DragonCon responds to the call for boycott

The organizers of DragonCon have issued an official response to the call for a boycott by author Nancy A. Collins of the popular annual sci-fi and fantasy convention. As Collins has correctly pointed out, money earned from the yearly convention still goes to the con’s creator and co-owner, accused sexual predator Edward Kramer.

From the official DragonCon Facebook page:

There has been a great deal of discussion as of late in the community regarding our continued financial connection to Edward Kramer. Please know that we are as troubled by this circumstance as anyone else, but please also know that there is no simple, legal, solution to this matter…if there were, it would have been resolved long ago.

For the record, Edward Kramer resigned from the Dragon*Con convention in the year 2000. Since that time, he has had no role in the direction or management of the convention; however, he remains a stockholder despite our desires otherwise.

Since Edward Kramer’s arrest in 2000, we have made multiple attempts to sever all ties between Edward Kramer and Dragon*Con including several efforts to buy Edward Kramer’s stock shares. Unfortunately, Edward Kramer’s response to our buyout efforts was repeated litigation against Dragon*Con…thus our buyout efforts have been stalled. The idea proposed of dissolving the company and reincorporating has been thoroughly investigated and is not possible at this point. Legally, we can’t just take away his shares. We are unfortunately limited in our options and responses as we remain in active litigation.

The current flood of “information” about this litigation appears to have been taken from the multiple lawsuits against Dragon*Con filed by Edward Kramer and his lawyers (i.e., Edward Kramer’s arguments and allegations, not documented facts). To our dismay, much of this misinformation is being quoted as pure fact despite the reality that a court of law determined that many of the facts and figures provided by Mr. Kramer in his law suits were false, inaccurate or completely fictitious.

It is our sincere hope that the end is in sight and that the upcoming trial(s) in Gwinnett County will provide a resolution of Edward Kramer’s guilt or innocence, and therefore a cause of legally divorcing ourselves from him once and for all.

Since 2000, Dragon Con has been managed by three of the original co-founders, Chairman Pat Henry and board members Dave Cody and Robert Dennis. In that time the convention attendance has grown from less than 10,000 to over 52,000 fans. Our goal has been and will continue to be, to provide the greatest fan driven science fiction/fantasy convention in the world.

We do hope that everyone understands that due to past, present, and possible future lawsuits we find ourselves unable to comment further on any matters concerning Edward Kramer. Please do not construe any future silence on the matter as a lack of concern on the part of the Dragon*Con staff and more specifically, our board of directors.

We will continue to strive to provide the best possible experience for our attendees, volunteers, partners and invited guests alike.

We are, and will remain, for the fans, by the fans.

After reading the statement from DragonCon, the boycott seems even more necessary than before. Now we know for a fact that, as Collins has pointed out, money spent for tickets to DragonCon is going Edward Kramer.

DragonCon co-owner Edward Kramer

DragonCon co-owner Edward Kramer

For years now, supporters of DragonCon have argued that Kramer no longer had anything to do with the convention. Now we know from the official DragonCon Facebook statement, this is not true.

DragonCon is just a name. The longer the organizers do nothing to stop profits from DragonCon going to Edward Kramer, the more damaged that name becomes.

As long as DragonCon is a revenue stream for Edward Kramer, I will not attend.

Comments

  1. Christopher Knox says

    They explained there issue. If you dont like then dont go to the event. None the less there will be plenty of people who will. Your personal Vendetta against a single person by causing all sorts of hate and discontent to a whole Community. Ware by the livelihood of a already struggling market is uncalled for and pointless. They cant do anything about it as much as you cry about it.

    • says

      DragonCon has been willfully lying about their relationship to Ed Kramer for years now. When he was first arrested, the DragonCon co-chairs were testifying on his behalf claiming that he was fine with children. Later on, they claimed that he had NOTHING to do with the convention. And now that they are caught with their pants down, they retcon everything and NOW their claim is that they REALLY REALLY want to divorce themselves from Ed Kramer and stop giving him $150K a year in DragonCon profits (profits that come from conning people into “volunteering”) but they just CAN’T because legal stuff.

      The fact of the matter is that Ed Kramer profits from DragonCon. He has been profiting from DragonCon since the beginning. In the past 13 years he has been using those profits to pervert the criminal justice system and get away with avoiding trial for raping little boys.

      So if you WANT to go to DragonCon – go ahead. Just because your money is going to help a pedophile stay out of jail should be NO reason to feel bad about yourself. After all, YOU didn’t rape those boys. You just supported the man who did.

      At worst, you are simply an accomplice to boy rape. And if you like being an accomplice to boy rape, then by all means – enjoy your con.

      • Chad Millard says

        So, what I’m taking from this, in this great country of ours, we are now guilty until proven innocent?

        “you are simply an accomplice to boy rape” – he is accused, is he not? Not convicted? Putting the cart before the horse on this. If my understanding is off, the please correct me.

        • says

          No. If that’s what you’re taking from this, you need to do more reading about the controversy. For years, Kramer has taken the profits made from Dragon*Con and used them to fund his legal battle against getting the case to trial. If it wasn’t for the money he has made from Dragon*Con, he would have gone to trial years ago.

        • Christopher Knox says

          Chad Millard I am getting the same message as you are on this. Someone with a personal bone to pick attempting to prosecute this guy in the Public Court of Opinion. Yes he has money so guess what he is going to get the best defense his dollar can drum up That is how it works.

          I’ll await the actual trial and verdict.

  2. says

    Just rent the venue a week or two earlier or later and call it something else with new management. Take all that pissed off energy and use it for something that benefits TRUE comic fans. Christ. Everyone wants to bitch. I understand in this situation WHY but do something POSITIVE! Take all that BS and make something worthwhile from it without all the baggage.

  3. not a DragonCon staffer says

    I personally know how hard it is to close down a business, with or without stock. It’s a massively complicated system and DragonCon would be saddled with huge problems / fines for years and basically have to shut down. Perhaps the rest of their stockholders would sue them. Ed Kramer definitely would.

    It’s not a black and white issue – the majority of people involved with DragonCon are great, positive human beings who just want to keep spreading joy and growing their community. Give credit where credit is due – the con is awesome and continues to swell because of great decisions made by staff and supportive fans.

    Why punish 99% of the people who run the con for the actions of 1 person who they have been trying to get rid of since before the news broke?

    Sincerely,
    Someone who helps run a rival con

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