Multiple Rewind Con Guests Still Haven’t Been Paid, Owner Has Filed For Personal Bankruptcy

You may recall that Rewind Con, a first year convention held in Chicago in November, turned out to be an absolute clusterf*ck in convention management. In our earlier piece on it, I speculated that the convention must be having a hard time paying their guests.

Well, turns out I was spot on with that.

TMZ is reporting that while a few guests did get paid, many (including Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and Joey Fatone) did not. The convention promised to pay them a few weeks after the con, but then no cash ever actually materialized.

Rewind Con owner Jaymie Lashaway told TMZ that the convention had an investor back out of the event who was supposed to cover these costs, but it mostly seems like the event was banking on crowds that never showed up. Coincidentally, Lashaway seems to have filed for personal bankruptcy, which means that the guests are likely trying to squeeze water from a stone if they want to get paid what they’re owed.

Anyone who thinks running a con is a way to easy money just hasn’t been paying attention.


Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

2 thoughts on “Multiple Rewind Con Guests Still Haven’t Been Paid, Owner Has Filed For Personal Bankruptcy

  • December 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    PERSONAL MONEY INVESTED?! For fucks sake.

    • January 6, 2017 at 8:20 am

      They clearly didn’t follow Max Bialystock’s rules.


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