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Indiana’s Doppelganger Conventions

I’m a regular reader of Tony Troxell’s blog Geeking in Indiana, as — well– I’m a geek in Indiana. Earlier today, a post on his blog reminded me of Indianapolis’s rather interesting problem: It is now hosting two almost identical conventions.

In 2014 Imaginarium LLC (a company based out of Florida) ran “Indiana Comic Con” for the first time. It was a surprising success for a first year convention, drawing a five digit attendance figure. Part of its success can be attributed to the region’s previous lack of a large media con (with all the high profile guest trappings), as Gen Con was previously the only other large scale event in Indianapolis.

It’s almost a year later, and quite a bit has changed. The calendar once vacant of attempts at running big media events has gotten a lot more crowded. Between trying to pay attention to IndyPopCon and the failed Awesome Con Indianapolis, you would likely be forgiven if you thought that next weekend’s Indianapolis Comic Con was the follow up to 2014’s surprising event.

But it isn’t.

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Episode 26 – Incompetence, Not Malice

On this installment of the podcast, we discuss the DashCon fiasco, the Awesome Con conundrum, and the hopes of the Nezumi Con Indiegogo campaign.

We also talk about the changes coming to Marvel comics with different characters taking up the helms of Thor and Captain America, Arrowverse casting, Harmony Gold not being awful for once, Homestar Runner coming back from the dead, and the expansion of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

It’s exciting.

An Open Letter to the owner of AwesomeCon.net

So we’ve written a few things about Awesome Con here on Nerd & Tie, but believe it or not this isn’t about that particular organization (sort of).

No, this is about one of you.

You see, while checking through our referring link report on Nerd & Tie, I saw a surprising URL listed: AwesomeCon.net

At least while I’m writing this, typing in AwesomeCon.net in your URL bar takes you to this article I wrote a couple weeks ago. And while I stand behind that piece (and Pher’s more even handed follow up), there is one thing I want to make absolutely clear:

None of us at Nerd & Tie purchased that domain name, and we are not in control of it. Continue reading An Open Letter to the owner of AwesomeCon.net

‘Awesome Con’ Is Not So Awesome, Steals Established Con’s Weekend

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