I cannot think of a better way to describe GeekGirlCon. What began only last year as a small convention dedicated to the under-appreciated, often ignored demographic of the geeky audience that I am proud to be a part of rapidly blossomed into something much larger than a few rooms could hold.
You may not be familiar with GeekGirlCon. Rest assured that I can help with that!
If you are a geek and you are a girl, this is the paramount convention for you. Geek Girl Con describes themselves on their FAQ page as:
GeekGirlCon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of and celebrating the contribution and involvement of women in all aspects of the sciences, science fiction, comics, gaming and related Geek culture through conventions and events that emphasize both the historic and ongoing contribution and influence of women in this culture.
The first GeekGirlCon was held in October of 2011 and had panels and events for an extremely wide array of geeky interests, including a panel I am still kicking myself for not being in attendance at about the harmful effects of geek girl “in-fighting”. Guests at the 2011 Con included Bonnie Burton - Star Wars craft mistress, Marian Call - singer/songwriter of a cabaret Battlestar Galactica/Firefly album, Gail Simone - prolific DC comic author, and Carrie and Katie Goldman - the now internet famous mother/daughter Star Wars anti-bullying team.
The 2012 Convention has been officially announced with new dates and a bigger venue. So get your single issues and gold bikini ready for August 11th and 12th, 2012. We’ll all be meeting at the Conference Center in downtown Seattle, Washington for two days that are promised to be packed with all the fellowship and geeking we can handle. Passes are on sale now! $35 gets you a 2-day pass, or you can opt for a single-day pass for $20. If you have kids in tow, younglings aged 5-10 get the special badge price of $5. (Any children under the age of 4 receive free entrance with an adult pass.)
There are no guests or events announced yet for the 2012 GeekGirlCon, but you can bet in the coming weeks we’ll be seeing seriously exciting announcements on all fronts for this game-changing Con.
Nerd up, Geek Girls. Nerd up.
Speaking of Conventions, have you checked out the Kickstarter page for “A CON-voluted Story”? Our very own Word of the Nerd team is involved with this awesome project! Show them some love!