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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. 15th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
A bunch of us in the local club scene have been watching this disaster unfold the past few days on the Fedcon message boards. This is definitly the worst run con most of us have seen in Dallas. The closest thing was Uncommon Con back '01 which simply got cancelled a week before the show opened. One of the local con organizers stepped up, and was able to salvage the situation and allowed the dealers that came here to at least try and recoup their losses.
Jun. 15th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, I guess there were issues for a long time, but I wasn't paying any attention, mostly because I didn't realize FedCon Germany pulled out around January, while (stupidly) letting Tim continue to use the name. So yeah, I didn't start worrying until the forum started being very active this week, with Aaron Douglas openly telling what was going on. I had a feeling it would collapse, but I didn't want to miss the chance to see Paul if at all possible. Live and learn!



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