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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.

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fencon
Jun. 15th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
My name is Michael Nelson, and I am part of the Executive Committee for FenCon (with an N), a Dallas-based, non-profit, literary science fiction convention.

Our organization - the Dallas Future Society, which holds FenCon (www.fencon.org) - is in no way, shape or form associated with FeDConUSA.

We first heard about that organization last year, and were somewhat taken aback that they had chosen a name so close to ours, seeing as we had been in existence for over four years at that time.

We are working on a press release which we plan to send to as many SF related information sources as possible to explain that this similarity in names should not reflect on our organization or convention.

FenCon prides itself on being a successful, non-profit, fan-run convention, which is operated in a professional manner. We always strive to show the highest respect to both our guests and members.

If you feel the need and have opportunity to spread this information to other SF professionals or fans, we would greatly appreciate the effort. As you know, a convention such as ours relies heavily on word of mouth, and any negative implications can be unintentionally damaging.

Thank you for your attention.

Michael Nelson
astrumporta
Jun. 15th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
I understand your concerns, although I'm not sure what I can do to help other than carefully spell the Fedcon name. :) I will try to pass that along though. I'm sure Fedcon Germany is even more concerned than you guys are; many people don't know the two are not officially linked.

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