FANgirl at GeekGirlCon 2017

For the seventh consecutive year, the FANgirl team will be participating at GeekGirlCon in Seattle, Washington. The Fangirls Going Rogue podcast will also be attending and recording a live show. Here is the information on our panels.

Lassos, Lightsabers, and Stakes: Assessing the Heroine’s Journey 20 Years After Buffy

Saturday, September 30
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Rey room)

Twenty years after Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered, the entertainment industry still struggles to accept lessons it should’ve learned from its impact. Cause for optimism can be found in stories ranging from Wonder Woman to The Crown. We’ll evaluate the prospects for female characters today and in the years ahead.

B.J. Priester (moderator), Tricia Barr, Jennifer K. Stuller

Squee! Fangirls Supporting Fangirls

Saturday, September 30
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Furiosa room)

In this panel, women who identify as fangirls explore the shame that still exists around fandom for women, especially adult women, as well as the benefits of being a fan. The support of the fan community, in encouraging creativity, individuality, and genuine self expression, is discussed. In addition, the ways in which fandom facilitates identity exploration and development is explored. Includes screening of the latest episode from upcoming web series ‘Squee!’ The Fangirl Documentary Project (10-12mins).

Hansi Oppenheimer (moderator), Tricia Barr, Misty Fig, Christine Killmer, Jessica Mason

Star Wars: The Force is Female

Sunday, October 1
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Rey room)

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy declared, “The Force is female.” Rey’s heroic journey continues in The Last Jedi! We’ll look at creative teams on Star Wars films and animated shows–and the stories they create, as well as the demand for equality in fashion and merchandising. Consider the future of the female Force!

Tricia Barr (moderator), Holly Griffith, Jamala Henderson, Meg Humphrey, Annalise Ophelian



Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to