— Jennifer Auer (@Jerseyfamilyfun) May 12, 2015
So Stan Lee cancelled his appearance at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Comic Con starting today. This is not uncommon, Stan Lee in his nineties has had to cancel a number of appearances in recent years due to a variety of reasons. And he still has the reputation of one of the hardest working men in comics. But his cancellation at ACBC has caused a number of issues.
Rob Liefeld Despite Stan Lee canceling his appearance for all 3 days at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Comic Con the web site still advertises his appearance. Also, no J. Scott Campbell either. Be warned.
Hi @DoACBC, How do I get my money back for the Stan Lee autograph session I paid for?
— Mitchell Plaud (@GamerDad609) May 15, 2015
Many many enquiries.
@DoACBC How do we get refunds for StanLee meet/greet? Is it possible to be refunded for for admission? That was the reason I was coming.
— David K (@BoSoxFn64) May 14, 2015
And while the official site or twitter account isn't saying anything, some have received assurances. Not very sure assurances though. And leaving folk in the lurch…
So mad that Stan Lee dropped from the ACBC Comi-con. My nephew was going to meet him and get a picture with him. He is going be very upset. — Garret Godfrey (@Soulheadg) May 15, 2015
As ever with shows, especially new shows, its not that there are disappointments, but it's how you handle those. While refunding anyone for guests who can't make it is impractical, when it's someone that so many people will come just to see, and buy specific VIP packages that cost hundreds of dollars, is probably in order. And not in the form of signed Stan Lee artefacts either, sadly..
It happened in Amazing Arizona Comic Con in 2013 – they issued a statement giving people who had bought signing tickets a choice of getting their items signed remotely, or a refund. It's something ACBC might want to consider, and if so making it public…
UPDATE: Stan Lee (or someone writing like him) has posted his apology – as well as a promise of refunds for those who want them. Possibly it should be posted somewhere a little more prominently.
My brave brigadiers at AC Boardwalk Con, your #Generalissimo regrets to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances I am no longer able to attend. But fear not, troops, for your #Generalissimo has sent Iron Man's Hall of Armor, my own personal collection and more in my absence for the spectacular Stan Lee Museum, as well as some sensational surprises to look out for!
– Stan Lee, Comic Legend
See a part of movie history with these screen used LEGACY EFX IRON MAN HALL OF ARMOR pieces on display:
– Iron Patriot
– Iron Monger
– Mark XLIII and more!
As a friend of ACBC, Stan is giving you the opportunity to exchange your Stan Lee VIP Experience and Autograph Ticket for an equal amount of Authentic Items at the Stan Lee Collectibles Booth:
– Spiderman Guitars,
– Signed Lithographs,
– Stan Lee signed merchandise…
You will be entered into an exclusive raffle to win one of his exclusive not yet released:
– HotToys Action Figures,
– THREE original sketches signed by him
– Orignal Peavey Guitars designed by various artists; and more!
*If you don't take advantage of the opportunity above please email firstname.lastname@example.org via method of payment.