While the UK is far smaller than America, it can still have very different weather fronts form one end of this sceptr’d isle to t’other and as we are currently gripped by the chilling Beats from the East and incoming Storm Emma the good news for us teachers is that schools are closed, but the very bad news is that due to this unseasonal cold snap and the drifting snow that has accompanied it, Saturday’s Dunfermline Comic Con (March 3rd) has had to be cancelled. And, as a small, independent comic con, it’s set to lose not only thousands of pounds in money already poured into it, but it could never return as a result with a personal cost, no doubt, too.
Here’s their official statement on the unfortunate cancellation:
You have all probably heard by now that Dunfermline Comic Con 2018 was cancelled for safety reasons.
The snow just wouldn’t stop. This was a once in a lifetime Red Weather Warning event for mainland Scotland and couldn’t have been predicted 9 months ago when planning for the convention kicked in.
Dunfermline Comic Con is organised by Little Shop Of Heroes (a small family comic store) as a fund raiser for Books For Schools A charity aiming to put graphic novels in all of Fife’s Secondary School libraries. It is not for profit and a real community event. Over 50 volunteers help out on the day to make it a safe, inclusive and fun day out. It hosts comic creators from across the world and has a mission statement to increase literacy and access to reading for everyone in society.
The late cancellation of Dunfermline Comic Con has left Little Shop Of Heroes in emotional and financial turmoil.
Liittle Shop Of Heroes have already spent a huge amount of money organising and marketing the event and none of that money is recoverable. Very often the least expensive option is the one which is not refundable and we always strive to maximise the charity donation.
We have to pay back the vendors and ticket holders for payments they have made in good faith, in addition to honouring our commitment to Books For Schools and any invoices for services rendered still to come.
We need your help.
Please help us keep the dream alive.”
Even local Member of Parliament (i.e. the equivalent of an American senator), Douglas Chapman, has got involved:
I would be delighted to see the Dunfermline and West Fife community come together to ensure the organisers of the Dunfermline Comic Con are not left out of pocket by the cancellation of Saturday’s event. This annual convention puts a spotlight on Dunfermline internationally and brings tourists to the town which is a great boost to the local economy.
If you are able to offer some small, or even larger, donations to help them claw back some fo their investments, as well as support such independent cons, then do go visit their gofundme page here, and see what’s what.