The Great Con Conspiracy Desu
I would like to thank the mousey over at wank_report
for bringing this little nugget up. So lets revel in some actual funny here.
In Colorado the main anime convention has been Nan Desu Kan. In recent years another anime convention has been building up some steam, Animeland Wasabi.
Right after this year's Animeland Wasabi ended in the beginning of March anime company Funimation announced a lawsuit against Miller Timmons, and ten John Does for selling counterfeit items at Wasabi. (Anime News Network article
) Timmons also manages the convention under his Think Art Media and Animeland businesses. There is also a nice breakdown of the lawsuit in this screencap.
A few days ago an announcement is made on the front page of Animeland Wasabi that basically decries that Funimation and Nan Desu Kan are trying to get rid of Animeland Wasabi because NDK totally got their people to find some bootleg merchandise at Wasabi to show to Funimation to get them to sue Wasabi.
(Be warned of glaring green background.)
And who would doubt these claims after such strong opening statements like these:To our anime community, Animeland would like to give details about the lawsuit between Funimation vs. Miller Timmons. The framework of this lawsuit that is pending in the Denver court system is an attempt for Funimation, Nan Desu Kan and Wasabi Anime to drive Animeland, Miller Timmons, and their fans out of the anime community in Denver because we have grown over the past six years.
At the end of that tl;dr there is a screencap of a reply from ThatGuyInTheHat
who manages to Godwin himself, in German no less, to a poster on the forums.
Also in the comments to the ANN article the CEO of the site says that they did try to contact Timmons before they posted the article
, which goes against Animeland Wasabi's claim that they have not been contacted for a statement. There also seems to have been some wanky comments that have been since deleted in that thread without being screen capped unfortunately.
There is a discussion on the forum (which seems to now no longer be, but there are screen caps) about the announcement where we learn that the screed went through lawyers before being posted.
ThatGuyInTheHat believes that anyone who is sticking up for NDK is NDK staff.
That he can only give vague hints of NDK's wrongdoings because they could be spying on their forum and use what is said against Wasabi.
Nan Desu Kan has released their own press release on the matter, where they avoid saying much of anything outside that they are not making any anime company to anything for them and are too busy with their own con to care about anyone else's.
With all this popping up shortly after the hearing to figure out the scheduling for the case one can only assume that this may be the beginning.
And in case anything else appears to go poof here are the screen caps collected so far.