See You in the Emerald City

Aww yiss, it’s Emerald City Comicon time! You can catch me at any of 5 panels, 2 signings, and an evening event, so definitely please come say hi and we can high-five and that will be pretty rad.


Thursday, April 7

5-6pm: Book Signing
Quirk Books Booth #215
Signing with Hope Nicholson for Secret Loves of Geek Girls. Also signing The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and ARCs of Wonder Women (it doesn’t come out til October, so come get your copy early!). 

Friday, April 8

12:30-1:30pm: Secret Loves of Geek Girls
Room T302
Secret Loves of Geek Girls is an anthology dedicated to sharing the stories of love, sex, and dating from women in the fandom industry. From comic creators to video-game developers, fangirls to sci-fi authors, the anthology is a new mix of prose and comic stories from established and up-and-coming creators. In this panel, contributors to the anthology discuss their stories and the process of developing the anthology.
With Hope Nicholson, Roberta Gregory, Irene Koh, Laura Neubert, and Megan Lavey-Heaton.

1:30-2:30pm: Moving Beyond the Strong Female Character
Room T303
Representation is important in all forms of media – so how do we go about making sure that creators continue to improve their work? It’s not enough to just make Strong Female Characters – we need well-written, fully-developed female character in our comics, video games, TV shows, and movies. Join our panelists as they chat about their favorite lady characters in media, what they think could be improved, and how we can go about making those changes.
With Hope Nicholson, Leila del Duca, Jen Bartel, and Babs Tarr.

6:30-7:30pm: Be Your Own Superhero: Intersectional Feminism in Comics
Room W603
Ms. Marvel and Bitch Planet are blowing up the world of comics; but being a good feminist isn’t just about getting as many female-led titles on the shelf as possible (though that doesn’t hurt). Representation matters to everyone, and diversity of all kinds both behind and on the page makes a huge difference in the stories we read and the ideas we internalize. Join our panel of comic pros to chat about all the different strides we’ve made in representation of race, gender, and sexuality in comics – and how we can strive to do better.
With Jody Houser, Irene Koh, Kristafer Anka, Fionna Adams, Amy Chu, and Chrystin Garland.

Saturday, April 9

2:45-3:45pm: Fangirls at the Forefront
Room W603
Creators are cool, but you know who makes the geek world go ’round? You, fangirl. With the massive growth of social media in the past five years, female fans have an unprecedented voice in the world of geek media. Fangirls – essentially 50% of the audience for all geek media – are changing comic books and video games from the ground up, from online campaigns to cosplay to cons, we’re everywhere. Join a panel of awesome fangirls with out-of the-box jobs in nerdery – from authors to community managers to entrepreneurs to event planners – who can advise you on how to be the best fan you can be.
With Sarah K. Fetter, Kristin Lindsay, Irene Bradish, Trin Garritano, and Marlene Bonnelly.

4:30-5:30pm: Book Signing
Quirk Books Booth #215
Signing The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and ARCs of Wonder Women (it doesn’t come out til October, so come get your copy early!)

7pm: Worldbuilders Party
Come play table top games with me and a ton of people way more famous than I am – for charity!
Tickets available here.

Sunday, April 10

1:00pm: Not Just A Trend: Female Protagonists in Video Games
Twitch Stage (and broadcast live on Twitch)
For years, women who both play and work in video games have been demanding better representation. Not that we don’t all love Lara Croft, but women in games deserve to be as nuanced, strong, flawed, kick-butt, and even clothed as their male counterparts. With the industry finally trending in the right direction, join our panel of industry professionals to discuss the future of female protagonists in gaming, which games they love for representation, and what they’re looking forward to playing the most in 2016.
With Amy Swank, Asia al-Massari, Cara McGee, and Trin Garritano.