Making Space Panelist Stephanie Anne Johnson

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Album cover courtesy of Stephanie Anne Johnson. Artwork by Riley John Savage.

We’re less than 24 hours from the Making Space panel! Our final panelist, Stephanie Anne Johnson, has performed around the world and on The Voice, and is now touring with The Hidogs. Their CD release in Tacoma is Dec. 20th at The McMenamins Elks Temple.

Joining us for a conversation on Accessibility and Diversity in Geek Culture are panelists Anna Nepomuceno, Naarah McDonald, and Alease Frieson. We start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, in Room 405 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Get your tickets at http://www.jetcitycomicshow.com

See you tomorrow!

Making Space Panelist Alease Frieson

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Photo courtesy of Alease Frieson (pictured).

 

Alease A. Frieson is a well-known figure on the Tacoma scene. She is an entrepreneur, producer, content creator, and more. A major supporter of artists and musicians in our community, she is the force behind 733 Arts and On Point Booking. She has been booking independently from Olympia to Seattle since 2005. She also instructs Pilates through her own independent studio.

 

Without a doubt, she knows how to get stuff done.

 

She is also a self-identified nerd, which is why I’ve invited Alease to speak on the panel I’m moderating at Jet City Comic Show: “Making Space: Accessibility and Diversity in Geek Culture.” Come listen as we converse with the equally awesome panelists Anna Nepomuceno, Naarah McDonald, and Stephanie Anne Johnson at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, in Room 405 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Get your tickets at http://www.jetcitycomicshow.com.

Because sometimes…

you make the mistake of sharing something that bothers you (international media announcements of the Nobel Peace Prize for Economics Winner Esther Duflo and her husband — there, fixed it), but your Facebook friend decides that you haven’t shared your concerns in the right format, so you give up on justifying your right to an opinion and whip up a snarky retort in Photoshop instead.

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Fake news article. Design/ photo: Suzanne Skaar, 2019. Full text below. All rights reserved.

It’s only Wednesday.

 

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Local Stay-at-home Mom Shares Link on Facebook Without Verifying 30 Additional Sources First

Earth blows up next day.

[Photo of Suzanne being tackled by her daughter. Caption:] Pictured above: Panic on the streets.

Local mother Suzanne Skaar (who claims she has an identity outside being a parent but has not provided any evidence of this) took a break from entertaining her seven-year-old on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 to share a post that “irked [her] based on [her] own experiences working with men on collaborative projects.” After she shared the post, she included links to other articles on this same topic.

This afterthought was not enough to prevent panic on the streets.

Experts agree that, before sharing an opinion, regardless of confirmation that she was not paid for this opinion, she should have at least prepared a bibliography in advance of hitting the share button. As of press time, however, she had still failed to convene a committee to perform a proper peer review.

“It’s my fault,” Skaar admitted. “I should have known to stay away from social media until I had a thesis ready to attach to the post.”

Authorities have not taken any actions as of yet. When asked for comment, an unnamed (Continued on A4)

 

Making Space Panelist Naarah McDonald

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Photo courtesy of Naarah McDonald; taken by Nate Watters for Terra Clarke Olson’s project “The Unicorn Files”.

If you’ve ever wandered downtown Tacoma, you have probably happened on the Productivity Parlour for Artful Living. Co-owner/ Co-director of the Productivity Parlour, Naarah McDonald, will be joining our Jet City Comic Show panel, “Making Space: Accessibility and Diversity in Geek Culture,” alongside panelists Alease Frieson, Anna Nepomuceno, and Stephanie Anne Johnson, and moderator Suzanne Skaar (oh hey, that’s me!). Here’s more about Naarah in her own words:

“Naarah McDonald has worked in a variety of fields from customer service to higher education, from theater to film, from non-profits to small business. She has worked with gaming and comic conventions and seen the trends for inclusivity and diversity implemented in a variety of ways. Her interests overlap a variety of genres, but nothing captures her passion like the textile arts, and how one dresses can change the way one feels.”

I can’t wait to talk with Naarah and the rest of the panel about their experiences and ideas on this important topic. Our panel starts at 11 am on Saturday, October 26, in Room 405 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Get your tickets at http://www.jetcitycomicshow.com. See you there!

Suzanne

Making Space Panelist Anna Nepomuceno

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Photo courtesy of Anna Nepomuceno; photo by Rheality Photography: http://www.rhealityphoto.net

In a little over a week, I’ll be moderating the panel “Making Space” at Jet City Comic Show, and I’m super excited! Here’s the bio for one of our panelists, Anna Nepomuceno:

“Anna Nepomuceno (@anepintacoma on Instagram) is a political activist by day and a plus sized cosplayer by night. A mother of 3 and an enthusiast of all things geeky, Anna is on a mission to encourage all girls and women of every size, shape, age, ability to embrace their inner hero. Anna is the co-creator of Body Positive Cosplay PNW, a small Facebook group that supports and encourages all body types to cosplay their favorite characters.”

Join Anna, Alease Frieson, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Naarah McDonald, and me on Saturday, October 26, at 11 a.m. For tickets, click here.

— Suzanne

 

Jet City Comic Show

Photograph: (Child dressed as) Batwoman on swing. Suzanne Skaar. 2019. All rights reserved. (Photo shared with Batwoman’s permission.)

It’s official: I’ll be moderating a panel for Tacoma’s Jet City Comic Show!

Panelists Alease Frieson, Anna Nepomuceno, Naarah McDonald, and Stephanie Anne Johnson are on board to discuss the topic “Making Space: Accessibility and Diversity in Geek Culture.” We’ll talk about the importance of making space for diverse content creators, new narratives, and a wider range of characters, as well as how to create accessible and welcoming environments.

Mark your calendars:

11 a.m., Saturday, October 26, 2019

Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Room 405

 

Tickets are available at http://www.jetcitycomicshow.com/ and at the door.

 

See you there!

 

Suzanne