FedConUSA, the disaster of a convention that tried to take the floor in Dallas over the weekend, is under a lot of fire from attendees, especially from those who thought the Tim Brazeal convention had the seal of approval from FedCon Gmbh, the popular European convention that had announced a partnership with Brazeal last August.
FedConUSA was cancelled Saturday morning while it was already in progress.
However, FedCon’s American contact, Marc B. Lee, informed attendees after the problems erupted on the convention site’s message board that the German group hadn’t been involved in the convention in the last six months, and failed to tell anyone.
Dirk Bartholom?e, the head of FedCon Gmbh, said Brazeal ended up not being the person he thought he was.
“When I first met him two years ago, I thought, ‘Wow, this guy is cool, he is running TrekUnited, he knows so many actors personally (which I also do, but I don’t make a big fuzz out of it),’ so when we first talked about FedConUSA, we thought that would be a wonderful idea,” Bartholom?e said in a post. “Our convention experience, our main staff combined with his knowledge of Trek fandom in the U.S., his contacts and his big mailing lists. So we did this contract and put everything in writing.”
Among the things Bartholom?e said Brazeal was bringing to the table included a mailing list of 800,000 people from TrekUnited, free flights for all the actors and main staff from Germany because of Brazeal’s job with American Airlines, his many contacts with fan clubs and actors, and the fact that Brazeal claimed he could get any “Star Trek: Enterprise” actor “for free” because “they owe him one” for supposedly saving “Enterprise” for a fourth season.
Of course, Brazeal hadn’t saved “Enterprise” for a fourth season. UPN has made it very clear that the show was saved because four seasons was easier to sell for syndication and continue to make money on the project than three, despite the fact they could’ve scored points with fans by claiming they helped save it.
Apparently, however, Brazeal has a habit of leaving people stranded in the airport, and it didn’t start with Dirk Benedict, Aaron Douglas or James Callis. It started all the way back in the beginning when Brazeal promised to fly Bartholom?e from Frankfurt first class … a trip that would cost as much as $12,000.
“I don’t need to fly first class — I never did actually, but I thought, OK, if he can book me into first, why not?” Bartholom?e said. “And this was when all the trouble started. I went to Frankfurt [at] 6 a.m. and there was no Dirk Bartholomae on the American Airlines lists. So I called Tim in Dallas in the middle of the night asking him what BS this is. He then booked me on an afternoon flight economy.”
When Bartholom?e arrived, he said Brazeal was very apologetic, and promised he would fly first class home and that it was already set up. Apparently, it wasn’t.
“Guess what? My name was not on the list, there was not even a space booked for me in the cargo bay,” Bartholomae said. “So I had no other option then to buy myself a ticket,” a ticket which cost him $4,200.
“I was angry as many of you would be, too,” Bartholomae said. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, if he is unable to book a simple airline ticket, how will he organize the whole show?”
But the German group stayed involved for months, leading up to January when Bartholomae sent Brazeal a threatening e-mail that if he didn’t get so much work done, FedCon would pull out. Brazeal “begged” to keep the FedCon name for just the one convention since the contract and Web site already had the name, and Bartholomae agreed.
“I never in my life [met] an individual like Tim,” Bartholomae said. “First he seems like to be a great buddy, but after a while, you discover a person who is constantly lying, apologizing and making things up. He was never straightforward, almost everything he said was a lie. I never in my life met someone who actually believes all this BS he says.”
And why didn’t Bartholomae share this with people who were buying into the FedCon name and trusting the convention would take place as planned because of the name?
“If I would have told the fans earlier, I would for sure got some legal problems,” Bartholomae said.
Brazeal has been contacted just before the story was posted for comment, and the story will be updated if and when he does respond.
Douglas, who plays Chief Galen Tyrol in the SyFy Genre Awards-nominated role, has not publicly spoke about FedConUSA since Friday when he washed his hands of the convention. However, Jaimie Alexander of “Kyle XY,” who Brazeal said was demanding too much money to attend, had some of her own words to say following the convention’s cancellation.
“I am so frustrated with the representatives of FedCon,” Alexander said in a MySpace posting. “Honestly, I have never been so annoyed in my life. I want you all to know that I wanted to be there, I wanted to meet all of you. For that organization to announce to everyone that I cost too much is such shit. I would have done it for free.”
Alexander also reminded fans that FedCon never called her agent to cancel her appearance. She didn’t find out until her name was removed from the guest list.
“This whole situation has been handled in a very unprofessional [manner] by the heads of FedCon,” Alexander said. “This organization (as far as I am concerned) is nothing more than a sorry attempt to scam people [for] money. There were going to charge for autographs when naturally, I would have given them for free.
“I just want you all to know that I will never let this happen again, and I am embarrassed that I even signed on to such a joke of a convention.”
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