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GeekGirlCon 2023 wrap up!

GeekGirlCon this past weekend was amazing! It’s been a few years since I felt so many people were so excited at this con so it was really great to see all the smiling faces on the kids this year. It was also noted and appreciated that GeekGirlCon recognized that the land they were on is occupied, I have never seen a convention talk about this before (and I saw that many really appreciated it).  

I kept my promise and made it to a panel! Though sadly, I missed out on the podcast networking (honestly could not wake up, so tired. Even getting sleepy thinking about how tired I was that morning). But hey, I made it to “World of Worblas” and I call that a win. This was the first time seeing my friends @VivSai and @Mayjeancosplay in action together (on a panel at least), and I feel like I have learned so much! I took a lot of notes, photos of their side show, and asked a few follow ups after. 

It made me really want to order some samples to try a few ideas out and see what I’m able to work with and make. I gotta tell you, I have so many ideas and cosplays in the works for next year. Hopefully a few that might be ready for Kumoricon

One of the best parts of GeekGirlCon this year for me was the vendor hall, lol, cause you all know how much I like to shop by now. You also know what I hone in on too…One Piece merch. No surprise there at all. Some of my favorite artists/people were at GGC, along with a few I was pleasantly surprised to see too. @Smoorsch was there and I of course picked up a few more things (my own mouse pad this time, though not the hunky Zoro one…since I know my work place would not be okay with that). @keruchii_ was also there, and I absolutely love them too! These are some of the artists that always make my con experience all the more better, and I can get stuff for myself (and mostly others now that the holidays and birthdays are coming up now). 

I also think I got a pretty good haul this year too! I completely spaced on adding a few things to my photo, such as the Studio Ghibli tumblers I got for my friend and I (when you shake them, they have glitter and are also see through ones too! I really want to buy a few more for other friends). I also forgot to add another Luffy charm from Smoorsch too! Dang it! I was just too excited about it and put it straight on my One Piece bag! I also picked up a few earrings, which I’m already in love with. 

But yes, GeekGirlCon was fun this year because of getting to see and hangout with some really great people! Artists who are always super kind and nice, other cosplayers who I have a blast talking with and taking photos with (I convinced a particular one to finally watch One Piece with their son. Score!) and also the people who are fans of my cosplays and writing. That really got me this year, and I could not be more thankful for everyone’s kind words and taking the time to come talk with me (thank you again!).. Honestly, what really did it for me was the sense of community that GeekGirlCon always brings to the area when October rolls in. I know it’s going to be an easy con to just hang out and talk with others who love the same things and learn more about some new stuff (plus science and gaming, which I always need help with). I hope next year I’m able to stop by again at GeekGirlCon and have another nice time with new and already known friends. 

Were you at GeekGirlCon? What were your highlights of the show? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @TheConCollectve, Threads at @theconventioncollective, or Bluesky at @theconcollective.bsky.social

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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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