Do you love movies? Events? Community? If so, join us Friday, August 10 for the 16th Annual Skyway Outdoor Cinema Festival’s showing of Wonder Woman! GeekGirlCon will once again be emceeing the pre-show with a trivia contest to give away some 2-day passes to the con!
Source: Giphy. Description: a gif of Wonder Woman climbing out of a trench into enemy fire and stopping a bullet with one of her gauntlets.
The showing will take place at 12702 Renton Ave S, Seattle 98178 behind the 7-11. The pre-show will kick off at 8:00 p.m., so plan to arrive and get settled by 7:00 p.m.
For additional details, info about which food trucks will be there, helpful tips, and more, check out the Facebook event page.
Given the wildly fluctuating highs and lows of 2017 (let’s face it, mainly lows), this past year’s GeekGirlCon represented the perfect space to reflect on the progress that has been made in the media we love, as well as the work that still needs to be done. One panel which perfectly encapsulated this blend of nostalgia and foresight was Lassos, Lightsabers, and Stakes: Assessing the Heroine’s Journey 20 Years After Buffy.
Image Description: Buffy twirls a stake in her hand. Source: Giphy.
Since 2017 was the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the complex and groundbreaking Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, this panel highlighted the ways in which the entertainment industry still struggles to accept the lessons demonstrated by the enduring impact of the show, its characters, and its fans. Simultaneously, panelists celebrated the gains made through media ranging from Wonder Woman and Star Wars at the movies to Supergirl, The 100, and The Crown on television.
Drawing on the theory of the Heroine’s Journey – a counterpoint, most notably presented by Maureen Murdock in her 1990 book of the same name, to Joseph Campbell’s famed Hero’s Journey – in which characters experience a cyclical journey of personal and communal growth, the panelists analyzed the state of affairs in media representation for women and other underrepresented communities.
Image Description: A gif of Buffy squinting her eyes and looking intense. Source: Giphy.
The panelists included B.J. Priester, a law professor, novelist, editor, and self-professed “lifelong geek;” Tricia Barr, an engineer, novelist, and writer at the FANgirl blog; and Jennifer K. Stuller, a writer, editor, and pop culture critic and historian specializing in the history of American female superheroines and action heroines in comics, film, and television.
Image Description: A gif of Buffy and Willow, with Buffy sucking on a lollipop. Source: Giphy.
Fittingly beginning with the enduring significance of Buffy, the panelists discussed the modern-day resonance of its values, especially the themes of community, friendship, mutual support, and female empowerment and leadership. The panelists argued that, while many shows shaped the values of young people at the time, Buffy truly defined those values. However, the show is not without its flaws. The panelists noted the egregious lack of diversity in the show’s cast as a particularly frustrating limitation. Similarly, the actions of the show’s creator Joss Whedon – which have been incredibly problematic and disappointingtosaytheleast– are important to grapple with for fans who continue to glean insight, comfort, and empowerment from the series.
Image Description: A gif of the character Rey from Star Wars, with the caption saying “Follow me.” Source: Giphy.
The panel subsequently analyzed Star Wars and Wonder Woman, pieces of media which represent both how far we have come in terms of representation for women in film, as well as highlight the limitations that we still encounter time and time again. With the emergence of the character Rey, the Star Wars universe has introduced an exceptional new example of a heroic arc, as well as an inspirational figure for audiences and storytellers to connect with. At the same time, the film series needs to ensure that all female characters are depicted as full human beings, with agency and complexity of their own.
Image Description: A gif of the character Diana from Wonder Woman, deflecting a bullet with her forearm cuff. Source: Giphy.
As Jennifer noted, Wonder Woman not only became the highest grossing DC comic film ever, but had a “visceral, resonant impact,” due to the care with which director Patty Jenkins crafted a narrative of empowerment and the struggle for power and self-determination in a world marred by war and misogynistic violence. However, as Trisha noted, Wonder Woman is far from perfect, and it too falls far short in terms of full representation for women and marginalized groups as a whole.
This panel is a perennial staple at GeekGirlCon, a chance to check in on the state of affairs in feminist media. As the panelists noted, every year there are more stories to talk about, more examples of exciting and necessary representation, and more opportunities in the future to look forward to. But as with the Heroine’s Journey itself, the progress of intersectional feminist representation is never-ending, and we must constantly challenge ourselves to support diverse media, to fight for greater representation, and to create our own narratives which challenge all of us to extend our knowledge, understanding, and empathy.
Image Description: A gif of Dawn from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the caption saying “Cause at least I admit the world makes me nuts. Source: Giphy.
Written by GeekGirlCon Twitter Administrator Kristine Hassell
Join us this Saturday, June 3rd at Barnes & Noble South Center for a free Wonder Woman Day Celebration with costumes, fun activities, and a panel discussion, “Wonder Woman IRL”. You can RSVP online, right now!
A percentage of your purchases in-store on Saturday (or online June 3rd to 8th) will be donated to GeekGirlCon when you use the code 12164679.
What Wonder Woman Means To Me
When I was a kid, there was one television channel I could to watch without parental supervision and that was the local PBS affiliate. I absorbed all the classics: Sesame Street, Electric Company, Vegetable Soup, Doctor Who, Monty Python… okay, the last two weaseled their way in there when my mother wasn’t paying close attention to my media consumption. So believe me when I tell you that it was a big deal when my mother let me watch Wonder Woman.
If you are of a certain age, there is a good chance that you did what I used to do, or a reasonable facsimile thereof. You might have painstakingly fashioned a tiara and bracelets out of aluminum foil, and used a red marker to make the stars just right. You might have borrowed a bedsheet to wear as a cape and lastly, you might have found something that resembled a gold lasso to complete the ensemble. If you were me, you begged your mother to buy the fancy cord remnant that you found at the fabric store. Then every week, you donned your makeshift superhero costume and you were ready for the show to come on. Those animated stars exploded across the screen and that theme song kicked in!
What comes to mind when you think about Wonder Woman: the comic, the show, the cartoon, the movie? I see all those things and more. I think about what she represents to me and in turn, to others. I recall the statuesque and jaw-droppingly beautiful Lynda Carter blocking bullets with her bracelets, leaping off buildings, or spinning that iconic twirl to transform from Diana Prince into Wonder Woman. In case you were wondering, why I described my wardrobe ritual, when Diana twirled to change, I did so right along with her without fail. I’d fling the bedsheet off, whip my hair back and forth, emerging excited for the rest of the episode to see her battling against that week’s villain.
Who created the Wonder Woman twirl? End of blog has that answer… (source)
I recall the animated versions of her from the Super Friends (with all its renames and spin-offs), Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. Side tangent for a little GeekGirlCon ‘14 trivia: in the JL/JLU universe, Wonder Woman was voiced to perfection by one of our former GeekGirlCon contributors, Susan Eisenberg! Yup, pretty cool stuff! The JL/JLU Wonder Woman held her own when fighting against Superman, had a great friendship with Hawkgirl, and was easily one of the best parts of that entire animated universe.
I grew up watching Wonder Woman on television. My mom wouldn’t let me wear a Wonder Woman costume, but she did get me a pair of Wonder Woman Underoos that I wore as much as I possibly could. I thought being Wonder Woman incognito was the coolest thing ever. Growing out of those Underoos was one of the saddest moments of my young life.
The best thing about the GeekGirlCon ‘13 Costume Contest is that you can display your inner superheroine, superhero, book, comic, television, or movie character on the OUTSIDE—and wear it proud! We will have a panel of fabulously non-judgmental judges, and there will be various categories to enter and win!
Stop by the Info Booth on Level One to enter the Costume Contest and get more information. We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with, even if you usually only wear your favorite character under your clothes!
When & Where: Saturday, October 19, 5:00 p.m., Room 303
We are proud to present programming exploring race and geekdom. Estafany Gonzales will be presenting a panel titled “Black, Latina, Girl, and Geek” with Aquala Lloyd and Emily Berrios. She chose to bring it to GeekGirlCon ‘13 because “[GeekGirlCon] feels intimate and above all things, open and eager to truly stand behind its name and keep a space open for geek girls of all fandoms, walks of life, etc. With that said, I think it’s a great place to talk about a really underestimated demographic of geeks.”
The dynamic Chaka Cumberbatch will be joining us. Catch her superhero cosplay and get her insight on topics such as social, race, gender, and sexuality issues within geek and cosplay communities. On a related superhero topic, Grace Gipson presents on black heroines. Gipson chose to present at GeekGirlCon so that she furthers awareness with regards to race and gender in comic books and novels, particularly on the black female. She notes that “little research has been conducted [on the subject] and I would like to build upon the small founding so that individuals in and outside the academic community can learn and hopefully share with others.”
The same session will be loaded with concurrent presentations by Erin Lovejoy-Guron and Jose Alaniz on the topics of Wonder Woman and Octobriana, respectively. Not only will programming examine the characters of color in comic books, but it will also take on movies. At the panel “The Changing Role of the Character of Color,” panelists Raychelle Burks, Danielle Lee, Kristine Hassell, Lali DeRosier, and Stephen Granade will examine if the disposable Character of Color trope has truly disappeared from film, or if it has morphed into other forms of disposability and invisibility.
Lali DeRosier explains some of her experience when exploring the concept, as a part of the Curly Haired Mafia (CHM): “In the last year, I became involved with the Curly Hair Mafia (@drubidium & @DNLee5 on Twitter), where we did movie reviews for sci-fi and horror. We got together as friends with common interests, but themes of race that spoke to us became a common thread. For me, CHM was the first time I’d had an opportunity to have conversations about race-related issues in a public way about fandoms that I deeply care about. The opportunity to be on the panel at [GeekGirlCon ‘13] is an extension of that desire to continue the conversation. I am very excited to hear input from so many voices. In sci-fi especially, the intersections of so many influences (science, gender & race perceptions and stereotypes, pressure from producers, biases of the writers, class, education…) make it a constantly shifting sand on which to build worlds.”
GeekGirlCon is a great place to explore intersectionality in geekdom. We’d love to see you participate in the topic of race in geekdom—come to GeekGirlCon ‘13!
Written by Adrienne M. Roehrich, GeekGirlCon Manager of Editorial Services
Hi everyone! To kick off this segment of “Ask GeekGirlCon,” we staffers will start off with the question “What is your favorite geeky accessory?” Here’s what some of the staffers have shared:
I love my D20 earrings because they are discreet and not in your face. When people do recognize them for what they are, there is usually a small ‘bonding’ moment, which is always fun! But the best part is that if I ever need to make a skill check, I’m good to go! Terra Clarke, Street Team Coordinator
My favorite geeky accessory is my Wonder Woman purse. It was handmade by AllThingzBeautiful. It has such wonderful shape and serves as inspiration for making my formal nights a bit more fun. Plus, Wonder Woman’s my hero, and a reminder to be strong, graceful, and empathic to all is a great thing. Erica McGillivray, President and Marketing Director
My favorite geeky accessory is my library card! I am a huge fan of books, in particular sci-fi and fantasy books. I “Geek the Library” because it gives everybody the opportunity to explore their passions and discover themselves. Librarians also are the most punk rock people I know. Every day, they advocate for freedom of speech and expanding our minds. Where else can you get all that — and for free?! Susie Rantz, PR Manager
Shoot us a comment below about your favorite geeky accessory! What’s the Geek of 2012 toting in the new year? Look for more Ask GeekGirlCon! here on the PR Blog.
Shubz K. Blalack
PR Content Producer
Filling in for the amazing Shiboo this week is Erica McGillivray, our President and Marketing Director.
Mosaic artist Gretchen Fuller of Crazy Diamond Mosaics recently had a show as part of Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood art walk last Wednesday. I visited the show to catch a preview of her work.
Gretchen and I have been friends for many years, and she’s a vendor at the upcoming GeekGirlCon convention. She’s also been a GeekGirlCon supporter since the very beginning. Gretchen played guitar for our “Hero of Canton” flashmob all the way back in December 2010.
Erica: How long have you been an artist? And why mosaics?
Gretchen: I was a graphic designer for 18 years and always felt a pull to do something more expressive and on my own terms. I was drawn to mosaics when I went to Philadelphia a year ago and was inspired by the outdoor murals Isaiah Zagar has done all over South Philly. Some of them are over three stories high!
Zagar took a not particularly desirable area and made it sparkle with broken pieces of mirror and tile and glass — what other people might trash — and made something remarkable. I took a workshop with him and that kicked off the obsession. I came back to Seattle and began dumpster diving and tile store trolling. Hence, I have amassed over a ton of tile in my garage. Watch out Ballard!
Erica: A lot of your mosaics feature iconic images of people and characters from Bruce Lee to Wonder Woman to David Bowie. What exactly is it about these characters that calls to you?
Gretchen: My mosaics are often of superheroes or super “humans” with characteristics that I admire. And since I’m not highly proficient in hand-to-hand combat, lack animal-like cunning, and can’t play the 12-string guitar, maybe in my warped little mind creating these mosaics makes me feel like I have superpowers.
Erica: How large is your average mosaic?
Gretchen: My mosaics right now range from 12×12″ to 21×33″, but they are getting larger. I’m slowly working up to wall-size murals. I also have started to do more sculptural, mixed media work.
Erica: A lot of mosaics I’ve seen have been more traditional, subdued images like flowers or boats or the kind of thing I imagine the Dale Chihuly of mosaics doing. You seem to buck this stereotype. How do your designs fit in with the history of mosaics?
Gretchen: Because of my design background, there was no choice but to jump out of the box and do graphically stimulating images. I can’t create emotionless images that look like they should be in a dentist’s office. But because of that stereotype, some people don’t really recognize mosaics as a viable art form; even though it goes back more than 4,000 years.
Creating mosaics is quite similar to painting; but instead of a brush and paint, you are using glass, tile, rocks, grout, cement, etc., and it takes a lot longer. It’s not for people who don’t want to get their hands dirty. Or bloody if you’re not careful.
Though Zagar introduced me to mosaics, my biggest inspiration is Claire Barnett of Seattle Mosaic Arts. She has built up my confidence in so many ways and taught me how to perfect my skills and technique. Her kindness and generosity is boundless. And she gave me my first gallery show at Seattle Mosaic Arts.
Erica: What advice would you give to someone interested in being a mosaic artist?
Gretchen: I have only considered myself a mosaic “artist” for the last couple of months, since my first art show in June. My advice is to check out Seattle Mosaic Arts, make a mosaic or two, and see how you like it. You will know within two weeks whether its for you or not. It changed my career path and life.
Erica: In addition to GeekGirlCon, do you have any upcoming shows or any other places where people can look and purchase your art?
Gretchen: My work is up at Seattle Mosaic Arts in Wallingford through August. Then in September, I hope to have some pieces in the “Bits and Pieces” Exhibit at Tasty Gallery in Greenwood. Also, you can visit my website. I do commissions, so if you have a particular character or pet you would like to have immortalized in mosaic form you can email me.
Erica: Besides me bugging you, what made you want to be part of GeekGirlCon’s convention as a vendor?
Gretchen: My work appeals to a brainy woman’s sense of irony and taste. Doubtless there will be a great deal of active gray matter at the con. I couldn’t think of a more perfect venue for my mosaics.
Erica: Will you ever play “Hero of Canton” again? Have you finally watched Firefly?
Gretchen: Never ever ever. I can’t even watch the YouTube video. Though I have seen a couple episodes. My favorite character is the old fiddler in the bar that can actually play the “Hero of Canton.”
Erica: Besides making geeky mosaics, what other geeky things are you involved with?
Gretchen: Hmm, where to begin… I have recently become obsessed with Steampunk when I cleaned out my dad’s garage and found all his aviator stuff. He collected tools, old car parts, keys, watches, all kinds of gadgetry. So now I am using these to make sculptures and jewelry and incorporating them into my mosaics when possible. The geekiest thing I do on a regular basis is wear my dad’s old fighter pilot helmet goggles when I use my tile cutter. I look like an extra from The City of Lost Children.
Gretchen and her mosaics will be in the vendor room at GeekGirlCon, October 8th and 9th, at the Northwest Rooms. You can admire and buy her work there. To contact Gretchen about her art, check out her Facebook page.
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan has produced and directed a number of documentaries. She previously directed El Corrido de Cecilia Rios, which won the Goden Spire Award at the San Francisco International Film festival, and Going on 13, her first feature length film. Guevara-Flanagan’s documentaries reflect female growth, struggle, and empowerment. She is currently making The History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman, which tracks the portrayal of heroines in pop culture. As a figure of empowerment, Wonder Woman’s adventures help chronicle women’s struggles. Guevara-Flanagan and team recently received a Sundance Grant for this project, which will provide some financing and creative support. She has invited a number of women to discuss The History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman at this year’s GeekGirlCon, where she will reveal some footage. For more information on the film, check out the official blog online.
As an actress, blogger, public speaker, multiplatform producer, and artist, Ramona Pringle is a true renaissance new media woman. Her World of Warcraft adventures led to the World of Warcraft Personality Guide, which analyzes how a character’s class displays characteristics of the player’s personality. Her work caught the attention of the New York Times. She also spoke about her discoveries at South by South West (SXSW) and Ignite Toronto. Pringle’s work helps demonstrate the power of online gaming in everyday lives, from personal fulfillment to dating opportunities. GeekGirlCon is excited to learn more about her discoveries in the panel discussing Avatar Secrets to Real Life and Love. To follow her research and discoveries, visit Pringle’s website and follow her on Twitter.
Kate Kotler founded Geek Girl on the Street, a website dedicated to frank and open conversation around geeky subjects. They offer a blogger code of conduct, creating a fun and safe community for geeky girls and the people who love them. In addition to a regularly updated blog, Geek Girl on the Street offers a YouTube channel to provide their fans with an inside look at nerdy events and interviews. Kotler is also a writer for bleedingcool.com, a site dedicated to providing information about the comic book industry. As a geek girl, Kotler strives to share her love of geekdom and knowledge of the nerdy culture. She will be speaking at GeekGirlCon’s panel, Killing Cattiness, Creating a Community. Follow her Twitter account to learn more about her adventures with Geek Girl on the Street, Bleedingcool.com, and other nerdy endeavors.
Mimi Marinucci is the author of Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection Between Queer and Feminist Theory, and is an Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Philosophy at Eastern Washington University. As a feminist and professor, Marinucci offers unique insights in to the world of Zines and mainstream media. Her teaching and research are focused on “feminism, philosophy, and feminist philosophy, particularly as represented in popular culture,” as she stated in EWU’s Spotlight. Marinucci created Wave 2.5: A Feminist Zine, which received multiple awards. She will be speaking in the GeekGirlCon panel, How to Own the Media: Zine Making 101.