Conventions

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When you think of comic book conventions, the first thing that most likely comes to mind is the one and only Comic Con in San Diego California. After all, it is the biggest comic con of the year and you can find many big stars and major announcements there. But what about the smaller conventions? You know, the local ones that not nearly as many people go to. While these smaller comic conventions aren’t as popular as the ones that coast an entire savings account to go to, they are nonetheless worthy of checking out. A perfect example of a small con with a big heart is last weekend’s Terrificon Comicon at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. (more…)

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Ever since the power of Marvel was able to ignite an entire genre of films, comic book conventions have slowly but steadily made their way into the mainstream.  Sure the big ones are still the big ones, e.g. San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con, Dragon Con, etc., but smaller conventions have popped up across the country that have become accessible to any audience who wishes to partake in the geek culture that we all hold so dear.  One such convention took place over the weekend in Tucson, Arizona and while this infant convention may have been rather small in scale, the potential that it brought along with it was massive.  Tucson Car Con brought not only the typical superheroes that you see at most conventions but added a feature that is very uniquely Tucson – a car show.  That’s right, Tucson, AZ may have just started a new trend. (more…)

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Springfield, the capital of the great State of Illinois. It was the place Abraham Lincoln came to in 1831 to being his law practice and later his political career, sitting in the legislature there as part of the General Assembly. Of course, Lincoln is not the only great Springfieldianite to contribute positively to the fabric of American society. The Flower City was also home to Civil War general and later President Ulysses S. Grant, founder of General Foods Marjorie Merriweather Post, and the famed frontman for Morris Day and the Time Morris Day. But now the reputation of the City of Springfield is forever tarnished as Mayor J. Michael Houston has given the keys to the city to Cobra Commander. Yes, that Cobra Commander. (more…)

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The unpleasant story of DragonCon co-founder Ed Kramer was one of the first nerd news items I ever covered for this website. All the way back in January I reported on a boycott of the popular convention: Kramer had been accused of multiple counts of child molestation, and yet he reportedly continued to draw an income from them. In July, it was announced that DragonCon had absolutely and irrevocably severed ties with Kramer.

And now, we have received word that Kramer has plead guilty to three of the six counts of molestation against him. He will serve 34 months in house arrest, pay restitution of $100,000 to each of his victims, and spend the rest of his life as a registered sex offender–he will be forbidden from having any contact with individuals under 16.  (more…)

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Something that seems to get lost in the shuffle nowadays is common decency, and our nerdy conventions are no exception to that growing trend. For some reason, people get the idea that it’s alright to treat people like animals, like people who won’t mind someone being outright rude to them, because that’s “their sense of humor” or it’s that person’s “own fault” for dressing or doing something a certain way.

For me, and I’m sure for most people, nerd culture is so great because it’s something that brings so many different people together for something that they have a shared love for, be it comics, video games, movies, whatever. Becoming a part of this massive group of people who share this love also brings something that I think a lot of us strive for because we can’t seem to find it anywhere else: acceptance.

So, with that being said, this short video takes a look at the situation (albeit with a more fun, positive approach) through the eyes of female cosplayers, who are notoriously harassed at these conventions. The thing that we all need to understand is that they don’t go to these conventions to be treated the way most people would treat a common whore. They go for the same reason everyone else does; love for the culture that we share. Please, the next time you go to a convention, keep this video in mind.

Via: Geeks Are Sexy

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After years of attempts to buy out Dragon*Con founding member and accused child molester, Edward Kramer, the forces of good have prevailed and Dragon*Con is now officially separated from Kramer. The continued association, in where Kramer was still receiving funds from the convention even after having resigned from any and all convention operation in 2000, was brought into the spotlight earlier this year with a very public boycott from writers Nancy A. Collins and Stephen Bissette.

The buy out was made official today, with Kramer receiving cash for his shares and ownership of the convention transferring to the newly founded Dragon Con Inc., led by Pat Henry, David Cody and Robert Dennis. The full press release is available below the cut, but the details of the buy out have not been disclosed.

Henry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Con assures fans,

This decision only affects the ownership of the old Dragon Con. Our members and others who attend Dragon*Con 2013 will experience the same fantastic convention they have come to expect from us.

This deal also does not affect agreements with the hotels, guests, or performers. Meaning, Dragon*Con 2013 will continue as previously planned. Just now, completely, 100% child molester legal defense fee funding-free!

What took so long? We’ll never know. I imagine it’s simply our convoluted legal system at work. But it’s interesting to note Dragon*Con has made this decision only days behind author John Scalzi‘s announcement he’ll no longer attend conventions without clearly posted and enforced sexual harassment policies. Not that I’m claiming the two are related, but both present an interesting observation of conventions and what the public is coming to expect from the organizations that run them.

And I’ll add, Dragon*Con, with its rampant cosplay, better be working on a clearly defined sexual harassment policy, because as I scroll through their Convention Policies, I don’t see one. There is a rule about behaving, “like a jerk,” which I’m sure we’d all agree harassment falls under, but I’d like some more defined language, as would, I’m assuming, Scalzi.

Clearly defined rules allowing for these gatherings of nerdom to be safe and accepting atmospheres brought to us by individuals who haven’t been accused of harming others. I’m all about that, aren’t you?

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SDCC 2013 marks my third time attending the convention. I’ve had a pretty charmed experience at both the 2009 and 2012 shows. In fact, last year was so amazing and perfect that I’d planned on taking a few years off. The bug bit me a couple months later though, and we decided to head back again this year.

I’m getting a little better each year at planning for these large conventions, and I thought I’d pass along what I’ve learned.

A little background on my personal SDCC logistics, as not everything I list will be applicable to everyone. I fly in from the Boston area with my girlfriend, grab a taxi/shuttle from the airport and we usually stay with another couple at either the Marriott Marquis & Marina or the Hard Rock Hotel. Yes, those rooms are pricier than others, but splitting the room with others drops the cost, and the quality of life and convenience with SDCC is far, far more than doubled.

I’ll split my SDCC survival guide into three sections — Pre-Packing Preparation, Packing and On-Site Preparation.

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Just when you think we, as a geeky, nerdy culture have started making some strides in raising awareness about Cosplay not equaling Consent, this pops up its ugly head. At this year’s AnimeNext convention some Internet popular Cosplayers got a shocking surprise when they and their friends walking around the dealer’s room found 2 Image Solutions selling full body pillows with Cosplayers likenesses on the front and back.

One side with the front picture seen above and the other side with . . . their backsides. If you haven’t read about these “Body pillows” it’s one of those Japanese things that borders the line between everyone’s personal freedom to do what you want with that creepy overtly sexual thing someone is doing with a pillow featuring the likeness of a sexy anime character. Some guy actually tried to marry one of these things.

Imagine how you would feel finding your image on one of these pillows or some other borderline sexual item. I’d hope you were as outraged as many of those Cosplayers whose image was used without their express permission.

The Superman cosplayer pictured above, Dustin Dorough, went on record on Facebook to say:

“Whoa… I DEFINITELY did not give permission for this.”

“I never signed any sort of release for any products or prints. I’ve only done photoshoots with 4 photographers and never in this suit. This pillow is a random convention candid from Dragon*Con.”

Another of those involved, Marie Grey, who Cosplays Phoenix pictured above, wrote about her experience over the weekend in her new blog, The Grey Point. It’s an interesting read worth clicking over to read the entire post. The short story is that after some discussion and back and forth between the Cosplayers, AnimeNEXT Officials, and 2 Image Solutions, the following solution was determined.

EDIT 8:02 PM: At this time, 2 Image Solutions has agreed to change their policy and will no longer be selling posters, prints, pillows, stickers and other materials of cosplayers unless the individual cosplayer requests the products themselves. Thank you, Eric, for listening to us and following our wishes! For a reference to his new policy, please go here.

Now this is just one case that ended well. The bad news in this story is that pillows were already sold with Cosplayers images and can’t be gotten back. As we all know there are shady dealers at every convention. Just check for a video or DVD booth and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Some art print dealers and “artists” have also been discovered selling pirated copies of comic book artists work to which they have secured no legal rights to.

Vigilance is needed by all of us to stamp out this before it becomes a trend. My main concern is that those selling these images should have the Cosplayers permission or signed rights. If you as the Cosplayer are OK with it then fine, but no one should use your image in such a manner without your consent.

Via: OH!Entertainment

 

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What a big, nerdy mess!

Okay, let’s see if we can straighten this out. Here’s what the BBC had to say:

Police were called to a science fiction convention after an argument between two rival groups of fans.

Trouble flared at the fourth Norwich Sci-Fi and Film Convention at the University of East Anglia, organised by Norwich Star Wars Club.

Police were called after members of the rival Norwich Sci-Fi club arrived to get autographs from two Doctor Who actors at the event on Sunday.

Norfolk Police confirmed officers attended and spoke to both parties.

A spokesman said they had been called to reports of a man being assaulted at the convention.

Further information was provided by British newspapers The Mirror and The Telegraph:

It kicked off when angry organiser Richard Walker, of the Norwich Star Wars club, saw Jim Poole, 44, of rival Norwich Sci Fi Club filming the family event with two fellow Time Lord fans, one dressed as David Tennant.

Mr Walker, 63, said: “The person on the door had not not recognised them. I put my hand on Mr Poole’s arm to escort him off the premises and he said I had assaulted him.”

More than a dozen people then became involved in a bitter row at the University of East Anglia, where 1,000 sci-fi fans had gathered, many dressed as Stormtroopers.

Police arrived and put one Who fan in a car before calming things down. They decided there was no assault.

Mr Walker said the visiting club had been trying to undermine and embarrass the convention by posting comments on social media sites such as Facebook.

But Mr Poole said he had attended “in good faith” to collect autographs from two actors for a Doctor Who signature diary to be auctioned for charity.

Both sides said there had been a long-running rivalry between the two groups and the events they organise.

Honestly, I always thought the Star Wars v. Star Trek rivalry would be the one to get violent…Granted, my Doctor Who knowledge is limited, but I fail to see how two such vastly different franchises could fail to peacefully co-exist. I mean if you were to argue the merits of “Wars” against “Who“, where would you even begin? What aspects to the two properties could you compare and contrast?

Sounds to me like these are just two douchebags who have personal grievances, and are using their fandoms as their own private battleground.

Sad, really.

Source: BleedingCool