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Awesome Con or Daisho Con?: A Follow-Up Investigation

Author’s Note: This is a follow-up investigation to this article, which appeared on Nerd and Tie’s megablog on Friday, July 11th, 2014, written by Trae Dorn

Wisconsin convention culture has been a rather unique rabbit for the past thirteen years. The Wisconsin con scene used to feature a wide variety of sci-fi and gaming conventions such as Gen Con (before moving to Indianapolis), West Con, Mad Media,  First Contact, and others. However, by the end of the 90s, many of them had died off.  When Gen Con moved out of state in 2002, it left a gap that was immediately filled by a new generation of smaller conventions like No Brand Con. In years that followed, multiple not-for-profit cons sprang up across the state, all generally respectful of one another’s featured guests, events, and most importantly, con dates.

The cardinal rule of the con scene in Wisconsin is that under no circumstance do you encroach on another con’s weekend.

Imagine the surprise of the Wisconsin con scene, then, when it was announced that Awesome Con, a for-profit con that began in Washington, D.C., was moving to both Indianapolis and Milwaukee. Even more surprised, still, when it was announced that Awesome Con Milwaukee would be happening the exact same weekend as an already-established Wisconsin convention, Daisho Con.

Continue reading Awesome Con or Daisho Con?: A Follow-Up Investigation

DashCon: A Perfect Storm of Incompetence

There are good cons and bad cons. There are cons that work and cons that don’t. There are cons that succeed and cons that fail. But every once in a blue moon something remarkable comes along. A unique alignment of the stars allowing a very special kind of convention to happen. I’m talking about a true “disaster con.”

And in this case, I’m talking about DashCon. From all reports DashCon may be the most mismanaged, poorly planned event we’ve seen in quite a while.

Or at least since Kaze Con, but that’s a different story. Continue reading DashCon: A Perfect Storm of Incompetence

‘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

Episode 21 – A Meandering Mess

We attempt to get the episode in some sort of orderly fashion, but barely manage coherance. We talk about the death of Star War’s expanded universe, more details about Episode VII, Wolverine’s upcoming “death,” our thoughts on Amazing Spider-Man 2, Community’s cancellation, Gotham’s new trailer, No Brand Con 2014 and Cherry City Comic Con show us all how NOT to do convention PR.

And we let Nick talk about Cardcaptor Sakura.

Because.

Further Reading:
More on the Cherry City Comic Con debacle.

Nerd & Tie at No Brand Con!

So this weekend the Nerd & Tie crew is headed to No Brand Con in Eau Claire, WI. We, of course, will be doing another “Nerd & Tie LIVE” show like we did at Daisho Con, but Nick, Pher and Trae will be doing a bunch of other stuff too while they’re there.

And here’s the full list! In this list, you may notice a nice five hour block on Friday Night (9pm-2am) where No Brand Con’s No Mercy Room is taken over completely by Nerd & Tie.

You should be there.

Because it’s important.

Where to find Nick, Pher and Trae!
Nerd & Tie LIVE!
Friday 10:30PM, No Mercy Room
This is the big show. The live recording of the podcast. If you skip this while at No Brand Con, you will have missed out on the best thing ever.

Where to find Nick and Pher!
Whose Line is it Anime?
Saturday 2:00PM, Main Programming

One Night Stand (Up) with Otaku Tonight
Saturday 11:00PM, Multipurpose Room 2

Where to find Nick and Trae!
No Brand Con Cosplay Contest!
Saturday 7:00PM, Main Programming
Nick and Trae are hosting!

Where to find (just) Nick (and maybe some other non-Nerd & Tie folks)!
4th Impact You Can (Not) Be Serious
Friday 9:00PM, No Mercy Room

Moon Cosmic Power Wake Up
Saturday 10:00AM, Subprogramming

Censoring Sakura
Saturday 4:00PM, Main Programming

Hellsing Unabridged
Saturday 11:00PM, No Mercy Room

Music of the Stars: A Look At Macross
Sunday 10:00AM, Main Programming

Kikaider: Pinocchio the Robot
Sunday 12:00PM, Subprogramming

Gundam: 35 Years Later
Sunday 2:00PM, Subprogramming

Where to find (just) Pher (and maybe some other non-Nerd & Tie folks)!
Man Auction
Friday 6:00PM, Subprogramming
You can buy Pher! With moneys!

Where to find (just) Trae (and maybe some other non-Nerd & Tie folks)!
HANZO THE RAZOR: SWORD OF JUSTICE
Friday 11:59PM, No Mercy Room

How to art?
Saturday 1:00PM, Main Programming

Episode 19 – Insert David Goyer Joke Here

On this episode we talk about Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, the current arc on Agents of SHIELD, David S. Goyer’s comments on the (lack of a) DC Cinematic Universe, Battlestar Galactica getting a reboot, Amazon buying Comixology, the upcoming No Brand Con, and we let Nick talk about… Megan Fox?

Yep. This is a thing.

A thing that has happened.

Episode 18 – Textbook Sassypants Discovery Manual

On this episode, we talk about three conventions (Kitsune Kon, Karoshi Con and The INDYpendent Show), Shaq Fu 2, first looks at Gotham, set photos from Age of Ultron, the new Ninja Turtles Trailer, and we let Nick talk about Gundam.

And we swear the title will make sense, too.

Episode 15 – Muted Fury

On this installment we talk about Anime Milwaukee, 90s’ TV Flash is joining the cast of the CW’s Flash, DC Animation getting a new shared universe, a US remake of the UK series Utopia, Gargoyles showing up on Youtube, and lawmakers in New Jersey are trying to rename the Sea of Japan.

You read that right.

Also, Pher has lost his voice, so you’ll be getting a lot of Trae and Nick this episode.

Episode 13 – Off the Rails

On this convoluted (yet excellent) episode we talk about the Star Wars canon getting rewritten, Sailor Moon’s new anime, Gotham isn’t the show we hoped it would be, Hank Pym gets cast in Ant Man, Man of Steel 2 is a mess, and CHI FI is cancelled.

Yeah, that last one is a bit of a mess.

Episode 10 – Routh’s Still Relevant

On this amazing installment, we review Daisho Con, finally talk about the 50th Doctor Who special for realsies, Man of Steel 2’s Wonder Woman gets cast, Singer hints at Mr. Torso Extension himself “Apocalypse” showing up in the X-men films, Aki Con is the worst convention ever to unfunny and depressing degrees, and we answer your emails.

Also, Brandon Routh is totally still relevant and we love him.

And his tiny red shorts.