New York Comic-Con is coming at us, bringing dread and liver damage in its wake, but one thing that will be improved at this year’s show is anupdated harassment policy and far greater visibility for it. Last year’s con was marred by a bunch of disturbing incidents, and this year NYCC reached out to The Mary Sue, the geek girl oriented website, to help fashion a new improved policy, and that they did::
New York Comic Con has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:
offensive verbal comments
physical assault and/or battery
harassing or non-consensual photography or recording
sustained disruption of Panels, signings, and other events
inappropriate physical contact
unwelcome physical attention
in relation to, but not limited to:
Showing how out of it I am, I didn’t even know what some of these are: “bathroom policing” not not mean putting on your Hetalia cosplay in the bathroom but rather checking the gender of people who go into bathrooms to make sure they are anatomically correct.
NYCC’s Harassment policy is not that easy t find on their website, but it is part of the main drop down menu and is a prominent part of their app, which you can use to report ANY kind of incident of harassment.
Amy Reeder Hadley also drew the poster which will be shown prominently at the show. While in a FB post she says she considered usingone of her own characters, this more abstract iconic treatment lets it be adapted to many more uses.
Just as a reminder: if you experience harassing behavior at New York Comic Con, use the app to report it, or report it to the nearest t-shirted volunteer. A lot has changed since last year and I hope this is one of the biggest changes.
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.