Allison Tieman posted a video on the Honey Badgers’s YouTube page stating that Brian Martinez has testicular cancer. She said early scans also found additional masses in his pelvis and lung. He had surgery to remove the enlarged testicle, and he will find out in two weeks the extent of the cancer and the needed treatment.
Cancer is obviously a hard disease to fight, and financial woes only add to the burden. According to Allison, Brian’s insurance covers 80% of his medical expenses, however, what is not covered can still be financially crippling. Allison is asking for donations to help ease the cost for Brian.
With 97,000 attendees last year, this year’s Calgary Comic Expo – billed as the 2nd largest in Canada and the 4th largest in North America – should’ve been a blast for all the guests, exhibitors and visitors.
For one group promoting comic books and free expression, though, the trip turned into a humiliating nightmare – through no fault of their own.
Eight members of the women’s creative artistic group the Honey Badger Brigade (once located in space BF 3821 at the Expo) – Anna Cherry, Brian Martinez, Alison Tieman, Mike Stephenson (of YouTube channel DoctorRandomercam), Karen Straughan (GirlWritesWhat), Hannah Wallen, Sage Gerard, and Rachel Edwards – had their exhibitor’s booth shut down by security just before the doors opened to the public on Friday, April 17, the 2nd day of the 4-day exposition. They were then summarily ejected from the premises along with Alison’s husband and Anna’s companion – 10 ejections in all.
One leader of the cooperative group – comic producer Alison Tieman – was also blacklisted permanently from attending similar Comic Expositions across Canada, effectively destroying her ability to promote her art.
Their crime? Alison politely answered a question during a panel discussion.
The discussion can be heard below. It is clear from the audio that the discussion was civil. There were no threats, insults, or attacks. Continue reading →