If you spent your weekend doing fun things like seeing family or going on vacation, you may have missed perhaps the biggest imbroglio in “When A Con is Crap” history, Universal Fan Con.
Details are a bit sketchy, but clearly SOMETHING bad happened last weekend at the 2017 Cosplay Con & Anime Experience in North Little Rock, AR. The event focused on cosplayers and guests were drawn from that area. The show purported to benefit the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Heroes And Angels Corp., Progressive Outreach Ministries, and several homeless shelters. […]
A bizarre setting and questionable policies made everyone from Weird Al to fans change their plans for Fandom Fest.
Convention season kicked into high gear last weekend with WonderCon, Anime Boston, Fan Expo Dallas and MoCCA all taking place, and the schedule just gets busier from here. Of all of them Fan Expo Dallas had the most crowd problems. The event, which is part of the Informa family of shows (which includes Fan Expo in Toronto, MegaCon, Boston […]
§ It’s International Women’s Day so let’s kick things off with Nell Brinkley, the Jazz Age Great, and a drawing of a woman riding a giant lobster. § Comics writer Mags Vissagio (Kim & Kim) lost her day job suddenly, and has a shortfall while she seeks another gig. She has a YouCaring campaign up that already […]
Another weekend, another when a con is crap, this time in Los Angeles.
As we reported a few days ago, the New Years Eye themed con Marvelous Nerd Years Eve had a lot of problems: people didn’t show up, fans didn’t always get what they came for, exhibitors didn’t make any money, and cost overruns left some of the celebrity guests with checks that may or may not […]
Marvelous Nerd Years Eve with Stan Lee, held this weekend in Dallas, is the latest show that over reached in its first year, drew far fewer people than expected, and has left a cloud of accusations in its wake.
We haven’t had a crappy con tale in a while, but what happened at the Panama City Beach Comic Con in Florida seems to be a textbook case: the promoter (Greg Messick) announced a show (that was mostly b-list nerdlebirties and hardly any comics) a few months out and then just never paid anyone, and […]
What goes up, must deal with thinner oxygen at higher atmospheres. The last two years have seen unprecedented growth in comic cons/ media events around the world, with many showing spectacular growth.
But as we keep pointing out in our “When a con is crap” recurring feature, this also means a lot of fly by nighters and unprepared rookies are jumping in and not achieving the results they might have hoped for. And along the way, unsuspecting vendors, guests and attendees are getting caught holding the empty oxygen tank.