The Darker Side of Fandom
Anyone who's a regular here knows that my favorite comics blogger is actually a stuffed bull in Brooklyn named Bully. Witty, generous, and erudite, he reminds us, per his blog name, that "Comics Oughta Be Fun!," and offers us a model for such fun with his own writing. His "alter ego," John DiBello, has a good piece up at the excellent Kevin Church's blog (Church co-creates the fantastic webcomic The Rack three times a week with Benjamin Birdie), about the not-fun side of comics culture: the sexual harrassment that's too often inflicted on folks in large gatherings like the San Diego Comic-Con. Please check it out-- DiBello's thoughts are worth reading, and one hopes that SDCC will take him up on his call to police this shit a little more (or, well, at all, actually: according to DiBello's essay, the Con currently has no policy in place about what to do if such events occur).