I was glad the GR Comic Con guy was nice and tried to be helpful, but I couldn't help but get sort of watery-eyed while talking to him. I feel too strongly about this issue as a whole. I know it's his con and he wants to make as much money as possible. I can't stand this perpetuation of the whole "comics are just for kids" mentality though, among many other facets of this issue.
I agree the "comics just for kids" stuff is ignorant and insulting for pretty much all artist and most readers. Though I guess I can see the need for a family friendly con. Kids do have as much right to be fans as adults and I'm sure many parents appreciate the opportunity for a safe place for their kids to have the con experience.
That being said I'm not sure why he discriminates against all other artist by not having a separate section or separate con to accommodate other artist.
No way. Having to be confined to an adult section would be ridiculous. This isn't porn, and there isn't even nudity or anything "harmful" in my display. It's a bit hard to argue my case when I should fully expect to receive flak, doing a comic called "Satan Ninja 198X
," but this is bigger than that to me.
At first he was saying that cleavage is fine, then he saw my Morrigan vs. Ryu piece (I'll link to it later) and said the cleavage is too excessive in it, and I would have had to take all my prints of her to my car. I never would have expected that, and it would feel so humiliating having to leave my table to do that walk of shame.
GRASP was his attempt at having a section that's more supportive for more artists, and he lost a whole ton of money on it. So he won't do it again, at least not for another couple years if at all. It looks like it failed because barely anyone heard about it, and people complained that it didn't have enough other events or activities, like cosplay contests or panels or whatever.