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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!

 

San Diego Comic Con 2014 Officially Sold out

CrowdThe final round of ticket sales for San Diego Comic Con 2014 opened up March 13 at 9 a.m. PST, it only took about an hour and a half for the convention to sell out its allotment of general admission badges.

Several months ago an article alerting fans to the new admission process was sent to prepare all future attendees of the new admission process. Each person who wanted a badge needed an established member ID, a personalized registration code attained via email, and a specific link to get into a virtual waiting room.

Getting into one of the largest conventions in the world dedicated to comic books, TV, movies, video games and all things geek culture has been difficult in recent times. We will have to wait for SDCC’s update to see if the new process helped or hurt overall attendance, however, from the looks of it, it does not seem so.

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 will be held Thursday, July 24th, through Sunday, July 27th.

For those of you unable to procure a ticket for SDCC there will be several festivities extend throughout downtown San Diego. Hotels, shops, and restaurants adjacent to the convention center often partake in the madness by offering events of their own – autograph sessions, parties, and more – that don’t require badges.

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San Diego Comic Con Selling Only Single Day Passes for 2014

 

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SAN DIEGO, CA – In about six months the greatest gathering of comic fans, cosplayers, celebrities and geeks will take place at the annual San Diego International Comic Con.  As many know, getting tickets is no easy task and this year Comic Con officials have made a significant change – four day passes will not be for sale.  This year tickets must be purchased individually.

This is the official announcement from their website:

New for 2014! Only single day badges

The Preview Night badge option may only be purchased if you buy a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday badge. Preview Night is not a stand-alone badge option. As in 2013, anyone who purchases a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday badge will have the option of consolidating them into one 4-Day badge onsite.

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There are also changes with pre-registration:

Only those that have purchased a Comic-Con 2013 4-Day attendee or 1-Day attendee badge, have a valid Member ID, and retain their actual Comic-Con 2013 badge will be eligible to participate in 2014 badge preregistration. Professionals, guests of professionals, exhibitors, exhibitor purchased attendee badges, volunteers, staff, and press will not be allowed to participate in badge preregistration. Open online registration for the general public and all categories listed above will occur at a later date. If you did not attend Comic-Con 2013, you may participate in open online registration later this year.

It remains to be seen if these new changes will make the purchasing experience easier for fans and professionals alike.

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