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


DNA Podcast 052- A Brief History of American Comics

In this episode, Rob and Don plunge into the vast history of American comic books and try to make sense of it all. The pair explore the origins of the first comic books, and how the name Gains changed the comic book world not once, but twice! Then they face the challenge of the superheros as Superman’s birth brings about a new age, both in comic books and real life. Finally, they talk about the current comic market, and what flagging sales mean for Marvel and DC’s future. All this, and Brother Power the Geek, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

A History of Comic Books (wikipedia)
The Great Canadian Comic Books
Nelvana of the Ether People
Angus MacAskill- The Giant of Cape Breton
Cherry Poptart
The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck
Journey to the Gold Diggins
Hogan’s Alley
The Yellow Kid
Birth of a Nation
The Sunday Supplements
Winsor McKay
Little Nemo in Slumberland
Funnies on Parade
New Fun Comics
Doctor Occult
Action Comics #1
Superman
Batman
Superman OTR
Superman vs The KKK
DC Comics
The Shadow
Archie Comics
Wilbur
Dell Comics
Fawcett Comics
EC Comics
Horror Hosts
Vampira
Spook Shows
Seduction of the Innocent
The Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquincy
Wonder Woman
Dragonball
The Flash
Marvel Comics
MAD Magazine
Robert Crumb
ZAP Comix
Underground Comix
Trashman
Don Heck
Teen Titans
Comics Code Authority
Brother Power the Geek
Harvey Comics
Elfquest
Eclipe Comics
First Comics
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Crisis on Infinite Earths
The Black and White Glut
IMAGE Comics
Rob Liefield
Todd McFarlane
Jim Lee
X-Men
Valiant Comics
Malibu Comics
The Death of Superman
Marvel Unlimited

 


DNA Podcast 051 – Comedy Tabletop RPGs

In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by their friend Chad to discuss Comedy Tabletop Roleplaying Games. The three delve into the classics of the genre like Paranoia and Toon, check out their old Alma Mater, hang with Beach Bunny Bimbos with Blasters, and reminisce about being Teenagers from Outer Space. All this, and how to run a comedy RPG, is waiting for you in this fun-tastic episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Thing Discussed:

List of Comedy RPGs
Paranoia
Alma Mater
Toon
Teenagers from Outer Space
Warhammer 40k
Galaxy High Cartoon
Cartoon Action Hour Season 3
Ghostbusters RPG
Judge Dredd RPG
Macho Women with Guns
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RPG
Gamma World
Bunnies and Burrows
The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen game
GURPS IOU
It Came from the Late Late Late Show
Attack of the Humans
DC Heros: Don’t Ask
TMNT: Road Hogs
It’s a Mad Mad Mad World
Pokethulu
Beach Bunny Bimbos with Blasters
Tales of the Floating Vagabond
Scared Stiff
Critter Commandos

 


DNA Podcast 050 – Horror Tabletop RPGs

In this episode, Don and Rob trip the night fantastic with their friend Chad and discuss the creepy subject of Horror Role Playing Games. Long regarded as one of the harder types of RPGs to run, the three probe the different types of horror RPGs and do an overview of the classics of the genre. All this, and more fun than that thing creeping up behind you right now, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed

A History of Horror RPGs
Call of Cthulhu
The Dunwich Horror
Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic
Ghostbusters
Bureau 13 Novels
Chill
Planet Motherfucker RPG
GURPS Horror
Beyond the Supernatural
It came from the Late Late Late Show
Paranoia
Nightlife
Stellar Games
Ravenloft
Vampire the Masquerade
Eerie: The Crime Crusher (I thought I heard a “poom”)
Dark Conspiracy
Deadlands
Grimm (this is the latest incarnation)
All Flesh Must Be Eaten

 


DNA Podcast 049 – Star Trekking with Jack Ward

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In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Jack Ward to go where no man has boldly gone before! The past and future collide as the three discuss the history of Trek and whether or not it’s still relevant in today’s world. All this, and Jack and Rob’s big throwdown on Star Trek Enterprise, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Star Trek
Star Trek the Next Generation
Star Trek Deep Space Nine
Star Trek Voyager
Star Trek Enterprise
Star Trek Discovery
Gene Roddenberry
Gene Roddenberry Crashlands Plane
Lucille Ball Star Trek Pilot
Inside Star Trek The Real Story Herb Solo
Star Trek was first TV show that started in Colour
Nichelle Nicols meets Martin Luther King
Solarpunk
Land of the Giants
Gene L. Coon
Gold Key Star Trek Comics
Leonard Nimoy Billboard Story (I can’t find the story, but I can find the ad)
Star Trek Phase II
Free Enterprise
Earth Final Conflict
In Defense of the Male Miniskirt Post on Rob’s Blog
Starlog Magazine
Babylon 5
The Origin of the BORG
Manny Coto
China Bans LGBT Content


DNA Podcast 48 – History of Manga (Part 2)

Dragonball Z

In this episode, Rob and Don finish their discussion of the History of Japanese Comics. Starting in the 1980’s, they discuss the rise and fall of Shonen Jump, how Dragonball changed everything, and how modern manga have been influenced by animation. All this, and Bakuman, in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Gung Ho (movie)
Shonen Jump
Go Nagai
Shameless School PTA
Pachinko
Rapeman
Young Sunday
Comiket
Moto Haggio
The Group of 24
Japanese Garage Kits
The Japanese Manga Studio System
Journey to the West (The Monkey King)
Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken)
Dr. Slump
Dragonball
Dragonball Z
Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure
Cyber Blue
Sakigake!! Otokojuku
City Hunter
Josei Manga
Mai the Psychic Girl
Slam Dunk
Sailor Moon
Magical Girl Genre
Shonen Jump Sales Chart
One Piece
Naruto
Yu-yu Hakusho
Bakuman
Nakayoshi
Death Note
Hikaru no Go
Wallman
Pokémon or if you prefer….
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Bleach
My Hero Academia
Robot x Lazerbeam
One Punch Man
Franken Fran
Boichi (this sums it up pretty well….)
Dr. Stone