Should Orson Scott Card Be A Guest At Salt Lake Comic Con?

Bryan Brandenburg, organiser of the Salt Lake Comic Con on from September 21st to the 23rd at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Utah. posted on the Rate My con page on Facebook,

Orson Scott Card wants to come to Salt Lake Comic Con. Knowing that he is controversial, we put it out to fans asking if he should attend. A large majority said yes, a incredibly vocal minority went ballistic and said no way. Thoughts?

Should Orson Scott Card Be A Guest At Salt Lake Comic Con?
By Nihonjoe.

As you can see, there were quite a lot of thoughts.

Successful science-fiction and fantasy author, Orson Scott Card has written novels such as Ender's Game and comics such as Ultimate Iron Man. But it was in 2013 when he came to write the Superman comic that things got nasty. Because Card had not only opposed homosexuality and same-sex marriage, but joined the board of directors of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that campaigned against same-sex marriage, as well as linking homosexuality and paedophilia. The outcry was enough for Card's Superman story to be "postponed" as artist Chris Sprouse decided he didn't want to work with Card. The story has never been published.

Card has not moderated his views in the interim. And for many, he is the poster child for queer intolerance within fandom. Which is why Salt Lake City Con may have received the passionate response they allude to.

As for those thoughts, they mostly sat into four camps -" yes, we love Orson Scott Card", "no, Orson Scott Card is a proponent of hate speech", "yes, Orson is a proponent of hate speech but that shouldn't stop the Con", and "who is Orson Scott Card, let me google him, oh bloody hell".

Oscar Scott Card has a new novel, Children Of The Fleet being published on October 10th and his new TV series Extinct, that he's written with Aaron Johnston for BYUtv launches on October 1st, the week after the show. Johnston is confirmed as attending Salt Lake Comic Con.

Whatever happens, it looks like Orson will be getting some publicity out of it.


About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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