So There Won’t Be a 2017 Nerd & Tie Expo

Hi folks, I don’t like coming to you with bad news, but there’s not really any way to beat around the bush on this one. It’s with a lot of disappointment that we have to announce that there will be no 2017 Nerd & Tie Expo.

We had a great time in 2016, and while attendance was lower than we hoped, we felt the con was a big success honestly. We expected the first year con to lose money, so that wasn’t really a problem. Unfortunately, with the loss of the Plaza Hotel as a possible venue and the ongoing lawsuit brought by AnimeCon.org CEO Ryan Kopf against us, we had to look at a lot of hard realities we hadn’t counted on.

The fact is, we just don’t have the budget to put on another show in any of the available venues where we’d have any chance of breaking even. Either we’d have to limit our size too much in what we could offer, or the price was too high. We just don’t feel confident we could deliver an experience close to what we gave you the first time around.

And that sucks.

In the next week we’ll finally get around to posting the long promised official photos from the Nerd & Tie Expo. Hopefully, once the dust has settled (and we’re not forking out all available cash to our lawyer) we can bring back this amazing event.

We love you, and when we see you at cons we don’t run, please don’t be a stranger. If you’re willing to help contribute to our legal fund, you can do that too.

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 writes and draws the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which 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.”