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Auctions for Science: Cosplay Photo Shoot and Geek-a-Week Trading Cards

This week in our auctions to raise money for science education, we’re offering sets of Len Peralta’s Geek-a-Week trading cards and a cosplay photo shoot by Skepchick Jamie Bernstein at CONvergence, the sci-fi/fantasy con held July 4th weekend in the Minneapolis area.

Click here to see the auctions. Read on to find out more about them and why your support matters so much.

The money we raise with these auctions goes toward producing informational materials and buying supplies for art and science activities and demos that we host at the con, in addition to several panels, collectively what we call SkepchickCon.

You can see the Skepchick-hosted panels and Sandboxes (hour-long activities) here. Skepchick Network contributors and our special guests–including Maggie Koerth-Baker, Daniella Martin, and Amanda Marcotte–also appear on multiple other panels at the con.

On top of all that, we also sponsor ongoing activities and salons all day Thursday through Saturday in the Skepchick Space Lab at CONvergence.

So, for example, the money we raise goes towards purchasing maggots for the Maggot Art Sandbox, hosted by Gwen Pearson, aka Bug Girl, as well as insects for the Bug Blind Taste Test, hosted by Daniella Martin of Girl Meets Bug.

In our Space Lab, the activities we do will depend on largely on how much money we can raise for them, which brings me back to this weeks auctions.

Geek-a-Week Trading Cards

Geek a week

This auction is for 52 cards from season 1 and 15 from season 2 of Len Peralta’s Geek-a-Week trading cards. All sets are brand new and still in their shrinkwrap. Click here to find out more and place a bid.

Here are a few examples of cards in this deck. You can see all the cards Peralta has created so far here.



Cosplay Photo Shoot

This auction is for a photo shoot by Jamie Bernstein at CONvergence for you and a friend. Click here for more info and to bid.

Here are a few examples of her work from past cons:



See all of Jamie’s photos from SkepchickCON 2014 here and 2013 here.

If you’d like to donate directly, scroll to the bottom of our SkepchickCon website and click the Donate button or send directly via PayPal to [email protected].

Can’t afford to donate or bid but still want to help out? Contact me at [email protected] (skepchickevents [at] for information on volunteer opportunities (from things you can do from the comfort of your own home to helping out at the con itself).

We also accept donations for future auctions. Have a quirky item you’re willing to part with that the Skepchick audience might like? Willing to create or donate a handmade item? Have ideas for auctions you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments or by email.

Thanks so much for your support!

Melanie Mallon

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer living in a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband, two kids, dog, and two cats. When not making fun of bad charts or running the Uncensorship Project, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and putting out random dumpster fires. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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