Attendees/Dealers detained at Tekkoshocon
- As I've stated before, there is absolutely NO love lost between me and
Tekkoshocon. After this little stunt, I believe there will be no love
lost between a LOT of people and Tekkoshocon.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:57 am
Post subject: Disrespected and Infuriated
I have attended this convention for the past three years and this is
the first time I have ever been treated with such an utter lack of
respect both as a con goer, as a customer, and as a first time member
of your artist's alley. By now many of you have heard of the issue
which took place on Friday night when a gentlemen by the name of
Trevor, a member of your board, at approximatly 8:30 PM removed all
customers from artist's alley and locked, I repeat locked, all artists
within both rooms and repremanded them for a simple request to keep
the artist's alley open for a few hours more. First allow me explain
by what I mean by locked. Trevor not only physically locked the doors
for a full ten to fifteen minutes but also kept the doors gaurded by
con staff both inside and outside the room. Let me make this perfectly
clear that this is a form of imprisonment and unlawful restraint. Now
as far as his actions are concerned. They were disrespectful,
unprofessional, rude, and an extremely poor representation of your
board and your convention. We in artist's alley who paid good money,
money that could have been spent elsewhere and better but instead we
paid you folks, were betrated for ten to fifteen minutes with threats
of expulsion from the convention and the possibilities of a lawsuit
for, in his words, "demanding" to stay open later. Now as far as the
"demand" goes we were made aware early by one of the artists that we
had the blessing of the con-chair and that this artist had spoken with
the con-chair personally. If there was an issue with the artist's
alley staying open late then a simple civilized response of "no" would
have been accepted. Instead we were spoken to as if we were children I
myself am in my mid-twenties and I am a working professional in the
business industry and I have never been verbally abused like this from
in my professional career. If changes are not made to how your staff
from minions to board members conduct itself then I willl no longer
attend anymore of your conventions. I also would like to know what
Tekkoshocon plans to do about issues such as this where
unprofessionalism and disrespect from your staff seems to be the norm
From: The Weasel (who incidentally is on Tekkoshocon staff)...
Since it's been brought up several times now, I can no longer hold my
own piece and want my voice heard.
Artist Alley Drama Llamaz.
I was in the room when it happened since I was off my shift and was
listed as an assistant for a table with my friends. I can honestly say
that in all of my years of security work, ACT 235 training, and
schooling in criminal justice/intelligence & national security, not to
mention my family being into policing, I've NEVER experienced
something like what happened when we were "detained". In fact, a
family member who was a retired agent was furious after receiving my
panicked phone call about what happened and told me that I should have
called 911 after seeing the doors being locked and people "standing
guard with their arms over their chests" so that we couldn't leave
(and don't say it was so no one could come in, they were on the INSIDE
standing guard too). Hell, I've worked really crappy jobs in the past
at like...McDonald's and stuff and never been treated like that (I
would have rather licked the toilets clean with my own tongue than
endure the verbal lashing I sat through). I held my mouth shut for the
rest of the convention as I didn't want to have an upset but I did
fill out my feedback paper about this incident. And I won't even get
into the girl who came in and said that we could have been taken to
court and sued for that because I hate to say it but the unlawful
detainment and restraint was enough to involve the authorities so
don't come in talking to me like I'm a moron and try to use scare
tactics, I was advised by a law officer about this incident.
This incident in AA is the number one reason I'm not attending or
volunteering at Tekko ever again, this isn't the first time I have
seen this person verbally abuse another person to tears.
If they were on my work force at my real job, I would have had them
fired on the spot, no questions asked. I'm ashamed and embarrassed to
be known as part of a team who treats people like that, and he wasn't
the only staff member who I didn't agree with their treatment of
people and normally not one of those types who side with the person
getting yelled at but I have to say nine times out of ten this year I
was feeling conflicted because I did not agree with some of the things
the staff did and/or said.
What really upsets me even more is that some AA people did talk to
other staffing people about this and absolutely nothing was done or
said and no apologies were made. It was swept under the carpet and I
find both that and the incident itself extremely unprofessional.
AND this is the official Tekkoshocon response....
From: Erg (One of Tekkoshocon's most senior staff)
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:38 pm
Hey everyone, just a note from the powers that be.
We know that there were problems with Artists' Alley, with our staff,
and with the way one particular situation was handled. And we promise
that we will be looking into it and making changes in the future. This
whole thing is just as upsetting to us as it is to you guys, believe me!
We just ask you to please be patient, and give us a little time to
sort things out. We're still recovering from the con, too!
Anyway...if you'd like to share anything else about your time in
Artists' Alley, please do so here!
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:26 pm
honestly, most of the staff didn't know that anything had happened
until today - they're pretty much offline from thursday through
monday. though i'm not trying to make any excuses, just offer a bit of
anyway, i wanted to thank you all for the good, detailed, and
constructive responses! it's a great help to the con. carry on!
NOW HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO COMICON?
First of all, Mike has NEVER, and I repeat NEVER treated any of his
attendees as "you paid your money... what do you want from us?" In
fact, Mike goes out of his way to make sure that all vendors are
welcomed and have fun even after the dealer hall closes (can anyone
say Poker Game in the Penthouse? Anyone?)
Mike and the whole Comicon group would NEVER let anything like this go
on. Even if there was some inkling that something like this went on,
there would be hell to pay, and Mike would have the police there
lickety split. I think it's safe to assume that the Tekkoshocon staff
had their collective heads up their asses the better part of the
convention (on other parts of the Tekkoshocon boards, there are
comments about the staff and attendees walking around drunk).
Granted, one or two of the Tekkoshocon people work for Comicon (I
think they run the anime room), but they're the good ones who actually
give a crap, and I can vouch for them as I still have a working
relationship with these people in some sense. Thank God for Comicon.
They know how to run a great convention.