One week earlier than it was to open, Common FanCon — a crowd-funded “multi-fandom Con devoted to inclusion, highlighting Ladies, LGBTQ, the Disabled and Individuals of Coloration” — has been abruptly postponed, and postponed indefinitely, with refunds for patrons and sales space sponsors at the moment up within the air.
“Sadly, the assist we have been anticipating when it comes to ticket gross sales and sponsorships didn’t materialize,” organizers mentioned in a observe posted earlier at this time.
Common FanCon had been scheduled for Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29 on the Baltimore Conference Middle, striving to draw a crowd of 10,000. Celeb company scheduled to seem included Kristian Nairn, the actor who portrays Hodor on HBO’s Recreation of Thrones; Mehcad Brooks (Jimmy Olsen on The CW’s Supergirl) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian of Star Wars and Harvey Dent in 1989’s Batman).
The concept for the con started in December 2016 with a fundraiser searching for $25,000; it raised greater than twice that quantity, $56,498 from 1,187 donors. However “as we constructed out our floorplan, invited company, found out lodging/journey preparations, and confirmed actions, our prices began to develop exponentially,” organizers mentioned in at this time’s assertion.
The organizers acknowledged that “we’ve made errors within the technique of attempting to tell all our stakeholders … and have precipitated important inconvenience to many who trusted us.” Their assertion tried to stroll again earlier information that Common FanCon had been cancelled outright, which they mentioned was “as a consequence of a miscommunication from one in every of our associate inns.”
The organizers posted an FAQ that was mild on specifics. They mentioned that the $55,000 raised by the Kickstarter “was allotted in direction of securing house on the Baltimore Conference Middle, preliminary advertising and marketing, and conference operations,” however didn’t say if that cash was nonetheless good for staging the con at a later date. As for tickets bought, “We’re figuring out how we will assist refunds. Now we have emailed all ticket holders.” Likewise for Kickstarter donors, “We’re figuring out how we will assist refunds.”
But they insisted this doesn’t imply Common FanCon is canceled. Nonetheless, for many who made and paid for journey together with flights and inns, Common FanCon’s management suggested attendees to contact these suppliers and work by means of their cancellation insurance policies to keep away from being charged, if potential. Anybody holding a ticket for the occasion subsequent week could have it honored when Common FanCon is finally held, if in any respect.
Polygon has reached out to Common FanCon’s management for extra remark.
The organizers’ assertion didn’t straight reply why the con was postponed so quickly earlier than it was to open. “It turned clear in our final crew assembly that we’d not be capable to ship the occasion the followers deserved with out extra time,” they mentioned. Nor did they are saying how lengthy the con could be postponed, or when (or the place else, if crucial) it might open. “As soon as we’re capable of totally assess our choices, we are going to make an announcement.
“We acknowledge the monetary affect this choice has had on our stakeholders and supporters,” organizers mentioned in at this time’s assertion. “We all know you’re indignant and we wish to strive the whole lot potential to do proper by” attendees and donors, they mentioned.