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Comikaze Expo 2011: Geek Girls Creating Their Own Films & Shows

Geek Girls Creating Their Own Films & Shows was the last panel I attended at Comikaze Expo and it was a great way to wrap up the convention experience. I love that that the convention had panels that centered around the ladies in our vast community.

Comikaze Expo 2011

The panelists were Kristen Nedopak (Fight Class, Think Hero TV), Leah Cevoli (Robot Chicken), Stephanie Thorpe (ElfQuest), Crix Lee (GirlGamer) and Helenna Santos Levy (American Reunion)– plus, a surprise appearance from Jessica Mills (Awkward Embraces). All of them had different background and stories on how they made a career out of their own geek passions.

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‘Light Masters’ – Activate Your Destiny (Panel and Photos)

Last weekend my fellow Defective Geeks and I went to Comikaze Expo. There were so many awesome vendors and panels that it was sincerely difficult to choose. One of the panels I decided to check out was for a film called Light Masters. The booth for the movie teased us with a dystopian future and the phrase, “Join the Resistance.” I’m a sucker for this premise, so naturally I had to find out what this Light Masters was all about.

The pitch trailer for Light Masters:

The panel started off with us watching this pitch trailer. Needless to say, I was intrigued. The panel featured Kelly Rigg, Clare Grant, Teresa Decher, Keith Adams, along with other cast members and people involved with the project.

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Geek Girl Con 2011: Women Running Geeky Businesses

The ‘Women Running Geeky Businesses’ panel was literally the last thing I did at the convention. Unfortunately, I had to book it out of the con before 3pm and catch my flight back to L.A. I wanted to check out this panel to pick up some tips from women who knew what they were doing, personal business-wise. The women on the panel were Megan Gaiser (Her Interactive), Jenn Fujikawa (JustJENNDesign), Stephanie Ogle (Cinema Books), Chrystal Doucette (Digital Soaps), Jo Jo Stiletto (Jo Jo Stiletto Events) and Erica McGillivray (Geek Girl Con’s CEO) as moderator.

Geek Girl Con 2011

I am not a business-minded woman. I’m kind of all over the place and it’s a little bit of a miracle I’ve managed to actually get Defective Geeks up and running for as long as it has (almost five years!). Of course, with the help of my close friends, things have picked up around here. Still, if you ask me if I’ll ever figure out a way to monetize Defective Geeks, I will probably slowly sink to the floor.

I admire anyone who are smart enough to be able to turn their own passion and interests into a self-sustaining career… but it’s just that much more cool to have these geek girls talk about their own success. It was also a unique panel where the audience heard different success stories from women of all ages and very different career and life choices.

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Geek Girl Con 2011: Feminism, Race & Geek Culture Panel

On Saturday, I attended the “Feminism, Race & Geek Culture” at Geek Girl Con 2011. The Panelists were Nina V. Reyes, Christina Xu (Breadpig), Michele Hu and Regina Buenaobra (ArenaNet) as the moderator.

Geek Girl Con 2011

I am glad I went to this panel. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was rewarded with a great discussion with well-spoken women. They touched on quite a few interesting points about female and Asian culture in geek media. What I really appreciated about the way these women approached sensitive issues without having to be defensive or threatening to other people. They even gave great advice on how to deal with negative internet interactions. Despite having less than one hour to talk, I believe Reyes, Xu and Hu got a lot of great points across the table.

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Kevin Smith’s ‘Red State’ Review and Q & A Session

Sunday night Dianne and I went to a screening of Red State at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

RED STATE at the new beverly cinema

After the screening of the movie, we were graced with a Question and Answer session from the man himself; Mr. Kevin Smith. The whole night was a great experience, especially since this was the second time Dianne and I got to see Kevin Smith in person together. The first time was the farewell event for Secret Stash. I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with a lovely sense of nostalgia.

RED STATE at the new beverly cinema

Movie Review: Red State is a triumph. It is the first time Kevin Smith has done a movie so different from his usual style. According to Sir, the movie was influenced by Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers and I could certainly see it. Visually, the movie was very cinema vérité (AKA shaky cam, think Bourne Supremacy) which, as the viewer, made me feel the terror and fear the main characters were experiencing because it felt realistic. The story is about three teenage boys who answer an internet advertisement for sex, and then wind up caught in a trap set by a fanatical religious group who believe they are doing God’s work by ridding the world of sinners and gay people. They’re like the Westboro Baptist Church times a million and with arsenal.

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