Formerly Free Con ‘Biter Bash’ Now Wants Attendees to Pay $100 Per Badge

You’d be forgiven for being unfamiliar with Atlanta, GA based Horror Convention Biter Bash. It was a convention that only ran in 2014 and 2015, and from all accounts was never a large show. According to FanCons.com, the first year was just a one day show with a $10 ticket at door, and while their second year expanded to two days, it had free admission.

And with that, it seemed like the convention would just disappear into the mists of convention history like so many other short lived events.

Well Biter Bash (appropriately enough) seems to have come back from the dead, as their Facebook Page began updating again this last summer. While no venue or date has been listed (though it appears they’ll be aiming for Fall), they have announced their pricing. Pricing which has been… controversial to say the least.

So before your jaw drops in shock, there is at least a little justification for the price tag. According to their social media posts, organizers are hoping to bundle autograph prices into the attendee admission. In theory this sounds great, considering how high prices can go, but I have to express some extreme skepticism about the practice.

First off, no major guests have been announced by the event yet, and if big enough names aren’t on the list, that price tag is going to be hard to justify. Additionally, I have to question how the math is going to break down for the guarantees major names ask for. Lastly, I would hate to be a vendor at this show — while it’s true this kind of con largely draws people looking for autographs, there are a percentage who don’t often spend that much on celebrity encounters and spend that money in the dealer room. By guaranteeing that everyone walking in the door has to pay towards autographs (whether they want them or not), it means there will be significantly fewer dollars going to vendors.

And I don’t even think this is cash grab, as the con is reincorporating as a nonprofit. It’s just weird, and while the experiment seems noble, it just doesn’t look like something that can work to me.

I guess we’ll find out.

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 wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This 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.”

One thought on “Formerly Free Con ‘Biter Bash’ Now Wants Attendees to Pay $100 Per Badge

  • December 9, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    Going from nothing to $100 is a heck of a sticker shock. I’ve seen the average furry con ticket price move slowly from $40 to $60 over the past decade, and we’re starting to see $70 and $75 door prices, but $100 is a yeesh of a number.
    Still, it’s a notion. I’ve often thought that some cons doing the Basic/Sponsor/Supersponsor tier could probably do away with the basic and they’d still draw heavily, but the sticker shock is definitely a big factor– especially for a con that took a few years off.

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