GeekGirlCon Announces First Set of Guests Confirmed for GeekGirlCon 2012
Guests include TV and comic book writers, novelists, and local celebrities and superheroes
March 19, 2012, Seattle, Wash. — GeekGirlCon announced today the first lineup of guests confirmed for GeekGirlCon ‘12, which will take place August 11-12, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.
Returning guests include Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, and Warehouse 13), who is also bringing along the cast of her hit webseries Husbands; Trina Robbins (The Brinkley Girls, Forbidden City, Chicagoland); Greg Rucka (Keeper, Queen & Country, Whiteout); Gail Simone (Women in Refrigerators List, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman); and Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages comics and graphic novels), along with new guests M.J. McDermott (Seattle Meteorologist and Geek Girl) and Purple Reign (Seattle Activist and Superhero).
“We are delighted that some of our favorite guests enjoyed GeekGirlCon ‘11 so much that they are returning for 2012,” said Creative Programming Director Jennifer K. Stuller, “and I am excited to bring two fabulous Seattle guests to their first GeekGirlCon!”
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. GeekGirlCon ‘12 will be held at the Conference Center, located in downtown Seattle, and will include panel discussions, a floor for gaming, and additional events. The two-day conference is the second annual GeekGirlCon, after the inaugural 2011 conference attracted a sold-out crowd of over 3,500 over two days.
GeekGirlCon 2012 Guests
Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, and Warehouse 13) and the cast of Husbands, M.J. McDermott (Seattle Meteorologist from Q13 FOX News), Purple Reign (Seattle Activist and Superhero), Trina Robbins (The Brinkley Girls, Forbidden City, Chicagoland), Greg Rucka (Keeper, Queen & Country, Whiteout), Gail Simone (Women in Refrigerators List, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman), and Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages comics and graphic novels).
Additional Guest Details
Jane Espenson and the cast of Husbands
Jane Espenson was a crucial member of the Battlestar Galactica writing and producing team, as well as Executive Producer of the Battlestar Galactica webisodes the spin-off series Caprica. While still studying linguistics in graduate school at UC Berkeley, Espenson was able to get her “tiny foot wedged in the last open door of show business” by submitting spec episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has worked on shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gilmore Girls, co-created Syfy’s Warehouse 13 and has written for Angel, Firefly, The O.C., Dollhouse, Game of Thrones, Torchwood: Miracle Day, and Caprica. Espenson currently writes for ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
Husbands is a comedy in the tradition of Mad About You and I Love Lucy: a funny and affirming look at the lives of a newlywed couple. The rave review in The New Yorker is the only review that publication has ever given to a web show. Now in its second series, Husbands is making news as life imitating art imitating life. Confirmed guests include Executive Producer Jane Espenson, Stars Brad Bell (Cheeks) and Sean Hemeon, and Director Jeff Greenstein.
M.J. McDermott is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist on Q13 FOX News This Morning. She has a degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington where she is the first woman to win its annual Forecasting Competition. She also has a degree in Theatre from the University of Maryland. A self-proclaimed Geek Girl, M.J.’s favorite subjects in school were math and science, and she loves science fiction books, film and television. She continues to work on math education issues in Washington State and is a part of the group “Where’s the Math?” Her YouTube video on math education is nearing one million hits. She hopes that being a TV meteorologist will inspire girls to love and study science.
Purple Reign is a crime fighter in the Rain City Superhero Movement along with husband Phoenix Jones. Purple has recently taken her crime fighting mission from the streets of Seattle to a domestic level as a costumed activist. The Purple Reign Campaign: Everyday Heroes Against Domestic Abuse was launched to aid those whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence. “As a survivor of abuse, I wear the color purple to symbolize my determination to speak up for domestic violence victims. I use my ‘superhero persona’ to raise awareness about this cause. It is my dream to inspire victims and to give them the resources and strength to transform into survivors as a hero once did for me.” Purple organizes fundraisers and charity events in addition to speaking publicly about abuse and bullying. Whether she is out patrolling the streets of Seattle or giving aid to the abused, her mission at all times is to protect human life and transform victims into survivors.
Trina Robbins is an award-winning herstorian and writer. Robbins has been writing graphic novels, comics, and books for over 30 years, since producing the first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t Me, Babe, in 1970. Her subjects have ranged from Wonder Woman and the Powerpuff Girls to her own teenage superheroine, GoGirl!; from women cartoonists and superheroines to women who kill. She is considered the expert on the subject of early 20th century women cartoonists, and is responsible for rediscovering many brilliant but previously-forgotten women, including Golden Age Fiction House cartoonist Lily Renee, and the great Nell Brinkley. Her full-color book, The Brinkley Girls: the Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913-1940 (Fantagraphics), published in April 2009, was nominated for an Eisner Award and a Harvey Award. She has lectured everywhere from England’s Oxford University and the Library of Congress to New York’s Museum of Sex.
Greg Rucka is a New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels including the Atticus Kodiak series starting with Keeper, as well as hundreds of comics, including Stumptown and Queen & Country. In addition to his award-winning work for Marvel and DC, he is the creator of several properties published through Oni Press, including Whiteout, which was made into a feature film by Dark Castle Entertainment starring Kate Beckinsale. Rucka’s work has been optioned several times over, and he serves as a creative and story consultant in television, film, and electronic entertainment. Rucka lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and family.
Gail Simone has written Simpsons comics for Bongo, Killer Princesses for Oni Press (with co-creator and artist Lea Hernandez), and a Rose and Thorn limited series for DC Comics. Simone is the creator of the Women in Refrigerators List, which raised awareness of the treatment of women in comic books. In 2003, she took over DC’s Birds of Prey title, turning it into one of DC’s steadiest selling and most critically acclaimed books. In 2007, she took over writing duties on Wonder Woman. Additionally, Simone’s commitment to creating diverse casts of characters led her to win a Glyph Comics Award for Best Female Character in Thomasina Lindo—one of the lead characters in Welcome to Tranquility—a creator-owned comic published by WildStorm. She returned to writing the Birds of Prey series for DC Comics and can be followed on Twitter (@GailSimone) or her Tumblr, “Ape in a Cape.”
Jen Van Meter is best known as the writer of the Hopeless Savages comics and graphic novels from Oni Press, collected in a 2010 omnibus edition, Hopeless Savages: Greatest Hits. Other recent work includes a Black Cat miniseries “Trophy Hunters,” a Liberty Belle/Hourman co-feature that ran in JSA: All-Stars 2-11, and Black Lightning: Year One. Van Meter is currently working on a new volume of Hopeless Savages material and has stories forthcoming from both Marvel and Dynamite, including a Red Sonja one-shot called “Break the Skin.”
About GeekGirlCon ‘12
GeekGirlCon ‘12 will be held August 11-12, 2012, at the Conference Center, located in downtown Seattle, Washington. Passes for the conference are on sale now through the GeekGirlCon website and at local GeekGirlCon events. The two-day conference is the second annual GeekGirlCon after the inaugural 2011 conference attracted a sold-out crowd of over 3,500 over two days. Early-bird rates for passes bought before June 1st are: $35 for both days; $20 for Saturday or Sunday only; $5 for kids ages 5-10; free for kids under 4 with an adult pass.
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. GeekGirlCon has hosted over 70 special events from August 2010 through March 2012 and continues to create and collaborate on fun and geeky events throughout the year, including the annual convention.
GeekGirlCon is comprised of an all-volunteer staff dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the contribution of women in all aspects of geek culture. Our staff members have a range of geeky passions, from anime to coding and Dungeons & Dragons to nerdcore. You’ll catch us counting down the seconds until the next Doctor Who and rushing home to raid dungeons. GeekGirlCon welcomes all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statuses to our staff, volunteer team, and events. Learn more at www.geekgirlcon.com.