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Two lightsaber masters show off to attendees at the 2018 GeekGirlCon before taking their duel to the event’s main stage. (GeekWire Photo / Clare McGrane)

It’s another cosplay- and comic-filled weekend for thousands of geeks attending the annual GeekGirlCon in Seattle on Saturday and Sunday.

Now in its ninth year, the convention describes itself as a “celebration of the female geek,” recognizing and uplifting the contributions women and other minorities have made to science fiction, comics, literature, technology and almost any other geeky arena under the sun.

The con is two days full of panels, meetups, hands-on activities, gaming and cosplay that puts a focus on female characters and creators. The schedule is littered with events like “Breaking Stereotypes with Star Wars: Age, Women and Representation” or “Careers at NASA: From Missions Operations to Public Engagement.”

A family plays a board game together in the con’s tabletop gaming area. GeekGirlCon makes efforts to accommodate geeks of all ages and is popular with families. (GeekWire Photo / Clare McGrane)

The con’s four floors are also filled with open tables for playing games and even an area where kids can be guided through science activities and experiments.

GeekGirlCon is one of the few cons where there are almost as many kids and families as adults. The con aims to be inclusive of any geek who wants to attend, whether they are differently abled, non-gender-binary or simply in grade school.

Although GeekGirlCon hasn’t yet shared attendance numbers for this year’s event, the halls and expo floor of the Conference Center felt markedly full and appeared busier than many previous years.

Tickets for Sunday, Oct. 28, are still available for purchase at the con’s Registration table. More information is available here.

GeekGirlCon was founded in 2011, inspired by a panel on women and girls in geekdom at San Diego Comic-Con the previous year. It is now a nonprofit organization and is organized every year by a volunteer staff of 50 geeks.

GeekGirlCon’s official mascot welcomes attendees. The con describes itself as “the celebration of the female geek.” (GeekWire Photo / Clare McGrane)
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