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)

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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


DNA Episode 47 – The History of Manga (Part 1)

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In this episode, Rob and Don journey back into the past of Japanese comic books to explore it from its roots 1300 years ago until the great experimental manga age of the 1970s.  They explore the European roots of Manga, how the medium was shaped by the winds of Japan’s history, and the major figures who helped make manga what it is today. All this, and how Go Nagai brought sex and violence to Japanese children’s television, 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 Brief History of Manga by Helen McCarthy
Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics by Fredrick L. Scholt
Shojo Comics
Shonen Comics
The Vampire Diaries
Toba-E (Toba Scrolls)
Reddit
Furry Comics (Hard to find a non-porn link….)
Tokugawa Shogunate
Hokusai
Dreams of a Fisherman’s Wife
Punch Magazine (UK)
The Meiji Restoration
Charles Wirgham
Japanese Story Scrolls
Georges Bigot
Toba-E Magazine (Bigot)
Rakuten Kitazawa
Frank A. Nankivell
Sakhalin Islands
The Russo-Japanese War
The Great Kanto Earthquake
Norakuro
Beetle Bailey
Machiko Hasegawa
Sazae-san
Thimble Theatre
Tank Tankuro
Felix the Cat
Yon-Koma
George Gaynes
Kashi-Bon (Rental Comics)
Osamu Tezuka

1954 Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency
Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom)
Princess Knight
A Drifting Life about Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Tesujin 28 (Gigantor)
Gekiga
Seinen Comics
Star of the Giants
Ashita no Joe (Tomorrow’s Joe)
Rose of Versailles
Area 88
Ernie Colón (and if you’re wondering what American shojo might look like)
Amethyst Princess of Gemworld
Golgo 13
Go Nagai
Shameless School
Kekko Kamen
Lone Wolf and Cub
Shonen Jump
Mazinger Z
Super Robot Anime/Manga
Cutie Honey
Fan Service
Cyborg 009
Manga Hulk
Supaidaa Man
Bat Manga
American Comics in Japan (also this)
Shotaro Ishinomori
Leiji Matsumoto


DNA Podcast 046 – Interview with Larry Houston

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In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Larry Houston, storyboard artist and animation producer, to talk about his history in animation and work on X-men: The Animated Series. The trio discuss how Larry broke into the animation industry back in the 1980’s, what  it was like to work with Stan Lee, and his techniques for sneaking things past the TV censors.  All this, and how Larry ended up creating the coolest openings in TV animation history, and waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Larry F. Houston (IMDB)
Astro Boy
Will Meugniot Interview (DNA)
Mark Evanier
Hanna Barbera
Filmation
Don Christianson
Sport Billy
Stan Lee
Thundarr the Barbarian
Gil Kane
Jacky Kirby
Rick Hoberg
Russ Heath
Lone Ranger Tarzan Hour
Jane Fonda
Ted Turner
X-Men the Animated Series
Genosha
Saban Entertainment
Graz Enteratinment
Laputa
Ruby Spears Productions
Alex Toth
Art Vitello
Andrew Lumis (How to Draw the Human Figure)
Boyd Kirkland
Robocop Alpha Commando
The Karate Kid (Cartoon)
Lupin the 3rd
Galtar the Golden Lance
GI Joe the Movie Opening
Mighty Orbots Opening
The Spirit


DNA Episode 045 – Affluence in the Media

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In this episode, Rob and Don delve into the topic of Affluence in the Media. Where do our ideas of wealth come from? How does the media shape our ideas of what it is to be wealthy? And why is Richie Rich a post-apocalyptic warlord? All this, and Sigmund Freud’s Nephew are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

1984
Orwell’s A, B, and C (The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism)
Dan Carlin
Capitalism vs Socialism
Edward Bernays
The Century of the Self
The Honeymooners
The Bickersons
Fibber McGee and Molly
Commando
Grunge Music
Undercover Boss
Dragon’s Den
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Product Placement
Cutthroat Kitchen
Top Gun Product Placement
Macross Vending Machine
AirForce Ones by Nelly
Life Lessons of an Ad Man -Rory Sullivan
School Choice Movement
Cognitive Dissonance
Behaviorism
Biological Determinism
Dark Conspiracy
Cyberpunk 2.0.2.0.
Richie Rich


DNA Podcast 044 – Musical Brains

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In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by their friend Richard Moule to discuss music and how it affects us. The trio explore the physical processes behind our reactions and interactions with music and discuss how music and humans evolved together over time. The three also delve into music as soundtrack, and discuss the ways in which moviemakers use music to control and shape the emotions of the audience. All this, and  why John Williams owes Gustav Holst royalties is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Dr. Daniel Levitan
Sylvanian Nose Flute (earliest musical instrument)
Yoruba Tribe Talking Drums
Edgar Varez (Experimental Composer)
Insane Clown Posse Fucking Magnets How Do they Work?
Troubadours
Skalds
A History of Talkies and Silent Film
Holst’s The Planets
John Carpenter (composer)
Dio
Post-Rock
Invisble Soundtrack Music
Tortoise
Thrill Jockey
Radiohead
Opening to JAWS
Tubular Bells (it’s a classic, but this is my fave take on it!)
Hans Zimmer
Midnight Express
The Revenant
You Could Be Mine
Blood Red Skies
Lalo Schifrin (Dirty Hairy Soundtrack)
John Barry
Barry Gray (actual composer of the Thunderbirds)
Disco
Saturday Night Fever
The Meteors
Music in Neo-Natal Wards
The Simpsons- Yvan Eht Nioj


DNA Podcast 043 – Post Apocalyptic RPGs

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In this episode, Don and Rob are joined again by their friend Chad to discuss Post-Apocalyptic (Tabletop) Role Playing Games. The three discuss the different ways in which an RPG can be Post-Apocalyptic, the importance of post-apocalyptic hygiene, and then go through the history of the Post-Apocalyptic gaming genre with side trips into movies, anime and pop-culture. All this, and why The Flintstones is a post-apocalyptic setting, 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 Post Apocalyptic RPGs
The Oregon Trail
The Road
Mad Max
The Fist of the North Star
Future Shock
The Planet of the Apes
Panic in Year Zero!
Metamorphosis Alpha
Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
The Starlost
Endless Quest- Light On Quests Mountain
Gamma World
Thundarr the Barbarian
Radioactive Dreams
Aftermath FGU
The Late Great Planet Earth
The Morrow Project
Fallout video game
Tri-Tac Games
TMNT RPG
After the Bomb
Road Hogs
Twlight 2000
Traveller
Traveller 2300
Battletech
Robotech
Macross
Southern Cross
Invid Invasion
Mospeda
RIFTS
Logan’s Run
The Omega Man
Beyond the Supernatural
Car Wars
Mutant Year Zero
The End of the World
This is the End (movie)
Apocalypse World
Deadworld
Samurai Jack
World of Darkness