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George Pérez and Humberto Ramos will not attend comic conventions in Pro-Trump states

posted Nov 12, 2016, 2:27 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Nov 17, 2016, 4:57 AM ]

LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK & SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION (07-08 Jan 2017)
Los Angeles, California
Puerto Rican descendant George Pérez has joined Mexican comic book creator Humberto Ramos to not attend comic book shows in states that voted to elect Donald Trump as President.

huffingtonpost.com has compiled nine very offensive and racist things that Donald Trump said about Latinos, including calling them rapists and killers.  While Anti-Trump protests spread across nation... the Pro-Trump supporters Ku Klux Klan will be holding a victory parade.

Ramos writes, "So I want to communicate that at least the next 4 years I decide NOT to attend to any conventions that take place in the red states, those states who voted for Mr. Trump, those states where I am clearly not welcome."

Comic book writer, Gail Simone asks fans who supports Trump in a public post on Facebook: "Seriously, holy sh**, how do you grow up loving Superman and thinking bullying is okay? How do you read X-Men your whole life and think hating your neighbors because they are different is just fine? How do you see every Star Trek episode and be riddled with xenophobia?"

George Perez will honor all of his 2017 Comic Book Convention Schedule, but in 2018, these states will be affected:
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia 
  • Idaho 
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
George Perez's updated 2017 Convention Schedule

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MY 2017 CONVENTION SCHEDULE (UPDATED AGAIN)
WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO ADDED
I had mentioned that there were a few shows still being negotiated and now they have been finalized. So, here is my updated convention schedule. Stay tuned for any other additions or changes.

  • January 7–8: Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention, Los Angeles, CA
  • January 14-15: Albuquerque Comic Con, Albuquerque, NM
  • January 28: North Texas Comic Book Show, Dallas, TX
  • February 17-19: Amazing Arizona Comic Con, Phoenix, AZ
  • April 29–30: East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ
  • June 23-25: Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, Las Vegas, NV
  • July 7-9: North American Science Fiction Convention, San Juan, PR
  • July 28-30: Florida Supercon, Miami, FL
  • August 10-13: Fetish Con, St. Petersburg, FL
  • August 19-20: Terrificon, Uncasville, CT
  • August 26-27: Wizard World Chicago, Chigagi, IL
  • September 1-4: Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA
  • October 20-22: Grand Rapids Comic Con, Grand Rapids, MI
Update 11/17

George Perez provided this statement to Newsarama about his decision to avoid 'Red States':

Just as a confirmation and clarification, since I have been flooded with requests for such, yes, I have indeed decided that I will no longer be accepting invitations to conventions and similar functions in states that supported and allowed a scurrilous and openly bigoted, misogynist, deceitful, homophobic, uninformed, philandering, sexist egomaniac to become our commander and chief and disgrace us in the eyes of the world. I have a lot of friends who will be adversely affected and run over by this crazy driver now that he’s been allowed the keys to the car, and I just had to take a stand somehow.

To me, it’s not a question of not respecting other people’s choice. This isn’t policy he was talking about; it’s oppression, it’s hate and fear, it’s tacit approval of violent action against those with whom one doesn’t agree with. It’s the denial and threatened removal of basic human rights and liberties. I am an Hispanic. I’m threatened. My wife is a woman; she is threatened. I have friends, fans and many members of my extended family, gay, straight, transgender, black, Hispanic, Muslim and, yes, even many whites, who are now scared and poised for disaster.

Mine is really a meek protest, but it is all I could think of. My actions won’t really cost anyone anything. No one will be hurt if I don’t come to conventions. In fact, I am the one who will lose a substantial source of income. I can live with that. My friends, my family and many of my fans deserve that much and so much more, from me.

However, since I still take great pride in my professional reputation, I will be honoring all convention commitments already announced. I have sent letters to many of the organizers offering them the option of canceling my appearances if they think I would be a detriment to their show. I assured them that politics would never be discussed by me and my focus would remain on giving every convention goer the best con experience I can give them. So far, everyone has been incredibly supportive and I will do my best to make sure I don’t let them down.

I already did a show in Jacksonville (I live in Florida— a red state, regrettably) and it went very well, and I made a nice chunk of change for a veterans’ charity. I trust that all will go as swimmingly for all my further appearances.

For those who think less of me or downright despise me now, that is your right. Don’t read my books; don’t ask for autographs; don’t even acknowledge my existence if that is your pleasure. If you believe and support the words and actions of a man with so little moral fiber or human decency, that’s something a higher power will have to judge you for. If Trump’s own words didn’t convince you what a loathsome person he is, certainly nothing that I say or do will sway you. I just hope you never become one of his targets or victims. I know too many who are.

This is for them.


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