Meke here. Your native NYer, Asst. Producer of GSN, and silly blerd from around the way. Earlier this month I wrote this love letter to the now failed Universal FanCon:

"A picture of me can be found on the Black Tribbles Facebook page. I'm the small one with the red sweater all the way on the left. Make sure to say hi if you see me in some alternate universe.
Now for a small musing...
When I attended the Blackfinity Gauntlet back in 2016 I knew that the community I always yearned for was here: Smack dab in the middle of Philly, some falling star crashed and up from the earth came Alamgam Comics and Coffeehouse. In this coffeehouse were people of all hues of brown, all talking excitedly about creating and sharing and sharing about tech for creating and sharing and even creating tech around sharing... Creatively. I was home.
Look at the colors of the Universal FanCon logo design alone. Isn't it vibrant?! It's filled with many elements that are super different but together they just "pop". That's what Universal FanCon is in a nutshell. Fandom that's super diverse but all comes together in love for artistry, storytelling, and activism.
Honestly I'm so proud of the FanCon team. They've accomplished something special and I'm stoked to have witnessed it. Not to mention having GSN be an affiliate!"

All the deets of its implosion can be listened to on The Defended, FanBros, on and on. Twitter'll give you bite-sized breakdowns as well. 

The healing was needed for all the fans like myself who has been disappointed time and time again by situations like this. Situations where people who seem trustworthy can't get their shit together or who let greed/inexperience/indifference/laziness get in the way of their integrity. 

Regardless of who feels whatever way about who else, the community always comes together to take care of our own. We all we got!

I want to show my respect and honor to the FANS and possible attendees of this event by sharing amazing products and services FANS give to the world! Get your shopping list and bookmark these links:

  • What happens when the worlds first superheroine shows up 200 years after the end of the world? Buy Vol. 1 & 2 of @kamikazecomic and find out! #FanConCreatives
  • You need cute character goods like stickers, pins, keychains, and planner stickers in your life and Honey Sweet Studio has them! #FanConCreatives
  • @Talynnkel is an incredible cosplayer who sells prints, books about being black and geeky, and more. You want to check this out. #FanConCreatives
  • Looking for Indie Comics, Manga, Short Stories, and Novels? Of course you are. @4thWallPros is here for you. #FanConCreatives
  • If you need to add some cuteness to your life, check out this adorable video from @motobus_draws and then pick up a chum or two! #FanConCreatives
  • You have to wear clothes, so wear @jordandenenyc and your closet will be a little brighter.
  • @jarrodking has written an exciting new fantasy novel, Panagea. Summer is coming and this is your summer read. #FanConCreatives
  • @YouNeekStudios, home of eclectic superhero comics, graphic novels and animation including E.X.O, Malika, Windmaker. Check out their work and this mission to create a more diverse comic book universe!  #FanConCreatives

  • It’s snark? It’s a fish? It’s a cupcake chasing Dinosaur? Check-out the one of a kind t-shirt designs at @SnarkFishShirts! #FanConCreatives

Look at all the commercials below (including ours that features the Pondering Nerdcast and Let's Be Real Sports):

From T-Shirts to Comics, Key-Chain to Podcasts checkout #FanConCreatives, artists and vendors, and help support the artists and vendors who were supposed to be at #FanCon this week. 

AAAAAND the MEGA FanCon Creatives List:

When we fan out we fan out hard!

<3, Meke and the GSN family