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Episode 86 – You Can’t Go Back Again

On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss The Inhumans hitting the small screen, Hayao Miyazaki coming out of retirement (again), react to the American Ghost in the Shell trailer, consider the new series Neil Gaiman is developing for Fox, and put our heads together about the possibility of a Snowpiercer television series. We also talk about what a disaster Rewind Con apparently turned out being, and Nick went to Daisho Con.

Also, Pher has a very important announcement about his future at Nerd & Tie. It’s a big deal.

Episode 61 – In Constant Pain

On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Gen Prock is sitting in for Nick Izumi (who is off rehearsing a play). We tackle the full cast announcement of the revived MST3K, Frank Miller’s bizarre desire to make a fourth Dark Knight installment, the trailer for Captain America: Civil War, Supergirl getting a full season order, Kevin Bacon shopping around a new Tremors TV show, and what happened when Pher and Gen went to Daisho Con.

It’s super fun.

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Episode 60 – TV Like It’s Nineteen Ninety-Nine

On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we talk about the announcement of a new Star Trek TV series, MST3K’s Kickstarter return, ‘His Dark Materials’ being adapted by the BBC, NekoCon going insane, the amazing INDYpendent Show, and how Nick and Pher and going to Daisho Con.

The gang’s finally all here too.

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Episode 35 – Video Unavailable

On this episode, we talk about the Jurassic World Trailer, the Episode VII trailer, Oscar Isaac’s casting as Apocalypse, Constantine’s order getting cut, Guillermo del Toro’s Justice League Dark script, Wonder Woman getting a woman director and, finally, our trip to Daisho Con.

We did a video version for this episode, but I (Trae) had my computer crash before it could be saved — so let’s just be glad the audio version survived, okay?

This has been a stressful evening.

Special: Live at Daisho Con 2014!

On this very special live episode of Nerd & Tie, recorded live at Daisho Con 2014, we devote the show to you, the listener. That’s right, it’s our first feedback special, where we answer your letters and directly respond to members of the audience live at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells!

It’s exciting!

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Find Nerd & Tie at Daisho Con 2014!

Nick, Pher and myself will be all over Daisho Con starting tomorrow in the Wisconsin Dells. The Kalahari Resort shall, indeed, be our geeky playground. We thought we’d tell you where to find us at the event though, in case you also happen to be there. We have days and times for our events, but not rooms – so please check the event guidebook.

Where to find all three of us:

9:00AM Sunday: Nerd & Tie LIVE!
We’re doing a live version of the show in front of whoever feels like getting up that early with us Sunday morning! This is our listener feedback special (and not a regular episode), so we’ll answer questions from the audience and anything you send in to our contact form before Sunday morning. It should be a ton of fun, mostly because of how out of it Nick and I expect Pher to be.

Where to find Nick and Pher

Pher and Nick will be doing various Otaku Tonight events throughout the conventions — and here’s what they are:

10:00PM Friday: One Night Stand (Up)

10:00AM Saturday: Match Game

3:30 PM Saturday: The Guy with the Secret Kung Fu

8:00PM: Saturday: Otaku Tonight with Professor Pher

9:00PM Saturday: Whose Line is it Anime?

Finally, I (Trae) will be in the Artist Alley for most of the event. So if you want to find me and it’s daylight, that’s where I’ll be.

Episode 34 – Kind of a Downer

This episode kind of slips down the depressing rabbit hole, as we discuss the closing of Anime Web Turnpike, Rhode Island Comic Con’s disasterfest, Awesome Con Milwaukee’s cancellation, Episode VII’s mediocre title, Batman’s origin getting rehashed again, and the loss of TV legend Glen A. Larson.

On the upside, Margot Robbie might be Harley Quinn?

That’s all we got.

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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.

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‘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