January 2009

I have two new blogs

I had meant to launch a new blog and videocast late last year, but it got delayed for a variety of reasons, and then last week I ended up “accidentally” launching a new blog, and then today, I pre-launched the videocast blog.

The videocast blog is Dirty Words Designs, which will be about Adobe InDesign and graphic design in general. It will be a combo of videocasts and written posts with trips/tips/links/etc.

The second is Best of Three Falls, which will be about the worked gladiatorial art of pro wrestling, and the not-worked gladiatorial sport of mixed martial arts. I moved all the wrestling-related posts from this blog over to there.

Apple stuff, work stuff, and general life talk all stays here.

Gen Con Emerging from Bankruptcy

Gen Con Scheduled to Emerge from Chapter 11!:

SEATTLE (January 9, 2009) – Gen Con LLC announced today that the US Bankruptcy Court of Western Washington has confirmed the company’s plan of reorganization and approved the company’s rejection of a hostile takeover bid.

“This is bright day for us”, said Adrian Swartout, CEO of Gen Con. “The entire team is looking forward to 2009 and continuing our growth as a stronger, more focused company. Our emergence from Chapter 11 is a testament to the skill and perseverance of our employees and the strength of the phenomenal Gen Con brand. Everyone here is excited to begin working outside of Chapter 11.”

Since filing for bankruptcy protection in February of 2008, Gen Con has significantly reduced its expenses and increased its cash position. The company’s cash flow is positive and prospects have never looked better. Under the confirmed plan, Gen Con will pay all of it creditors in full over time and will continue to operate. A three-member Advisory Committee will assist the company and its board, and Peter Adkison will retain ownership. “This is an extremely successful case,” said Shelly Crocker of Crocker Kuno, Gen Con’s bankruptcy attorney, “largely due to the efforts of Ms. Swartout and her team, and the cooperation of the Creditors’ Committee.”

Gen Con Indy 2009 will prove to be one of the best shows yet with thousands of events and hundreds of exhibitors. Gen Con attendees can expect to see all of their favorite programs such as the Costume Contest, Auction, Art Show, Family Fun Pavilion, eGame Arena and much more!

I consider this fine news. This year’s Gen Con will be my 10th, and I’m glad that it will still be run by the same people who have been running—and growing and improving—the convention quite successfully for seven years now.

[Hat tip to Matt Forbeck for being the first posting of the news that I saw.]