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Jamie's Appearance at Jumpcon Cleveland
I probably should put a disclaimer on this post. The following information I cobbled together over the past several days. I have no definite answer as to whether Jamie will or will not be at Jumpcon Cleveland August 15th-17th, but I do have some concerns about the convention and I feel it’s best to mention them. Hopefully, my concerns will be unfounded and anyone who is planning to attend will get the chance to meet Jamie.


Several months ago, Jumpcon announced an extremely ambitious con schedule with guest lists large enough to rival Dragon Con. Things haven’t gone particularly smoothly. greycoupon has been trying to keep fandom abreast of what is going on in posts here and here. Some of the links in the first post may not work. Jumpcon took down their original site and created a new one, causing some confusion.

With the first Jumpcon less than two weeks a way, a ticket purchasing system that appears and disappears, the guest list being slashed by more than half, and no schedule posted, I became concerned about Jamie’s involvement in the Cleveland convention. The Cleveland page still has no information posted. This is, in part, due to the organizers finding a replacement host hotel. Jamie’s name does not appear on the guest list on the site, yet you can still buy tickets for Jamie’s appearance.

Both myself and greycoupon have asked on the Jumpcon forum if Jamie is still appearing at the convention. I was told Jamie’s name didn’t appear on the guest list, but that an inquiry would be made to see if he was still attending. Grey was told he hadn’t cancelled. The problem is, through posts on their site as well as others, it seems guests were ‘confirmed’ before the organizers had finalized arrangements with the guests. Here is one response to an inquiry about guests:

The list of celebrities and events has been worked out and will be posted very soon, however the celebrities need to be contacted first to confirm their availability and acceptance of the schedules. This will hopefully be complete by end of the day Monday...

It’s 9:30pm est Monday and there are still a lot of blank pages on the site. I just want people to be aware of what is going on. If you do plan to attend, you may wish to contact the organizers via email or the forum to get some answers. I intend to keep trying to obtain more information and, if I find out anything, I will post it here.

6/25/08 ETA: Jamie's name does not appear on the current list of attendees for the convention. However, this is not the final list.

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elzed From: elzed Date: June 24th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Whoa. I don't do cons, but just scrolling through one of the posts made by greycoupon, I would not touch this whole jumpcon thing with a bargepole - it sounds dodgy as hell. Either it's quick money making venture by some unscrupulous guy eager to rip people off, or it's just appallingly organised (hard to tell as all the links to jumpcon pages were dead) and heading for some kind of meltdown.

I favour option A, especially when it comes to the less than thorough response to questions about experience and background. I wouldn't send a penny to that outfit. Having said which, I am rather cynical at the best of times.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: June 24th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and just say it was appallingly organized. They have brought in a gentleman that has worked with Vulkon to restructure the events and people seem to see that as a good thing. However, I fear it may be too little, too late.
From: karinablue_rose Date: June 24th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I hope that you do get the info as to whether or not he is going to be there.I live in the greater Cleveland area and would dearly love to have an excuse to go up and see him.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: June 24th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
The good news is that his people seem to know about his involvement with the con. However, due to Jumpcon's missteps, guests are being contacted this week and some need to be cancelled while others are having contracts renegotiated.

I'm also wondering if where he appears may become an issue. I saw a post last night that the plan is to make Cleveland a 'Trek' event. They may try to move him to the Detroit event with Mary and Eddie. I just went to see if I response was left to a question I posted on the forum in regards to this, but the site was down. If I have any definite information, I will certainly let you and everyone else know. My guess is general admission and photo op and autograph tickets will still be available close to the date of the convention, so I'd just wait and see for a bit.
proggrrl From: proggrrl Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Hi asta. I was just poking around to get an update on the JumpCon situation and saw this:

"We can finally announce that Jamie Bamber has just accepted an acting contract to do CSI - UK. He will be guess where - yup, the UK for 13 weeks. We are working to get him to an event later in the season, probably mid-September or later."

...is this for real? Have you heard he's doing a CSI UK? Is there even such a show in development?

(I don't really trust a word those JC folks have to say at the moment...)

asta77 From: asta77 Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I contacted Jamie's publicist when the 'news' was brought to my attention. There is no CSI UK. There is no CSI spinoff in development. Where they came up with that, I do not know. Like most of the BSG actors, Jamie is looking for other work and there may be another series in his future. But he is signed to nothing at the moment. Until I have word from his publicist or a legitimate entertainment news source, I'm choosing not to post anything about this. Please squelch any rumors should you hear them. We don't want him losing out on a job because of misinformation on a con forum.
proggrrl From: proggrrl Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Thanks! I knew you'd know better... *g*
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