Con Wars: IFCON Victoria 2015

11377237_10152832803386604_3307954158876975262_nMichael Reade reported for the Times Colonist about a Canadia convention IFCON Victoria 2015 that was cancelled just before it was due to take place, leaving exhibitors and attendees out if pocket

He reported that Bob Lynn, friend of the organiser Bill Code posted that Code had to be rushed to the hospital after collapsing last Sunday and would have to undergo surgery. And without him, the show had to close.

All the money put into the event from facility rental, flights, hotels, advances paid to celebrities, the show booth providers and much more that has been paid in advance is non-refundable to Bill or IFC Productions

I am sorry to be the one who has to bring these sad tidings to your attention and I know many people are going to be upset but I ask you to please consider the circumstances and Bill's ongoing struggle to get through his surgeries and survive and hopefully recover.

Attendees would have included the like of Richard Hatch, Gil Gerard, William B. Davis, Richard Scott Harmon and Ari Lehman.

Initially it was stated in that  now deleted article for the Times Colonist that all tickets, $45 for a weekend pass; $30 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday, as well as VIP Passes that sold for $250, were non-refundable.

But that seems to have been moderated since. It was on Facebook that the con war was going nuclear, with negative post after negative post on the event's Facebook page which now replaced the deleted convention page, being deleted by… someone. The page gives these options for those seeking refunds.

Lyles Place
They will issue a refund to those that have purchased a ticket (s) from them. I would assume your receipt of purchase would be required to make this a stress free refund. They are happy to accommodate you.

Eventbright.
They were informed to stop selling tickets as of yesterday and all links on our website where deleted at that time. I spoke with them this morning, as they did not return my call until this time. I am working with them to arrange for those purchased tickets to be refunded as well. Bill himself made the site where you purchased those tickets from and we are trying to gain access to the specific account to start the refund process for you. This may take more time than you are willing to be patient for. There is no magic Jeanie to give us the account info and password(s) we need.

VIP Passes and Vendors Booths etc.
We are sorting through mountains of paper work to determine who has paid, what amounts and for what. This will take us some time to sort and organize.

He also makes a number of legal threats regarding criticisms of the show.

There are rumours being circulated as to the statements of Fraud. This is ridiculous for anyone to even think this or post. All copies of any slanderous or possible posts that are liable against myself, BILL CODE, his family will and have already been sent to our lawyers for review for possible civil litigation.

Built around a promise to donate proceeds to children's charities, that will no longer be happening and vendors seem confused as to what actually happened.

Exhibitor Nick Briand, co-owner of Epic Games, said he wished Code well but felt burned after learning through Facebook that the convention was cancelled.

"I'm really bummed out," said Briand, who estimated he will have incurred $1,500 in losses, including money spent on a rental vehicle, a children's costume contest and a free video arcade tournament.

"Bill's been ill for a very long time, and they have a committee, so they should have had a backup plan," said Briand, whose store also sold tickets, with money forwarded to the promoter.

There do still seem to be questions to be answered – and tickets to be refunded….

 

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