Update (3/31): The event appears to have been uncancelled.
Update (5/9): And it looks like Angry Goat Productions has re-canceled these events. The original article remains below.
A few weeks ago we ran an article about the sketchy nature of Ray Jelley’s Angry Goat Productions. They were planning a handful of Sailor Moon themed events centered around a convention called Cosplay Unplugged Los Angeles which was setting off red flags all over the place.
Red flags like advertising their venue as Los Angeles’s “The Reef,” which they hadn’t actually booked.
What we found was a company that appeared to be one of the most poorly managed fandom events companies we’d seen for a while. Despite years of operations and multiple announced events, none of their cruises, conventions, or train rides ever seemed to actually take place. Our advice was simple: even though we didn’t think anything criminal was happening, these guys seemed like people it wasn’t worth giving your money to.
And, well, it seems we were right.
Despite promises that tickets would be going on sale soon and that a new venue was being booked, it appears that at least all of the Sailor Moon themed events have now been cancelled. Of course, as we suspected, there were no official announcements made — but the events quietly disappeared from the Angry Goat Productions’ Facebook page and website.
Technically Cosplay Unplugged Los Angeles is still listed on their site (still lacking a venue), but I suspect that is an oversight as the link is somewhat obscured and the Facebook event for it has been deleted. With most of the associated events canned and no location to hold it, it’s doubtful the con will go forward. In fact, the only part of CULA which still remains on their site is the “Outlander LIVE” page, though who knows how long that will remain up.
Y’know, because “Outlander LIVE” still lacks a venue, and no guests from the show have actually been announced.
Besides deleting all references to the Sailor Moon events and CULA, they’ve also deleted the massive post they made in defense of their actions (though you can find an archived copy on our previous coverage). Angry Goat Productions seems to be trying to hide any trace of these events, which seems pretty much in line with Ray Jelley’s M.O.
Angry Goat Productions still lists a couple of cruises and a train trip on their website, but with the continued apparent mismanagement of the complany, I’d probably spend my money elsewhere if I were you.