I’ll be a guest at next week’s Detroit FanFare con in Dearborn, and I’m happy to say that in advance of the event they have posted a Harassment Policy. More and more cons are doing this, and more and more sites like mine should make it clear what shows do and don’t have such posted policies. I’m guessing that by next year, pretty much every con will have such policies posted.
The primary concerns of the promoters, staff, and volunteers of Detroit Fanfare Comic Con is the safety, security, and enjoyment of all patrons, guests, and vendors present. If you feel you have been the victim of any form of harassment (sexual or non-sexual), we want to know about it immediately.
During Convention Floor Hours:
If you feel you have been the victim of any form of harassment (verbal or nonverbal), immediately proceed to the Registration Desk, Bazaar Registration Desk, or the convention merchandise desk. Upon reporting the incident at one of these locations, at least one of the three Detroit Fanfare Comic Con promoters will be contacted along with security. A description of the event and of the person or persons involved will be taken. Appropriate measures to be taken will be decided with you on the spot.
After Convention Floor Hours:
If you feel you have been the victim of any form of harassment after the convention show floor has closed, proceed to any hotel phone and ask to be connected to hotel security. You can also proceed to the hotel front desk to have hotel security notified as well. At least one of the three Detroit Fanfare Comic Con promoters will be contacted. A description of the event and of the person or persons involved will be taken. Appropriate measure to be taken will be decided with you on the spot.
Appropriate measures for any type of harassment may involve the removal of the accused harasser from the premises and/or the notification of the Dearborn Police Department.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.