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We had such a heartening experience at Wizard Con this weekend in Philadelphia. Dozens of men, and many more women, came by our table to talk to us about street harassment. They showed their support, took home copies of the comic book home to show others, and grabbed harasser cards to embolden them to step in as bystanders more often.
Alongside our Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue materials, we also had a “Cosplay =/= Consent” sign that also brought people specifically to our table, where we had conversations about harassment and groping of cosplayers.
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As we drew parallels between street harassment and cosplayer harassment, we handed out even more harasser cards as we explained to people the less aggressive ways to let a harasser know you felt harassed. The harasser cards, modeled off of cards made by someone for the 2011 DefCon, and they were a huge hit. We can’t wait to hear stories about more women telling off their harassers in this silent, less aggressive way!
Comic conventions are about celebrating the things that make us geeks, in a place where we can feel free to embrace our favorite stories and characters freely without judgment. I am so glad that sense of community was extended so warmly to our booth. We left feeling supported and more committed to our goal of achieving a world free from harassment, whether it be based on our genders, the fact that we’re in costume, or that we like things like wearing pointy ears in public as we make the Vulcan Salute to one another.
As we continue our East Coast convention tour, we’d love to see you! Let us know what conventions you’ll be at, and if you want to join the effort to combat both street harassment and cosplayer harassment. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this post!
We had a great time at our Release party at Locust Moon Comics this Saturday! Nearly 100 people were there to help us celebrate the comic’s success, to get their first look at the comic book, and to grab some “thank you” swag and, of course, to get their personalized live autographs from Erin Filson on the cover of her gorgeous first comic!
Tip: If you want some of the swag in these pictures, stop by Wizard Con this weekend and find our table!
Thank you all so much for coming out to help us celebrate! After a couple days off, we’re packing up and headed to Philadelphia Wizard Con this today (May 30) through Sunday June 2! If you are at the convention, look for our table in Artist’s Alley and our teams talking to Cosplayers and taking “Cosplay =/= Consent” pictures!
The release party for our comic book, Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue, couldn’t fall on a more appropriate day! Happy National Wine Day and National Geek Pride Day!! Help us celebrate BOTH today as we toast our Geekdom, and the wonderful Philly geek scene, over glasses of wine! Join us tonight to celebrate with some wine, snacks, gorgeous art work, a meet and greet with local artist Erin Filson, and an overall awesome time!
Details: Event page
Where: West Philly at Locust Moon Comics (34 S 40th Street) (Within blocks of major bus routes and the Market-Frankford Line).
Added Bonus: our SEPTA ads are only running for one more week! Take the subway to the party for your last chance at seeing them!
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When: May 25, 2013, 7pm
Where: Locust Moon Comics, 34 S 40th Street
Why: The comic book has been printed, and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Meet us at Locust Moon Comics (34 S 40th Street, right off the Market-Frankford line 40th street exit) for the first reveal of “Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue”, before we take it to Philadelphia Wizard Con May 30-June 2.
Artist Erin Filson will be there to sign copies, and the HollabackPHILLY team will be there with her to talk about future programming and next steps. Enjoy a glass of wine and some delicious snacks to help us celebrate!
We’ll also be talking about anti-harassment teams for Wizard Con 2013 here in Philly May 30-June 2, and at San Diego Comic Con 2014. We’d love for you to join us in starting the conversation about safer conventions for everyone who wants to attend, in costume or otherwise. Stop by and talk to us about it, or feel free to email or post on our Facebook page if you’d like more information!
RSVP on the Facebook event page so we are sure to have enough wine!
If you donated to the campaign to help make this comic book a reality, meet us at the event to get your rewards levels (instead of waiting until we ship them at the end of June)! Bonus Perk: get your limited edition prints signed if you were a $100+ donor! Want in on the rewards levels? Head over to philly.ihollaback.org/comic to learn more!
Join us in wishing the happiest of birthdays to fierce local activist, Nuala Cabral, working tirelessly alongside other activists to make Philadelphia, and this world, a better and more just place. Nuala is an educator, activist, and film maker who has made some powerful social justice films. One of her films, Walking Home, is a powerful and eloquent response to street harassment, and it is our go-to anti-street harassment film. Watch it below:
Co-Founder of FAAN Mail, Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now) she also focuses much of her work around media literacy. As defined on FAAN Mail’s website,
According to the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media. Anyone can do media literacy. It can happen in classrooms and in your every day life. Media literacy is a tool we use to help us navigate a media saturated world. It helps us be more informed consumers who advocate for change.
To that end, Nuala works with high school students at POPPYN as they make films “news report” style, she has appeared on HuffPo live multiple times, and FAAN Mail hosts “talk backs” that help break down the media by which we are surrounded, and demanding accountability from the media creators. The talk backs have mobilized hundreds of people and contributed to corporations responding to the criticisms and withdrawing their support of specific artists and/or offensive songs. She has also used her film, “Who’s that girl?”, which discusses women of color and hip-hop, in her media literacy work around hip-hop music.
She is beyond impressive, and I am so happy to call her my friend. Though she has achieved so much, and has seen so much aggression, she still approaches her activism from such a positive, un-angry place. That approach makes her energy magnetic, and whenever we partner with her for street-activism in Philly, it is no surprise so many people show up to play a part. I personally have grown so much from knowing her, as my activism is often from a place of anger. Seeing her lead by an example that is free from judgment has helped temper my anger quite a bit, which really facilitates engaging men in discussions about gender-based violence, broadening the discussions I’m able to have about our work here at HollabackPHILLY. I could keep talking about how amazing she and her efforts are, but better to let her work speak for itself!
So, check out Nuala’s amazing work, follow FAAN Mail on Facebook and Twitter, and join in the next time you have the opportunity. She is amazing, and you will want to be a part of her work here in Philadelphia!
It’s finally here! Join us at Locust Moon Comics, Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 7:00pm for the premiere release of our comic book! Register at the Facebook Event Page: “Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue” Comic Book Launch Party!
We’ll have a table in Artist’s Alley, and we will be carrying around 16BitSirens’ “Cosplay =/= consent” signs to take pictures with various people in Cosplay, while talking to them about harassment at conventions.
Talented local film student, Kara Lieff, created a video tour of the chalk walk portion of Philadelphia’s Anti Street Harassment 2013 actions. Participants that day included representatives from Poppyn, GALS, FAAN Mail, Philly Youth Poetry Movement, Philadelphia Futures, and other local Philadelphians invested in ending street harassment. Checkout her other films about street harassment here and here.
Anna Kegler, HollabackPHILLY’s Media Projects Coordinator, wrote an article as part of the RaiseforWomen Challenge, a joint campaign between The Huffington Post, the Half the Sky Movement and the Skoll Foundation to raise funds and recognize NGOs that are empowering women. This campaign involves a new Half the Sky landing page at The Huffington Post’s website with targeted articles and news.
An excerpt of Anna’s article is below, but head over to HuffPo to read the full post!
…The message of Half the Skyis that we all have to work together to end these problems, and every person’s effort makes a difference.
At the time I saw the documentary, HollabackPHILLY was just starting to work on developing an anti-street harassment comic book in partnership with Philly artist Erin Filson. During the fundraising phase of this project, we had many people ask us “Why is this important?” Our response? Being harassed on the street reduces girls, women and LGBT folks to objects, causes fear,and restricts their movements in public spaces. …
If you’re interested in the comic book, stay tuned! Erin is putting the final touches on the cover and we should be sending it to the printers late next week! We expect to have it available mid-to-late June for general sale! If you don’t want to wait that long, you can pre-order a signed copy and your copy will be in the first shipments at the beginning of June!
We are a few days late in posting, but almost overnight we went from a little over halfway to our goal, to having met our goal and well on the way to meeting our fundraising goal for taking the comic to Comic Con 2014!! Now, with the campaign ending Monday, March 25, we’re a little over $200 away from the Comic Con 2014 goal.
All three of us are speechless with happiness and gratitude. A huge thank-you to you, our friends, family, and fellow fighters in the movement to end street harassment. Scroll to the bottom for the exclusive sneak peak of a page from Blue’s section as a token of our appreciation!!
We’re not giving up now… it’s on to our “stretch” goals! If we raise $6,516, we can take our project on the road to Comic Con 2014 in San Diego, and represent women creators of women- and LGBT-focused comics in a setting where that sort of discussion is rare. We are almost to that goal! If we meet and surpass $6,516, and make it to $7,500, we will be able to afford developing and providing a platform to share our comic book and the corresponding workshop curriculum with educators outside the Hollaback! network, and expand the reach of this effort. We aim big over here at HollabackPHILLY! Here we go!
-Rochelle, Anna & Erin
P.S. We are actively working to spread the word, and were honored to be interviewed by Glamour Magazine last week!
Drum roll please —- the long awaited page from Blue’s section of the book!
We just made it past the halfway mark! Thank you for your generosity, both in donating and in spreading the word to your families and friends. It means the world to us!
Erin is hard at work creating gorgeous illustrations, and we are almost finished revising the script. It’s really coming together now, and we’re beyond excited. Stay tuned – we will be posting more sneak-peak drawings soon.
-Rochelle, Anna & Erin
Round-up of some comic book related posts this week:
Good video snapshot of the ways women are pushed away from the comic book world (Reposted from DC Women Kicking Ass!)
Who are your favorite women/LGBT friendly comics? We love Batwoman, Wonderwoman, Rogue, and Storm – but would love to expand our reading list to less mainstream comics. Share your faves in the comments!
We are so excited about “Wonder Women, The Untold Story of American Superheroines!” The trailer looks amazing: http://bit.ly/YU72mb.
Coming to the Philadelphia area (Westchester, specifically) soon!: http://ow.ly/i4O5w