Plan of Attack: GeekGirlCon ’14 is This Weekend
GeekGirlCon ’14 is upon us! On October 11th and 12th, I will be at the The Conference Center in downtown Seattle celebrating the female geek in all her glory. In full disclosure, I am a listed as a founding volunteer of GeekGirlCon, so I am a bit biased about this event. It is my favorite event of the year. I love what GeekGirlCon has accomplished and where it seeks to go in the future.
If you haven’t been before and plan to attend, there are a few things to know about GeekGirlCon. It is a place for attendees to be open to and interested in examining geek interests through the lenses of female, LGBTQ, persons of color, different abilities, and various body types and sizes. It is a place where “Social Justice Warrior” is not a derogatory term. It’s a place where geek or nerd gatekeeping is frowned upon and no cares about your geek cred. If you are in this open frame of mind, it is a supportive place to learn and grow. And here’s a reminder for those of us that feel “enlightened” already: you must be open and prepared to engage without becoming defensive–because sometimes that is much harder to do than it sounds. (Trolls need not apply.)
Again this year there is so much, maybe too much, to do at GeekGirlCon. All the programming is available in the strategy guide and you’ll find plenty. Here are a few of my picks on where to spend your time, including the two panels in which I will be participating. Please come say hello!
You can find me at the following two panels:
Curious About Comics? We’ve Got You Covered on Saturday at 2:00 PM in Room 302 with Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds, Kara O’Connor of WatchPlayRead, Sabrina Taylor—an active comic shop Valkyrie, Zan Christensen of Northwest Press, and moderator Susie Rantz—the GeekGirlConnections coordinator and PR manager.
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Want to start reading comics and graphic novels but don’t know where to start? This panel is designed for the new-to-comics crowd looking for woman-positive, diverse stories–both classic and current titles. Learn great books and resources to get you started as more women read, create, and critique comics. We’ll talk about a mix of lesser known comics at the Big Two, as well as creator-owned small press, foreign press, and webcomics. We’ll also recommend resources about the craft of comics.
FREE COMICS TOO! (Limited quantities available)
(Not So) Strange Appetites: Women and the Horror Fandom on Saturday at 6:00 PM in LL2 with Ashlee Blackwell of Graveyard Shift Sisters, Chris Ku of Geekquality, Grace Moore of Mythcreants, and moderated by Tanya Feldman of Geekquality.
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What is the appeal of the horror genre to female fans? We’ll touch on some classic and emerging archetypes in horror media, as well as the presence of women creating works in horror with cult classics and recent releases in film, television, and literature. We will also look closely at what compels them to engage with the genre as fans, media critics, and women.
Other programming you’d be sorry to miss:
A Talk with Anita Sarkeesian, Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 303: If you haven’t visited Feminist Frequency, do so now. Sarkeesian is at the leading edge of criticism on popular culture. Her latest work is on representations of women in video games. She received the Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award in 2014. Despite the accolades, Sarkeesian has faced some of the worst online harassment for her work and analysis. Start off your GeekGirlCon at this discussion.
Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds will be on two panels at GeekGirlCon: Feminist Community Building 101, Saturday at 12:00 p.m. in Room 301 (and Curious About Comics? We’ve Got You Covered, Saturday at 2:00 p.m.)Broadnax and her contributors at Black Girl Nerds are must reads. Black Girl Nerds is also part of the She Thrives Network, which continues to build a community of contemporary women of color
This year Mike Madrid brings us a presentation on Vamps, Vixens, and Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics, Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in Room 302! Madrid has been seeking out the best comics that we’ve all forgotten or never knew existed. His books Super Girls and Dames, Divas and Daredevils, are must reads in my opinion, if you want to know what women in comics were like before the comic code and the changes in social norms. Madrid is an excellent presenter and his enthusiasm for his content is infectious. (I’m sad to miss this as it is the same time as (Not So) Strange Appetites: Women and the Horror Fandom panel.)
The DIY Science Zone is a must do! With all sorts of hands on experiments, you’re sure to learn something new. A team of scientists are on hand to guide you through the experiments and answer questions.
Programming I won’t get to but I hope someone blogs about it:
- Women in the Maker Movement
- Sex Scenes from the Female Gaze
- Zombies, Butts, and Teen Female Sexual Agency: A Study of Tina Belcher
- Diversity in Young Adult Fiction
Check out all the programming here.