Universal FanCon, an inaugural geek-centric event scheduled to take place at the Baltimore Convention Center April 27 – 29 has been postponed indefinitely due to financial difficulties.
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that FanCon has been postponed until further notice. We deeply apologize for the disappointment, anger and feelings of lost trust due to this decision. We are taking the steps to reschedule the convention & will provide an update
— FanCon (@UniversalFanCon) April 20, 2018
A while back my wife asked me if I wanted to go to it. I have an appointment with a specialist at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore on April 27 related to the thing that almost killed me back in December. I looked at the website and when going through the guest list, the only name I recognized was Jamal Igle. I recognized that for what it was: a sign this was not a convention for me.
My wife didn’t want to go because she thought the website was ugly and poorly designed. I didn’t necessarily agree with that assessment, but that’s why I don’t design websites, I fix them and integrate them with eCommerce. I leave the designing of websites to the people who specialize in that but don’t know how to spell PHP or CSS. Luckily for me, there’s a lot of people like that.
Money for Universal FanCon was raised on Kickstarter. This is what it says about the Universal FanCon on Kickstarter:
First multi-fandom Con dedicated to inclusion, highlighting Women, LGBTQ, the Disabled and Persons of Color.
Yet another sign the Universal FanCon is not an event for me. How can you hold an event dedicated to the inclusion of the marginalized and not include Richard C. Meyer, host of Diversity & Comics, in your programming?
Kickstarter shows 1,187 backers paid $56,498 towards Universal FanCon. I’m guessing none of the backers will get any of that money back. That is how Kickstarter works, you pay your money and it’s up to the people organizing the thing being kickstarted whether they follow through or not.
Kickstarter has always seemed like a giant scam. This incident does nothing to make me change my mind on that front.
Why did the event’s organizers wait until a week before the event to
cancel indefinitely postpone it? I detect shenanigans. If they’re having financial difficulties now, what makes them think they’ll be able to resolve that problem in the future? Will they conduct another Kickstarter?
I wouldn’t be surprised. I also wouldn’t be surprised if people backed it again.