Company That Sold Controversial Cosplay Body Pillows is Backing Down

Pictures of costumed fans were being sold on giant body pillows, without the cosplayers' consent. Can you even imagine the horror of seeing a stranger lugging a giant pillow — with your back side printed on the back? Luckily, the company behind these pillows tells io9 they've agreed to stop selling them. » 6/10/13 10:05pm 6/10/13 10:05pm

Convention Season Is Coming: Here's How to Talk to Women Cosplayers

Put together by Aussie cosplayers Ardella, Eve, and Kitty, this is a fun video guide on how to talk to women wearing costumes at conventions. While you might think that's something most folks already know because we have brains and hearts, some people don't know how to fully operate all their equipment yet. It's… » 12/30/12 8:30pm 12/30/12 8:30pm

Anime Convention Bizarrely Offers Established Cosplayer a Stripper Gig…

Ginny McQueen, a costumer of 14 years who works full-time as Director of New Media for Cosplay.com, the largest cosplay website on the internet, recently received a proposal from an anime convention in Las Vegas offering her $200, snacks, and two free tickets in exchange for a "live burlesque performance" that would… » 8/09/12 2:20pm 8/09/12 2:20pm

Here's How You Deal With Sexual Harassment at a Sci-fi Convention

Last month, writer Genevieve Valentine was harassed at Readercon (a science fiction/fantasy convention) by a man named René Walling, a high-profile attendee who told her to stop saying things that "made [him] want to say "wrong" things" and then essentially stalked her throughout the conference in order to… » 8/06/12 1:20pm 8/06/12 1:20pm

John Scalzi Helpfully Explains Just How Not Okay It Is to Sexually…

Author and and President of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America John Scalzi affixed his blogging sheriff's badge on Tuesday to remind everyone that it is a) decidedly shittastic to harass anyone at a science fiction or fantasy convention, and b) pretty frustrating that women are still being harassed at these… » 8/01/12 10:45am 8/01/12 10:45am

The Unconventional Conventionaire: Getting The Party Started In Denver

Party animals — in this case, asses — should watch themselves this week, as we've got some spies watching them. Our main Mata Hari is the "Unconventional Conventionaire", a convention goer who cares less about The Party and more about the parties: she's got her eyes and ears at the ready, her ass on the dance floor… » 8/25/08 1:40pm 8/25/08 1:40pm