I thought about posting this at Sci Fi Chick/s, but since it’s a rather personal view, I decided to put it here.
Creation Entertainment’s “Salute to Supernatural,” Vancouver edition is over. I tried following some of the tweets, but as I am officially Twitter-challenged, I found it rather annoying. When I searched for #vancon, I came back with 100s of tweets about Jared Padalecki’s flatulence. Ack! Lesson learned.
While not made of epic!fail, it sounds like there was a bit of mini!fail on the last day. Sadly, there will always be questionable fan behavior for other fans to bitch about. That seems to be an innate part of the Supernatural fandom.
But falling behind schedule and canceling one of the headliner’s sessions is abominable! All Most people go to these Supernatural conventions to see Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. And not all can (or are willing to) spend additional money to have their pictures taken with the stars or get their autographs. Creation has been running these events for years. They should know by now how to manage time and ticket sales. But nooo! Apparently it is more important to oversell the money-makers than to provide the basic services.
I’m pretty cynical about conventions, especially Creation’s. While I may think buying one minute of a star’s time for over $100 is a bit much, I understand it. It’s part of the up-front package. But what about those added “special” events that are auctioned off? Bidding gets into the thousands of dollars. And where does that money go? For the All Hell Breaks Loose convention in Australia earlier this year, the money raised from auctioning the signed tee-shirts went to charity. For Creation, my guess is some of it goes to the star and the rest lines the pockets of a very greedy organization.
What else would you expect from an organization that charges a $7.25 shipping and handling fee for each ticket purchased, which is then sent by e-mail? What the fuck?
I’m really torn about conventions. As much as I’d like to experience one, I don’t do well with crowds. Not to mention I’m way too shy to do photo and autograph sessions, and too insecure (previous bad experience) to interact with other fans. Guess I’ll just remain behind the faceless internet.