Con Season is well upon us. Cosplayers are finalizing their designs, creators are flirting with carpal tunnel from signings, and con staff are trying to make sure they won’t be faceplanting into accusations of harrassment, and more importantly, that everyone who attends will feel safe and comfortable — as comfortable as you can be in carefully constructed armor or spandex, anyway.
Check out HeroesCon, happening this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Noting that “HeroesCon is for everyone,” they posted their code of conduct and anti-harassment policy on their blog. Let’s take a second to consider how SDCC, a much larger convention tailed by horror stories of unsafe environments, responded to the increasing pressure to provide a solid, easily findable anti-harassment policy, and how, while VidCon now has a code of conduct available on its website, it took a massive internet backlash to get there.
This call for an easily-enforced, easily-found policy is nothing new. Emerald City Comic Con took action to make sure con-goers felt safe, to rousing success, and HeroesCon is clearly making a similar effort. These actions might seem small in the face of the marvels worked by the characters in the books, movies, and comics they celebrate, but even a small step in the right direction is still the right kind of movement.