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Saturday, September 27
 

12:00

Fierce, Fab & Fluffy: Women and Body Image in Comics, Cosplay and Pop Culture
The crew of Chunky Girl Comics discuss the empowerment of women, positive body image issues, their own personal struggles with bullying and being "the fat kids", being sexy and overweight and of course their mission with Chunky Girl Comics.


Saturday September 27, 2014 12:00 - 14:00
SandPebble B

12:00

Gender diversity in fandom and media.
The Wachowski Brothers are now the Wachowskis. 2014 saw the first transgendered Emmy nominee. As definitions of gender become more fluid, how is the media (and fandom) keeping pace?

Guests
avatar for Jean Batt

Jean Batt

DJ, Artist, Voice Over, Model, Cybermantic Collective and Smashwolf Productions and Studios
Jean Batt has been a DJ though out the bay area and around the world for 21 years and a third generation member of fandom. She is also a gender and intersex activist. She has worked in film as a costumer, actor and worked on a few soundtracks.
avatar for Lance Moore

Lance Moore

Westercon 66
Lance thinks his inner kid is pretty pleased that he's done marketing for a Westercon, after starting with a wooden shuttlecraft and a hardcopy fanzine back in the day. He's currently very active in the transgender community, providing support and outreach to newcomers, and putting... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 12:00 - 14:00
SandPebble D

14:00

Religion in Sci-fi and fantasy
What role does religion have in current day science fiction and fantasy? We're seeing a lot of it on television and in the theater.

Guests
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Jay Hartlove

Horror Writers Association
Self-reinventor. Professional writer for 30 years. Master competition costumer for 20 years. Published novelist in last four years. The Isis Rising religious thriller series (The Chosen: 2011, Daughter Cell: 2013, Isis Rising: 2016), Mermaid Steel (fantasy romance: 2014), Snow White... Read More →
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Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a technology program manager, writer, coach and speaker who goes by the moniker “Geek 2.0 – The Professional Geek”. Steven speaks, coaches, and writes on geeky careers, self-development, culture and creativity. He has created a line of books to help fans turn... Read More →
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Randy Smith

Randy Smith discovered the existence of fandom sometime in the dim, dark past of the 1970s when he was a skinny, bespectacled, nerdish, teenager. A few years later, fandom discovered him and there's been no turning back. He's written fanzine articles, pubbed APAzines, helped run conventions... Read More →
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Dave Trowbridge

Dave Trowbridge wrote high-tech marketing copy for almost thirty years. This has made him an expert in what he calls “pulling stuff out of the cave of the flying monkeys,” so science fiction comes naturally. He abandoned corporate life in 2007—actually, it abandoned him—but... Read More →
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Cliff Winnig

Cliff Winnig's short fiction appears in the anthologies That Ain't Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley, When the Hero Comes Home: 2, Gears and Levers 3, Footprints, and elsewhere. The twitterzines Outshine and Thaumatrope have published his very short fiction. A graduate... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 14:00 - 16:00
Oak

16:00

Why You Need Feminism
The portrayal of women in media and the daily treatment of women as objects is on the decline. It's not just for "victims" or angry "feminazis." It's fighting against a culture that objectifies any human being or treats one gender as unable to control themselves. 

Moderators
avatar for Renee Ritchie

Renee Ritchie

Renee has been gaming since 2002, cutting her teeth on Vampire: the Masquerade LARPing with the Camarilla Fan Club in college. She is now a regular writer and editor for Machine Age Productions and Onyx Path Publishing, contributing to books for Amaranthine, Flatpack, Vampire: the... Read More →

Guests
GC

Gregg Castro

Director, Salinan T'rowt'raahl
Gregg Castro [t'rowt'raahl Salinan/rumsien Ohlone], has been involved in the preservation of his California Indigenous cultural heritage for over two decades. He represents his late Mother’s family’s interests in the protection of cultural heritage in their rumsien Ohlone homeland... Read More →
LH

Leslie H. Light

Leslie E.H. Light is a writer, mother, and editor, a damn good cook and a pathetic housekeeper. Her short stories have been published in Finding Home: Community in Apocalyptic Worlds and she’s completed her first novel — The Queen of Hunger a Cyberpunk revenge story of a woman... Read More →
avatar for Renee Ritchie

Renee Ritchie

Renee has been gaming since 2002, cutting her teeth on Vampire: the Masquerade LARPing with the Camarilla Fan Club in college. She is now a regular writer and editor for Machine Age Productions and Onyx Path Publishing, contributing to books for Amaranthine, Flatpack, Vampire: the... Read More →
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Lon Sarver

Lon Sarver is an editor with Fantastic Fiction Publishing, working mainly with their fantasy and science fiction stories. He has also been a localization editor for Aeria Games, having worked on their MMOs Scarlet Blade and Aura Kingdom, a relationship counselor, and professional... Read More →
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Helen Stringer

Helen Stringer, grew up in Liverpool, England, and currently lives in Redwood City in northern California. While in Liverpool, she was active in the music scene where she edited local music paper MerseySound while researching the life of the Countess of Sefton through her late 19th... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 16:00 - 18:00
Sumac

18:00

Geeks Bullying Each Other
Geeks are bullying each other to show off who is the Geekiest. How is this destructive to our community and how can we work to prevent this.

Guests
TK

Tyler King

Many years ago, Tyler entered into a Gentleman's Challenge with his friend Matt. The two would participate in a reading race of all 4 books of Stephanie Meyers' Twilight series. From there, they were encouraged to record their suffering, and Your Book Is Why Daddy Drinks was bo... Read More →
avatar for Lance Moore

Lance Moore

Westercon 66
Lance thinks his inner kid is pretty pleased that he's done marketing for a Westercon, after starting with a wooden shuttlecraft and a hardcopy fanzine back in the day. He's currently very active in the transgender community, providing support and outreach to newcomers, and putting... Read More →
avatar for Renee Ritchie

Renee Ritchie

Renee has been gaming since 2002, cutting her teeth on Vampire: the Masquerade LARPing with the Camarilla Fan Club in college. She is now a regular writer and editor for Machine Age Productions and Onyx Path Publishing, contributing to books for Amaranthine, Flatpack, Vampire: the... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 18:00 - 20:00
Pine
 
Sunday, September 28
 

10:00

Bend it like Bechdel
Finding an alternative to the Bechdel test. The Mako Mori test isn't quite right either. We know when we've found a movie or story that we feel is at least some better representation of women. But it doesn't always pass the test. So, what does it need? What do we want? Or, what are we willing to accept? This has probably been done to death...

Guests
avatar for Elanor Hughes

Elanor Hughes

Elanor works for an audio manufacturer by day. By night she makes costumes, writes novels, and takes care of her grandmother. Her current novels in progress are about ancient Thrace and the time before the Vikings.
avatar for Lance Moore

Lance Moore

Westercon 66
Lance thinks his inner kid is pretty pleased that he's done marketing for a Westercon, after starting with a wooden shuttlecraft and a hardcopy fanzine back in the day. He's currently very active in the transgender community, providing support and outreach to newcomers, and putting... Read More →
avatar for Juliette Wade

Juliette Wade

Writer, DAW
Juliette Wade's debut novel Mazes of Power will come out in 2020 from DAW books. Her short fiction has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld and several times in Analog magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in Analog and in Lightspeed's special issue, Women Destroy... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
Sumac

10:00

Geek Parents Raising Geeklets
We're all getting older. Some with kids, others with grandkids. When you're as passionate about the things we all geek out about and have kids, chances are, they may follow in your footsteps. Panelists include parents and kids from three families, all talking about getting their multi-generation geek on.

Moderators
JA

JC Arkham

Creator/Host, The NerdVana Podcast
JC Arkham is the creator and host of the NerdVana Podcast, a show by geeks, for geeks where we chat about movies, tv, comics, gaming, literature, fandom and all the like. JC is also a professional graphic designer with over 25 years experience and collects/builds film and tv prop... Read More →

Guests
JA

JC Arkham

Creator/Host, The NerdVana Podcast
JC Arkham is the creator and host of the NerdVana Podcast, a show by geeks, for geeks where we chat about movies, tv, comics, gaming, literature, fandom and all the like. JC is also a professional graphic designer with over 25 years experience and collects/builds film and tv prop... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Sessarego

Carrie Sessarego

reviewer, Geek Girl In Love and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Carrie Sessarego is the geek reviewer for "Smart Bitches, Trashy Books" (smartbitchestrashybooks.com), where she reviews science fiction and fantasy romance. She's also the creator and writer of "Geek Girl in Love" (geekgirlinlove.com), where she reviews science fiction, fantasy... Read More →
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Beth Vallacqua

Franklin McKinley School District

Volunteers
SR

Susie Rodriguez

Susie Rodriguez is an amateur everything, in that she does not get paid for any of it. The homeschooling mother of a 17 year old and a 5 year old, she is a life long fan, aspiring novelist, writer of snarky filk and all around smart alec. She holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley... Read More →

Sunday September 28, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
SandPebble B

12:00

Harassment- And we're going to keep talking about this
Continuing the discussion about harassment in fandom, the changes being made and those still needed.

Moderators
SQ

Stephen "Dirk" Libbey

Gaming Manager, Sound United
Stephen was dragged to his first convention by a girl. For some reason he married her anyway. Since then he has worked on several conventions including helping his wife run the newsletter for the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention (Renovation). He is an avid gamer, occasional podcaster... Read More →

Guests
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Amy Sterling Casil

Amy Sterling Casil is a 2002 Nebula Award nominee and recipient of other awards and recognition for her short science fiction and fantasy, which has appeared in publications ranging from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction to Zoetrope. She is the author of 26 nonfiction books... Read More →
GC

Gregg Castro

Director, Salinan T'rowt'raahl
Gregg Castro [t'rowt'raahl Salinan/rumsien Ohlone], has been involved in the preservation of his California Indigenous cultural heritage for over two decades. He represents his late Mother’s family’s interests in the protection of cultural heritage in their rumsien Ohlone homeland... Read More →
SQ

Stephen "Dirk" Libbey

Gaming Manager, Sound United
Stephen was dragged to his first convention by a girl. For some reason he married her anyway. Since then he has worked on several conventions including helping his wife run the newsletter for the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention (Renovation). He is an avid gamer, occasional podcaster... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche has been making costumes since he was 8 (and has the photographic evidence to prove it!). He was honored with the International Costumers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In his secret identity as a research scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center, he's hard... Read More →
avatar for SonyaLynn

SonyaLynn

SonyaLynn was just a garden variety geek and IT drone when small pastel horses came into her life, surprising everyone…her most of all. A child of the '80s, if you had told her she'd ever even like anything bearing the My Little Pony name, she would have laughed in your face. Then... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 12:00 - 14:00
Sumac

12:00

Multi-cultural Fans of Sci Fi. How can we encourage people to find Sci-Fi and Fantasy?
People of Color often are not as visiable at Sci Fi Cons as you would hope. How do we as a community encourage more people to find Sci-Fi and share their love of the Genre?

Moderators
avatar for Wanda Kurtcu

Wanda Kurtcu

Writers Workshop, Pleasant
Hello and welcome aboard! Here’s a little bit about me! My 15 minutes of fame is from ‘A Matter of Honor’, a Star Trek: Next Generation episode I wrote back in 1984. I have been involved with Baycon as the Writers Workshop maven and on panels focused diversity in science fiction... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jon Del Arroz

Jon Del Arroz

Rislandia Books
Science Fiction, Steampunk, Baseball, Comics
avatar for Wanda Kurtcu

Wanda Kurtcu

Writers Workshop, Pleasant
Hello and welcome aboard! Here’s a little bit about me! My 15 minutes of fame is from ‘A Matter of Honor’, a Star Trek: Next Generation episode I wrote back in 1984. I have been involved with Baycon as the Writers Workshop maven and on panels focused diversity in science fiction... Read More →
avatar for Heidi L Stauffer

Heidi L Stauffer

Earth scientist/geologist
Heidi has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy since she learned how read, which was almost before she could walk. She spent her childhood in Malaysia and the United States, raised in an international and multicultural family of scientists, artists, and educators. She's only... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 12:00 - 14:00
Pine

14:00

If this is a room of my own, why is it covered in LEGO?
A panel about finding time to write, or keeping in touch with your muse as a writer. One of the big problems facing women writers, especially mothers, is the lack of Virginia Woolf's "room of their own." How do you find/build/that room?

Guests
MM

Margaret McGaffey Fisk

Margaret McGaffey Fisk is a storyteller whose tales often cross genres and worlds to bring the events and characters to life. A Foreign Service brat and anthropology aficionado, she pulls on her own experiences and those she’s studied for grounding her fictional cultures. Her published... Read More →
LH

Leslie H. Light

Leslie E.H. Light is a writer, mother, and editor, a damn good cook and a pathetic housekeeper. Her short stories have been published in Finding Home: Community in Apocalyptic Worlds and she’s completed her first novel — The Queen of Hunger a Cyberpunk revenge story of a woman... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 14:00 - 16:00
Harbor A