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  • UPDATE: Power-Con 2014 cancelled

    UPDATE: Power-Con 2014 has been officially cancelled.

    Originally posted by JVS3
    We appreciate all the kind words and messages of support everyone has shared on behalf of Power-Con. Unfortunately, our goal for advanced sales was not reached which has resulted in cancellation of our 2014 event.

    Refunds for tickets, vendor tables, and Goat Man preorders will begin to be issued this weekend and will be completed within 60 days of this announcement. You do not need to contact us to request your refund, it will be automatically processed within the 60 days. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the actual refund process, please contact us via our website.

    We’re sorry we were not able to offer Goat Man at Power-Con. MattyCollector will be offering Goat Man at San Diego Comic-Con and later this year via their online store. Much like in previous years with the travelling exclusive, we suspect Goat Man will be fairly easy to obtain online.

    The He-Man and She-Ra fan base is a passionate one. It has an amazing online community and we hope it will live on for decades to come. With each new year comes new opportunities for the MOTU and POP brands as well as for the fans. If a new form of entertainment arises for He-Man and She-Ra, such as a movie or cartoon, Power-Con will return and again strive to create the experience that was enjoyed by so many of you at Power-Con in the three previous years.

    Please subscribe to our Newsletter so you won’t miss out on important updates, including any news about a possible future convention. Click here to sign up today!

    Thank you to all the attendees, vendors, exhibitors, press, volunteers, and talent that have supported Power-Con for the last three years and we wish you a good journey!

    Original post:

    It looks like the New York Power-Con 2014 may get cancelled this year if not enough tickets are sold in advance.



    Originally posted by JVS3
    He-Man and She-Ra Fans,

    For the past three years Power-Con was hosted in the Los Angeles area with an abundance of guests, enthusiastic attendees, and many happy vendors. But for the people organizing and running Power-Con, the show is a labor of love that has always operated with the goal of breaking even on expenses, even with the entire staff working on a volunteer and unpaid basis. So when the LA show peaked in attendance, we knew we had to look at other possible venues to continue the event. Countless fans asked every year for Power-Con to come to New York. Therefore, in an effort to help the show continue and give fans what they asked for, the decision was made to take this year's show to the city that never sleeps. Unfortunately, the staff at Power-Con is coming to you today with a heavy heart to announce that the number of advanced tickets sold are 28% of the total needed to pay for the current convention expenses.

    The vast majority of He-Man and She-Ra creative talent live in and around the Los Angeles area. Getting talent to New York adds additional high cost factors that were not present in the LA location, which is why we forewarned fans that doing a travelling show would result in Power-Con having a smaller guest list, akin to other brand-specific traveling conventions. Our current guest list for the show is final: Brian Dobson, the voice of the 200X Skeletor; Dave Bullock, Mike Young He-Man storyboard artist; Djordje Djokovic, sculptor and graphic designer who has worked on various He-Man projects; the Four Horsemen toy design group; Paul Kupperberg, original DC Comics He-Man writer; and Earl Norem, famed He-Man artist. We also have a number of great vendors already committed to the show.

    If you want to come and experience an intimate gathering with fellow fans of He-Man and She-Ra, and interact with some of the talent who helped bring these brands to life, please purchase your advanced tickets by Friday, July 11, 2014.

    The bottom line:
    • If we reach 100% of the number of advanced ticket sales needed by Friday, July 11, 2014 (one week from today), we will be able to proceed with the payment that is required by our host hotel. Power-Con, like many conventions, requires expensive up-front costs including hotel room fees, meeting room rentals, audio/visual equipment rentals, and other related expenses. New York is especially expensive.
    • If we do not reach 100%, the convention will be canceled and we will absorb the financial loss already dedicated to the project. Pre-ordered tickets, Goat Man orders, and vendor table sales will then be refunded over a 60 day period following the July 11th deadline. We are not able to refund other related travel expenses and deeply apologize.
    We hope a cancellation does not occur. We want Power-Con to reach its goal and go on as planned in New York. Please spread the word to any fans you may know, especially those who live in and around the New York City area. We at Power-Con still hope to put on a great show in New York that mirrors the fun of the previous three years in Los Angeles!

    On a positive note, if we meet our goal by Friday, July 11th:
    • We will begin looking at the possibility of adding additional guests to the convention. The more tickets sold past 100%, the more guests we can pursue.
    • All advanced ticket holders will receive a free art print illustrated by Chris Faccone.

    Please click here to pre-order your tickets today!
    Deadline: Friday, July 11, 2014


    Power-Con is slated to take place on September 13 & 14, 2014 at the New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott. Advance 2-day tickets (weekend passes) are $65.00 each. Day passes for Saturday or Sunday are $40.00 each. For complete information, visit the Power-Con website at: http://www.thepower-con.com/ Thank you for your support!
    “We change people through conversation, not through censorship." ― Jay Z

  • #2
    This is unfortunate news for all the fans who want to go. They still have a week to get more sales, so some people on the fence may buy tickets now. I went to Power-Con three times in California. I personally think California is a better location then New York for the con, as its a nice sunny vacation spot with lots of attractions. Plus, most of the talent live there. I also think dropping the ThunderCats and Ninja Turtles can't be helping ticket sales this year. I still don't understand why they did that. From what I saw last year, nearly half the fans were TMNT fans.
    "We must always value life. Even the life of one who opposes us." ― He-Man

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    • #3
      If I were able to go, I'm not 100% sure I would. I would LOVE to meet Earl Norem and the horsemen, but the folks behind the event, over the last year have REALLY left a sour taste in my mouth and dampened my enthusiasm for such an event I really don't want to give my patronage to them, I wonder if many fans feel the same way, esp since the opening sentence (might not be intentional) feels passive-aggressively blaming the fans for sales being bad. Also the date is a month before NYCC, and new york is an EXPENSIVE city to stay in. this is poor planning. i

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      • #4
        And another problem is: it's too close to the NYCC, so there is a BIG ISSUE with which one do you go to? I for one am one who having a booth and preparing for that truly affects my decision. Although I was planning on possibly at least making it on. Sunday

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        • #5
          i dont like kicking someone when they're down, and i'd love for any form of he-man convention to succeed. but the signs have been there for a while. the alienation of a lot of fans, the demands from higher ups and the moronic decision to remove thundercats and tmnt. it may be close to the bone but he-man doesnt have the credibility to rivial bot-con or joe-con hell even morphacon on its own

          a lot more personal stuff to do with me and power con could be covered here but its not relative to the main discussion. it'll be interesting to see the fall out from this

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            Thundercats and TMNT were REMOVED from Power-Con? Whose bonehead decision was that?!

            Scoot Nutlick must wanted to make sure there were enough vendor tables for his Mo-Larr, Spector and Baby Skeletors.

        • #6
          "So when the LA show peaked in attendance, we knew we had to look at other possible venues to continue the event."

          LOL - so you move the event across the country???? You find an alternative venue in the same STATE.
          “Anything is a dildo, if you're brave enough"
          Thomas Jefferson

          Always looking to trade MOTUC to complete my collection.

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          • #7
            the move came from the idea to get more international fans to the con. its still damn expensive but its cheaper to NY from the uk than LA. the first power con i priced at £1200 for flights and hotel before con tickets, food and spending money

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            • GREP-A-TOR
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              But isn't the Convention in Europe just as good as the one here? I know there is a robust He-Man community there and their convention has been going on for just as long - or am I mistaken?

            • deano_ue
              deano_ue commented
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              from what i hear its extremely good, ive never been because truthfully i dont know as much about it. it doesnt seem to be advertised as much plus getting to germany from northern ireland isnt that cheap either.

            • Jukka
              Jukka commented
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              GREP-A-TOR: The European MOTU Convention has been going for some 10 years.

          • #8
            Although I live in CA, honestly I just cannot be in the same place where that TG jerk is roaming and seeing his ass lickers praising his awful deeds! However, I wish one day we get to celebrate MOTU where honesty and true honor are also present.

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            • #9
              Is this the one organized by Val and the ORG? IF so I am VERY HAPPY to see it is going so poorly for them. They deserve it!
              "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." ― Noam Chomsky

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              • #10
                Originally posted by Draego-Man View Post
                Is this the one organized by Val and the ORG? IF so I am VERY HAPPY to see it is going so poorly for them. They deserve it!
                yeah that's the same one.

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                • #11
                  Well good! Karma is a bitch!
                  "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." ― Noam Chomsky

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                  • Croc-O-Bite!
                    Croc-O-Bite! commented
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                    I couldn't help but think the exact same thing!

                • #12
                  Dropping Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a big mistake. Especially when the Ninja Turtles have a brand new movie coming out this summer. Seriously... the Ninja Turtles are from New York City! Why would you not capitalize on that when your convention is being held in New York City? That should have been a no-brainer for whoever was marketing Power-Con. I would love to know the real reason behind dropping Thunder Cats and Ninja Turtles from Power-Con. Did Viacom and Warner Brothers tell them that they didn't want them using their characters to promote Power-Con without paying licensing fees? Or did Val and company just want to cater to Mattel this year? Does anyone know?
                  “We change people through conversation, not through censorship." ― Jay Z

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                  • Draego-Man
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                    The answer is because Val is an idiot. He thinks only his ideas are good ideas, and so he listens to no one. Now he is getting what he deserves. I hope this throws him into financial ruin.

                • #13
                  so whats the reaction to this been on other aspects of the web. truthfully i dont think many on non he-man sites would really give a damn

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                  • #14
                    Originally posted by deano_ue View Post
                    so whats the reaction to this been on other aspects of the web. truthfully i dont think many on non he-man sites would really give a damn
                    I think the only "non-fans" who would care would be some of the vendors who were going to sell stuff at the Con, and family members of attendees who were hoping for a NYC vacation. In truth, Power-con sells more than just He-Man stuff, but the focus has been placed on MOTU this year and so that is going to attract less people. If they had tried to attract Thunder Cats and Ninja Turtles fans again, I think they would have sold more tickets.

                    From what I read at the Org this morning, Val dropped Turtles and Cats because it was too expensive to pay all of the voice talent from those properties. He said that Power-Con wasn't turning a large profit because the actors are very expensive to book. That is why he decided to focus on just MOTU this year. It was all to save money. In the end, I think that was a bit short-sighted, as you have to spend money to make money.
                    “The internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it." ― John Perry Barlow

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                    • #15
                      Your last two sentences reminds me of a certain toy company's tactics, now who could that be I wonder????

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                      • #16
                        Daniel Benedict (The creator of Castle Grayskull-Man) has made a video promoting it:

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                        • #17
                          Originally posted by Mechanaizor View Post
                          Daniel Benedict (The creator of Castle Grayskull-Man) has made a video promoting it:

                          "... you could be walking along and all of a sudden you'd have your foot on Scott Neitlich's ass."

                          Now that's something I'd pay for.
                          “Freedom of speech doesn't protect speech that you like, freedom of speech protects speech that you hate." ― Ron Jeremy

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                          • #18
                            "....you could run into the people who did the voices for the Thundercats."

                            Nope, no Thundercats or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
                            “Anything is a dildo, if you're brave enough"
                            Thomas Jefferson

                            Always looking to trade MOTUC to complete my collection.

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                            • Captain Atkin
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                              Not this year. That is a real shame. I shared a shuttle bus with one of the actors last year on my way to Power-Con, and she was super funny and sweet. All of the voice actors from ThunderCats are great people. I loved hearing their stories about working on the show.

                          • #19
                            Part of me really doesn't want power con cancelled mainly for the fans. But it just seems more and more that nothing in this line or fandom with out people begging or making other feel guilty for not paying out

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                            • #20
                              Now as predicated, here comes Pixel-Dan for his turn:

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                              • Mechanizor
                                Mechanizor commented
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                                I wonder if people are losing interest as well! I've heard there were some issues last time with how the convention has been organized and directed, and there were also some unhappy guests!

                              • Draego-Man
                                Draego-Man commented
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                                You mean like how they excluded Emiliano?

                                I think what is happening is that the piper is being paid. Val is a jerk and people are sick of his crap.

                              • Mechanizor
                                Mechanizor commented
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                                Actually I was talking about one the guests from MYP 200X cartoon, I think he was either the producer/writer or the director, he was pissed off because the noise from the other room was interrupting his event and Val and his organizers didn't do much about it or something in that nature, I honestly forgot the details!

                            • #21
                              so its deadline day, anyone expecting a last minute serge or will this be another ohh we pulled through.

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                              • #22
                                Power Con - soon to be brought to you by He-Man World. "Where Fans REALLY have the power!"
                                “Anything is a dildo, if you're brave enough"
                                Thomas Jefferson

                                Always looking to trade MOTUC to complete my collection.

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                                • Captain Atkin
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                                  If we ever ran a convention, it wouldn't be called Power-Con

                              • #23
                                Power-Con has been canceled.

                                I know Val and the .org have their enemies who are going to celebrate, but the MOTU fans on the East Coast who don't care for these inter-forum politics and can't afford to go to California have truly lost out.

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                                • Black Zodac
                                  Black Zodac commented
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                                  I don't think Val will be losing any money from Power-Con being cancelled. He just won't make any profit from it this year. I would hate to see anyone involved with the Con lose money from it being cancelled. As Captain Atkin pointed out though, the people who really lose the most from this are the international fans who paid for plane tickets and hotel rooms. I don't think anything sucks more than that, and if there ever is another Power-Con those people should be given free tickets for their loss.

                                • RoboSteveo
                                  RoboSteveo commented
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                                  I feel bad for the East Coast fans who wanted to go, but there is no way the fans can be blamed for Power-Con being cancelled. Val only told people last week(!) that sales were at 28%. Seven days isn't enough time to give people if you want to see a bump in sales. People should have been given at least a month's notice on the possibility of the Con getting cancelled. The fans didn't fail Power-Con; Power-Con failed the fans.

                                • Mechanizor
                                  Mechanizor commented
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                                  The fans didn't fail Power-Con; Power-Con failed the fans.
                                  Probably it's both. Val and company have mismanaged the whole deal, and probably fans are disappointed with the ending of the line and with Mattel's wishy washy schemes and offerings, and saw no reason to shed more money over it.

                              • #24
                                Originally posted by MegaGearMax View Post
                                Power-Con has been canceled.

                                I know Val and the .org have their enemies who are going to celebrate, but the MOTU fans on the East Coast who don't care for these inter-forum politics and can't afford to go to California have truly lost out.
                                Max, I don't think many people are going to be celebrating Power-Con getting cancelled. I think most people know that the East Coast fans have lost out on the chance to mingle with other He-Man and She-Ra fans in a public setting. People also know that there are fans across the world who bought plane tickets and booked hotel rooms who probably won't be able to get their money back for those expenses on such short notice. My heart especially goes out to those people, because they are the ones who really lost out the most. I went to 3 Power-Cons, and each trip cost me about $3000 US. It isn't a cheap trip for international fans to attend Power-Con, or for fans who live in other US states.

                                I don't think inter-forum politics had anything to do with Power-Con getting cancelled this year, and I doubt that it affected ticket sales in any sort of signifacant way. There were a number of things working against Power-Con this year. There was less talent booked for the panels, and dropping the ThunderCats and TMNT aspects of the Con no doubt hurt sales too. TMNT has a major motion picture coming out this summer, and that was something that should have been capitalized on (especially in NYC). The convention was also more expensive to attend this year, and the cost for the hotel rooms was much higher than they were in California. People were being offered less this year, but expected to pay more. At the end of the day, it would appear that the market simply wasn't large enough to have a MOTU-themed convention on the east coast.
                                "We must always value life. Even the life of one who opposes us." ― He-Man

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                                • Mechanizor
                                  Mechanizor commented
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                                  My dear lord, $3000 for a single freaking convention???!!!! (8-0

                                • Captain Atkin
                                  Captain Atkin commented
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                                  When I go to California, I always go for two weeks. Just going for Power-Con would be way to expensive. The cost of the plane tickets for me and my girlfreind are about $1300. Then you add on hotel expenses, car rental, restaurants, tourists attractions, and it clocks in at about $3000.

                                • Mechanizor
                                  Mechanizor commented
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                                  Well it makes more sense now, however still it's not cheap anymore especailly the plane tickets and accommodations .

                              • #25
                                I didn't want it to be cancelled. i don't like val from my experiences online with him, and i have no love for the org. but i'm sick and tired of this fandom being screwed over and over again due to peoples own personal pettiness and interests. I was one of the ones pushing for power-con in new york as i felt that it would allow a lot more international fans to attend, it would still be costly but no where near as bad as la, but it seem that wasnt meant to be.

                                i still think if it had moved before all the spilt had kicked off it would have been very successful.

                                ahh well im sure it'll all become twisted around in someway that people who didn't buy the tickets or couldn't will get the brunt of the blame and flames

                                I honestly cant think of anything else to say at the moment, with the line "ending" power con cancelling and the movie and comic firmly in the grip of the self serving mentality of Neitlich i have very little hope for this brand and property ever becoming the power house it once was

                                bravo all involved in the higher ups, you finally managed to take one of the biggest successful toy lines/cartoons and fan loved properties and turn it into one of the biggest jokes of geek/nerd culture
                                Last edited by deano_ue; 07-12-2014, 05:04 PM.

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