Guests from STX Brazos Valley Comic Con Still Haven’t Been Paid, Organizer Ben Fritzsching Remains Silent

About a month ago we reported that some guests from STX Brazos Valley Comic Con (or Brazos Valley STX Comic Con depending on where you look) were getting charged for “comped” hotel rooms months after the event. Since then, the website has been taken down, the Facebook page has gone quiet, and there hasn’t been a peep from organizer Ben Fritzsching.

Besides the hotel room fiasco, more guests are coming forward and talking about how the event just plain hasn’t paid them the amounts guaranteed in their contracts still. Actress Melendy Britt posted a lengthy statement on her official Facebook page detailing her and fellow guest Alan Oppenheimer’s issues with the event. The two also spoke with KBTX about their experiences.

Effectively, organizer Ben Fritzsching told the event’s guests that there was no money to pay them at the event. Fritzsching then, at several guests’ request, gave them written IOU’s with the promise that the money would be paid by the end of 2016. Agent Nery Nolan Lemus posted a copy of one of the IOUs to the group Rate that Comic Con on Facebook:

As it’s now March of 2017, and we’re writing about this, you can imagine how well those IOUs held up.

Ben Fritzsching has been completely incommunicado too, not responding to any attempts at contact from guests, agents, or other affected parties. Fritzsching has also ignored media requests as well, including our own attempts to contact both the convention and Fritzsching directly.

This is, in all honesty, completely ridiculous.

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also writes and draws the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”