This summer Jill and I were invited to be speakers and moderators at our first GeekGirlCon, and after some professional backing from our network, for which we're very thankful indeed, we trekked out to Seattle for a wonderful weekend. I don't have a ton of con experience, particularly with small cons, but I was simply blown away with the mood of GGC.
My fears that the con would be disappointingly small were erased instead by the feeling that it was just big enough to see everything comfortably and still run into the same people multiple times. Instead of a single hurried encounter, smiles and waves were exchanged every day of the con. With who, you ask? Amazing folks like Teal Shearer (of The Guild and My Gimpy Life), Rebecca Watson (of Skepchick), Stephanie Thorpe (the fan and actress who is now in charge of the movie rights to Wendy Pini's Elfquest), and comics luminaries like Gail Simone, Greg Rucka, and Bryan Q. Miller.
The truth is, even at this stage in my geek development I still feel a veneer of "you don't belong" at the giant cons I attend, whether it's suddenly walking past a booth selling lovingly drawn women accidentally dropping ice cream cones into their implausibly large cleavage or one where you can get your picture taken on a throne with two women paid to wear Catholic schoolgirl outfits flanking you. I never had those moments at GeekGirlCon, and that, more than all the celebrity encounters, packed panels, and give it to me now items on the exhibition floor, meant the most. - Susana