SDCC 2011, Lady Geeks!
I was very much excited to go to our first day of Comic Con and rallied Gizzy out of bed early in order to pick up our badges and try to hit panels in the morning. We managed to get to the convention center a few minutes before 10am but it definitely was not enough time to hit any of the 10am panels we planned on. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get into TheOneRing.net’s Hobbit panel because the room was already full with a line for the panel following it — which had Felicia Day, which is why everyone was trying to get into the room.
It was a difficult year to attend panels because even the smaller ones have lines now and you have to be there at least an hour in advance for everything. Needless to say, I only managed to get into two (and a half-ishies) panel that entire day. Good grief!
Oh You Sexy Geek!
We settled down at theÂ Oh You Sexy Geek!Â panel which we thought pertained to us as it was a discussion involving lady geeks and our “controversial” presence in the geek world. The panel was moderated by Katrina Hill akaÂ ActionChickÂ and the panelists included: Adrienne Curry (America’s Next Top Model), Bonnie Burton (Lucas Film), Clare Grant (Team Unicorn), Kiala Kazebee (Nerdist), Clare Kramer, Jill Pantozzi (The Nerdy Bird), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink Stained) and Chris Gore (G4TV). Plus, Seth Green, who hi-jacked the panel for a few minutes.
The panelists touched on topics that have already been discussed by female bloggers online, including: what is the meaning of pandering? Why is it so offensive for geek girls to be sexy? Is sexy cosplay just for attention-seeking-girls or a way for girls to feel good about themselves?
I had forgotten about Curry’s geek-yness and was surprised to realize that she spends all of her comic con experience in cosplay. Who knew? Despite her reality television status I respected her when the panel was over. She spoke a lot of truths about the right of a girl to feel and look sexy without having to be judged as attention whores. Burton won my heart with her sense of humor and intelligent responses. She declared how she would like to see more women cosplay either Jabba the Hutt or… buildings.
It was great to see these lady geeks on stage and speak their minds. I feel that in a lot of ways, we have a long way to go before ladies are completely accepted into the geek community without others doubting our Â “geek cred.” Honestly, we are on the right path if we have women like Bonnie Burton to look up to.
No Damsels In Distress Here
I am so proud of one of my best friends forever, Marie Lu (author, LEGEND), for surviving her first Comic-Con convention. I know she was nervous but she did well for her first major public appearance.
Gizzy and I were laughing at how “feminist”-centric our panels have been during this first day.
Marie and fellow writers discuss the role of women in books and novels and the difficulty of writing a realistic, strong female character. I didn’t take much notes because I was too busy focusing on my friend on stage but the writers had a lot of great insights- like how a woman with strong characteristics can be called a “bitch,” while men with the same traits would be considered “cool.” I am a firm believer that there is nothing wrong with being a bitch as long as men were allowed to be jerks in books, television and movies!
They also pointed out that in order for a woman to be realistic, they still had to act like real women. As an example, Marie discusses how her main girl in LEGEND, June, was raised to be a soldier and a genius but can still appreciate a pretty dress.
Afterwards, they did a group signing and I insisted on waiting in line to get my ARC of Legend signed. Marie probably though I was so strange but it was all part of the experience. I gotta earn my autographs at conventions, after all ;) I wanted to grab another signed ARC as a giveaway for Defective Geeks but as you can see, she ran out of copies almost immediately. Her book is going to be immensely popular once it has been officially released, that’s for sure and we will probably give away an official copy instead.