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Episode 99 – All Washed Out

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).

It’s another long one.

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Space City Comic Con Rebrands as Fandom Galaxy, Weirdly Lies About It

Last year was kind of a mess for Houston based Space City Comic Con. During last year’s con there were massive issues which included guests getting written bad checks, organizers calling the cops on said guests, and a whole mess of issues with VIP passes. To say that people were a bit angry at the convention and organizer George Comits would be an understatement.

It looked like the end for Space City Comic Con, and they didn’t plan a 2017 event. We thought the con would fade into fandom memory until about a month ago, when new logos started getting uploaded to the con’s social media pages. The official Twitter account and Facebook page were both renamed to “Fandom Galaxy.”

Most people assumed that this was a simple rebranding. The con had historically cycled through a few names, and there was that whole lawsuit over their old one. Frankly (for obvious reasons) it was clear that the con would want to distance itself from past bad press.

But when people started to press the issue, whoever was operating the “Fandom Galaxy” social media denied being connected to the old convention’s management. This is only puzzling because, well, they veritably are. Continue reading Space City Comic Con Rebrands as Fandom Galaxy, Weirdly Lies About It

Space City Comic Con Screws Up VIP Tickets, Called Cops on Own Guests?

Most of our coverage of Space City Comic Con here at Nerd & Tie has been based around the pending lawsuit against them filed by the Houston Convention Bureau. Throughout most of that situation, the event has often been portrayed as the underdog.

Well, apparently no one told “the underdog” that they’re supposed to also be likable.

While details are still trickling out, this year’s Space City Comic Con (which was held over last weekend) was the epicenter of a pretty solid clusterf*ck of convention management incompetence, which included Sons of Anarchy cast members (who were heavily promoted guests at the con) arriving at their hotel to find the rooms weren’t reserved under a valid credit card, and later discovering that their appearance fee checks were written from an inactive bank account. When said guests of honor confronted organizers, Space City Comic Con’s promoter reportedly called the cops claiming he was being held hostage.

This isn’t even mentioning the fact that purchasers of VIP tickets (who literally spent thousands of dollars) found their photo vouchers invalidated at the convention, and a staff wholly unprepared to give them the promised perks their hefty admittance fees promised.

The entire situation is complex and amazing, and Ava Jade has a much better write up you can check out about exactly what happened. The convention has spent the last few months gathering nothing but goodwill with their legal battle, and how they chose to bizarrely throw all of it away (and then some) by bungling their con so badly is downright confounding.

Via Ava Jade

Episode 74 – Bucking Tradition

On this episode of Nerd & Tie, CBS and Paramount have decided to settle the Axanar lawsuit , there’s a bit of Captain America controversy, Geoff Johns has been put in charge of the DCEU, Emerald City Comicon is getting sued, Anime Expo reverses Background check policy for vendors, Space City Comic Con has a bizarre guest/vip pass fiasco on a massive scale, and our roadshow continues to hit more cons!

And we read your letters too!

(Correction: In this episode we mistakenly refer to a set of proposed fan film guidelines as endorsed by CBS and Paramount — these guidelines are actually the ones Axanar’s producers are proposing to CBS and Paramount as a part of their settlement)

This episode was sponsored by Jeff Hartz

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The Houston Convention Bureau Has Filed a Restraining Order Against Space City Comic Con

So there’s a bit of a trademark kerfuffle going on down in the Houston convention scene. As we reported back in March, the Houston Convention Bureau is suing Space City Comic Con over their name. It seems that (while everything else in Houston gets to call itself Space City) the Bureau has a very specific trademark when it comes to conventions.

Normally this would be a pretty boring situation, except that Space City Comic Con has literally been using the name for years, and the Bureau has seemingly only decided to enforce their trademark now that they’ve become a major investor in competing show Comicpalooza.

So yeah, it may be within the Bureau’s legal rights, but it’s also super f**king douchey.

And they aren’t just looking to get Space City Comic Con to stop using the name – the Bureau is also seeking profits from all previous years that the convention was using the Space City name. If the Bureau wins, this could literally risk the future of Space City Comic Con going forward (which would heavily impact Houston’s tourism revenue).

But hey, who ever said the Houston Convention Bureau gave a crap about conventions taking place in Houston?

The newest development in this ridiculous spat (which does literally nothing but make Comicpalooza look bad) is that the Convention Bureau has filed for a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent Space City Comic Con from using the name going forward. While it went in front of a judge yesterday afternoon, it has yet to be ruled on.

If granted, Space City Comic Con would have to immediately stop using the name they’ve had for years. As the con is only scheduled for a month from now, likely many materials have already been printed for the convention and redesigning and reprinting would likely be a large financial burden for the event.

Apparently no one told the Houston Convention Bureau that just because they can act like a bunch of douchecanoes doesn’t mean they should. I mean, it’s not like the Convention Bureau literally waited years to address this, and that waiting an extra month to deal with it wouldn’t kill them (and might help further local tourism revenue and the economy).

Oh, wait.

Update: It looks like Space City Comic Con gets to keep its name (for now) as a judge has chosen to not prevent them from using it this year.

Via Houston Chronicle

Episode 69 – Just a Second (Season)

On this episode of Nerd & Tie, it’s all about second seasons. Supergirl‘s been renewed for one, Daredevil‘s has now premiered on Netflix, and Attack on Titan‘s has been delayed. Besides that, we discuss the announced fifth Indiana Jones film, Space City Comic Con lawsuit, and new developments in the Geek Girl Chicago/Ron Ladao incident.

And we’re all adults. We can see the episode number. Let’s move on.

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Houston Convention Bureau Suing ‘Space City Comic Con’ Over Trademark

Trouble’s brewing down in the lone star state, as the Houston Convention Bureau has filed a lawsuit against Space City Comic Con over a 2004 “Space City” trademark.

For those of you who don’t know, pretty much every business and their dog likes to use the phrase “Space City” in their name or motto in Houston. The Houston Convention Bureau has a very specific trademark on the phrase “Space City,” where it’s used to promote tourism, business and conventions though.

What’s strange though is that while ‘Space City Comic Con’ hasn’t always used that moniker, they have used it since 2012. It seems strange that the Houston Convention Bureau is only now going after Space City Comic Con.

…well, unless you put your tinfoil hat on.

You see, last year the Houston Convention Bureau invested in Comicpalooza, which is only scheduled for a month later. That they suddenly have a horse in the race makes it feel like this is an action specifically designed to take down a competitor.

But even if that’s true, the trademark still exists, and the Houston Convention Bureau does need to defend it. The real question will be whether or not the term is generic enough to save Space City Comic Con.

Honestly, this whole thing’s a mess.

Via Houston Chronicle