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Cosplay, Controversy & Comics

SAN DIEGO, CA — Amid the costumes and fantasy of this past weekend’s San Diego Comic Convention, it was clear early on that women were playing an even larger role within the genre.

Not only were they dominating the cosplay game, an increasing number of panels were geared toward gender and sexuality.

Thursday alone had three popular panels – most with standing room only, “The Most Dangerous Women at Comic Con,” “Creating Awesome Female Characters,” and a panel on transgender trends in pop culture.

The level of female participation in comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy fandom in contrast to the amount of popular media in those genres aimed at the opposite sex is always a good shock to the system.

Sadly, controversy still runs high regarding allegations sexual harassment at the annual event.

For years, costumed attendees — or cosplayers — have complained that verbal and physical harassment is all too common at Comic-Con conventions. Fans of comic books, science-fiction or fantasy genres often attend the lively event dressed as their favorite fictional characters, but some women attendees say they are too-often subjected to lewd comments, catcalls, groping and creepy photographers who aim lenses at their breasts or up their skirts.

Geeks for CONsent, founded by three women from Philadelphia, gathered nearly 2,600 signatures on an online petition supporting a formal anti-harassment policy at Comic-Con.

“Comic-Con has an explicit Code of Conduct that addresses harassing and offensive behavior,” said Comic-Con International in a statement on Sunday to The Associated Press. “This Code of Conduct is made available online as well as on page two of the Events Guide that is given to each attendee.”

In addition, Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer told the Los Angeles Times, “anyone being made to feel uncomfortable at our show is obviously a concern for us.” Additional security was in place this year, including an increased presence by San Diego Police.

But Geeks for CONsent argues that the policy is too vague, and that other events such as Comic-Con Seattle, have taken greater steps to protect attendees. At Seattle’s Emerald City Comic-Con, large signs warning that harassment will not be tolerated and “costumes are not consent” are visibly posted throughout the convention. The group launched an interactive Google map to collect and display the stories of harassment experienced by cosplayers at fan conventions.

Geeks for CONsent is also asking Comic-Con to post an anti-harassment policy throughout the convention venue and provide one-hour training for volunteers, teaching them how to respond to harassment reports.

Amid strong support, it remains to be seen how SDCC will respond for next year’s event.

Here’s a look at some of this year’s best cosplayers at San Diego – complete with surprise cosplayer Director Peter Jackson who walked the con unnoticed!

 

MomoCon Using Kickstarter to Fund Video Game Career Fair

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Atlanta, GA – With over 12,200 people in 2013, MomoCon is one of the fastest growing all ages conventions in the country. Fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, and Video Games come together to celebrate their passion through cosplay, browsing the huge exhibitors hall, meeting celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows and games over this 3 day event.

An estimated 15,000 people are expected to attend this year and organizers are planning something special for its 10th year in operation: letting the community attend a free and publicly accessible career fair. The career fair will take place Thursday, May 22nd, at the Hilton Atlanta from 12PM until 5PM EST, ahead of the official MomoCon 2014 event Friday, May 23rd until Sunday, May 25th.

To make this career fair happen, organizers have launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $4,000 to pay for various costs associated with organizing the one-day event. Companies, recruiters, and colleges wishing to have a presence at the event can contact MomoCon organizers directly at info@momocon.com or through the Kickstarter campaign here.

As of today, the Kickstarter campaign has raised $2357 of its $4,000 goal, with 3 more days to go.

2013 GeekGirlCon

2013 GeekGirlConIn it’s third year, GeekGirlCon is a convention held October 19th-20th 2013 in downtown Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center. GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women in all aspects of geek culture, including science and technology; comics, the arts, literature and gaming. It offered hands on gaming, vendor booths, panels, celebrities, plenty of cosplay and more.

The trend at this Con was the gender-bending cosplay, there was a male Aeris (from FF7) and a female Sabretooth (from X-Men). A relaxed and comfortable atmosphere displayed the movement toward equality in all spheres.

sabretoothIt is no secret that the geek realm (i.e. gaming and comic books) have been the source of great disparity over the years. However, the classic nerd stereotype is changing as more step forward and claim their space in nerd-dom.

Conventions like Geek Girl Con are helping to shed light on that diverse fan base and broaden minds, something studio executives and publishers may benefit from.

Las Vegas Comic Expo bets on High Rollers for Big Turn Out

 Cosplayer & Actress Brienna Brock at Las Vegas Comic Expo photo by AP Images

Cosplayer & Actress Brienna Brock at Las Vegas Comic Expo photo by AP Images

Las Vegas, NV – The 2nd Annual Las Vegas Comic Expo, will return to the Riviera Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas this weekend on September 28-29, 2013.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Comic Artist Alley featuring Neal Adams, Gerry Conway, Joe Benitez, Jim Cheung, Whilce Portacio, Brian Pulido, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez (the Hernandez brothers), Stephane Roux, Ryan Sook, Dean Yeagle, Carlo Pagulayan, Ale Garza, Agnes Garbowska, Brian Buccellato, Kenneth Rocafort, Philip Tan, Nei Ruffino, Eric Basaldua, Glen Brunswick, Joel Gomez, Marat Mychaels, Jorge Molina, Stephen Segovia, Jay Anacleto, Brian Haberlin, Cat Staggs, and more.
  • Celebrity guests: Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Sylvester McCoy (Dr. Who, The Hobbit), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk)
  • Sunday (Kid’s Day) events.
Cosplayer Jessica Nigri as Harley Quinn. Photo by L. Jinto

Cosplayer Jessica Nigri as Harley Quinn. Photo by L. Jinto

“We hope to continue to provide a fun, vibrant atmosphere that brings together the people who love and drive the thriving community of comics – the fans, the retailers and the professional creators – for a unique entertainment experience that will bring them back year after year,” said Charles Lee, organizer for the Las Vegas Comic Expo.

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