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Former GeekGirlCon Volunteers Resign Over … “Reverse Racism”?

GeekGirlCon, a Seattle-based convention devoted to honoring "the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; game play and game design; and beyond," began in 2011. Six years later, it has positioned itself as a bastion of inclusion in the geek community. This weekend, five volunteer staffers resigned and sent out a mass email to say otherwise.

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Phoenix Comicon Attendees Must Pay to Volunteer

Any fan who wants to volunteer at Phoenix Comicon will have to purchase a $20-100 membership in the Blue Ribbon Army social club.

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There’s a New Con In Town: Black Girl Nerds and The Black Geeks’ Universal Fan Con Has Inclusivity Built Into Its DNA

While conventions have gone from being strictly "comic-cons" to incorporating all aspects of pop culture, sadly too many have failed to be equally inclusive of the varied races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, and body types/physical capabilities that make up the geek community. Black Girl Nerds and The Black Geeks are looking to change that.

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Things We Saw Today: Vintage Star Trek Con Footage Reminds Us Fandom Never Dies

Whether you're a fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, Supernatural or something else that starts with S, the best part of fandom is being able to find your people at a con--and that's just what this footage of a 1976 Star Trek convention in Colorado reminds me of.

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TMS Went to Flame Con 2, Fell in Love With All the Cosplayers

Where do they get such wonderful toys?

We're a sucker for a good convention at TMS, but if there's one complaint I have about most of the cons out there, it's that they're awfully straight. As a queer trans girl with an asymmetrical haircut, I can't help but stick out in the average convention hall, even among people cosplaying mutants with blue skin. Enter Flame Con.

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Gun Retailer Uninvited From Wizard World Chicago

The decision came after pushback from attendees

It wasn't long before attendees and scheduled pros voiced their disapproval about a gun dealer having a booth at the con--especially since DS Arms sells real guns in addition to the replicas and props they provide for films.

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LINE Webtoon and DeviantArt Announce “Artist Alley Tour” to Support and Showcase Digital Comic Creators

We've told you about the awesome partnership between LINE Webtoon and Patreon, which would allow digital comic creators to more efficiently monetize their creations and grow their readerships. Now, another collaboration has been announced today that furthers that mission.

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Flame Con Adopts New Prop Gun Policy Out of Respect for Orlando Pulse Shooting Victims

Flame Con, now in its second year, is a two-day comics and pop culture expo showcasing creators and celebrities of LGBTQIA geek fandom. It should come as no surprise that the recent shooting at the club Pulse in Orlando, FL hit Flame Con's organizers hard, and they've decided to make a change in their cosplay policy out of respect for those victims.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive: Announcing the First-Ever Fried Pie Con

Sounds delicious.

On Saturday, May 28th, the inaugural Fried Pie Con will kick off at the 2nd & Charles store in Kennesaw, Georgia. A joint effort between Oni Press, Fried Pie Comics, and 2nd & Charles, the event will feature appearances from tons of awesome creators.

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Conventions Are Oversaturated with Cosplay Photographers—But The Good Ones Are Still All Too Rare

It’s hard to find a good cosplay photographer. At first, I thought I just had bad luck when it came to finding them. But I asked around, and it turns out that I’m not the only cosplayer who’s had trouble finding a talented photographer.

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Learn Some ASL Signs for Whovians With the Staff of the (Re)Generation Who Convention

We love it when conventions take all their fans into account. For Whovians, the (Re)Generation Who fan convention in Maryland has proven one of the most accessible for people with all sorts of needs, and is one of the few conventions that offers ASL interpreters for deaf fans. Check out this awesome video they alerted us to, where their ASL interpreters teach us some handy-dandy signs for a couple of words that would be important to any Whovian.

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New Star Trek Convention to Launch at New York’s Javits Center September 2016

Will you be boldly going?

This September, New York will be welcoming Star Trek: Mission New York in celebration of Star Trek's 50th anniversary.

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Things We Saw Today: Embrace Your Inner Cyborg With These Temporary Tattoos

These Tech Tats are just plain cool and they're a creation from Chaotic Moon Studios, using conductive inks that sit on the surface of the skin as well as a microcontroller that has the ability to send and receive data. We're all one step closer to raising our cyborg cosplay game.

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The Indie Art and Artists of the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo 2015

October 17th and 18th, 2015 marks the 6th year of the annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, a comic/graphic novel/cartoon event featuring local and aspiring illustrators and artists from Massachusetts and beyond. As a community event, MICE aims to introduce readers of all ages to various styles, genres, and the history behind their favorite comics while introducing them to the fundamentals of visual storytelling.

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NYCC 2015: “We Need More Diverse Comics” Panel Discusses Historical Characters, Navigating Identity & Going Indie

New York Comic Con's "We Need More Diverse Comics" panel kicked off at 11:15 AM on Thursday, the first day of the con, making it the first event that I attended after picking up my press badge. These speakers set a high bar for the rest of the weekend, as you'll read.

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Cosplay and Body Positivity: A Case Study and Advocacy Piece for Creative Empowerment in Cosplay

My first experience with cosplay was at my first Anime convention in 4th grade. I was at Anime Boston with my older sister and father and it was noticeable that we were fresh blood.

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Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell Help Captain America Propose to Black Widow

Best. Con. Photo op. Ever.

Some geeks have all the luck.

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Ramencon 2015: Cosplay and Pokémon and Panels

Oh, my.

Ramencon 2015 was held Sept. 18-20 at the Star Plaza Radisson in Merrillville, IN, and, as always, was a great time!

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Candice Patton on The Flash‘s Iris West: “It’s Ok to See Women Be Angry”

Candice Patton is not shy about her role as reporter, Iris West, on CW’s The Flash.

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Interview: Arrow‘s Katie Cassidy on Strong Female Characters, Costuming, and Kicking Ass

Laurel Lance has been through a lot on Arrow. A lot.

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