We last talked about Fantasticon, which held its first event last fall, when we broke the story that they were out of money and wouldn’t run a second event. But beyond their staff’s obvious mismanagement which led to their closure, something felt off the more I read about their organization… so I began to dig.
What I found was a strange mixture of obfuscation and sketchy business tactics… and one instance where they broke the law.
Who didn’t see that last one coming?
First off, and I hate that I have to say this again, the Fantasticon in Milwaukee was not related to Funfest Inc‘s touring Fantasticon shows. Nor is it related to the FantastiCon in the UK, and it definitely has no relation to the one in Denmark. Just a tip, when you’re starting a new convention: Google your name.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we remember the late Terry Pratchett, dive into Nick and Pher’s weekend at Kitsune Kon, lament CHI-FI’s inability to do PR or communicate, get amazed by the antics of Fantasticon Milwaukee, talk about the No Boys Dorm Kickstarter, entertain the idea of the “Con Man” webseries, and get confused by Mallrats 2 being a thing.
Also, Sony is screwing up the Ghostbusters franchise, big time.
The Milwaukee based Fantasticon held their first event this last October, and sadly it seems like it will be their last. According to internal sources, the convention is out of money, and cannot afford to hold a second event.
While attendance wasn’t up to organizers hopes for their 2014 show, from all reports it was decent for a first year convention. So who do organizers blame for the failure? Is it their budgeting? Is it overspending on pricey guests they couldn’t afford? No.