Another One Bites the Dust: Seattle’s Steamposium 5 Cancelled Days Before Event

In a series of events which is slowly becoming more and more common, yet another convention has been cancelled shortly before it was scheduled to be had. In this case it’s Seattle’s Steamposium, and the reason for the cancellation appears to yet again be money.

Last night Steamposium staff posted the following official statement to both Facebook and the event’s website:

Dear Steamposium Fans,

It is with the utmost regret that we must inform you that Steamposium 2018 has been cancelled. For all of us working on Steamposium, this was an incredibly difficult decision as we know many of you have spent time and money to attend Steamposium. We have done everything in our power to help bring this event to fruition, but unfortunately, with the low ticket purchases we are unable to make this event financially feasible. Over the last few years, Steamposium has been an absolute highlight to our year, and with growing attendee numbers over we had hoped for a late surge in ticket sales to help get us close to our financial needs to keep the event running. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

We are working through the financial situation now. The venue has already taken most of the funds, and it is extremely unlikely that we will receive anything back.

It has been a long 5 years, and this passion project has brought us many learnings. We believe that the show can be amazing, and we are looking to the future in what we can do next year.

Again, we wholeheartedly apologize to everyone who was excited to be a part of this year’s event – our vendors, our performers, our staff, and most importantly, our passionate attendees. With a little help from all of you, we hope to arise from these ashes and put together an even better show.

Regards,
Steamposium Staff

As the convention was scheduled to being Friday, October 26th, this means that fewer than three days notice were provided. It also sounds like most people will not be getting refunds based on this statement, which is fairly unfortunate.

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.”