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Need for a Policy Change at SDCC

As I mentioned, I've never been to ComicCon. Travis has, and he can speak to all of this better than I can. And I'm not even sure how this fits in with editorial here at the Fodder Network, but sometimes you sort of have to go ahead and pitch in when you think you can help create a positive change.

We comic geeks read about superheroes every week. Maybe even every single day. We're constantly absorbing stories that tell us about right and wrong, and are supposed to support icons of a higher ideal. But how can comic fans claim to understand and/ or appreciate the virtues of what it means to be a hero, and then engage in bush-league villain behavior...?

John DiBello, assistant to Bully (the little stuffed bull), reports on why he'd like to see changes in policy at the San Diego ComicCon. But, really, I think he's asking for something a bit more important than words on a policy page.

Apparently there's an ongoing problem at ComicCon regarding harassment of women. The stories Jon shares in his post are, honestly, mind blowing. What's even more amazing is how the described behavior is, apparently, not a huge shock to other Con attendees.

I wouldn't bring this up if I didn't feel it was important, even as someone who has never been to ComicCon. Consider it a growth point for fanboys as a whole to take responsibility for themselves and try to act like half-way intelligent people rather than like the emotionally stunted man-children the world takes them for.

The ripple effect of John's post from Friday until today has been enough to get a new policy in place for San Diego. Or at least it should be. The greater opportunity here is to effect change in the behavior at the Con (and everywhere else) so that reporting stations are unnecessary at any Con, anywhere. That's a pipedream, I know. But you have to have hope.

Anyway, I'm posting a link to Bully's website so you can read the article yourself.

Go here for the full article.

And, seriously, if I ever do take my wife to a Con and she has any trouble, you better hope you can out run me.

Questions? Comments? Hate mail?

Come on, I can take it.

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Ryan is an Op/Ed columnist for Comic Fodder. He keeps his comics and himself in Austin, Texas where he manages the long running blog League of Melbotis.

He likes Superman.

You can reach Ryan (aka: The League) at theleague.cf@gmail.com

Ugh. I have never witnessed such things at the Con in my life. The problem is, the event has become so big, it is not just regular, cool comics people coming anymore, it's like open season for freaks and degenerates, which are slightly more tolerated among the Hollywood crowd.

Just last week at the comic store, we were reminiscing about how we never hear or see anyone getting into fights at the Con, despite the overcrowding. good luck getting the same result out of only 20,000 people at any sports event.

We always prided ourselves on the fact that we had fun, peaceful get-togethers that were the envy of event organizers, simply because we never presented any problems, and the group of convention-goers as a whole were so well-behaved.

I'm sure this is a false impression on my part, I am sure there are a handful of creeps and degenerates that claim to be comic fans, but I'm hard-pressed to remember meeting any of them personally. I tend to think this is one of the negatives of the Con getting so big and popular.

-TP

-- Posted by: tpull at August 18, 2008 11:31 PM

TP, it's not just this convention; according to my friends, some of whom go to other large SF conventions like WorldCon and regionally based SF conventions, say that sexual harassement is on the upward swing on the curve.

However, the difference is, these other conventions have their harassement policies spelled out, and harassers HAVE been removed from attendance.

-- Posted by: ittot at August 21, 2008 2:50 PM

The good folks at Girl-Wonder.org are taking this concern up a notch (and I'm fully on board).

Check it out here

I've already used their site to contact CCI/ SDCC and notify them, by letter, of my concern. They've provided information on how you can help, too, at the link.

-- Posted by: Ryan at August 22, 2008 12:36 AM

Huh. My link didn't work. If you click on my name below, it'll take you to the right place.

-- Posted by: Ryan at August 22, 2008 12:37 AM

Your post was good up until the part about people better hoping they can outrun you. Everyone can outrun you.

-- Posted by: Jason at August 22, 2008 11:21 AM