Tasteless flyer promoting Capital City Comic Con offends the Internet

Organizers of Capital City Comic Con, scheduled to take place July 11-13 in Austin, Texas, created a bit of an Internet controversy this weekend when Richard Neal, a Dallas comic book store owner, tweeted a photo of a postcard-sized flyer sent to his shop, evidently by the con’s organizer. The flyer shows a close-up of Power Girl’s chest with the words, “Everything is BIGGER in Austin.”

Here’s the image tweeted by Neal:

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As far as flyers go, it’s pretty dumb. It’s trying to play into the worn-out cliche that everything is bigger in Texas. As if people in Texas would appreciate this. They live in Texas. I’m pretty sure they know things in Texas are sized the same as they are elsewhere. Also, the flyer is obviously going for a cheap boob joke. Power Girl, first cousin of Superman, has large breasts. She wears a costume that, in my opinion, unnecessarily accentuates those large breasts. Of the people the Capital City Comic Con wants to attract to their convention, how many are into cheap boob jokes?

I think boob jokes are stupid. Mostly that’s because I’m not 14 years old.

As bad as the flyer is, the initial reaction by the Capital City Comic Con organizer was even worse. Here’s a screenshot from Facebook:

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What a terrible response to legitimate criticism. According to a statement posted later on Facebook by the Capital City Comic Con organizer, both the person who created the flyer and the person who left that dismissive comment on Facebook, logged into the official Capital City Comic Con Facebook account, are no longer part of the convention staff.

I’m not sure I believe that. I have a feeling whoever posted the initial reaction to criticism is the same person who posted the apology. It seems far too convenient to say someone else posted it.

Comments

  1. anna says

    How Right Your Suspicions are!!

    I don’t want to be a wet blanket about this, but after a lot of thought, I really don’t think I can feel okay allowing everyone to think that this issue has been resolved, or even addressed.
    Aaron Luevano, the show’s “owner” is also the ‘advertising department’, HR, and any other title that goes along with event planning for a convention.
    So when he states that the person responsible for the original response is
    “No longer a part of the organization” ? I know this to be a lie, because the organization is a one man operation.
    Aaron is advertising, ad approval, social media manager, PR and owner…I feel a responsibility not only to myself, but the community of creators, convention attendees and other women in comics to make sure the wool is not being pulled over our eyes.

    I for one won’t be trusting him to run a safe and successful event if he can’t pick appropriate marketing materials, or take responsibility for his mis-steps before the convention kicks off.

  2. says

    Good to know Anna. I thought as much. It seemed to me the same person who wrote the sarcastic Facebook response to Constance in the above screengrab also wrote the later apology on Facebook. For example:

    We were contacted by a few female fans who wish to support the distribution of our initial flyers, to which we respectfully declined. As for our future plans, we will no longer use the image of superheroes (or any character) in such fashion. We wish to apologize to anyone we may have offended with our initial promotional campaign.

    If I had to guess, whoever wrote this statement, also wrote the initial comment.

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