Coastal Comic Con is the brainchild of MakeGeek, the community social enterprise that exists to support and encourage creativity within the South Dorset area.
Coastal Comic Con was created to give a welcoming and family-friendly convention experience to people across the whole spectrum of geekdom.
We recognise that the convention atmosphere can sometimes be daunting, or can make people feel excluded at times, and wished to create an event that everyone could enjoy, regardless of age, race, gender or sexuality.
Coastal Comic Con aims to be a welcoming space to anyone – including individuals on the Autism Spectrum, those with physical or mental disabilities, and others who struggle with social interaction.
Coastal Comic Con is an event that is all about community – whether it is the community of family, the local area or people coming together through their mutual appreciation for traditionally ‘geeky’ activities, such as gaming or cosplay. We believe that the event should be a space where people can connect with others who share their passions, their hobbies, and their views on the world without fear of judgement.
We encourage local fans and creators, as well as groups and organisations, to come together at the event. The ethos of Coastal Comic Con is not to design the convention around our needs, but look to the needs of the con-goer and the vendors and artists who attend to ensure it is as open and inclusive to all as it can possibly be.
Our goal is that Coastal Comic Con should be an experience of universal physical safety; a place free from harassment and harassing behaviours and a space that is open minded, inclusive, and accepting of all people and all forms of geekdom.
For attendees we offer ‘Safe Spaces’ within the convention that can be made to be places of heightened physical, intellectual, and/or emotional security.
If you feel you need some of that security, please talk to one of our team members who will be able to assist anyone who is feeling harassed or threatened and convey you to a safe space if needed or desired. Coastal Comic Con promise that assistance will be provided to anyone who seeks it, without judgement and without expressions of doubt.
With all this in mind, we hope that Coastal Comic Con will be the first of many inclusive events for the geek family in the area.