On this fortnight’s episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the new Star Trek: Discovery trailer, Netflix making a Witcher television series, Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s twenty-nine city live tour, and then move onto the convention scene. And the con scene was busy these last two weeks, with Great Lakes Fur Con cancelling due to “Staffing Issues,” Duke City Comic Con organizer Jim Burleson putting his foot in his mouth again, and Space City Comic Con rebranding (and weirdly lying about it).
Albuquerque based Duke City Comic Con is scheduled to take place this weekend, but just over the last few days the con has managed to get itself in hot water. It all started innocently enough when the convention organizer decided to run a Mother’s Day promotion on the Sunday of the con. It’s a pretty straightforward deal: Mothers can get in free if they come with someone buying a full priced adult ticket.
That seems like a rather nice deal for attendees, and it’s hard to see how this promotion could possibly produce any controversy.
What it comes down to is the way Duke City Comic Con organizer Jim Burleson posted about it, and then how he reacted to the criticism afterwards. It really is kind of amazing how through basic ineptitude a potential PR coup can be transformed into an event’s PR nightmare.