DNA Podcast 023 – Why You Shouldn’t Be a Writer

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In this episode, Rob and Don discuss the cons of becoming a professional writer (or artist). While the internet is filled with people telling you that you’re one Kindle book away from quitting your day job (mostly by people selling writing how-to advice and services) Rob and Don look at some of the cold, hard costs and challenges that come with trying to write for a living. Along the way, they discuss ways to overcome those challenges and make yourself a better writer if you’re determined to follow the hard road. All this, and a heaping helping of Dinosaur Porn are waiting for you in the 23rd episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs!

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

 


DNA Podcast 022 – Heavy Metal Thunder

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Rob and Richard Moule at an Iron Maiden Concert (Rob is the tall guy!)

In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by music historian Richard Moule to discuss their mutual love and admiration for the musical art form known as Heavy Metal. The trio trace Metal’s history and inspirations, and talk about how metal became THE nerdly music of choice. All this, and why Death Metal is really redneck music, here for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Black Sabbath
Judas Priest
Transformers the Movie (1986) Soundtrack
Jethro Tull
The Moody Blues
Hammer Horror
Dennis Wheatley
Iron Maiden
Motorhead
Nightwish
Blind Guardian
Opeth
Manowar
Children of Bodom covers Vivaldi 
Tri-tone
Algeron Blackwood
Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult in Comics!
331E-Rock
Frog Leap Studios
Global Metal Documentary


DNA Podcast 021 – Interview with Tim Eldred

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In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with comic artist and director of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble animated series Tim Eldred to discuss his career in the comic book industry and how it led him into the world of animation. Along the way, they discuss Tim’s advice for aspiring comic book artists, why getting your work done on time is crucial for a career in the comic book industry, and why the secret to successful media production is to have a really big raft! All this, and a look at Tim’s new project Pitsberg, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Tim Eldred Comic History
Tim Eldred IMDB Page
Pitsberg
Cosmo DNA (Star Blazers Fansite)
Grease Monkey
Dark Horse Comics
Eternity Comics
Malibu Comics
Valiant Comics
Aircel Comics
Central Park Media (CPM)
Star Blazers
Lensman (Novel Series)
Lensmen: The Secret of the Lens (Anime Movie)
Mecha (the comic)
Dynamo Joe
Captain Harlock
Chaser Platoon
Armoured Trooper VOTOMS
Robotech: Invid War
Cybersuit Arkadyne
Secret Wars (2015 Comic)
Avengers Assemble
VOTOMS: Supreme Survivor (comic)
Wing Commander Academy (episode 1, YouTube)
Starblazers Rebirth Webcomic


DNA Podcast 020 – Tabletop RPG Memories

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In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Chad to discuss their love of Tabletop Role-Playing Games. The trio explore the history of TRPGS, and talks about their own experiences and growing up playing these games. Along the way, they discuss the appeal of Gamma World, point based vs. random character creation, and their love of Superhero Gaming. All this, and the future of TRPGs are waiting for you in the 20th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Chainmail: Rules for Medival Miniatures
Dungeons and Dragons
Little Wars by HG Wells
Metamorphosis Alpha
Traveller RPG
Gamma World
Superhero 2044
Villains and Vigilantes
Champions Review
HERO System (Champions)
TSR Marvel Superheros RPG Review
Mayfair DC Heroes RPG
GURPS
Palladium Fantasy RPG
TMNT: And other Strangeness RPG
Ninjas and Superspies
RIFTS
Call of Cthulhu
Robotech RPG
D20 System
Shadowrun
GNS Theory (Narrativst Games)
Pathfinder RPG
Mekton
Cyberpunk 2.0.2.0.
Weapons of the Gods Review
Exalted RPG
Beyond the Supernatural
Chill Horror RPG
TORG
World of Darkness RPG Universe
AR Gameboards


DNA Podcast 019 – Ghosts of Saturday Mornings Past

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In this episode, Don and Rob discuss North American TV animation, tracing it from its roots in the 1950s to the rise of Saturday morning television and its eventual evolution in the age of Netflix. Along the way, they spend time with Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, Josie the Pussycats, the Micronauts, and Goober and the Ghost Chasers. All this, and why Fred and Barney sold cigarettes on air is waiting for you in this, the 19th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Crusader Rabbit Episode 1
Huckleberry Hound Show Intro
Rough and Ready
The Flintstones
DuMont TV Network
Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS)
1948 TV Freeze
Hanna-Barbera Productions
Wait til your Father Gets Home
The Barkleys
The Roman Holidays
Saturday Morning Cartoons
Action for Children’s Television Advocacy Group (note Don was wrong during the episode, Tipper Gore was in fact not involved with this organization that I could find, it was run by Peggy Charren and Judith “Judy” Chalfen)
Josie and the Pussycats
Filmation
Animated Star Trek
Return to the Planet of the Apes (animated)
Rocket Robin Hood
Battle of the Planets Episode 1
The Micronauts
Thundarr the Barbarian Clips
Larry Hama
Mighty Orbots Episode 1
Galaxy High Episodes
The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Episode 1
Jem and the Holograms
Sunbow Entertainment
Batman the Animated Series
Japanese X-men Openings
Netflix Voltron Trailer


DNA Podcast 018 – Edd Vick and MU Press

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In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with Edd Vick, founder and publisher of MU Press and Comics F/X magazine, to discuss Edd’s history in comics and the independent comics scene of the 80s and 90s. Former guest Jeff Wood, one of Edd’s friends and contributors also stops by, and the four of them discuss comics culture, convention culture, and what they see as the future of comic books. All of this, and the real story of why the comics industry collapsed in the 90s are coming to you in this, the 18th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

MU/Aeon Press
Edd Vick
Jeff Wood
Speed Racer Episodes on YouTube
Radio Caroline
UK Pirate Radio
Wonder Warthog
Stan Sakai (creator of Usagi Yojimbo)
Steve Gallacci (creator of Albedo Athropomorphics)
Donna Barr (creator of The Desert Peach)
The Desert Peach (which is as great as it is odd)
Dave Sim (creator of Cerebus the Ardvark)
Amateur Press Association (APA)
Kickstarter
Patreon
DeviantArt
Astro City
Black Panther 2016 Comic
One Punch Man
Franken Fran
Assassination Classroom
I am a Hero.
I am a Hero movie trailer.


DNA Podcast 017 – All About Ultraman

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In this episode, Rob and Don do an overview of the Japanese media titan Ultraman, delving into the concepts behind the series, doing an overview of Ultraman’s long history, and talking about their personal connections to the character. All this, and a trip into the world of 80’s independent television, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs

Note- I had a few Mic issues with this one, sorry about the quality of the recording on my side. Also, this is our largest episode to date, but we just couldn’t get Ultraman any smaller!

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed
Ultra Q
Ultraman
The Ultra Series
Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot
Barnaby (Linn Sheldon)
Channel 20 Detroit
Channel 29 Buffalo
Channel 43 Cleveland
Ultraman Pepsi (Cosmos)
Thai Ultraman Licensing
Moonstone
Ultraman in Popular Culture
Ultraman Episode One(Original Series, English Dub)
Ultra 7 Episodes in English (YouTube playlist)
Ultraman Ace episode 1 (Malaysian English Dub)
Ultraman the Anime, Episode One (English dubbed)
Ultraman: The Adventure Begins (Full animated film by Hanna Barbera)
Ultraman: Towards the Future Episode 1 (Australian Ultraman)
Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero Ep 1. (American Ultraman)
Ultraman TIGA Episode 1 (English Subbed, if you’ve never seen Ultraman before, this is a good spot to start.)
Ultraman Dyna Episode 1 (English Subbed)
Ultraman Cosmos Episode 1 (English Subbed)
Ultraman Nexus (Series Playlist, English subbed.)
Ultraman Mebius (Series Playlist, English Subbed.)
Crunchyroll (which currently has 7 different Ultra series up for viewing with English subtitles, including Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Leo, Ultraman 80, Ultraman Max, and the most recent shows, you need a premium account to see them, but can get a free two-week trial.)

 


DNA Podcast 016 – Exploring the Hero Pulps with Gregg Taylor

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In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Gregg Taylor of the Decoder Ring Theatre podcast to talk about a subject that’s near and dear to Gregg’s heart- Pulp Heroes! We talk about the original Batman v. Superman- The Shadow and Doc Savage, how a pulp hero is made by their choice of hats, and why the world of pulp hero The Spider would be an awful place to live! All this, and a discussion of what’s next for Decoder Ring Theatre, is waiting for you in this, the 16th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs!

Note: I want to make a special thanks to Gregg Taylor for being a complete gentleman through what turned out to be a very difficult recording session. You went above and beyond the call, sir, and even The Red Panda himself couldn’t have done better!

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed

Decoder Ring Theatre
The Shadow
Doc Savage
Walter B. Gibson (who wrote 10,000 words A DAY!)
Lester Dent
Lester Dent’s Master Pulp Writing Formula
Elmore Leonard
The Yellow Peril Stories
The Spider
The Phantom Detective
Theodore Tinsley
NY Mayor La Guardia’s Campaign Against the Spicys
Spicy Adventure Covers
Penny Dreadfuls
Episodes of the X-1 Radio Show on Archive.org
Pulpcrazy Podcast (for more about the Pulps)

 


DNA Podcast 015: Podcasting Audio Drama

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In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Jack Ward of the Sonic Society podcast to talk about Jack’s experiences hosting the Internet’s greatest audio drama showcase for over a decade and the thrills and frustrations of being an audio drama producer in the podcast age. Slap on your Podjectors and Flip the switch to join us in this, the 15th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs!

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Podcasting
Adam Curry (The Podfather!)
The Sonic Society
Decoder Ring Theatre
Serial Podcast
The Black Tapes Podcast
Welcome to Night Vale
Electric Vicuna Podcast
Firefly: Old Wounds
Radio Drama
Willis Cooper’s Lights Out
Broken Sea Audio Productions
Darker Projects
Power Records
Patreon
Audio Drama Lovers Facebook Group
Icebox Radio Theatre
Scott Sigler
Destructamundo Podcast (ending the world, one show at a time!)
Host Your Own Old Time Radio Drama (by Craig Robotham)
Chatterbox Audio Theatre
We’re Alive
Midnight Radio Theatre- The Woman in the Basement (listen to it at night with the lights out at night, we double dog dare you!)
Podcast Directories
Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Showcase


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