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Nerdin Out Con 2019

posted Aug 11, 2019, 8:28 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Aug 11, 2019, 8:28 AM ]

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  • Femi Taylor
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  • Hacksaw Jim Duggan
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Minnesota: NerdinOut Con is taking place in Rochester (Sept 8-9, 2018) from Nerdin Out Guests: Jake "The Snake" Roberts , Ming Chen Comic Book Men , and more ...

We briefly mentioned Nerdin Out Con last year, because we like attending these comic book conventions (read our coverages on MN Fan Fest, MN Toy Posse, Wizard World, Blizzard World, MSP Comicon (formerly Fallcon/Springcon), Crypticon, and C2E2). We didn’t go on their inaugural show, but we did manage to attend their second show - which took place August 10-11, 2019.

The first thing you should know is that it was created by a comic book/pop culture store called Nerdin Out in Rochester, Minnesota. So naturally, their convention also took place Rochester. The city is over an hour’s drive from where we live (north of Minneapolis), so it’s really an effort for us to make it to the show.

The other thing you should know is that although they advertise their price as “low as $10”, that is a little deceiving. That price is reserved for children, adult ticket prices are about $20 ($25 at the door) for adults.

Last, if you’ve never attended these conventions, the admission prices do not include autograph fees or photo fees, etc. However, I would have to add, that the prices for the celebrities at this show are reasonable (about $20-$30 for autographs and $10-$20 for photos).

The main programming for Saturday was for Jake “the Snakes” Roberts and Hacksaw Jim Duggan, reflecting on their wrestling days. There was also a costume contest later in the day and a paid comedy show, but since we were attending only as fans, there was no obligation to stay and fully cover the event from start to finish.

From my understanding, everything was improved over last year’s event: more guests, bigger space (there were two very large rooms), and more vendors (merchandise and food sellers).

We were impressed with the turnout (their Facebook page boasts at least 5,000 in attendance) and we loved talking to the friendly dealers (they were always willing to go down in prices). We think the convention can only grow larger and larger every year.

The only problem we have is that the convention is located in Rochester… which is a little too far for us.

P.S., We also checked out the Nerdin Out store, which was located near the convention. We were very happy we stopped by, because we found an action figure that were searching for 12 years. Anyway, the store had a little of everything: toys, back issues, new comics, gaming, and tables for gamers.

Jake “The Snakes” Roberts and Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Jake “The Snakes” Roberts

Ming Chen (from Comic Book Men)

Nerdin Out at Graham Arenas Park, Rochester (10 August 2019)