Old Tour Plan Suspended, New Tour Plan In The Works
PETER S. BEAGLE, CONNOR COCHRAN, CONLAN PRESS, AND THE LAST UNICORN SCREENING TOUR UNDER ‘ANONYMOUS’ ATTACK
An anonymous troll at “fansagainstfraud.com” is fixated on attacking Conlan Press, posting outright lies and wild misrepresentations in an attempt to injure the team, injure Peter S. Beagle, and interfere with the good work we are doing.
Thanks to several eyewitnesses and email correspondents we uncovered the identity of the culprit and have sued him for defamation in San Mateo County Superior Court. He dodged process servers for months, but was finally hit with our lawsuit paperwork on 7/15. Minutes afterward he physically attacked the housemate who had given him up, and got arrested and taken to jail for it.
Our troll failed to respond to the lawsuit in time and we were on the path to a default judgment and damages, but his attorney took advantage of a procedural loophole to get back in the game. Now he has filed a countersuit claiming that by publicly announcing his name in response to his attacks, we defamed him. He tried this same nonsense in at least one other lawsuit we know that was filed against him. It didn’t work there and it will not work now: we look forward to sharing the whole story with you after the court slaps him down for what he has done.
It is difficult enough to deal with all the problems caused by Peter’s medical issues and the (temporary) suspension of the tour without having to handle this as well, but that’s the internet age for you. It made the tour possible…and it also provides a way for cowardly jerks to be really annoying cowardly jerks.
Here’s the truth about Conlan Press: in 10 years we have delivered over 300,000 special Peter S. Beagle-related items to customers in 37 countries. In 2010, we produced the successful San Francisco theatrical premiere of Giant Bones, a play based on four stories from Peter’s book The Magician of Karakosk. In 2013 we added special events to the mix. Our Last Unicorn screening tour has played in more than 150 different cities in the USA, Canada, Germany, and Austria, and will be in more than a thousand additional theaters worldwide by the end of 2016. All this was bootstrapped with no crowdfunding and a staff that most of the time could fit on a single bicycle (i.e., Connor Cochran all by himself), and even at its largest would still fit inside a cheap rental car. The small number of items that have been delayed represent less than 1/10th of one percent of all our orders to date, and by the end of this year that number will be one-thousandth of one-percent.
In short, Conlan Press is a tiny but dedicated group of good people working hard to do good things for good reasons. We’ve pulled off miracles on a shoestring budget and we’re going to keep on doing so. No amount of lying and misrepresentation by someone afraid to share his identity with the public is going to change that.
If anyone wants to know more, or has an issue that needs dealing with, please call Connor Cochran directly at 650-267-9651, or else email Ashley Keefer, Conlan Press’s Customer Service Goddess (she chose her own job title) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE TOUR
When we started this tour, in April 2013, the goal was to bring Peter S. Beagle and a gorgeous digital print of The Last Unicorn to as many people on the planet as we could. The plan included shows in all 50 states and at least 19 countries. By the end of May 2015 we’d successfully made it to 30 different American states and eight Canadian provinces, putting on nearly 300 screenings in 153 different cities, with Peter at every single event. Over 60,000 fans attended these shows, and 10,000-plus signed up as free tour members.
And that, sad to say, is where Version 1 of the tour has to call it quits.
In June 2015 it became clear that Peter was having memory problems that needed medical attention, so we immediately stopped booking new shows and canceled his personal appearances at the summer screenings already announced in Germany and Austria. As of this writing his doctors still don’t know the exact cause of the problem, but it has become clear that Peter isn’t up to the demands of a heavy public schedule.
So all previous plans are off. After some reorganizing, Version 2 of the screening tour will go on…but without Peter in person at the shows.
The downside of this is obvious: fans won’t be able to meet Peter or get stuff signed at the screenings.
The upside is also obvious: if we aren’t limited to showing in one theater at a time, the screening tour can go to many more places and get there a lot sooner than before.
…so that’s exactly what we’re doing. But it’s going to take time to put a whole new worldwide screening plan together and implement it. Please bear with us while we do!
WHERE WE’VE BEEN SO FAR
Buena Park, CA
Calgary, Alberta [CANADA]
Carson City, NV
Coquitlam, British Columbia [CANADA]
Dodge City, KS
Edmonton, Alberta [CANADA]
El Paso, TX
Fort Collins, CO
Fort Worth, TX
Gloucester, Ontario [CANADA]
Grants Pass, OR
Great Falls, MT
Green Bay, WI
Halifax, Nova Scotia [CANADA]
Hamilton, Ontario [CANADA]
Idaho Falls, ID
Kamloops, British Columbia [CANADA]
Kansas City, MO
Kingston, Ontario [CANADA]
Klamath Falls, OR
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Langley, British Columbia [CANADA]
Las Cruces/Mesilla, NM
Las Vegas, NV
Lethbridge, Alberta [CANADA]
London, Ontario [CANADA]
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Los Gatos, CA
Montreal, Quebec [CANADA]
New York, NY
Newport Beach, CA
North Hollywood, CA
Oklahoma City, OK
Orland Park , IL
Ottawa, Ontario [CANADA]
Pacific Grove, CA
Red Deer, Alberta [CANADA]
Regina, Saskatchewan [CANADA]
Richmond, British Columbia [CANADA]
Rio Rancho, NM
Saint John, New Brunswick [CANADA]
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Ana, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Fe, NM
Santa Rosa, CA
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan [CANADA]
Sherwood Park, Alberta [CANADA]
Silver Spring, MD
South Dennis, MA
South Hadley, MA
South Jordan, UT
South Portland, ME
St. George, UT
St. Johnsbury, VT
Sudbury, Ontario [CANADA]
Thunder Bay, Ontario [CANADA]
Toronto, Ontario [CANADA]
Vancouver, British Columbia [CANADA]
Victoria, British Columbia [CANADA]
West Los Angeles, CA
Winnipeg, Manitoba [CANADA]
OFFICIAL TOUR HARDCOVER EDITION OF THE LAST UNICORN GOING TO PRESS
The official Worldwide Screening Tour hardcover edition of THE LAST UNICORN is going to press. Contents include the complete text of The Last Unicorn, a huge interview with Peter S. Beagle by Austin journalist Amy Gentry, a wild-and-crazy eyewitness diary of the tour’s first road trip by Rone Barton, a backstage history of the tour by producer Connor Cochran, 32 pages of tour photographs, and several other goodies. This is a special collector’s edition with extra-high-quality binding, and an incredible dust jacket design by Marcus and Sandie Almaraz (Marcus designed the movie posters for The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, and lots of other classic films).
This is the first hardcover of The Last Unicorn since 2007. List price of this special edition is $40, but until 12/1/15 the pre-publication price for Screening Tour members is only $20 plus shipping. Your copies will be specially-marked with the location and date of the Screening Tour events you attended. After 12/1/15, the tour member price will go up to $30 plus shipping.
The advance purchase price for non-members is $30 plus shipping. After 12/1/15 it will go up to full list price.
To place an order, just go to www.conlanpress.com.
To sign in to your Tour membership on the new and improved Conlan Press website, go to www.conlanpress.com and click on the words SIGN IN at the top right of the page. All you have to do is enter your user name (the email address you gave the tour when you signed up as a member) and the sign-in code TLUTOUR15.
To make sure no one else can get into your private membership, make sure you change your sign-in code right away after signing in by clicking on MY ACCOUNT at the top of the page, then going to YOUR ACCOUNT DETAILS.
Please note: you have to log in first to get your special Tour member pricing, discounts, and access! If you don’t, you’ll just see what non-members see. Also, if you believe you signed up as a tour member but you can’t log in for some reason, email email@example.com for help or call the company at 650-267-9651.
SOME THINGS YOU JUST HAVE TO DO
While we were in Seattle in November 2013 we got a special request from a mother in Boise, Idaho, who hoped we could bring the tour there before her terminally-ill 10 year-old daughter died. The girl’s name was Lula Coe, and the message from her mom said that The Last Unicorn had been Lula’s go-to film for comfort during her many long hours of chemo treatment. We immediately got in touch and made plans to add a Boise show in January.
Two days later Lula was hospitalized for an emergency procedure that she barely survived. Before that her doctors had said she had at least 6-7 months. Now it was anyone’s guess. Luckily, our next day had been scheduled as a break between our Eugene and Portland screenings. We scrapped that idea and, after finishing in Eugene, drove all night to Boise instead. We got there around dawn. That afternoon we put on a special screening for Lula, her family, and their supporters, and convened afterward at a local bookstore so Peter could do a reading and meet with folks before spending the rest of the evening with Lula. Special thanks to the Edwards Cinema 22 for lending us a free movie screen on barely 24 hours notice, and to Rediscovered Books for throwing a terrific full-blown author event just 18 hours after being called out of the blue.
What we saw and felt in Boise was amazing. We’re never going to forget Lula, her family, or any of the people who came together to make this happen.
Lula passed away on February 24th, 2014. Before she died she worked out all the details of her memorial service in advance with her parents, so people would know how she wanted it to be:
We are having an evening service because Lu’s made plans for you peoples. Also, there is a strict dress code:
No one is to wear black.
Brightest colors possible, please, though Lula is less approving of pink than yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple.
If you are wearing a tie, she prefers bowties.
Fairy wings are greatly encouraged.
Sparkles will be welcomed. In fact, if you don’t have any, you might be “given” some at the door.
Things mismatched are things to be celebrated.
True to form, she asked that people remember her by donating to help her 10 year-old friend Gideon Perkins, who is suffering from a still-undiagnosed lung disease. Peter, Connor, and the tour are all sending money and hope you will honor Lula’s request by doing so as well. Here’s the donation link: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-gideon-fight-chronic-lung-disease/111183