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Episode 77 – Vanishing into the Ether

On this episode of Nerd & Tie (after we finish talking about Pokemon Go and get to the actual content) we talk about Star Trek‘s Abramsverse getting renamed the “Kelvin Timeine,” John Cho’s version of Hikaru Sulu being confirmed as gay (and all the fall out associated with it), Pacific Rim 2 finally getting a release date, Netflix greenlighting a remake of Lost in Space, how the Tetris movie will be the first in a trilogy, and how Sukoshi Con has cancelled all of their future conventions.

That’s right, Sukoshi Con is done forever.

Also, go Team Valor.

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Sukoshi Con Cancels All Future Cons Including Louisville Anime Weekend

Sukoshi Con’s “Louisville Anime Weekend” was originally scheduled for July 29th-31st at the Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel and Conference Center in Louisville, KY. With less than a month to go before the convention though, on Tuesday Sukoshi Con deleted their Facebook pages, pulled down their websites, and announced via Twitter that the event (and all future Sukoshi Con events) were cancelled.

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For the most part things have been silent from the organization since then, but here’s where things get strange.

As I said, initially the websites for Sukoshi Con and Louisville Anime Weekend disappeared into the ether on Tuesday. Weirdly though, both have now reappeared as of this morning. Even stranger, at the time we’re writing this, the official website for Louisville Anime Weekend is still accepting preregistration with no visible indication that the convention has been cancelled.

This is likely a technical oversight, but it’s concerning that a casual visitor to their webpage might mistake the convention for an active one.

It’s been a strange year and a half for James Carroll’s Sukoshi Con. Some of you may remember the weird saga of their Anime Southwest convention (in Denver oddly enough), where the con had to relocate hotels, multiple guests cancelled, and drama abounded — but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In the last year and a half, the organization has cancelled four of their eleven planned events — including last years Louisville Anime Weekend.

We’ve heard rumblings of financial issues within the convention, though they have yet to be confirmed. It’s safe to say though that none of Sukoshi Con’s events are likely to come back.

We reached out to Sukoshi Con organizer James Carroll via Facebook message for comment, but have not yet received a response.

What Exactly Is Happening With Anime Southwest?

There are a lot of open questions surrounding Anime Southwest, the convention being run by Sukoshi Con this April 29th through May 1st in Denver, CO. While from the outside things initially looked hunky dory, in the last few weeks everything seems to have gone sideways for the con.

It started when the convention lost its venue. Out of nowhere the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast decided it no longer wanted to host the event, and Anime Southwest had to scramble (finally landing at the Ramada Plaza Northglenn).

We’ve had sources tell us (and at least one person claim publicly) that the Raddison told them the venue cancellation was due to nonpayment. Anime Southwest head James Carroll denied this in the official statement put out by Anime Southwest’s staff. He insists that the Raddison actually cancelled the booking because of a bizarre misunderstanding about what exactly takes place at an Anime con rave.

If that’s true, that is about the weirdest thing I have ever heard.

After this shift, a large number of guests cancelled, including Horsedeer Productions, Laura Post, Lisle Wilkerson, Marissa Floro, Martin Billany, Steve “Warky” Nunez, and Warumono. You may be asking yourself why the venue shift within the same metropolitan area triggered this exodus of guests. It’s the sort of thing that’s downright baffling.

This is because it probably had nothing to do with the venue change at all.

One former Anime Southwest staffer told us that multiple people also quit the event around the same time, including at least one member of the guest relations team. While Carroll’s aforementioned statement claims staffers were fired, I was assured that this was not the case.

It was this staff upheaval that supposedly caused the loss of a large percentage of the convention’s guests.

Why exactly these staffers quit I leave to speculation, and I’m not sure if there’s a lesson here. In many ways I’m left with more questions than I began with. But maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, as we’re talking about a convention called “Anime Southwest” held in Denver… a city generally not considered to be in the Southwest.

Ponder that.