Category Archives: Convention News

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Aki Con Is At It Again, Sends Artist’s Personal Information To Random Person

Washington’s Aki Con seems to be determined to keep screwing something major up every year. We talked about their history on the podcast last year, but to sum it up:

  1. In 2012 they put their Artists and Vendors in a leaking, freezing garage.
  2. In 2013 they invited a convicted sex offender as a guest, who then drugged and sexually assaulted another guest… and then Aki Con staff blamed the victim.

So, yeah – they have a history. It may come as a relief to hear that this year all they’re doing wrong (so far) is mostly just being bad at their jobs.

Tumblr user MysticMagix has posted an extensive write up about their experiences trying to register for Aki Con’s artist alley, and it’s been a cluster f*** of incompetence on the part of Aki Con staff. You can read the full write up here, but the highlights include:

  • Contradictory instructions
  • Lack of any email responses
  • Taking the artist’s money while still rejecting the table
     
    And my favorite…
  • They were sent a copy of artist Sammy Ng’s contract, including all of Ng’s personal information

That’s right – Aki Con sent artist Sammy Ng’s personal information to MysticMagix for no discernible reason beyond straight incompetence.

Aki Con seems determined to get things wrong before the event even happens this year.

An Animinneapolis and MetaCon (Ex)Staffer is a Convicted Predatory Sex Offender (Updated)

Update: AnimeCon.org staffer Cay Combs has posted a response to this article stating that they were until recently unaware of Goodew’s history, and he has been banned from staffing their events.

Robert Goodew is a staffer for two (and department head for at least one) of Ryan Kopf’s AnimeCon.org events. He was the head of viewing rooms for Animinneapolis 2014 and on his Facebook page lists himself as working in Operations for the upcoming 2014 MetaCon. On Facebook he “likes” the WWE, Jason David Frank, and the “Baconator.”

More importantly though, Robert Goodew is a predatory sex offender who was convicted in 2010 for sexual conduct and contact with a 12 year old boy.
Continue reading An Animinneapolis and MetaCon (Ex)Staffer is a Convicted Predatory Sex Offender (Updated)

GaymerX Kickstarter Hits its Goal

GaymerX is putting together their third convention (rebranded as “GX3: Everyone Games”), and to do so they’ve been running a Kickstarter campaign to raise $80,000. With less than two days to go they’ve now exceeded their goal with more than 800 backers.

GaymerX held their first event in 2013 in San Fransisco, and their second year (held this last July) had an attendance of over 2000. Their third event is planned for either November or December of 2015, and will continue to strive for crating a more diverse space in gaming.

Which is, y’know, a good thing.

Via IGN

DashCon Rebrands as EmotiCon, Hopes You Won’t Notice

For those of you who don’t remember, DashCon will likely go down as the worst managed convention of 2014. Even with all of its issues though, DashCon 2015 was almost immediately announced for June of 2015, set to be held in Indianapolis instead of the Chicago suburbs.

And yes, I was kind of surprised by this.

What I’m not surprised by though is DashCon’s attempt to rebrand itself. You see, the organizers have smartly decided to disregard the DashCon name… and have rechristened the convention “EmotiCon.”

That’s going to be really difficult to find in Google. Continue reading DashCon Rebrands as EmotiCon, Hopes You Won’t Notice

Do Some of Ryan Kopf’s Conventions Break the Law? Quite Possibly

Update: Since posting this article, Chrono L.C. has registered with the State of Minnesota and the State of Illinois (not directly linkable – but easily found). The original article appears as follows.

The Complicated Web of Ryan Kopf, Chrono LC, Black Materia Inc and State Lines

This was all supposed to start simple enough: I was going to write a follow up on Ryan Kopf’s new ventures run through Black Materia Inc. I had discovered that Black Materia Inc was a completely seperate corporation from Chrono LC, and I was going to reveal who Kopf’s new business partner was.

I figured I’d be done with it under 300 words, and likely never think of it again.

But as I took my stroll through Google searches and public records, things started to feel off. Something wasn’t quite right, and I couldn’t put my finger on it. — so I kept digging even after I found the answer.

And what I found blew me away. Continue reading Do Some of Ryan Kopf’s Conventions Break the Law? Quite Possibly

Was the “Mineorama” Convention the other kind of Con?

So Minecraft conventions just seem cursed — or at least appear to be run by incompetents and/or scam artists. Unofficial Minecraft Convention “Mineorama” appears to be the latter, as it was cancelled a mere five days prior to the event last month and the organizers have vanished with the money.

Back in July, the “BebopVox YOGSCAST” dug into the situation, and released the following video:


It shows the depths of potential corruption involved in this bizarre, highly weird situation.

Since then, as Kotaku and PC Gamer have posted, the website has disappeared, the organizers have vanished, and over half a million dollars is unaccounted for.

This is the fourth bizarre situation to unfold around a Minecraft convention in 2014 alone (the embedded video above mentions them briefly, here’s more details on one of them), and I’m starting to think that said fandom is particularly cursed.

Yep, definitely cursed.

Thanks to Dillon Kaarstad and Jen Oven for the tip!

Ryan Kopf Helping Run Anime Kaiju, Taiga Con under “Black Materia Inc.” brand

Update: It appears the list of Black Materia, Inc cons also includes Star City Anime in Roanoke, VA

Update #2: We now know a lot more about Black Materia Inc, and how some of Ryan Kopf’s business practices might be illegal.

Ryan Kopf isn’t a stranger to controversy. Even the tamest news about his events tends to be negative… and well… then there’s this. Needless to say, a google search for his name doesn’t bring up the most positive of results.

With such massive PR issues, you can understand why Ryan (and his company Chrono, LC) might want to be careful when entering new markets. That is likely the reason then that as he’s starting two new events, Anime Kaiju (Nashville, TN) and Taiga Con (Atlanta, GA), Kopf has decided to not operate under his better known AnimeCon.org name and instead a new brand: Black Materia, Inc. Continue reading Ryan Kopf Helping Run Anime Kaiju, Taiga Con under “Black Materia Inc.” brand

Ryan Kopf’s AnimeCon.org Sends Weird, Overreaching Statement To Banned Attendee

Ryan Kopf and his company Chrono LC (which operates under the name “AnimeCon.org” and manages Anime Zap, QC Anime-zing!, Anime-SPARK!, AniMinneapolis, Meta Con, Con Alt Delete, and Anime Midwest) don’t exactly have the most sterling reputation. I won’t spend a lot of time rehashing stories that have made their way around the con scene, but you can just Google Mr. Kopf’s name yourself if you want to look into it more.

So if you were a part of the AnimeCon.org staff, knowing your organization’s past PR problems, you’d probably go out of your way to avoid creating any bad publicity or anything openly laughable.

Well unfortunately AnimeCon.org’s staff isn’t as smart as my hypothetical “you.”

You see, a guy named Daniel got banned from AnimeCon.org events — and I’m not here to debate that. I don’t know the guy, and maybe it was justified and maybe it wasn’t. The circumstances in which this gentleman got removed are not really at issue. No, what’s at issue is the message an AnimeCon.org staffer sent Daniel informing him that he was banned.

Because it is bizarre, overreaching, and wholly unenforceable. Continue reading Ryan Kopf’s AnimeCon.org Sends Weird, Overreaching Statement To Banned Attendee