Baldin at Supanova 2015

In the wake of Supanova’s announcement that Adam Baldwin would be attending Supanova — and organiser Daniel Zachariou’s statement explaining the decision — a number of high-profile artists and cosplayers have officially announced they will not be attending the show in protest. The Ledger Awards, a non-profit organisation designed to reward the best work done by Australian comic book artists, has announced it is dissolving its sponsorship relationship with Supanova following the decision.

Your mileage may vary as to whether I should read Kotaku or not, but I’ve been keeping a few tabs on the situation ongoing with Supanova these last couple of days. As you may or may not know, Adam Baldwin who instigated the #gamergate nonsense is attending Supanova in Perth and Sydney in 2015.

His invitation was extended as part of the Whedonverse ‘Serenity’ 10th anniversary celebration, I’ve read. This is alongside his co-stars Nathan Fillion and Morena Baccarin, who I was most excited to hear about earlier this month as I’m quite a Nathan Fillion fan, I’m not ashamed to admit… but largely due to his excellent work on Castle. I even bought one of the most recent DVD collections of Castle in readiness.

Back to the topic at hand, unfortunately this has led to many prominent cosplayers as well as organisations withdrawing from the event as a result. This is either due to disagreeing with the decision to keep Baldwin in the guest lineup as a matter of morals, or feeling they are under threat at Supanova simply because of Baldwin’s presence, he kind of people he attracts and all that he implies.

As an attendee, I can understand the concerns attendees would have in regards to having this man here. Despite his eloquent statement, it is more than obvious from his Twitter page just what kind of toxic personality he actually has through his crass comments. Not what I would have expected from an actor, and no doubt it would sour any experience of watching Firefly now - I’ve always intended to but never had the opportunity.

But also as an event organiser, I can see what difficult decision the organisation has had to make. At the end of the day though, who is more important - your guests or your attendees? While I’m glad it’s not a decision I have to make, I feel that Supanova have done their best given the circumstances to try and please both parties - most definitely the most diplomatic option they could have gone with.

Regardless, if I attend the event to see Nathan Fillion this June, I will probably go with as many friends as possible. It’s safer in a group that to go on your own.