Vegas Fan Fusion was a show set for Sept 28-30 and run by the folks who fun Phoenix Fan Fusion (formerly the Phoenix Comic Con.) However, earlier this week, it was announced the show was cancelled:
It is with regret and our apologies that we announce that planning for Vegas Fan Fusion has been postponed and Vegas Fan Fusion 2018 will not be held as scheduled. A variety of factors influenced this decision, including unexpected costs to present the caliber of event you deserve.
If you have purchased memberships, signed up as a panelist, or have purchased exhibitor space, you will be contacted by our team directly.
We love the Vegas community and have truly enjoyed being a part of it.
Thank you for your support.
The Vegas show was to be a full fledged con with celebrities – Dan Fogler, Nicholas Coster-Waldau, Summer Glau – and comics folk – Peter David, Norm Rapmund, Jae Lee.
This follows a number of downsizing moves for the show’s organizer, Square Egg. Earlier this year they cancelled Phoenix Fan Fest, a fall show, and earlier this month, there were layoffs at the company. However August 3-5 they ran Minnesota Fan Fusion, which was a success by all accounts.
The Phoenix show – originally called the Phoenix Comic Con, then Phoenix Fan Fest, and now rebranded as Fan Fusion – helped kick off the boom era of comic cons when it launched with a near 6-figure attendance. It also made headlines in 2016 when an armed gunman was arrested outside the show, heightening awareness of con security issues.
I reached out the Square Egg to ask about the cancellation, and whether they felt this was part of a “con bust” that many observers have been bracing for. According to show runner Matt Solberg, it isn’t. “My business goals have changed and our staffing has changed accordingly,” he told me. “If there is any larger trend it is a continuation of one you’ve written about: it is hard work launching a new show, as has been the case for years.”
Kristin Rowan, Square Egg’s director of marketing, public relations and sales, elaborated on why the Vegas show was cancelled and what it said about the state of the con business. ” There were a number of factors that were considered [in the cancellation]” she told The Beat. “But the primary factor was the inability to host the caliber of show we and our fans are accustomed to and deserve given some last-minute unexpected and prohibitive costs.”
Moving forward, they are “focused on making Phoenix Fan Fusion 2019 our greatest event yet. Additional plans have not been solidified at this time.”
Rowan also declined to ascribe Square Egg’s moves to any larger trends. “Challenges in running a new or established show are unrelated to the layoffs and change in business goals.We don’t have the necessary information or authority to comment on any other events or the state of con business in general, but the support and interest in Phoenix Fan Fusion both in Arizona and across the country remains strong.”