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SMOF News, volume 1, issue 20
ConFusion explains its situation, and news in brief.
The Unwanted Guest
The rise of the omicron variant means conventions are once again facing hard tradeoffs and delicate facility negotiations. In addition to Arisia as mentioned last week, Further Confusion (San Jose, California, USA) and Fan Expo Portland (Portland, Oregon, USA) have cancelled their 2022 events and plan to be back next year.
Truth is, we have a contract with our hotel. That contract does have what is called an Impossibility Clause. The short explanation of that is as follows; Should the government, be it Federal, State or Local impose orders or regulations which would prohibit us, or the Sheraton from being able to have, or provide what is needed for the event – then we’d be released from the contract with no penalties. Unfortunately, as of today (Jan 7th, 2022) no such regulations or orders are in place at any level. Thus the Impossibility Clause does not apply.
Cancellation would cost the con a lot:
Could we cancel the event outright? Legally, yes. Financially – absolutely not. Make no mistake, ConFusion Community – this con and community does not have $80k, – $90k dollars to pay out the entire contract.
Also there are operating costs:
Many in the community may not realize,we don’t just have to pay for costs associated with the physical Con we hold, but there are annual costs, over $5000.00 to be precise, just to keep the legal doors open. Storage of possessions, legal fees for staying legal with the state, etc. Website and hosting fees, Banking fees, paypal fees, etc. There is an entire set of bills associated with AASFA and ConFusion that most never even think about. So when you purchase your membership, it not only pays for the physical event costs, but the annual costs. This is why there has been a no refund policy.
So the convention will be happening in person, with the requirements that have become more or less standard by now: masks plus proof of vaccination or a negative test. Attendance is expected to be very low.
Donations to keep the convention alive are being accepted in two ways:
1) You could purchase a membership – and then not attend. This option will not provide you anything other then the knowledge that you did your best to ensure ConFusion lives on, by supporting the con with your membership. To be clear, we will not be rolling over memberships. If you elect to pre-register a membership and then not attend, that membership will not roll over to 2023, and expires at the end of the 2022 con.
2) You can directly donate to our cost via our Paypal Donation Link. I apologize that we have no nifty swag to send you for a donation. But truthfully, we’d not ask if we had money. You will have our unending gratitude, and a pride in the knowledge that you helped our community – a community that you belong to.
The post also details changes being made to the convention due to the pandemic situation, and goes into more detail than is usually publicly available about the give and take of negotiating a facility contract.
Jane Hawkins, a founder of Norwescon and Potlatch, died January 7. She was also involved with Corflu, Wiscon, and multiple Worldcons. Remembrance by Greg Bear • Remembrance by Jeanne Gomoll • Fancyclopedia 3 entry
Willie Siros, a founder of ArmadilloCon, died January 5. Before ArmadilloCon, he chaired two of Texas’s earliest science fiction conventions. Obituary in the Austin Chronicle • Remembrance by Sara Felix • Fancyclopedia 3 entry
Anime News Network reports that the Days Inn in State College, Pennsylvania, which hosted the very first Otakon 1994, is to be demolished. Otakon is one of the longest-running and largest anime conventions in the US, topping out at over 30,000 attendees in the early 2010s.
Weekend of January 14-16
Chattacon XLVII, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Na Meji Nevidnega, Ljubljana, Slovenia
GenghisCon, Perth, Australia
MarsCon 2022, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
COSine 2022, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
DeCONpression 17 (relaxacon), Columbus, Ohio, USA
Waypoint Norwescon (relaxacon), online
HexaCon (gaming), Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Midwinter Gaming Convention 2022, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
SCARAB 2022 (gaming), Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Siege of Augusta XXXI (miniatures gaming), Augusta, Georgia, USA
SaltCON Bryce (boardgames), Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA
Further Confusion 2022 (anthropomorphic), San Jose, California, USA
Anime Impulse, Pomona, California, USA
Ichibancon 12 (anime), Concord, North Carolina, USA
OtakuFest (anime), Miami, Florida, USA
Central Florida Comic Con, Lakeland, Florida, USA
Puerto Rico Comic Con, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
Wintercon (media), Jamaica, New York, USA
Weekend of January 21-23
Rising ConFusion, Novi, Michigan, USA
AnthroExpo: CasinOwO Royale (anthropomorphic), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
KapCon 31 (gaming), Wellington, New Zealand
Polar Vortex 6 (gaming), Lisle, Illinois, USA
ConTingency (gaming), Hunstanton, UK
Rocket City Gamefest, Huntington, Alabama, USA
Cascade Games Convention, Bellingham, Washington, USA
Cancon 2022 (gaming), Canberra, Australia
Niagara Boardgaming Weekend, Niagara Falls, Ont
TBRCon (literary/gaming), online
Wilkes Comic Con, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA
CONsole Room (Doctor Who), Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
My Hero Convention: TX Smash (My Hero Academia), Irving, Texas, USA
Weekend of January 28-30
Conflikt (music), online (usually Seatac, Washington, USA)
Game-iToba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
MeepleCon (gaming), Melbourne, Australia
Platypus-Con (gaming), Juneau, Alaska, USA
Winter War 2022 (gaming), Champaign, Illinois, USA
Protocon ‘22 (gaming), online (usually Kearns, Utah, USA)
AmberCon NI (diceless RPGs), online (usually Belfast, UK)
Setsucon 2022 (anime), Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA
UChi-Con 2022 (anime), Chicago, Illinois, USA
Mouse-Con Bakersfield (Disney), Bakersfield, California, USA
Weekend of February 4-6
Capricon 42, Wheeling, Illinois, USA
Sci-Fi Fantasy LA (sf and science), Pasadena, California, USA
Running GAGG 25 (gaming), Geneseo, New York, USA
TableTopCon (gaming), Southport, Australia
CaptainCon 2022 (gaming), Warwick, Rhode Island, USA
Adventure Con 2022 (RPGs), Hamburg, Germany
Chattanooga Railgaming Challenge, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
SSA+S Toracon (anime), Sarasota, Florida, USA
WeebCon (anime), Allen, Texas, USA
East Bay Comic Con, Concord, California, USA
Weekend of February 11-13
Boskone 59, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Atlanta Steampunk Expo, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
ScotiaCon (anthropomorphic), Glasgow, UK
FurcoNZ 2022 (anthropomorphic), Ōtaki, New Zealand
ATG Expo (gaming), Waco, Texas, USA
Game On!, Bellevue, Washington, USA
Geekway Mini (gaming), St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Ohayocon 22 (anime), Columbus, Ohio, USA
Kami-Con Season Thirteen (anime), Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Anime Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Animangapop (anime), Plymouth, UK
Savannah Animazing Con (anime), Savannah, Georgia, USA
Brick City Anime Festival, Ocala, Florida, USA
Animefest 2022, La Jolla, California, USA
MissouriCon (media), St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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