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Listen up, nerds! Today marks the first day of New York Comic Con, and that means cosplayers, comic book makers and geek celebrities abound in our fair city for the next four days. For those of you lucky enough to be attending (and for those, like me, who can't go but are patiently awaiting pics and vids of the fun) we've got a Feminist Guide to NYCC's panels and screenings; if there's a panel that's highlighting women in media, or an exclusive broadcast featuring hardcore lady types, we'll let you know here.

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Thursday

  • Day #1 starts with a few different panels discussing body representation in comics and in cosplay. Body of Evidence: How We See Ourselves in Comics (11 a.m. Room 1A02) hosts a panel of experts discussing body diversity in comics, and the impact of character depictions on fans, especially cosplayers; Cosplay Rule 63 (11:15 a.m. Room 1A05) will examine the sometimes difficult realm of gender-bent cosplay; and later in the day check out Body Confidence and Positivity in Cosplay (3:45 p.m. room 1A02) discussing similar topics with international cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty.
  • Inclusivity campaign We Need Diverse Books is presenting a panel this year called Women and Gender Nonconforming Writers of Color in Digital Media (1:30 room 1A18). This panel of writers is discussing social media, topic popularity in comics, and offering tips to future writers.
  • For the third year in a row, Blastr's Fangrrls presents: Women in Geek Media (2:45 in room 1A21). These 7 badass ladies will discuss their careers in comics, film, television and video games.
  • For the little feminist in your life, the Girlcentric Creating Comics Workshop (4:00 p.m. room 1A18) takes girls step by step through the comic making process. The women on the panel will also discuss kids' comics, and the difficulties of being a woman in the industry.
  • How Women Keep Changing the Game (6:45 p.m. at BookCon) joins writers and artists as they discuss their experiences working on comics as women.
  • Finally, wrap your first day up with one of these two panels on race; Afropunks & Blerds: The Black Nerd Renaissance (7:45 p.m. room 1A18) explores "the intersections of racial identity and creative expression during a crucial time in American history," while this panel on race and sexuality (8:00 p.m. room 1A10) highlights three authors who are breaking barriers with their characters.cc logo

Friday

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Saturday

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Sunday

And that's not to mention all the badass women writers, artists, and actresses (Geena Davis is gonna be there, guys!!) who will be on the floor or part of other panels this weekend. So happy Comic Con, nerds, and may your weekend be as feminist as possible.

Photos via New York Comic Con

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