Author Nancy Collins has been relentless in publicizing the connection between Dragon-Con and Ed Kramer — in fact it’s undoubtedly due to her efforts to publicize the fact that Kramer was still profiting from the show that he was finally removed from the board, as it was announced earlier today.
However the ambiguous language in the initial statement—Kramer had been offered a buyout but that didn’t mean he had accepted it—still left many questioning whether there was some catch to Kramer’s removal. A subsequent statement by a lawyer still left many unsatisfied, including Collins.
However, in response to an inquiry from The Beat, she just wrote that she is indeed calling off the boycott after getting convincing evidence that Kramer has indeed been removed.
I have confirmed the Dragon Con merger press release via non-fannish channels (ie an AJC reporter who has spoken to Kramer’s attorney–newsflash, Kramer’s unhappy and is going to sue). Barring unforeseen events, I am now officially calling off the boycott. It’s interesting to see that something that had not been done and supposedly *couldn’t* be done for nearly 13 years somehow managed to be implemented in less than 6 months.
I would like to thank those professionals who took a stand and vocally supported the boycott of DragonCon, as well as the many fans who have done so as well. You looked the dragon in the eye and made it blink. And have no doubt, it was your unified efforts, actions and voices that made this happen, and nothing else.
It was you, and no one else, who were responsible for this cancer finally being cut from Fandom.
Collins took a lot of flak for being so immovable in her insistence at getting at the truth; people just wanted to have a good time and didn’t want to have to think about the possible ethical ramifications. For this, they resented her. Unfortunately sometimes a few people have to become unpopular in order for the right things to be done.
For the record, I’d like to say that I also commend Collins and those who stood behind her on the boycott. Kramer’s financial involvement is something that everyone needed to know about and something that needed to be stopped.
Of course he plans to sue. It’s all he does. There’s more to come here, but for now it seems that the good guys won.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.