I mentioned this on Facebook yesterday (or two months from now, which is when someone else will roll by hear and read this) but I wanted to put it here as well.
There is an outfit on Indiegogo that is attempting to raise one million dollars in donations so that they can put on an event at which they hope to raise around $200,000 dollars for charity. Go ahead and reread that first sentence. Obviously, I'm not the only one who spots the small flaw in logic. Granted there are other benefits to the event outside of raising money for charity. It provides a venue where people can purchase over-priced concession food and merchandise in addition to the things you have to buy, proceeds of which go to charity. Also, it happens in a place during a week where there really isn't a lot of entertainment and party options available.
So am I just being silly for thinking this is a strange campaign? Also, in the video the 'creator' mentions that the past two years they have gotten sponsors to cover the costs. Are they planning to forgo sponsorship this year or are they planning to double-dip?
I found this article talking about this issue. For the most part the author seems to realize that this seems odd.
The truly amazing part are the comments. Seems the faithful came out in droves to argue the issue. The whole comment thread is worth a read but I'll sum up for those whose interest is already waining.
Basically, the loyalist argument boils down to "this is for the fans" (the lucky ones who manage to buy one of the 250 available tickets to any given panel for $20 bucks, popular panels literally selling out in a minute), "Zach is a great guy" (I guess because he puts on an event and says he loves people because actors mean everything they say) and well, actually that pretty much sums up the arguments.
Update, Nerd HQ the outfit trying to raise one million dollars in donations so that they can put on an event during Comic-con which might raise around $200,000 for charity managed to only raise 1/3 of that. However, since they have and were always planning on having corporate sponsorship cover the costs they are still going ahead with the event.
I still don't get it, people have too much money I guess.