GeekGirlCon ’13 from the Fangirl Perspective
Last weekend was filled with costumes, conversation, and pop culture critique at GeekGirlCon ’13. GeekGirlCon is dedicated to celebrating women in geek culture with two full days of activities including panels, concerts, artists, a gaming area, a DIY science zone, a career connections room, book signings, lots of vendor selection, and even an introvert alley for attendees looking for a quiet space. This con maybe small but it has it all—at least for the likes of me, a nerdy gal with leanings toward comics, classic sci-fi lit, and genre TV and movies.
I sat in on some great panels throughout the weekend. My first stop was “Deconstructing the Mary Sue Myth.” The term “Mary Sue” stems from a character in a Star Trek fan story in the 1970s and has developed into a specific derogatory term directed at unrealistic female characters authors use to insert themselves into their own stories. Panelists made the point that male authors penning the James Bond stories or the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series have not faced the same criticism while their stories also contain idealized male characters. Food for thought regarding literary criticism!
My other favorite panels were Mike Madrid’s “Divas, Dames & Daredevils” and Jessica Woodbridge’s “Esperanto: La Internatcia Lingvo.” Madrid follows up his book Supergirls with a survey of female characters from the early days of comics. None of these ladies made it through our ever-changing cultural landscape into today’s stories. Now the fabulous ladies in Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics sit atop my stack of books to read this holiday season.
Who wouldn’t want to learn Esperanto! It is the common tongue of Philip José Farmer’s Riverworld series and Bill Shatner filmed the movie Incubus in Esperanto in 1966. The language is also featured in Red Dwarf and in Brian K. Vaughn’s comic series Saga. Esperanto has some serious nerd cred. Woodbridge shared a brief history of the language and its construction before launching into some key phrases. Here is an easy one to figure out: Mia nomo estas Íñigo Montoya. Vi mortigis mian patron. Pretigu por morti.
Then there was the spotlight on Kelly Sue Deconnick, and Denise Crosby was there. It was a fangirl’s dream. There is not enough room in one post for me to talk about all the great activities at GeekGirlCon ’13. So that is all the more reason to for you to check it out yourself in 2014, right?