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(Denver Post)   In a mistake no one could have anticipated, Comic Con turns away about 6,000 fans at the door because they didn't have enough event staff. The revelers went home, shaking their tiny fists and spray-painted cardboard weapons   (denverpost.com) divider line 51
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2013-06-01 09:53:20 AM  
And 6,000 supervillians were born...
 
2013-06-01 10:07:36 AM  
They almost sold out, who could have possibly anticipated the capacity of the building? That number is probably on a piece of paper somewhere and I suppose they could have looked in a file cabinet or something, but where are those things and who here knows how to read?

/enjoy your regularly scheduled poor planning and institutional incompetence, it's only going to get worse as people get dumber.
//events that take place on a weekend are 100% more likely to be disorganized, only the dumbest of the dumb get suckered into working on Saturday
 
2013-06-01 10:10:51 AM  
2damnfunny.com
 
2013-06-01 10:26:50 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
ecl
2013-06-01 10:38:56 AM  

indarwinsshadow: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x1030]


UNF*
 
2013-06-01 10:39:40 AM  
considering they should have had presale numbers, they should have been able to estimate an attendance number
 
2013-06-01 10:40:49 AM  
When did Harley Quinn let heself go?
Yes, I did that to keep in spirit of the thread.

mediacenter.smugmug.com
 
2013-06-01 10:45:43 AM  

indarwinsshadow:


She could put a I out.
 
2013-06-01 10:59:21 AM  
i.imgur.com

"I, I, I, I, I, I..."
 
2013-06-01 11:06:11 AM  
Fortunately, they only kicked out the attendees who were interested in actual comic books.
 
2013-06-01 11:08:58 AM  
oi40.tinypic.com
 
2013-06-01 11:21:31 AM  
BAN THE COSPLAYERS then there might be room for the actual comic book fans.
 
2013-06-01 11:24:24 AM  

gimmegimme: Fortunately, they only kicked out the attendees who were interested in actual comic books.


↑ THIS
 
ecl
2013-06-01 11:26:23 AM  

ZeroCorpse: BAN THE COSPLAYERS then there might be room for the actual comic book fans.


Don't kick the board over just because you lost a few pawns.
 
2013-06-01 11:31:47 AM  
www.premierdarts.co.uk
 
2013-06-01 11:50:41 AM  

ZeroCorpse: BAN THE COSPLAYERS then there might be room for the actual comic book fans.


Because just standing around at tables is so fun to look at.
/rolls eyes
 
2013-06-01 12:19:52 PM  
I'm by no means versed in the appropriate probabilistic mathemagics, but I'm calling 2016 as the year in which all sci-fi/fantasy production grinds to a halt because all of the actors are booked solid with Con appearances.

2017 will see the beginning of a trend of movies and shows set AT Cons

2018: Hipsters will latch onto The Guild for having done it years earlier

2020: Felicia Day will get so much paparazzi attention that she has a nervous breakdown and becomes the world's clumsiest supervillain.

2022: After rewriting all of the game's content, Blizzard finally releases their mythical MMO "Titan", which will be titled "World of Blizzcon" and feature Ghostcrawler as T1's end boss. His main ability - AOE Tweeting that causes anyone within 8 yards to devolve into a frenzy of trying to pick apart his brief message for clues and inconsistencies.

2025: The entire first world will be an unending Con, with third world sweat shops being forced to make steampunk Stormtrooper armor, increasingly-pudgy Nathan Fillion masks, and crochet Daenerys wigs for fat men.

2028: Wil Wheaton dies after being smug at the wrong time during a game of Disney Scene It, Tabletop having exhausted every other game in the world. His opponents, Suri Cruise, blinks a secret message to her daddy, who has Wil black-bagged and thrown off the Scientology ship Freewinds. Incidentally, at this point, Freewinds is the last bastion of non-Con humanity.

2030: Nuclear war breaks out following a heated debate on the merits of Castle vs. Sherlock, which turns out to have actually been an argument over whether Stana Katic was hotter than Benedict Cumberbatch. Life as we know it vanishes.

6254: Adam Savage wakes up from cryo-sleep to begin repopulating the world. Unfortunately, due to some confusion, Kari's cryo tube turns out to contain an elderly Jamie Hyneman.

The End.
 
2013-06-01 12:28:57 PM  

Lokasenna: I'm by no means versed in the appropriate probabilistic mathemagics, but I'm calling 2016 as the year in which all sci-fi/fantasy production grinds to a halt because all of the actors are booked solid with Con appearances.

2017 will see the beginning of a trend of movies and shows set AT Cons

2018: Hipsters will latch onto The Guild for having done it years earlier

2020: Felicia Day will get so much paparazzi attention that she has a nervous breakdown and becomes the world's clumsiest supervillain.

2022: After rewriting all of the game's content, Blizzard finally releases their mythical MMO "Titan", which will be titled "World of Blizzcon" and feature Ghostcrawler as T1's end boss. His main ability - AOE Tweeting that causes anyone within 8 yards to devolve into a frenzy of trying to pick apart his brief message for clues and inconsistencies.

2025: The entire first world will be an unending Con, with third world sweat shops being forced to make steampunk Stormtrooper armor, increasingly-pudgy Nathan Fillion masks, and crochet Daenerys wigs for fat men.

2028: Wil Wheaton dies after being smug at the wrong time during a game of Disney Scene It, Tabletop having exhausted every other game in the world. His opponents, Suri Cruise, blinks a secret message to her daddy, who has Wil black-bagged and thrown off the Scientology ship Freewinds. Incidentally, at this point, Freewinds is the last bastion of non-Con humanity.

2030: Nuclear war breaks out following a heated debate on the merits of Castle vs. Sherlock, which turns out to have actually been an argument over whether Stana Katic was hotter than Benedict Cumberbatch. Life as we know it vanishes.

6254: Adam Savage wakes up from cryo-sleep to begin repopulating the world. Unfortunately, due to some confusion, Kari's cryo tube turns out to contain an elderly Jamie Hyneman.

The End.


Newsletter or fanzine available?
 
2013-06-01 12:45:40 PM  
I'll go ahead and put this on the table:  blame the decriminalization of cannabis in Colorado.  Back in my day, we called it the "Wacky Tobacky" because it made them youngsters act all crazy.

/adjusts onions on belt
 
2013-06-01 12:52:38 PM  
I heard they didn't have enough security because this guy called in sick:
img.geocaching.com
 
2013-06-01 01:26:07 PM  

"Heinrich attributed the enormous line to a lack of security personnel and too few doors opened by convention staff for crowd admission, ."


"Let us tell you a story about an event that had a lack of security personnel and too few doors opened..."


starling.rinet.ru

 
2013-06-01 01:36:49 PM  
What is it with comic conventions? They seem to be disproportionately run by incompetents.
 
2013-06-01 01:51:18 PM  

Lokasenna: I'm by no means versed in the appropriate probabilistic mathemagics, but I'm calling 2016 as the year in which all sci-fi/fantasy production grinds to a halt because all of the actors are booked solid with Con appearances.

2017 will see the beginning of a trend of movies and shows set AT Cons

2018: Hipsters will latch onto The Guild for having done it years earlier

2020: Felicia Day will get so much paparazzi attention that she has a nervous breakdown and becomes the world's clumsiest supervillain.

2022: After rewriting all of the game's content, Blizzard finally releases their mythical MMO "Titan", which will be titled "World of Blizzcon" and feature Ghostcrawler as T1's end boss. His main ability - AOE Tweeting that causes anyone within 8 yards to devolve into a frenzy of trying to pick apart his brief message for clues and inconsistencies.

2025: The entire first world will be an unending Con, with third world sweat shops being forced to make steampunk Stormtrooper armor, increasingly-pudgy Nathan Fillion masks, and crochet Daenerys wigs for fat men.

2028: Wil Wheaton dies after being smug at the wrong time during a game of Disney Scene It, Tabletop having exhausted every other game in the world. His opponents, Suri Cruise, blinks a secret message to her daddy, who has Wil black-bagged and thrown off the Scientology ship Freewinds. Incidentally, at this point, Freewinds is the last bastion of non-Con humanity.

2030: Nuclear war breaks out following a heated debate on the merits of Castle vs. Sherlock, which turns out to have actually been an argument over whether Stana Katic was hotter than Benedict Cumberbatch. Life as we know it vanishes.

6254: Adam Savage wakes up from cryo-sleep to begin repopulating the world. Unfortunately, due to some confusion, Kari's cryo tube turns out to contain an elderly Jamie Hyneman.

The End.


If man is still alive
If woman can survive
 
2013-06-01 01:51:57 PM  
cdn3.superherohype.com
@ Philly comic con

Is that... Tardis?  Well, my desire to watch Dr. Who has never been lower.
 
2013-06-01 01:56:46 PM  

trialpha: What is it with comic conventions? They seem to be disproportionately run by incompetents.


You get what you pay for. And since those Cons don't attract Call of Halo:Unleashed-Doritos Edition as sponsors, you just have what are effectively a bunch of (relatively) wealthy comic fans trying to make the E3 on something that could barely buy a used Geo Metro.
 
2013-06-01 02:11:34 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-01 02:25:23 PM  
I'm surprised they didn't just sell all of their tickets online, like they do for Comic Con in San Diego.  Did they assume it wasn't going to be as popular?
 
2013-06-01 02:31:02 PM  

shanrick: Lokasenna: I'm by no means versed in the appropriate probabilistic mathemagics, but I'm calling 2016 as the year in which all sci-fi/fantasy production grinds to a halt because all of the actors are booked solid with Con appearances.

2017 will see the beginning of a trend of movies and shows set AT Cons

2018: Hipsters will latch onto The Guild for having done it years earlier

2020: Felicia Day will get so much paparazzi attention that she has a nervous breakdown and becomes the world's clumsiest supervillain.

2022: After rewriting all of the game's content, Blizzard finally releases their mythical MMO "Titan", which will be titled "World of Blizzcon" and feature Ghostcrawler as T1's end boss. His main ability - AOE Tweeting that causes anyone within 8 yards to devolve into a frenzy of trying to pick apart his brief message for clues and inconsistencies.

2025: The entire first world will be an unending Con, with third world sweat shops being forced to make steampunk Stormtrooper armor, increasingly-pudgy Nathan Fillion masks, and crochet Daenerys wigs for fat men.

2028: Wil Wheaton dies after being smug at the wrong time during a game of Disney Scene It, Tabletop having exhausted every other game in the world. His opponents, Suri Cruise, blinks a secret message to her daddy, who has Wil black-bagged and thrown off the Scientology ship Freewinds. Incidentally, at this point, Freewinds is the last bastion of non-Con humanity.

2030: Nuclear war breaks out following a heated debate on the merits of Castle vs. Sherlock, which turns out to have actually been an argument over whether Stana Katic was hotter than Benedict Cumberbatch. Life as we know it vanishes.

6254: Adam Savage wakes up from cryo-sleep to begin repopulating the world. Unfortunately, due to some confusion, Kari's cryo tube turns out to contain an elderly Jamie Hyneman.

The End.

If man is still alive
If woman can survive


In the year 2525?
 
2013-06-01 02:31:42 PM  

Tax Boy: [i.imgur.com image 600x449]


Oh, well done, sir. Well done.
 
2013-06-01 02:31:48 PM  

technomuse: The End.

Newsletter or fanzine available?


Registration for LokasennaCon begins next week.
 
2013-06-01 02:37:42 PM  
I think a lot of the smaller cons are getting blindsided by how fast popularity has ramped up in the past five years. There is precedent for fantasy entertainment thriving when the real world is in a downturn, especially with comics. Plus, pop culture is has opened this niche up to the general public. Nobody is scared of getting shoved in a locker for playing D&D anymore. Yeah, you can argue about going mainstream and selling out (or whether The Big Bang Theory is nerd blackface or not), but the end result is a lot of new people being introduced to our hobbies and having fun. I'm okay with that. I'm much less okay with con promoters that are either in over their heads or care so little about their attendees that stuff like this happened. Very similar situation at a convention in Cincinnati a few months ago that got ugly.
 
2013-06-01 02:56:50 PM  

Gigantos: I'm surprised they didn't just sell all of their tickets online, like they do for Comic Con in San Diego.  Did they assume it wasn't going to be as popular?


Better yet, auction the tickets online.

/what's it worth to 'ya, geek?
 
2013-06-01 03:05:32 PM  
poor planning plain and simple. whether it was intentional to cut costs or they really did under estimate the popularity of the event is meaningless,i just hope they learn from their mistakes.
 
2013-06-01 03:14:36 PM  
Incidentally, the Calgary Expo this year flat-out said "no tickets at the door, period". Sold out ahead of time, nobody got turned away, and aside from a retarded lineup on Sunday it was easy-breezy getting in.
 
2013-06-01 03:18:55 PM  
With comic on San Diego sold out in hours a year in advance other venues have to pick up the slack. Slowly the comic on moves across the land engulfing all and leading to the comic on apocolypse.
 
2013-06-01 03:23:36 PM  

Lokasenna: I'm by no means versed in the appropriate probabilistic mathemagics, but I'm calling 2016 as the year in which all sci-fi/fantasy production grinds to a halt because all of the actors are booked solid with Con appearances.

2017 will see the beginning of a trend of movies and shows set AT Cons

2018: Hipsters will latch onto The Guild for having done it years earlier

2020: Felicia Day will get so much paparazzi attention that she has a nervous breakdown and becomes the world's clumsiest supervillain.

2022: After rewriting all of the game's content, Blizzard finally releases their mythical MMO "Titan", which will be titled "World of Blizzcon" and feature Ghostcrawler as T1's end boss. His main ability - AOE Tweeting that causes anyone within 8 yards to devolve into a frenzy of trying to pick apart his brief message for clues and inconsistencies.

2025: The entire first world will be an unending Con, with third world sweat shops being forced to make steampunk Stormtrooper armor, increasingly-pudgy Nathan Fillion masks, and crochet Daenerys wigs for fat men.

2028: Wil Wheaton dies after being smug at the wrong time during a game of Disney Scene It, Tabletop having exhausted every other game in the world. His opponents, Suri Cruise, blinks a secret message to her daddy, who has Wil black-bagged and thrown off the Scientology ship Freewinds. Incidentally, at this point, Freewinds is the last bastion of non-Con humanity.

2030: Nuclear war breaks out following a heated debate on the merits of Castle vs. Sherlock, which turns out to have actually been an argument over whether Stana Katic was hotter than Benedict Cumberbatch. Life as we know it vanishes.

6254: Adam Savage wakes up from cryo-sleep to begin repopulating the world. Unfortunately, due to some confusion, Kari's cryo tube turns out to contain an elderly Jamie Hyneman.

The End.


::golf clap::
 
2013-06-01 03:43:21 PM  
They probably had plenty of staff, just not enough air fresheners or fans to combat the stench of 6000 more dorks who don't own deodorant.
 
2013-06-01 03:52:28 PM  

trialpha: What is it with comic conventions? They seem to be disproportionately run by incompetents.


Comic conventions are run by people who like comic conventions.

The problem is pretty self evident I think.

/If you want to go to comic con, why wouldn't you buy a ticket.
//FTFA: "Some people were livid," she said. "Everyone who already had a ticket got in."
 
2013-06-01 03:53:51 PM  

trialpha: What is it with comic conventions? They seem to be disproportionately run by incompetents.


Quick answer: because you don't need to be competent when you could effectively kick every attendee in the balls/box and 95% of them would still come back the year after because OMG one of their top 100 favourite artists/actors/writers/reality tv stars will be there.
 
2013-06-01 04:28:24 PM  
Astra: Nobody is scared of getting shoved in a locker for playing D&D anymore.

They're not? Just because a lot of mainstream people do cosplay or watch Big Bang Theory/Game of Thrones doesn't mean the socially awkward nerds are suddenly respected now.  This stuff becomes successful specifically because it's no longer associated with them.
 
2013-06-01 04:50:05 PM  

Astra: Nobody is scared of getting shoved in a locker for playing D&D anymore.


That's because everything since 3rd edition has been godawful and just an excuse to make you buy a shedload of books all over again.

D&D groups are usually middle aged these days.  The children play video games now.
 
2013-06-01 05:21:37 PM  

HempHead: [www.premierdarts.co.uk image 500x500]


Gordon Shumway darts?

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-06-01 05:35:47 PM  

DSF6969: When did Harley Quinn let heself go?
Yes, I did that to keep in spirit of the thread.

[mediacenter.smugmug.com image 800x532]


I don't know, but I want the DW cosplayer's scarf.
 
2013-06-01 06:24:39 PM  

skinink: "Heinrich attributed the enormous line to a lack of security personnel and too few doors opened by convention staff for crowd admission, ."
"Let us tell you a story about an event that had a lack of security personnel and too few doors opened..."
[starling.rinet.ru image 514x768]


That is an astonishingly good point, sir. And I sincerely hope you are not prophetic.
 
2013-06-01 07:33:15 PM  

Astra: the end result is a lot of new people being introduced to our hobbies and having fun


It's a lot of new people who just watch TV and movies.  They come to see previews, get autographs from  actors, and buy limited edition merchandise, not to be introduced to a hobby that might require them to read.

Comic-cons have pretty much turned into Anime-cons, with Disney Studios and The Avengers taking the place of Studio Ghibli and Princess Mononoke.
 
2013-06-01 07:56:20 PM  

Tax Boy: [i.imgur.com image 600x449]


No Furries. Sorry. You have your own...things...
 
2013-06-01 08:02:26 PM  

thrasherrr: Astra: the end result is a lot of new people being introduced to our hobbies and having fun

It's a lot of new people who just watch TV and movies.  They come to see previews, get autographs from  actors, and buy limited edition merchandise, not to be introduced to a hobby that might require them to read.

Comic-cons have pretty much turned into Anime-cons, with Disney Studios and The Avengers taking the place of Studio Ghibli and Princess Mononoke.


THIS. Plus the ridiculous number of cosplayers who are not at all interested in comics, movies, music, or anything being shown at the con, but instead are  professional  cosplayers who use the cons as an opportunity to advertise their costume making, modeling, or other talents, and only do enough research into the characters they're portraying to make a convincing costume with lots of sex appeal.
 
2013-06-01 09:04:40 PM  

ZeroCorpse: THIS. Plus the ridiculous number of cosplayers who are not at all interested in comics, movies, music, or anything being shown at the con, but instead are  professional  cosplayers who use the cons as an opportunity to advertise their costume making, modeling, or other talents, and only do enough research into the characters they're portraying to make a convincing costume with lots of sex appeal.


Jesus, dude. WE GET IT. They need to stop liking what you like. Also, it's good to know that your telepathy allows you to read minds so you can know who are True Comics Fans and not Attention Whores Pretending To Be Geeks. Do you go around grilling geek girls to make sure they actually know the first appearance of Aquaman to prove they're not faking for attention? That is, when you're not too busy telling everyone that ANIME SUX!
 
2013-06-01 09:05:00 PM  

ZeroCorpse: thrasherrr: Astra: the end result is a lot of new people being introduced to our hobbies and having fun

It's a lot of new people who just watch TV and movies.  They come to see previews, get autographs from  actors, and buy limited edition merchandise, not to be introduced to a hobby that might require them to read.

Comic-cons have pretty much turned into Anime-cons, with Disney Studios and The Avengers taking the place of Studio Ghibli and Princess Mononoke.

THIS. Plus the ridiculous number of cosplayers who are not at all interested in comics, movies, music, or anything being shown at the con, but instead are  professional  cosplayers who use the cons as an opportunity to advertise their costume making, modeling, or other talents, and only do enough research into the characters they're portraying to make a convincing costume with lots of sex appeal.


Yeah, how DARE other people begin to develop an interest in things that we like... but not be instantly as versed in the subject matter as we are!  We ought to run 'em out of town on a rail.
 
2013-06-01 10:08:04 PM  

lamecomedian: ZeroCorpse: thrasherrr: Astra: the end result is a lot of new people being introduced to our hobbies and having fun

It's a lot of new people who just watch TV and movies.  They come to see previews, get autographs from  actors, and buy limited edition merchandise, not to be introduced to a hobby that might require them to read.

Comic-cons have pretty much turned into Anime-cons, with Disney Studios and The Avengers taking the place of Studio Ghibli and Princess Mononoke.

THIS. Plus the ridiculous number of cosplayers who are not at all interested in comics, movies, music, or anything being shown at the con, but instead are  professional  cosplayers who use the cons as an opportunity to advertise their costume making, modeling, or other talents, and only do enough research into the characters they're portraying to make a convincing costume with lots of sex appeal.

Yeah, how DARE other people begin to develop an interest in things that we like... but not be instantly as versed in the subject matter as we are!  We ought to run 'em out of town on a rail.


That's a good point.  This is why I always attend the Republican National Convention in hopes of getting support for universal health care for illegal immigrants from Kenya.
 
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