Tip O' The Hat today to livejournalist greycoupon, who has been carefully following the JumpCon events for months now, and has unearthed much evidence during that time that the Cons were showing signs of mismanagement and extremely poor customer service/fandom relations. Many BSG castmembers have been planning to attend one or more of these cons over this summer.
Now comes news that apparently Chicago and Pittsburgh have been "postponed"...and more importantly, Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell have cancelled all their planned appearances together at JumpCons. Grey posted a statement from the mod of Mr. Olmos' official web site:
I just got off the phone with Erin Gray [Olmos & McDonnell's con booker-PG.], and EJO and Mary will NOT be attending any of the JumpCon conventions. Erin is sending me a statement by email that I am supposed to put on Eddie's site.
Please share this information with all interested parties.
EJO is very concerned about fans who will be disappointed and who lost money. He hopes they realize that not appearing at the conventions wasn't his plan or fault. He would have been there had the folks at JumpCon done what they were supposed to do.
I will try to get the statement up on Eddie's site this afternoon. Please ask people to check there in case there is additional information.
Sitrep has been hesitant to comment up till now about JumpCon. But based on the above information, we are convinced that no fan should put any money up in advance to attend a JumpCon.
ETA: The folks at Bamber_News have shared this statement with Sitrep, from con booker Erin Gray:
Following is a statement I've prepared on behalf of my clients:
Edward James Olmos, Mary Mc Donnell, Nichelle Nichols, Mira Furlan, Marjean Holden, Stephen Furst, Tony Amendola and Tracy Scoggins.
It is with great disappointment, and deep regret that they find themselves in this unthinkable position of announcing that they just don't see how Jump Con is going to happen.
For weeks all of my clients done everything in their power to accommodate Shane Senter at Jump Con, from renegotiating contracts to extending deadlines, all in the hopes of salvaging the Jump Con events. They were looking forward to attending and meeting the fans. However, at this late date, no moneys have transpired and no tickets have been sent. Unless this changes they will not be attending.
Although we were in constant communication with Jump Con, and many promises and assures were made, unfortunately, none were kept. Certainly by now, three days before the event, we'd hoped and prayed things would be rectified.
We just don't feel it's fair to the fans to keep silent and not let them know what has transpired, or rather not transpired.
It's unfortunate but Jump Con events were the only events in the US that Mary and Edward were scheduled to do this year.
Edward and Mary trust the future will provide the perfect event where they can meet with fans and friends and thank them for their support. We are currently looking at other alternatives.
We send our blessings, and apologies,
It is such a disappointment that these Olmos/McDonnell events are cancelled. It is not easy to organize such a huge project as what JumpCon has been attempting. Let us hope that they make an effort to do better in the future. Fans can smell the difference, you know.