Nancy A. Collins calls for fellow professionals to boycott of DragonCon

Writer Nancy A. Collins has gone on Facebook and called for her fellow professionals to boycott DragonCon. The reason? Because of the popular convention’s continued financial relationship with its co-founder, accused sexual predator of teenage boys, Edward Kramer. From the original Facebook posted, republished by Stephen Bissette on his blog:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve decided enough is enough. Everyone tells me social media has the potential for creating social change never seen before in human history. Okay, then I’d like to test it by seeing if social media can cut off the flow of money from DragonCon to accused child molester (and the convention’s co-owner) Ed Kramer, who has been using the 150K+ a year he receives each year from DragonCon to avoid trial and manipulate the justice system to allow him free rein to prey upon children, even while under supposed house arrest. All you have to do is publicly declare you will never attend DragonCon again as long as Edward Kramer profits from the convention.

There’s more to the original post. You can either read it on Bissette’s before mentioned blog or on Collins’ Facebook page. I would link directly to the Facebook post, but you must have a Facebook account to see it and I’m no longer on Facebook.

Ed Kramer is a terrible human being. I couldn’t agree more with what Collins is saying in regards to DragonCon and its continued relationship with Ed Kramer. Even though DragonCon is something I would love to go to, I decided a while back that I wouldn’t attend the popular convention as long as Kramer has anything to do with it. That includes receiving money from the profits made from DragonCon.

As long as DragonCon is a revenue stream for Ed Kramer, it will receive no money from me.

If you attended DragonCon, you financially supported an accused child molester

DragonCon, the popular annual science fiction and fantasy convention, was held last weekend in Atlanta. I first wrote about the convention and its founder, last year.

By all accounts, this year’s event was a raging success. How many of the thousands in attendance knew they were financially supporting an accused child molester, a man who has spent the last 12 years avoiding justice?

I’m guessing not many.

DragonCon was founded by a man named Ed Kramer. He was first arrested back in 2000, charged with sexually molesting three boys. He’s been able to avoid trial by using and abusing the legal system, claiming all sorts of health problems that supposedly preclude him from assisting lawyers in his own defense.

These supposed health problems also keep him out of jail awaiting trial.

I know you can be too sick to go to work, but who knew you could also be too sick to go to jail?

Atlanta Magazine has a new article about Kramer and his legal shenanigans. It also points out that Kramer is still making money from DragonCon. From the article, written by Scott Henry:

According to court documents, between 2004 and 2006, Henry tried to buy Kramer out—eventually offering as much as $500,000—but Kramer refused to sell without seeing a balance sheet. So Henry simply withheld Kramer’s dividend until he threatened legal action.

“It’s a classic squeeze-out,” says attorney McNeill Stokes, who represents Kramer against DragonCon. Stokes says his client eventually received dividends for 2009 and 2010—although he won’t say how much Kramer received for those or previous years—but was forced to file the second suit last year in an effort to collect his 2011 dividend of $154,000.

So it would seem from the article, if you went to DragonCon last year, you helped put $154,000 in Kramer’s pocket. The people who run DragonCon like to pretend Kramer has nothing to do with DragonCon. That’s simply not correct. He makes money from the event every year because he still legally owns a large percentage of DragonCon.

DragonCon is a for-profit event run by DragonCon/ACE Inc. for the purposes of making money. One of the people getting that money is Ed Kramer.

I said it last year and I’ll say it again: until Edward Kramer has nothing to do with DragonCon, or is acquitted of all charges in a court of law, I will never attend DragonCon.

Thinking of attending DragonCon?

If you attend DragonCon, you are financially supporting an accused child molesterDragonCon is an annual fantasy/sci- fi convention held in Atlanta every September. It draws over 40,000 people every year. I’ve wanted to attend ever since I first heard about it.

That has now changed.

DragonCon was founded by a man named Ed Kramer. He currently lives under house arrest in Duluth, Georgia, accused of sexually molesting three boys. He was first arrested in 2000, but has been able to avoid trial because of his supposed health problems. problems so severe that he cannot assist his lawyer in his own defense. He may never stand trial.

What are Kramer’s health problems? Emphysema and narcolepsy. His spine is also supposedly degenerating.

Prosecutors claim Kramer is merely stalling.  They may have a point. I’m no legal expert, but I’m fairly confident defendants with emphysema and narcolepsy have been able to stand trial before and they will do so in the future. Why should Kramer be treated any differently?

Kramer founded DragonCon. He is listed as the con’s organizer on Wikipedia. DragonCon is not a non-profit organization like many other genre conventions. One might assume then that Kramer benefits financially from DragonCon. Though he sold much of his shares in DragonCon, he is still a minority shareholder of the popular and financially lucrative convention. This means that if you spend money attending DragonCon, you are lining the pocket of an accused child molester who is able to avoid justice because of supposed health problems.

Until Ed Kramer has nothing to do with DragonCon, or is acquitted of all charges in a court of law, I will never attend.