IFCON 2015, a sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk and horror fan convention happening this weekend has been cancelled after the event organizer, Bill Code, suffered a medical condition last week. The announcement was made by a long time friend of Code.
The two day event was to be held at Pearkes Arena this Saturday and Sunday, and was going to be the first of its kind in Victoria.
In the statement, Bob Lynn says other people tried to step in on behalf of the organizer to salvage the event, but it was impossible to continue without him.
Tickets priced at $45 for a weekend pass; $30 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday, as well as VIP Passes that sold for $250, are non-refundable.
Ken Twyman, interim spokesman for IFC Productions, said a statement from its legal representatives would be forthcoming.
The following announcement was made today by Bob Lynn, friend of IFCON creator Bill Code:
“My name is Bob Lynn – I have been a friend of Bill Code for 27 years and I have been asked to post this notice and the following information.
For the past 16 months, Bill has dedicated all his time, effort, energy and every cent he has earned into this project to the tune of over $ 84,000.00.
Last Sunday, Bill collapsed on the floor and had to be rushed to the hospital and admitted to Emergency. Today, he has been transferred to intensive care and will be taken into surgery later today. He is fighting for his life.
Unfortunately, due to these circumstances and the fact that Bill will be unable to handle and direct any part of the convention, and after tireless work by a few people who have stepped forward to try to salvage the event through damage control etc, it has been decided that it is impossible for it to go on so IFCON is now officially cancelled.
All the money put into the event from facility rental, flights, hotels, advances paid to celebrities, the show booth providers and much more that has been paid in advance is non-refundable to Bill or IFC Productions.
I know all of you are going to be more than disappointed with this situation however, it is important to note that Bill did his best and this would have been one of the most outstanding conventions had it come to fruition.
I am sorry to be the one who has to bring these sad tidings to your attention and I know many people are going to be upset but I ask you to please consider the circumstances and Bill’s ongoing struggle to get through his surgeries and survive and hopefully recover.
I know some of you will be mad but please, do not post negativity. Please, if anything, send best wishes and prayers
to Bill for his recovery.
Ken Twyman will be handling all enquiries and all other matters will be dealt with by him. Ken has stepped up and is trying his best to handle all the fallout from the situation. Please be professional and businesslike in your dealings with him. Shouting, screaming or hell raising is not going to change anything so thank you in advance for your co-operation.
Yours very truly and respectfully – Bob…”