Today it was announced, that Hunnam is partnering with Comicpalooza and through their collaboration, are generously donating three day passes, an autograph and photo op with Charlie Hunnam for those who purchased VIP badges at Space City Comic Con. More details on this can be found below.
That's right, Charlie Hunnam is coming back to Houston this weekend for Comicpalooza. They say everything's bigger in Texas and the love for Charlie Hunnam is no exception. Many fans experienced nothing but mayhem at his last appearance in Houston, and not the kind they were expecting. As mentioned in my last article, fans poured in from all around the world to attend the Sons Of Anarchy World Reunion at Space City Comic Con, spending thousands of dollars, only to be left with disappointment and empty wallets.
Today it was announced, that Hunnam is partnering with Comicpalooza and through their collaboration, are generously donating three day passes, an autograph and photo op with Charlie Hunnam for those who purchased VIP badges at Space City Comic Con. More details on this can be found below.
In two weeks, Comicpalooza will open their doors allowing the public to experience a truly unique and unforgettable comic convention. They are Texas' largest comic and pop culture event and I can guarantee, they will not disappoint. I took a brief look at the schedule and was very impressed, it' the Disneyland of comic conventions. Meaning, there is something for EVERYONE and there is no way you can see it all in one day. I'm going to break down the things I'm most excited about.
You can't have a comic convention without cosplayers. This has always been my favorite part of comic conventions and I love seeing how creative everyone gets with their costumes. I will be out and about meeting with local cosplayers at Comicpalooza because I know this event is going to bring out the best of the best in Texas. This year the Cosplay Contest is sponsored by Texas Renaissance Festival, and since that is an event that I NEVER miss, I was really excited to see their sponsorship. How cool is that? The cosplay contest rules can be found by clicking the hyperlink above, so make sure to check them out to find out about signing up. The contest will be held Saturday, June 18th at 7:00 PM, so make sure to stop by to check out all the amazing costumes.
Special Guest Appearances
TWD or Norman Reedus Fans? How about Alien's 30th Anniversary Reunion. If that's not your bag, how about Underworld? Kate Beckinsale will be there this year, along with 90's heart throbs, A.J. McLean from the Backstreet Boys and Chris Kirkpatrick from N*Sync. There are more guests listed below and you can also check out the link to their complete guest lineup here.
Discounts and Coupons
Below you can find a list of discounts and coupons you can receive in Houston during Comicpalooza. Many of these only require you to show your Comicpalooza badge and you can get discounts, free appetizers or desserts. You can also click here to get a direct link to Comicpalooza's Discount Page.
You can find the link to al three days of scheduling and panels here. I'm excited to see so many activities for little ones. There are events such as Create a Comic and Hero Creation on Friday morning to face painting and Superhero Story time on Saturday. There really is something for everyone and every age. Make sure to take a look at the panel schedules ahead of time and plan your day out before you arrive.
Comicpalooza even has a SPORTS ARENA! You can check out events such as Quidditch (and Kidditch :), Roller derby, and even Gallifrey Olympics- Daleks Races.
I will be there all day Saturday, livestreaming, taking photos and making sure to get you the inside scoop. If you see me on the convention floor at or a panel, make sure to stop by and take a photo with me. We will be holding a giveaway really soon and trust me, your going to want to have a photo or two on hand!!
I look forward to seeing everyone there, stay tuned for more pre-con coverage. If you haven't purchased your tickets, you can follow the link below to check out ticket prices and hotels.
Until next time LL&P *Ava Jade*
In the week following the events at Space City Comic Con, one by one, both sides started to release official public statements. Here you can find a collection of everything to date. If you have any new statements that you would like to add or that I may have missed, feel free to message me on my contact page or via social media.
Johnny Steverson (Co-Owner of SCCC)
Press Release – For Immediate Release
Johnny Steverson Resigns From Space City Comic Con and Mythic Events LLC.
Promotor George Comits Breaches Contracts
(Houston, Texas – June 1st, 2016) Space City Comic Con held an event May 27th-29th by owner and promotor George Comits. I, Johnny Steverson, would describe that some issues arose which I considered as very unethical and unfortunate set of events. Based on this and the following explanation including my motion to the full board on 6/1/16 to remove George Comits as the signatory failed, I would like to announce my formal resignation as a shareholder/owner of Mythik Events LLC and Space City Comic Con. Further I am returning my percentage back to the company where George Comits is responsible for the debt in which he incurred without approval. I sincerely hope he finds some way to make good on his promises as board members disembark from this damaged brand. I find his inability to cooperate leaves me no choice but to disenfranchise me from this brand.
To be clear, one of the issues that arose was when the cast of the Sons Of Anarchy realized they were not getting paid and stopped honoring the VIP packages. Understandably the fans were outraged. George Comits then authorized the refund of VIP tickets and the VIP photo ops to be refunded through Showclix.
To our disenchantment this launched a negative social media campaign.
After a majority vote of the board empowered Johnny Steverson on Sunday May 29th 2016 to remove George Comits, he was escorted to an office to print the contracts between the actors, and then escorted off the premises. On that Sunday when I realized people were not getting paid, and the severity of other situations, I tried to right the wrongs with the tools the board and I had available.
Fans spent thousands and were turned down after traveling hundreds of miles and even some from the other side of the globe. A particular moment, that broke my heart, was when a couple informed me, tearfully, that they were there for anniversary purposes. Volunteers were sleeping on floors. Volunteers were packed in rooms. Mr. George Comits enjoyed a penthouse suite. He also ignored the celebrities he signed contractually to appear.
George Comits actions over the recent months are contrary to ethical business practices which I believe had originally been set up by the board. His constant attacks against internal members, including myself, are slanderous and disruptive, to the day to day operations and created a hostile work environment. It was my intention to work with the board to insure people were paid.
I would like to say thank you for the long hours volunteers dedicated to the success of a cause they believed in. I had seen so many great people step up to help. And thank you to the vendors who were amazing. We all worked so hard.
And I want to say thank you to the Sons of Anarachy cast who were more than polite given the situation they had been placed in I found them to be great guests and a fan favorite. I apologize to the guests and fans.
Thank you again for all of the love and support shown to me by everyone. I truly look forward to seeing you all at the Houston Pop Culture Expo next year.
Camille and Kennerly (The Harp Twins)
On the Twin's Facebook account, they shared the above image and this.
"Read between the lines George Comits of Mythik Events & Promotions and Space City Comic Con for breaking their contract with us and knowingly writing us a bad check for our performance fee, travel expenses, and per diem.
Some other guests including some cast members of Sons of Anarchy left the con early because their checks bounced. We were suspicious that our check was also bad, but we stayed and performed concerts all 3 days of the con because we didn’t want to disappoint our fans who had come to see us perform (some driving many hours from other states). Even though the con screwed us over and we were not paid, we want to thank every single person who came to our shows! You packed out the room for our shows - and meeting and chatting with you after concerts and at our booth kept us going all weekend. We feel so grateful for all of your support! You all ROCK!
An extra HUGE thank you to those who came to our Friday concert and stayed until the sound guys finally turned on the sound. We didn’t learn until the literal minute our Friday concert was scheduled to start that the sound guys had not been paid by the con and were subsequently refusing to turn on the sound system for our concert. We learned this from the sound guys themselves and no representative from the con came to tell us in person, so we had to announce to our own audience that we had no way to play because the sound techs were not going to turn on the sound without the check they were promised from the con. Our fabulous fans in the audience actually tried to pay the sound techs to turn on the sound if they all chipped in some money. We had an impromptu Q&A session with the crowd not knowing whether or not we would be able to play that night. After about 30 minutes the con worked something out and the sound guys finally turned on the sound, allowing us to perform our show. Even with this incredibly unprofessional action by Space City Comic Con, the amazing fans who stayed and waited for a concert they didn’t know would happen kept us smiling all night. You all are the best!
Much love to all of our Texas fans! We would love to perform for you again – hopefully under a much better host situation! :D :D
Now if only we had been paid…
UPDATE (Thursday, June 2):
Through our own efforts, daily persistence, and the kind assistance of a bank branch manager - late this morning we were able to recover most (but not all) of the money owned to us for our travel expenses, per diem, and performance fee for SCCC. To be clear, we did this without ANYONE from SCCC reaching out to try to rectify their breech of contract and bad check, including George Comits.
1) When confronted about the money owed to us, George Comits has made written statements to others that implied that we should be satisfied that we received a down payment many months ago when we were first booked for the con. Our down payment was less than half the amount owed us and did not even cover our round trip expenses for our Chicago to Houston trip, which was 4 days round trip.
2) The remainder, and larger part of our payment, was contractually due prior to our first performance on Friday evening of SCCC, along with a cash per diem for each of us. Instead, we had to wait in a line for 2 HOURS after the close of the con day - sitting on the floor outside of George Comit’s office - in attempts to collect the money owed to us. Keep in mind that we were sitting on the floor for 2 hours on Friday night after an exhausting day at the con and our performance that evening. As professional performers who work extremely hard, we have never been treated like this.
3) George Comits has never once apologized to us. He did however, continue to blame others and release press statements multiple times this week, instead of reaching out immediately to us, as SCCC performing guests who had not been paid and whose contract had been breeched.
We did an interview with a publication that should be released tomorrow. This interview will include a lot of additional information about our experience with SCCC and George Comits. We will post a link to that interview when it is available."
Alexander Wolf- Wolf Studios Photography
SPACE CITY COMIC CON 2016
San Antonio, TX, June 6, 2016– Several months ago, Wolf Studios Photography was referred to George Comits as a provider of celebrity photo ops for his upcoming convention, Space City Comic Con. We negotiated a contract, in which it was stated that Wolf would be the sole provider of photo op tickets for the show. The contract was agreed upon and signed by Mr. Comits on December 02, 2015. Work began in preparation of the show, and we began collecting pricing information to start selling the photos. As time progressed, Mr. Comits started selling VIP packages which all included a photo op, some individual and some group. Wolf Studios must collect a preset amount for each VIP ticket accepted, so this poses a risk if the show has no liquidity. While this was not previously agreed upon, we accepted this and began receiving reports from the ticketing provider on how many VIP’s were sold in order to adequately prepare. Nothing was abnormal until two weeks before the show, at which point we were attempting to create the photo op schedule and Mr. Comits stopped responding to various forms of contact, often replying days after we needed information. We were referred to two volunteers that assisted in the schedule, which due to the lack of communication wasn’t completed until two days before the show. Mr. Comits then contacted us on Monday May 23rd and informed us that he was unable to pay Charlie Hunnam’s deposit for appearance, and consequently asked us to loan him $50,000 in order to secure his appearance. The request was declined, but we offered to speak with Hunnam’s agent/lawyer to provide financial details for the presales we had collected on. Mr. Comits never put us in touch, but an email came through our website contact form from someone claiming to be Charlie Hunnam’s handler. We spoke via telephone, and with the details we provided and commitments we made, they agreed to get Hunnam on his flight despite the missed deposit.
Thursday afternoon, 16 of us departed from San Antonio to Houston for the show. We arrived at our designated hotel where we were to have 6 rooms reserved for us per our communication and contract. When we arrived, there was only one room reserved, and the hotel informed us that there were no additional available rooms. A phone call was placed to Mr. Comits, which went unanswered, followed by a text message that was also unanswered. Contact was made with the head of volunteers, who said she saw Mr. Comits at a different hotel and he was presently working on the situation. We waited for nearly an hour in the lobby, until finally we told Mr. Comits via text that he breached contract and that we were leaving to return to San Antonio. The same text was sent to Hunnam’s representative, which was immediately answered. He informed me that he had spoken with staff at the JW Marriott where he was staying, and there were 6 rooms reserved for us there. We arrived at that hotel 20 minutes later, and met Hunnam’s representative in the lobby. Mr. Comits approached us at that point complaining about the price of the rooms, but eventually agreed to allow us to stay.
Friday morning, we entered the convention center to setup our extensive equipment, only to find that there was no power or internet available to us, a provision of which was a condition set forth in the contract. We were informed by both the power vendor and internet provider that the credit card on file was declined, and nothing would be done until payment was made. We set up what we could, and waited for Mr. Comits to make the payment to the vendors. Thirty minutes before the show opened, we got power
and internet, and were able to complete setup and test our equipment. Photo ops went smoothly on Friday, with all celebrities accepting VIP tickets and appearing for their scheduled photo op times, including Charlie Hunnam.
Saturday morning we were approached by the agents of several celebrities and informed that VIP photo op tickets would no longer be accepted by their guests due to a check that was that was given to Mr. Hunnam that could not be cashed due to insufficient funds. At that time, our staff began informing our customers that the white tickets given out by the show for these guests are now invalid, and they would have to contact the con for assistance. Hunnam informed us that he would be offering discounted photo ops for those impacted by the situation. The majority of Saturday went as expected until a phone call was overheard in the celebrity green room from the conventions travel coordinator. Hunnam’s flight was being changed to Saturday evening instead of Sunday, so in an attempt to best serve our clientele we were forced to reschedule his times to accommodate this schedule change. We immediately sent an email to all customers that had pre-purchased a photo op ticket from us for Sunday, informing them of the cancellation and of their options to receive a refund from us or swap for another photo. His representative approached us about payment for the photo op sessions, so we obliged and cashed Hunnam out directly after each shoot on Saturday afternoon. We were never “strong armed” or threatened in any way. After the last group photo, Hunnam departed for the airport, paid in full from what we owed him for photos.
Sunday morning we were approached by Johnny Steverson who informed us that George had been removed from power and that he planned to make right on all financial obligations to us. Most agents started taking VIP tickets again, and we agreed based upon Mr. Steverson’s assurances of compensation that we would again honor those tickets. Several celebrities cancelled their photo ops on Sunday due to reported frustrations with con management, requiring us to refund thousands of dollars in ticket sales and upsetting many fans who had stood in line for hours to take a photo with their favorite celeb. When it came time to collect on the hundreds of VIP tickets we accepted, Mr. Steverson informed us that despite his previous claims there was no money left, causing us to take a large financial loss at this particular event. When we checked out at the hotel, we were also informed that the room liability had been transferred to our credit card, which was only on file for incidentals. The next morning Mr. Steverson resigned from the company, and Mr. Comits has yet to make payment for the custom backdrops we ordered, prints we provided to the celebrities, our travel fee, or any of the VIP photos that we took. Based upon this particular show, and due to a need to protect ourselves and our clients, we are changing the way that we do business with all conventions in the future.
Wolf Studios Photography holds ourselves to a high standard of ethics, morals, and customer service. We wish to make it clear that we are in no way associated with Space City Comic Con, nor do we condone the behavior that they exhibited. Everything was done that was within our control to take care of the thousands of fans that attended the show, as well as making sure the celebrities and their agents had a positive experience with us.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Alexander Wolf at 210-542-4123 or email at email@example.com.
Angry SOA VIPs (The VIP Fans)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sons of Anarchy VIPs
Over the last week, many events have transpired in regards to Space City Comic Con and their handling of customers who had pre-purchased packages and were not given what they paid for. Much has been said about George Comits and Johnny Steverson’s handling of the event as a whole.
We would like to clarify and correct media statements given by both Comits and Steverson.
It is highly reprehensible that either man would consider the fans or talent the problems in their charade. False statements of refunds abound and it is wrong. Both Comits and Steverson are blatantly lying when they state fans have all received refunds. For those who have, they are partial refunds of 25-75%. In one of our worst case scenarios, fans who purchased a package for a sum of $2491.67 received a mere $1,125 “refund”.
Until one can see the heartbreak in many people’s faces, we find it thoroughly distasteful for Steverson to openly state this falsehood while attempting to promote a “new convention” in the process.
We refuse to sit idly by as the blame is placed on actors, or worse, on us fans who traveled great distances at costs of thousands of dollars to arrive to, basically, nothing.
In regards to George Comits comments on the police breaking up fans, I can attest to several hundred fans personally, that no such thing was ever done for our group. We cannot confirm there were not isolated incidents but the NRG staff and local police on site were more than gracious to us. They were called, but did not intervene, whatsoever. Our main group never was abusive, even as we were told one lie after another. We were herded from one location to the next to stand around and wait for nothing. We reject all claims that Sons of Anarchy fans en masse were unruly, needed restraint or were given any police orders.
We have confirmed with multiple volunteers, actors, handlers and agents that many items in our pre-purchased VIP packages were not told to any of them. The bewildered looks from all those involved got many people understandably upset as any upper management, nor Steverson or Comits would give us any direction and refused to address us themselves. They preferred to leave unprepared, ill-informed volunteers to handle a chaotic scene.
If you or anyone you know is a victim of the pre-purchased VIP packages for Space City Comic Con, we encourage you to contact us directly.
Fans were the victims as much as the actors. It’s time we had a voice too.
Welp Folks, Public Statement Time!!!
Megaship Cosplay Photography·Monday, May 30, 2016
It is with great regret that I write this statement on behalf of both Megaship Cosplay Photography and KevinTheDirector, respectively and in regards to the “MEGA COSPLAY Photo Shoot – Heroes Villains” event held by Space City Comic Con on Saturday,May 28th.
The shoot was a disaster. Plain and simple. The room was not ready. The photographer did not show up on time. The cosplayers who showed up to the shoot, ready and on time, were made to wait outside the room for 20 minutes as the staff moved the chairs, which were set up for a panel and filled the room. Nobody knew what was going on, and the situation was both ridiculous and completely avoidable. On behalf of both Kevin and I, we would like to apologize.
4 months ago we were contacted by George Commits, the owner of the con, in regards to setting up a large photo shoot for the convention, which would eventually turn out to be the shoot in question. We had a phone conference, in which we discussed every aspect of the shoot. Photography team, room size, organization, ETC. The convention was to provide an inside location for at least two hours; one for prep and one for the shoot, a photographer that the convention would provide as none of us were experienced or comfortable enough photographing a crowd of that size, at least a couple of volunteers to assist us with the potential crowd, among many other things pertaining to the shoot. All was fine and dandy. The event was set up, and invites sent out. This was 4 months ago.
Now in order to explain why this all went down hill, let's fast forward 3 months. We have been trying to set a meeting with George since Matsuri, and for several different reasons, plans always fell through. We have not discussed anything further. We have not sat down with George. It was not until the beginning of April that we were given a very brief and spontaneous introduction to their head photographer and coordinator. This was done over Facebook, in a group with little to no introduction aside from "these are the guys you need to talk to.”
We are now less than 30 days left to go before the convention and while we have spoken to their head photographer about the shoot, he was, ironically, just as lost as we were in terms of how, where and when this shoot was going to take place. We did not have a date. We did not have a room. We did not have a time. Long story short, their photographer, again, less than 30 days out from the shoot, had no idea what the hell was going on. This was not his fault, George hadn't even bothered to speak to him about it. This is the point when we started to try and get George to have a sit down. He refused. We then tried to set a phone conference. He refused, telling us to contact him through email. Several emails to both George and their head coordinator went unanswered.
Now we are 2 weeks away from the convention. At this point, there are 200 people on the confirmed RSVP list and nearly 800 listed as interested on the event page. We were expecting a very large crowd, yet somehow we have no room, time or set plan for the shoot. Kevin, their head photographer and I have put together a game plan at this point, but cannot set anything in stone as we have not been able to reach George for a meet, over the phone or through email. We need him to confirm certain aspects of the game plan we have put together in order to move forward. How, when and where the shoot is going to happen. Room size, set up, crowd control. The photography team, video and what restrictions we have have given the space that we may be given for the shoot. This was not a set up and go project. If this type of shoot is not set up and coordinated correctly it will fail. Even two weeks before the convention, and with Kevin, myself and their head photographer volunteering our time and still desperately trying to coordinate this event, George refused to give us even a 30 minute phone conversation that would have addressed and taken care of all of our concerns.
FINALLY, after several weeks of trying to reach George via phone and email, he sets up a Facebook group chat between himself, Kevin, their head photographer, their coordinator, and myself. This should have been progress. It was exactly the opposite. Sparing you the details we would go onto learn that George had done absolutely nothing to organize things on his end. We were informed that there were "no stages we can tie up for two hours" and that we never informed him we would need the room for that long and only said we would need the room for "a short while." This was a direct lie and one of the main things we discussed in our initial conversation. The topic of holding it outside was discussed, which I shot down. I told them it was a bad idea and that I refused to put the cosplayers that we will be responsible for in that type of situation, especially given the heat. They responded by saying and I quote "you are not responsible for our ticket holders. We are." It was between 80-90 degrees outside. I'll let that one speak for itself.
This led to a very ugly and unprofessional rant where we were reminded by George that, even though it was he who came to us about putting together and running the shoot for the convention, "we are permitting you to come in and shoot our crowd, our customers." And that he had "other photographers and videographers to the tune of, oh 89 or so" that he could contact. He didn't threaten to replace us outright after all the bullshit we had put up with already, but that was certainly the point he was trying to make.
I'll spare you the finer details, but after a bit of back and forth and a very long response on our end, despite all of the bullshit, somehow we finally got the ball rolling and locked down a room. 7 DAYS BEFORE THE CONVENTION. Their head photographer, Kevin and I finalized our plans, and we were set. What we walked into was far from that. After 3 months of back and forth, and practically begging for some organization and assistance on George's end, what we walked into was a complete and total disaster.
The room was not at all prepared, and was in fact set up for a panel. Chairs everywhere, no room for a photo shoot or the massive amount of cosplayers that we were potentially expecting to show at the shoot. The photographer, although he had been sent upstairs in his defense, was nowhere to be found for at least 20 minutes. The cosplayers who did show were made to wait outside for nearly half an hour as chairs were moved in preparation for the shoot. This should not have happened. This was out of our hands.
We planned this shoot out for 4 months on the belief that we would have the full support of the convention and the owner. Instead we were thrown under the bus. The cosplayers who showed up for the shoot were thrown under the bus as we shuffled to half ass our way into a last minute rush to organize things that should have been taken care of, at the very least, months in advance. This was a slap in the face to every single person involved in the shoot. The situation was out of our hands, as quite frankly, we did not expect to be fucked over that hard, but we are apologizing because we know George Comits and the convention will not. George Comits and the convention do not give a shit. If they did, this would not have happened. It may have turned out to be a small event, but the size does not matter and we sincerely apologize to every single person that took time out of their day to attend what should have been a very well planned and organized event. What you got instead were the results of an owners lack of both interest and action. We apologize. It may have been out of our hands, but I'm either case, you deserved better than that.
Before we close this statement, we want to make it very clear that this statement is not a direct jab at the entire staff of the convention, as every single volunteer and member of the staff that we came across on our end were nothing less than helpful. This statement is here to shine a little more light on the unprofessional, uncaring and irresponsible behavior of the owner of the convention, George Comits, and the completely unprofessional and unorganized mess that we had to go through in order to try and give the cosplayers in attendance the event they deserved. There were many reasons as to why that did not happen, but at the end of the day they all lead back to one source, the owner, George. As photo/videographers in the cosplay scene, we try our very best to always deliver the best experience possible for every person that we work with, and we apologize that we were unable to do that this time around. We rarely if ever make public statements such as this one, but you deserve to know why you got fucked.
-Megaship Cosplay Photography & KevinTheDirector
As more public statements are released, I will continue to update my blog. If you have info on any that I missed, please feel free to drop me a line and let me know. Thank you all for your continued support.
LL&P *Ava Jade*
Correction: Please note that a representative for the cast has reached out to me and I have updated the article to reflect the information that was provided to me today. During the event, tensions were high and misinformation happens. In an attempt to keep this article as accurate as possible, I have retracted one part and you will see this reflected in the article. Please note, that this was not an intentional misrepresentation of facts.
Previously on Space City Comic Con.....
Thousands made their way to NRG Park this year for Space City Comic Con. The main attraction was the cast of FX's smash hit show Sons Of Anarchy. The fans poured in and many spent an upward of thousands of dollars to get their chance to score autographs, pictures and VIP treatment at the event. What they received was far from what they paid for and many of the General Admission ticket holders were treated better than the VIPS. Many VIPS opened their wallets and depleted their savings for this once in a lifetime event.
I attended this event to review it and cover the festivities for everyone who couldn't make it. Yet, when I showed up, I was blown away at how disorganized this convention was. Long lines for VIPS, panels canceled, and photo op tickets not being honored. I've never seen such a poorly ran event.
In my previous article, I covered these main points and upon posting to social media, the comments and responses came flooding in. I knew I had to get back and get answers. I wanted to first thank each and everyone of you that shared with me your experiences, shared the article and got the word around.
After receiving no help at the Media & Special Guest desk, I headed where I'm sure many of you went, the Information Desk. The two working at the desk were over worked, and underpaid (many of the staff were actually volunteers). They were able to direct me to a gentleman named Phil, who agreed to help me and called down the "man in charge" named Johnny Steverson. He was called on the radio and I was told he would meet me at the information desk in 10 minutes, he was on his way. Well that didn't happen. Many of the SOA agents and other talent's agents were there waiting as well. I can tell you that NONE were happy. What I did manage to find out, was that many of the volunteers bailed Friday when the shit hit the fan. They were "paid" by free access into the event to look around. They also cited, the main problem was lack of communication. No one reported information back to them, so they had no idea what was going on. Many requested Walkie-Talkies to get information but were denied, and told that they "don't want to know". Many of you reported that staff was completely unhelpful when you approached them with questions. They were left in the dark, just as much as the attendees. I wasn't able to get a comment from Co-Owner Johnny Steverson, but apparently Houston Press was able to. This was taken from an article published by Houston Press's reporter Jef Rouner.
Some of the celebrities got off to a late start Friday, which sparked outrage online. Co-owner Johnny Steverson explained it was due to the bad weather delaying their arrival. Vendors Sunday that we checked with said they’d started on time....
Rusty Coones Interview
While talking with Mr. Coones, it became clear that many of the reports on social media were correct. I refused to report on any of it, until I had information directly from a source. The previously included statement about the rooms not being paid for has been retracted- A representative from the staff contacted me and informed me that I was misinformed about the exact situation. There was a mishap regarding the hotel check in. The credit card for the room was for the reservations and not for incidentals. Upon checking in, some cast members had to pay cash for the incidentals, instead of putting their own credit card up, and risking being charged upon checking out. The cast was NOT charged for their room. I was informed during the interview, that there was a problem checking in the hotel due to the credit card not being accepted, it later was realized that we should clarify to what extent. When Mr. Hunnam took his check to the bank to cash it, he found out that the check that was given to him was written from an account that had been CLOSED. This happened to the entire cast. Many of the actors went to the promoters office to demand payment, where the promoter ended up calling the cops because he was "being held hostage". The cast was in no way held him hostage, but wanted answers and payment. The panel schedule was completely jacked up, the cast was not given the correct times for photo ops and for panels. The Friday panel was canceled due to the AVI team refusing to allow anyone onstage until they were paid. They were promised payment upfront, instead they weren't paid and pulled the plug on the event. The cast was all there, waiting to go on. It seems that the event promoter broke the contract not once, but TWICE. He attempted to pay the cast with pre-sale ticket money. This would explain why there were so many inconsistencies and ticket gouging happening online. Many people were "forced" to buy the VIP because there was no option to purchase a day pass. Overall, it was clear after this interview that a huge CON had taken place, leaving the cast unpaid and the fans unaware of what was happening. The promoter was described by cast as a "fraud, unethical and has broken the contract twice."
While the cast and fans were screwed royally, Space City Comic Con officials have yet to comment on whether or not refunds will be issued, or when the cast will be paid. Many cast members stayed at the event all weekend, taking photos and signing autographs for the fans. They were no longer able to accept the pre-purchased tickets, but they lowered the prices for everyone so each fan could get an autograph and photo. I have to say, the cast was amazing and went out of their way for the fans. In the end, these guys lost time and money and were violated by broken contracts and lies. If it was me, I don't know if I would've stayed.
Although the convention ended up being a disaster for not only the attendees, but the SOA cast, there were some pretty decent parts. The other exhibitors were great and there was a lot of talent that were overshadowed due to the unfortunate events. I met some amazing people while there and my heart goes out to everyone, including the cast that were taken advantage of and ripped off. I met two amazing ladies that run a SOA fan group. You can find the on Twitter @soaaddicts and @sutterphiles. I will have links below to check them out. I want to thank each and every one of you that shared my articles and shared your experiences with me. It's been the greatest pleasure to meet you all and I hope that this event doesn't hinder future comic conventions. This is NOT how they are ran. If you have any information about the facebook group that was started by attendees, please message me or leave a comment with that link. I would love to follow up to see the outcome of all of this. Thank you again to Rusty Coones and his staff for accommodating this lonely journalist on her quest to provide fans with the truth. Many refused to offer a comment but you rose above all of it for the FANS. I truly applaud that and respect you tremendously. Best wishes to you both in all future endeavors.
I have to give a huge shoutout and thanks to these guys. They took time to help me get my interview and get the info I needed. Best advice of the day from a wise man, never give up at a no, you wont get anywhere in life if you take no for an answer. This article would not have been possible without his help.
Much of this would not have been possible without everyone's contributions. Thank you all for allowing me to share the truth with the masses. Your support allows me to continue to do what I love.
Space City Comic Con- The Good, The Bad, And The Outraged Fans Attending For Sons of Anarchy Reunion
This year's Space City Comic Con seemed to be the event of the year. The SOA World Reunion in Houston, Texas enticed thousands of fans from all parts of the world. Each week the anticipation kept building as new cast members were added. Charlie Hunnam signed on last month and the excitement was through the roof. That's about all the good that I have for the event for now. Now lets get to some shitty points that everyone needs to know.
About two weeks before the event, I decided to look online and price some tickets as I was notified that the media may not have access to the panel, and only if there was room after the paid admissions were in. That's cool, I didn't mind that, but what I found was there was only the SOA VIP tickets available. Everything else was sold out. I passed on tickets. Two days before the event, I checked again. Well damn, there were tickets, HIDDEN by a drop down menu that many, I suspected would miss. I was right. I still opted to take my chances with my Media Pass. I spoke to a wonderful woman sitting beside me at the Panel who explained that she was forced to buy the $300 dollar ticket because that was the only ones that weren't sold out. My suspicion was confirmed. She then told me that she was waiting in line to get her autograph from Charlie Hunnam that she paid for, but he never showed during her time. We parted ways and I took notes. (we will get back to the Panel later in this story) I checked the website again, before publishing this article and found that the same thing is happening again. There are no more daily passes available, only weekend passes. Before there was Saturday only, Sunday only ect. Why would someone spend $60 on a weekend pass, to only attend SUNDAY. They are taking advantage of the fans here.
Long Lines and Poor Treatment of VIP
Upon arriving, I noticed this huge line of people. I stopped and talked to a few of the attendees to find out what was going on. This line (pictured above) was for the VIP and Will Call. The couple pictured I spoke to said they had been in line for over an hour. On top of swindling these people out of hundreds of dollars, the staff were so ill prepared that the lines are as far as you can see. This happened Friday and Saturday. It was faster for General Admission than it was for VIP packages. The ticket prices ranged from $300 and up for the VIP passes. $40 for a one day General Admission. The people who paid for the VIP were supposed to receive
Express Panel Lines
Express Celebrity Booth and Photo Op Lines
Exclusive VIP Print(s)
Early Vendor Hall Entry
Collectible VIP Badge
Space City Comic Con swag
3 Day event and panel entry
At the whopping prices they paid, they received- LONG lines, early access to a panel that was canceled, computers that were down, preventing people from getting their VIP packages, NO SWAG, and many missed their opportunity to get autographs. That's a pretty big letdown.
Who dropped the ball?
There were a lot of rumors and the staff didn't have a straight answer for anyone. During the SOA Saturday Panel. Four cast members finally showed up after postponing the event for over 30 minutes. We were informed that the panel was canceled. Social media was ablaze with tweets of problems at the con. Kim Coates tweeted the following just minutes before everyone was supposed to come on stage.
Rumors such as the cast weren't getting paid on arrival as stated in the contract were swirling the convention. As of publishing this article, I can not confirm this. I am headed back tomorrow to attempt to get a comment on the matter. Once I have a confirmed story, I will update this article.
There were a few memorable moments from the convention. I have to applaud the cast, because if the rumors were true and they didn't get paid, they stayed for their fans. That is something amazing in itself. The fans were the ones who really stole the show. At the SOA Panel, we were able to hear so many moving stories from people who had suffered traumatic events and thanked the cast for the show, because it was SOA that helped them deal with the trauma and heal.
The most moving moment was when Danny Dietz mother presented Ron Perlman with a Navy Seal Challenge Coin. If you have a moment, please check out the Danny Deitz Facebook link at the end of the article. We will have a full article up about this moment because it truly needs to be shared and was heart warming.
I've been to lots of comic conventions, its my passion. I love to review them and share with you all what's happening. Sadly, this event was so poorly planned and a lot of people were taken advantage of. My heart goes out to all the actors and artists that made this event bearable, for the fans. It does not go unnoticed. I will do everything I can to get the entire story. More to come tomorrow! Make sure to check out our Facebook page for photos at the con!
Until next time- LL&P *Ava Jade*
Danny Deitz Memorial Page
Space City Comic Con returns to NRG Center with stars of sci-f, fantasy, fantasy, and pop culture film, TV, games, and comics, and the return of Star Trek Captain William Shatner this Memorial Day weekend. Exhibitors will fill NRG Center with collectibles, comics, original art, props, models, games, and more, while stars of cosplay and inventive patrons create favorite characters from every genre.
Continuing to build on its great tradition of cast reunions Space City Comic Con has brought together the cast of the mega-popular Sons of Anarchy TV series for the largest cast reunion ever done. Fan favorite superstar Charlie Hunnam is making his first-ever three-day signing appearance to meet fans, and his much-coveted autograph or photo ops are offered for a nominal charge.
Promoter George Comits, said, “This was a no-brainer, seeing crowds drawn to Galveston’s annual Lone Star Rally, and knowing that the fandom for Sons of Anarchywould jump at the chance to meet their idols in person, get professional photo ops and autographs signed.” The buzz could entice show-creator Kurt Sutter to attend and share some tidbits of the prequel series he is developing. According to Comits, “Sutter and his wife, actress Katey Sagal (‘Gemma’) have expressed interest in joining their fellow cast members in Houston if their busy schedule permits and may be announced for an appearance at the last minute.”
This reunion began with headliner Ron Perlman,well known for many famous roles in fantasy and sci-fi, including ‘Vincent’ inBeauty and the Beast with Linda Hamilton; the ‘Hellboy’ franchise (and co-starDoug Jones is also attending ‘Houston’s Hometown Comic Con’); Pacific Rim (co-star Charlie Hunnam). His intensity as ‘Clay Morrow’ on SOA has been followed by his new series, Hand of God, with his SOA co-star Jacob Vargas(Netflix Luke Cage). San Antonio’s fan-favorite Emilio Rivera (Z-Nation), leader of the ‘Mayans’ gang, is very active on Twitter about the reunion.
The all-star cast headed to Houston includes Michael Beach (The 100, Third Watch, ER), Mark Boone Jr (Momento, Batman Begins), Kim Coates (Black Hawk Down, CSI), Rusty Coones, Tommy Flanagan (Braveheart, Gladiator, Gotham, Guaradians of the Galaxy 2), Ryan Hurst (Outsiders, Bates Motel, Wanted), David Labrava, Michael Ornstein (NCIS, Mob City), Niko Nicotera, Christopher Reed,and Kristen Renton.
William Shatner, “Captain Kirk” returns with several Star Trek veterans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the franchise, including Marina Sirtis (’Counselor Troi’) and Michael Dorn (’Lt. Worf’). Dr. Who will be ably represented by Colin Baker (“The Doctor“), Alex Kingston (“River Song“), and Billie Piper (“Rose Tyler“). Additional celebrity guests come from art, comics, gaming, voice, talent, writing, and cosplay. Cosplay — character costuming — has enjoyed explosive popularity, from science fiction conventions to historic events such as Texas Renaissance Festival to the recent SyFy Network series “Heroes of Cosplay.”
Some of the most popular Cosplayers in fandom will be on hand and patrons are encouraged to come in costume. Space Cadets Collection Collection will host a Cosplay (costuming) Competition. SuperCon2K series brings all console, tournament, and Alienware videogaming to the show. Popular shows like Game of Thrones, Star Trek, and Power Rangers will have cast members attending. Kids 10 and under are free with a paid adult ticket. TheCowabunga Factory team of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be on hand for free pictures with the children.
Space City Comic Con is a pop and fan culture family entertainment expo for all ages, of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, literature, and art, in the spirit greater Houston and the Gulf Coast. It offers the best convention experience possible for current generations of fans, and instills a love of comics, cosplay, sci-fi and fantasy in the next generations. Space City Comic Con is about “bringing fans together.”
Space City Comic Con takes place at NRG Center, One NRG Park, Houston, Texas 77054
The show is open to all ages. There are a variety of admission options from single day to VIP with amazing perks, all available through the event website. Autograph and photo op vouchers can also be purchased in advance or onsite.
For Tickets- visit http://spacecitycomiccon.com/
Article originally published by YourHoustonNews.com on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:00 am
For more information check out www.amazinghoustoncomiccon.com
It is almost that time everyone!! Amazing Houston Comic Con will be here before you know it, so I'm going to cover everything you can expect to see while your here! If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, you can find a link below with all the information.
I want to start off with this, if you familiar with my blog posts, you know that we canceled our appearance at Texas Comic Con in San Antonio a few weeks back. Remember how bummed out we were that David Prowse was not coming to Texas? Well the Staff at Amazing Houston Comic Con did the incredible and they have managed to get Darth Vader himself in for the convention. (if you haven't purchased your tickets yet......you should do so RIGHT NOW!!!!)
Now the first big announcement is out of the way, this is one convention you do not want to miss. The Convention will take place September 4-6th at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. This is labor day weekend so you have an entire extra day to recoup after the con.
They have went above and beyond with the Special Guests (hey even I'm impressed).
You can find info on all the special guests on their website WWW.AMAZINGHOUSTONCOMICCON.COM as well as ticket information.
You will find me along with #GeekStreetSociety reporting live on the convention floor, so if you see us make sure to stop by, say hello and get a photo with us! I will be posting all the photos with fans up on this page following the con.
Until next time- LL&P *Ava Jade*
This weekend wrapped up the 8th year of Delta H Con in Houston, Texas. #GSSMagazine was present and in costume for all the festivities. The convention is held annually and attracts much more than just Anime and Gaming enthusiasts. Delta H is rated as one of the top 100 anime conventions in the nation. Hosted this year at the beautiful Westchase Marriott hotel, attendees and cosplayers were surrounded by beautiful backdrops for some pretty amazing photos.
I wanted to start off by giving my sincerest appreciation to the staff at Delta H Con for going above and beyond taking care of us at #GSSMagazine. When we finally arrived at the convention, after being delayed and arriving at the wrong hotel initially, I was already wore out, completely exhausted and about ready to just go home. The staff was so energetic and upbeat that my mood changed immediately. As soon as we arrived at the check-in table we were whisked away to the control room to find our booth. I want to give a special shout out to Dipshit for all of your hard work, it was not unnoticed. (Laughs with the rest of the team.)
On to the important stuff. I quickly changed into my Black Cat costume and got to work. We met with so many amazing fans and attendees and were able to take some great photos with everyone.
(Image Courtesy of Stavi's Photo Bank)
you have a photo with me from the event make sure to upload it to my facebook page, I'd love to see them!
The dealers hall was filled with amazing merch, we have photos from some of these tables in our gallery below. The cosplay contest was held at 4pm and even I was amazed at some of the awesome costumes that were present. I have a few photos of that as well below. One of my favorite activities during the entire convention was the gaming hall. Not only were there tabletop games going on but Delta H provided numerous arcade and console games to keep everyone entertained. Saturday night came to a close with an Enchantment Under the Sea Formal Ball. A King and Queen of the Ball were selected and crowned at this event. (You can also find their photos below as well).
If you missed out on this event, don't worry because the dates have been announced for next year. You can make it to the 9th annual Delta H Convention Friday August 19-21st 2016 at Westchase Marriott in Houston, TX. You can guarantee that we will be back next year.
Below you can check out some photos from the event. The images in the below gallery are property of Stavi's Photo Bank and we were graciously allowed to share them with you so make sure to show your support on their page.
We had a great time at Delta H Con this year and cant wait to return. You can find us at Alamo City Comic Con this weekend September 5th! Pick up your tickets now and come out!
Until next time LL&P- *Ava Jade*
#Geekstreetsociety #GSSMagazine #officialavajade #gssmagazineofficialreview #deltahcon #houson #marriotwestchase
If your looking for something to do in Houston this weekend, then I have just the event for you!
Space City Comic Con is being held at NRG Stadium and is from Today, June 24th until Sunday the 26th. Unfortunately, at this time, I do not plan on attending this convention since I have prior engagements planned, but if things change and I can find the time to squeeze in a con, I will update and let you all know. (who doesn't love squeezing in a last minute con....I do!)
If your interested check out the link here. You can also follow them on facebook for more info- https://www.facebook.com/SpaceCityComicCon
Tickets are still available, but heads up...pre-order your tickets online because they are $10 more at the door.
Anyways, I'll make this short and sweet, check out the convention if you have time. Your usual goodies will be there, comics, artists, panels, cosplay contests ect. Special shoutout to John for informing me of this convention, it seems I've been so busy here lately that I completely missed this event. Well there is always next year, and many many more conventions in the following weeks.
Until next time- LL&P Ava Jade
star wars, power rangers, transformers "oh My"
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In two short weeks, San Antonio will host Texas Comicon. For those of you that would like to attend your first Con, this is a great start for you. Often comic conventions can be so overwhelming. There's so much to see and so very little time. This is a great start for those who want to get their bearings before hitting a massive con. Texas Comicon is a smaller convention in San Antonio, compared to Wizard World and Alamo City Comicon, but none the less a great one to attend.
This year David Prowse (geek faint) will be here as well as Paul Blake (Greedo).
Special Appearances by Robert Axelrod (Lord Zedd), Catherine Sutherland (Rita Repulsa) and Barbara Goodson (Power Rangers) will also be here. Is anyone else shocked that Jason David Frank is not on this list? There are a few Q&A Panels with the above guests scheduled throughout the weekend.
If your out and about August 7-9 or looking for something to do, head out for the day to Texas Comicon. Tickets can be purchased here and are $20 online or $25 at the door. Children are $10 online and $15 at the door.
If you see me on the convention floor (yes I will be at the Con) make sure to come say hello! See you there!
Until next time- LL&P *Ava Jade
If you follow us on social media, then you will know that we decided not to attend or cover this convention any more. We were extremely excited to have a Texas Con feature Star Wars guests (I know you were excited about this as well) We have never had any problems with any other conventions and events in Texas and are often welcomed and treated with the utmost professionalism and respect. This is the ONE exception. The staff and promoters of this event are completely disorganized. We ran into constant problems with communication with these guys. Unable to reach them and unable to get any information regarding passes, panel info, ect. We eventually decided to completely pull out and forgo this event when Mr. Prowse and Mr. Blake decided to cancel. It was no longer worth the hassle or the expenses for the trip to attend. Although alot of fans were disappointed, the event staff really dropped the ball when it came to their two headlining guests.
Mr. Prowse made a public statement for his fans on his social media page but it was taken down shortly after. He cited similar problems with the staff, stating that they broke their contract and failed to follow through with their travel arrangements as agreed upon. Mr. Blake followed as well and decided to cancel for similar reasons stated above.
I am truly sorry to the fans that were excited about attending this con. Good news, Alamo City Comicon is in a few short weeks.