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... we bow our heads today in rememberance.... - Micole Khemarrica
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... we bow our heads today in rememberance....
*sigh* Confurence is dead, long live fur cons...?

Okay, I knew this was going to happen, I had predicted it when I went to my last Confurence, but I didn't expect it to die quite so spectacularly. I just watched "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to see a brief blurb (maybe all of 2 minutes, at most) of Jimmy's cousin's invasion of Confurence. It was mildly humorous, if I hadn't known the details about furry cons in general and Confurence in specific. Heck, I felt downright sad that they even put the venerable-old-furry Frisbie into the unwanted limelight. Sure, he's a little strange (isn't everyone in our own way?), but he's a sweet old man who didn't need that kind of attention.

I suppose I should be glad that I didn't go. I had too many reasons, including but not limited to: a) Money (being unemployed for 2 years procludes most traveling); b) Time (as a student, I can't just bop across the continent for a weekend in the middle of my studies); c) Fiscal Business Consideration (I don't make enough money in my home business to make it worth my time, especially considering the distance); and d) Personal Bias (I hate-hate-hate-hate the Burbank Airport Hilton, have never forgiven it for the diasterous weekend when I was there for a Sci-Fi convention many years ago, consider it to be an abyssmal choice of venue for any fan-based event, and swore never to cross its path again, and I'm sticking to that).

The fact that The Man Show and Jimmy Kimmel were encouraged to film the con '< sarcasm > with all the sensitivity and understanding we've come to expect from such comedic fare < '/sarcasm > was just the bitter icing on the poisonous cake that was served up. I have gathered that the owner of the con even put in a rather lengthy eulogy in the Program Guide, which sounded suspiciously like an insult than apology.

Personal Note here... I heard that the current Chair has complained that he's sunk a rather hefty sum into the convention, and that's a reason for its demise. I know for a fact that the previous Chair (and creator of the con) had personally been in the hole several thousand dollars for most of the 10 years he ran it. Heck, according to one report, after the 6th year of operation, they made enough money that year to pay for the debts of the first con! Nobody expects a fanbased convention to make money, but I figured it was at least common knowledge that running a convention wasn't just a commitment of time, but a significant financial commitment as well. To quote Super Chicken, "Fred, you knew the job was dangerous when you took it!"

On the bright side, not every person in the Media is out to tar-and-feather wierdos like Furries. I present to you a rather thoughtful article called My Life As A Furry by a local Los Angeles press.

Okay, enough ranting for now. The wake is over, the procession has passed, it's time to move on.

Current Mood: morose morose
Current Music: REZ -- the game that keeps on giving!

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doodlesthegreat From: doodlesthegreat Date: April 29th, 2003 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sigh*

What really gets me is two things:

1. People still want to resurrect Confurence. Okay, I can see wanting to create a new event, but that name is about as tainted as it gets. It's like building cruise liners and naming them for maritime disasters. "Welcome aboard the Good Ship Titanic! Our sister vessels, the Andrea Doria and the Sultana, will be coming in to dock in a few hours! Have fun!"

2. For some reason, many of the folks coming to Darrell's defense have been doing it in a way that makes him look worse. My belief about the affair is that he was pushed into it by the hotel in order to try to mitigate the massive debt he'd be dealing with. (At a meeting two weeks before the con, Darrell explained that he was going to be short on his room nights and paying $15,000 for the hotel space.) Darrell even did one thing that suggested to me he wasn't really a willing participant: He made a very clear announcement to the con over the PA just who it was doing the filming and for just what shows, as well as an explicit reminder that the film crews had to get a signed release before being put on the air. This gave a lot of folks a chance to either bug out, cover up or just turn away.

But Kage and Rod have been claiming that this mess was all Darrell's idea, that he meant well and he didn't have a clue as to what "The Man Show" is about. Given that he's been conscientious enough to do full searches for media in the past, this comes off so crazy that even the Iraqi Information Minister would have given up trying to lie. They also are convinced that he didn't get any break in consideration, of the money the hotel received for location fees. (The figure Kage quoted was $4000, but my youngest brother works in film/TV production and said that amount would have been laughed at by any hotel in L.A. The Hilton made a ton more than that.) That would mean that Darrell not only got himself into debt, but in the process decided to make himself one of the most hated people in the fandom. This is the equivalent of a loan shark victim asking to be kicked in the nuts while having his legs broken.

So either [my feeling] Darrell is a victim (ultimately of his own bad business practices, but still a victim), or [Rod & Kage] he's a complete and utter moron. Yeesh. With defenders like that, Darrell doesn't need any enemies.
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