DNA Podcast 123 – Original English Light Novels with Brandon Varnell

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with author of over 50 light novels, Brandon Varnell. The three discuss whether books written in English can really be light novels, how Brandon got into writing, and Brandon’s techniques for writing his books. All that, and more harem stories than you can shake a stick at, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Brandon’s Homepage
An American Tail
American Kitsune
Yen Press
A Most Unlikely Hero
Rosario + Vampire
To Love RU
Arcadia’s Ignoble Knight
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
Jobless Reincarnation
Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside
WIEDERGEBURT Legend of the Reincarnated Warrior
A Certain Magical Index
Frog-kun Twitter
Eric Vall
Adam Ladner
D.S. Craig
William D. Arand
Will Wight’s Cradle
Aaron Crash
Battle Through the Heavens
Tales of Demons and Gods


DNA Podcast 122 – US Comics in the UK with Richard Sheaf

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down again with UK comics historian Richard Sheaf to talk about how American comics were received across the pond in the UK. The trio discuss the experience of being a fan of American comics in the UK, how US comics were changed to suit UK publication, and UK comic book convention culture. All this, and Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Boys Adventure Comics (Richard’s blog)
Eagle
Dan Dare
The Pictorial Guide to 1950s British Scifi and Horror Comic Books
Miller Western Comic Books A Selection
Killraven
Death’s Head
Transformers UK
Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer
House of Hammer Magazine
Fan Expo Canada


DNA Podcast 121 – Novel Horizons with Jonathan Solis

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Jonathan Solis, author and publisher of original English light novels at Novel Horizons. The three discuss Jonathan’s philosophy about publishing light novels, the challenges of being a publisher, and Novel Horizons’ unique strategies for promoting their books. All this, and the ancient war between “plot” and “ba-donka-donk,” will be revealed to you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Novel Horizons
Azure Wing
Buck Rogers
RE: Zero
Jobless Reincarnation
High School DxD
Dog Days
Redo of Healer
One-Two-Five Daphne 1/7 Scale Limited Edition Figure
ACX : Audiobook Creation Exchange
Keijo- Hip Whip Girl
Irregular at Magic High School
Maoyu Mao Yusha


DNA Podcast 120 – 2000AD Magazine with Eamonn Clarke

In this episode Don and Rob sit down with Eamonn Clarke of the Mega City Book Club podcast to talk about the legendary UK Comic magazine 2000AD. The trio discuss the origins of 2000AD, how Judge Dredd took over the magazine, and some of 2000ADs better and lesser known stories and strips. All this, and D.R. & Quinch, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Mega City Book Club Podcast
IPC Comics
2000AD the magazine (or this)
The Judge Dredd Megazine
Rebellion Studios (current publisher of 2000AD collections)
John Wagner
Pat Mills
Starlord (UK Comic)
Strontium Dog
Ro-busters
Tornado (UK Comic)
Deathwish (character)
FLESH (UK comic)
Dan Dare
Metalzoic
The Ballad of Halo Jones
Brian Bolland
Skizz
Button Man
Mazeworld
Brink
D.R. & Quinch
Abelard Snazz
Hap-Hazzard and Tricky
ABC Warriors
Slaine
Summer Magic
Bad Company
Rogue Trooper
Judge Minty film
Ron Smith
Carlos Ezquerra
“Gaze into the Fist of Dredd!”
Judge Dredd: Origins
Judge Dredd: America
Robo-Hunter
Space-Spinner 2000 Podcast
Matchbox Landraider Toy

Thrill Sucker


DNA Podcast 119: Moonquill Publishing with Jimmy Shi

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with Jimmy Shi, co-founder of Moonquill Publishing to talk about his company and his experiences as a independent book publisher specializing in light novels. The three discuss the English webnovel community, the challenges of running Moonquill, and why Jimmy needs to be more evil. All this, and Don’s big trillion-dollar Romance novel formula, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Moonquill.com
Jin Yong
Gu Long
SPCnet.tv Forums (the birthplace of English Wuxia)
Wuxiaworld
The Adventures of Lu Xiao Feng
Lord of Goblins
Royal Road
ScribbleHub
Novel Updates
The Ride-On King
Moonquill Podcast
Influence by Robert Cialdini


DNA Podcast 118 – UK Comics with Richard Sheaf

The Notorious UK Comic ACTION’s cover that broke the camel’s back.

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with UK Comics blogger Richard Sheaf to explore the fascinating world of UK Comic books. The three discuss how being weekly (as opposed to monthly) took UK comics in a totally different direction than American comics, how Pat Mills was UK’s version of Stan Lee (but with more talent), and why UK girls comics succeeded while their American cousins failed miserably. All this, and Hookjaw, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Boys Adventure Comics (Richard Sheaf’s blog)
British Comics Blog
Amalgamated Press
DC Thomson Press
The Beano (comic magazine)
2000 AD (comic magazine)
Commando (War Comic)
IPC Magazines
Judge Dredd Mega-zine
Eagle (comic magazine)
Billy’s Boots
Punch Magazine
Starlord (comic magazine)
Charlie’s War
Roy of the Rovers
Pat Mills (writer, creator)
A Haunt of Fears : The Strange History of the British Horror Comics Campaign By Martin Barker
ACTION (comic magazine)
The Treasury of British Comics
Misty (girls comic magazine)
Deadline (comic magazine)
Dan Dare


DNA Podcast 117 – War in Popular Culture

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In this episode, Rob and Don explore how war is presented in popular culture – from books, to music, movies, and games. Working from the difference between Protest stories and Propaganda stories, they discuss how this dichotomy shapes almost all stories related to war. From there, they talk a lot about heavy metal, fantasy literature, and Sylvester Stallone. All this, and Rob’s mind being blown about the song 99 Red Balloons, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

“War! It’s FAAAAN-tastic!”
Marshall MacLuhan
The Ballad of the Green Berets
Jingo and THUD! by Terry Pratchett
CATCH 22
Johnny Got His Gun
Horatio Hornblower by C.S. Forrester
Aubrey-Maturin Novels by Patrick O’Brian
Sabaton
Bismarck (Sabaton)
Night Witches (Sabaton)
Snoopy vs The Red Baron
Billy Don’t Be a Hero by Paper Lace
Horse Soldier Horse Soldier
99 Luft Balloons
Born in the USA
Frank Stallone – Peace in Our Life
So Long Mom
Christmas at Ground Zero
Sink the Bismarck
Battle of New Orleans
Antiwarsongs.org
Birth of a Nation
Wonder Bar (1934) featuring Al Jolson
First Blood
The Park is Mine
Sgt. Rock
Enemy Ace
Joe Kubert
COMBAT TV Series
Kriegsspiel
Bucky O’Hare
The Price of Freedom RPG
Little Wars by HG Wells


DNA Podcast 116 – Leadership in Popular Culture

Star Trek': Kirk vs. Picard: Who is the ultimate captain?

In this episode, Rob and Don discuss the disconnect in popular culture between how leaders act in film and television and how they really act in real life. Along the way, they touch the third rail of geekdom – Kirk versus Picard – and even talk about why Optimus Prime is a bad leader. All this, and how Hitchhiking went from patriotic to evil in a generation, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Flash Gordon
Winner Take All
Bavarian Fire Drill
The Illuminatus Trilogy
Influence by Robert Cialdini
Culture Shock
Cheddar: Why Hitchhiking Ran Out of Favor
Hitchiking Robot Murdered
Epic of Gilgamesh
Master and Commander
The Saga of Tanya the Evil


DNA Podcast 115 – Spies in Popular Culture

In this episode, Rob and Don go on a mission with guest Jack Ward to reveal the truth about spies in popular culture. The trio explore the 60’s Spy Craze, talking about what led up to it, how it played out, and what parts of it are still influencing our popular culture today. From The Scarlet Pimpernel to Jason Bourne, and everything in between, this podcast takes listeners into the shadowy world of men and women who might not exist. All this, and why Mission Impossible might be the greatest spy TV series ever, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Spies
Super Spies
Mission Impossible
The Scarlet Pimpernel
TURN: Washington’s Spies
Secret Agent X
Counterspy OTR
I Was A Communist For The FBI
The Saint
James Bond
Secret Agent/Danger Man ( UK TV series)
Secret Agent Man by Johnny Rivers
The Avengers (UK TV series)
Matt Helm
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
GET SMART
ARCHER
I SPY
Leverage TV Series
Mission Impossible Mask Reveal
The Prisoner
The Champions (Uk TV series)
Sapphire and Steel
The Six Million Dollar Man
Nemesis (DC Character)
The Human Target (DC Character)
Doomwatch
Remo Williams
Charlie’s Angels
The A-Team
Knight Rider
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
A Man Called Intrepid
The Manchurian Candidate
Jason Bourne
The Sting
TRON


DNA Podcast 114 – Board Games with Stephen Fraser

In this episode, Rob and Don roll the dice with Stephen Fraser, a high school teacher and board game collector. The three of them discuss Stephen’s collection, the evolution of board gaming, and even the current trends in the hobby. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Secret Hitler, and develop Nictophobia as they try to find their way out of the maze of games on the market. All this, and Dwar7s, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

BoardgameGeek Website
Settlers of Catan
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Pandemic
Charterstone
Marvel Champions
Star Wars Destiny
Stuffed Fables
Husband at Large
Fog of Love
Nictophobia
Galaxy Trucker
Captain Sonar
Secret Hitler
Red Dragon Inn
Colt Express
Twilight Imperium
Axis and Allies
Discover: Lands Unknown
Dwar7s Fall
Munchkin