Save the date: Offbeat Empire at Geek Girl Con this October (+PARTAY!)

Friends, I've got some SUPER exciting news to share today: the entire staff of the Offbeat Empire will be doing a panel at the Geek Girl Con, a weekend-long event in in Seattle October 8-9, 2011! The con aims to celebrate all corners of geekitude — from science and tech to gaming and sci-fi to, yes, web nerds and our silly blogs!

About our panel

The Offbeat Empire panel is called "Rocking the geek niche: Nerdiness is your superpower" and will feature staff from Offbeat Bride, Offbeat Mama, and Offbeat Home. Here's what the panel will cover:

Will we see you in Seattle this fall?
We'll address not only how the Offbeat Empire is built on celebrating geek culture, but also how each panelist has applied her individual techy/nerdy qualities in her career development. Then we'll take it meta and focus on how readers of the Empires' popular sites can work the nerd niche in the following parts of their lives:

  • How brides use it to plan weddings. We see it all the time when people have geeky weddings, how whole communities of friends come together to help out because they're excited to get behind something that's not only different, but celebrates their otherwise ridiculed niches.
  • Parents can use it to raise their kids. Think good and evil in the Star Wars world, taking kids to cons, learning about bullying and confidence development.
  • Creating a home, creating a safe space to be yourself… retiring to your Millenium Falcon bed and feeling like a rock star.

Needless to say, we're all super excited about this panel and hoping that we can lure some of y'all from all over the US to come to Seattle this fall for a visit. But you know what's the most exciting to me? Having all the Offbeat Empire staffers in ONE ROOM! We all work remotely, with mah peeps scattered across Washington, California, Arizona, Iowa, Arkansas, Virginia, New York, and New Hampshire. We've never all been in the same place at the same time. EVER. (Most astounding: I've never met my web dev, who I've worked with for almost a decade. How weird is that?!)

About the partay

To celebrate everyone being together for the first time, we're going to be throwing a massive party the night before the Geek Girl Con starts, teaming up with Seattle's Urban Light Studios to throw a big ol' boozy reception. We'll have snacks from Shooby Doo Catering, gift bags and giveaways, delicious desserts, very strong punch, and who knows what other geeky insanity.

And when I say "other geeky insanity," I'm not even sure what I mean yet. Me in full Loli regalia? Offbeat Megan as Han Solo? Offbeat Mama's Stephanie celebrating a crazy weekend away from her little Chewie? Offbeat Home's Cat in her best Trekkie corset? My developer Jennifer Dodd drunkenly singing about her favorite regex anchors? Doctor Who-themed strippers?! (I demand Eleven/Rory making out!) WHO KNOWS! We're just starting our schemes, and we're lucky in that Offbeat Bride Tribe's Community Manager, Ang, also happens to be a wedding coordinator who's going to plan the FUCK out of this party. You probably don't want to miss it. (Oh and PS: if you're a vendor who'd like to get involved, email Ang!)

So, in summary:

SAVE THE DATE: October 7-9, 2011

See you in Seattle this fall!

  1. Zomg this looks amazing. It may be time for me to visit Seattle!

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  2. Hmmmm…this so might be worth the drive from N. Idaho…
    I'm going to have to read through the planned programming some more. I'm definitely scientist/reader geeky not comic/Star Wars/gamer geeky…
    Can one be hiker geeky? 'Cause I am…

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    • You could always make the weekend an excuse to visit REI's flagship store… :)

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  3. I was already contemplating making the trip to Geek Girl Con but this may have sealed the deal.

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  4. As a burlesque dancer who does a Dr. Who act, if I can wrangle my way to Seattle for that weekend (which is actually POSSIBLE) Um. Maybe we could arrange for that Dr. Who stripper…

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  5. I would love to come but the month of October is crazy busy for me as I have my own geek conference to prepare for.

    Will anybody be documenting the panel? I would love to submit some questions by proxy!

    • Ang is already scheming webstreaming for the party, so I think it's safe to assume there'd be streaming for the panel, too. :)

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  6. If you want nerdy strippers, there is Whedonesque Burlesque (at Theatre Off Jackson in July). I bet I could could wrangle up some nerds……and I love Offbeat Empire….and I'm producing said show. This panel sounds like great great fun! (also, Elsa….nerdy Dr. Who burlesque….I must know more about you…NOW!)

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    • Hey Jessica!

      As a long time Who/Whedon fan and OBE party planner, email me! Ideas, they're spilling out of my brain!

    • Gah!!! I need this in my life! I think you just exploded my brain. Joss characters doing burlesque may be a fantasy that I never knew I had, but now that I know it exists, may take over my life.

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      • Seriously. I keep thinking of Jayne and Vera burlesque. So wrong.

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    • I just googled Whedonesque Burlesque – you guys are awesome!! I very much need to know if this show ever ends up in Los Angeles!

      • This is actually a Seattle production (those kids in Wisconsin were so kind to let us produce a show out here)

        • Ok then. Regardless, adore the concept. I think I need to move to Seattle. It seems all the cool kids live there.

      • TOJ is the bees knees! I totally just mentioned this fact in my email to Ang. I should also mention I'm on the board of TOJ and that Salon of Shame is always always always spoken of with great respect.

    • Jessica – You know Paula the Swedish Housewife? I'm her kid. :) And if only I was in Seattle in July! I'd come play!

  7. Augh. I'd love to go so much, but I'll probably be grading midterms that weekend. *pouts*

  8. This is holy shit awesomeness!!! The chance to party with the staff from OBB Empire makes me want to squee! To add to that, I never been to any type of Con and have always thought they would be so much fun! I'm a big Trekkie, and I like anime. My future husband has been wanting us to go to Seattle. (He used to stay the summers there with his dad.) AND October 8th is my birthday! I'm not sure how I'm going to afford it yet since I live in Texas, but I will make it happen! Can't wait to meet you all!

  9. This looks SO cool… but why does it have to be same weekend as my mom's birthday/parent's anniversary/Canadian Thanksgiving/the Lancer Choke Cherry festival (lol I'm serious)?! Oh man – busy weekend…. I could still fly out to Seattle in the middle of all of that though right? ;D I can't wait to see the pictures from this!

  10. Debating cutting my honeymoon short to go to the bimon-…wait, no, GeekGirlCon. Any excuse to head up to Seattle is good, and this one in partic could be great.

  11. Of course the coolest con of the year featuring my favorite wedding site would be on the day of my wedding…..OF COURSE! lol :P

  12. Well, my birthday is on Halloween… Maybe I can talk my mister into gifting the trip as a bday present…

  13. Ahhh! Ahhhh! I'm just an hour away…. and will be 9 months pregnant. DAMMIT!

  14. WHYYYY is Georgia SO FAR from Seattle?! Plane tickets are really really expensive. =(

  15. Nooooooooo!

    …This Seattle-girl is super sad.

    First I find out that there's going to be a Geek Girl Con– on my birthday weekend, no less– and now this, too?!

    *sigh*

    I love my globetrotting expat lifestyle, but things like this make me uber-homesick.

    Can't you wait 'til December? We're coming to visit for a week in December! Wait for meeeee!

    • Also: Urban Light Studios is totes our dream 'getting weddinged' location for after we repatriate, whenever that might be. (We've been abroad two years now and just signed another two year contract.)

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