Or at least make an attempt at tumblin.
*walks into starbucks with acoustic guitar* ohhhh there once was a hero named Ragnar the Red
This is stuff that I’ve been able to find in addition to the last post I reblogged, most of it comes from ED but they’re pretty good about linking shit
(TLDR: HA HA OH WOW)
* Badges were $65 for a weekend badge, $30-50 for a day, plus $15 for WTNV and $5 for SPG. SPG pulled out in January, after some people had already bought (non-refundable) badges.
* They rented space for 6-7k attendees. Less than 1500 showed.
* The $17k in donations on Friday was raised through a combination of PayPal and running around the con with a bag.
* The WTNV live show was canceled at literally the last minute due to nonpayment, which con organizers maintain is PayPal’s fault. Cecil and co. stopped by Artist’s Alley and left. They had already interrupted their scheduled tour and paid their own travel/accommodation expenses.
* In addition to the Extra Hour In The Ball Pit, con staff compensated ticket holders with raffle tickets (the prizes for which were items that apparently were supposed to go to their IndieGoGo backers).
* There are unconfirmed reports that, at some point, someone pissed in the ball pit.
* Gingerhaze ended up moderating her own featured artist panel after the original moderator never showed. Later that day, she found out that her room expenses were not going to be comped, despite what she had previously been told. She ended up leaving early, having dinner with the WTNV crew, and crashing on the sofa bed in Joseph Fink’s room.
* The Baker Street Babes reported having their room bills transferred from DashCon’s name to their own in mid-con.
* They reportedly screened Dr. Horrible without legal permission, and possibly Pacific Rim as well.
* The galaxy-themed banner on their site is reportedly stolen art.
* On their site, they mention that they are partnered with Random Acts. RA has denied this.
DashCon is a first-year fandom convention for Tumblr users. It is happening this weekend and turning into possibly the largest convention kerfuffle anyone has ever seen.
- Due to the DashCon staff done diddly goofin’ by not putting a payment schedule in their hotel reservation contract, they were asked to pay $20,000 by 10 PM last night or the convention would be kicked out of the hotel. They asked attendees and Tumblr users to donate $17,000 via PayPal and cash to keep the con going - and they supposedly raised all of the money. Con attendees then piled into the ballroom to do Mockingjay salutes and wail Freddie Mercury songs to celebrate them falling for what is suspected to be a scam (as people have contacted the hotel to ask about this “$17,000 fee” and the hotel reportedly has no idea what they’re talking about).
- You can attend wonderfully informative panels like this at DashCon:
- DashCon claimed there would be 3,000-7,000 attendees. There are 1,000 at most and all of them are white kids in flower crowns who are rioting for the anti-sexualization of women in media while simultaneously running panels about “homoerotic subtext in fandoms and finding the gay ships for YOUR fandoms!!!”
- The con didn’t have the money to cover WTNV’s transportation and performance fees. When WTNV asked them to pay the remainder of their performance fee prior to the panel beginning, DashCon was unable to do so, and WTNV walked out as they are positively free to do because what the fuck you don’t invite keystone guests if you aren’t able to pay their fees upfront (and showing them your PayPal balance on a smartphone absolutely does not count).
- It’s being speculated that Steam Powered Giraffe was not even booked properly in the first place.
- A full weekend badge was $65 dollars for a first-year fandom con jesus christ that’s almost the price of most full-fledged comic cons.
The list continues but so far it’s only the con’s second day and it is quite literally the most dramatic, hysterically cringe-worthy convention debacle I have ever seen unfold.
Adding some updates as of 7/12 at 7:35 PM EST:
- The game room consists of some tables, one TV, and one gaming console. No, really, that’s it.
- DashCon proves they have possibly the worst PR team ever when addressing the WTNV cancellation. Instead of clearly explaining the situation, they say they “don’t want to get into it,” and then offer compensation for those who bought advanced seating tickets for the Night Vale show. What’s the compensation? An extra hour playing in the ball pit (which is really just a slowly-deflating children’s pool with some balls in it). Oh, and if there’s room, you may get one of the first-come-first-serve spots at the Time Crash concert happening tonight. Huzzah!
- Most panels are completely disorganized. The “Name That Anime” panel was even handing out hotel mints as prizes for correctly answering questions like “what’s the anime where they fight with clothes!!!”
- This still needs verification, but supposedly there are minors being let into the 18+ panels (like “BDSM 101”), which DashCon could easily get sued for allowing. Not that they have the money for it.
- It’s been pointed out that as a Marriott hotel, the Renaissance would have required them to submit their full reservation payment 5 days in advance of the event. Therefore it’s very, very likely that the “$17,000 fundraising” was a huge scam. Because DashCon would’ve had to pay that money 5 days before this weekend or the event wouldn’t even be happening in the first place.
- Furthermore, someone attempted to debunk the letter that DashCon posted to prove that the hotel asked for money. Not all their points are valid (i.e. “RE:” is commonly used for “Regarding”, not just in response to previous communication, and idk but this dude doesn’t strike me as an expert on internal Marriott stationary), but frankly the letter looks sketchy if only because
17000%99% of it is whited out. Is it real? Is it fake? We just don’t know.
- There has been no confirmation that the money donated in cash and via PayPal last night ever made it to the hotel (if that was indeed where it was intended to go).
- People are demanding full or at least partial refunds. Needs verification, but purportedly DashCon has a list at the con where you can sign your name and the amount you donated to be refunded later. Which sounds like a totally effective and not at all easily-abused system.
- Attendees are either in denial saying this is the best con ever or they’re crying and having panic attacks. Welcome to Tumblr.
And as a bonus: DashCon originally ran an IndieGoGo campaign last year to raise $5,000 to start their convention. They raised $4,000. The campaign ended in April 2013 and rewards have still not been sent out (which consisted of tea bags, a couple business cards with your Tumblr URL on them, and if you donated $500+, some knick-knacks from Etsy).
this is comedic gold
ha ha, oh wow
I have decided to watch Kill la Kill’s first episode and from what I’ve gathered it’s about the adventures of a girl who turns into Seija Kijin when angry facing the difficulties of living in a society with a clothes-based caste system
Team Magma: Humanity owes a great deal of cultural development to the invention and growth of agriculture. By spreading landmass using volcanic means - as historically, volcanic soil is heavy in nutrients and therefore ideal for agriculture - we can provide better care for the people of this region, new homes and environments for wild fauna and people alike, and have more room for agricultural and developmental pursuits.
Team Aqua: SHIVER ME TIMBERS, SWIMMING IS A LOT OF FUN