This post has been UPDATED after a number of comments claiming I was over reacting and wrong about HERO FEST. Oh, and standing up and speaking out was anti-feminism and I should be ashamed.
Give me a fucking break.
The changes will prove I was right the entire time and people should take heed when someone in the community is trying to warn them of a potential scam.
WHY IAMGEEKER IS NO LONGER SUPPORTING HERO FEST
PLUS AN UPDATE ON HOW THE CON WENT
When I first heard of the comic con, HERO FEST, coming to Kingston it was only a matter of minutes before I wrote in to volunteer.
Once getting in contact with David Wyldstar I was approved as a volunteer and later received a promotion. Although it was inquired about, nothing was ever made clear to me as far as my duties.
I did a fair bit of promoting for the con and was asked to be volunteer coordinator , Wyldstar said there were 5 volunteers and agreed to my request to open a private group us to organize (it turned out to be two, plus me).
After not hearing from him for a few days I received the following email and replied as you can see in this screen grab…
After a weeks of waiting for Wyldstar to come in to the City, there was finally a notice put up on the HERO FEST VOLUNTEER page saying he was coming in and he we would all meet.
The problem was he did not confirm that he was in town and from I gathered from a conversation another volunteer started with me, he came in town but did not show up for meeting, nor did he let anyone know.
When I finally received a response, Wyldstar about his absence at the meeting he did NOT answer a single question I asked. Instead he posted on another question stating he will be back tomorrow.
It wasn’t a challenge to deduce that Wyldstar/HERO FEST made it to Kingston that Sunday. He just didn’t bother going to his own meeting he asked his volunteers to be at, one of whom lost a shift a work to go.
Before this happened, Kingstonites were starting to smell foul play.
Here is a PM that I received from someone who was working with Wildstar and was having major trust issues.
Underneath is a statement from HERO FEST saying when tickets will be available, some questioning locals, along with a retort from the Kasey Ferguson Show, whom I respect very much however, have a difference of opinion on the situation in front of us…
I question who HERO FEST claims as their sponsors and the contradiction to what was on their offical site. Radio stations and newspapers are supposed to inform the City of events and what is going on around us. That is not the same as being legit sponsor. That is called “their job”. As much as The Kasey Ferguson Show defends HERO FEST (sans plug for IAMGEEKER from both HERO FEST/Wyldstar and Kasey Ferguson Show – I get it, I don’t have a dick) this convention didn’t add up…
Meanwhile, my stomach turned when posts started popping up making fun of an Actor that HERO FEST claimed cancelled on the event.
Here is a screen grab of the notification from HERO FEST that Nicholas Brendon had scheduling issues…
In the next screen grab you can read how Kingstonions took the information, and my response trying to explain there was still a lot to look forward to. You’ll also read where I spoke my mind about the tastelessness of posting a link joking about Nicholas Brendon‘s personal issues, especially when addiction is involved…
Unfortunately, HERO FEST posted the link on their own merit, for what reasons I can not fathom, mocking Nicholas Brendon. This is very questionable because Wyldstar made a point earlier of saying Nicholas Brendon would be coming to Kingston this summer. Doesn’t sound like that will be happening.
Being someone who has gone to rehab twice in my 35 years I find this type of humor very low brow and it tends to come from lower educated louses’. It is sketchy and offensive that a professional in the convention arena would post the following on their official page…
So, I quit. I don’t like negativity and figured this con was too sketchy for my involvement.
HEROFEST had to finally let Kingstonites know a Doctor of the Who variety wouldn’t be showing up. It was claimed that it was on short notice. Many locals were upset because of the many cancellations and the price of the tickets. It was the ONLY time the poster wasn’t updated until after the actual con took place. The information also came out from one of the ticket holders questioning HeroFest on their page.
There were one or two household names there but, nothing worth what was paid for. The celebrity guests were even lowering their own prices to lure people in. There were sad Deleks, excellent costumes with no one to see them, a stand up poster of the phone booth for people to, uh, take pictures with…
HEROFEST was a fail and I’m glad I jumped ship when I did.