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Comics A.M. | Taking a stand against harassment at cons

Geeks for CONsen

Geeks for CONsen

Conventions | Samantha Melamed looks at the problem of harassment at comics conventions, particularly of cosplayers, and what some women are doing about it. The article includes interviews with artist Erin Filson, one of the co-founders of Geeks for CONsent, which has called upon Comic-Con International to institute a more specific, and more visible, anti-harassment policy; cosplayer Nicole Jacobs, who describes a recent incident at AwesomeCon; and psychology professor Kimberly Fairchild, who studies harassment. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Creators | Frequent collaborators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie discuss their new series The Wicked + The Divine, which debuted this week from Image Comics. [USA Today]

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

Creators | National Geographic chats with Nick Bertozzi about his new graphic novel Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey. [National Geographic]

Creators | Gene Luen Yang discusses his graphic novel The Shadow Hero, based on the Golden Age character the Green Turtle, by Chu Hing, one of the first Asian-American comics creators: “Rumor is, Chu wanted to make his character Chinese American but his publisher wouldn’t let him. Chu reacted like a typical cartoonist — passive-aggressively. He drew those original Green Turtle comics so that the reader almost never gets a good look at the hero’s face. The Green Turtle usually has his back to us. When he does turn around, his face is obscured. Supposedly, Chu did this so that he, and we, could imagine his hero as he’d originally intended, as Chinese American.” First Second is releasing the story digital-first as single issues, and the graphic novel will be out next month. [School Library Journal]

Creators | Larry Hama talks about working as Wally Wood’s assistant; the interview is part of a week-long celebration of Wood’s work. [13th Dimension]

Tom Batiuk

Tom Batiuk

Creators | Lee Morrison covers Funky Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk’s recent talk at the Tuscawaras County Public Library in New Philadelphia, Ohio. [Times Reporter]

Creators | Indonesian comics artist Sheila Rooswitha Putri says the medium has come a long way: “The art of Indonesian comics has not only risen, but has gone faster and further. It is much better now compared to the past.” She’s working on a comic about fishermen who are being crowded out of the sea by commercial ventures and another about the people in her village. [Jakarta Post]

Creators | Alison Stine profiles restaurateur and comics artist Chris Monday, chef at The Purple Wolf, near Athens, Georgia, and creator of Drink More Water. [Athens News]

Graphic novels | Zainab Akhtar introduces Raina Telgemeier’s new graphic novel, Sisters, with a preview. [Publishers Weekly]

Graphic novels | Apologetics is not the art of saying you’re sorry; it’s a branch of theology that has to do with defending the faith. That’s what Dr. Ravi Zacharias is doing in his debut graphic novel The Lamb and the Fuhrer, which envisions a conversation between Jesus and Hitler. Zacharias has written a number of prose works about Jesus talking to various historical figures, and now he is moving to the graphic novel format to engage “a generation that listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings.” [Religion News Service]

Education | Comic-Con International comes but once a year, but the Little Fish studio in San Diego teaches comic art classes year-round. [KPBS]



Simon DelMonte

June 19, 2014 at 9:10 am

It’s ridiculous that SDCC refuses to institute a policy. Alas, it’s not like they care if a small number of “fake geek girls” take their business elsewhere. But the fact that they won’t have a policy is a sign that they need one. Now.

There isn’t a single con I attend that doesn’t have one. I am on the concomm for a filk convention which will have maybe 100 people, and we worked for two weeks on the wording, including extensive research into what other cons do. We don’t have cosplayers. We don’t usually have any problems. And we are still going to make sure that everyone understands there are rules and make sure everyone feels safe. If SDCC can’t be bothered to do that, they have a big attitude problem.

But didn’t I just read an interview here (or maybe it was someplace else) with the runner of SDCC who stated that they have a very clear anti-harrasement policy, just not one specific to cosplayers. No one is allowed to harrase anyone. Seemed clear to me, but I am not a cosplayer and have never faced any abuse in that way.

“”We’re teaching people how to be good human beings,” she said. “It’s common sense – but maybe not, if you’re sort of socially awkward or were raised feeling entitled. Maybe no one bothered having that conversation with them.”

I was just commenting on the comments above, but I have since read the article and I see the bigger picture – the one with the guy grabbing the girls during a photo op especially. I help run a small con in a small city and we are full of families and kids in full costume having a great time. We are keeping a close watch on the attitudes towards the cosplayers to be sure that things do not go wrong. It helps that parents, kids and granparents are intermingling with the cosplayers and other con-goers. We think this has helped keep things sensible. We have cosplayers on the committee and we are asking them to keep us informed on what future actions we need to take.

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