This weekend was the local convention, GeekGirlCon (GGC)! The original founders of GeekGirlCon wanted to create a welcoming and inclusive place to celebrate diversity, create community and empower those who are marginalized. Their mission is as follows:
GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women worldwide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.
This year was my second time attending the convention. It’s similar to other conventions I attend but different enough to make it a new and welcomed experience. At Emerald City Comicon I only have time to visit the exhibitors. The panels are packed and as a woman I don’t necessarily feel like it’s “my” con. At GGC I feel safe. There are tons of panels that interest me and it’s a great opportunity to connect with other amazing nerdy ladies. I feel lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community.
During this year’s con I focused on friendship. I went to a few panels but channeled my energy into making the most of every moment with friends within the community. My super-sweet, incredibly talented, friend, Kelsey (The Fangirl Crafter) met up with me and Fletch. We spent the entire day catching up, chatting with people, and all-around having a GREAT time. I also met up with my friend, Mia (XOMia), who visited from Texas. I haven’t seen her since 2015 so getting a chance to hang out IRL was amazing.
As if seeing these two ladies wasn’t enough I got to see Bunny (S2Heart), Jordan (Jordandene), Sarah Cosico, Elena (The Colorful Geek), the ladies at Fan Mail, and met a ton of other really talented, super-rad ladies!! It felt more like an excuse to see amazing people than a shopping day (which is how I feel at most conventions).
In addition to seeing a ton of wonderful people I attended a really cool panel on a documentary titled, Looking For Leia. It’s a documentary about women and their love of Star Wars. They shared a preview during the panel and it looks really good! I look forward to seeing it when it’s finished. Below is a little sneak peek.
The day was capped off by the fashion show. I loved hearing from the designers and seeing their designs. It was really special! I tried to snap photos of the show but the lighting made it difficult. At least you can get an idea.
Overall the convention was spectacular. I saw great friends, met new people, did a little shopping, and celebrated nerdy stuff. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.
If you live in the area, or can afford to visit, I definitely recommend checking out this conference. It’s getting bigger and better as the years go on. GeekGirlCon celebrates so many wonderful things and I suggest that anyone and everyone checks it out.