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Say "NO!" to Colorado Springs Comic Con and the Tale of the Numbers Game.

If you are a local resident to the state of Colorado, you probably know that our beautiful mountainous state is home to many conventions covering a variety of mediums from arts, cars, alcohol, to even the "nerdy" types such as sports, anime, and comic books. It doesn't matter where your interests lie, there is something for everyone.

Colorado Springs Comic Con is one of those events, but it is also the only one we have come across that does not want to support local businesses, especially if your business does not fit in with their skewed viewpoint of what qualifies your business worthy of their time.

Those of you who are familiar with us will know that we have covered many conventions over the last few years. We have released a wide array of videos, blog posts, photos, and launched a podcast earlier this year titled "Pop Culture Therapy" where we talk about all things pop culture, including our experience with the conventions we have attended.

Colorado Springs Comic Con, on the other hand, does not deem any of this worthy of their time. According to an email we had recently received on our Press application, we do not qualify to attend the convention as Press because we do not have 1,000 likes/followers on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Now I personally do not have an issue with our application being rejected, as that is the nature of the beast. Not every convention is going to accept us. We've been rejected by E3 and Anime Expo, and I'm okay with that. However, for this specific convention, we were rejected because we don't meet a superficial number off of social media pages that will be irrelevant in a few years' time. Not to mention numbers that could be fudged by creating a vast number of dummy accounts just to like the pages.

What is also frustrating is that they have allowed Press outlets to attend their convention who have done a single blog post that featured seven photos of the convention and the outlet only attended the convention for one day while another that only reviewed their experience through a single podcast. No photos, no video, nothing at all to document the convention itself outside of vocal verbiage. There was no proof they even had actually attended the convention.