It’s with great sadness our friends at JordanCon announced they will have to cancel the convention for 2020. In a statement released earlier today, Jennifer Liang, the convention chair of JordanCon said:
Friends, it’s with great sadness that I announce the cancellation of JordanCon 2020. This is not a decision we make lightly. However, in light of the current state of emergency in Georgia it became clear that hosting JordanCon would be irresponsible of us. We initially tried to work with our host hotel, the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, to find alternative dates this year. However, nothing suitable was available. We understand that this comes as a disappointment to many of you and some of you will have financial concerns. We want this situation to be as seamless as possible for you, so we’ve prepared a FAQ that hopefully answers your questions. We will also continue to update our website and social media channels with information on how you can help members of our community affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We thank you for your patience and support during these trying times.
It may take some time to work out all the details, including prepaid merchandise, members's tickets, and the hotel room blocks. Showing patience and understanding during this hectic time can go a long way for the JordanCon staff and board of directors.
Many of these smaller conventions are taking massive hits from the Covid-19 pandemic. As a non-profit, JordanCon functions year to year, and this hiccup could cause lasting damage. I’ve seen many people on social media call for those who are fortunate enough to donate their ticket fees to the convention. This could help recoup some of the losses on the horizon.
I am more than happy to support JordanCon and all it stands for. I purchased two tickets--one for me and one for my husband--and I will donate that to the convention instead of asking for a refund or having the paid price apply to next year.
There will be other ways we can support JordanCon authors and artists. Many of them are also struggling with so many conventions being canceled. For those who earn their livelihood on the con tracks, now is a scary time. You can find the full list of JordanCon guests. If you’re able, buy a new book to read during quarantine! Support an artist and buy a new print to brighten up your living room! JordanCon is a family, and we want to show our family we are here for them.
Edited by Mashiara Sedai