September 3, 2014 – Webinar: The Changing Face of Fandoms (Online)


Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PDT)

Event Details

Cons: The Changing Face of Fandom 
New Data about Fans, Their Interests, and Its Impact on Fan-Related Events

With fandom conventions setting attendance records all over the country, it’s no secret that comic, gaming, anime and pop culture cons and other related events are big business. But who are the fans, and how have their interests and buying habits evolved?  The answers to these questions could have a big impact on your business!

Join us on Wednesday, September 3, for an engaging discussion with industry experts, Rob Salkowitz, and Jennifer K. Stuller, on how event organizers, publishers, retailers and the media industry alike can capitalize on the changing face of fandoms to drive further growth.  They’ll share:

  • New, compelling data about fan convention goers, their interests and buying habits
  • Best practices on how to reach fans, address their needs and increase their loyalty
  • Key insights and takeaways you can apply now to fuel business growth


Can’t make this free webinar? No problem! Register anyway and Eventbrite will be sure to send you the recording!

PAX Prime: SUNDAY 8/31 – Friendly Fire on the Diversity Battlefield

Friendly Fire on the Diversity Battlefield
We’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is we’re making great strides towards diversity in the gaming community. The bad news is that, as we get closer to our goals, in-fighting among those who could be allies flare up on how best to cross the finish line. Join us as we look at why this occurs, how to handle it without being a jerk, and talk about things like language policing & political correctness.

Benjamin Williams [Co-Founder, Queer Geek!], Sean Z Maker [President, BentCon], Rebecca Heineman [Olde Skuul, CEO], Erika Greco [Graphic Artist, Penny Arcade], Jennifer K. Stuller [Co-founder & Programming Advisor, GeekGirlCon], Toni Rocca [President, GaymerX]


July 24, 2014 – San Diego Comic-Con International

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: Positive Portrayals of Women in Pop Culture

With so many damsels in distress, “fridged” girlfriends, and invisible women in popular culture, how’s a fangirl (or fanboy) supposed to find a lady to look up to? By banding together and making their own, that’s how! To discuss the best (and most disappointing) examples of powerful women in pop culture, Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak) has assembled a team of women and men dangerous in their own right: Lesley Aletter (Professional Stuntwoman), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia Founder), Adrienne Curry (Host/Model/Tolkien Enthusiast), Jane Espenson (Husbands), Alan Sizzler Kistler (, Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon).

Thursday, 3:00-4:00 pm Room 7AB

June 10, 2014 – Renton History Museum

To accompany Renton History Museum’s exhibit, “Pioneers, Professionals, and Politicians,” the Museum presents Jennifer Stuller’s program on pop culture women who continue to break down barriers and forge new paths. From Wonder Woman to Buffy Summers, Emma Peel to Sydney Bristow, Charlie’s Angels to the Powerpuff Girls, superwomen are more than just love interests or sidekicks who stand by their men.  This conversation will examine women’s representations in media and women’s roles as media makers, inspiring us to think more deeply about gender images and storytelling.

November 7-10, 2013 – National Women Studies Association

Feminist Geek Culture Sunday, November 10, 2013 10:50 – 12:05
“Now I’m the One That’s Cool”: The Power of Geek Feminism
*Amy Rebecca Peloff (University of Washington)

Celebration of the Female Geek
*Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon; Ink-Stained Amazon)

Nerdlesque: The New Burlesque
*Jo Jo Stiletto (Jo Jo Stiletto Events)
This past summer, media critic Anita Sarkeesian experienced a shocking level of internet harassment in response to her “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” Kickstarter project. The attacks (threats of sexual violence, criticisms of her appearance, misogynistic and racist name-calling, etc.) wound up highlighting the urgency for this type of feminist analysis and intervention in the world of video games. In response to similar concerns about both the harassment of women at geek culture conventions (such as Comic-Con) and the marginalization of women in geek culture, a group of women came together to establish their own con, which premiered in Seattle in 2011 as GeekGirlCon. The success of this event—both days sold out—and the overwhelmingly positive response from participants has ensured that GeekGirlCon will continue on and expand into the future.

These two events highlight the emergence of a new period of feminist activism in the geek world. While there has been a consistently vocal criticism of sexism (often, but not always, in tandem with critiques of racism and heterosexism), the fairly recent embrace of geek culture in more mainstream circles and the growing empowerment of fan cultures through new media practices have combined to create new spaces for feminist intervention.

This panel will include three presenters representing various engagements with feminist geek culture and will highlight both the history and significance of that culture, as well as the creation of new geek feminist spaces that simultaneously provide support for new visions and practices and challenge repressive paradigms.