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Episode 104 – The Rainwater Blues

On this episode of Nerd & Tie we make our triumphant return to video! We talk about the Anime News Network hack, Disney planning its own streaming service, and Netflix buying Millarworld. Then we head to the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions is at it again (and using a different name), five GeekGirlCon staffers have quit claiming “reverse racism,” and Otakon had a rain drainage system dump all over their artist alley.

Yeah, that happened.

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Otakon’s Artist Alley Temporarily Closes Due to Rain Drainage System Overflow (Updated)

Earlier tonight, Washington DC based convention Otakon was forced to temporarily close their Artist Alley due to a broken pipe. It’s believed that due to a storm, much higher amounts of rain water than expected flooded the convention center’s drainage system, causing the pipes to burst causing the system to overflow and spill water through the event center ceiling.

Water ended up falling directly on artists’ booths, and convention closed the Artist Alley as water continued to pour in.

We’re not sure what will happen with the artists whose work has been damaged, but it does look like the convention was able to get the doors back open… even if the room’s still a bit wet.

We’ll update this story if we hear anything else.

Update (8/13 9:30am) We have confirmed a few more details about the situation, including that (as we were initially told) the water was from the convention center’s roof rain drainage system. Otakon has also informed artists with damaged merchandise from the incident that they will be reimbursed.

There have been rumors about people injuring themselves on the wet floor. While two people did have some minor dust ups (one twisted an ankle while the other slipped and fell), both were released by on site EMTs. As far as we know, no one required hospitalization. Otakon Artist Alley Co-Head Sarah Moulder released an extensive statement to this effect in a comment in the Artist Alley Network International Facebook group confirming this.