Recorded before a live audience at the lovely Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, on this live episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the first Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer, let Nick fanboy about the Godzilla Resurgence trailer, continue to look closely at the ever living clusterf**k that is Wine Country Comic Con, roll our eyes at YourMiniCon’s mounting issues, and contemplate Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s title.
Oh, and we talk directly to some of you while you’re in the room — and try to start a rumor that Sean Corse of Famicom Dojo got mauled by a gazelle.
Live shows are fun like that. No Brand Con shows especially.
What’s happened with YourMiniCon in 2016 is, if anything at least, a cautionary tale of hubris. After running a successful Connecticut event, they decided to go on a massive expansion plan — announcing eleven more more conventions across the country.
But running twelve cons is a lot harder than running just one, and things soon fell apart. While the Connecticut event went off without a hitch again, before any of the new cons could take place, half of them were abruptly cancelled within weeks of their intended dates this January. This was followed by the cancellation of another four conventions in February. Finally, the last of the new eleven conventions was dropped off the calendar in March.
On this episode we mourn the passing of Admiral Ackbar himself Erik Bauersfeld, rejoice in the LEGO Batman movie trailers, and question the petition to bring the R rated cut of Batman v Superman to theaters. We also jump straight into the con scene, remembering the Twin Cities’ closing Thunderbird Hotel, comment on the cancellation of yet ANOTHER Yourminicon event, lament issues with this year’s Karoshi Con, and celebrate Who’s Yer Con and the INDYpendent Show for being awesome.
After running a successful convention in Connecticut, YourMiniCon went on an aggressive expansion plan to run an additional eleven conventions across the nation. But after running their second Connecticut convention, they began cancelling events left and right.
First they cancelled six conventions back in January — just weeks before one of the events. This was followed in February with the cancellation of another four conventions.
Out of the twelve events planned for 2016, only two remained (including the Connecticut event which has already taken place).
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.
Last month we reported that convention startup YourMiniCon had cancelled six of their twelve planned conventions. Well, things aren’t looking that great for YourMiniCon’s future, as they’ve now quietly cancelled four more events (without so much as an announcement this time), leaving them now with just two.
The cancelled cons include their Las Vegas, NV show (which was scheduled for March 5-6), along with their Colorado, Ohio and Louisiana cons. The only shows remaining are YourMiniCon Maine (currently scheduled for May 21-22) and YourMiniCon Connecticut (which already took place this year).
We spoke with YourMiniCon’s William Case earlier today over Skype, and according to him the decision was made because they are attempting to refocus on the East Coast. After practically nonexistent sales for the Nevada show, they recognized that they had tried to expand too quickly. He also stated that any ticket or booth sales from the cancelled conventions will be refunded.
Honestly, I think this is the right move for the company. Every region is different, and it’s difficult to integrate with so many con scenes at once. Hopefully they’ll be able to strike the correct balance going forward.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast, Trae and Nick are going it on their own (as Pher is unfortunately ill). We mourn the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, contemplate Steven Moffat leaving Doctor Who, consider Star Wars Episode VIII’s move to December 2017, skeptically consider Michael Bay’s future with the Transformers franchise, wonder where all the money is from TCE2, and talk about Yourminicon cancelling half of their conventions.
Yesterday we, probably for the first time ever, mentioned “YourminiCon Wisconsin” in a post. Well, anyone who saw that and suddenly decided “Hey, I’d like to go to that convention!” should sit back down — because as of an announcement last night, it’s not happening anymore.
The Madison, WI event was scheduled for February 6-7, which means this cancellation is less than three weeks out from the event.
Dropping this many events at once can’t be seen as anything other than a bad sign for the company. Yourminicon is a fairly new operation, having run their first con in 2015, and their attempts to initially run 12 events was exceptionally ambitious. The fact that they’re now scaling back to only six means one of two things: either they bit off more than they can chew, or money’s tighter than they’d like to admit.
We can’t really be sure right now.
Yourminicon has stated they will be refunding or transferring memberships and booth sales to other events. We’ll see how that turns out though.