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

Why Akihabara Is An Otaku Paradise
October 3rd, 2011
10:38 AM ET

Why Akihabara Is An Otaku Paradise

At some point in the career of every otaku - whether newly budding, coming into their own or full blown obsessee - a deliciously foreign sounding place comes into conversation.

In fact, I recall my own experience with this fabled word.

Sitting with a group of like-minded geeks, we talked about anime we had just seen for the first time (Vampire Princess Miyu! OMG!) and what we were hoping for from our favorite anime studios. And some kid piped up and said that there was a place in Japan that he dreamt of going to because it was the coolest place in the world for people who loved anime.

And that place was called Akihabara. FULL POST