It Came From the 80s Weekend Erases All Social Media in Wake of Scam Accusations

You’d be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Scottsdale, AZ based It Came From the 80s Weekend. Announced in September for a March 13-15, 2020 date, you’d think the con would be in high gear promoting itself right now, but the convention currently seems to have absolutely no social media presence anywhere on the internet.

But this is just because they’ve deleted all of it.

If you’re confused, it’s understandable. This is not normal behavior for any convention. Our story starts a week ago, when we were pointed to a Facebook post by the page 8-Bit Zombie which alleged that the event was being run by O’Neal Pignani, and that the event was a “massive scam.”

Researching O’Neal Pignani, we found various accounts going back to 2013 accusing him of not paying contracted artists. While we have not verified any of these claims, we have confirmed that Pignani is the primary person behind “It Came From the 80s Weekend” and the magazine associated with it.

What initially piqued my interest though was that the convention, supposedly happening in Spring of 2020, didn’t have an announced venue yet. Guests names were being listed on the convention website, yet the only location listed is just the city. It was setting off pretty much every red flag you could think of.


Another interesting problem is the convention’s website itself. While I can type in “ItCameFromThe80s.com” into my browser, and we’ve confirmed it’s indexed by google, searching for the name doesn’t seem to bring up the site. We only found it because it was listed on the now deleted Facebook page and event.

With all of this building, we reached out to It Came From the 80s on Friday November 8th via their now defunct Facebook page. We asked about Pignani’s past and about the venue. According to Facebook’s read receipts, our message was read on Sunday at 4:17pm.

By Monday morning the Facebook page was deleted.

While we can’t speak to the motivations behind It Came From the 80s or Pignani, this certainly doesn’t look like a convention I’d risk putting money into. With no venue, no social media, and a website literally almost impossible to find, it’s safe to assume that this is not an event that’s actually going to happen.

If it does, I will be incredibly surprised.

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.”

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