Edward Kramer is the co-founder of the Atlanta-based comic convention, Dragon*Con. He is no longer working for the show, you won’t find his name on the convention website, but he owns a third of it and, apparently, receives around $150,000 a year from the show’s profits as a result.
The reason why he no longer works for the show is that in 2000, he was arrested and charged with molesting teenage boys. But issues with his health and the hiring of many expensive lawyers has managed to delay any court case to convict. And then again last year he was arrested for a similar crime, which saw him placed on remand, awaiting trial.
It is worth noting that Kramer has not yet been convicted of such crimes. There is such a thing concerning being innocent until proven guilty. And there are those very willing to defend Kramer. But enough is enough for fantasy author Nancy Collins. She knows what people need to do.
All you have to do is publicly declare you will never attend DragonCon again as long as Edward Kramer profits from the convention.
DragonCon has had over 12 years to sever ties with this man, but has failed to do so. Although the convention’s chairman has bought enough shares from Ed Kramer to qualify as the controlling shareholder, Kramer refuses to be bought out. No matter what DragonCon does or says, funds from the convention will continue to go to Edward Kramer until either he dies or the corporation that runs the convention dissolves and reincorporates under another name. DragonCon knows what needs to be done, but has been dragging its feet on this matter, and has gone to great trouble over the last 12 years to hide the fact that they continue to fund Edward Kramer’s lifestyle. But now the cat’s out of the bag (in large part due to Kramer’s own decision to sue them for a larger share of the convention’s profits) and there’s no putting it back in.
Steve Bissette adds;
Now that there are public confirmations and articles vindicating Nancy and everything Nancy has been battling to warn folks about, the worm(s) are turning—though she has yet to receive a single public (or private) apology from the many professionals who maligned her and her work in defending DragonCon and its association with Kramer.