Fan Expo Canada is presenting Toronto Comicon this weekend, March 7-9. Celebrity guests in attendance this year include Eliza Dushku, Tatiana Maslany, Sean Astin, and more. But if you’re a cosplayer headed to the show, you might need to keep an especially close eye on your fellow attendees. Why? Because an email blast sent out by the convention proposed physical contact with cosplayers as a way to sell tickets. The situation was brought to our attention four days ago by cosplayer Dee Pirko. She, and countless others on their list, received an email advertising Toronto Comicon. It promoted some of the celebrity guests, the convention hotel, and other details. It also let people know tickets were still on sale by writing “escape the deep freeze this weekend – cuddle a cosplayer.”My immediate reaction was shock. An organization which has been putting on conventions for twenty years couldn’t possibly be this oblivious to the implications in their statement, could they? Especially not after the last year or so in which harassment at fan conventions has become a growing public issue in the community. We specifically covered the lack of official harassment policies at conventions last year and have kept a running… Read full this story
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