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Here you can post stuff about crazy convention stories! A standout crazy convention was Las Pegasus Unicon, and here is some stuff that went wrong according to stuff I found online:
attendees being kicked out of their hotels, denied rooms, and/or stranded with enormous travel costs;
comped attendees getting double- and triple-charged by the hotel in an attempt to recoup expenses, while the convention management literally went into hiding;
actors’ agents reportedly filching money from the con cashbox and subsequently getting fired for their role in the fiasco;
charity fundraising from around the fandom stepping in on the last day of the convention to frantically fundraise the money to pay everyone;
as much as $40,000 reportedly remaining in the hands of the conference organizer, who deleted the con website on March 5;
voice actors being paid with bouncing checks,
advertisers buying space in brochures that went unprinted;
vendors being granted play money called “Vendor bits” to exchange for the real thing at a later moment that never materialized.
Pan Pizza of RebelTaxi made a recent video on it, I'll try to post it here soon
On a 2012 Moscow anime fest "Cha-no-yu", some people were giving away fake discs with Everlasting Summer which at that time didn't come out yet and was highly anticipated. The discs actually contained malware that destroys the partition of a drive, turning data into a mess; people also stated that it showed some offensive messages about anime. This action had been carried out by an (thankfully, now defunct) anime-hating group "Vataku" (it means something like "[Going] to attack" ot "Let's attack"). In their blog, they stated that they had so many discs, they barely fit into a sport bag, and also said that they "did favor to anime fans by making them go outside of their homes, thus giving them an actual everlasting summer". (No, nobody tried to make police punish them legally. Russian police is useless, what the point to even try.)
This wasn't their first case of vandalism. On a previous Cha-no-yu fest they burned a Japanese flag and shot people with water pistols, and they visited another 2012 fest with a banner with text "Anime is shit!"
Edited by tehSmile on Jan 13th 2021 at 9:17:51 PM
Oh god, the two Comic Cons in Warsaw.
First, there were two of those planned, on dates spread two weeks apart. One was supposed to be organized by some German company, another by a Polish one. The German one had their announcements on Facebook apparently translated from German to English to Polish via an automatic translator, leading to some ridiculous phrases like "Maul, known for his cosplay of a snake from Metal Gear Solid" (snake, as in the animal, not Snake) and "seventh doctor" (doctor as in a medical professional, not The Doctor). And then, a month before the event, it was canceled, with the option to convert the tickets to ones for the other one.
The other one was just as ridiculous. Several appearances (including Charles Dance) were canceled, the transport was a nightmare (the rented buses were packed tighter than the Beijing metro at rush hour), and someone sent the local IRS after people who rented the stalls to sell handmade trinkets. Of course, fines for not keeping proper tax records were issued here.
Edited by NotSoBadassLongcoat on Dec 17th 2020 at 3:19:09 PM
Anyone else been to the Anime Matsuri convention?
Not a crazy story, per se, but I saw someone in a funny Magikarp cosplay there.
Never invite Google Translate to cons ever again.
The one time I've gotten out to Comic Con, Vermin Supreme was there. Seemingly not in any official capacity, just as a con-goer. Still had the boot on his head though.
About eight years ago, Mike Toole wrote The Con That Failed. Some parts of the article are from his con-going experiences. For more fun, there's six pages of forum discussions.
Indy Fur Con's 2016 Con Horror Stories panel starts with an anecdote about hotel elevators, and then goes on for an hour. It includes the "unexpected hotel waterfall" story. I don't recall if this is the panel where they brought up the "Furries Versus Frat Guys" story...
Edited by dorkatlarge on Feb 24th 2021 at 5:00:05 AM
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