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GeekGirlCon 2022 wrap up!

Another con for the books that I was able to attend this year! GeekGirlCon was fun, and I wished I could have stayed all day long. Unfortunately, I had to cut my con short due to picking the wrong shoes to wear with my Zoro cosplay (I know! Rookie mistake!), along with a few other things that caused me to leave earlier than I planned. 

That being said, the con was still a lot of fun, and I loved seeing all the happy faces, and long lines for popular panels. I was sad that the panel I was looking forward to the most, step up your cosplay photography, was canceled. I ended up wandering around the con and checking out everything they had set up including a very cool idea of a white board filled with why people loved GGC. I also stopped by the gaming area wishing I had my gaming friends with me so we could play some of the very cool/fun board games I saw. Maybe they could have taught me more about how to plan some of the video games too (I have barely played video games, but want to learn! They look so fun). 

I have always found it exciting to explore all the nooks and crannies of the exhibitor hall, you just never know what goodies are waiting for you to find. I found some really great shops, picked up a few things for my friends for gifts (because all the holidays are coming, and so are birthdays). I can’t wait to see some of my friends’ faces when they open their gifts! There were also lots of familiar faces at the shops, one of which was Little Dumpling Arts (here’s the link if any of you are interested, https://littledumplingarts.com/ ). I first ran across them at Rose City Comic Con back in September and bought a lot of earrings from them. They are some of my absolute favorites to wear, they are all light wood, and have such beautiful designs on them. Of course I had to stop by and get even more earrings this time around too, and a few for a friend who loved mine I got before. This ended up being the only purchase I made for myself, as I’m trying to save for all things anime and book related in Portland (also food! Oh god, the food in Portland is the best) at KumoriCon which is this upcoming weekend. 

There was also a lovely scavenger hunt that multiple shops joined in to host for the con goers, I absolutely had to join in the fun. I was given a very cute sheet, and a list of booths in the hall to visit. Once at the booths, they would ask a fun question or task (if you were in cosplay, you had to shake their hand as your character would. I tried to give my manly-est handshake that would make Zoro proud).  Once said task was done, they filled in the sheet with a stamp, sticker or cute doodle. Once completed, whatever booth was your last to get filled, would give you a goodie bag filled with merch from all the shops participating. Hands down, the most fun I’ve had in an exhibitor hall! I wish more con’s did a fun game like this. This is just one of the reasons that this con is so beloved by its community, they always make sure everyone has fun and that there are activities for all ages (they also make sure you learn some new stuff too! Their DIY zone, and science area was so creative to boot!). I am so looking forward to attending their next show (sometime in 2023) and I hope even more people will be able to enjoy it too!

Next up for me is KumoriCon which takes place from November 11-13. I am so ready to end the year with a bang, as this will be my last con for the season. If you want to check it out or get tickets here’s the link! https://www.kumoricon.org/

Ali Raphael
Ali Raphael
Ali is a professional workaholic but likes to add more to her plate by reviewing comics/books/ tv shows/movies and anime. In every other waking moment, she breathes books, manga and anything Marvel. Every day she wishes she was a Part-Time Avenger, instead of a full-time Target employee.

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