Worst Ran Fan Convention Ever? Help Those That Got ConnedUpdate @ 2:38pm CST:
New Auction URL.
Hey, G+ers. If you don't know me, I love reading about and even attending some pop culture conventions. I've attended several Anime Expos and even more San Diego Comic-Con Internationals. I can tell you that my experiences, for the most part, have been positive. They all have its problems and things that could have been better, but they're nowhere near as bad as what I'm about to share with you folks. By the way, I don't want your opinion on the series the con covered. Those comments will be removed.
Over the weekend (I believe it was February 22-24, 2013), there was a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
convention in Las Vegas, Nevada -- Las Pegasus Unicon, to be exact. This was a brand new convention. If you must know, the series has been very popular among young adult males (even some older than that), though females definitely are part of the fandom. Most fans of the series are considered "bronies", and females are usually the "pegasisters" (but some females prefer the former label over the latter). LPU is hardly the first MLP: FIM convention. There have been larger conventions, including BronyCon, EverFree Northwest, and many others, most are smaller in size.
Anyway, from what I've read, the first two days went smoothly. Then Sunday arrived -- things went downhill quicker than the Titanic. There were stories of people getting kicked out of the hotel. There were also accounts of guests not being paid or fully compensated for the travel expenses, and many being unpleasantly surprised by 2-3x higher hotel expenses than anticipated. Some may still be in Vegas right now. I've also read that the organizers of the convention left the scene immediately. Unbelievable.
Want to help? You can find a link to auctions (some may have ended already). and other links to donate to help those that were affected by last weekend's fiasco. If you can't help or choose not to, at least share this post with anyone that may be interested. Any other links I don't know of, please share them with me and give me details on them.http://www.equestriadaily.com/2013/02/auctions-and-information-for-unicon.htmlLPU Auctions Link: http://www.bronies.com/lpu/
For stories of what happened and a statement from LPU, Check out the links below. You might find a bit of language in some of the comments posted, so just a bit of warning.Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/mylittlepony/comments/19872q/i_participated_in_unicon_as_both_staff_and/Tumblr: http://maguszeal.tumblr.com/post/44032586773/mbulsht-i-was-asked-to-make-this-rebloggableGoogle Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-G4JfFM-P8UUPj5CgfegwlIwlTIcAzOC-msrcbhHj7o/edit?pli=1Link to LPU and Statement http://laspegasusunicon.com/
(If statement is pulled, let me know. I have it copied. #mlpfim #mylittleponyfriendshipismagic #popculture #bronies #convention #LasVegas #Donate #Charity #Donations