In a week chock full of con-troversies, the Phoenix Comic Con suddenly asking volunteers to pay to volunteer has created a major rift in the local community with hotly tempered opinions on both sides. And now PCC director Matt Solberg has sent a letter to staff and volunteers making it clear these changes are because of labor laws,
Yesterday in writing about the glut of comics/media events, I wrote “There are too many comic cons.” But I was wrong, or at least not entirely right. There is always room for one more, especially in an under-served area like Pocatello, Idaho. Thus the excitement over the Snake River Comic Con, which is coming next […]
As we reported a few days ago, the New Years Eye themed con Marvelous Nerd Years Eve had a lot of problems: people didn’t show up, fans didn’t always get what they came for, exhibitors didn’t make any money, and cost overruns left some of the celebrity guests with checks that may or may not […]
It’s a little late but I’ve been in contact with Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows of The Devastator, we they are putting together a 2016 survey for how much money exhibitors made at various comic-cons across North America. It’s called the Devastator/Beat survey but Amanda and Geoff really do all the work – I just […]
And now a NEW wrinkle in the continuing con wars of the Terrible Teens! It seems that several conventions are now requiring volunteers to PAY to volunteer. An unusual situation to be sure, but one that perhaps has precedent and legal backing.
Marvelous Nerd Years Eve with Stan Lee, held this weekend in Dallas, is the latest show that over reached in its first year, drew far fewer people than expected, and has left a cloud of accusations in its wake.
Ever been the new guy in an unfamiliar place? Or have friends who don’t really like going to cons? The Nerd Out app for iOS and Android is on a mission to make the landscape of pop culture a more social friendly place. Nerd Out is an app all about sharing and attending events with […]
Here’s a good idea: Universal Fan Con, an event sponsored by Black Girl Nerds and The Black Geeks to offer an event that will offer representation for all fans. It will take place April 27-29th 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center with an emphasis on POC, LGBTQ and disabled fans and issues. Jamie Broadnax of […]
Rob Salkowitz has an analysis of the current financial maneuvers at Wizard World, including the $2.5 million financing by chairman Paul Kessler we reported on yesterday. Since our understanding of finances extends to the level of “Starbucks is more expensive at airports” you might enjoy his analysis: So, to summarize, Wizard has borrowed nearly $2.5 […]
Thing have been looking pretty turbulent over at convention company Wizard World, with cash flow problems and office shut downs, but chairman Paul Kessler, who has been on the board since 2013 and was named Chairman in April of this year, has just come to the rescue via financing agreement with his company Bristol Investment […]