|11:45 AM, Sunday, July 27th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
The following is an article that recently addressed the growing harassment against, but not limited to, women at San Diego Comic Con. This subject is currently very hotly debated and is, as such, controversial. While the Comic Related staff is vehemently against harassment of all types, we do not include this article as a representation of an opinion, but simply for informational purposes. Your mileage may vary. Regardless of personal opinions, this is an interesting article that everyone should read.
John Wilson Reporting for Comic Related
Comic-Con 2014: Outcry, Action Against Harassment Grows
Mariah Whether attended her first Comic-Con as a newly minted comic book editor a few years ago, looking to network with artists. But at a nighttime party in a hotel by the bay, she realized that others had a different kind of connection in mind.
"One of the guys suddenly had his hand on my butt," said Huehner, 35, who is best known as the author of the "True Blood" and "Emily and the Strangers" comics. "It's a shocking reminder that you're seen differently."
Comic-Con International's dense crowds, Bacchanalian atmosphere and mask-wearing anonymity make it prime territory for misbehavior, according to both men and women who have attended the event many times. Here, and at other similar events around the country, convention-goers have been known to grope, stalk and take "upskirt" photos with impunity. The behavior is so common that there is even a term for it: Creeping at a con.
But as San Diego's annual convention opens Thursday, a backlash is brewing. One prominent science fiction author is holding his event away from the official Convention Center site to protest what he calls lax anti-harassment policies. And a group calling itself Geeks for CONsent submitted a petition with 2,500 signatures calling on organizers to post signs in the convention halls detailing its anti-harassment policies. It also wants convention volunteers to get training on how to respond to harassment reports.
"San Diego Comic-Con is the mecca of conventions," said Rochelle Keyhan of Geeks for CONsent, who plans to hand out literature about what constitutes harassment while dressed as a steampunk Disney princess. "They should be leading by example. Instead they think they're the only convention that has no harassment."
Organizers point out that Comic-Con already posts its policy, that "harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated," on its website and in a printed events guide.
"Anyone being made to feel uncomfortable at our show is obviously a concern for us," Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer said in an email. "The safety of our attendees is a primary concern of ours. For this reason we have more staff and security than other events of our type. In addition we also have a command post in the lobby of our event that is staffed with members of the San Diego Police Department, fire and other emergency services."
With about 130,000 attendees, Comic-Con is a place where fans celebrate superheroes and science fiction and Hollywood studios promote their upcoming geek-friendly fare. As comic book characters have broadened, so too has their fan base. More women have begun attending Comic-Con in recent years, and now comprise about 40% of convention-goers, according to Glanzer.
Women who attend these conventions say some of the men present still seem to think it's a boys club.
Janelle Asselin, who has edited comics for DC and Disney, said she has been groped at half a dozen conventions. She said a male comic book artist once told her he would like to eat her "like a pie," and she received rape threats in comments posted online after she had written a critique of a comic on her blog.
"It seems worse in the last five years or so," Asselin said. "But I think a big part of that is that there are more women here, and more women saying, ';I'm not gonna shut up about how women are treated in comics or how they're treated at cons.'"
The uncomfortable moments aren't limited to after-parties and encounters on the crowded convention floor. At a "Game of Thrones" panel at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, a mix of cheers and groans rose up in the audience when actor Jason Momoa said his favorite part of his role on the HBO show is that he gets to "rape beautiful women and have them fall in love with me." At a panel last year featuring female action stars called "Women Who Kick Ass," audience members waiting for other speakers grew restless and complained audibly in the convention hall that the panel should be called "Women Who Talk too Much."
The atmosphere persists at conventions even as the comics world itself is becoming more inclusive. In the last week, Marvel Comics introduced a female Thor and a black Captain America, and a new "Archie" comic saw its red-headed hero take a bullet for an openly gay character.
There are signs Comic-Con is heeding some of the criticism — a last-minute email sent to badge-holders late Tuesday prominently highlighted its anti-harassment policy, and encouraged attendees to enlist security if they feel unsafe. Glanzer said it was the first time organizers had taken that step, saying "it seemed like a good idea to add to that with the email distribution."
For some would-be attendees, including sci-fi author John Scalzi, organizers haven't done enough. Last summer, Scalzi wrote a blog post titled "My New Convention Harassment Policy," saying he would only be a panelist or guest of honor at a convention that has a clear, visible and enforced harassment policy. More than 1,100 people, including several other authors, co-signed his post.
"Every section of culture and society goes through this, where a group who has put up with a lot of harassment says, ';No, we don't want that anymore,'" Scalzi said recently. "There's always that moment where the world shifts. Nerd culture is in the middle of that now."
Though Scalzi's publisher, Tor Books, had already booked him to attend Comic-Con this year, he decided to hold his event, a reading and signing, at a location outside the convention center.
"I found Comic-Con's policy to be deficient," Scalzi said. "It didn't state clearly and unambiguously what they believe harassment to be."
The culture of caddishness at fan and genre conventions is a long one — in a piece of correspondence from a 1962 science fiction convention in Chicago, an organizer suggested that writer Isaac Asimov deliver a talk on the "Positive Power of Posterior Pinching" and offered to supply some posteriors. Asimov declined, but asked to be pointed to a "girlie show" while in town.
In 2006, while accepting a Hugo Award at a convention in Anaheim, author Harlan Ellison grabbed the breast of the presenter, author Connie Willis. In the world of science fiction literature, it was the equivalent of the lead actor winner grabbing the lead actress winner's breast at the Oscars.
"It was a slap in the face to me to see a successful, powerful and respected writer treated that way at the genre's biggest award ceremony," said science fiction author Kameron Hurley, who was sitting in the audience. "I didn't go to many cons for a few years after that."
Changing a culture where even minor tweaks to a character's suit can be treated as blasphemy will be slow going, many in the genre world say.
"We have a saying, ';If something's done once, it's a tradition. If something's done twice, it's a hallowed tradition,'" Scalzi said. "Not everything is gonna be solved immediately, but when people are becoming much more willing to publicly say, ';This is a problem. This guy has done this thing and we want it addressed,' I do think change is coming."
Source: Rebecca Keegan/Hero Complex
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|12:00 PM, Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
DC Comics rejected a Shazam pitch from Gail Simone, Mark Waid and Grant Morrison.
The Batgirl writer revealed in a series of tweets the details of the anthology comic that the three acclaimed creators suggested to the publisher.
Of all the comics projects that never happened, the one that makes me saddest was one we pitched years ago...a Shazam anthology book (cont)
— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 22, 2014
"With three stories each issue," Simone wrote. "Captain Marvel by Mark Waid, Junior by Grant Morrison, and Mary Marvel by me. Would have killed for that.
"They didn't go for it because some new take on Shazam was coming that never happened anyway. But can you imagine how fun that book would have been?
"I like the new Shazam, great potential there. But will always be bummed we did not get to do that book."
Waid and Morrison previously collaborated on DC's acclaimed weekly series 52.
Simone will shortly exit Batgirl for a new DC project, rumored to be a return to Secret Six.
The writer was also announced this week to be working on a Women of Dynamite series uniting Red Sonja, Vampirella and Dejah Thoris as part of Dynamite's tenth anniversary celebrations.
Dwayne Johnson has teased that he will play Shazam on the big screen.
Source: Digital Spy
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|6:00 PM, Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Dynamite Entertainment has announced its acquisition of the licence to The Spirit.
The publisher will be creating new comics based on Will Eisner's iconic detective property.
A creative team has not been announced, nor specific plans for the title's future.
"Bringing The Spirit to Dynamite is a dream come true," said publisher and CEO Nick Barrucci. "Actually, that's not a strong enough sentiment. It's a lifelong dream come true."
Dynamite controls the licences to various classic pulp properties, including Flash Gordon, The Phantom, The Shadow, The Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger and Zorro.
DC Comics was the most recent publisher of the adventures of Denny Colt and his masked alter-ego.
Darwyn Cooke wrote and drew a run on The Spirit. Frank Miller also directed a poorly received 2008 film.
Eisner gave his name to the San Diego Comic-Con awards, which will be announced again this weekend at the event. The legendary creator died in 2005.
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|6:00 PM, Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 - Posted by Chuck Moore|
William Gravel has lived a hard life and its made him into a man with stone in his blood. Now the old soldier is being called back into action to deal with a rogue combat magician and monsters in the Japanese subway. The war horse has some kick left in him but will it be enough to take down a madman, a monster, and ninja combat magicians? You better bloody believe it.
New in July Previews the Gravel Vol 4 Combat Magician TPB collects the five issue story arc from the recent Gravel comic book series. Mike Wolfer ushers in the return of one of Warren Ellis' longest running characters to the pages of comics! Ask your local comic shop to reserve a copy of this horror filled tome to complete your Gravel collection.
Source: Avatar Press
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|6:00 PM, Monday, July 14th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Sam Alden has announced Screentime June/July.
The new book collects his recent black and white pixel drawings.
Alden has recently been posting a series of retro-style computer images online created with an old program called Paintbrush.
The Ignatz Award-winning creator's recent releases include It Never Happened Again from Uncivilized Books, Wicked Chicken Queen from Retrofit and Haunter from Study Group Comics.
Sonatina Comics will publish the book.
Screentime June/July is available for pre-order now ahead of its release in August.
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|4:00 PM, Friday, July 11th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Gilbert Hernandez will draw a Wonder Woman story as part of the new Sensation Comics digital first series.
The Love and Rockets co-creator features in a DC Comics solicitation for the comic posted by MTV.
The Palomar cartoonist will be working on one story, with Sean E Williams and fashion/commercial illustrator Margeurite Sauvage collaborating on another for the title.
"When Wonder Woman allows an other dimensional science-villain to capture her, she expects to swiftly deal with his android minions and save the day," reads the solicitation. "But he's able to brainwash her and that's when things go haywire!
"Then, back on Earth, we share a rare moment from Diana's rock star days."
It has not been revealed which story Hernandez will be working on.
Ivan Reis and Joe Prado will deliver the cover for the comic.
The two stories will be released digitally on September 24 and October 15, with Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #3 arriving in print also on October 15.
Source: Digital Spy
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|2:00 PM, Thursday, July 10th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
BOOM! Studios has announced a Fraggle Rock miniseries from Kate Leth.
The Kate or Die! creator is working with Jake Myler on the four-part Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring, based on Jim Henson's '80s television show.
"This is the longest Fraggle story to be told in comics, so we wanted it to feel a bit more like a movie than a clip from the show," Leth told Newsarama.
"Basically, the Fraggles discover that their home has run dry. All the water has up and disappeared, leaving them in quite a state! They're forced to venture further and deeper into the tunnels below Fraggle Rock, which is where they encounter a whole new colony of Doozers."
She added that "it's terribly exciting to finally be working on something my mom's excited about".
Leth has been working on the Bravest Warriors comic for BOOM! and has designed merchandise for the Welcome to Night Vale podcast.
Fraggle Rock comics have previously been published by Archaia, which recently became an imprint of BOOM!
Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring #1 will be released on October 8.
Source: Digital Spy
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|3:00 PM, Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
If there's one character that has had a strange life in DC's The New 52, it's the intergalactic anti-hero Lobo. The character appeared in a number of issues of Deathstroke just before a prettier version debuted in last year's Justice League #23.2 claiming to be the "real" Lobo and on the hunt for the previously seen "imposter."
Now, DC Comics have revealed that Lobo will be getting his own comic series this October which will see the two Lobos finally come face to face. Writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Sinestro) will pen the new series with artist Reilly Brown (Cable & Deadpool
"The 'real' Lobo is the star of our series," Bunn said in an interview with CBR. "And I think he gives us a lot more mileage for new stories and avoiding some of the dangers of the 'one trick pony'.... There's so much we don't know about this character, because we've only seen him very, very briefly."
Bunn confirmed that the series will see the two characters, the "Real" Lobo and Faux-bo (as they've been calling him), coming to blows very early in the series. He also revealed the first arc, which will run for six issues, will be mostly one-and-done stories featuring Lobo on the trail of different assassins.
Lobo #1 will be available October 1st.
Source: Superhero Hype
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|9:00 AM, Sunday, July 6th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Neill Cameron has announced How To Make Awesome Comics.
The guide to making comics comes under the banner of kids comics anthology The Phoenix and is published by David Fickling Books.
"A helpful manual for kids on every aspect of the comics-making process," wrote Cameron on his blog.
"And also, fart jokes. Basically, every school comics workshop I've done in the last five years, every library event, every festival - this is the book I've wished I could give to people. And now it actually exists."
Cameron will also be running a week-long Make Awesome Comics course during the summer holidays for kids aged 8-12 at The Story Museum in Oxford.
Kate Brown and Gary Northfield will be joining him between July 28 and August 1.
Cameron has created Robo Bros, Tamsin and the Deep and The Pirates of Pangaea for The Phoenix and contributed to the recent debut issue of Jamie Smart's Moose Kid Comics.
The Phoenix recently announced its first collections.
How To Make Awesome Comics will be released on August 7.
Source: DIgital Spy
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|9:00 AM, Saturday, July 5th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Dragon Con, which has gone through a few changes recently, has debuted a brand new logo this week. You may recall a while back, they dropped the asterisk (*) from their name as the first step in rebranding themselves. This new, sleek logo design seems to be the next phase. And I have to admit, as a graphic designer, I do really like the design (click to enlarge):
It's clean, colorful, and, in my opinion, very nicely represents what Dragon Con is all about. This is one of those shows I've wanted to go to for years, and will eventually make it there. It does take place in my birth state after all.
If you're interested in attending, you still have time. Dragon Con takes place on August 29th through September 1st this year in Atlanta, GA.
Here's the official press release about the new logo design:
DRAGON CON REVEALS NEW SLEEK, ICONIC LOGO
New Modern Logo Honors Past and Represents the Future of Dragon Con
Dragon Con, Atlanta's internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, has a new logo, the first update in almost 20 years.
The new Dragon Con logo features a dragon in profile contained within a circle, with the Dragon Con name arching across the middle. The new colors are blue and gold with a touch of red, giving the design a bold and contemporary look.
"It was time to freshen up our logo, but it was important to maintain some continuity with the past," said President Pat Henry. "The new logo honors our past, but also gives us something that represents Dragon Con's present and future."
The new logo design translates the former logo into a flatter graphic image which should become iconic and stand the test of time. The design is also easily translated into black and white from its rich color palette. The sleek new logo has modern appeal, but still reflects the convention's humble beginnings.
"We are not the same show that we were back in 1995. We have experienced tremendous growth, morphing from a small convention that catered to a few specific interests into one embraced by the mainstream culture that encompasses so many aspects of fandom," Henry said. "As we continue to grow and evolve, we believe our logo should reflect that."
The modernized logo comes on the heels of the decision to update the convention name from Dragon*Con to Dragon Con, as the convention renews its style to reflect that of its membership and offering the best of pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi to its members in the 21st century.
About Dragon Con
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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