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Episode 114 – The Best and Worst of 2017!

It’s time for our annual year in review episode! On this edition of Nerd & Tie we tackle the best and worst that 2017 brought us in Movies, Television, Video Games, Conventions, and more!

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Episode 113 – Screaming Porg Edition

The holidays have borked up our schedule a bit, but here we are with another episode of Nerd & Tie! On this go-round, we give you our spoiler-free review of The Last Jedi, talk about Disney’s impending purchase of Fox, get freaked out by the Alita: Battle Angel trailer, and contemplate the ramifications of the San Diego Comic-Con v. Salt Lake Comic Con verdict.

It’s super fun.

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(Note: Some errors on Youtube have literally lost like ten minutes of time from this — so good luck. The audio version will be a much better experience)

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Jury Rules Salt Lake Comic Con Violated San Diego Comic-Con’s Trademark

The jury has returned a verdict in San Diego Comic-Con’s lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con. Unfortunately for the hundreds of comic cons across the country, they seem to have sided with the California juggernaut.

Where San Diego Comic-Con was after as much as $12 million, the jury only awarded them $20,000. Importantly though, the jury agreed that Salt Lake Comic Con violated San Diego Comic-Con’s trademark.

This could have massive implications for events across the country that use variations of “comic con” in their names. Frankly, it’s a generic term, and was long before San Diego Comic-Con’s owners Comic Con International applied for the “comic-con” mark. Salt Lake Comic Con is expected to appeal the verdict, and hopefully sanity will eventually prevail.

Via Fox 13, Deseret News

The Catoosa County Film Festival Changed Venues Hours Before Opening, Cancelled Halfway Through

This last weekend was the scheduled dates of Georgia’s inaugural Catoosa County Film Festival. Founded by Edwin Morgan III and “co-hosted” by Christine Millraney and Kevin Sexton, the guest list included Samantha Newark, G. Larry Butler, a number of Horror film actors, and enough minor characters and extras from The Walking Dead to choke a horse.

And as far as we can tell, things went terribly. Continue reading The Catoosa County Film Festival Changed Venues Hours Before Opening, Cancelled Halfway Through

Episode 112 – Nightmare of Nonsense

On this episode of Nerd & Tie Nick and Gen go it alone, as Skype decided it hated Trae just before the episode began. The two of them discuss Netflix’s renewal of Mystery Science Theater 3000, The CW’s firing of Andrew Kreisberg, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s departure from American Gods, Anime Boston’s lawsuit against Boston AnimeFest (with Trae chiming in in post-production), and how Waxacon wrote some bad checks.

It’s all very exciting.

Anime Boston Organizers Suing Similarly Named Event

The New England Anime Society of Somerville, organizers of long running non-profit anime convention Anime Boston, has filed a lawsuit against an event run by two former volunteers over their name. The other convention is technically called “Boston SouthCoast Comic Con,” but they’ve begun marketing the for-profit event under the name “Boston AnimeFest.”

We’ve posted the Boston AnimeFest logo above, and the con has gone so far as to register the domain BostonAnimeFest.com (which points to the Boston SouthCoast Comi Con site). The Anime Boston organizers are obviously concerned that potential attendees could be confused by the similar names. I don’t think I would have necessarily agreed, but after typing the words “Boston” and “Anime” this many times in a row, I’m a bit turned around myself.

It will be interesting to see how this shakes out.

Via BizJournals.com

Checks Are Bouncing For Guests Who Appeared at Waxacon

About six hundred people turned up for the first ever Waxacon in Waxahachie, TX on November 18th and 19th. Attendees got to meet guests like Corin Nemec, Olivia Hack, Kevin Duhaney, Jeff Parazzo, Christina Masterson, Philip Andrew, Jack Guzman, Philip Jeanmarie and Chuck Huber. With so few attendees present, it must have been a fun, intimate experience for fans. But here’s the thing, as far as we can tell none of those guests have been paid yet.

We’ve spoken to representation for multiple guests who appeared at Waxacon, and those who were supposed to see payment arrive via Paypal haven’t received what’s due to them. What’s worse is that we’ve confirmed that guests who were handed checks by the convention organizer Alex Betsill have seen them bounce. Continue reading Checks Are Bouncing For Guests Who Appeared at Waxacon

Episode 111 – Just Three Turkeys

On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we start by discussing how Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of Rurouni Kenshin, has been charged with possession of child pornography. After we all feel gross for a few minutes, we move on to the details surrounding the Lord of the Rings television series in the works at Amazon, Rian Johnson tackling his own Star Wars trilogy, and convention chain Wizard World’s financial woes.

Oh, and we all went to Daisho Con, and it was awesome.

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Wizard World May Not Be Able to Continue After 2018 Without Major Changes

Convention chain Wizard World has had a rocky few years, and things certainly haven’t gotten better. The latest “bad news” comes in their 2017 third quarter report, where the company has warned that there is “substantial doubt” that they can continue with their current model after November of 2018.

As reported by Newsarama, Wizard World, Inc stated:

The Company had a loss from operations of $4,454,857 and $1,182,246 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and the year ended December 31, 2016, respectively. As of September 30, 2017, we had cash and working capital deficit (excluding the derivative liability) of $1,176,034 and $1,514,182, respectively. […] We have evaluated the significance of these conditions in relation to our ability to meet our obligations and have concluded that, due to these conditions, there is substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern through November 2018.

Over the last few years the company has seen some major losses, and the company has drastically shrunk the number of cons they run (from 25 in 2015 to a planned 17 in 2018). But that rapid expansion had a cost, over saturating the market. I mean, they almost ran a con on a boat at one point.

One of the only reasons the convention has survived this long is because Chairman Paul Kesller infused $2.475 million in a deal with his financial firm Bristol. The company says they may be looking for similar, external measures to keep going, but without some internal changes (to bring in more profit), it’s like bailing water without plugging the leak.

Via Newsarama

Game Designer C.A. Suleiman Banned From StokerCon Due to Sexual Harassment Allegations

C.A. Suleiman was one of many figures in the role playing game industry to have allegations of sexual harassment come to light in the last few weeks. Though not really a household name, Suleiman is a game designer who has done work multiple game settings, including White Wolf’s World of Darkness and Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons & Dragons.

Some of these sexual harassment incidents allegedly occurred while Suleiman was in attendance at StokerCon, In response, Lisa Morton, President of the Horror Writers Association (which runs the convention), has announced that Suleiman is banned from Stoker Con 2018 and any other future event they run:

HWA/StokerCon has recently been made aware of a number of incidents that occurred at our previous events involving C.A. Suleiman and female attendees. In accordance with its anti-harassment policy as stated here – http://stokercon2018.org/393-2/ – HWA’s Board of Trustees have permanently banned Mr. Suleiman from attending our future events. We encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses harassment by any person at any of our events to contact us via the above-mentioned web page. We are dedicated to making our StokerCons and other HWA-sponsored events safe and comfortable events for all attendees.

This, of course, stands in stark contrast to another convention’s (poor) choices when confronted with a simliar situation. Frankly, it’s just nice to see a convention’s management doing the right thing, as shining a light on these situations is the only way to alleviate geek culture’s “missing stair” issue.

Via File 770