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DragonCon – DragonCon issues statement on its connection to Ed Kramer Still torn about attending.

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  • “DragonCon – DragonCon issues statement on its connection to Ed Kramer – Still torn about attending.”

    I wouldn’t be too torn. Do some digging. I’ve been following the Kramer case since around 2005 or 2006. As a result, there were things being said by the people calling for the boycott that didn’t sound right and turned out to be in fact not right.

    Some of what they’ve put forward is simply logical fallacies. Other things are flat out inaccurate. I’ll give you a simple example of the inaccuracies.

    One of the big claims is that Dragon*Con lied for 12 years and did everything it could to hide the fact that Kramer still had shares.

    From 2002 – “While Kramer is still a major Dragon*Con shareholder, no dividends were issued last year on the private stock, says Henry, adding that his longtime associate no longer has any other official connection to the event he ran like a ringmaster for 14 years.”

    http://clatl.com/gyrobase/the-wizard-of-dragoncon-stands-trial/Content?oid=1235454&showFullText=true

    From 2009 – “A spokeswoman for Dragon Con told Airlock Alpha that Kramer has not been involved with the operation of the convention since the criminal charges were first brought against him several years ago.”

    “Although he is a minority shareholder in the corporation that runs Dragon Con, he no longer has control over management decisions,” the spokeswoman said. “That loss of control may be what motivated him to bring these baseless allegations. Dragon Con has enjoyed great success since Mr. Kramer left, and we do not think a court will second guess the way the current management has run it.””

    http://airlockalpha.com/node/6112

    Also 2009 – “Kramer’s attorney, McNeill Stokes, refused to comment. Henry responded only by e-mail.

    “Although he [Kramer] is a minority shareholder,” wrote Henry, “he no longer has control over management decisions. That loss of control may be what motivated him to bring these baseless allegations.

    “DragonCon has enjoyed great success since Mr. Kramer left, and we do not think a court will second guess the way that current management has run it.””

    http://www.sliceofscifi.com/2009/03/10/dragoncon-founder-sues-current-director/

    The Airlock Alpha piece and their quote was also later cited and republished here in 2011.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/the-history-behind-dragon-con-founder-ed-kramer-s-recent-allegations

    That’s three (or four) examples right there putting a lie to the claim that they’ve hidden the fact that Kramer was still a shareholder in the company. Creative Loafing is well known in the Atlanta area and actually a source on the story cited by boycott supporters (so we know they know it exists,) Airlock Alpha and Slice of Sci-Fi are fairly well known in convention going and geek circles and the examiner, while not a source that received a firsthand quote, is not an obscure website.

    I know I’ve seen a few other statements like that over the years as well. They’re just a pain in the neck to find right now given that every search engine hit anymore is related to the boycott.

    Certainly there’s some level of weighing the matter and deciding for each person who may want to go, but I can’t support any boycott that’s built on as many inaccurate statements passed off as facts and illogical arguments as this one.

    • I don’t think Dragon*Con has ever hidden anything, it’s been out in the open as you’ve stated. My reluctance to attend is due to the fact that Kramer does seem to still benefit, as he’s still as stock holder. This was the first year I’ve thought about attending, but this causes me to hesitate.

  • I know. Like I said, there’s some level of weighing the options here that each person has to do for themselves. Even my wife and I discussed it a bit. For us it came down to noticing that many of the claims being made by the primary voices behind the call for boycott were inaccurate or exaggerated, there’s some evidence so far that the $150,000 settlement/dividend figure being thrown around is not fully accurate, a lot of this dragging on has also been because of how stupid the legal system has been down there, and the fact that Dragon*Con isn’t Ed Kramer.

    Plus my wife and I realized that if we stopped spending money that in some way or the other went into the pockets of unsavory characters or funded bad practices we would have a lot more money and very little else.

    I was more responding to the link was used that, like a lot of them in the last 45(ish) days reported the claims without actually fact checking them. But, yeah, everyone has to make their own choice here that they have to feel comfortable with. Besides, on top of everything else that my wife and I debated debated, you have an extra two-plus hours on I-95 to factor in and gas prices are looking to be a killer by then.

    Later.