It’s Not Too Dangerous To Go Alone! - Finding The Bravery To Do It Yourself

How long have you been thinking about starting that webcomic? Producing that video game? Writing that story? Feel scared? Join the club! Just don’t let it stop you! Our panelists are all people who have been where you are now and are here to help! We’ll learn how to navigate through self-doubt, motivational issues and lack of know-how on the way to creating your masterpiece! Hear tips from the unique perspectives of Erika Moen (Strip Search; Oh Joy, Sex Toy), veteran cartoonist who bridged web and print comics; Marian Call (, a musician who has crowdsourced international tours; Miellyn Fitzwater Barrows (Gorgeous Robot) who created her own video game “Strange Loves: Vampire Boyfriends” and Kara Helgren (PDX Browncoats), one of the original minds behind the international event “Can’t Stop the Serenity”. We will also be joined by Hilary Heskett Shapiro (Bioware, Nerd Appropriate) who has helped many female-owned businesses get the jumpstart they need. Moderated by Kenna Conklin (, we will acknowledge the challenges and offer solutions for starting your own creative endeavor!


Erika Moen [Strip Search; Oh Joy, Sex Toy], Miellyn Fitzwater Barrows [Gorgeous Robot, Strange Loves: Vampire Boyfriends], Marian Call [], Hilary Heskett Shapiro [BioWare, NerdAppropriate], Kara Helgren [PDX Browncoats], Kenna Conklin [GeekPortland]

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