- Posted by Johanna on May 21, 2006 at 11:21 am
- Category: Comic News
Around 5 p.m., Michigan State Police, assisted by members of the Novi, Mich., police, raided an estimated 14 different booths in the hall, according to Con Promoter Michael Goldman. Novi officers were seen leading four dealers from the floor in handcuffs, and police said 10 additional dealers were escorted to police headquarters. Dealers were not arrested, but instead brought to the station to provide statements and officially surrender certain merchandise, one such dealer returning to the convention said. Several booths were back in business before the end of the day, police keeping any items on their warrant. … The sudden appearance of uniformed officers and agents wearing RIAA apparel in the hall — and the subsequent searching and complete removal of entire booths — attracted attention throughout the hall, and convention staffers fielded questions from many attendees. Motor City Con 2006 has more than 200 dealer booths and more than 250 creator and media guest tables — and while the number of raided booths was small, they were spread across the long hall, making the raid visible to most attendees. Convention officials said this is the largest Motor City Con in the show’s 18 years. Goldman told CBG that the Motor City Con exhibitors’ agreement clearly forbids the display or sale of bootleg items. A similar raid previously occured at Wizard World Philadelphia.
There’s more coverage and pictures at the link.
I have to wonder… why Motor City? Why didn’t I hear about what happened in Philadelphia? Will we see more of this kind of thing continuing this year? Was this show selected because it has a particular kind of dealer likely to attend, or helpful cops, or someone with a grudge? I’m just spitballing ideas here, but it doesn’t strike me as a major show, so i’m wondering what kind of message is being sent.