Legal suit: A brief recap and update


On April 16, 2015, Alison Tieman and the Honey Badger Brigade opened a booth at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. The booth, which bore the group’s name, contained a combination of HBB merchandise and editions and merchandise from Alison’s Xenospora comic. Included in the booth was an anti-censorship banner with the gamergate logo on it as a tribute to gamergaters who had donated to our fundraiser to help get us to the expo.

The next morning, the expo expelled Alison and the Brigade, defaming her and the Brigade with false accusations of disruptive conduct to rationalize its decision to censor the group’s views. These accusations included some claims published in a Mary Sue article and subsequently promoted by the expo as the reason behind the expulsion. Those accusations were repeated, and that article cited, by various media sources following the incident.

In response, the Brigade has pursued legal action against both Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and The Mary Sue.

After initially serving notice of legal action to the defendants, we ran across an interesting obstacle; an odd network of legal entities surrounding Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo.

The suit was originally filed against the federal corporate entity bearing nearly the same name as Calgary expo and founded by the expo’s founder. Following notification on behalf of that entity that it was not the expo’s parent company, we re-examined the various companies associated with it and found that the correct entity was one with a deceptively non-corporate-sounding name, and which was not federally registered. While this caused some confusion as to which entity is responsible for the expo, we were able to identify Comic & Entertainment Expo Committee as the correct entity.

Due to the confusion, it was necessary to apply for an order granting leave to amend the civil claim, and a conference call was scheduled to allow the defendants the opportunity to contest the application. Following this short conference call in January 2016, the plaintiff’s application was approved. The Judge granted broad approval, also allowing the plaintiff to fix the two typographical errors with which the Mary Sue had taken substantial issue.

The date for the hearing is still set for June 2nd.

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Hannah Wallen
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Hannah Wallen

Hannah has witnessed women's use of criminal and family courts to abuse men in five different counties, and began writing after she saw one man's ordeal drag on for seven years, continuing even when authorities had substantial evidence that the accuser was gaming the system. She is the author of Breaking the Glasses, written from an anti-feminist perspective, with a focus on men's rights and sometimes social issues. Breaking the Glasses refers to breaking down the "ism" filters through which people view the world, replacing thought in terms of political rhetoric with an exploration of the human condition and human interactions without regard to dogmatic belief systems. She has a youtube channel (also called Breaking the Glasses), and has also written for A Voice For Men and Genderratic. Hannah's work can be supported at

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  • ‘Comic & Entertainment Expo Committee’ is a suitably communist style name for a group of Social Justice Warriors and feminists. However, I am suspicious. IMHO Sophisticated corporate ownership is the method of operation associated with organised financial crime.

    Did the founder of the Expo give up a franchise that that may be worth thousands of dollars because he got bored? Or was he hassled into selling for peanuts?

    Also check to see if the new owners (and shadow directors) have criminal records. Possibly for a financial crime like fraud, embezzlement or illegal share dealing.

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