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Denver Comic Con and ousted co-founder agree to mediation

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A town hall meeting planned for Sunday by Save Denver Comic Con was postponed after the convention’s board of directors and its ousted co-founder agreed to re-enter mediation.

Their dispute became public last week when Charlie La Greca, one of the founders of the nonprofit Comic Book Classroom and its program Denver Comic Con, launched to air his grievances against the board and rally support. In an open letter, he accused the board of removing him without explanation, mishandling $300,000 in revenues, and failing to live up to the organization’s educational mandate.

On Thursday convention organizers responded, spelling out their educational programs, denying any misuse of funds (and later providing a preliminary financial overview), and asserting that La Greca was aware he was precluded from serving on the board by his acceptance of a $10,000 contract position; that contract wasn’t renewed following Denver Comic Con 2013.

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Denver Comic Con board responds to co-founder’s claims

denver comic conResponding to accusations made by one of the event’s co-founders, organizers insist “Denver Comic Con does not need saving.”

A letter posted on the show’s website addresses many of Charlie La Greca’s allegations, most notably that he was unceremoniously forced from the board of the organizing nonprofit Comic Book Classroom and that $300,000 in revenues from the 2013 convention remain unaccounted for.

“Allegations of misuse of funds are wholly untrue,” the statement reads. “As an applicant for 501(c)3 status, CBC’s financial statements are a matter of public record; the 2012 990 form is on file with the IRS, and when the fiscal year 2013 records are completed they will be filed and will also be publicly available as a matter of course.”

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Denver Comic Con co-founder claims he was forced out

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Despite impressive attendance figures for its 2013 event, and even more expected for this year’s show, all is not well behind the scenes of the fledgling Denver Comic Con.

According to The Denver Post, co-founder Charlie La Greca claims he was unceremoniously removed from the board of directors of the nonprofit Comic Book Classroom, which organizes the event. The other founder, Frank Romero, has resigned.

“I set out my whole life to bring my passion and love of comics and geekdom to others,” La Greca writes in an open letter posted on the newly launched website SaveDenverComicCon. “I did not and will not give up on this organization that I envisioned and co-founded and so believe in. Nor have I or will I leave it.”

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