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To our queer geek community, 2021 has finally arrived, and with it we begin a new year of planning for this year’s Flame Con! 2020 presented us with several hard decisions and new challenges, especially around how best to keep everyone safe and provide as much of a Flame Con experience as possible. Several decisions were entirely out of our hands. 2021 is presenting us with very similar challenges.
COVID-19 continues to be the primary factor in our ability to hold an in person event safely. We are still in contract with the Sheraton Times Square, but are largely at the mercy of the venue’s priorities, the laws governing the city of New York and, of course, the pace of vaccine distribution across the country. Like many conventions, we currently have two imperfect options to choose from. If we preemptively cancel the event, before state & local authorities have expressly forbidden large gatherings, we forfeit our deposit with the venue. If we wait for authorities to make a decision on events like ours, we likely won’t know if an in-person Flame Con is possible until just before this August. As a non-profit with a modest budget, forfeiting the deposit to the venue would risk our ability to come back for another year. So, unfortunately, we must wait.
The Press Release:
Today, ReedPop – the world’s leading producer of pop culture events – announced that they will be retiring BookExpo, BookCon, and UnBound, effective immediately.
Earlier this year, ReedPop was forced to make the decision to cancel the in-person BookExpo, BookCon, and UnBound 2020 events, pivoting to BookExpo Online and BookConline bringing the industry together virtually for a global celebration of books. With continued uncertainty surrounding in-person events at this time, the team has concluded that the best way forward is to retire the current iteration of events as they explore new ways to meet the community’s needs through a fusion of in-person and virtual events that will reach larger audiences than they ever could before. The ReedPop team is actively engaging in conversations with publishers, booksellers, and other partners, and with their feedback and ideas they will together agree how to best rebuild the events in the future.
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The show must go… online! For the first time ever, BroadwayCon 2021 will be held online from the comfort and safety of your own living room. Taking place April 17-18, 2021, BroadwayCon 2021 will host two days of panels, programming, meet and greets, and more to once again bring the theatre community together as Broadway endures its longest shutdown yet.
All MainStage programming will stream for free across select BroadwayCon social media platforms. Additionally, fans can upgrade their experience with passes that include virtual swag packs, access to bonus content, exclusive merchandise for pass holders, and more! Passes will go on sale to the public at 1 PM ET on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Returning attendees of BroadwayCon 2020 will have special pre-sale access beginning Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 1 PM ET. Continue reading This Just In: BroadwayCon 2021 To Be A Virtual Experience→
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theMART is proud to announce the launch of the NY Luxury Design Fair, an innovative and immersive design experience for trade professionals and consumers, September 9–12, 2021. The new show is an exciting evolution of the long-running Architectural Digest Design Show, created by the same producers. Offering a fresh take on a twenty-year tradition, the NY Luxury Design Fair will provide access to the best in home design, combining dynamic emerging talent with the newest introductions and launches from preeminent brands across many categories.
Located on the West Side of Manhattan, adjacent to Hudson Yards, the largest development in U.S. history, the steel-and-glass structure of the I.M. Pei-designed Javits Center will provide the setting for exploration and discovery. The inaugural annual event is set to unite international style with the country’s most exciting and prevailing design movements. From furniture, lighting, rugs, accessories, and textiles, to kitchens, baths, tile, and hardware—the fair will present a curated selection of high-end brands and makers. A 360-degree luxury lifestyle experience, fair attendees will benefit from its co-location with The Armory Show, New York City’s essential art fair and portal into the world’s foremost international galleries. Continue reading TheMart Announces The Launch Of The NY Luxury Design Fair→
As previously discussed over on the PiercingMetal website, the DC Fandome is here and will take place for several hours on a computer or mobile device near you. Some of the highlights that were shared on that dotcom can be perused by clicking HERE. Be sure to check that out for some insight.
Piercing Ken Thoughts: Since I hit the nail on the head in my closing announcement on PiercingMetal.com, I am just going to repeat my words which said “Straight up I will say that there is a lot of things that I am expecting to see revealed during the DC Fandome and I think that I am most interested in the upcoming movie and television series trailers. There has to be a new “Wonder Woman 1984” clip at this point and could we hope that something from the late 2021 “The Batman” film as well? I am hoping for a clip from “Superman and Lois” and maybe a tease of some other series that are being planned out. I imagine we shall see more about “Stargirl” and the other shows that lived on the DC Universe streaming service. Some of the more-gossipy sites had reported that massive layoffs took place in the company and what this means for all the things that we enjoy is anyone’s guess. I imagine its “more as the story develops”. For now I am just going to see what is offered up and hope that you are as well. I’ve been assigned some work today, so my time is sporadic in terms of my full devotion to this happening. Considering that both New York Comic Con and Anime NYC convention were cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I see more events like this one coming to pass. Closing up I guess it’s safe to say that there will be a heavy supply of content hitting our Pop Culture features. Chime in down below with your thoughts about this whole thing and I will see you next time.”