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Comic Pros Ponder Comic Con Safety After Online Threats

Since the decision at Ferguson, tensions and emotions have rode high, especially on social networks where the power to posts one’s thoughts with just the tapping of a few keys has allowed everyone to vent. One of those is Bill in San diego @BillntwrkBill (identified as Bill Purcell by Bleeding Cool) who has since gone off on threatening and misogynistic rants geared towards individuals and society at large. Bill describes himself as:

U. S . Navy Vet. Comic Con Regular Committee member. Married to wonderful woman. My tweets are my own. Go to CCI official website for factual information.

 

The Comic Con in question is San Diego Comic-Con, the mecha of geek conventions that brings hundreds of thousands to San Diego each year and generates millions of dollars. Bill is a volunteer at the convention who numerous times tweeted his connections to the show, even hinting at working as security and offering access to the show for favors.

Why this matters isn’t that Bill is racist or a misogynist, lots of assholes volunteer or attend conventions. Why this matters, and we’re covering it, is Bill aimed threats at numerous creators who attend the show (and in general shows a penchant for violence), in fact Bill showed anger towards Hollywood as a whole (and makes me wonder why someone who hates Hollywood attends a convention like this).

Here’s some of his tweets including some of the threats (just check his Twitter feed for more, there’s only so much we can stomach):

The abuse and threats hurled by Bill by those in the industry got enough folks talking that they felt in danger if Bill attended the convention in 2015, and calls to ban Bill from the show have risen over the days.

We reached out to Comic-Con for a statement, and one was released to other sites:

There is no excuse for offensive or threatening behavior. The fact that it comes from a purported member of our committee is clearly upsetting. Even though we cannot control what an individual says, we can address issues that have a direct effect on our organization or persons affiliated with our organization. We would also like to mention this individual no longer holds a volunteer position with our association. We encourage any individual who feels threatened by these comments or others to seek assistance from law enforcement.

 

While we agree the convention can’t control what individuals say, they do control who can volunteer and attend the show. With so many feeling unsafe, and especially in the light of two high profile incidents last year, the convention needs to go a step further and outright ban Bill from this coming year’s and future conventions

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The weekend is almost here! I’m taking a much needed vacation, but expect regular posts throughout the weekend.

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The Beat – Report: San Diego Comic-Con brings $178 million to the local economy – Nice.

 

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Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #9

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #31

Comic Vine – Chew #44

CBR – Gotham Academy #2

CBR – Over the Garden Wall Special #1

Talking Comics – Penny Dora and the Wishing Box #1

Talking Comics – Tooth & Claw #1

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What are folks looking forward to? What do folks think of all of the New York Comic Con announcements?

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iO9 – We’re Getting A LEGO Movie Spinoff About Batman! Darkness! No Parents! – Hells yes!

Kotaku – Conan O’Brien? The Green Loontern? LEGO Batman 3 Keeps Getting Better – Nice!

The Spire - NYCC’14: DC Spin Round Really Fast, Suddenly Reveal Wonder Woman ’77 Series – Can’t wait. DC is starting to do it right?

The Spire – NYCC’14: Lemire and Perez Relaunch Hawkeye, Spencer and Rosanas Launch Ant-Man – Good to see it’s still going, and not shocking on Ant-Man.

The Star – York police superhero flick aimed at diverting kids from a life of crime – Some nice thinking.

The New York Times – So What’s the Big Idée? – We want one here in DC!

ICv2 – NYCC Bigger than San Diego Comic-Con – Hmmmm.

The Clarion Ledger – Graphic novel of John Lewis’ life going to students – This should be required reading for all students.

ICv2 – Fox Opts for a Full Season of ‘Gotham’ – Cool.

The Beat – Cosplay, Consent and Signs of the Times – Maybe part of the reason the crowd has gotten so big? Inclusion?

Five Thirty Eight – Comic Books Are Still Made By Men, For Men And About Men – Nice of them to reach out to us for content…. or not.

The Mary Sue – Dawn of Justice Producer Confirms Wonder Woman Will Have New 52 Origin Story – Huh.

 

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Talking Comics – Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #1

CBR – Batman #35

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The Michigan Times – Batman #35

SDCC 2014: Dark Horse to Manufacture Halo Replica Ships and Vehicles

HALOIN #1 FC FNLIt was announced during Dark Horse’s “The Art of Video Games” panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con that Dark Horse would develop and manufacture a line of replicas based on the ships and vehicles which have appeared in the multi-million selling video game franchise, Halo!

Furthering the arrangement between 343 Industries and Dark Horse, which has to date, produced two blockbuster comics series with canonical storylines written by writers from the video game franchise, this news is sure to excite gamers and collectors alike!

The product category was created in 2005 with the massively successful line of ships from Joss Whedon’s Serenity, which was soon followed by a popular line based on Bioware’s Mass Effect series, to great success and the unanimous approval of gamers, collectors, and comic fans!

While 343 Industries and Dark Horse are not yet ready to disclose which ships and vehicles will be included in the program, fans and retailers are encouraged to keep an eye on the news in the coming months for more information!

SDCC 2014: Aspen Comics’ Announcements

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Aspen Comics had numerous announcements throughout the convention and their panel.

Aspen’s runaway hit 2014 series Lola XOXO returns in 2015 with an action-packed Lola XOXO: Volume 2 by creator Siya Oum, as well as an all new spin-off mini-series Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam written by Vince Hernandez and illustrated by Oum. Lola XOXO: The Wasteland Madam will feature an all new heroine in the Lola Universe struggling to maintain control over a renegade force of post-apocalyptic survivors, while trying to come to grips with her horrific and tragic past.

LOLA_WASTELAND-MADA#198D207 LOLA_XOXO-V2-01(promo)[1]Aspen’s classic series Dellec, created and written by Frank Mastromauro and Vince Hernandez, returns for a second volume with art pencils by Pasquale Qualano. This return of one of Aspen’s leading heroes focuses on the aftermath of the catastrophic first volume’s climax, while offering an all new jumping on point for new readers.

DELLEC-v2-01-DONEw-logoPopular “10 for 10” series Legend of the Shadow Clan returns next year with creator/writers David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven returning to the family clan of ancient ninja heritage with art by penciler Giuseppe Cafaro.

LEGENDSHADOWCLAN-V2#198D2032015 will see the debut of the first series of Aspen Sourcebooks line, featuring essential and never-before-seen handbooks of Aspen’s most popular and longest-running titles, including Michael Turner’s Fathom, Soulfire and Executive Assistant: Iris, written by Hannibal Tabu, with future editions planned for Aspen’s later titles.

 

Aspen Novels, the new prose imprint from the publisher, will release its second novel this November, Seven to Die, from author T.G. RobertsSeven to Die tells the story of Lex MacArthur, a San Francisco college student who comes into possession of an enigmatic clay pendant that unlocks a bevy of dormant superhuman genes. She’s stronger, she’s faster, and she’s on a mission to find out why. As Lex sets out to discover who she is and where she really came from, she comes face-to-face with Egil, a killer who has been tracking Lex her entire life.  At the helm of an enormous operation to eradicate all of Lex’s kind, Egil captures Lex’s long-lost mother, forcing Lex to confront him head on and save those she loves from certain death.

SevenToDie-TG_Rober#198D2EDThis October, Aspen continues its push to a broader reach with a more kid friendly library with the release of Fathom: The Adventures of Ernie on October ComicFest 2014. This kid-friendly coloring and activity book will feature a story written by Vince Hernandez with art by Agnes Garbowska.

The publisher has confirmed their recent addition to the Madefire Motion Comic App with a series of upcoming announcements planned for their release schedule in the coming months.

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Aspen has signed on with the consulting firm, The Powell Group, to expand their multi-media publishing in the video game industry with a plan to adapt their popular titles into several platforms.

 

Aspen has teamed up with the app beacon company Webble to produce a Cosplay Card Set featuring the industry’s most popular cosplayers as Aspen’s top characters.

SDCC 2014: Darby Pop Announces Dead Squad

At San Diego Comic-Con, Darby Pop Publishing announced plans for a brand new series, their fifth, to launch in October. Dead Squad is written by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, and will be distributed by IDW Publishing. While the duo of Federman and Scaia is relatively new to comics, their work is well-known to genre fans as they have written and produced for a number of “cult” television series including Jericho, Warehouse 13, and DC’s Human Target. Additionally, the pair is responsible for two high-profile features in development, Y: The Last Man (with New Line) and Ghost Recon (with Michael Bay/Ubisoft/Warner Brothers).

Dead Squad spins the tale of three U.S. military operatives who discover that their commanding officer has gone rogue, meaning that they are now considered traitors as well. Unfortunately, this realization comes only moments before their years of service are rewarded with a swarm of snipers’ bullets. Since the trio’s early deaths would make for a very truncated series, however, each is granted a reprieve thanks to advanced nanotech and a government intent on interrogating them mercilessly.  But the stay of execution is a limited one, as the Dead Squad learns that the “biotic” serum reanimating them is only a “beta” version with a 30 hour life span. Living on borrowed time, the Dead Squad must track down their betrayer and retrieve the one thing that can keep them alive — knowing all the while that a very different “after-life” awaits each of them.

The “Dead Squad” creative cadre is rounded out by the art team of Kirk Van Wormer, Michael Montenat, and Doug Sirois. And their artwork will be brought to life by colorist Sirois, who’s contributing to his third Darby Pop Publishing title.

Cover duties for the debut issue are being handled by Top Cow alum Steve Firchow, with the legendary Howard Chaykin contributing both a subscription cover and a convention-exclusive sketch variant.

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SDCC 2014: LEGO Time-lapse of Rocket and Groot Statues Being Built

Watch 300 hours and 80 builders come together to build the Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy statues that were on display at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and the film’s London premiere!

San Diego Harbor Police Release Their Investigation Results Concerning the Injured Cosplayer

San Diego Harbor Police have released more news concerning the investigation of a cosplayer who wound up in the hospital with severe injuries early Sunday morning during San Diego Comic-Con. A plea was sent out to for attendees to send in any information they could to help piece together the puzzle as to what happened. Below is the full release from the department:

Incident Type: Arrest

Incident Date/Time: July 27, 2014 1:15 a.m.

Location: 333 W Harbor Dr.

Case #: 14-03122

Prepared by: Sergeant Todd Rakos

This press release is being issued because of the high volume of inquiries about this case.

The following information is updated from the press release issued on July 29, 2014.

BACKGROUND:

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014, a juvenile female was found with significant injuries in the pool area of a hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive in San Diego. The juvenile female had attended Comic Con earlier in the day and still had her costume on. She was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.

In connection with the case, Harbor Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Sunday morning, July 27 at the hotel. He was booked into San Diego County Jail at 11:20 a.m. on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The Harbor Police Investigations Unit has been investigating the incident, including the cause of the injuries to the victim.

INVESTIGATION RESULTS:

After the incident, Police began a thorough investigation of the facts, including a review of footage from multiple surveillance cameras, as well as the assistance of community members and Comic Con attendees who provided extensive information and sent photographs for review. The investigation concluded with a finding that the juvenile female’s injuries were not the result of a criminal assault, and were likely the result of a fall. Her injuries, and physical evidence at the scene, were consistent with a fall from the distance of approximately six feet.

This finding does not affect the charges against the 29-year-old male, which will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office. Because this case involves a minor, no further information will be released about this incident.

We wish the victim a speedy and full recovery.

…as well as the assistance of community members and Comic Con attendees who provided extensive information and sent photographs for review.

For everyone who has read our original article (over 600,000 of you), shared the original article (over 13,000 times), and for those that reached out to provide photos that helped in the investigation from the bottom of our hearts at this site, we thank you immensely.

Hopefully as this year’s “con season” wraps up, and next year’s begins, we as a community, and those who produce conventions, will think about ensuring the safety of attendees both on site, and after convention hours so that others aren’t hurt in any way.

If you’d like to wish the cosplayer well below (we won’t identify her due to age), you are welcome to. If you’d like to talk about “safety” at conventions, and ideas for improvement, you can do so as well in the comments. Any non-constructive comment will be deleted.

Comic Con and Hall H

Brett Schenker:

An interesting take on fandom and using it to good and make positive change.

Originally posted on Acting Like A Chef:

Comic Con 2014 was my first Comic-Con. I was there networking for a film I’m producing Wraith of Love. Not that I haven’t followed it in previous years or never been to another convention, but San Diego Comic-Con is something special. And in the last 6 or 8 years it has become a pop culture phenomenon, causing so much fan frenzy that convention goers stand in line for hours, many even sleeping outside of the convention hall the night before to get into Hall H the following morning. Keep in mind that Hall H holds about 6,500 people, but at some point in the Comic Con rise to fame, fans were so worried about not getting up early enough to stand in line that they started sleeping outside.

Hall H Hobbit Panel 2014

Inside Hall H during the Hobbit panel 2014.

You heard me right, people sleep outside of a convention hall of…

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SDCC 2014: Action Lab Entertainment’s 2014-2015 Plans

Flanked by Action Lab staffers and talent including Ray-Anthony Height, Jeremy Dale, Vito DelSante, Gayle Middleton, Emily Martin, James Wright, Phillip Selvy and Nick Marino, Creative Director and writer/ artist Dave Dwonch announced Action Lab’s slate of upcoming releases at the is years San Diego Comic Con.

New releases include the all new series of Puppet Master books, written by Shawn Gabborin, successfully funded Kickstarter projects like Cazadora by Randy Kintz and Sam Eggleston, Nutmeg by James Wright and Jackie Krofts as well as Erik Taylor and Leia Del Duca‘s The Pantheon Project.

The line-up also features the return of several popular Action Lab titles. The award winning series, Princeless returns with a new sea faring storyline. Everyone’s favorite buccaneer/gumshoe, Smitty returns in a brand new volume of Pirate Eye, and Dean Rankine‘s hysterical Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candyland return in a new one shot.

Action Lab continues to prove it’s the home of creation and innovation. With their 5th anniversary looming in 2015, look for more huge announcements.

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