Note: Does Trae sound like a dick in this article? He sure thinks he did. We’re leaving it intact, but please be aware — we at Nerd & Tie all think we were being a bit unfair on this.
A version of this first appeared on Trae’s personal blog.
So as many of you know, I primarily do conventions in two areas: Indiana (where I live) and Wisconsin (where I’m from). I’ve just recently gotten started at expanding into more Indiana events, but it would be an understatement to say I’m highly involved with cons in Wisconsin.
Mostly because I co-founded one of the older, still running ones.
Those of you who have read my blog over the years may have also noted I have a pretty specific philosophy when it comes to how people and organizations in the con scene should interact. I think cons should try to work together cooperatively rather than competitively, as a rising tide can lift all boats if we do it right. I hold everyone to a pretty high standard, and I view what we’re doing in building communities amongst those who haven’t so easily been accepted in society at large as kind of important. And while I am not wholly against for-profit conventions on any sort of principle, as I believe they can be run right, I also have yet to witness that many situations where for-profit outfits don’t come into regions like a bull in a china shop.
I can get a bit preachy, I know.
And Wisconsin has been a nice little refuge, with almost an entirely non-profit, fan run con scene. Even the largest con currently in the area, Anime Milwaukee, is managed with some pretty solid principles. Sure, not everyone is perfect – and conflict happens, but overall stuff has been pretty peaceful.
Cons work together, stay away from each others weekends, and have built a community unlike anywhere else I’ve been to.
Anyway, all of that should serve as background to how I’m reacting to a very particular email I received yesterday.
An email which has me a bit angry.
Because you know that bull I mentioned earlier? It’s just driven a truck through the china shop’s front window. Continue reading ‘Awesome Con’ Is Not So Awesome, Steals Established Con’s Weekend