WINNIPEG — In recent weeks, pop culture conventions have been making the news, both positively and negatively, the most recent being the fiasco of the Sante Fe comic Con, to where an organizer had posted his musings and thoughts on cosplayers seeking work. While the entire affair could have been handled far better than it should and apology and explanation given, it seems that our own local convention ( Central Canada Comic Con in Winnipeg MB Canada) is also in a similar spotlight.
However, rather than issuing a blanket statement and opinion, this came in the form of a direct verbal attack in response to a patron who posted on the C4 Facebook page in relation to an upcoming event, the lack of advertising and the disappointment on being able to purchase a ticket.
The comment above was quickly deleted, but not before screenshots made their way around local social media, resulting in more than a few opinions shared. Facebookers also took to the official C4 page to register their opinions, as this type of outburst from that organization has happened on various occasions before.
Some continue to defend the incident, citing “hackers” but for those who have been keeping tabs on the behavior shown by certain organizers or volunteers of C4 towards the ticket buyers/supporters, this is nothing new. Earlier in 2016, C4 had attempted to put on what they advertised as a Horror Convention, which had mixed reviews, most on the negative side, which were deleted and labeled as hostile.
Since this writing, an official apology has been released from the organizers of Central Canada Comic Con.
Sadly, it seems that this incident, in addition to many that have happened in the past few years, just might have been the final straw for more than a few supporters.
The above sentiment is shared among others in the local pop culture scene, as the original posting and commentary has been shared over 80 times from the original source (not including subsequent shares). While some have been quoted at saying this type of slight is the beginning of the end, it would seem that Central Canada Comic Con can simply sweep it under the rug, as with similar incidents in the past.
Many within this community see this type of affront as an embarrassment, more so now that Tourism Winnipeg has given an award to C4 for Small Business of the Year, a distinction, that should be receded. Even Winnipeg’s Mayor Brian Bowman who presented C4 with the award pledged to come to C4 2016 in full cosplay, with supporters of C4 sending suggestions to what costume he should adorn.
I wonder whether or not he would continue with that kind of support, given a more complete and further understanding on how Central Canada Comic Con is organized and maintained.
I know I won’t. Will you?