Okay, wow. So for a first-year con Geek Girl was AMAZING!
First of all, I must thank my sponsor for day two of the convention: Lunasea Studios!
When Rebecca, the owner, proprietor, gleeful art-making wench of this fine company (who is also an incredibly cool chick) made me the amazing offer of sponsoring my attendance to the con on Sunday I Could. Not. Turn. It. Down!
Her art is super smile-inducing, and you may already be familiar with her uber-awesome web-comic Little Vampires. If you’re not familiar check it out. Like, right now. Seriously, here’s a link. Go. I will wait.
Welcome back! I know, right?!? I spent over an hour just going through the archives and laughing my butt off – so on top of being awesome, her comic is also great for your physique!
Rebecca was also doing commissioned Art Cards at her booth in the exhibition/vendor hall and she made me this:
It was a small group of vendors/exhibitors, but despite this, there was a LOT of really neat stuff to geek out over. And you better believe that I did.
Saturday started off with a bang and Oral History Live! With Jane Espenson. Sigh. Oh how I adore Jane Espenson. She is witty, she is genuine, she is so INCREDIBLY nice. The panel was essentially a live, less-snooty, version of Inside The Actor’s Studio where Jane chatted casually with an interviewer about her life and experiences in the “biz”. She talked about the difference between writing in a 30-minute sitcom writers’ room and an hour drama writers’ room. I was surprised to learn that writing for an hour show is a much more solitary experience than a “group-think”.
Favorite moment in this panel was when an audience member asked Jane if she’d ever been surprised by the intensity of viewer reaction to any of her shows. Jane harkened back to Buffy and “the death of Tara” (which was a HUGE deal for Willow-Tara fans, and viewers in the LGBT community made their discontent HEARD) and said that it was the one time they ever second-guessed themselves and that it has made her far more cautious with “marginalized” characters ever since. Then, she made the fabulously quotable statement, “[When writing for television] Try not to murder the gays.”
Conveniently, this also served as a wonderful segue for her talk about her new web series Husbands. Which you must watch as it is super funny and very, very good. And also very, very short. Another great quote from Jane, “Husbands! You can watch it while you’re peeing!” (This is true!)
After the Oral History panel, we headed back to the exhibition hall to browse and saw some EXCELLENT cosplay, seen here:
Naturally, being a huge Buffy fan myself (really, I’m an extra-large), we made it to the Whedonistas Panel, another panel with Jane Espenson, but also several other writers who contributed to a new book of essays (titled: Whedonistas) that discusses Joss Whedon’s impact on both the world of sci-fi and women in television. It was an insightful panel and very enjoyable. At the end they had a little trivia contest and I WON SOMETHING! I won an official Husbands crew hat SIGNED BY JANE ESPENSON!!!!
And that was just the first day! Day two was a bit more subdued, but there were still fabulous panels and craft-labs to attend. I really wish I had been able to clone myself so that I could have attended BOTH the Media Literacy panel AND the Make A Yoda Stick Puppet panel. I ended up in Media Literacy – which was an informative panel… but I think it would have been better with stick puppets. OH!! Media Literacy with Stick Puppets Panel – Make Your Own Marginalized Stereotype with Popsicle Sticks and Pipe Cleaners!!! Win!! Maybe they’ll do that next year.
Geek Girl Con wrapped with a Labyrinth sing-a-long (which I sadly was unable to attend, but heard was bunches of fun)!
Overall, the weekend was amazing. The only suggestion I have would be to NOT schedule the Star Trek Panel at the same time as the Star Wars panel. This forces fans of both universes to have to choose between them… and this can be a very tough choice.
I am so excited for next year’s con! Geek Girls! We run this mutha!
*I originally had written Stormtrooper. I stand corrected.