It's fandom vs. fandom engaged in epic, mortal combat. Well, sort of.
All was not well at the fourth and most recent Norwich Sci-Fi and Film Convention when police were called in to bust up a conflict between two rival sc-fi clubs.
A rival gang club attended the Norwich Star Wars Club's event. They'd come to get autographs from two former Doctor Who actors, and apparently a bit of bad blood already existed between the groups.
So why were the police called? Well, according to a spokesman, there were reports of a man being assaulted at the convention. But did that really happen?
After a lengthy investigation, talking to witnesses and reviewing good CCTV footage, it was confirmed that there was no assault.
We're guessing one of two things occurred -- either there was a lot of smoke but no fire or, as with so much high school fighting, everyone just played dumb when the teacher turned up.
In either event, the two clubs were "advised to keep out of each other's way" by the police.
According to the treasurer of Norwich Sci-Fi Club, Jim Poole, "It's a bit sad and pathetic. We're all in the same boat. We're not in competition," adding, "We'd like to extend the hand of friendship."
Meanwhile, secretary of rival Norwich Star Wars club Dominic Warner played the event down, saying, "It's been blown up as if it was a fight. There was no fighting." Still, he acknowledges there had been disputes between the two groups in the past. Fortunately for all, Warner also says discussions have begun to resolve their differences.
So you can climb out from underneath your desks, kids. The apocalypse has been averted ... for now.
(via The Huffington Post)