Cosplay, Consent and Signs of the Times

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Attendees at this year’s New York Comic Con are accustomed to giant-sized announcements for the latest entertainment, but this year a new sign greets visitors as they wander around the hype-encrusted Javits Center: branded displays proclaiming that “Cosplay is not consent.” The conspicuous sexual harassment policies at New York and a growing number of other […]

Supreme Court Spikes Shuster Case

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As expected, the Supreme Court has denied cert in the case of Joe Shuster heir Mark Peary. I’ve noted elsewhere that, contrary to what the rest of the entertainment press asserts, the filing of amicus briefs in support of a petition is not a sign of case momentum, and the outcome of the Shuster case […]

Jack Kirby and Marvel Settle: what we know, what we don’t

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Friday’s announcement of a settlement between Jack Kirby’s heirs and Marvel seems like good news—but is it? And what does it mean?

I’m told Jeff Trexler, whose identification of the “instance and expense” aspect of the lawsuit may have helped get that into the petition to the Supremes, is writing his summary for TCJ.com, so while we all eagerly await that, here’s a little of the known knowns and known unknowns:
First off, Mark Evanier, a Kirby family confidant, a witness at various Kirby-related trials and filier of an amicus curiae brief is certainly in a position to know more of the Kirby position and this is all he had to say on the matter:

Marvel and Jack Kirby estate settle their disputes

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A joint statement has just been released by Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby indicating that a settlement of somekind hs been made:

“Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”

DA says social media activity did not violate Ed Kramer’s probation

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A few weeks ago we noted that convicted child molester, and Dragon Con co-founder Ed Kramer had reappeared on social media and appeared to be targeting people and institutions that dealt with disabled children, while posing as a psychologist. Following hisconvictionlast year, Kramer avoided jail time by pleading physical infirmities, and was sentenced to house instead. Wowever the Gwinnett county DA is watching his actions closely…a single probation violation and Kramer could finally go to jail.

SDCC ’14: Is Cosplayer Harassment a Real Problem?

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How do we solve the problem of cosplayer harassment? Is it even a problem at all, or are we simply dealing with a few isolated incidents? Let’s take a look.

Breaking: SDCC cosplayer was injured as the result of a fall not an assault

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The San Diego Unified Port District Harbor Police have issued a second and final press release in regards to the case of the injured cosplayer at Comic-Con, and it has been ascertained that her injuries were most likely sustained as the result of a fall, not an assault. BACKGROUND: Shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, […]

Update on the injured cosplayer

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I’m sure everyone has now read up on the details of the arrest regarding the 17-year-old cosplayed who was found injured and was presumably attacked at Comic-Con on Saturday night. The man who was arrested was 29-year-old Justin Kailor, a photographer associated with something called Project Cosplay. Kailor was friends with the victim, and indeed […]

San Diego police seek information in assault on cosplayer — UPDATED

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UPDATE: 6:30 pdt: I have received an official press release from the San Diego Harbor Unified District Police  that a man has been arrested in connection with this incident. The statement reads: Harbor Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Sunday morning, July 27th in a hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive. He was booked into San […]

SDCC ’14: Fashioning a Response to Cosplay Harassment

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Comic-Con hit TMZ after America’s Next Top Model winner and media personality Adrianne Curry, dressed as Catwoman, chased down and whip-punched a man who thrust his hands down the tights of another model dressed as Tigra. As horrible as Sunday’s attack was, could this incident help us deal with such harassment more effectively?

SDCC ’14: Werthamania

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of Fredric Wertham’s influential and notorious Seduction of the Innocent, and Comic Con’s programming schedule includes several panels addressing the book and its core themes.

DC Entertainment is alright! Toronto statue of abused child will get Superman’s S after all

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Looks like more compassionate—not to mention media-savvy—heads have prevails at DC Entertainment, as they have reversed a lawyer’s decision to disallow a memorial to a boy who died of abuse to have the iconic Kryptonian S on it after all:

Heeeeee’s Baaaaack! Convicted child molester Ed Kramer is now a Twitter guru “living in Brooklyn”

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If @edwardekramer is following you on twitter, get to a safe place immediately.

DC won’t permit Superman logo on statue of murdered boy

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This may make you cry. Jeffrey Baldwin is a Toronto child who died of starvation in 2002 after severe abuse at the hands of his grandparents. The grandparents were convicted child abusers but Jeffrey and several siblings were still handed into their care by a children’s “aid” organization. He and a sister were locked in […]

‘Clarence’ creator Skylar Page removed over sexual assault and mental issues

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The close-knit LA animation community has been rocked this week by trouble at Cartoon Network’s show Clarence, where creator and show runner Skyler Page has been removed from his duties following an assault on an Adventure Time staffer and what friends are calling a mental breakdown.

Kirby Case to SCOTUS more likely?

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The family of Jack Kirby’s quest to regain some rights to the Marvel characters still has a chance to go all the way to the Supreme court, as THR’s sturdy legal expert Eriq Gardner reports. Gardner quotes some amicus (friend of the court, i.e. supporting document) briefs by experts as weighing in favor of it […]