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Parent-Daughter Girl Con

June 30 • 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Girl Con! Ophelia’s Place, a Eugene-based community center for girls, is having their first parent-daughter Girl Con. Abby James, the youth events coordinator at Ophelia’s Place, says Girl Con is intended to give girls a chance to experience a comic convention in a low-cost, safe space. James says that many large comic conventions, due to their location and elite status, are inaccessible. “It is difficult to get to, even as a privileged adult. So for some girls, who are just trying to experience this thing, what an intimidating thing to try and get around,” James says. “I just wanted to give them a chance to test out and see if it’s a community that they’re interested in being a part of.” Girl Con also provides a unique space that is separate from the typically male-dominated comic-con communities. “The culture for comic-con is definitely something that is marketed to young boys,” James says. “It can be really hostile towards women, which is why a lot of folks don’t want to go to these conventions.” However, any parent or guardian is welcome. “It’s a parent-daughter event, so these girls are able to bring whichever guardian they feel they would be able to enjoy the experience with,” she says. The event will incorporate different presentations and activities about comics, gaming and art. Illustrator Meg Quinn will be a guest artist, hosting a presentation and answering questions. Girl Con will also have makeup artists and temporary tattoos. She says. “There’s going to be costume design, cosplay design, LARPing, there’s a little bit of everything.” Girl Con takes place 1 to 4:30 pm Saturday, June 30, at the LCC downtown campus. Info at opheliasplace.net. FREE or sug. don. — Taylor Griggs


June 30
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Ophelia’s Place
(541) 284-4333


Lane Community College Downtown Campus
101 W 10th Ave
Eugene, 97401
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(541) 463-6100