This page is for our 2017 convention. For information on the current one, check out LadiesCon.com

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Get the most up-to-date information on our LadiesCon website!

September 16, 2017 Center for Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville MA

FREE ADMISSION!

Convention hours: 12pm-5pm

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What is LadiesCon?

LadiesCon is a one-day celebration of women of all kinds and their work in comic books, science fiction, fantasy, cosplay, and many other realms of pop culture.

2016 was our inaugural con.

Who were  your 2017 guests?

Check out the LadiesCon 2017 guest page for more information on our guests.

Who were your 2017 vendors?

Check out the LadiesCon 2017 vendor page for more information on vendors.

did you have panels at LadiesCon?

Did we ever! Check out the LadiesCon 2017 panels page for more information on panels.

Do you host similar events?

Yes! The Ladies of Comicazi host several events throughout the year - trivia nights, View and Chews, craft events, and more. LadiesCon is also held annually.

 

2017 Guests

 

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GWENDA BOND

Gwenda writes young adult and children’s books. Her work includes the Lois Lane series (Fallout, Double Down, and Triple Threat), which brings the iconic comic book character front and center in her own YA novels, and the Cirque American series (Girl on a Wire, Girl Over Paris, and Girl in the Shadows), about daredevil heroines who discover magic and mystery lurking under the big top. She also co-writes the Supernormal Sleuthing Service with her husband author Christopher Rowe; book one, The Lost Legacy is out now. LEARN MORE

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MING DOYLE

Ming was born in Boston in the Fall of 1984 to an Irish American sailor and a Chinese Canadian librarian. In the Fall of 1991 she saw a million ducks and predicted the Harry Potter franchise's formula for success with startling accuracy.

Her formative years were spent at the Nation's oldest co-educational institution and oldest continuously running boarding school, with a brief layover in the People's Republic of China for some noodles. In 2007 she earned my BFA from Cornell University with a dual concentration in painting and drawing.

She am currently working on art all night and every day and would probably love an espresso... LEARN MORE

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KRISTEN GUDSNUK

"I’ve always been naturally inclined toward morally ambiguous characters. And maybe it’s because when the antihero boom happened in pop culture over the past decade, female characters were largely excluded from the excitement and were usually relegated to being the moral compass. The conflict inherent in Mary’s situation makes her a more dynamic character, and gives her more opportunity to grow into a realistic character. I try to actively avoid the annoying Ideal Girlfriend character you see pop up frequently (or her dark reverse, who’s too cool for any trappings of femininity or emotion whatsoever). I just like it when there are different types of women, because that’s how reality is!" [from interview, Paste, 3/28/17]... LEARN MORE

MILDRED LOUIS

Mildred Louis was born and raised in a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Growing up, she always had a passion for comics and cartoons, leading her to study Animation at Sheridan College in Canada. Though she did not immediately take to actually animating, she did fall more in love with the art of story telling. Eventually she launched her first webcomic series—Agents of the Realm—in March of 2014 that she still updates twice a week. Outside of the on going series, she works as a comic colorist and takes the occasional Freelance Illustration gig... LEARN MORE

JOE QUINONES

Joe is a freelance illustrator known to reside somewhere within the six states of New England -and New York too. He is currently settled in a cozy little nook in Somerville, Massachusetts... LEARN MORE

RAUL THE THIRD

Raul the Third's work is drawing much acclaim, and was featured in three recent exhibits: The Community Art Initiative Artist Project: And Their Families at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Carroll and Sons Art Gallery, the Fitchburg Art Museum and his first solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Art, New Hampshire. He teaches classes on drawing and comics for kids at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Maude Morgan Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, and Young Audiences Massachusetts.

Having grown up in the border town of El Paso/Juarez, his artwork recalls the booths from the old Mercado Cuauhtemoc, etchings by Jose Guadalupe Posada and the ballpoint pen detailed fan art found in issues of Lowrider magazine... LEARN MORE

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'66 Batman and Batmoblie

Take pictures with and even sit in the '66 Batmobile. Available from 11a-4p (VIP access only at 11, regular Con goers at noon)

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501st New England

The New England Garrison is part of a Star Wars costuming fan club that currently holds a 4000+ membership in all 50 U.S. states and 25 countries worldwide. From Stormtroopers to Snowtroopers, Bounty Hunters to Sith Lords, the 501st is the premier Imperial Star Wars costuming fan club in the galaxy! Available from 12-2p.

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LadiesCon 2017 Vendors

 

Metrokitty
Cathy Leamy

Underdog Comics
Tessa Beatrice

Make Me A Dragon
Tonya Ratz

Castle Thunder Graphics
Dan Cleri

Marty Moyer Comics
Marty Moyer

Kathleen Kralowec
Kathleen Kralowec

Wes Hazard
Wes Hazard

Zoe Piel
Zoe Piel

Cambrasine
Jennifer Bouche

Bloozit Press
Jonny Bloozit

Hot glue & Hobgoblins
Jasmine Graham & Brianna DeLairre

 

Sonia Liao
Sonia Liao

Turtle Comics
Allie Kleber

Roel Torres
Roel Torres

Red Bark Crafting
Trescha Brock

Dark SaberCat Designs
Nicole Hanafin

Victoria Chiu-Lin
Victoria Chiu-Lin

Joy Cat Comics
Kristi McDowell

The Indigo Octopus
Liz Young

Paper Asylum
Anthony Gallucci

Boston Roller Derby League

Mariel Rodriguez
Mariel Rodriguez

 

Yarnvark Designs
Stephanie Mann

Alyssa Maynard
Alyssa Maynard

Boston Comics Roundtable
Boston Comics Roundtable

Scott Springer
Scott Springer

Singing Stones Jewelry
Kelly Hopkins

Like Father, Like Daughter
Megan Pickering

Rilano Art
Ruth Ilano

Harold the Happy Human Eater
Margaret and Jesse Lundberg

Pretty Okay Pins
Janna Hochberg, Melinda Garcia, and Patricia Henry

 

 

Hellcat Press
Lindsay Moore

Sarah Medeiros
Sarah Medeiros

Reeberry
Irena Spassova

ELS Game Day
Tracey Michienzi

AweThors
D.R. Perry

Mariessa DeVincentis
Mariessa DeVincentis

Holy Crow Art
Holy Crow

Genretastic
Marianna Martin

Copper Centipede
Greg

Hadron Gospel Hour

Boss Fight
Andrew Franks

2017 Sponsors

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2017 PANELS

Our panel discussions were hosted by experts and fans alike. They were scheduled throughout the day in our two panel rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.


The Bechdel Test and Fandom

12:00 - 12:50PM, Downstairs Panel Room

Panelists:

  • Janet Gershen-Siege, freelance science fiction author and blogger for Adventures in Career Changing

  • D.R Perry, writer of Paranormal Humor, Alternate History, and LARP.

There just aren't a lot of female heroes out there, still. And the ones who are out there often have no one to talk to other than men. What does it mean when films, books, and television programs fail the Bechdel Test in 2017? Is there a more systemic problem? How can it be fixed? What can indies do? How about consumers?


Women in Comics Retail

12:30 - 1:20PM, UPstairs Panel Room

Panelists

Reflections on changes in the industry, predictions for the future, insights into the day-to-day life of a comic shop worker (it's not exactly sitting around reading books & passing judgement) & DEEP DISH on the books & creators we love & hate!


Accessibility and Creativity in Cosplay: How to Make Cosplay for Everyone

1:00 - 1:50PM, Downstairs Panel Room

Panelists:

  • Rhea McCullough- Moderator

  • Carolyn Frantz

  • Jennifer Rzasa

  • Stephanie Mann

  • Melanie Anne Coombs

As cosplay becomes a more and more popular way of expressing fandom, people are making it work for them in various creative ways. Our panel of cosplayers will discuss how to cosplay on a budget, cosplay for people of varying abilities, and other burning questions from newbies and experts alike.


Wonder Woman Conquers the World!

1:30 - 2:20PM, Upstairs Panel Room

Panelists:

This summer, Diana of Themyscira conquered the world is an unstoppable blockbuster movie that out shined all her DC predecessors! Join our panelists as the delve into the comics history that inspired the film. We'll talk favorite stories, characters, creative teams and show our love for all things Wonder Woman.


One True Pairings, Shipping, and the Romance Genre

2:00 - 2:50PM, Downstairs Panel Room

Panelists:

Shipping is part of the fabric of fandom communities. We all have an OTP, like Lois and Clark or Diana and Steve. But there's also an entire fictional genre devoted to shipping, romance, that contains heroes and relationships similar to the pairings that fandom loves. Join us for a walk through romance in comics and how that relates to the feminist genre of romance. 


Working in Audiodrama

2:30 - 3:20PM, Upstairs Panel Room

Panelists:

  • Lisa McQuilkin: Actor. "A.S.H.le" from Hadron Gospel Hour

  • Tanja Milojevic: Producer/Creator/Actor, The Penumbra Podcast

  • Simone De Boudoir: Actor, Edict Zero, What's The Frequency, Electric Vicuna productions, Campfire Radio Theater

Audio drama podcasts are on the rise.  No longer relegated to a small number of dedicated listeners, Audio dramas are finding their way to car radios, living rooms, and live stages. We invited several local voice actors and creators to discuss the process, rewards, and unique challenges of audio-only entertainment.


Women in Games: From Designing to Playing and Nurturing the Next Generation

3:00 - 3:50PM, Downstairs Panel Room

Panelists: 

  • Tracey Michienzi, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day

  • Savannah Camacho, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day

  • Emily Care Boss, Independent Game Designer/ Publisher, Black and Green Games

  • Adri Kliger, Co-Organizer of Women in Games, Boston

  • Meg Stivison, game designer for Small Monsters Games

  • Sarah Zaidan, comics artist and game designer

Have you ever looked around just to notice that you are the only woman in your game group? Ever feel like you don't belong in the hobby? Trust us, you aren't alone. The number of women who admit to gaming as a hobby are rising, and we are going to talk about it. Our esteemed panelists will discuss women's roles in the gaming industry, equality in gaming, and how to create a positive gaming environment to set a good example to women gamers of the future. 


The Expanded Universe: The Art of Fan Fiction

3:30 - 4:20PM, Upstairs Panel Room

Panelists:

  • Taylor Hendel- Moderator

  • Charlotte White

  • Linda Endinger'

  • Meff

Even our favorite books and movies can leave us wanting more, whether we're wondering how else things might have played out, wish more time had been spent on certain plot points, crave more queer or minority characters, or just want to see what happens next. Fanfiction is the way some folks explore their favorite fictional universes, putting the characters and/or setting in new contexts. Come learn more about this ever-growing art form from a variety of perspectives.


The Comic Book Spectrum: Modes of Creation

4:00 - 4:50PM, Downstairs Panel Room

Panelists:

The Women in Comics Collective International is an organization that highlights the merit and craft work of women working in the comic book industry. Their on going panel series 'The Comic Book Spectrum' discusses the various aspects of the industry that help keep the medium current and expansive. This installment will focus on the different ways comic books are produced, distributed and how they continue to thrive in an ever changing, multimedia industry.


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