On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we talk about Jenna Louise Coleman’s upcoming departure from Doctor Who, Pacific Rim 2‘s cancellation, the possibility of a new King Kong vs. Godzilla, Titletown Comic & Entertainment Expo officially canceling their 2015 con, MRAs filing a nonsensical suit against Calgary Expo, the MetaCon fistfight, Nick’s experiences at Coulee Con, and our ongoing Indiegogo campaign for the Nerd & Tie Expo.
We’re currently asking for $5,000, and it’s because we think that extra boost to our budget could really help us secure some great stuff for the convention next year. If we can exceed that though, we can find even more stuff to do too, so don’t view that number as a limit.
We’re really excited about this convention, and we hope you can help us make the best event the Chippewa Valley could hope for.
Uwe Boll is best known for making some of the worst films to ever hit cinemas and DVD shelves. Besides that, he’s also best known for that time he challenged various critics of his to boxing matches.
So, y’know, we’re dealing with a really mature professional here.
Anyway, Boll has been recently trying to crowdfund a film called Rampage 3. I was unaware there was a Rampage and a Rampage 2 already, but I also have taste. After a massive failure of an Indiegogo campaign for the film, Boll decided to run a Kickstarter to get the film done… and while it still has a few days to go, it’s nowhere near its goal.
And Boll is pissed.
Yesterday, he put out the following video (warning, NSFW language):
I’m not sure what “Wizard in the Woods” movie he’s talking about (although if Kung Fury‘s David Sandberg made it, I would watch the crap out of it), but he is apparently unaware that most people just don’t want to pay money to see an Uwe Boll film. Sure, they might stream it on Netflix or watch it on Syfy — but we all know not to give him actual money.
Hopefully Boll does make good on his threats and quit making films.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we remember the late Terry Pratchett, dive into Nick and Pher’s weekend at Kitsune Kon, lament CHI-FI’s inability to do PR or communicate, get amazed by the antics of Fantasticon Milwaukee, talk about the No Boys Dorm Kickstarter, entertain the idea of the “Con Man” webseries, and get confused by Mallrats 2 being a thing.
Also, Sony is screwing up the Ghostbusters franchise, big time.
On Tuesday, Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion rolled out an IndieGogo campaign for a new webseries written by Tudyk titled “Con Man.” By Wednesday night, it reached 200% of its goal. And the numbers keep going up.
So this is a thing that is totally happening.
Con Man is a webseries that will follow an actor (played by Tudyk) who had co-starred as the pilot on a science fiction show that was cancelled far too soon. Fillion will play the actor who was the Captain on said series. If this is sounding familiar, it should.
Fillion’s character will have gone on to great fame and success, but Tudyk’s character has been toiling in obscurity, making his living doing convention appearances.
And, as I have long insisted, the people running conventions are probably the most entertaining and weird part of any event.
Here’s the introductory video for the campaign:
You can find the Indigogo campaign here, and the campaign runs until April 10th if you still want to contribute.
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.
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.
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