actually why would you expect anything less from people that have no semblance of social construct outside of lycra and fighting?
Comic book nerds don't know how to act around actual women? Wow. Who would've thunk it?
You don't get a free pass to be an asshole just because you're a geeky comics nerd. The first guy should have been escorted off the premises by security, and the instant the second group touched her the police should have been called and the men arrested for assault.
*joke about how nerds can't interact with females in an appropriate manner*
Why touch, grab, hug and kiss when you can slap, punch, slice and dice?
Damn, Skeletor's let himself go.
@6: Although I'm really glad that fellow didn't try to dress as Fat He-Man.
What I think is pretty cool is how quickly the comic community embraced the story (originally written and posted at http://bullyscomics.blogspot.com/), The ISB, Progressive Ruin, Newsarama, and many others have all posted it as well.
If nothing else, the people who are spreading the news show there are more cool, responsible geeks out there than the gropey mouth-breathers.
Responsible geeks know to wait until you get home to furiously masturbate to the chicks dressed like Catwoman.
@6 I thought Slade Gordon used to do marathons and such?
More than 120,000 people attended Comic-Con 2008 yet, because of the actions of a literal HANDFUL of people, there exists "pervasive sexism in the comic book convention-going community"? That follows.
this is easily the best photo on the internet i've ever seen. and i've seen A LOT.
@10: That's a good point but there is still pervasive sexism in comic book culture.
Too often, jerks like these guys do get a free pass from their fellow geeks, who roll their eyes and shake their heads. The jerks don't get invited to the good parties, but they don't get told off, either. Sometimes their victims are too freaked out to do anything in the moment, and bystanders don't do much to help against anything short of full-on rape or general violent assault.
God fucking dammit, I'm sick of these few huge assholes making the rest of us comic book readers look bad.
I am shocked!
Oh, wait comix fen ... um, nope, sorry, they've always been like that.
Just because they're famous due to G4 covering their do doesn't mean they've suddenly grown up ...
@14, Will, saying Comic-Con is famous because of G4 is like saying the Special Olympics invented retards and cripples.
Man, there are douches like that everywhere. Hey, ever been to Mardi Gras? Or, fuck, a party? A football game? Around a large group of people? At a bar? Socializing at all? Posting comments on the Slog? There's douches everywhere.
Hey, Paul, I just wanted to also thank you for posting something douchey again. You'd posted a couple of things lately that weren't douchey, and I was getting worried that I might have to stop thinking you were such a douche, but you came through in the end!
If I thought for one moment they'd grab my ass, I'd be on the first plane.
It ain't the nerds, it is the "new people" who are flooding into Comic-Con, and acting like assh*les.
I have attended the last two years, and spoken with plenty of veterans. Most of the people are extremely polite.
Real fans work all year on their costumes, plan to meet up with friends, and wait patiently in line to see the writers/artists/celebs they obsess about. They value the experience.
You think Comic-Con nerds suffer from arrested development?
The d-bags who are showing up just to "check out the freaks and pick up some sluts" are a lot worse. And true to form, they are trying to ruin it for everyone.
Dudes...it's Comicon. Widespread reports are coming in of recently discovered misogyny at Comicon?!
First, pleas epermit me to usurp your newly inherited role as Captain Obvious by well, pointing out the obvious hilarity of rushing to publish the recent unearthing of misogyny at a sausage party
Second , let me ask, "Is exile not punishment enough that we have to root out the misogynists from within the fringe cultures they hide in?"
What's next? An internet compendium of people who don;t honor their gambling debts?
An expose on adversarial welfare moms who have called CPS on their downstairs neighbor if they leave the laundry in the drier to long or park in their spot?
I mean, say what you want about grown men wiht pontytails who live in Mom's basement and jack off to pictures of She-Hulk. At least they're no cripples hogging up your bus, right?
At least they're not, "Young urban males" selling what is most likely crack outside the townhouse you ju7st paid $1.2m for.
At leat they're not public toe clippers spotted next to the Lenin Statue.
their just men who will never, ever get laid because no woman can ever take the place of Rocket Tits in her star turn in Issue #1356 of Sectacular SpiderFish.
Blogosphere, will there be no social repugnance left at large and unidentified, unindicted?
"Is exile not punishment enough that we have to root out the misogynists from within the fringe cultures they hide in?"
Yes, and it's long past time to call them out and kick them out.
No, they are just men who no woman would ever fuck.
The main issue that is raised in the original post is "why doesn't comic con have an official anti-harassment policy?" - it is not "Women get harassed at comic-con." I am a woman, we get harassed everywhere.
I've been attending science fiction, gaming and comic book conventions in a professional capacity for over 30 years. I've had my share of unwelcome attention from fanboys. I have never encountered one who did not back off when told to do so.
I went to Con 5 years in a row, and honestly, almost all of the people I met were awesome human beings. I am inclined to agree that the real problem is the new blood coming in (for more reasons than just the upped amount of harassment). In fact, the only person at Con who ever touched me without my permission was Billy West, who does not, in fact, have a problem with women.
Next time, call the police. That will put a stop to this shit real quick.
I'm in agreement with Robot. While I've never been to Comicon, I'm active in SF fandom and have been going to cons since 1975. Yeah, some boys act stupidly at cons. Yeah, some girls act stupidly, too. But, usually a "QUIT IT!" works well with people who are misbehaving. That's Step 1, before you go to con security or the cops.
"Second , let me ask, 'Is exile not punishment enough that we have to root out the misogynists from within the fringe cultures they hide in?'"
People *in* the fringe cultures are rooting out the misogynists (and misandrists - yaoi fangirls, don't glomp any real guys without their permission) because we're sick of putting up with them.
Dammit, mainstreamers "exiling" assholes by pointing them at us is half the problem. If it wasn't for the "you're an antisocial creep so you should like comics" attitude, some of these jerks would go to sports bars or rock concerts or whatever instead of SDCC.
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