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Wine Country Comic Con Planning Second Event in September

Following the path of Santa Rosa, CA’s Wine Country Comic Con has been one of the strangest stories I’ve written about in my time covering the con scene here at Nerd & Tie.

Surrounded by controversy, the convention did take place April 23 and 24 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, albeit moved from the large Grace Pavilion to the much smaller Finley Hall. With about three dozen tables and a fairly light attendance, no one would exactly describe it as a hit, but it is a thing that happened. Since then, many of us have been genuinely wondering if they would attempt to run a second convention.

Well, we’ve gotten our answer sooner than later.

While there haven’t been any formal announcements, we have confirmed that organizer Uriel Brena has started reaching out to guests inviting them to the next Wine Country Comic Con. The dates we were shown are is September 24th and 25th, 2016, less than five months away.

This choice of dates is interesting for a few reasons, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Continue reading Wine Country Comic Con Planning Second Event in September

Wine Country Comic Con’s Uriel Brena Allegedly Threatened a Cancelled Guest’s Agent

The saga of Wine Country Comic Con has been a complicated one to follow. From a whole bunch of fake Facebook accounts to stolen logos, controversy has surrounded it for a while. Then guests started pulling out one by one, with barely any still left attending the convention.

The latest chapter in this bizarre saga takes us down a slightly darker road. One of the agents for several of the cancelled guests reached out to us this evening, saying Wine Country Comic Con organizer Uriel Brena directly threatened their safety.

They claim that Brena called them earlier today, angry about the cancellations. After a brief exchange, the Agent claims that Uriel Brena said that “it would be a really bad idea if they or their family came to wine country as it could be ‘hazardous’ to them.”

Now obviously it’s a hard thing to prove, and we only have the agent’s word on this. But with the pattern of unprofessional and underhanded tactics surrounding Wine Country Comic Con, it’s hard to ignore. While I doubt Brena really meant the threat (assuming what the Agent says is true), anyone who thinks that it’s even remotely a good idea to talk to another human being that way has pretty questionable judgement.

Wine Country Comic Con is scheduled for this weekend, but at this point you really have to ask yourself — is it worth still attending it?

Episode 68 – I Ain’t Afraid of No Dudebro

On this episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about the new Ghostbusters trailer, Pacific Rim 2 has a new director, the Iron Fist has been cast, Nicholas Meyer has joined the writing staff of the new Star Trek show, Wine Country Comic Con is insane, YourMiniCon has cancelled more events, and Nick went to Plattcon.

He had fun.

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Wine Country Comic Con’s Bizarre Litany of Lies

Last week we published a piece on Wine Country Comic Con. A first year convention currently scheduled for April 23-24 in Santa Rosa, CA, we were alarmed to find they were using a fake Facebook account to spam groups and talk with potential attendees.

But the more we looked into this event, the more we discovered that this story went further than just the fictional “Frida Avila.” Wine Country Comic Con organizer Uriel Brena has constructed a complex charade of lies, fake staffers, and a whole bunch of weirdness.

This rabbit hole runs deep. Continue reading Wine Country Comic Con’s Bizarre Litany of Lies

Why is Wine Country Comic Con Using a Fake Account to Spam Facebook?

Like many other first year conventions, Wine Country Comic Con (April 23-24, Santa Rosa, CA) is trying to promote as hard as they can. Some people have complained about the convention spamming various Facebook groups (including the tip email that pointed us to this), but it’s not really surprising that a new con might get a bit overzealous when it comes to getting the word out.

What is surprising though is the person doing this promotion. The bulk of these posts come from the account of one “Frida Avila.” This is only notable because of one very important thing…

there is no Frida Avila.

“Frida Avila” is a fiction. A construct created to spam various accounts. While clearly a lot of effort has been put into crafting this fake persona (more than most people would bother with at least) it still immediately falls apart when one takes a closer look.

Which is, y’know, what we’re going to do now. Continue reading Why is Wine Country Comic Con Using a Fake Account to Spam Facebook?