PalmCon Probably the Most Depressing Comic Book Convention in History

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Two people at PalmCon actually had really good costumes, which was crazy.
PalmCon is one of the most depressing places I've ever been to in my life. It was basically like going to a mall in which every store sells the same couple of dust-covered items and every person looks like they work at Hot Topic. I had sort-of high hopes for my first comic book convention -- not because I like comics (ew) but because I really love dumb hats and costumes.

Unfortunately, not many people at PalmCon were interested in dressing up, and quite a few looked like they had stumbled inside on accident. They were probably pretty bummed out when they realized they had just paid $9 for access to a room in which the opportunity existed to access a smaller room and spend more money on terrible-looking pizza.

See also: Allie Conti's response to the overwhelming negative reaction toward her PalmCon post

Literally the best thing I can say about the whole experience is that the Palm Beach County Convention Center is really close to I-95. Highly appreciated. That said, some people there were having a lot of fun. I don't understand it -- but hey, I really wish stacks of old Duck Tales comics were enough to shake me from my jadedness and misery. Naturally, the majority of the people digging PalmCon were those who dressed up. There's a critical distinction between anime conventions and comic book conventions, which is something I didn't understand before making the drive up to West Palm. People tend to dress up more for anime-related events than comic book ones. Given that PalmCon gave off the same vibe as a nursing home, the few people who attempted to wear special outfits made me want to cry. They roughly fit into five categories. Bless all of their hearts, collectively.

See also: PalmCon at Palm Beach Convention Center (Photos)

Mighty Morphin' Power Throwbacks
This guy tried to explain that the Green Ranger was actually two people, one who was good and another who was evil? Is that true?? I think I've probably spent about a week of my life watching Power Rangers as a kid, but I have absolutely no idea what that show was about. I guess you should admire commitment to anything, even if it's misplaced. But seriously: Who knew people cared about this show?

Women Looking for an Excuse to Wear Revealing Costumes
Every Halloween, there's a girl who decides to dress as like a sexy Dalai Lama or a sexy pickle or something. It doesn't make sense, but people don't complain because boobs. Nerd events are apparently no different. PalmCon was this woman's first convention, and she wasn't dressed as anything in particular. That didn't stop countless older men from taking lots and lots of creepshots of her.

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PixiePie
PixiePie

Why would anyone listen to someone who doesn't even have a real interest in the geek scene? She herself has admitted that she doesn't even like comics, and just went to look at silly hats and things! Why do a review on comic conventions if you hate comics?! What a twit.

PixiePie
PixiePie

She's just a gawker out to make fun of geeks.

Danny Hernandez
Danny Hernandez

Ms. Conti is clearly a disgrace to journalism with her unprofessional and shameless rant on those who are just trying to be themselves. She should be ashamed of herself and her lack of tact. Cyberbullying is a horrible thing, but when it is made public, that's a whole other story. I used to look at The New Times, but I now see it's a waste of my time.

Lglez207
Lglez207

Terrible article.  If you're attempting to become a journalist then write articles that are unbiased and have had research and thorough information on.  The entire time I read the article, my impression of it was as a facebook status rant.  Work on your writing because it is definitely amateur journalism at one of its best.

phil.mccallii
phil.mccallii

As an author, reviewer and colorist conventions are my opportunity to "meet and greet" with fans both new and old. It is also a chance to hang out with others who share my passions for all things imaginative. So how a show like PALMCON got ridiculed in this way is beyond belief. As a reviewer and writer, I am all for freedom of speech. However when that speech is used to slander or harm others this is something I just cannot condone.

I was an "Attending Artist" at PALMCON 2013 and here is my take on this "controversial" event.

1. All the tables next to me or any that I saw did not have "dusty" or "tired" items, perhaps the reviewer has never seen "Collectables".

2. Some of the cosplayers may have not been dressed in over the top costumes, but they were dressed up and from what I could tell having a blast.

3. More than one attendee came over to the table that I was at and told me how much fun they were having at the convention. For many of them it was also their first convention.

4. Were their opportunities for PALMCON staff to do better? Sure, but keep in mind this show is just beginning and it had also changed venues. I have been doing shows since 2006 and I have seen many succeed while many drifted away. I judge the success of a show by my own profits and most importantly on how much fun the ATTENDEES are having.

Conventions are a place for creative and imaginative people to come together and share the things they love the most. It is a place where being "weird" is just the norm and quite okay! Outsiders who come to our community must show respect, because we certainly show it to each other at these events. It is okay to have an opinion but not at the expense of others who thought they were attending an event where it’s okay to dress up and have some imaginative fun. Shame on the reviewer who bad mouthed PalmCon and its growing family, perhaps you should just stay home next time.

I am proud to say, that I was at PalmCon 2013!

If PalmCon 2014 is a go…you will most definitely see me in attendance!

Sincerely,

Philip Lee McCall II

"Imaginist" - Fantasy Author

Buy my books @ Amazon or Barnes & Noble

My websites: www.plmii.com

altworld2
altworld2

The article reads differently now they removed the pictures of the people Ms Conti was directing her 'silly' comments at. So now it reads completely out of context, the original piece was a very mean Op-Ed piece that although written with an attempt at snarky humor fell way short of its mark due to the Ms Conti lack of skill in this area.

artfrankmiami
artfrankmiami

Not as bad a review as suggested by the community, but one written by someone who had no clue as to what they were getting in to and then deciding to add personality to it rather than facts. I guess since technically this is a blog, that's allowable. Also, you acceptance of the event was all over the place you liked this, but not that, but it's all one thing in reality.

And if you think PalmCon was "boring", then you should be grateful you didn't attend cons in the 70s. There was no dressing up, just comic books and movie posters. If lucky, someone was showing Star Trek on 16mm in another very small room.

Then the snarky comment about the old creeps taking your photo. You'll be old before you know it, a young thinking mind trapped in a decaying body, and it'll be on you before you know it.

tracy31770
tracy31770

so because the writer did not like what she saw, she's not allowed to say so?? what ever happened to freedom of speech in this country?  people only want to read good reviews, so if someone posts something negative there must be something wrong with that person??

kdragotta
kdragotta

Wow... So literally, the writer only went to this thing so she could make fun of the people there. Had no interest in the material, people, activities or learning anything about it.  Its like a High School Jock going to the science fair to laugh and point at the nerds participating.  From reading this, I think the writer is probably an extremely superficial and petty person. She's probably more suited for commenting on the Jersey Shore night club scene than dipping her hand into geek/nerd culture. 

truwe316
truwe316

Clearly this is a non researched opinion piece.

blart
blart

if you're calling someone a cunt/sending death threats because they wrote an article making fun of comic conventions, it's probably time to give up. it's over

crazysk8_er
crazysk8_er

She clearly stated in the article that this was her first convention, so I don't see why she should have judged it so harshly. Many conventions are small. She also commented on peoples cosplays, complaining of how bad they were, yet she contradicted herself later on saying she had no idea about the characters and only watched one of the shows for a week when she was a child. If you guys are going to have someone write an article on a topic then have it be someone with some sense of decency and is actually knowledgeable or a fan of what they are writing about. Don't just send someone because they are available.

xxxx3
xxxx3

can we please start shaming and ostracizing nerds as a society again

we let these fuckin weirdos get big heads and look what happens

Henrique Duarte
Henrique Duarte

We should make a list of all the advertisers of New Times and create a post asking if all those companies condone the attitude of Allie Conti. Then send the link of the post to all the advertisers. That way we raise awareness where it hurts, them. Their pockets.

Henrique Duarte
Henrique Duarte

I think it's beyond the point where an appology would make things right. New Times doesn't care. People should just share this story to raise awareness about this shitty newspaper and the unprofessional people that work at it.

Arizona
Arizona

These shows always start out small.  You never know what you're going to get the first time around.  My home town's first show was so small, it started in a hotel ballroom.  Now, it's at the convention center, and people come from out of town to set up shop.  Why not write something in an attempt to help them be more successful next time around?  The article just came across as being written by a jaded person who hates the industry in general and whose sole purpose was to belittle the show--and its attendees.  You made this article personal.  Of course they're upset with you.  Is this the standard for "journalism" these days?

SVenti
SVenti

Gotta ask, which picture was the attention seeking diva?  I'm honestly wondering if it was me, I was there and in costume and my whole face was obscured.

Abhors_Ignorance
Abhors_Ignorance

You took cheap shots at nerds who were simply looking to have a good time. Bravo. In the modern age where being a nerd is in no way derogatory and is now more socially acceptable, you have succeeded only in angering the few readers left to your near-defunct publication. Basically, you are just a cynical cunt. 

Next time you are typing away at what I would assume to be your local Starbucks, attempt some forethought and just delete the document prior to submission. I won't even get into your lacking skills as a writer of any kind, though I will say I look forward to seeing your future blogs on Myspace. 

...

Bitch.

ztakxilef
ztakxilef

Well... Conti's response WAS sincere and the editor's response IS technically an apology. Its a shame they couldn't manage both sentiments in a single article.

MightierThanTheSword
MightierThanTheSword

Anyone who says "on accident" (2nd paragraph, first sentence) and calls themselves a journalist  immediately loses all credibility with me.  Also, why are you going to a comic book convention if you don't like comics?    Your dissatisfaction comes from the fact that you don't understand the subject matter.  ANY OF IT.  And not only did you not understand it, you didn't even TRY to understand it - not with an open mind, anyway.

watashiwaklaha
watashiwaklaha

Can you stop copying me please? Ive been making fun of these goons for years, but then again, im into comics (not ew), anime and video games so I can do that. If you are going to be critiquing something, at least KNOW a bit about it or else youre just going to look like an idiot.

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I personally feel like this cosplayer tried too hard to stay in character. The makeup is all wrong, the chicken is fake looking; ANNIE MAY isnt supposed to be this rly hipster jewish piece of trash. Maybe next time they can try harder at PalmCon because honestly this was a really bad effort at doing that character. Shes so easy!!!

davidbledsoe2009
davidbledsoe2009

While it didn't take into account anyone's feelings, as a regular Con goer I have also felt this way when I stepped into the main exhibit hall at many smaller shows. This is a reporter from a mainstream newspaper, not a fan site, and I think they accurately described their PERCEPTIONS - even if they didn't align with the facts. I feel a lot of Con organizers should take a harder look at the events they organize, especially as geek culture grows, and many more uninitiated come to these events for the first time.

lauren546
lauren546

If you think that the convention was crappy, then say so.  Don't write an article on the con, and then tear apart the people who attended.  You gave a 2-sentence review of the con, but spend the rest of the article making fun of people.  Now you are trying to back track, saying you own action figures, and you were sarcastic with your "EW" comment.  It's clear that you are trying to back pedal as fast as you can, but in my opinion, you look like an even bigger idiot, who can't stand proud with their opinions.  

It's incredibly disappointing to see that you call your self a journalist. There was no research or background anywhere in the story, and to be honest, your writing style was full of grammar errors - very unprofessional if you ask me...

Lastly, I think it is incredibly sad to see a grown woman so bitter.  Try cosplay - it may loosen you up a bit and make you less judgmental.

altworld2
altworld2

I see what the Author is trying to do with this article, but does not have the skill or witty humor to really pull it off. First off this is a prime example why snark does not really work on the internet and you've done yourself a disservice by using it.

If indeed the convention was flat and you found it boring then you should have been upfront with that in your review. Instead you leaned towards snarky and fairly mean (not really funny except in your own head) comments of attendees. When really it should have been a review of the show.

I get what you were trying to do, and if anything the page views and clicks will mean you have a job for a few more months. You just have to find that balance.

Lauren Candito Shipes
Lauren Candito Shipes

Allie Conti's article on PalmCon (or should I say cyber-bullying attack) is out of line. I am no longer going to support the New Times, and I am making it clear to your advertisers (whom I have strong relationships with) that as long as Allie is still writing for you I and my constituents will not support them. Several of your advertisers are upset already. This was a big mistake you your part. The fact that a so-called "journalist" writes articles that tear down people in your community, and the fact that you allowed the article to be published is a disgrace to your paper. Shame on you. You should be ashamed of yourselves. If this had been an actual article with solid information surrounding the event, there would have been no problems. But when did name-calling & making fun of teenagers publicly become Journalism? Especially in times of kids committing suicide from cyber-bullying. Allie is a disgrace to journalists everywhere, and now, the New Times is as well. If you haven't read this blog post regarding the issue, I recommend you educate yourselves. http://www.superconmike.com/2013/09/new-times-responds-with-more-snark-and.html Sincerely, Lauren (Broward county resident & past reader of your paper).

misterflorida2000
misterflorida2000

New Times probably like this. This may inspire them to have more aggressive B*%$#@S with a false sense of entitlement to write for them. Before today, this blog section was filled journalism students writing articles about traffic violations, and stories about dogs chasing cats up trees. Now, after all of this, people are actually taking a moment to go to this site.      

Meli
Meli

This article is just filled with a lot of hate and ignorance. First of all - you don't have to like comic books or Power Rangers, that's cool. My question is why in the world would you go to Palm Con then if you feel that comic books are "ew".

And just because you don't care about certain shows or characters it doesn't mean that others shouldn't. My husband and I go to these conventions as vendors all the time and we have such a great time learning about new characters and the dedication that people put into their costumes. It's a place to go for fun and to dress up like who ever you want to be.

It's also disappointing that you took photos of people in their costumes to just to make fun of them. The people you photographed (and many others at the convention) had great costumes and were just having fun.

If you don't like something just keep it to yourself. I am sure you wouldn't appreciate people taking photos of you then posting them online to judge you. That would be mean and unfair to you, so don't do it to others.

I am extremely disappointed that this article even got published.

lauren546
lauren546

If you think that comic conventions are quote "EW" then why would you attend.  Your lack of journalistic integrity is disturbing.  You are just another sad example of posting negative content to get your name out there.  And the people you are making fun of?  Honestly, I bet you wish you had half the confidence and creativity they do - because IF you did, you would clearly be writing better articles, for a better publication.  Just because you are upset that your current life/job is lame, doesn't mean you get to tear others down...

UrBadAtBJs
UrBadAtBJs

I was going to give them more time 

unknownstory
unknownstory

@tracy31770 She attacked people. On top of this, she attacked people more than she disapproved of the convention.

"the few people who attempted to wear special outfits made me want to cry."

"Oh man, your mom only gave you $10 to spend at Hot Topic? Mine too, and she said I have to get picked up in front of the food court at 8! It's tough to be a tween."


It was much more inflammatory when she had the pictures up, mainly because they were of people who thought they were getting their picture taken for something positive, not negative, snarky, and jaded.

Gurthark
Gurthark

@xxxx3 Wow dude, what a low life piece of shit. Take you're bullshit on and watch as the "nerds" cut your paychecks. Remember, I don't like mustard on my burger bitch.

bartonbickle
bartonbickle

@Henrique Duarte or you could, like, work on not being a pathetic pile of shit self identifying "nerd" who tries to ruin the lives of people who say things you disagree with in a relatively harmless blog post

hilpertm
hilpertm

@SVenti No, of course it was my professor trelawney, cause I am an attention seeking diva :-)

blart
blart

@Abhors_Ignorance "In the modern age where being a nerd is in no way derogatory and is now more socially acceptable"

i don't know, i'm reading these comments and i'm not sure that should be the case anymore

Carodwen
Carodwen

@grackene Please do not make us look any worse than she already did ... Mmkay

a.m.ruiz85
a.m.ruiz85

@davidbledsoe2009 I like your comment. But she should have clarified her stand point, even in criticism. Even is this is for the New Times (known for being more sarcastic than most).I feel like the article is well written but ignorant in regards to comicon culture. 

aaron417
aaron417

@bartonbickle I think the piece wasn't relatively harmless, it was purposefully degrading to the people it was about. I don't think someone who says "comic books ew" should be covering a comic convention. Would the paper accept a vegan's review of a steakhouse? "Meat is murder, ew". There's nothing wrong with self identifying nerds speaking out about being shamed and ridiculed, if any group doesn't speak out then it will become okay to insult, dehumanize, and then bully them. 

ztakxilef
ztakxilef

@hilpertm @SVenti  

I tried to post this earlier but I couldn't log in. The "Diva" was a guy dressed as... well I don't know the character but he was sort of Han Soloish looking, holding a blaster, with a wig covering his face. 

hilpertm
hilpertm

@SVenti @hilpertm I don't remember which picture it was, but all the females they showed didn't have their faces covered...and it wasn't me, I wasn't even mentioned....SULK.
So there was another diva that showed us up.

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