Geek girls get their own Con
October 3rd, 2011
01:27 PM ET

Geek girls get their own Con

Erika D. Peterman is a Florida-based writer and editor, and the co-founder of

If you’re a woman who loves anime, gaming, comics, cosplay, sci-fi and any other geeky pursuit, Geek Girl Con, this weekend in Seattle, Washington, is for you.

Billed as a celebration of the geek sisterhood, the volunteer-driven GGC is a newcomer to the con scene, but it has generated plenty of excitement in the months leading up to its debut.

It also has an impressive lineup: Among the guests are television writer/producer Jane Espenson (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and comics writers Trina Robbins, Gail Simone, and Greg Rucka. Cheezburger Editor-in-Chief Emily Huh is on board, as is filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, director of the independent documentary “The History of the Universe as told by Wonder Woman.”

The seeds of GGC were planted in 2010 at San Diego Comic-Con. GGC Marketing Director and President Erica McGillivray said that year's “Geek Girls Exist” panel drew a huge audience, despite being scheduled opposite a Scott Pilgrim panel.

“The room was packed with people and it was getting to the point where [they] had to get the fire marshals there to make sure everything OK,” McGillivray said. “It was even more amazing considering how popular Scott Pilgrim was with women.”

The panel’s success inspired a group of attendees to start planning a full con with women in mind. GGC session topics include women in science and technology fields, feminism and race in geek culture, the heroine’s role in society, and even raising little geeks. The organizers already have been asked whether GGCon might be held in other cities.

“That made me feel so great about what we’re doing and how many people we’re reaching,” McGillivray said.

Geek Girl Con is being held October 8th and 9th at the Seattle Center. For more information, visit

Archie Comics: Finally, some respect?
September 30th, 2011
01:24 PM ET

Archie Comics: Finally, some respect?

Editor's note: Erika D. Peterman is a Florida-based writer and editor and the co-founder of She has been an Archie fan since Jimmy Carter was president.

They’re as much a part of Americana as Spider-Man, but Archie and his pals don’t always get the respect they deserve.

Think about it: Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie are instantly recognizable characters and archetypes, and I’d wager that most people who grew up reading comics, even casually, cracked open an “Archie’s Digest” along the way.

Some of us never left Archie behind, at least not permanently. While our fellow fangirls and boys might not consider Riverdale to be as relevant as Gotham or Asgard, we know what a special place it still occupies in comics, to say nothing of our personal geek origin stories. Nostalgia is a factor, but there are other reasons why Archie still matters after 70 years.

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