I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!
Today, it is my pleasure to interview Annie Stoll who is a Grammy Winning art director, an award-winning designer/illustrator and of course a Fangirl!
I became aware of Annie through the Twitter Star Wars Fangirl Community.
Welcome Annie and thank you for taking the time to let us get to know you better.
When do you realize you were a Fangirl?
I think I’ve always been a fan of things that I liked but maybe not till a few years ago was I aware of the term “fan girl” in a positive light. I’m totally down with it. It’s great to share what you like and enjoy new experiences with media.
How has social media helped or hindered you?
It has helped in that I have met so many amazing and wonderful people who have become real pals. I’m constantly inspired by artists I find on social media. Although, I do think that social media does have a down side — sometimes it makes us communicate less or be more self-conscious about who we really are. The important thing to remember is that the number of followers next to your name is not your self-worth. What matters is making art and lifting up artists.
When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?
Star Wars and LOTR are instant likes for sure! Harry Potter I was super resistant to, but when I finally read the books, in a better headspace, I ended up really enjoying them!
What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?
I have been so very lucky to be embraced by some really amazing communities especially the Star Wars fandom. And as someone who has and does participate in it myself, I really love how supportive and positive that fandom can be. I love how much fans work to do events for charity as well as dream big and have fun discussions that lift each other up about the stories and characters! Fandom can really do a lot of good when they focus on balance and joyful compassion. I’m always full of love and gratitude for the positivity and creativity that fan communities can create.
What else do you Fangirl about?
Everything???? Indie music, Kpop, Jrock & Jpop…. Lots of different IPs and comics, zines and every single indie artist out there working hard online and in the artist alleys.
Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?
Have fun and don’t be afraid to be yourself. It’s important to treat others with the love and respect you want to be treated with. When all that works out, you will have a blast!
Where can others interact with you?
Twitter & IG @Aniistoll
Hansi welcome back to EverydayFangirl.com and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and discuss SqueeCon with us!
When and where is this event?
The event will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT, between 1-9pm. Tickets are just $15 online use code HH2018 https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon/tickets
They will be $20 at the door and $10 after 6pm for those who just want to briefly check out the con and participate in Nerd Karaoke. Kids under 12 are free.
Getting to the Event:
By Driving-There is free parking in the park across the street from the venue.
By Train-It is 3 miles from the Metro North New Haven Union Station stop. There is an abundance of Lyft locally since it’s a University town.
What first prompted you to create SqueeCon?
My niece is the one who found the venue and pitched a Squee! screening which the venue loved. I figured that if I had access to this big beautiful venue I should share the opportunity with the community so it became SqueeCon.
I’m hoping to make this an ongoing venture and take the Con around the country to small venues in other communities and bring Fangirls together to create a huge supportive network. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing?
How will this con be different from other cons?
The inaugural edition of SqueeCon is a celebration of films, art, music, cosplay and more by women and female identifying individuals. SqueeCon is the first ever one-day event celebrating the arts by a collective of Fangirls creators and will cover the entire gamut of fandom experience. It is a fan con so no big celebrities, just a fun con where you can go and talk with the creators and guests in a very intimate, casual setting. A perfect place to network, so bring your cards!
What guests are expected to attend?
SqueeCon is pleased to welcome film-makers, nerds, geeks, writers, Fangirls, cosplayers, vendors and more to join hands in support of the community. Several eminent cosplay guests have accepted the invitation to be there, including Christine Evans, Cate Broomhead, Rowena Cosplays, Ayla Ocasio, Jacob Daniel Womack, Jenn Wotchertonks. performers Tea Time For Mad Girls, and Cat Smith. Vendors include writer L. E. Hellman, baker Melissa Robles, artist Jimmy Gatti, and Carol Ann Swan.
What activities and events will be available for attendees?
There will be screenings of Alana King’s Wayward: The Documentary, a teaser of the docu-series about women Star Wars fans, Looking for Leia and a block of short films performances, panels, there’s a bar with beer, wine, cider and soft drinks and we’re having a mixer/meetup with Nerd Karaoke from 7-9 pm. I’m still working on finding a food truck but there is a restaurant across the street.
How do you decide what programming is available?
SqueeCon’s mission is to support and promote the creative and fandom works of women and LGBTQA individuals so I reached out to friends who perform, make films and I have a page on FilmFreeway for people to submit short films for consideration. We’ve got some great films from all over the world!
How has social media helped or hindered you in this effort?
Everyone has been very supportive promoting the event. We’ve gotten shout outs on podcasts and twitter. I’ve used social media to create an audience for Squee! And this is just an extension of the project, a big one but basically the same message: I love Fangirls and want to give them the opportunity to network, broaden their audiences and party! If you know me, you know I’m usually at the bar at cons between panels having fascinating conversations with other fans, so this is just my bringing the con to the bar!
What have you learned from your fan community to help you with planning for the event?
That fangirls are the best! I’ve got a great enthusiastic team of volunteers. My attendees have been wonderful, offering to help in whatever way they could. You know, when fangrrls get together -we can do anything!
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane while creating this event?
One day at a time. I just deal with what I need to get done and try not to get ahead of myself. There’s enough small practical details to keep me busy every day. I’ve been working in Events (Box Office or Film Festivals) since 2009 and attend a lot of cons, so I have a pretty good handle on what we need to do. The contracts and venue rental aspect is new but I was lucky to find such a fabulous venue with a very fandom supportive owner (she’s a Whovian!)
What kind of research did you have to do before you created this event?
I’ve had to go through dozens of film submission and figure out a screening block that makes sense. I’m still working on scheduling. I had to look for someone to handle Nerd Karaoke, but again I got lucky with my friend James Hinsey who offered to bring the gear and manage the tech aspects. I had to check the venue for a/v specs and figure out how to set up panels, screenings and performances as smoothly as possible. I’m lucky to have a niece with years of experience as a Stage Manager who walked me through the venue.
Is there anything else you would like to share about SqueeCon not already mentioned?
Please come and bring your friends! It’s going to be a blast.
How can readers of EverydayFangirl.com find out more about the event?
For more information, please visit: https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon or one of the following links:
Submit films https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon
Buy Tickets https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon/tickets
For vendors SqueeCon offers a great opportunity to deliver their content to their core audience. Applications are welcome for small tables ($25) and large tables ($50). Write to: email@example.com before November 25.
Advertisers can book space in the program themed around Riot Grrl fanzines of the 90s in the following sizes and price levels: Full page ($40) for 8.5 X 11, Half page ($20) for 5.5 x 8.5, and Quarter page ($15) for 5.5 x 4.25, in Color or B&W and PDF format.
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