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Episode 94 – Face Stabbing Reluctant Murder Dad

On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the forthcoming return of the old school Cybermen to Doctor Who, how Logan is a film that finally does Wolverine justice, Twitch’s decision to stream all 831 episodes of Power Rangers, and then we dive into the con scene.

And we dive deep.

It’s a bit complicated, because comic writer Tom Taylor won’t do US based cons anymore, Phoenix Comicon sent out a third party survey that got weird, Anime Fan Fest has called it quits, STX Brazos Comic Con is incommunicado with its debtors, and the internet lost its sh*t because a small collectibles show called Elite Con banned cosplay.

And for some reason, we didn’t have anything readable in the mailbag. That hasn’t happened for a while.

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Comic Writer Tom Taylor Cancels Emerald City Comicon Appearance, Will No Longer Do U.S. Based Cons

Current writer of Marvel’s All New Wolverine comic Tom Taylor has canceled his appearance at this week’s Emerald City Comicon. The Australian based writer announced the cancellation in a post to his facebook page, and also stated that he will no longer be accepting invitations to US based conventions.

The reason for this is because of the difficultly international travelers have been facing entering the United States since President Donald Trump took office. In his statement Taylor specifically said:

There have been reports of interrogation, phone data downloads, requests for social media accounts, returns and five-year travel bans and everyone from children to the elderly being detained. All of this has many people I’ve spoken to reconsidering or cancelling their US travel plans.

I’ve had friends and people I work with suggest I leave my phone at home, or delete my twitter account for a month before I come.

I refuse those terms.

My twitter account isn’t complimentary towards the current administration, but it’s far from inflammatory and shouldn’t need to be scrutinized to gain entry to a country where free-speech is so highly valued.

Taylor goes on to say that even if he himself, as a straight, white man, might not be subjected to these things, he can’t stand the thought of getting on to a fifteen hour flight and worrying his family while they wait to hear from him.

Honestly? I have a hard time blaming the guy. I also wouldn’t be surprised if more and more non-American convention guests decided to start staying away from U.S. based events.