Since someone brought it up in the Akiba Expo thread... does anyone actually know what state Newcon is in right now?
Last I heard all the staff had jumped ship once they found out the con head was either a crook or maybe just incompetent? The website seems like it is still going to happen but if there's no staff what should those of us who pre-registered expect?
It's going to crash and burn day of, but not in any dramatic exciting manner. They just won't have any money and the COO, Mike, will be three states away by the time anyone notices. He's a scam artist by trade but a pathological narcissist by nature. Mike has burned every bridge and instead of apologizing to people who could help, he just starts flinging shit and playing the matyr.
Sounds like it will happen, but will be a shitshow. The only staff left are the people who feel sorry for him or are sycophants. He's stuck with no on but promoted his girlfriend to 2nd in command and was talking shit about every person who managed to escape his failure.
>The only staff left are the people who feel sorry for him or are sycophants.
Plus a few who actually care about the con itself and want to try to make it decent. Not that I think they'll succeed, mind you, but not everyone left on staff is still there just because they're sucking Mike's dick.
Man I was there when Newcon was first in its planning stages. Then shit happened, left the scene for a while for my own reasons, and I've come back to the mess that is this shit. And really, I'm not surprised one bit it went this south.
Damn, the whole thing really sucks. I was excited to have a con in Portland that wasn't all western but I guess the wait continues.
How many people have actually bought badges? My friends and I thought about it but there's just too much shit surrounding it.
Pdx lolitas are trying to get Japanese guests apparently, that's what I've heard at least. Too bad they'll never get paid or reimbursed and will refuse to come to Portland ever again.
I heard that every single person who's involved in Newcon actually has an unholy sigil signifying their dark commitment tattooed on their body, but they all have it in a hidden place so that you can't tell until it's too late. Mike's is hidden on the bottom of his foot. Have you ever seen the bottom of his foot? Yeah, I thought so... Pretty fishy, if you ask me.
Furthermore, I heard that "Zach Marsh" of "Zachary Marsh and the Anime Hunters" (not his real name, nor has he ever really hunted anime) had to actually cut off a human baby's arm with a machete and eat it in front of Mike in order to gain his position at the con. And he just did it, too. No hesitation. Zach is rarely seen without his glasses but behind his eyes, he is dead and soulless.
I don't want to have to call out Sporkbot, but I do know that he has engaged in drug trafficking in Colombia in order to help finance Newcon and that kind of cartel activity RUINS lives, so... yeah. Not great.
I don't know who Benzin is but that name screams "actual time traveling German Nazi from World War II" and I'm pretty sure he has blonde hair and blue eyes, so you do the math.
Definitely not supporting this con full of shitty people.
I can confirm that I do have a dark sigil located on my body. We are among you.
How did you know?
Don't forget the blood rites of the actual convention. Every night they have to sacrifice a virgin in the basement to insure the life con.
Except last year, Mike sacrificed a line of coke instead of a con goer.
They've been operating illegally since before Newcon Mini. If they even had 501c7 status to begin with and that wasn't a lie Mike cooked up, you can't operate a charity in Oregon without a full board. Newcon Mini took place right after the mass exodus when everyone found out that Mike was skimming off the top of his renters.
From what I have heard/seen... Newcon is going down. This *will* be the last year. Don't give them a single penny, if you are running an event that requires newcon in any way to invest? DON'T.
I have heard from lots of different sources (ex-roomates, screwed over ex-treasurer, staff, and exibitors...) that Mike is sleezy times.
The lolitas were warned, but they didn't heed... so any negative impact this has on their community is a 'I told you so' situation.
Lucky for everyone the current leadership for Kumo is pretty top grade, they really want to make and are already putting tons of effort into Making Kumoricon 2016 (Halloween at the Convention Center) a High Tier event.
As a pdx lolita, I won't participate in the lolita fashion show this year, I won't buy a badge at all. I won't support this con at all
>planning on ghosting the con in a literal ghost costume
I hope the organizer Lolita does not get screwed over financially because of this, she can't afford to shoulder any giant bills
Good idea to skip this year, I really enjoyed last years Fashion Show, maybe we can get one at Kumo this year!
Last year's was a lot of fun! I enjoyed myself personally!
I agree, she can't afford it. But honestly, I don't think anyone would listen to me about this, especially if I said my source was cgl.
I just won't participate, I already plan on going, but only because I have friends going that I miss seeing
It would be great if we could do something at Kumoricon! I would definitely be down
We should just find out where the party room is going to be and then just trash it to spite mike.
Bonus points if someone finds his coke and makes him watch someone flush it all down the toilet.
Care to explain? I'm a bit slow, obviously.
I'm not staying at that hotel, but another one in Portland, the photog isn't buying a badge, neither am I.
It just happens to fall on the same weekend as Newcon, so why should I cancel? It's just a photoshoot somewhere in Portland, that has nothing to do with Newcon besides the same date
I might just end up swinging by to say hello to some old friends that will be attending
They haven't invested anything that they could lose/get screwed over for so even if newcon crashes and burns it will be fine. I think they are already working with Kumoricon but I could be wrong...
They made the con 17+ but half the con didn't require a badge and it was in a hotel all the way by the airport. Barely anyone bought a badge and there were still teenagers everywhere ghosting.
Does anyone know if the guests are still going? I can't find a mention of newcon on any of their social media. I wouldn't be surprised if they pulled out and Mike is still saying they are guests to get more money then will announce the cancelation a day before con.
There's more than 2 people in this thread.
Anyways because of this thread Mike is scrambling to prove he renewed the business license for Newcon because a bunch of people involved found this thread. Considering he's forged legal documents before, it wouldn't surprise me if he's completely lying to keep people on his side.
A bunch of comments about him cheating on his gf with her friend were deleted. I'm pretty sure it was just straight-up lies though, and I don't like people dragging others into this and making it personal drama.
So, back on topic of Newcon.
Were all the previous guests paid? Meepy says she was paid finally but she was also the most vocal. I know the person who covered the missing plane tickets + hotel rooms hasn't been paid back, and that's about $3k. Who else is owed money from this con?
I think for the most part the guests fron last year are paid. The staff probably hasn't been reimbursed for what they put in yet. And I don't know if they flat out stiffed the guy that gave them the karaoke equipment or not.
To the best of my knowledge people who spent money on their departments up front were reimbursed after Newcon Mini, though I know a few that haven't. I was, but that doesn't mean much since Mike caused my department a lot of shit.
The majority have to some degree or another but they were also stiffed parts of the stated prize packages. A couple people were handed cash equivalents to their prizes at Sakuracon, which is kinda shady but not illegal so far as I know, but others are still waiting.
Mods are deleting posts again but they're shitty and distracting from the actual thread. I'm glad the thread isn't deleted at least.
Also I guess people are noticing the lack of business license.
He's saying that it was "an oversight" and that actually it's not expired, it's being processed, it's not their fault etc. I've heard from multiple people that he's told them he has the a new license, not sure why he's changing his story now.
I love the fact that everyone posts shit about Mike, and talks about how he'd slander people.
But no one mentions that they'd gossip right along with him.
I'd hear everyone talk behind each others back, but now they all act like he's the only one who did it.
Something that's been eating away at me for a little while:
I've got a newer con friend I met through some other friends of mine, and she seems really nice and totally inviting. However, some of our mutual friends said that she's staff (I'm pretty sure, there's a chance she's just a volunteer though) for Newcon, and from what she says, everything is fine and running smoothly. Which is a stark contrast to this thread.
I guess I'm wondering what your guys' opinion on it is? Is this thread a bit exaggerated via salty gulls milking drama? Or is my friend blind to what's happening/in cahoots with Mike? She doesn't strike me as someone very high up on the staff hierarchy.
Of course, I've never been to Newcon before, either, so everything I know is from the threads on cgl. I'm just wondering how much I should take what she says seriously.
>sage for probably OT
Staff doesn't know about the issues on the board typically. I lot of these issues were across the con board. If you look at the people mainly involved, it was those who worked directly under him. When I was on the board, I never disclosed the shit going down to my staff.
He wasn't the only one gossiping but he was the instigator and the one who made up stories. He would figure out a personality flaw someone had and then make up a story exaggerating that flaw so that other people who had witnessed more minor things the person had done would say "oh yeah there was this one time they did this.." and it would validate his story and make the person seem like a total creep. No one believed he would lie to them so they genuinely thought they were being warned about someone's behavior and things would spread from there. The way he did it was masterful. I know a lot of people were uncomfortable with the gossiping but it's really hard to argue with the loudest voice in the room, and everyone who did ended up as a target later on.
He is a major gossiper. He loves to spread lies and half truths. I had a falling out, but decided to give him a second chance because all my friends were still good with him. I still kept him at arms length and didn't trust him with anything I didn't want getting out, but I sincerely wish I hadn't even done that.
Thanks for the warning... But seeing how this thread continues to diverge off topic and onto gossiping about this one guy, it's hard to see how any of you are more trustworthy or any different than he is.
Bummer if any of it's true but I'm guessing based on past evidence that none of this is gonna affect the average con goer's experience and whatever bullshit goes on behind closed doors can stay there. Looks like everyone who needed to be paid previous years was and everything is going forward for best year, so worrying seems like a waste of time.
Seems like a better idea to just have a good time at the con than get wrapped up into old vendettas and politics...
They're right though.
With all the drama that's gone down, and claims that Mike's going to get sued / arrested / whatever, a whole lot of nothing has happened to back that up.
Sure, a lot of personal drama has happened.
Tons of "he said, she said."
Many staff and people personally involved have left the con, and banded together against Mike.
But so far, Newcon's still trying to get by.
So we'll see if it makes a substantial difference for the average congoer who's unaware of the rest of the drama.
Average congoers are finding out about Newcon not having a business license, something that was first discussed here. I think people are noticing weird things happening and questioning it. I think it's only just starting.
When he tries saying that all vendors have been paid, someone needs to ask him what vendors specifically. Give us the names of the companies so that we can verify they are real and will corroborate his story. Just saying "everything has deposits don't worry about it" isn't helping mikes credibility. If anything it just sounds like the bizarre and vague alibis he is known for weaving, like his fake "event planning" business he pretended to run. Didn't someone say he claimed to be paying for all of this with a convenient inheritance at a meeting? What has come of that?
things like audio/visual rentals, pipe and drape, stanchions, transport, guest accommodations, signage, off season storage, etc.
If he really intends for this convention to happen, rentals or arrangements for these types of things must be booked and verifiable by now. If they're not booked or he refuses to name a specific company/individual.... well then there's nothing to corroborate his insistence that everything is on track. That would be a pretty obvious sign that he's just peddling smoke and mirrors.
The lack of a business license is disgraceful, and the way he browbeats anyone who questions him makes it all even more suspect.... BUT if he has actually made arrangements for physical items through a third party, then there will probably be a con. He's still a prick but hopefully he's not intending to rip off thousands of pre-teens and misfit highschoolers.
I don't believe a single word of all this slander. If any of you cares to actually step forward with any proof or evidence of even 1 of these bullshit claims, I might acknowledge that. But you're all just a bunch of mad weeaboos that don't like someone whos working their ass off to make a convention happen and lying through your fucking teeth to try and ruin him.
Prove me wrong. Get one single real guest that's not some stupid bullshit cosplayer to come forward and say they didn't get paid. You can't do it, because you're all a bunch of petty liars
Kira Buckland. Mike tried to claim that she lost her check. She finally got paid the same time Meepy did. There are two others that didn't make a fuss about it that haven't been paid yet.
May be missing some things but a summary I have so far.
>Newcon 3 executives told to book room in newcon exec block, chair calls hotel and takes them out
>Meepy, VA, DJ, and Karaoke don’t get paid for Newcon 3
>cosplay contests winners don’t get prizes
>WCS gets stiffed
>3 huge guests booked for Newcon 4
>Meepy starts to post on facebook about being stiffed
>some cosplay contest winners get part of the prize, some cash. Some get gift certificates that have been used.
>claims that WCS is taking Chair to court
>Some execs quit
>Remaining demand audit
>Chair says he will get early inheritance to pay guests, never comes
>Chair’s old roommate pays for deposit for Newcon 4 despite not being staff
>Chair gives excuses for not getting audit done
>More execs quit
>Meepy posts online article and asks people to call Mini con hotel
>Minicon moves to a new hold a week before event
>After mini con Meepy and VA gets paid
>WCS won case (may be off on this timeline)
>At Kumo newcon execs are told there is a paid room for newcon execs, they were unable to get it
>one more exec quits after Kumo
>Business license is expired and community learns of it.
One correction to this is that, as I recall, the DJ did NC3 for free as a favor and the only person who was saying he didn't get paid was Meepy.
Also there was a sex dungeon in one of the otherwise-unoccupied staff rooms, but I have literally no way of proving that claim because I was only shown the pictures on another person's phone and never had them in my possession.
Bet you they are also having difficulty making the number of nights for their room block. If they don't get that, they are absolutely fucked, as they have to pay for those unclaimed nights.
I wouldn't be surprised, nobody in my department is staying in the hotel. We're all commuting. We all know how fucking sketch the con's gotten and we don't want to be there when the collection tin gets passed around Dashcon-style.
In other news, talked with a former staffer last night. It's just as bad internally as a lot of people think. Apparently a majority of the staff are jumping ship after the con.
It also was confirmed to me that the con is in fact hurting in hotel room nights.
Don't expect a newcon 5.
I'm only on staff so I can see how shitty this con is first hand. I didn't even go to the last staff meeting. This guy is such a joke, I wonder if he knows all the staff is laughing behind his back.
He's posting it as misdirection. He knows full well there isn't going to be a fifth con. He's more focused on an exit strategy from the con and leaving its smoldering ruins in the hands of the people left on the executive board. He doesn't care what happens at this point.
Really, if Aki-con can keep getting attendees with the bullshit surrounding that con, this one will have plenty attending. Cosplayers like to congregate and don't care all that much about management drama.
I think the majority of the Portland cosplay scene specifically hates Mike, and trust me they can hold a grudge.
Btw I still have desperate sponsored ads popping up on my Facebook begging for people to buy tickets and hotel rooms.
>Btw I still have desperate sponsored ads popping up on my Facebook begging for people to buy tickets and hotel rooms.
If you really want to fuck with him click on the ads. Especially the ones that are ads for likes. Click on them all, LIKE the page, and then unlike it. He'll get charged by Facebook for your click/like but will gain nothing from it.
Okay, just got this email concerning NewCon pre-registration (an increasingly-regrettable decision).
The photo documents the entirety of my registration process (from the Kumoricon 'raincheck' pre-registration, to ticket purchase, to today's 'registration confirmation' email).
In what world does this make sense? Does this look right to anyone? Because it sure seems like the cash-grab this event is being painted as.
>Meepy was an invited guest.
>Kira also had a ton of issues getting her money, she was an invited VA guest.
>They didn't pay the DJ, he did send them an invoice.
>Convention Staff dumped a lot of their own money and took forever getting paid back
>Mike even admitted in the public RP letter a lot of this shit happened
Pretty sure when a business license says "INA" (Which means "Inactive" if you look real quick) it means the business license is INACTIVE. Which means it's not able to operate.
Other cons, like Kumoricon (which is operated by the Business Altonimbus Entertainment) has a current Business License and is kept up to date.
Business License = You can take money and provide a service
No Business License = You can't.
We get it Mike, you're trying to say it's gossip. If you have these answers then just make an announcement and say so. Except you can't because this is all true and you're mad people are dropping the con more the longer this thread us up.
Is the Newcon lolita fashion show happening? J/W I didn't apply for it. I only went last year for the fashion show, never went to Newcon though. I don't really understand what's going on. How come Laura isn't arranging the show?
To be fair, that just looks like a standard promotion update.
Seems like a fair bunch of ya'll have beef with the organizer as individuals, which is probably true. But instead of sueing him or whatever you're just complaining on /cgl/ which makes no one look good.
The only person being attacked is Mike. He's a legitimate sociopath and a thief. Most others helping run the con just want a good convention to bridge the gap between Kumori and Sak in the Northwest.
Mike, do yourself a favor and step down. Let someone else be head of the con and save what little face you may have left.
One of my best friends is actually the creator of this con. It's happening in 2 weeks and I'm kinda excited to go. It's small, its cozy, only real complaint is the average of people there, and the price. It's almost as much as Sakuracon. There's gonna be a handful of cool larp stuff there this year.