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Is DragonCon Founder Ed Kramer the Sandusky of Sci-Fi? Or “Why Dave Dorman is Still Boycotting DragonCon: Part 2”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2012 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

Once again, more information comes to light, in the form of an ATLANTA magazine expose’,  which underscores why I won’t be attending or associated in any way with DragonCon, until I know without question that alleged pedophile Ed Kramer is no longer benefiting financially in any way from the show. Sure, I could be earning good money at that show, but I cannot do so and sleep well at night. If any other shows I attend get tied to the same allegations, I will be boycotting those as well. As the dad of a young son, nothing turns my stomach more than this. There is a special place in hell for those who prey on the vulnerable who cannot defend or speak for themselves – the young, the elderly, the disabled, animals.

This article in Atlanta magazine was thoroughly and painstakingly researched by journalist Scott Henry. It is a long, sad and convoluted tale that required of Scott Henry much unraveling to get to the truth of the matter. You will be shocked by what you read here, and I suggest that you take the time to do so. There’s also this article on Examiner.com, in an article “DragonCon: Does Your Ticket Money Go to An Accused Pedophile?”, from which I quote:

And Mr. Henry reports that the revenue from the for-profit DragonCon (Comic Con International is non-profit) is unreported, and part of that money generated from ticket sales went to Mr. Kramer as recently as last year. He reports:

(Kramer) eventually received dividends for 2009 and 2010—although he won’t say how much Kramer received for those or previous years—but was forced to file the second suit last year in an effort to collect his 2011 dividend of $154,000.

And The Atlanta Magazine’s Mr. Henry also informs that Mr. Kramer became a millionaire from DragonCon, but while DragonCon Cofounder Pat Henry has taken to Facebook to say that Mr. Kramer had no ‘involvement’ with DragonCon since 2000, the Atlanta Magazine’s account paints Pat Henry as being less than truthful. Mr. Kramer’s collection of his stock dividend from his share of DragonCon ownership (said to be about one-third of the organization) indicates that he certainly had some involvement in its operation, if only to make sure he collected his money.

So, if you attended DragonCon in the past, a percentage of what you paid went to Mr. Ed Kramer, an alleged, but not as of this writing convicted, child predator who sits in jail awaiting extradition to Georgia.

The unanswered question is will Mr. Kramer be able to collect his share of revenue this year? If so, that means part of your 2012 DragonCon ticket money will go to Ed Kramer, and its more than likely that the dollars will be used in his legal defense.

I only hope that one day, those who chose without having the facts to vilify my friend Nancy Collins  (who fought the good fight for years) will apologize to her.

Dave.

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Dave Dorman DragonCon Boycott: An Update

Posted in Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Convention, Comic Books, Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Social Activism, Social Commentary, Social Networking, WriteBrain Media, Writer with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

Sometimes my gut checks are on target. Sadly, this is one of those situations. I wish it wasn’t, but I will continue to boycott DragonCon until this situation gets resolved. Yes, I know it’s a good show and a growing show. Yes, I know a lot of great people are organizing it these days. However, my hunch was right — alleged child molester Ed Kramer still receives 34% of the shares of DragonCon’s profit-and I refuse to contribute to perpetuating that mentally disturbed and depraved individual’s alleged pedophilia in any way. I have zero tolerance for this activity. Nothing makes me more sick than even the idea of hurting children. Hurting anyone who is vulnerable and unable to defend themselves makes me sick to my stomach. I can’t support that in any way, especially while representing (in my own small way) an industry targeted to children. Watching the Penn State news unfold over the past couple of weeks also is making me sick. Mind you, it’s not that I’m so cold-hearted as to not realize that in most cases, the perpetrators were also abused as kids, but I have to hope that this activity will one day stop altogether. I just cannot stand it. Had I witnessed any situation like this, I would have sincerely been able to claim temporary insanity for killing the perpetrator with my bare hands.

Parents–and vulnerable single parents in particular–watch your kids and watch them closely. Be suspicious of anyone who takes a “special interest” in your child and tries to get your child alone. Relatives included. I’ll never forget a dear friend in Florida who was, at the time a single mom with a son who was absolutely precious to Denise and me. Her son’s soccer coach, a married man with 3 kids, kept trying to convince her to let him coach her son privately. She felt something was off, and shortly thereafter he was in the papers for molesting kids. Be vigilant. Don’t trust anyone unless you have very good reason to trust them. Remember, in every situation attracting large groups of kids, there’s someone out there who wants to get at them and will use every ploy to resonate with them – sports, comics, animals, videogaming, movies, camping, etc. In my mind’s eye, they’re all Pennywise the Clown.

A dear friend who prefers to remain anonymous just sent me this update:

Dave: Thought you might find this article of interest, as it mentions the exact % of shares Ed Kramer still owns in DragonCon. He is not a minority share owner, as he has the same percentage as Pat Henry, the current chairman and co-founder. Your decision to boycott Dragoncon continues to be sound.
http://www.facebook.com/l/MAQGmRPEcAQE4gn-FpdYk5JfH4KQ_orAxQpcSadjhRCK2bQ/www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/dragoncon-faces-appeal-1233100.html

And here’s an excerpt from the linked article above in the AJC / Atlanta Journal Constitution, a well respected newspaper:

DragonCon organizers have recently tried to distance the popular science fiction and fantasy convention from its ignominious co-founder, Edward Kramer, saying in a public statement that he has not had any involvement in planning or activities since his 2000 indictment on multiple child molestation charges.

Kramer did resign from the Atlanta convention in 2000, but he still holds 34 percent of the company’s stock. DragonCon president Pat Henry owns an equal amount, and the remaining third is divvied up between several other individuals, according to court records.
I hope for those of you who vehemently disagree with my stance, you will have more understanding as to why I am taking this position on the matter.
As always, thank you for reading,
Dave.

 

Dave Dorman Confidential: Why I Don’t Attend DragonCon

Posted in Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectors, Comic Book Convention, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Del Stone Jr., Denise Dorman, Facebook, Geek Culture, Illustration, LinkedIn, Military, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Social Activism, Social Commentary, Social Networking, Uncategorized, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

First, let me post my upcoming appearances, so it’s front and center:

* Detroit Fan Fare Days 9/23 – 9/25, 2011
* Dallas for Star Wars Fan Days 10/8 – 10/9, 2011
* SteamCon in Seattle 10/15 – 10/16

My longtime friend and award-winning sci-fi/horror writer Del Stone Jr. has held my secret for all of these years. As DragonCon started growing its attendance trajectory and publicity, more and more people have asked me if, when and why I don’t attend DragonCon. Only Del Stone Jr. and my wife knew the reasons why.

In this article, it proves that original founder Ed Kramer, for whom my distaste, disgust and anger knows no bounds, STILL earns money from the show. I REFUSE to help fund someone allegedly involved in pedophilia. Here is the Atlanta Journal Constitution article that proves Ed Kramer is still earning profits from DragonCon:

http://bit.ly/qClDCu

Here is the most recent article, describing how Ed Kramer was arrested recently, found in a Milford, Connecticut hotel with a 14-year-old boy:

http://bit.ly/nRTnPS

You can draw your own conclusions. You can continue exhibiting at DragonCon. You can attend and support DragonCon. However, I will not be joining you there. The very idea of helping to fund Ed Kramer makes my skin crawl.

Ed Kramer gave me the creeps the first time I met him, and I relayed that to Del. When the allegations began to surface, I knew my creep radar needed no recalibrating.

Del sent me the most recent article via Facebook, which led me to read the other two related articles. My heart goes out to the two young men, now serving us proudly in the U.S. military, who allegedly endured those horrific encounters with the one-man creep show that is Ed Kramer.

I would think there must be some way DragonCon can prove Kramer’s association is damaging their brand and disengage from funding Ed Kramer. If they were smart they would have attached a morals clause by which he had to abide in order to profit from the show. Until I see evidence that he is no longer profiting, you won’t be seeing me there.

As always, thanks for reading,

Dave

P.S. Here are links to my contact info, in case you ever want to reach out:

FaceBook: http://facebook.com/davedormanartist

Twitter: http://twitter.com/davedorman

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/thedavedorman (I am an open networker on LI)

Publicist: Denise Dorman — denise@writebrainmedia.com