GeekGirlCon 2012 is less than a month away! For those who might not know, GeekGirlCon is an organization “dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the contributions of women in all aspects of geek culture.” Last year they held their very first convention in Seattle, Washington, and it was a resounding success. This year GeekGirlCon is back and geared up for their second convention, which will take place August 11th and 12th, in the larger venue of the Conference Center in beautiful downtown Seattle. This year’s guests include: Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Secret Six), Renae De Liz (Womanthology, IDW’s The Last Unicorn) Jane Espenson (Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, Firefly, Game of Thrones, co-creator of Warehouse 13) Greg Rucka (Stumptown, Whiteout, Queen & Country, The Punisher), Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages, JSA: All-Stars) and many more!
I was fortunate enough to attend last year’s inaugural convention, and one of the real highlights was the thoughtful and interesting panel discussion programming. I expect this year to be no different. Lucky for us, GeekGirlCon’s panel programming for both Saturday and Sunday is now live on their website, so we can start planning now. Some personal highlights that pop out at me include:
Presented by: Teresa Jusino, Natalie Reed
EA and PopCap ask “What do You Bring to the Table?”
Presented by Ginger Maseda, Kelsey Wesley
Capes and Canes: Abilities and Disability in Superhero Comics
Presented by Greg Rucka, Jen Van Meter, Jill Pantozzi, Katelyn Bruhn
How to Do Your Own Kickstarter
Presented by Samantha Mathis, Caytlin Vilbrandt, Tristan J. Tarwater
Presented by Martha Wawro, Wendy Van Norden, Dawn Myers, Holly Csiga, Alice Enevoldsen
Gail Simone and the Batgirl of San Diego: Batgirls, One Year Later
Presented by Gail Simone, Kyrax2
Chicks Dig Comics
Presented by Rachel Edidin, Jen Van Meter, Jill Pantozzi, Sheena McNeil, Erica McGillivray, Sarah Kuhn
Presented by Greg Rucka
Let’s Get Critical: Fans, Creators, and Social Justice
Presented by Kelsey Wallace, Anita Sarkeesian, Alejandra Espino, Suzanne Scott
Spotlight on Purple Reign
Presented by Purple Reign
Presented by Maria Huehner, Rachel Edidin, Jennifer de Guzman, Renae de Liz
Geek Girls for Good
Presented by Susie Rantz, Jennifer Hauseman, Therese Littleton, Reitha Weeks, Emilie Clemmens
This is just a small fraction of what GeekGirlCon 2012 has on tap, and there is definitely something of interest here for everyone. I strongly urge you to check out the official GeekGirlCon website for full Saturday and Sunday programming listings, along with detailed descriptions for each panel. Passes for GeekGirlCon are still available (so act now, as they sold out last year). This year is going to be another amazing convention! I hope to see you there.
If you want to learn more about one of the women behind GeekGirlCon, be sure to check out my interview with GeekGirlCon President and Marketing Director, Erica McGillivray, from last year here on ComicBooked.com.