Emily S. Whitten: The DashCon Disaster Mystery

Emily S. Whitten

Emily S. Whitten writes everything from news, reviews, and interviews to how-tos, con round-ups, and opinion pieces for ComicMix and others; as well as comics featured on ComicMix, MTV.com, and Reelz.com; and occasionally even award-winning poetry and fiction. When she's not writing for fun or profit, she’s sharing geeky thoughts on the Fantastic Forum radio show and podcast Made of Fail. Emily is a convention organizer and consultant, and co-chair of the fourth North American Discworld Convention, which she co-founded. She has been Program Coordinator for Awesome Con and staff for several genre cons. Emily is a program moderator for Awesome Con and Fan2Sea; and you might also recognize her from her days of answering questions online as her alter-ego, Ask Deadpool. In her copious spare time, Emily enjoys crafting and cosplay, and looking after the cutest three-legged dwarf hamster in the world, ElliePuff. Oh, and when she's not doing all that, Emily is an active member of The National Press Club and holds down a 9-to-5 as a senior attorney for the federal government - although that may just be her superheroine cover identity.

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  1. I remember the Baltimore Worldcon debacle. And that was from people who knew damn well how run a con.

    For example, they bought copiers outright, with the idea they could use them at future Balticons, and rented easels to hold up programming signs that could have been bought at any art shop for a few dollars.

  2. Jen in Oz says:

    Did you ever hear about the 2012 OzComicCon? http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/07/what-happened-at-oz-comic-con/ and http://www.heraldsun.com.au/archive/news/queue-not-funny-for-oz-comic-con-fans/story-fn7x8me2-1226413073176?nk=d44452c070c5d4c99c7100b6dae52249
    They got big guests (Patrick Stewart and Stan Lee) a nice big venue (The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre) and I think prices were about average for a Melbourne con … BUT… they misjudged the numbers of attendees enormously, and were still selling tickets at the door when they had to close the doors and not let anyone else in due to fire/safety regulations. When I finally got in (with my prepaid ticket), I had missed the Stan Lee panel. I went to another (vaguely interesting) panel, which finished just before the Patrick Stewart panel was due to start (they empty out all panel rooms between sessions there), joined the queue for Sir Patrick only to have it cut off three people before me. Later I heard they were letting people in anyway, so I went back, and joined the “standing room only” crowd where I couldn’t hear clearly anyway due to the position of the sound system/speakers.
    The volunteers didn’t know what was going on any more than the average attendee, and management was unavailable for lynching by the general public.
    I also heard that Patrick Stewart almost didn’t come back for the second day because where they had placed his table for photos and autographs was right in the flow from the building’s air conditioning and was badly affecting his arthritis. (I don’t know if this is true, but it could very well be.)
    Oh, and the most interesting/fun outcome of the convention was that the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will no longer hold comics/pop culture conventions. Run by anyone. (There are at least three held in Melbourne every year.) Which means that they’re all squished into smaller venues.
    This year, OzComicCon was run by the same people as NYCC, and I’m told that by buying tickets online I was entered into a draw to win tix to NYCC. Haven’t heard back as yet as to when my flights are

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