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Worst. Con. Experience. Ever.

You know how everyone always bashes Creation for their costs, the way the actors are kept away from fans, no personalizations, etc? Well, a worse situation is one in which the con leads on all the actors as well as fans, doesn't tell the truth, lets the fans spend their hard-earned money to get there, then actually SHUTS DOWN on the Saturday morning.

Yep, welcome to Fedcon USA, which has just canceled itself, apparently because the hotel wasn't getting paid and demanded the con vacate. The con organizers knew they couldn't actually pay their headliners to attend (Connor made it somehow, but not Paul or any of the others I believe, and Aaron Douglas of BSG was very public aboutt the shenanigans on the Fedconusa.com forum.)

John Billingsley (SG1: The Other Guys) has been a total hero, and his wife too. He took control of the opening ceremonies last night, hung out with fans at the early party, and spoke up for the audience this morning when the announcement was made they had to shut down.  He represented for the fans like crazy, ran around with the microphone until everyone got to ask their questions.

The fans are in shock but calm. No doubt this would be true in spite of the very large men the hotel had stationed around to prevent any violence. Ha!

Well, TJ from California and I are throwing a Beckett-lovers room party in a couple hours.  We'll try to salvage something.  A direct quote from her:  "I've been going to conventions fro 30 years and never seen anything like this."

They strung us along when they knew they were in deep trouble.  They never told the guests what was going on.  Yet they complain they have been working so hard.  Dude, hard work means nothing if you're not honest with anyone.

ETA: There is a story with a slightly different spin at SyFy Portal... Not sure I believe the organizer at all.


Jun. 14th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Man, you've got my story beat! A number of years ago some of us went to a con called Timelord. We began calling it Crimelord. Half the promised actors didn't show, including Sophie Aldred and Sylvester McCoy, because they were assured their plane tickets would come, and they never did. Rumor had it at least one of the actors had actually gone to the airport and argued that his or her ticket must have been lost in the mail, only to be shown it had never been purchased. Anthony Ainley did make it, however, and a good time was had by those of us who were there; the con had half (or fewer) of the guests, but it went on.

We later heard--and never knew if it was true--that the organizer of Crimelord was charged with fraud.

It sounds like the organizers here may also be civilly or criminally liable; I'm not a lawyer, but I wouldn't be surprised if a fan or two there is! Mail fraud might even be a possibility, if the post was used to advertise and sell tickets. Cons always announce that actors may cancel at any time with or without notice due to professional conflicts, but clearly that's not what happened here, so you ought to be owed at least a partial refund (although admission was probably less than travel and lodging).

Cheers for John Billingsley and his wife! I hope you have a good party and can get some fun out of this!



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