Calgary Expo Evidence Index

Alison Tieman, founder of Honey Badger Brigade and supporter of #Gamergate's stated aims of ethics in journalism, was evicted from the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo in 2015 based on false allegations of harassment and fraud. This timeline is an ongoing project to compile all the happenings and legal documentation related to the eviction.

2013-01-01 08:54:00

Parties involved in the Expulsion

Summary of parties involved in the expulsion and overview of connections between parties involved in the expulsion.

2013-03-29 22:12:32

Sam Maggs is associated with Soha

Sam Maggs is associated with Soha, @sokareemie. Soha is the author of the original tweet expressing outrage at the existence of a "gamergate" booth at Calgary Expo.

2014-04-17 18:38:40

Sponsors' logos on Archive of Expo's contact page

The Space Channel's logo among sponsor logos pictured

2014-05-24 08:54:00

Maggs & Anti-MRA friend

Friend references, but does not name, Alison Tieman. Associates Men's Rights Activists with the Rio de Janeiro shooting. Quote: @SamMaggs slightly related: the fact that some YT famous MRA "personality" is from Calgary is a thorn on my side

2014-06-01 05:05:43

Sam Maggs Associate Editor for the Mary Sue

Linked in profile indicates that Sam Maggs was an Associate Editor at the Mary Sue from June, 2014 to June 2015.

2014-06-01 05:05:43

Maggs relationship with Space channel's Teddy Wilson

16 Jan 2016 Tweet shows 5 year relationship between Mary Sue's editor Maggs & Expo Sponsor Space Channel's host Teddy Wilson

2014-06-01 05:05:43

Sam Maggs Defames Men's Rights Activists

Sam Maggs defames Men's Rights Activists by making unsubstantiated connection between them and lone gunman Elliot Rodger in her Tumblr blog. Elliot Rodger did not post in Men's Rights forums, follow Men's Rights Activists in Youtube or any social media. He had no connection to Men's Rights Activists at all.

2014-07-08 18:38:42

Calgary Expo Sign Up Email

Calgary Expo coordinator Ken Poole sends "Honey Badger Radio" an email confirming "Honey Badger Radio's" sign up at the 2015 Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo.

2014-07-10 22:57:25

Receipt of Invoice from Calgary Expo

Honey Radio( receives Invoice receipt for booth space from Calgary Expo

2014-07-11 09:52:28

Registration Received for SaskExpo

Honey Badger Brigade's registration is received for SaskExpo. SaskExpo is overseen by the same company as CalgaryExpo. SaskExpo: September 20-21st, 2014. Honey Badger Brigade eventually registered their SaskExpo booth under the name "Honey Badger Radio."

2014-09-08 10:56:00

Jill Pantozzi's anti-GG prejudice

Jill Pantozzi tweets link to Mary Sue Article demonizing gamergaters

2014-09-20 02:45:05

Alison Tieman's SaskExpo Attendance

Alison Tieman attends SaskExpo after registering the booth under "Honey Badger Brigade." The badges read "Honey Badger Radio."

2015-01-20 22:09:36

Funnel Decoration Request

Alison Tieman makes a request to ensure funnel decoration is in compliance with event venue regulations.

2015-02-17 21:29:00

Sam Maggs a panel mod

Tweet about Sam Maggs moderating a panel at the expo

2015-03-14 03:08:57

Request to change CalEx booth name

Request to change CalExpo booth name made from "" Request was approved. At this point The Exhibitor coordinator, Ken Poole, would have known the booth was named "xenospora" but registered to "Honey Badger Radio." This request was made through ""

2015-03-29 01:56:28

Request to Change Booth Name Finalized

In this Email exchange Honey Badger Brigade requested CalExpo's exhibition coordinator update their booth name from "xenospora" to "Honey Badger Brigade." This request was made through ""

2015-03-29 11:00:35

Calgary Expo Harrassment and Abuse Policies

Calgary Expo has the following Policies and Procedures related to Abuse, Bullying and Harassment posted on their website. Please note the following in 6.3.1: "The Comic & Entertainment Expo Committee defines verbal abuse as the use of words and/or statements used to attack, defame, or injure an individual, or to speak falsely of an individual. [...] Verbal abuse, reviling, or bullying can consist of, but is in no way limited to; a) Unwarranted accusations."

2015-04-11 02:59:26

Live Stream Request at CalEx

Alison Tieman contacted the press coordinator at CalEx to request permission to livestream from the booth.

2015-04-15 02:59:26

Map of the Big Four Building

The Honey Badger Brigade booth was located in the Big Four Building. This is a map of the Big Four building. The Customer service tables BF #3921 and BF #3922 are directly across from the HBB booth.

2015-04-15 02:59:26

We Live in a Tentacle Culture

The Mary Sue cites the "We live in a tentacle culture" artwork as "alluding to a rape joke" and justification for Alison Tieman's expulsion and ban. Offered for context is the art work of Expo attendee, Cyanide and Happiness.

2015-04-15 02:59:26

Honey Badger Brigade Expo Banner

This banner was cited by the Expo and the Mary Sue as offensive to convention goers due to the "Gamergate" or "GG" logo on the top right justifying Alison Tieman's expulsion.

2015-04-15 07:00:00

Honey Badger Brigade listed as Exhibitor

Honey Badger Brigade is listed as an Exhibitor in the Expo's guide to the event. Exhibitors are listed in alphabetical order. Their Booth number is BF #3821 in the Big Four building.

2015-04-15 12:00:01

Mary Sue Sponsors Expo Cosplay Contest

Mary Sue sponsored Cosplay contest accepted entries until march 1st for contest

2015-04-16 12:00:00

Panel Schedule

2015-04-16 14:00:00

Video Stream from Honey Badger Booth

After Hannah Wallen overheard event staff talking about "shutting down some booths" while gesturing in the direction of the Honey Badger Booth, Sage Gerard, Hannah Wallen and Alison Tieman discuss whether or not to approach Expo staff about the issue. Off camera they speak with "Rick", CalEx staff at the customer service desk directly across from their booth. Alison Tieman asks if there is any concern over the posters on display and Rick assures them that everything is fine.

2015-04-16 17:20:05

Sam Maggs goes to Calgary

Says she's going to the expo

2015-04-16 18:00:00

Video of Alison's statement

Video of Alison's statement at panel

2015-04-16 19:00:00

Britney Le Blanc (twitter id: @britl) of the Edmonton Sun tweets about honey badgers

"Women into Comics panel was interesting, especially with MRA's in the audience. Eagerly/nervously awaiting @calgaryhester's sketchnotes." Sam Maggs responds to Brittney's tweet with "@britl omg are you serious?? Tell me everything." Brittney Le Blanc is later quoted extensively in The Mary Sue article on the Calgary Expo Expulsion.

2015-04-16 19:17:00

Sam Maggs signal boosts complaint to 13.5K

Sam Maggs stirs up her 8K followers after LeBlanc tweets about the MRAs at the "Women in Comics" panel.

2015-04-17 02:45:05

Hester's Sketchnotes from "Women into Comics"

A "Women into Comics" Panelist, Sam Hester, took sketch notes during the panel describing her experience during the panel. Her experience of Alison Tieman's contribution is highlighted in red; she referred to her contribution as part of a number of "impassioned audience comments" including at least three to five other audience members. No indication that Ms. Hester felt harassed or threatened, or even disrespected and disappointed, by Ms. Tieman.

2015-04-17 08:04:00

Dames Making Games

“Dames Making Games” affiliate Soha Kareem tweets complaint about badger presence

2015-04-17 08:14:00

Jill Pantozzi Reports on CalEx #1

From what I'm hearing they didn't know but are trying to handle it.

2015-04-17 08:38:00

CalEx we are investigating

We're investigating guys... not to worry we support a safe and fun environment for EVERYONE.

2015-04-17 08:45:00

Mike Donachie Exchange

Mike Donachie complains about GG presence; Expo replies they didn't allow GG in & are investigating

2015-04-17 08:47:00

We Are Investigating 1

@AaronWrotkowski We didn't allow a GG booth. A vendor has signage with a GG logo, and we are investigating.

2015-04-17 09:45:00

CalEx response to skeptics

@ReLiC71 No, we're looking into is as complaints have been lodged by many people, and panelists were disrupted. It's our job to check it out

2015-04-17 09:59:00

Rachel Expulsion Tweet

Day2 Of #CalgaryExpo and our booth is being shutdown because being anti-censorship is bad #GamerGate

2015-04-17 10:05:43

Comics Creators cheer Expulsion

Comics creators Ryan Sohmer, Kris Straub, Abbey Howard all cheer Alison Tieman's expulsion.

2015-04-17 10:10:00

Jill Pantozzi Reports on CalEx # 2

We'll have a post up in a bit on this.

2015-04-17 10:17:00

Calgary Expo investigation

Calgary Expo says they investigated due to fan complaints.

2015-04-17 10:21:00

Britney Le Blanc gloat

"MRA's/Gamergaters have been booted from the @CalgaryExpo. That's a great move by the expo team. Well done guys."

2015-04-17 10:26:00

Jill Pantozzi Report on CalEx # 3

Pantozzi says "They 100% were" in response to a question asking if CalEx was misinformed about Gamergate.

2015-04-17 10:45:45

Jill Pantozzi Email exchange with Brittney LeBlanc

Britney LeBlanc sends an email to Jill Pantozzi describing her experience at the panel and indicates Sam Maggs, an editor at the Mary Sue, told her to message Jill Pantozzi, the writer of the Mary Sue article.

2015-04-17 10:47:00

Jill Pantozzi Report on CalEx #4

Give me 5 minutes and there will be.

2015-04-17 10:52:00

Stephanie Chan denial

To clarify: MRA/GG representatives were at our panel last night. I did not ask Calgary Expo to ban them. Their behaviour spoke for itself.

2015-04-17 10:58:00

Mary Sue "Infiltration" article

The Mary Sue accuses HBR of gaining attendance under false pretenses.

2015-04-17 11:17:00

CalEx References Mary Sue Expulsion article

Calgary Expo retweets The Mary Sue's claims about HBR as the reason for expulsion. This tweet was later deleted from Calgary Expo's timeline.

2015-04-17 11:26:00

CalEx Expusion tweet

@ChrisCharabaruk No, we politely asked an exhibitor to leave. The Calgary Expo is a positive and safe event for everyone.

2015-04-17 12:00:00

The Outhouse quotes Mary Sue article

Outhouse article quotes Mary Sue article's claims about HBB

2015-04-17 12:00:00

Metro News Article

Actual time not listed on article but old enough to be updated at 2:57 PM according to Mike Donachie Exchange. Mike Donachie is the "Managing Editor Night" for the Metro

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