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FanX co-founder Bryan Brandenburg takes leave of absence after mishandling harassment...

  A fairly huge story has been brewing on the convention scene all month regarding FanX - the huge pop culture event held twice yearly...

Are last minute convention cancellations hurting everyone?

The other day The Beat was the first to report that LA's Epic Icon Comic Con had been cancelled a week out. The two sites...

Universal Fan Con: What Went Wrong

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.

When a con is a con: showrunner runs away with money,...

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...

Fandom Fest: Comic con held in an abandoned Macy’s doesn’t go...

A bizarre setting and questionable policies made everyone from Weird Al to fans change their plans for Fandom Fest.

Con Watch: An angry crowd formed when Jeffrey Dean Morgan and...

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...

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/8/17: Skeletor, confidant

§ 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...

Con report: Comics Excitement was anything but

Another weekend, another when a con is crap, this time in Los Angeles.

Even more complaints about Marvelous Nerd Years Eve

As we reported a few days ago, the New Years Eye themed con Marvelous Nerd Years Eve had a lot of problems: people...

When a con is crap: Even Stan Lee was not enough...

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.

When a con is crap: Panama City Beach Comic Con

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...

Has the great comic-con contraction begun?

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.