Get Your Geek On: 6th Annual GeekGirlCon Draws Geeks of All Stripes

by Jovelle Tamayo

GeekGirlCon, an annual convention in its sixth year, celebrates women contributing to science, tech, arts, comics, literature, and video games. Though the event — which aims to grow female geek culture — targets women and girls, all geeks are welcome. The volunteer-run event prides itself in its efforts toward community building, empowerment, and fostering diversity, and attracted more than 8,500 attendees this year. 

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Sarah Kauppila of Enumclaw, dressed as Cinderella, and her mother, Luanne Kauppila, dressed as one of Cinderella’s evil step-sisters Griselda, make their way into GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. In the foreground, Kaitlynne Fowler, left, chats with her twin, Makenna Fowler. The pair are dressed as characters from the video game “Five Nights at Freddy’s.”

 

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Fourteen-year-old Hazel Pearson, left, and her friend Sarah Alexander, right, review the day’s schedule at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

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Paige Lavoie, author of “Confidence: The Diary of an Invisible Girl,” poses for a portrait GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Lavoie, 26, traveled to GeekGirlCon from Orlando, Florida to sign books and participate on a Steven Universe panel discussion.

 

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A group of friends waits for a panel discussion on “Captain American: Civil War” at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

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Sixteen-year-old Margarita Burnett-Thomas of Greenwood gets her hair done by Siddal Farmer at VAIN salon’s pop-up styling booth at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

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Gina Debenedictis adjusts ten-year-old Juliana Heckard’s wig at GeekGirlCon’s cosplay repair station on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Heckard, dressed as Lapis from “Steven Universe,” traveled from Tacoma, Washington with her mother Jennifer to attend the convention.

 

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Kaitlynne Fowler, left, and her friend, Malia Bell, take a break during GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Fowler and Bell are dressed as characters from the video game “Five Nights at Freddy’s.”

 

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Nine-year-old Summer Henry, dressed as Pikachu, pins new character buttons on her bag at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

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Beverly Necessary, left, and Tara Necessary of Denver, Colorado, shop for decals at GeekGirlCon’s exhibition floor on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

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Michael E. Smith of Burien poses for a portrait dressed as Dr. Facilier from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

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Seven-year-old Jaden Lucas, dressed as Anna from Disney’s “Frozen,” tries on a bonnet at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

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Miranda Christ, 9, gets her hair done at VAIN salon’s pop-up styling booth at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

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Mirella Young and her mother Pearl Young review selfies at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

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Jaden Lucas, 7, examines the costume of Mary Mann, dressed as Princess Serenity from “Sailor Moon,” at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

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Tracy Stewart from the Central District and her daughter, Eridon, play a video game at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center.

 

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Chloe Meisner, 21, rides an escalator during GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Meisner dressed as a casual version of Mercy from “Overwatch.”

 

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Bryce Griffith, 17, gets an autograph from voice actress Jennifer Paz at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Paz, originally from Renton, Washington, voices the character Lapis in “Steven Universe.”

 

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Attendees of GeekGirlCon clean up the cosplay repair station on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

 

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An attendee at GeekGirlCon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.

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