This weekend is the first ever Geek Girl Con in Seattle and I am EPIC UPSET that I will not be there.
What IS Geek Girl Con, you ask?
From the press kit,
What is the first image that comes to mind when you hear the term geek? The boy who always knows the answers in math class? The men who wear their favorite super hero
emblazoned on their t-shirts? Or would it be of a woman? A woman who shares the same love for science, whether fact or fiction; can spout Tolkien’s Elvish; or who loves
to frag a few n00bs after work just as much as her male counterpart. Her image is not synonymous with geek, but that’s all about to change. GeekGirlCon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of both the current and historic involvement and contributions of women in all aspects of Geek culture.
Comprised of a group of volunteers, GeekGirlCon is an unapologetic coming together celebrating the female geek and is a convention that welcomes all ages, races, sexual orientations, genders and gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statues. We are a gathering for the trekkie, the mathlete, the gamer, the otaku, the braniac, the engineer -- a home base where all tastes of geekdom can be sampled and savored. We are GeekGirlCon.
We know what it’s like to be the egg-heads, the nerds, the dorks. We know that confused expression when we accidentally ask if anyone saw the last Doctor Who episode or mention that we spent our weekend raiding dungeons. We get it. You’re a different kind of woman. But you are not alone.
On October 8th and 9th, 2011 at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms in Seattle, Washington, GeekGirlCon will be an unprecedented event that will allow geek females to congregate, mingle, and share facts and fandoms with geek girls of all kinds. We want to meet you. We want to make this dream and our first annual convention a reality. To put it simply: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to visit GeekGirlCon.com and join us. With support, attendance, and donations, we can make this happen. Help us, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope.
And according to the website, Geek Girl Con has *all* the classic Con staples like craft workshops, tabletop game tournaments, a masquerade, signings, a stellar programming line up featuring discussions on everything you could imagine and a dealer's room, plus some extra special events like Whedonesque Burleqsue and a GeekGirlConcert featuring Molly Lewis, Marian Call and the Doubleclicks.
Everything about this convention screams professionalism, fun, and comradery. The venue where the event is being held this year is unavailable next year, so the group is currently looking for a new location for 2012. I REALLY want to go next year, so if you know of a place in Seattle that can accommodate up to 2,000 people, get in touch with the folks at Geek Girl Con and make it happen!
And if you are attending the Convention this weekend, PLEASE tweet at me about it, link me to write ups and live blogs and photo albums! This Con sounds truly amazing and I can't wait to hear all about how it went and how much fun all you ladies had there.
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