The Universal FanCon event that was designed to be an all inclusive place for LGBTQIA, minorities, disabled people, and women – essentially anyone who wasn’t a straight, white male – has been indefinitely postponed.
The project accrued more than $56,000 during a Kickstarter crowdfund back on December 13th, 2017. The convention was scheduled to go live between April 27th and April 29th, 2018.
However, a week before the convention was set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland, the organizers of FanCon declared that the event has been postponed. Initially the news was made via a tweet on April 20th, 2018, to which many of the supporters and backers were not pleased.
To reiterate: FanCon is postponed until further notice. It will NOT occur April 27-29. We will provide further details later today to address all concerns and questions and provide insight into how and why this happened. Inquiries can be directed to: [email protected]
— FanCon (@UniversalFanCon) April 20, 2018
A super backer on the Kickstarter page going by the handle Geist de la Muerte Gatito, pouted about the re-scheduling of the convention, writing…
“Just got the email. I just asked my boss for that day off so that I can attend this. What the heck happened? What about all of the guest who were scheduled to arrive? Will the vendors get a refund? I was really looking forward to this.”
I did attempt to reach out to the organizers about refunds for those who had already pre-planned to visit Baltimore and booked hotel stay and flights in advance. However, instead of responding to the e-mail the organizers simply offered a FAQ on the official website [backup], along with a lengthier explanation stating that the event was postponed after they ran out of money for what they had planned.
The gist of it is that after securing the convention center and marketing the event, the organizers claim they ran out of money…
“The initial funding received from our Kickstarter was allocated towards securing space at the Baltimore Convention Center, initial marketing, and convention operations. Additional investments were made by the organizers.”
The longer explanation was that somehow they had miscalculated and mismanaged what they had and the event could no longer materialize. On the website, they wrote…
“Unfortunately, the support we were anticipating in terms of ticket sales and sponsorships did not materialize. Accordingly, the organizers of FanCon made significant personal investments in order to ensure FanCon’s success. In addition to these investments, we worked to scale back the number of guests and limit the convention space to create a leaner and more efficient show. Sadly, this was not enough. If we were to have moved forward, the event would have been significantly diminished.”
One of the frequently asked questions was why didn’t they inform the community sooner, especially before so many people had made plans to attend the event with just a week to go. They claimed that the hotel cancellations forced them to act sooner than anticipated, stating…
“Notifications were set to go out the morning of April 20th. Unfortunately room cancellation emails went out to attendees in the FanCon room bloc before we could properly inform everyone the same day. We had no warning that the partner hotel would share their cancellation notice in this manner, and resulted in us having to scramble to get something out to everyone as quickly as possible.
“When you have an event of this size, there are a lot of moving parts. There is a protocol and process that has to be followed in order to get the word out to everyone that is even remotely affected. Unfortunately we were forced to share basic detail as opposed to our full explanation as quickly as possible due to the abrupt nature of the hotel cancellations.”
There is still no date set for when the FanCon event is set to take place.
According to the update on the web page, there will be further details shared on April 25th regarding alternate plans for people who already have hotel rooms and flights booked for Baltimore.
The interesting thing about it is that this event was supposed to be for Social Justice Warriors and those who weren’t straight, white males, but so far the only thing the event has done was take up the time and money for those that SJWs consider to be marginalized.
(Thanks for the news tip Blaugast)