Having never been a fan of science-fiction or fantasy, I have to admit that the first time I ever heard the term Comiccon was on The Big Bang Theory, the very funny television sitcom that revolves around the daily life of a group of geniuses and self-proclaimed nerds who often poke fun at themselves and their lifestyle.
I have come to learn that Comiccons are essentially conventions where like-minded science fiction, comic book and similar enthusiasts gather to meet their favourite stars, get autographs (for a fee I suspect), buy memorabilia, and have their picture taken with various figures (again, for a fee no doubt).
On the other hand these events afford personalities who may be a bit past their prime, or who perhaps never really had a main steam prime, an opportunity to meet their fans and make a few bucks. Some current stars are thrown into the mix as special guests and voila! Comiccon.
You would like to think that an event such as this would go off without any untoward mishaps; a convention hall full of folks with similar interests, armed with smartphones and perhaps the occasional toy laser sword, however an ugly little trend has emerged. Known as “creeping at a con”, it is the practice of sneaking a grab of a more intimate part of your hero than is appreciated, in other words, harassment . With many elaborate and often revealing costumes around, organizers of some Comiccons have had to resort to posting signs that point out “costumes are not consent”.
As one woman put it, “Sometimes when you’re posing for a picture, there will be a hand-slip or a bit of a grab. But I’ve heard worse stories.”
So it would appear that some of those geeky, nerdy types have more on their minds than merely stocking up on souvenirs and getting a selfie with Captain Kirk. Perhaps an attempt at a little slap and tickle is what drives them to these events. If that is the case, these mashers must have been over the moon to learn that one of the guests at Montreal’s Comiccon is Traci Lords, who started her film work in pornography at the age of 15. She has since gone on to establish a career in B-Movies and Science Fiction and Fantasy. I’m told there is no truth to the rumour she intends to combine her original genre with her present by filming “The Lords of the Things”
So if you are thinking of dropping by Montreal’s Comiccon this weekend and getting a squeeze of a sci-fi figure is on you mind, think again. Security, real security, not Jedi Knights, has been stepped up.