It’s a very good day, today, because DragonCon, the fun, sprawling nerdfest that happens every Labor Day in Atlanta, GA, will no longer pay out money to Ed Kramer, a man currently on trial for child molestation.
Kramer was a founder of DragonCon who has continued to collect a vast amount of money from the con despite not having any decision-making power for many years. There’s also tons of evidence to suggest he’s a truly vile pedophile, and he’s currently using his vast amount of money to defend himself in court. This inspired many people to call for a boycott, and it personally made me and many other frequent DragonCon guests worry that our support of the con was contributing to a monster.
Some people who were fans of or even volunteers with DragonCon tried and failed to criticize the boycotters using some pretty poor logic, but I’m very happy to say that DragonCon’s leadership itself has worked hard to actually solve the problem. They still end up needing to pay Kramer off for his shares in the company, but that’s now done and convention goers can be satisfied knowing that their money for this and future years’ passes won’t go to Kramer’s defense. Here’s DragconCon’s statement:
DRAGON CON, INC. REPLACES DRAGON CON / ACE, INC.
Dragon Con will Continue the Agreements With Hotels, Guests and Performers.
ATLANTA – July 8, 2013 – The Board of Directors and Shareholders of Dragon Con / ACE, Inc., producer of Dragon*Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, have agreed to merge the company into Dragon Con, Inc. (Dragon Con) in a cash-out merger.
Led by Pat Henry, David Cody and Robert Dennis, ownership of Dragon Con includes five of the six founding owners of Dragon Con / ACE (the old Dragon Con). The effective date of the merger is July 8, 2013.
Edward Kramer, who has not had any role in managing or organizing the convention since 2000, was offered cash for his shares in the old company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“This decision only affects the ownership of the old Dragon Con,” said Pat Henry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Con. “Our members and others who attend Dragon*Con 2013 will experience the same fantastic convention they have come to expect from us.”
Dragon Con will continue the agreements with each of the host and overflow hotels associated with the convention as well as all of the guests and performers scheduled to appear at this year’s event, either “as is” or with amendments recognizing Dragon Con as owner.
Dragon*Con is the largest pop culture convention featuring comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming. Held each Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Dragon*Con attracted more than 52,000 attendees in 2012. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org.
It’s great news, and I am now very much looking forward to attending this year.