Kriesberg Fired

Andrew Kreisberg, a Producer on WB’s The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, has been fired following the investigation of sexual harassment complaints lodged against him by several women who worked on the shows. Three weeks after Mo Ryan reported on the charges, Warner Bros. Telvision Group has announced that Kreisberg was being terminated.
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Cosplay Trademark Dropped

Following outrage about trademarking the phrase “Cosplay is not Consent”, Troy Doerner, CEO of Cosplay Deviants, has issued a statement that he will be legally abandoning the trademark.
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Consent Slogan Trademarked

The slogan “Cosplay is not consent” was trademarked by the website Cosplay Deviants in November 2016. There are reports that Cosplay Deviants are sending notices to conventions announcing their ownership of the phrase, but Cosplay Deviant states that they are not and have no plans to charge people for the use of the phrase.
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Mihm Not Attending Odyssey Con

Following the withdrawals of Monica Valentinelli and Tad Williams as Guests of Honor for Odyssey Con, Christopher R. Mihm has announced that he will not be attending the convention either. Mihm was the Media Guest of Honor for this year’s convention and his withdrawal leaves the con without any Guests of Honor two weeks before the convention. The decisions to leave stems from Valentinelli’s complaint that the con committee did not take her concerns about the presence of Jim Frenkel on the con com seriously. Frenkel was removed from the con com after Valentinelli announced her decision not to attend.
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Williams Drops Out of Odyssey Con

Following Monica Valentinelli’s announcement that she would not be attending Odyssey Con as a Guest of Honor, Tad Williams, who was also a Guest of Honor, has announced that he will not attend the convention, either. Williams cites Valentinelli’s complaints, as well as those of others who have reported harassment, and apologies to any members of the convention who are disappointed by his decision not to attend. Christopher R. Mihm is the remaining Guest of Honor for the con, which is scheduled to take place the weekend of April 28-30.

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Valentinelli Withdraws from Odyssey Con

Monica Valentinelli has announced that she is withdrawing as a Gaming/Literary Guest of Honor at Odyssey Con 17, scheduled to be held the weekend of April 28. Valentinelli explains that she came to her decision after the concom did not respond in an appropriate matter to a concern she had with a specific individual who is attending and working on the committee.
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WFC Names Guests of Honor

The 2016 World Fantasy Convention has announced that Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, and L. E. Modesitt, Jr. will be their Guests of Honor. At the same time, the convention released its harassment policy, based on the policy used by the 2014 World Fantasy Con in Washington, as well as its accessibility policy. Both policies were released a day after a rate increase and after many on-line complaints.
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Comic-Con Cosplayer Victim of Fall, Not Assault

Police have announced that the 17-year-old Comic-Con International attendee who was previously announced to have been the victim of sexual assault and battery, was actually the victim of a six foot fall based on security camera footage. The 29-year-old who was arrested for providing alcohol to a minor will still face charges.

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Comic Con Sexual Assault

ETA: Video footage indicates the woman suffered a fall.

A teenager who was celebrating her seventeenth birthday at Comic-Con International was beaten and sexually assaulted and found unconscious early in the morning on July 27. Police have arrested a 29 year old man in connection with the attack and is currently out on bond. The teenager remains in the hospital suffering from cranial bleeding. Comic-Con International had come under fire from various groups prior to this year’s convention for having an inadequate harassment policy.

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Readercon Board Resigns

In the wake of the Readercon Board of Directors’ decision to ban RenĂ© Walling for two years due to harassment charges in contravention of Readercon policy, five members of the Readercon board have resigned and the con com has extended the ban as a lifetime ban. Readercon will elect a new board and develop a new policy for dealing with harassment based on widespread input. In addition, Readercon has announced a refund of memberships for Readercon 24 (2013) for those who feel the convention is not right for them based on recent actions.

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