Next Episode August 17th

Due to life and other unfortunate circumstances, the next episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs will be delayed until August 17th.

While you’re waiting, use the time to go check out the latest episode of the Sonic Society’s Summer Playhouse!


Show delayed until May 4th

Hi all!

Due to life getting in the way, our next episode will be released on May 4th.

Sorry about the delay.


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!


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 if you haven’t already. (You’re missing something awesome if you haven’t.)


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

Page from Tagosaku and Mokube's Big Toyko Adventure

Page from Tagosaku and Mokube’s Big Toyko Adventure

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)
Furry Comics (Hard to find a non-porn link….)
Tokugawa Shogunate
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
Beetle Bailey
Machiko Hasegawa
Thimble Theatre
Tank Tankuro
Felix the Cat
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)
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 028 – The Nature of Nerdliness


In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with guest Jack Ward to discuss what it means to be a nerd. The trio discuss exactly what nerds are, where they came from, and whether nerds as a concept is even still relevant in modern culture.  All this, and why The Nutty Professor was the great nerd hero of the 20th century are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:
The Anarchist movement
The IT Crowd
Oscar Wilde
The Nutty Professor (trailer)
Science Fiction Conventions
Our Gang
Starfleet Command Fan Organization
Mysterious Universe
Snake Theory of Human Evolution
Metal- A Headbanger’s Journey (trailer)
Led Zeppelin and Tolkien
Star Wars and Flash Gordon
Easy Riders – Raging Bulls
Howard the Duck (movie review)
C-3PO’s Cereal (video review)
Heavy Metal Magazine
Custer’s Revenge (video review)
The Nintendo Power Glove (video review)
Oliver Twist
The Picwick Papers
Hammy Hamster’s Adventures on the Riverbank (video)

DNA Podcast 026 – Indie RPGs with Graham MacLean


In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by scholar and game designer Graham MacLean to talk about the Independent Tabletop RPG scene. The trio talk about the origins of Indie RPGs, why D&D was the first Indie RPG, and how the Fruitful Void can make you look at games in a new way. All this, and heaping helping of Paranoia are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

D&D 1st Edition
Empire of the Petal Throne
Bully Pulpit Games
Evil Hat Productions
Palladium Books
Apocalypse World
It Came from the Late Late Late Show
The Forge Indie RPG Community
Narrativist Theory
Over the Edge
Dogs in the Vineyard
Fruitful Void
Emily Care Boss
Story Games
Dog Eat Dog
Ron Edwards (game designer)
Do- Pilgrims of the Flying Temple
The Unstore
Robin D. Laws
Pelegrine Press
Legend of the Five Rings
Shotgun Diaries
Cosmic Patrol
Feng Shui: Shadowfist
The Mountain Witch
Lady Blackbird
Castle Falkenstein
Old School Renaisance Games
Monster Hearts
Golden Sky Stories
Weapons of the Gods
401 Games in Toronto
Alternate Reality Games
Second Life

DNA Podcast 025 – The Kevin Doak Comedy Hour


In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with comedian Kevin Doak to discuss comedy and the nerdly arts. The trio debate which superhero you want to have over for dinner, why the Walking Dead needs more laughs, and the depressed turnout of Batman v. Superman. All this, and why Shawn of the Dead is the most realistic zombie movie ever, is waiting for you in this, the 25th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things discussed:
Don Rickles
Honest Trailers Batman v. Superman
Shawn of the Dead
Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon
The Dresden Files
Terry Prachett
Piers Anthony



New Listener’s Facebook Group

By request, I’ve created a new fan page for the podcast on Facebook for those who frequent such places. Come and join the fun  on our Operatives of the Department of Nerdy Affairs Facebook group!

GURPS: Pokemon Rules

Don has been kind enough to collate the core of his GURPS:Pokemon rules into a PDF and share them with whoever wants to try running a GURPS:Pokemon campaign.




Download Link.