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Episode 89 – 2016 in Review

Hey everyone, it’s time for our annual year in review special, where we talk about the best and worst things that came out over the span of 2016. We go through our picks for movies, new television shows, video games, comics, conventions, and things to come out of Japan. It’s a pretty broad scope. Before that though, we take a moment to remember the late Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who passed since our last episode.

Which is pretty damned sad.

This is also Pher’s last episode on the podcast, and we bid him a fond farewell.

That’s less sad, because Pher is still alive.

(This episode was sponsored by Paul Langland.)

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Multiple Rewind Con Guests Still Haven’t Been Paid, Owner Has Filed For Personal Bankruptcy

You may recall that Rewind Con, a first year convention held in Chicago in November, turned out to be an absolute clusterf*ck in convention management. In our earlier piece on it, I speculated that the convention must be having a hard time paying their guests.

Well, turns out I was spot on with that.

TMZ is reporting that while a few guests did get paid, many (including Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and Joey Fatone) did not. The convention promised to pay them a few weeks after the con, but then no cash ever actually materialized.

Rewind Con owner Jaymie Lashaway told TMZ that the convention had an investor back out of the event who was supposed to cover these costs, but it mostly seems like the event was banking on crowds that never showed up. Coincidentally, Lashaway seems to have filed for personal bankruptcy, which means that the guests are likely trying to squeeze water from a stone if they want to get paid what they’re owed.

Anyone who thinks running a con is a way to easy money just hasn’t been paying attention.

Via TMZ

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.

Rewind Con Was Apparently a Total Mess

So Rewind Con held their first convention in Chicago last weekend, and it was not exactly the success its organizers had hoped for. In fact, from all accounts, it was kind of a mess.

We’ve been following this con behind the scenes for quite some time, mostly because they rescheduled the even from September to November earlier this year. The schedule change was due to a switch in venues, and originally they put out a statement which directly stated that it was because the convention had grown too much — although they would later take that back and put out a slightly more vague one blaming “multiple factors with the original venue.”

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Original Statement on Left, Updated Statement on Right

That second statement matches closely to the one we received from Katz Public Relations on behalf of Rewind Con back in June (we were asking if preregistered attendees would get refunds at the time). But while the con’s staff seemed to be pointing at venue size, the ongoing rumors surrounding the con have been that they were unable to pay their original hotel. We haven’t been able to confirm that, though it wouldn’t be the first time a convention moved because they couldn’t pay their bill. In any case, size doesn’t seem to have actually been a factor in Rewind Con’s move.

You see, barely anyone showed up to the thing.

We don’t have exact figures, but people present have estimated numbers anywhere between one and three thousand attendees. And while any of those would be a respectable number for a first year convention, when you consider Rewind Con had between fifty and sixty guests (most of whom likely asked for pretty sizable guarantees) this event must have been a massive financial disaster. The only way the organizers could have paid those guarantees is if the money came directly out of owner Jaymie Lashaway’s pocket.

We’ve also seen reports of people who paid for the $300 VIP Passes not receiving what was promised, tons of reports of staff mismanagement, issues with paid photo ops, and a complete inability to put on a good show. Honestly, I could keep going for quite some time, but there’s a thread in the “Rate that Comic Con” Facebook group which pretty much says all you need to know.

Right now Rewind Con has announced shows in Dallas, TX (March 2017), Atlanta, GA (May 2017), New York, NY (July 2017), St. Louis, MO (July 2017), and Orlando, FL (January 2018). Honestly though, considering the complete and utter failure of their first event, I’d be surprised if any of those shows ever end up happening.