As you have probably gathered from all the coverage lately, the culture wars have been picking up in comics lately, as the GamerGate movement has clashed recently with the Calgary Expo, Mark Waid, and Kurt Busiek (and Mark Waid again). Now, Denver Comic Con has entered the mix, as our on the scene reporter Zechs was passed this story at C2E2 tonight.
Earlier today, a person (presumably a GamerGate agitator) asked Denver Comic Con about their harassment policy, and the con responded:
They were then pressed for more info, specifically about wearing GamerGate t-shirts:
To which they initially responded:
But then deleted the tweets after GamerGate objected on social media. This is the current statement from the convention on the matter:
Here's the current Denver Con Harassment policy:
The harassment policy applies to any individual attending Denver Comic Con, including guests, exhibitors, staff, attendees, etc.
Denver Comic Con is a safe space. This means we expect it to be a safe environment for fans from any ethnicity, creed, religious background, political background, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, sexual orientation, fandom, etc. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. This includes, but is not limited to: physical assault, verbal harassment, sexual harassment, stalking, unwanted physical contact, unwanted advances, or inappropriate media capture. (Inappropriate media capture is defined as photography, video, audio, or some other form of recording where the subject feels they are being stalked, exploited, degraded, or disrespected through being recorded. People are allowed to document the convention through media capture as long as no one feels they are being harassed.)
Harassment is defined by the victim.
“No” means no. “Stop” means stop. “Go away” means go away.
If it is determined – either by observation or by complaint – that an individual or group has harassed another attendee, any or all of the following things may occur –
That individual or group may be:
Warned to cease and desist;
Asked to leave the convention, or;
Banned from the convention for a period of time to be determined by staff.
To report harassment please find the nearest Denver Comic Con volunteer or security personnel. They will direct you to an information desk or security center. If you feel your safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy please contact the Denver Police Department at 911 if an emergency. The Denver Police Department non-emergency number for District 6 is 720-913-2800.
For your own safety, if you feel that you are being harassed in a non-emergency situation please report your problems to us before anyone else. If you cannot find a staff, crew, or volunteer member to assist you, please go to the information desks located near registration or just inside the entrance of the exhibition floor. Please report to us before taking matters into your own hands (such as personally confronting the aggressor or posting on social media). We have professional security and they are properly equipped for these contingencies.
As we're seeing and will continue to see more often, institutions, companies, and personalities are being forced to choose sides in this debate using symbolic issues like this. So far, comics pros and conventions have sided against GamerGate. Will Denver Comic Con be the first to swing the other way? And what will happen when the comics culture war forces that backed the ideologically similar side during recent controversies over Milo Manara's Spider-Woman cover, the canceled Batgirl variant, and Frank Cho's parodies of Manara's cover link up with the invading GamerGate armies? Will we have a full scale civil war on our hands in the Internet Comics Community?
I have a message for you, GamerGate. I want you to listen closely:
Look at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they've always done before
Does that resonate with you, GamerGate? No? How about this:
Look at the hate we're breeding
Look at the fear we're feeding
Look at the lives we're leading
The way we've always done before
Nothing? Okay then, you asked for it.
*puts nuts in meat grinder*
My hands are tiiiiiiieeeeeyyyiiieeeed
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human riyyghts
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can't deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil waaaaaaars
I don't need no mo waaaaoooowaaooooowaaoooowaaaooooaaaoooooaaaooo! Oh no oh no oh no! Guitar solo!
Sorry, got carried away. Take it from here, Axl: