods. The area with the most comments gets the first GeekGirlCon meetup hosted in their neighborhood. And feel free to suggest great pubs, coffee shops, or other meetup locations.

 ** UPDATE: Capitol Hill is the winner. We’ll be meeting at Ada’s Technical Books. Check out our Facebook event page for all the details. **

I’m counting down the days, and can’t wait to get to know more about all of you!


Susie Rantz, PR Manager

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A Spotlight on Ada’s Technical Books

There are a number of amazingly geeky hangouts in the Greater Seattle area. Comic book stores, cafes, gaming taverns, and movie theaters. Today, we are highlighting one of these hangouts: Ada’s Technical Books. Ada’s, located on Capitol Hill, is owned by Danielle Hulton. Danielle — a bona fide “geek girl” — has been a GeekGirlCon sponsor the past two years.

We had the chance to catch up with Danielle and ask her a few questions about herself, her business, and her geeky passions. Enjoy!

Danielle Hulton, owner of Ada's Technical Books

How did you get the inspiration to open Ada’s Technical Books?
In school, I studied electrical engineering and computer science. I have also always loved to read. After working in the tech industry for four years, I decided I wanted to do something a little different. Technical bookstores aren’t something new in the U.S. and I thought it was really strange that Seattle didn’t have one. Also, I felt that I could bring a little different feel and some new ideas to technical bookstores than those that I’d been in before.

Can you tell our fans how Ada’s Technical Books got its name?
Ada’s is named after Ada Lovelace. Ada is considered the first computer programmer. She lived in the late 1800’s and was a mathematician. Click on the link for much more information. She was a super interesting person!

What were you doing before you opened your bookstore?
Before I opened Ada’s, I worked at Pico Computing as a software/firmware engineer. Pico is an FPGA platform company… really cool stuff!

What are some of your favorite books?
Oh so many! In the fiction category: Octavia Butler’s “Lilith’s Brood” and Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash.” I also really love “Pattern Recognition” by William Gibson and anything by Cory Doctorow. My favorite non-fiction books change pretty frequently. I loved “The Difference Engine” by Doron Swade and “Fashioning Technology” by Syuzi Pakhchyan. I also love all of Mary Roach’s books.

What are some challenges you face as a business owner?
Honestly, I think my biggest challenge is figuring out what I’m doing. 🙂 I haven’t ever studied business, so most of the time I feel like I’m just winging it. But, that makes things really fun and interesting too.

What is the most rewarding thing about owning your own business?
I love that I can have a vision for my business and then, because it’s mine, make it happen. I love seeing my dreams come to life every day at Ada’s. Also, I love meeting all sorts of interesting people through customers, authors, and conferences.

Beyond being a place to buy books, Ada’s also throws events. What were some of your favorite events?
Hmm … great question! I’ve really loved a lot of our events, but the few that come to mind right now are our events with authors Phil and Kaja Foglio, “Captain” Roberts, and Rob Flickenger. We have a big party in the works to celebrate Children’s Book Week that I think is going to be really fun too.

Because we are GeekGirlCon after all, we have to ask: what are you geeky about right now?
Vegan cooking, figuring out how to hack my Tassimo Coffee maker, and gardening. I will also always be a Star Trek TNG and sewing geek.

Thanks so much, Danielle. Now, what are you all waiting for? Head to Ada’s Technical Books now!

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Seattle KUOW Radio Producer Joins Lineup for GeekGirlCon ‘12

GeekGirlCon is pleased to announce that Jamala Henderson, a Producer at Seattle NPR affiliate KUOW, will be joining the lineup of guests for GeekGirlCon ‘12.

Jamala Henderson joins the lineup of guests for GeekGirlCon '12. Photo taken by Phyllis Fletcher.

Programming Director Jennifer K. Stuller announced the addition of Henderson as a guest: “We are delighted to have a fabulously smart, talented, and geeky woman like Jamala on board as a guest for this year’s con. Expect to see her bring her professional interviewing experience and trademark enthusiasm to the stage when she moderates some of our exciting spotlight sessions!”

Jamala Henderson has been working for KUOW public radio for seven years as an announcer, a reporter, and most recently a producer for a daily afternoon program, KUOW Presents. Henderson has worked at the University of Washington television station, UWTV, and volunteer radio station KBCS. An enthusiastic Geek Girl, she can often be found scouring used bookstores for treasure, making jewelry or candles, and geeking out with mythology and fairy tales. She also has two awesome cats named after her favorite Farscape Characters, Crighton and Jothee.

Don’t forget to buy your passes now! GeekGirlCon ‘12 will be happening at The Conference Center in downtown Seattle, August 11-12, 2012. Prices go up in June!

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GeekGirlCon All-hands Meeting 01.21.12

Under the fridge and the stove.

It’s the first GeekGirlCon all-hands meeting for the year! Come join GeekGirlCon staff to talk about upcoming initiatives, hear new announcements, and give your thoughts and feedback. Everyone is welcome!

Meeting starts at 11:30am-1pm, at Card Kingdom (5105 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA). Can’t make it in person? Check out our Livestream channel!

Check out upcoming events, and find out more about volunteering for GeekGirlCon by perusing the meeting agenda. Hope to see you there!

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Not in Kansas Anymore – A Quick Guide for the Seattle Con Newb

So if it’s your first convention or you’re not used to maneuvering around downtown Seattle, you might need help. So here’s a few tips from the folks at GGC to maneuver your way through the downtown Seattle area.

New to Seattle?

Getting Around:

Walking– The area around the Seattle Center is relatively flat, so for the most part your legs will do just fine.

MonorailThe Seattle Center Northwest rooms just happen to be in easy distance of the Seattle Center House. This building houses the monorail which, for a small fee, will take you directly to and from the Westlake Shopping Center.

Metro/Bus – Parking downtown is pricey and sometimes you’re lucky if you can even find it. So if you think taking a bus is an option, you should check out King County Metro and SoundTransit. If you dont’ have a pass, bring cash–and remember, drivers can’t make change.

Car – If you’re likely driving to the convention, come early. The Seattle Center tends to be a hub of activity and with a convention going on, it’s bound to be a little crazy. There are two major parking garages near the Seattle Center: One on Harrison and 5th and another on Mercer and 3rd. The Mercer Street Garage will be the closest of the two to the Northwest Rooms. Once you’ve secured a parking space, best to spend the rest of the day on foot or public transportation and leave your car until you’re ready to leave the area for the day.



The Seattle Center House – Along with monorail, the Seattle Center House has a decent food court. Need a pick-me-up? There’s a Starbucks (and free wi-fi for those of you who need to blog it up while attending the con). You’ll also find things from burgers, to Chinese, to thai food to some pretty epic fair-style hot dogs. Or maybe you just want a delicious snack–try a beignet.

Westlake Plaza –  In the event you want to hop onto the monorail, you’ll be taken to the Westlake Plaza, which not only includes Westlake’s Shopping Center and food court–but will land you right in the heart of downtown Seattle’s shopping. So if you feel the need to wander off to check out shops like Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstroms–even Betsy Johnson–you now know how to get there from the convention.

The Solo Bar – The Solo bar has been more than a friend to GeekGirlCon (as we have hosted previous events there) it’s a great place to eat and grab a cocktail. So if you’re wondering what to get for dinner–this place is well worth checking out.


If you’re an out-of-towner, you probably know Seattle is notorious for rain. If you’re from Seattle, you know it’s kind of exaggerated and may even wish it rained more. The important thing to remember is that our weather, if anything, is schizophrenic. So pack your sweatshirts and sunglasses!

As a general rule, a light jacket with a hood or a hooded sweatshirt is usually your best defense this time of year.

Umbrellas – Now you may think, “Rain, okay, I’ll bring an umbrella” and while you may want to get one of those tiny collapsable ones to put in your bag as a “just in case”, for the most part, I’d advise against bringing them. Seattle rain has the tendency to fall very diagonally–meaning we get a lot of wind. Most of the time when you try to use an umbrella, it gets blown inside out and ends up being more of a hinderance than a help.

New to Conventions?


Even for convention veterans, cons can be a little hecktic and while GeekGirlCon is still starting out and on the smaller side, some planning can go a long way. Carefully look over the programming of both Saturday and Sunday and plot out what ideally you would like to see. Some decisions will have to be made, you may have to choose between two or even more panels that you want to see, but if you don’t plan, you might miss everything all together.

Make sure you also set some time aside to check out the vendors!


Always arrive early because even if you’ve pre-registered, you still need to get your badge. And there’s nothing worse than arriving a little late and having to stand in line to wait for your badge while that panel you were excited for is carrying on without you.


Cosplay, if you don’t know, is the practice of dressing up in a costume to resemble an established (I use this term loosely) character. It’s not unusual to see cosplayers running about at a convention and ours will be no different. Of course, we do want people to keep it family friendly and safe, so if you’re thinking about joining the crowd and wearing a costume, check out these guide lines.  It is also important to remember that even if you’re really excited about someone’s costume, it’s not appropriate to tackle-hug them without their explicit permission.

Be Polite:

Remember we’re all here because we all love the same things. So be polite to your fellow geeks!


It sounds silly but remember to eat and drink plenty of water! Sometimes you can get a bit overwhelmed at a convention and forget the most basic standards of keeping yourself healthy and energized.


When you get a lot of people in one location, it can get a little crowded and create what a lot of us know as “Con Funk”. To avoid “Con Funk”, make sure you and all of your party members remember to shower and equally important–don’t wear heavy colognes or perfumes.


If you’re ever confused about a procedure, lost, or just need directions, you can flag down one of our helpful volunteers who will be clearly marked (as they will be wearing bright yellow shirts that say ‘volunteer’ on the back) and they’ll point you in the right direction.

If all else fails? Visit the info booth!


If you don’t like the way something is done, or rather know of a way it could have been done better, please email us feedback. After all, this convention is for people like you so we want to do our best to accomidate.


Kiri Callaghan

Public Relations Manager

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