DNA Podcast 060 – Chinese Webnovels with Jeremy Bai

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with translator and author Jeremy Bai to discuss the world of Chinese Webnovels. The trio discuss the history of Chinese adventure fiction being translated to English, how Chinese heroes differ from English heroes, and the best Webnovels for people new to the genre to check out. All this, and the real meaning of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Deathblade YouTube Channel
I Shall Seal the Heavens
Wuxiaworld.com
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
SPCnet.tv Novel Translation Forums
The Dear and the Cauldron
The Book and the Sword
Louis Cha/Jin Yong
Stellar Transformations
XuanHuan and Common Terms in Chinese Novels (General Chinese Fantasy)
Xianxia (Immortal Hero Fantasy)
Wuxia (Martial Arts Fantasy)
Coiling Dragon
Rebirth of the Thief
Massively Multiplayer Roleplaying Games
The Wheel of Time
Taiwan
Qidian.com
17k.com
Webnovel.com
Japanese vs Chinese Light Novel Main Characters
One-Punch Man
Has Eyes but Didn’t See Mount Tai
Tales of Demons and Gods
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Desolate Era
Novelupdates.com
Novel Translations Subreddit
Legends of Ogre Gate story
Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate
Weapons of the Gods RPG
Feng Shui RPG
Legend of the Condor Heroes


DNA Podcast 059 – Portrayals of Strength in the Media

In this episode, Don and Rob look at cultural views of strength in the media. The pair explore why lead characters being strong is so important to North American audiences, how views of strength have changed over time, and what a strong female fighter really means. All this, and how Free to Be You and Me destroyed 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

Dynaman
1950’s Education Films and PSAs
Bob Dobbs
Self Actulization
Free To Be You and Me
1970’s Exploitation Films
John Carpenter
Slasher Films
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Mystery Science Theatre Industrial Arts Film
Dirty Harry
Charles Bronson
Dragnet
Adam 12
Kojak
Baretta
Death Wish
Commando
Cobra (Stallone)
The Hills Have Eyes
Silver Bullet
Nightbreed
Spider Baby
Married with Children
Fight Club
1980’s Action Films
The Rock (movie)
Con Air (movie)
Hippy Movement
90s Milk Ads
Conan the Barbarian
Broadchurch
Twin Peaks
Star Trek: Discovery
Surf Nazis Must Die


DNA Podcast 058 – Light Novels with Justus R Stone

In this episode, Don and Rob head East with Justus R. Stone, YouTube Light Novel Reviewer, to discuss the ins and outs of the Japanese and American Light Novel markets. Along the way, Justus takes the pair on a tour of the origins of Light Novels, why they’re growing in popularity in English, and how Light Novels have become linked with web-fiction. All this, and the answer to the question Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed

Justus R. Stone YouTube channel
Sword Art Online
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Record of Lodoss War
Slayers
Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!
Accel World
Pulp Serial Novels
Wattpad
Shosetuka ni Naro!
Bunkobon Format
Tankobon Format
Self-Insert Fiction
Your Name (Movie Trailer)
Naruto
Shonen Manga
Shojo Manga
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Hentai (Caution! Adults only! NSFW!)
Ecchi
J-Novel Club
Yen Press (Yen On)
RE:Zero
Cross Infinite World (female Light Novel publisher in English)
Crunchyroll.com
TV Pilot Episode
Ready Player One
NEET(Not in Education, Employment, or Training)
Isekai: The Genre That Took Over Anime (video)
The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!
As a Chinese, I’d like to talk about those Chinese web novels classification (yy fiction)
The Rising of the Shield Hero
Overlord
A Lich
The Isolator
Monster Girl Doctor
Tokyo Pop
Kadokawa Shoten (Publisher)
Bookwalker Light Novels
Kindle Direct Publishing
Books Kinokuniya
The Meteors
The Devil is a Part-Timer
My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong As I Expected
Konosuba
Tsunedere
Magical Girl Genre


DNA Podcast 057 – Culture War Profiteering

In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Jack Ward to discuss Culture War Profiteering. What is Culture War Profiteering? And how is it being used on you on a daily basis? The trio will delve into this, the issues surrounding it, and what we can do about it. All this, and the sad tale of Swastika Lane, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Note: This episodes has some dodgy audio at the beginning, but clears up fairly quickly.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

The Amazing Atheist video about the Outrage Machine
Virtue Signalling
Marvel Comics Social Justice Failure
Marvel Comic Print Runs
The Image Comics Boom of the 90’s
Comics and Diversity YouTube Channel (We got the name backwards….)
Riri Williams
Purse Puppies
Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Assault Episode
Netpicks Channel: 13 Reasons Why
Stranger Things: Female Characters Kept Separated
The Swastika
Rush Limbaugh
Alex Jones
The Satanic Panic
The 90’s Comic Speculator Boom
The Big Sort
Russian Facebook Pages Organize Two Duelling Rallies in America
Caves of Steel by Issac Azimov
Monty Python- Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Ready Player One


Christmas Break

Hi Operatives!

The DNA podcast is going on a break for the holidays and will be back the first week of January. Don and I hope that you have a great nerdly Christmas and wish you and yours an awesome New Year’s! 
Stay nerdly!

Rob


DNA Podcast 056 – Writing Shonen Manga

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down to discuss Rob’s new book- Write! Shonen Manga. The pair discuss the history of Shonen manga, the different types and meta-genres, and how the Japanese approach writing stories differently than Americans do. All this, and Rob shamelessly hawking his book, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Write! Shonen Manga
Weekly Shonen Jump
Bakuman
Tankobon
Murata Yuusuke
Onepunch-Man
Mazinger Z
Captain Tsubasa
Dragonball
One Piece
Naruto
Robot x Lazerbeam
90’s Golf Manga with the “Frying Swallow” (It’s called “Hayato 18ban Shobu.”)
Detective Conan
Kindaichi Case Files
RE: Monster
Sword Art Online
Dr. Stone
Legendary Moonlight Sculptor
So, I’m a Spider- So What?
Honzuki no Gekokujou (Bookworm Light Novel)
Ekho (European Comic)
Ranma 1/2
Urusei Yatsura
Kimargure Orange Road
I’s Manga
G-Fighter Gundam
Akira
Great Teacher Onizuka
Gokusen
Legend of Yoshitune
Aho Girl
Manga in Theory and Practice
Kishotenketsu
Three Act Structure
Yurucamp
Scott McCloud’s Making Comics
Comics and Sequential Art
Drive-Thru Comics
Wattpad


DNA Podcast 055 – Making the Biff Straker RPG

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with their friend Jack Ward to help him construct a tabletop RPG system for his Audio Drama series Spaceways Starring Biff Straker. In the process, the trio discuss the benefits of different dice systems, damage systems, character design approaches, and how to bring the feels to an RPG. All this, and the My Little Pony RPG, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Spaceways Starring Biff Straker
Champions RPG
Doc Savage
Jake Samson
Car Wars
Cartoon Action Hour
GURPS
Morrow Project
Vampire the Masquerade
The D6 System
Xena the Warrior Princess
Shadowrun
Cyberpunk
Space 1889
Star Trek FASA RPG
My Little Pony RPG
Battletech
Star Wars (West End Games)
Mekton (First Edition)


DNA Podcast 054 – TV Superheroes

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down to discuss the history of American TV superheroes. From the open plains where the Lone Ranger roams, to Gotham City and Smallville, the pair chart the history of TV supers as from the dawn of TV to the present day. Along the way, they define what a Superhero is,  discuss how animated TV supers evolved, and bring back memories of the Six Million Dollar Man monster that terrified Rob as a kid. All this, and why Hugh Hefner is responsible for the campy Batman 66 TV series, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

List of TV Superhero Shows
Capes and Cowls: A History of Superhero TV
Small Wonder
The Lone Ranger
The Adventures of Superman
DC Heroes RPG
Kung Fury
Movie Serials
Batman Serial
The Superman Radio Show
Doc Savage Man of Bronze
Captain Video
Couragous Cat and Minute Mouse
Bob Kane
Underdog
Astro Boy
Eight Man
Gigantor
Batman 66 or, if you prefer….
Al Lewis
The Green Hornet
The Marvel Superheroes TV Series (60’s)
Captain America Theme
Space Ghost
The Super Six
Spiderman 67
Hanna Barbera
Frankenstein Junior and the Impossibles
The Mighty Heroes
The Superfriends
The Spidermobile
Shazam! (TV Series)
ISIS
The Six Million Dollar Man
Bionic Bigfoot
Ted Cassidy (Lurch)
Richard Kiel (Jaws)
The Bionic Woman
The Bionic Superpowers Sound Effect
Wonder Woman TV
The Amazing Spiderman 70’s TV
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
Spiderman and His Amazing Friends
The Greatest American Hero
Manimal
Automan
Misfits of Science
My Secret Identity
Jerry O’Connell
Superboy TV Series
Super Force
Gemini Man
Probe TV Series
Global Frequency
M.A.N.T.I.S.
Lois and Clark
Power Rangers
Batman TAS
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Smallville
HEROES TV Series
LOST
One Punch Man
Young Justice
Damage Control
Angel and the Ape
Prez Comic
The Tick (2017)
Skull the Slayer


DNA Podcast 053 – The Horror of Paul E. Cooley

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with horror author Paul E. Cooley to talk about his genre of choice. The three discuss exactly what horror is, Don’s Eight Types of Horror, and the good and bad sides of podcasting your work. All this, and a heaping helping of Dead Robots’ Society lore, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Shadow Publications (Paul’s Homepage)
Dead Robots Society Podcast – Writers on Writing
Tor Johnson
HP Lovecraft
Logan’s Run
Slasher Horror
M (film)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
John Carpenter
David Cronenberg
The Thing (1982)
Videodrome
Shivers (Cronenberg)
Canadian Content Rules
Dead Ringers
The Curse of the Cat People
The Cat People (Natasha Kinski)
Salem’s Lot Window Scene
Nightmares Red White and Blue
The Exorcist
Child’s Play
Hellraiser
Hell House
Poltergeist
A Bottle Story
Unfriended (film)
John Wayne Gayce
Jeffry Dahmer
Grim’s Fairy Tales
Christopher Walken Goodnight Moon (Video)
The Yellow King
Dracula
Urban Fantasy
Nick Knight
Werewolf: The Apocalypse
Nightmare on Elm Street Ad
Pseudopod
The Black
The Intruder Within
Severed Press
Phil Rossy
Scott Sigler
Jake Bible
Ed Lorne
Matt Wallace
Terry Mixon


With apologies 

Due to unfortunate life circumstances, this week’s episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs will be delayed until the 27th of October. 

Until it’s available, check out http://sonicsociety.org/ if you haven’t already. (You’re missing something awesome if you haven’t.)

Rob