GeekGirlCon preview (November 16-17, Seattle)

Preview by Ali Raphael

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GeekGirlCon started back in 2011, it’s a two day convention usually held in October (but not this year). It’s a convention where people of all ages, gender and most importantly diversity can come to, to celebrate all things geek.

I would say GeekGirlCon is one of my favorite conventions, it’s small, and not too overwhelming. Although, each year they are growing in size and popularity. The first time I came to this con, was back in 2014, and I ended up going the next two years too. I took my younger sister with me the last time I was able to attend in 2016. I thought it would be a great way we could bond, since I had been away at college. Also, I wanted her to know she could be a Geek Girl out in the open.

She needed to know that liking video games and such was okay, it’s not just for the boys. It took me a long time to understand this myself too. The first time I went to this con was with a group of friends, we had group cosplays all set up. It was one of the first (other than another Seattle based one, Sakura-Con) times that I felt comfortable being in cosplay, and didn’t have to worry that I was a girl  portraying a male character (a gender bend of Captain America). I didn’t have to worry about what people would think of us or prepare myself for nasty comments from men at the con. Our group of girls pulling off being The Sailor Avengers was amazing, we had a fantastic time and were so proud to be portraying such amazing characters as strong females (this was before we got all the super strong females now in the MCU).

I am so excited to finally be going back to GeekGirlCon this year, and this time as press for The Convention Collective! Wow! I still can’t believe I get to write about all of this. Anyway, I already have a full schedule of panels and meet ups – I’m just dying to go to. The meet up I’m most excited about attending is the “My Favorite Murder” one. If you can’t already tell, I’m a huge fan of this true crime podcast by two of the funniest women. The MFM meet ups happen all over the country (and even a few overseas), I haven’t been to one before and I’m very excited to be meeting other people like me  who are Murderinos too. Hopefully I’ll be able to find a local group here to meet up with on a regular basis. 

There’s also some amazing panels with local and visiting authors, of fiction and comic books. Writing and getting creative panels are always a big must for me, since I’m a huge book nerd (and a hopeful inspiring writer, but really who isn’t now-a-days). I’ve also seen a Geek fashion panel on the schedule, along with one about wellness and mental self care and in one about fitness with GeekGirlStrong.

The biggest things I’ve noticed on the schedule are the career planning and representation matters included or surrounding multiple panels. GeekGirlCon even has entertainment covered with The Doubleclicks (folk-pop music duo), and Sassyblack. I mean they have women from NASA attending to talk with people coming to the convention. NASA! My mind was just blown.

I really wish I could duplicate myself so I was able to go to all of the panels held this weekend, because  honestly- I have no idea how I will be able to choose which to go to. All of these I’ve mentioned doesn’t even cover half of it. There are going to be some great artists and merch booths, one of my favorite being- Jordandené. And there will be the Jordandené’s magazine and podcast there too, The Satorial Geek will also be in attendance and will do a live show from the con.

If you don’t already have this con on your radar-you need to. Because to me, the most endearing thing so far about GeekGirlCon before it’s even started, is the room names where every meetup, game room, panel and so on is held. All are female names, both from popular media, comics, games and books. Here are just a few I will leave you with- Mulan, Rey, Korra, Shuri, and Furiosa.

Check back next week for my recap of the con along with pictures!


Are you going to this convention? Feel free to chat with me on Twitter or Instagram, or leave a comment below!

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