This weekend’s science fiction convention, Galacticon IV is still planned to go forward at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA, even after the sudden cancellation of the large number of it’s celebrity guests and then the equally sudden departure of it’s producer Daniel Allan. As the dust began to settle, new co-producers have stepped into the center chair to attempt to keep things moving forward.
Rex-Mundi Productions, the entity behind Galacticon, still owns the event, but co-owner Shawn O’Donnell, has taken over as lead producer of the event. In tandem with him is also Cherry Oclima, president of the Battlestar Raven fan club, who is trying to coordinate staff on the ground as additional senior staff continue to tap out of the weekend. As the event’s crisis entered it’s second day, the new team began reaching out to some of the guests which had been cancelled the day prior to see if they would be open to returning to the lineup.
Star of both incarnations of Battlestar Galactica, Richard Hatch, has announced that he was once again back on as a guest. Aaron Douglas reported that he had also been reached out to, but had declined as the convention requested that his contract be revised for a lesser amount. He has however announced on his Twitter account that he would still be going to Seattle to host a pub crawl and has invited all fans to join him – and to watch his account for schedule and location to be announced. The messages and current travel of other of the cancelled guests make it seem like he may well not be the lone Galactica cast member doing the crawl.
At least two other conventions have also reached out to the heartbroken fans – both Cedar Rapids Comic Con and HawaiiCon have announced that anyone who contacts them ahead of time via their Facebook pages and has a Galacticon IV pass will receive free admission to their respective events.
While the leading theme of the convention had been Battlestar Galactica, management points out that stars are still in attendance are several cast members from the Battlestar Galactica series (Richard Hatch, Terry Carter, Nicki Clyne, Leah Cairns, Anne Lockhart, and Sarah Rush), as well as Babylon 5 (Claudia Christian), Farscape (Gigi Edgley), Star Trek (Robert O’Reilly, JG Hertzler, Manu Intiraymi), and a large Lost in Space cast reunion. With that lineup, the new management team that attendees will still be able to have a good time at the event.
Fans flying in from around the world are beginning to form up their own plans to make a memorable time of it, from hotel parties to planned outings around Seattle. People have been offering up suggestions for things to see and do around town. There seems to be a concerted effort to see what this re-focused Galacticon has to offer as Friday arrives, and if that winds up being not to their liking then they will find their own adventures along the way.
Other related events, not requiring a Galacticon registration, include two Friday night special features: A screening of the original Battlestar Galactica movie from 1978 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown at 7:00 p.m., and Babylon 5’s Claudia Christian’s 50th Birthday Party at the Elks Lodge at 301 Queen Anne Avenue. All proceeds from the latter event are a charity event for the C3 Foundation.
Pre-registered attendees inquiring about refunds, especially for those who had pre-paid for photo opportunities with now-cancelled guests have been receiving responses indicating that refund mechanisms are being worked out and put into place as rapidly as possible.