Earlier this week FanExpo told the combined interwebs that the biggest announcement in their history will be made. The next day, a PR disaster along the lines of New Coke was unleashed upon them. Then a plague of locusts descended and ripped the earth apart. So, yeah, this news blew up a whee bit in their face. And why are people so mad? Well here are my scatterings of ideas.
Bait And Switch
Now it really wasn’t a bait and switch, but so many felt that it was. People online, a huge whack of them, were really hoping for an announcement of a massively huge guest. Would it be Joss Whedon? Or Nathan Fillion? Or all Eleven Doctor Who’s? The ideas ranged from the somewhat possible to the outright implausible. But fans held out mighty geek hopes that their annual show would bring in the best of the best. Which brings up point two…
Some commentators felt like their show was being short shifted with these foreign properties. While some crossover does occur between these fandoms of geeks and sports, the sense of camaraderie, togetherness, and feeling of unity we all exhibit as geeks at the Expo translates to extraordinary happiness amongst us all. All aspects of geekdom belonged in this loving tent and all felt related. Smiles were in evidence all around by virtually everyone. Some people look forward to this all year. They hang out with old friends and meet new ones. A common language we all share. Sports jocks do not understand our tongue. Which brings up point three…
While we all know that nothing truly dangerous will happen, so many of us geeks do not trust jocks. Young or old, so many of us geeks have experienced jerk behavior from some jocks, that it makes us leery. The stereotype of a group of rowdy young men, hooting and hollering and berating everything in sight, fills so many of us with dread. Ladies is particular seem worried, from what I have seen, of this archetype. Will any catcalls and obnoxious behavior be checked by FanExpo? Which brings up point four…
This came up a few times online wednesday as well. Geeks want to make sure that proper security is employed to make sure the possible roughnecks are kept in check. But constant complaints that FanExpo never seems to be able to keep the show organized every year also leans into the area of security. No one, and I very serious about this, no one likes that one security guy. He is the tall man who always barks orders for no reason, gives out wrong information consistently, and is unbearably rude to one and all. I have complained about him in the past, as have many others, with no change in his attitude. If this is what FanExpo considers good security, or an even adequate helper of your customers, no wonder Geeks are concerned. But so many still what to come. Which brings up point five…
The general consensus of Geeks I saw was dislike, to outright hatred of this move. But most still pledged to come to FanExpo. It is, as I stated earlier, our home for a few days in August. Avoidance of the North Hall will be legendary for the longtime Geeks who have supported you for almost two decades. They will, I believe, pretend that what many consider blasphemy is not happening in their temple. And many will hope the sports part will fail and never sully their thoughts ever again. Things will go back to the golden days of 2012.
As for me, I am not happy with the addition, and believe it to be a massive misstep. Few people I have seen applaud this move and are not worried. I respect their opinions, and hope they have fun in the North Hall. My convention OCD will still lead me through the sports hall at least once, just to see what it is like. But it shall be a quick journey. A very quick journey.
…is currently reading The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay by Michael Chabon.