It’s become a sad coda to some of the major conventions, news after the fact that some of the behavior of fans at said convention was inappropriate. It’s happened once again at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic Con, but this time, a group of cosplayers is looking to convince SDCC organizers to do something a little more proactive about the problem. (more…)
Sexual Harassment Policy
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?