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DisasterCon: how a fan convention’s big dream became a nightmare

15
Jul
2014

Basically, Night Vale just walked. At a hotel in Chicago’s suburbs, a room full of people have been waiting over an hour to see the creators of beloved surrealist podcast Welcome to Night Vale. Originally called Tumbl-Con, the fan convention was supposed to bring the Tumblr community together, even after it changed its name to make clear that it had no affiliation with the site. With the help of volunteers from a range of fandoms, it rented out a convention center and set up three days of panels, including appearances by the likes of the Night Vale cast and actor Doug Jones — also known as the eyeless monster in Pan’s Labyrinth.

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