Thursday, July 21, 2005

CONNECTI-CON FACING BANKRUPTCY: Debts in Excess of $30k!

Matt Daigle and Briana Benn, the two organisers of the webcomics-centric convention, are reportedly $34,148.50 in debt after the sleazy Connecticut Convention Center allegedly inflated the bill for 'additional expenses' from $10k to over three times that amount.

"Due to a change in management and policy at the University of Hartford, where ConnectiCon was hosted for the first two years, the convention was forced to find a new home in 2005."..."They moved ConnectiCon to the brand new Connecticut Convention Center."

"Despite throwing another wonderful convention this year, they did not break even. In fact, due to the Convention Center being so new, and through a series of misunderstandings between ConnectiCon and Connecticut Convention Center staff, there were a lot of unforeseen expenses tacked on at the last minute. "

"They have treated webcomics like royalty for the past three years and now, in their hour of need, dozens of webcomic creators and other artists have banded together to organize this fund. "


In other news, Robert 'Tangents' Howard believes that a fund should be set up for "webcomic artists in need".

"What's needed is a Webcartoonist Assistance Fund. I'm not sure how we'd go about and create this; who would hold the funds? Who would decide which cartoonist is in need? What constitutes need? Still, a Webcartoonist Assistance Fund would be a viable entity, once the foundations of it are laid down. It could be funded by donations by fans and by cartoonists who want to put a little something in, to help out others in need or even on the off chance that they themselves are in need further down the line."

Rumours now abound of another Live8 concert where the new slogan is "Make Webcomics Poverty History".


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5 Comments:

Blogger Drew Price said...

Who wants to go to Connecticut???

Seriously???

7/21/2005 6:04 AM  
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7/21/2005 6:04 AM  
Blogger Tangent said...

When you're on the East Coast and you can't afford San Diego's ComicCon, ConnectiCon sounds like a decent enough idea.

Besides, Riverside Park is down there. :)

7/21/2005 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Fletcher said...

I dunno, it's kind of hard to fault Comic-Con for being... well... cool.

This is from a 6-year veteran, though, so perhaps I bear some bias after enjoying many a moment at the convention over that time (including a few with various webcomic artists).

7/22/2005 9:40 PM  
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