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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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[VIDEO]: Anita Sarkeesian Talks Bob’s Burgers, Feminist Frequency, and the Importance of Safe Geek Spaces

While still small when compared to cons like SDCC, in the past few years GeekGirlCon has gone from 2,500 attendees to over 11,000, which goes to show that this Seattle convention has become increasingly worth our time and attention. Another organization that has grown immensely in the past few years? Feminist Frequency, which has gone from labor of love started by Anita Sarkeesian on her own in her apartment to fully-fledged non-profit with a staff and several video projects in the works.

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Things We Saw Today: Marvel Finally Giving America Chavez Her Own Solo Title With America #1

At last! The young, badass, Latina hero, America Chavez is finally getting her own Marvel solo title!

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Things We Saw Today: It’s Force Friday, and Have We Got Some Star Wars Deals For You!

As we anticipate the arrival of Rogue One in a couple of months, thank goodness we have Force Friday to keep us thoroughly entertained if slightly poorer. Check out The Daily Dot's run-down of all the sales going on right now, or you can check out the unboxing TMS' Charline Jao did earlier today where she opened up an enormous Rogue One-related delivery we received at the TMS office.

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2014’s GeekGirlCon Was a Much-Needed Home For Diverse Geeks

When I got back from my fourth GeekGirlCon, held this past weekend in Seattle, I couldn't help but feel a little lonely. While other Canadians were celebrating Thanksgiving, I was spending time with, in a way, my other family. The one that I've seen once a year for the last four years since the GGC started. My people.

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Check Out These Ten Panels At This Weekend’s GeekGirlCon

We just wish we could go. :(

We can't be at this year's GeekGirlCon in Seattle—there's the small matter of New York Comic Con happening, and well, we are New York-based—so that just means we need you to go there and rep the Mary Sue spirit. The answer to "What should I try and see at GeekGirlCon" is "all of it," but if you'd like some highlights, here are ten GGC panels we think it would be a mistake to miss.

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Social Justice Class Pins Are Things You Can Buy Now

No love for social justice barbarians?

As far as misguided insults from Internet-based jerks go, the new hotness for the past couple of months has been "social justice warrior." As a slur, it's quite effective. I mean, clearly some of us are social justice bards and social justice wizards, and being mis-classed like that can be very upsetting. Luckily, there are ways to combat this kind of hurtfulness before it starts—with buttons! 

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Here’s What Happened at the “Women of Trek Fandom” Panel at Star Trek: Las Vegas!

"Ma'am" will do in a pinch, but they prefer "captain."

Walking the floor at Star Trek: Las Vegas, the world's largest Star Trek convention, you can see the tradition of active female Trek fans is alive and well. This year's "Women in Trek Fandom" panel, hosted by Mary Czerwinski of DVD Geeks and Glue Guns and Phasers, was a chance to reflect on how far we've come and what still needs to happen to achieve equality in fandom, as well as in terms of on-screen representations and behind-the-camera roles.

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Part 2: The Mary Sue Discusses Women In Comics With Dark Horse Comics’ Editor In Chief

The Mary Sue Exclusive

Yesterday we brought you the first part in our two-part conversation with Dark Horse Comics' Editor in Chief Scott Allie. We discussed their Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, Tomb Raider, and just some of the phenomenal talent they've got behind them. Today we focus on Greg Rucka, Hellboy, diversity in the industry, and literally judging a book by its cover.

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Things We Saw Today: Princess Vader

Things We Saw Today

TIE fighter fairy wings. Such a win. (Neatorama)

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8 Things We’re Thankful For

Power Grid

Bear with us, non-American readers: Thanksgiving is tomorrow, at least in the U.S., and it's made us at The Mary Sue contemplate the variety of things from this year we're thankful for. From comics to movies to cosplay and other con-related fun, here's just a sample of what has made us happy to be geeks in 2012. Getting a bit sappy for a moment, this list is dedicated to the thing we're most thankful for: Our readers. Well, second most thankful. There's Batman, after all.

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My First Trip To Dragon*Con Or, That Time I Fell Into Cosplay Quicksand

Here Be Dragons

As a person who attends several pop-culture conventions a year, it's been my yearly goal to try and attend at least one show I haven't been to before. I already did that twice this year with Emerald City Comicon and GeekGirlCon but I figured, what the heck, why not make it a trilogy? So I went to Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia. I'd heard it was crazy. I'd heard it was cosplay central. I wasn't prepared for either. Read on for details about the trip as well as tons of photos!

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Things We Saw Today: A Nerdy Proposal at GeekGirlCon

Things We Saw Today

We're major sucker for con proposals. This weekend at Geek Girl Con (which our own Susana and Jill attended), it was Cierra, who proposed to her boyfriend (now fiancé) Gahan. She proposed with a custom Magic: The Gathering “Rings Of Brightearth” card, the bottom of which said "Will you Marry Me?" (When Geeks Wed)

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Teal Sherer And Felicia Day Discuss Vaginas In The Latest Episode Of My Gimpy Life [VIDEO]

This Exists... Because of A Lady

I finally got the opportunity to meet (and actually hang out with) actress Teal Sherer at GeekGirlCon this past weekend in Seattle and was delighted to find we got along just as well in person as online. Most of you probably know Sherer from her role as Venom on The Guild but she's recently branched out into her own comedic web series titled My Gimpy Life. It's loosely based on her own experiences as a disabled actress living in Los Angeles, and while I may be biased, it's pretty hilarious so far. The latest episode features her Guild co-star and real-life pal, Felicia Day, as they both audition for the same role. Having been on one disability panel with Sherer at GGC and watching her on another I can tell you she's got a great handle on how to educate while being funny and is unapologetic about showing what those of us hear from other people on a daily basis. There's some adult language in this episode, just as a warning. Hit the jump to watch episodes one and two if you haven't already.

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Things We Saw Today: Hanie Mohd’s Wonder Woman Gown

Things We Saw Today

I admit, I'm terribly biased because Hanie Mohd is my Womanthology artist but I have a pie ready to hit the face of anyone who says this isn't gorgeous. She previously illustrated a stylish, but more casual Wonder Woman dress but decided to draw something more "mature and glamourous" this time around. Please, someone pay her to do an officially licensed clothing and accessories line. We will buy it all. (via Hanie Mohd) Now, let's take a look at what else we saw today... 

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GeekGirlCon This Weekend In Seattle!

Today in Boobs

This weekend marks the first-ever GeekGirlCon! The new pop-culture even will be taking place October 8 & 9 at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms and EMP Museum in Washington State. None of us here at The Mary Sue could attend this year (and for that we are inconsolable) but we wanted to give you the scoop on what and who you could see the show.

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