Trouble at SDCC: Cosplay is Not Consent!

Heyo! Mads here, and before I begin I’d just like to say I’m incredibly glad to be apart of the Docking Bay team, and I cannot wait to hop on and share my views on the good, the bad, and the nerdy! So, on with the article!

As most of you know, last thursday marked the first day of San Diego Comic Con! This has to be by far one of the largest geek culture conventions in America, spanning 4 hectic days (Thursday-Sunday) and though we don’t have a released attendee count for this year yet, in recent years the con has hit over 130,000 attendees, yikes! Among these attendees are cosplayers, gamers, artists, the whole bunch! What do all of these people have in common? Their love for just about anything nerdy! Now I’ve noticed that lately, we’ve been having a growing problem in the convention scene. Many cosplayers are facing sexual harassment, mostly because this weird trend going around that because you might be wearing a cosplay, (skimpy or not) you are consenting to being sexually harassed. So my question is, what is it about conventions that compels people to grow 500% more touchy than in regular public areas?  Is it the fact that there are so many people of similar interests in one place? Perhaps it’s the amount of euphoria elevating in such an event, that some people feel like they’re able to get away with things they normally wouldn’t? Regardless, It needs to stop.

 

Backtracking on the subject, Comic Con is a prime example of a term I’m going to be focusing on, which is “Cosplay Is Not Consent.” Amidst the insane geekery and shenanigans, stands a group of cosplayers apart from the others. They call themselves the “GeeksforCONsent,” which is composed of three girls from Philadelphia who want to work towards eliminating harassment at conventions. This year, they amassed over 2,500 signatures at comic con on their petition to get popular geek culture conventions to include a Zero Tolerance policy for harassment. Not only would this policy include sexual harassment, but also harassment towards other individuals because of race, gender, sexuality, etc. Despite the fact that Comic con does have security and will occasionally intervene, it’s simply not enough. This year, I’ve noticed a spike in harassment, not to mention the plethora of cases at comic con last week. One in particular was about a female cosplayer (I’m not quite sure who the character was that she was cosplaying) who was found bloody and unconscious on the side of the road, and to my knowledge, the police have yet to have found a culprit. I find it very disheartening to think that cosplaying may be becoming dangerous now, because it shouldn’t be! Cosplaying and costuming is about having fun, going to cons with friends attending local charity events, etc. nobody should feel frightened of getting attacked or molested in cosplay, especially at the one place they may feel the safest.

 

Although we may not be able to abolish sexual harassment in cosplay, I am 100% certain we can find ways to reduce it. Now, before I finish this up, here’s a few cosplay safety tips to help you make the most of your convention experience.

 

  1. When leaving the main spaces of the convention, try to stay in groups.

Some people will try to approach you when you’re on your own, as it’s a lot easier to get away with groping/harassment.

  1. When asked for a photo, keep a friend close, and establish your boundary.

Make it known where your personal bubble is, don’t let anyone pop it.

  1. If someone gropes you or verbally harasses you, call them out on it immediately.

Don’t let them get away with it! Calling them out causes a confrontation, and attracts attention to the culprit.

  1. Don’t accept food, drinks, candy, etc. from people you don’t know or trust.

Basically something we’ve been taught in grade school: Don’t take free candy from strangers, just don’t.

 

And that about does it for my Con Safety Tips! If you think I’ve missed anything, please feel free to comment below and share your opinion!

Teen Wolf gets a fifth season!

Teen Wolf is at Comic-Con again this year and this time MTV has taken it to the next level by giving the series its very own booth on the show floor (#3729) if your interested. The series panel wrapped and we got some amazing news in the form of Teen Wolf being officially renewed for a two-part fifth season consisting of 20 episodes. Fans can also watch the all new mid-season trailer for the fourth season on the MTV app for iOS and Android now. Aside from the first episode this season that didn’t quite feel like it fit the series has fantastic this season. The Beacon Hills dead pool list and the search for the benefactor, means that potentially anything could happen. Some of the humor from season one managed to make it’s way a few of the earlier episodes which was nice after last seasons serious and darker twists with Stiles. So with more Teen Wolf to look forward to let’s just hope our cast make it to season 5 in one piece.

Where did all the comics go?

San Diego Comic-Con has become a multi-genre entertainment beast worthy of the fantasy that has inspired it.  But did you know it was founded as the Golden State Comic Book Convention in 1970 by a group of individuals from San Diego.   Later it was just called the San Diego Comic Book Convention.  If you have never been it is a four-day event (Thursday-Sunday) held during the summer at the San Diego Convention Center in Southern California.  But when I say Comic-Con what do you think of?  Do you get upset that the convention has grown to become more about media and pop culture, or are you just excited that Comic-Con is now the equivalent of nerd Mardi Gras?  Of course the convention originally showcased primarily comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts, BUT the convention now includes a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres of entertainment, including horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels.   Forbes has said the convention is the largest convention of its kind in the world and it is also the largest convention held in San Diego.  Now I don’t quite get why people have gotten so upset about it over the past few years?  Is it because the con sells out so quickly and people just get angry they can’t be part of the party?  Four years ago and probably every year since 2010 it has filled the San Diego Convention Center to capacity with more than 130,000 attendees.  Whatever the reason, Comic-con has become the nerdy event of the year. Despite people’s complaints that Comic-Con is no longer about the comics it has become too strong of a brand to change the name now.  With the content via the internet we are in a place where entertainment can be more locked into to a target audience, but lately I’ve noticed people feel like all things should be for all people and if it’s not, it’s shouldn’t exist.  Whatever you think about Comic-Con, or you’re feelings about the convention just remember that there are people who enjoy it, so try to not go out of your way to put down something someone else enjoys.  Though comic con may not be for you, there are tons of other wonderful cons like Wondercon, Anime Expo, Comikaze, etc..  Not all things are for all people, and if it’s not for you just accept it and focus on something you enjoy much beter, and put your time and effort into making that great!

Pirates Classes!

While driving to wherever I was headed I spotted, out of the corner of my eye, a building promoting “Pirate Classes.” Having passed the building while on the freeway, I decided to make a mental note and investigate later.  But it just kept eating away at my attention;  Was this merely an all-too-specific acting class? Or was this truly about becoming a swashbuckling privateer? Visions of receiving my diploma from a peg-leg Pete danced across my mind. This was followed by seeing myself all pirated-up, bounding across the poop deck, barking orders to my scallywag crew, and spinning the ships wheel with a green eye-patched parrot on my shoulder.  Smelling the sea air and adventuring to the far ends of the earth! But then my dreams were dashed when I saw the sign on the building again…”Pilates Classes.”

XBOX at COMIC-CON?

Great news from The Xbox News Wire! If you’re going to  Comic-Con International: San Diego -which is the biggest, craziest, most awesome pop culture convention in the world, maybe the galaxy or even the universe- the people at XBOX this year look like they are going big. They have panels, stuff going on at their booth and even some tournaments. Honestly, I’m not sure if they are trying hard enough.
Here are the panels the good people at XBOX are putting on and that you can check out if you’re attending COMIC-CON:

Halo: Nightfall First-Look Thursday, July 24, 11:45AM – 12:45PM, Room 6BCF
Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions.

The Fusion of Art and Style in Sunset Overdrive Thursday, July 24, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, Room 5AB
Join Xbox Live’s Major Nelson to get an inside look into the inspiration behind the vibrant and off-the-wall style of Sunset Overdrive, a new open-world action game coming exclusively to the Xbox One this fall.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Developer Panel Friday, July 25, 10:15AM – 11:15AM, Room 6BCF
Fans can hear about what to expect from the highly anticipated compilation.

Digging E.T. – Behind the Scenes of the Xbox Originals Documentary, “Atari: Game Over” Friday, July 25, 3:30PM – 4:40PM, Room 5AB

Comic-Con fans will get the first glimpse at “Atari: Game Over,” the Xbox Originals documentary that chronicles the fall of the Atari Corporation through the lens of one of the biggest mysteries of all time, dubbed “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983.”

Then at the XBOX Lounge, and their Booth, you can check out.

  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Evolve
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Fable Legends
  • Ori and The Blind Forest
  • Super Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix
  • Madden NFL 15
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • The Evil Within
  • The Crew
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)
  • Killer Instinct
  • Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
  • Project Spark
  • Minecraft
  • Powerstar Golf
  • Project Totem
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • #IDARB
  • Fenix Rage
  • Dance Central Spotlight
  • Titanfall
  • Forza 5
  • Kinect Sports Rivals

Xbox Tournaments Powered by MLG. The Xbox Gaming Lounge will have a variety of walk-up-and-play tournaments for Titanfall, Killer Instinct, and Forza Motorsport 5. The tourneys are designed for all Comic-Con attendees. MLG commentator Chris Puckett will provide play-by-play commentary for walk-up gamers, who will also have the opportunity to play against MLG pros and YouTube stars. The Tournaments will be broadcast on the MLG apps for Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as MLG.tv and MLG mobile apps.

The Xbox Gaming Lounge will be located at the Manchester Grand Hyatt (One Market Place, Seasport Ballroon, 2nd Floor). And the dates and times for the tournaments are:

Thursday, July 24 – 11:00AM – 6:00PM
11AM – 1:30PM – Forza Motorsport 5
2:00PM – 6:00PM – Titanfall

Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 – 11:00AM – 8:00PM
11AM – 1:30PM – Forza Motorsport 5
2:00PM – 8:00PM – Titanfall

Sunday, July 27 – 11:00AM – 5:00PM
11AM – 5PM – Killer Instinct
As you can see they have quite a bit going on-  and hopefully they have something you’re interested in!

When Star Wars invades our world…

As kids, we used to fantasize about stormtroopers invading our malls, schools, and sporting events because, well, we wanted Star Wars to be everywhere! Thanks to the Rebel Legion, 501st and other costumers and organizations, we’ve gotten pretty complacent with “Star Wars Everywhere” at our charity and community events, to the point where we no longer blink to see members of the Family Skywalker -light or dark side- walking the halls of a kid’s hospital.

Nearly ten years ago, artist Cédric Delseux took “Star Wars Everywhere” a bit further, putting Star Wars in our everyday lives with his “Dark Lens” series. Parking garages,  urban ruins, and landmarks in countries around the world are invaded seamlessly by the toys, statues and models of our fandom, giving them a terrific sense of scale and making our world just a bit creepier.

Full Gallery and Artist info are here.

The Falcon's Hiding Place, Dubai, 2009

Nintendo to hold Super Smash Bros tourney for 3DS at Comic-Con

Thats right- Nintendo will be hosting its first-ever tournament for the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS at San Diego Comic-Con on July 25! They are inviting fans to come to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge at the Marriott Marquis & Marina (adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center) for a CHANCE to participate.  That is the one thing, because Tournament slots are limited; fans can sign up that day but its on a first-come first-serve basis.  The tournament is supposed to start at Noon, where there will be a preliminary round in which groups of four competitors battle it out with the winner advancing. During the finals, players will duke it out one-on-one to determine the top smasher. For those not able to attend San Diego Comic-Con or those not quick enough to make it into the tourney,  the tournament will be streamed live on Nintendo’s Twitch channel.

Here is a video announcing four new characters for the next Super Smash Bros. game