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

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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)
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


DNA Podcast 042 – Dungeons and Dragons

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In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by fellow gamer Jack Ward to discuss the granddaddy of tabletop roleplaying- Dungeons and Dragons. The intrepid trio throw on their adventuring gear and delve deep into the many editions of D&D while sharing their thoughts on how D&D became a cultural fixture in our society.  All this, and why you need to roll for initiative right now!… are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Image Credits (Used under CC 2.0 License):
Galfragnog The Mighty DM by Scott Macleod

Things Discussed:

Chainmail
Dungeons and Dragons
1:1 Scale Gundam
Tolkien and Led Zepplin
The Crying Native by the Side of the Road
Hunter in the Dark Monica Hules
In Children’s Books Food replaces Sex
Greyhawk
Blackmoor
AD&D
Tunnels and Trolls
King of Kong
Dragonlance
Forgotten Realms
Stranger Things
12 Famous People Who Play D&D
Record of Lodoss War
Interview with Will Meugniot
Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon
Shannara
Dragon Riders of Pern
Wizards of the Coast
Red Wedding Reaction Videos
Ral Partha
D&D Toys
Strongheart and Warduke
Pathfinder
6 Best Editions of D&D
Ranked List of Best RPGS of All Time
Orc with a Pie D&D
Brandon Sanderson
Piers Anthony
Community D&D
Harmonquest


DNA Podcast 041 – Remakes, Sequels and Reboots. Oh My!

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In this episode, Don and Rob sit down to discuss the issues involved with remakes, prequels, sequels and reboots, and why at best they’re a tough act to pull off well, and at worst they’re totally awful. Along the way, they delve into the nature of story itself and how stories reflect the writers and society. All that, and why the Ice Cream Man was an important figure in Star Wars lore (at least according to Don), is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Romance Novel Formula
The Anatomy of Story
Humans are wired to learn through story.
Friday the 13th
SCREAM
Why The Force Awakens Bombed in China
Murder Mystery Formula
Audiences Like Films Better when they know what happens
The Green Hornet: movie and character
The Phantom Edit
Star Wars Ice Cream Man (Willrow Hood)


DNA Podcast 040 – Mister Kitty’s Stupid Comics

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In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by Shain and Dave from Misterkitty.org to talk about their ongoing Stupid Comics project where they showcase some of the most awful and unique pieces of comic book art visited upon mankind. Along the way, the four talk about the pair’s Mister Kitty’s Lo-Fi Landfill audio project, really really oldschool anime, whether Archie is really comics or not, and the demise of local culture. All this, and how to make friends in high school using Omaha the Cat Dancer, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

 

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

MisterKitty.org
Stupid Comics
Mr. Kitty’s Lo-Fi Landfill
Guardians of Justice and the O Force
Anime Weekend Atlanta
Anime North
Anime Hell
Corn Pone Flicks
Don Rickles meets Jimmy Olsen
Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew!
Bizarre Sex Comic
Omaha the Cat Dancer
Robert Crumb
Fletcher Hanks
Stardust the Super Wizard
Phantoma the Mystery Woman
Dan DeCarlo
Archie Superheroes
Danguard Ace
Danguard Ace Compilation Films (watch online)
Captain Harlock
Shingo Araki
Prince Planet
8 Man
Kurt Scaffenberger
When Stupid Comics Ruled the World
How to Publish Comics the Solson Way
Sue Cat
Chargeman Ken
Horror Hosts
Littlest Hobo
Kids in the Hall

 


DNA Podcast 039 – Bad Movies We Love

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In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by their friend Chad to talk about the movies that they know are awful, but can’t help but have soft spots in their hearts for. This journey takes the trio from classic 50’s monster movies, to the heights of 80s cheese and the depths of Asia’s cinematic vaults. Thrill to Chad’s love of Ed Wood! Stare in shock at Don’s encyclopedic knowledge of 80’s horror! Wonder at Rob’s passion for backwoods monsters! All this, and Don’s dramatic twist surprise that Rob and Chad didn’t see coming, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Don’s Top 3:
3) Better Off Dead
2) Inframan
1) The Star Wars Holiday Special

Chad’s Top 3:
3) Plan 9 From Outer Space
2) King Kong Escapes (trailer)
1) Daoism Drunkard

Rob’s Top 3:
3) Kung Fu Cult Master
2) Godzilla vs. Megalon (trailer)
1) Hawk the Slayer (trailer)

(Dis)-Honorable Mentions:
Deathstalker II
Riki-Oh- The Story of Riki
The Death Master
The Legend of Boggy Creek
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (trailer)
The Dungeon Master (trailer)
War of the Gargantuas (trailer)
The Giant Claw
Terrorvision (trailer)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (trailer)
Buckaroo Banzai March
My Name is Nobody (trailer)
The Class of 1999 (trailer)
Mad Monster Party (trailer)
Wild Zero (trailer)
Watership Down (trailer)
When the Wind Blows
Psychomania
THEM (trailer)
BEN (trailer)
Of Unknown Origin (trailer)
Neco z Alenky Alice (trailer)
Chinese Ghost Story
The Daoism Song


DNA Podcast 038 – Interview with Spiritual Medium Mary Bezaire

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with a “spirit” purported to be his deceased son.

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with psychic medium Mary Bezaire to discuss what it’s like to see spirits and be a channel into the unknown. The three discuss a wide variety of topics, from the nature to spirit guides, to the most haunted places in Essex County, to the existence of evil spirits. All this, and the question of what happens to us after we pass on are waiting for you this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Spirit Guides
Power Animals
Touched by an Angel
Buddhist Philosophy
Spectral Solutions (Windsor, Ontario Ghost Hunters)
Heritage Village of Essex County
Little Devil Picture (she never sent it along, sorry)
Paul Martin House (aka Harry Low House) in Windsor
Spectral Solutions Sigh Audio (couldn’t find it, maybe it was taken down?)
Ley Lines
Speaking in Tongues
The Real Annabelle (Loraine Warren)
The Conjuring
John Zaffis (The Haunted Collector)
Chip Coffey
Aleister Crowley
Andrew Jackson Davis
Arthur Findlay
White Eagle Publishing
Arthur Conan Doyle
Ruth Montgomery
Mary Summer Rain
Mountains, Meadows and Moonbeams
Doreen Virtue
Sylvia Brown
Zazen Meditation