Hey Fannibals, It Looks Like You’re Getting A North American Convention

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Have you been staring morosely at your laptop, trying to find a way to get to Heathrow for Red Dragon 3 next month? Well, if you act soon there might just be a closer Hannibal convention for the North American fans. A group of fans are running a Kickstarter to bring members of the cast to Toronto in November.

I know what you’re thinking: “Yeah, yeah, another fan convention Kickstarter. I’m not holding my breath.” I would be thinking that too – except these people have put in the legwork to set up as much as they can before the campaign launches. Betsy Craig, the committee chair, consulted with other successful fan convention organizers and has already had preliminary talks with talent and vendors. They know what their budget needs to be and how to run it. That’s a major step towards a convention that will actually happen if enough fans get behind it.

Interestingly, the group is setting up FannibalFest as a non-profit. That means the organizers aren’t getting a paycheck out of this. Here’s what they have to say about why they’re going this route:

The decision to incorporate as a non-profit, was simply because we are able to legally solicit backing from individuals where the expectation is a “social return” on investment.

As a group of Fannibals with jobs and private lives, we do this in our free time not looking for a paycheck.  Nor do we want the daily grind running a for-profit company requires.  Our focus IS that “social return” of being a champion for Hannibal Artists in an official capacity.  As well as, the “social return” of producing a North American-based HANNIBAL CON “On Our Side of the Pond”.

That sounds promising. Some of the biggest killers of fan conventions are bad budgets and unreasonable profit expectations, and it seems like the FannibalFest organizers have those under control.

So what exactly can we expect from this convention as far as activities? There isn’t a set schedule yet, but the organizers have suggested the following events:

Hannibal Fan Fiction Panel Discussion
Hannibal Cosplay Contest
Cast Q&A Panels
Episode Screenings and Discussion
Artist Awards (voted by membership)
Academic Panel – Hannibal TV Show Social/Psychological Themes Discussion
Cast Meet and Greet Cocktail Party
DIY Flower Crown Workshop
Hannibal Scene Shoot Site Bus Tour
Vendor/Exhibit Hall

The Kickstarter launches in three days, on the 28th. If successful, the tentative date for the con is November 2-5, 2017.

What do you guys think? Would you go to a Toronto Hannibal convention?

*Edit: Betsy Craig has let us know the Kickstarter now goes live the 31st.*


Author: Khai

Khai is a writer, anthropologist, and game enthusiast. She can talk fandom in five languages, and her proudest nerd moment so far was presenting original research titled “Gender, Sex, and Werewolves” at an international anthropological conference. Her first game, None For Me, is due out from Calico Games early next year.


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