On this episode of Nerd & Tie we were live at Geek.kon 2014 in Madison, WI. We talk about the cast changes at Mythbusters, the complicated legal issues surrounding Ryan Kopf’s AnimeCon.org, details about the filming of Ant-Man, Jenna-Louise Coleman’s possible departure from Doctor Who, Peter Quill’s parentage in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and your letters.
We also interact with the audience a bit. Which is always fun.
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So as some of you may have guessed, Nerd & Tie is rolling out to Geek.kon this weekend at the Marriott Madison West in… Middleton, WI (the city limit of Madison is literally ten feet away from the hotel property).
Anyway, since the three of us will be doing lots of stuff around the con this weekend (including a live version of the podcast), we thought we’d put together a master-post (like we did for No Brand Con) detailing where you can find us.
Because we know you’ll want to find us.
Because we’re awesome.
First off, both Nick and Trae will be in (different) areas of the Artist Alley this weekend — Trae at his “Trae Dorn Productions” table, and Nick helping out “Ineffective Carnivore.”
Continue reading Find Nerd & Tie at Geek.kon 2014!
Update: Since posting this article, Chrono L.C. has registered with the State of Minnesota and the State of Illinois (not directly linkable – but easily found). The original article appears as follows.
The Complicated Web of Ryan Kopf, Chrono LC, Black Materia Inc and State Lines
This was all supposed to start simple enough: I was going to write a follow up on Ryan Kopf’s new ventures run through Black Materia Inc. I had discovered that Black Materia Inc was a completely seperate corporation from Chrono LC, and I was going to reveal who Kopf’s new business partner was.
I figured I’d be done with it under 300 words, and likely never think of it again.
But as I took my stroll through Google searches and public records, things started to feel off. Something wasn’t quite right, and I couldn’t put my finger on it. — so I kept digging even after I found the answer.
And what I found blew me away. Continue reading Do Some of Ryan Kopf’s Conventions Break the Law? Quite Possibly
So Minecraft conventions just seem cursed — or at least appear to be run by incompetents and/or scam artists. Unofficial Minecraft Convention “Mineorama” appears to be the latter, as it was cancelled a mere five days prior to the event last month and the organizers have vanished with the money.
Back in July, the “BebopVox YOGSCAST” dug into the situation, and released the following video:
It shows the depths of potential corruption involved in this bizarre, highly weird situation.
Since then, as Kotaku and PC Gamer have posted, the website has disappeared, the organizers have vanished, and over half a million dollars is unaccounted for.
This is the fourth bizarre situation to unfold around a Minecraft convention in 2014 alone (the embedded video above mentions them briefly, here’s more details on one of them), and I’m starting to think that said fandom is particularly cursed.
Yep, definitely cursed.
Thanks to Dillon Kaarstad and Jen Oven for the tip!
Update: It appears the list of Black Materia, Inc cons also includes Star City Anime in Roanoke, VA
Update #2: We now know a lot more about Black Materia Inc, and how some of Ryan Kopf’s business practices might be illegal.
Ryan Kopf isn’t a stranger to controversy. Even the tamest news about his events tends to be negative… and well… then there’s this. Needless to say, a google search for his name doesn’t bring up the most positive of results.
With such massive PR issues, you can understand why Ryan (and his company Chrono, LC) might want to be careful when entering new markets. That is likely the reason then that as he’s starting two new events, Anime Kaiju (Nashville, TN) and Taiga Con (Atlanta, GA), Kopf has decided to not operate under his better known AnimeCon.org name and instead a new brand: Black Materia, Inc. Continue reading Ryan Kopf Helping Run Anime Kaiju, Taiga Con under “Black Materia Inc.” brand
We haven’t been addressing the assault of a young cosplayer at San Diego Comic Con, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. The Golden Lasso has a really good article up on Convention Rape Culture if you want more to read on this subject.
Ryan Kopf and his company Chrono LC (which operates under the name “AnimeCon.org” and manages Anime Zap, QC Anime-zing!, Anime-SPARK!, AniMinneapolis, Meta Con, Con Alt Delete, and Anime Midwest) don’t exactly have the most sterling reputation. I won’t spend a lot of time rehashing stories that have made their way around the con scene, but you can just Google Mr. Kopf’s name yourself if you want to look into it more.
So if you were a part of the AnimeCon.org staff, knowing your organization’s past PR problems, you’d probably go out of your way to avoid creating any bad publicity or anything openly laughable.
Well unfortunately AnimeCon.org’s staff isn’t as smart as my hypothetical “you.”
You see, a guy named Daniel got banned from AnimeCon.org events — and I’m not here to debate that. I don’t know the guy, and maybe it was justified and maybe it wasn’t. The circumstances in which this gentleman got removed are not really at issue. No, what’s at issue is the message an AnimeCon.org staffer sent Daniel informing him that he was banned.
Because it is bizarre, overreaching, and wholly unenforceable. Continue reading Ryan Kopf’s AnimeCon.org Sends Weird, Overreaching Statement To Banned Attendee
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.
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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
So there’s been a lot of negative stuff on Nerd & Tie about rumblings in the convention scene. From the Awesome Con stuff (Part 1, Part 2) to the DashCon fiasco (dear lord that mess…), things have probably sounded pretty bleak.
So let’s talk about something else instead. Let’s talk about a great little convention trying to expand.
Let’s talk about Nezumi Con.
Nezumi Con started as a little student run con at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and I’ve been going there for the last two years. It may be small, but I’ve always enjoyed myself.
Well, they’re trying to grow, and they need money to do that. So Nezumi Con has launched an Indiegogo campaign.
Their goal is fairly reasonable at $4500, and the campaign will continue until September 5th. With this money they plan on running their standard January one day event – but long term they want to expand to a multiday con.
Look, with all the talk about corporate cons and amateurs making messes of thing, Nezumi Con is an independent, well run convention and they need your support.
So consider donating.
And being awesome.