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Revenge of Seattle’s girl geeks!

Chase Masterson photo

Chase Masterson at GeekGirlCon 2011. Amir Rosenblatt photo

GeekGirlCon returns for 2012

Last year, Seattle’s lady fans of all things geeky banded together to throw a two-day party. The fall event, the first of it’s kind in the Pacific Northwest, was enough of a success – 4,000 attendees – that GeekGirlCon 2012 will take place Aug 11 – 12 at the Seattle Conference Centre.

The 2011 GeekGirlCon attracted such guests as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actress Chase Masterson, comic book writer/bestselling novelist Greg Rucka, comic book writer Gail Simone and cartoonist Trina Robbins, and featured a gaming room, panels and cosplay. On Ape in a Cape, Simone’s Tumblr account, the DC Comics writer (Birds of Prey) recently wrote:

“This August, in Seattle, the GEEK GIRL CON, one of the most fun, beautifully organized and inspiring conventions I’ve ever attended is back, back, back and I cannot WAIT.

“Regardless of how you identify on the gender chart, this con is not to be missed. There are speakers from television, fiction, comics, gaming, cosplay, and music, all with a positive message of hope, creativity and joy. It was ridiculously fun last year, I was honored to be a guest for their first show and I could not have been more impressed.”

The second annual GeekGirlCon is seeking submissions for programming until March 14. Organizers are looking for proposals from professionals for panels and presentations on topics such as:

· Geeky parenting and dating
· Women in science, math, engineering, and technology 
· Women in robotics
· Women characters and creators in comic books, literature, film, and television
· Pop culture scholarship
· Women in gaming 
(Tabletop, Board, Console, PC)
· Women in horror
· Diversity in genre – including race, ethnicity, class, gender, ability, sex and sexuality
· Crafty or geeky businesses
· Cosplay 
or Crossplay
· Women in Stunt Work
· Women writers (and men writing great geeky female characters)
· Women artists and illustrators
· Women in science fiction and fantasy
· Fandom and community
· Women’s history in geeky popular culture, science, and technology
· Women in Anime/Manga
· Women in Pop Culture Publishing
· YA authors with Strong Female Protagonists
· Geek Girl Pioneers in Fandom and Community
· Documentary filmmakers
· Web series producers
· Geeky Charities
· Women mentoring each other and our geeky little sisters
· Hackers and Programmers
· LED/Tech Fashion
· Steampunk

You can find out more at the GeekGirlCon website.

GeekGirlCon panel

GeekGirlCon 2011 panel.

Two-day passes are $35, individual days $20 each until June 1. GeekGirlCon 2012 tickets

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