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I run a geek news site called Nerd & Tie which partially focuses on convention news. Over the last few years I've covered a few stories about Convention organizer Ryan Kopf (who runs half a dozen events in the midwest and is involved in a few others) which weren't all that flattering.

At the end of last year, Mr. Kopf decided to sue me for defamation.

He filed that first suit in the state of Iowa, and I successfully got it dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. Rather than let the bad PR die down though, he decided to refile the case in Illinois at the end of June.

I stand behind what I wrote (and you can find links to the articles along with a link to the petition Kopf filed in the GoFundMe description), but mounting a legal defense is expensive, so I'm attempting to raise funds to pay for it.

Any help would be appreciated.
Help us defend our First Amendment rights. The Short Version: I run a geek news site called Nerd & Tie which partially focuses on convention news. Over the last few years I've covered a few stories about Convention organizer Ryan Kopf (who runs half a dozen events in the midwest and is involved...
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So this is a thing that's happening to me. https://www.gofundme.com/nagwpv4k
So we do a lot of stuff at Nerd & Tie. We’re starting a new convention , produce a podcast , just launched a new show , run panels at conventions, maintain a geek news blog , and provide in-depth coverage about conventions . That last one is a particular point of pride for us, as we do our best t...
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I'm running an Indiegogo campaign to start a new convention! Help me out if you can!
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So this is kind of important.
Some of you may remember that back in January there was a weird buzz based around a suspicious casting call put out by “Bill Beckman Casting” that The Amazing Spider-man 3 was going into production. Now, we all know that's patently false now, but even then most of us figured out it wasn't ...
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Robert Goodew is a staffer for two (and department head for at least one) of Ryan Kopf's AnimeCon.org events. He was the head of viewing rooms for Animinneapolis 2014 and on his Facebook page lists himself as working in Operations for the upcoming 2014 MetaCon. On Facebook he “likes” the WWE, ...
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So as some of you may have guessed, Nerd & Tie is rolling out to Geek.kon this weekend at the Marriott Madison West in… Middleton, WI (the city limit of Madison is literally ten feet away from the hotel property). Anyway, since the three of us will be doing lots of stuff around the con this ...
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Because for some reason people really wanted to know what I thought and wouldn't leave me alone about it.
Back in February we wrote an article about a couple of situations, including a summary of an incident from a dozen years ago involving “Geek Girl Chicago” blogger Lauren Faits and photographer Ron “Soulcrash” Ladao. In her original blog post she said that Ladao burst into a room that she and ...
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ONLY 18 HOURS LEFT TO SUPPORT THE NERD & TIE EXPO INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN
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I WROTE A THING
We last talked about Fantasticon, which held its first event last fall, when we broke the story that they were out of money and wouldn't run a second event. But beyond their staff's obvious mismanagement which led to their closure, something felt off the more I read about their organization… so ...
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Why.
In news that hurts my brain, the BBC is reporting that a film adaptation of the video game “Tetris” is in the works. Let's just let that sink in for a minute. They want to make what is being described as a science fiction epic based on a video game that is literally just about falling blocks.
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AND SO IT CONTINUES
For those of you who don't remember, DashCon will likely go down as the worst managed convention of 2014. Even with all of its issues though, DashCon 2015 was almost immediately announced for June of 2015, set to be held in Indianapolis instead of the Chicago suburbs.
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So I wrote this.
The Complicated Web of Ryan Kopf, Chrono LC, Black Materia Inc and State Lines. This was all supposed to start simple enough: I was going to write a follow up on Ryan Kopf's new ventures run through Black Materia Inc. I had discovered that Black Materia Inc was a completely seperate corporation ...
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I am Trae, and I am awesome.
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Born in Chicago, raised in Milwaukee, spent a decade in Eau Claire, and now living in the middle of nowhere in Indiana.
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