On this episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast, we discuss John Boyega joining the cast of Pacific Rim 2, Kung Fury 2’s apparent development, Sacha Baron Cohen being cast as the big screen ‘Mandrake the Magician,’ we let Nick talk about Voltron, a version of Vixen will appear on Legends of Tomorrow, and Pher went to 2D Con.
So we know it’s a bit late to say this, but right now the Nerd & Tie Expo Super Awesome Road Show TeamTM is at 2D Con in Bloomington, MN! If you come to the con, you’ll find our fine folks manning an ambassador table — and you can preregister!
Pher is there, so make sure you say hello! He also may end up hosting a tournament or two. It’s a fun convention, we’re fun people, and in this great big universe, what else could you ask for?
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, CBS and Paramount have decided to settle the Axanar lawsuit , there’s a bit of Captain America controversy, Geoff Johns has been put in charge of the DCEU, Emerald City Comicon is getting sued, Anime Expo reverses Background check policy for vendors, Space City Comic Con has a bizarre guest/vip pass fiasco on a massive scale, and our roadshow continues to hit more cons!
And we read your letters too!
(Correction: In this episode we mistakenly refer to a set of proposed fan film guidelines as endorsed by CBS and Paramount — these guidelines are actually the ones Axanar’s producers are proposing to CBS and Paramount as a part of their settlement)
On this episode we mourn the passing of Admiral Ackbar himself Erik Bauersfeld, rejoice in the LEGO Batman movie trailers, and question the petition to bring the R rated cut of Batman v Superman to theaters. We also jump straight into the con scene, remembering the Twin Cities’ closing Thunderbird Hotel, comment on the cancellation of yet ANOTHER Yourminicon event, lament issues with this year’s Karoshi Con, and celebrate Who’s Yer Con and the INDYpendent Show for being awesome.
Last night, multiple conventions were contacted by management at the Ramada Bloomington Minneapolis Airport (aka “The Thunderbird”) informing them that the hotel had been sold to the City of Bloomington and is scheduled to close in the next thirty to sixty days (followed by an eventual demolition in the proceeding months).
This is devastating news to the Minnesota convention scene, as the hotel is home to quite a few local conventions — including 2D Con, MLP-MSP, Anime Fusion, and Tol Con. This is especially damaging for the first two, as both 2D Con and MLP-MSP are scheduled for just over two months from now.
While MLP-MSP hasn’t made any official statements on the matter, 2D Con made an announcement on their Facebook page stating that they are currently looking for a new venue. While October convention Anime Fusion has yet to make an official statement on the matter, Tol Con (scheduled for November) has as well.
Hopefully all of these cons (and any others if I forgot one) can find a new home quickly.
Besides the four listed here, the “Thunderbird” has been the historic home of quite a few other conventions. It’s a part of Minnesota fandom history, and many will be sad to see it go. With one less venue available in the area, the impact this will have on the local con scene in the Twin Cities cannot be underestimated.