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Re: “Crisis of Con-fidence

Yes, it is as plain as day. Clearly, Mr. Brandenburg either did not consider the fact that so many panelists who have chosen to "sit this one out" and are hoping to see change (and therefore would be drawn to supporting Bryan Young) are writers and as such can spot his literary fingerprints from a mile away (I have my own, such as a lot of paranthetical statements and occassionally mixing metaphors), or he thinks very little of our intelligence.

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Posted by Zoom on 06/14/2018 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Crisis of Con-fidence

Hopefully Brandenburg's comment as "Memyselfandfriends" serves to all as a reminder of how they run their convention. As someone who works closely with words, the comment by "Memyselfandfriends" hits several commonalities with Brandenburg's many social media posts and comments. This includes beginning sentences chronically with conjunctions, the use of two similarly meaning emphasis words in a single sentence, a lack of continuity punctuation when being self-referential, unnecessarily truncated sentence fragments... it goes on forever.

Most people can be readily identified using 3 hallmarks. Brandenburg has 8 common hallmarks in this comment alone. Quit while you're ahead, Bryan. It's embarrassing for all of us to watch you struggle to deceive everyone over and over like this. We feel like fools for letting you pull one over on our community and not recognizing you for what you are. You're embarrassing us further by digging your hole deeper.

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Posted by asquaremelon on 06/14/2018 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Crisis of Con-fidence

As someone who read participated in long "disccussions" about Orson Scott Card that included Brandenburg banning at least one person from participating purely because he couldn't keep up with her debating skills (notice it was a her. We've seen a pattern of this with Bryan B), the above article is more than fair. Bryan Young's words above: "The push for more inclusivity threatened to be undermined by an invitation to Orson Scott Card." The invitationexisted. It was not only discussed, but Brandenburg bullied and railed against anyone who was against it. Eventually, due to overwhelming sentiment against it, the invitation was not extended, but again, the proposed invitation posed a threat. Nothing in the above article is untrue.

What is untrue is that the con will not be hurt by losing Bryan Young. As a former panelist myself, I can tell you that we were frequently being told that the strong consensus from people attending the con was the they wanted more panels that featured people who actually worked on specific fandoms. The one and only area where FanX was developing huge success (which kept growing) was in STAR WARS panels, with authors and high level members of the Lucasfilm story group such as Pablo Hidalgo. Pablo told me himself it was easy for him to make it down here and he saw himself as a reular. Do you see his name anywhere on the website? This was because of the work of Bryan Young. Last night, Matt Martin of the Lucasfilm stroygroup tweeted as much as he had enjoyed the con in the past, he will not be attending. Author E.K. Johnson is also not attending, and those are only three names.

To the serious STAR WARS fan, the con was becoming a must attend event, thanks to Bryan Young. We've lost that because of the actions (and inaction) of men who, if they had Captained the TITANIC, would likely have said "Iceburg ahead? I'll bet if speed up we can smashed staright through that sucker", and it's a very big deal.

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Posted by Zoom on 06/14/2018 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Crisis of Con-fidence

Farr and Brandenburg have put so much effort into playing celebrity that they have started to believe it themselves. But they took it a step further and have been acting as if they are beyond criticism, and can do no wrong.
They have fostered a toxic environment where they allowed sexual predators to find sanctuary and have become predators themselves. Obsessed with fame they sold out a community, and have damaged lives.

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Posted by itsnotmeitsyou on 06/14/2018 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Crisis of Con-fidence

Without getting into rumors/gossip, those of us in the local convention running circle learned that Mr. Farr and Mr. Brandenburg are purely for profit and not for building community. When the focus is money and profit, not people and their well-being, the convention cannot count on the support of fans anymore. People are smart, and they are going to take their money to other cons where they know they will feel safe and have a good time.

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Posted by Mellina on 06/14/2018 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Crisis of Con-fidence

Hi Mr. Brandeburg! I mean MeMyselfandFriends.

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Posted by Fix FanX on 06/13/2018 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Crisis of Con-fidence

Good to see you Mr. Brandenburg. Excuse me, Me Myself and Friends

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Posted by Fix FanX on 06/13/2018 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Crisis of Con-fidence

It is sad that you honestly dont have all the facts on the Orson Scott Card situation. And invite was never given. He showed interest, they asked the public and because of backlash they did not extend an invite. Then only choose to post bits and pieces of the facts surrounding Bryan and his social media. I for one will be glad you will not be involved with FanX as I cant in good conscious support your bias views on the event. Things have been done and will continue to be done to make everyone safe. I say good riddance, they don't need your support to be successful.

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Posted by Memyselfandfriends on 06/13/2018 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Crisis of Con-fidence

The Force will be with you, Bryan Young. Always. It's sad that The Dark Side has such a deep hold on FanX.

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Posted by Zoom on 06/13/2018 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Art on Demand

Actually the main character in Ghost in the Shell WAS Asian. But that was a crucial point in the manga, which was before the anime and obviously long before the movie. When The Major's new body was created, she was designed white. The brain within the new body was still that of a young Japanese girl. The movie actually covered this incredibly well.

Posted by Austin on 07/18/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Art on Demand

Arthur Conan Doyle's last 3 books on Sherlock Holmes were published between 1903 and 1924, that's 21 years between 3 books, in a time where it was easier to dedicate time to a project, yeah technology was lousier, but distractions weren't a plenty.

As I have said several times, and the author kindly wrote in this article: You can't rush art! You pay for the books and then you read them, that's the whole story. Want the next one? Wait for it. Tired of waiting because we don't have developed any patience on this consumist society that wants everything now and thinks the receptor is always right? Then abandon the saga's, the authors and the REAL fans will welcome it and you will stop whining. Problem solved!

Posted by Tomás Vittino on 07/14/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Art on Demand

I'm coming down on the side of those expecting a series to be finished. I'll be quite brutally honest: I'm worried that either George R.R. Martin or I will die before he finishes and publishes the books so I can read them. I can understand his wanting to polish the writing, but the fact is that he's published various other things and done plenty of traveling and appearing at conferences and the like. I invested many hours in reading the books and I don't think it's unrealistic to expect the writer to finish the story he started. Before one of us goes . . . !!!

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Posted by Elizabeth Jewell on 07/13/2017 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Art on Demand

While in general I agree writers don't owe more to readers, I do think the exception is when a book intentionally leaves the story unfinished. And as far as Martin, ever since he whined the Hugo was stolen from him by J K Rowling, I don't what he says or writes.

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Posted by Alvin Mullen on 07/13/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Art on Demand

lol so basically your SJW opinions are valid and should be mentioned constantly, but people U don't agree with should keep their opinions to themselves. How about we just let artists do what they want no matter what and if you don't like it you don't pay to see it or read it ?

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Posted by John Petry on 07/13/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Art on Demand

Would like to just take this opportunity to thank both Mr. Martin and Mr. Rothfuss for writing some of the best fiction of any kind that's been produced in the last hundred years. Keep up the good work, guys! And take as long as you need.

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Posted by Doug Beyers on 07/13/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Art on Demand

I'm curious as to why you didn't split this article into three or more pieces, and sell each piece separately with a promise to your employer or employers to finish at an undetermined date? Is there some expectation that you complete your work to be paid for it? If you do decide to release partial articles, can readers expect you to take on multiple new new articles and projects before finishing previous ventures? If so, and there are no guarantees the original piecemeal projects will ever be completed, I'll probably just wait for each article to be completed in full before purchasing, so that the content timeline and payment timeline are beneficial to us both.

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Posted by William Martin on 07/13/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Art on Demand

This entire article was written from a misguided sense of moral superiority.
Do artists owe us something for an incomplete series? Absolutely. We paid for a story. In the case of Martin and Rothfuss, those stories were literally left without resolution.
As to the rest of the article, the author lost all credibility when they began bashing men's rights advocates and preaching claims of "white washing" as Ghost in the shell, the main character wasn't Asian originally.

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Posted by Oldngrumpy on 07/13/2017 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Art on Demand

As far as I agree to basically everything that was said here, fact is, Scarlett Johanson being the main character in Ghost in the Shell wasn't, in any case, racism or whitewashing. It wasn't necessary or fair to whine about that. The main character didn't have to be japanese to make the story. Sure it didn't have to be white either, but the fact is, that's not relevant here to focus on the "race" if it's not important for the story.

Plus, as far as racism and (useless) white-washing should be proscribed, do not forget that color-washing is also a thing and it's as wrong as white-washing. Promoting diversity in term of sexuality, skin-color, religion and else doesn't mean you should change something just to stick with it.

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Posted by Yo Pomdpin on 07/13/2017 at 4:50 AM

Re: “Open-Door Policy

I agree so very much.

Posted by M D Roberg on 11/03/2016 at 3:37 AM

Re: “Pop Politics

Hear, hear.

Posted by Dpink on 03/16/2016 at 1:22 PM

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