EP Con Recap: What was all the Drama and Why Can’t Nerds just Get Along?
Actor Michael Biehn (Kyle Reese from the original Terminator) was in our studio on Friday. By Sunday he was not a very happy man. ‘
According to our news partners at KVIA-7, Michael Biehn had a disagreement over payment with the organizers of EP-Con over payment that prompted him to say, “This is a stain on your city.”
Yes, I can only imagine the lost tourism and business investment when people find out that the guy who played the guy sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor got stiffed.
I’ll try to summarize briefly.
Michael Biehn says he wasn’t paid. So, he went into the Convention Center box office and attempted to get his damn money!
The police were called. No one was arrested, but Mr. Biehn said Carol Mcneal, director of sales and marketing for the Convention Center was “rude” to him.
The Convention Center denies this. Here is a portion of their press release.
Julian Lawler says he offered to pay Michael Biehn in advance with a check but Biehn said he would only accept cash. At the end of the day Sunday, there wasn’t enough cash on hand.
On a side note, I have been inundated with e-mail and Facebook messages running down Julian Lawler and EP Con. I don’t personally know Mr. Lawler but I could tell that these messages came from people with some kind of axe to grind. It wasn’t just, “Did you hear Dave Prowse isn’t going to be there after all?”. It was more like, “Did you hear Dave Prowse isn’t coming because Julian Lawler is a dishonest, lying, sub-human piece of crap?”
I know there’s some kind of bad blood between EP Con and Franken-Con. I don’t know what it’s about. I don’t know who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong.
But it seems to me, El Paso is a “1 Sci-fi Convention” type of town. In my opinion, it’s just too bad we can’t have one awesome convention instead of two lesser conventions determined to destroy each other.
Or, to put it in away Science Fiction fans everywhere can understand, don’t be these guys….