DNA Podcast 085 – Media and the Law

In this episode, Rob, Don and Jack Ward discuss the relationships between the law and entertainment media. These three gumshoes leave no stone unturned as they delve into the seedy and often antagonistic relationship between those who make the rules and those who make the fun. Along the way, they discuss how copyright law has affected Audio Drama, real-life superheroes, and a surprising amount of adult material. All this, and why the king of Prussia was one sneaky S.O.B., is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Google Books Uncovers Massive Plagiarism
How Mickey and Superman Changed Copyright Law
Broken Sea Audio
Conan the Barbarian Copyright Issues
The History of Trademarks
The History of Copyright
History of Disclaimers
Disney
DC Comics
Marvel Comics
Pendant Productions
Brampton Batman
The Crimson Canuck
Batman Dead End
Spider-Man in Television
Audio Drama Ratings System
A History of PG-13
Dreams of Fisherman’s Wife by Hokusai (NSFW)
Libel
Slander
Parody
Ratings Systems
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
Marg Warrior Princess
Star Trek: The Next Generation a XXX Parody (Trailer)
The Air Pirates
Censorship
Friendly Franks – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Japanese Comic Book Demographics
Inspector Kurokochi
King of Prussia Markets Potatoes
Chinpokomon South Park

 

Jack’s Notes:

Lone Ranger Unmasked
http://mentalfloss.com/article/12536/court-ordered-unmasking-lone-ranger
But Moore’s career hit a speed bump in 1978, when Jack Wrather, who still owned the rights to the character, obtained a court order barring him from appearing in public as the Lone Ranger. The suit came because Universal Pictures felt it was time for a new take on the legendary masked man.
After a year-long court battle, Moore lost the right to wear the mask in 1979, a move that devastated both him and his fans. Moore was quoted as saying, “It felt like a slap in the face.”

Gary McKinnon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_McKinnon
McKinnon stated that he was able to get into the military’s networks simply by using a Perl script that searched for blank passwords; in other words his report suggests that there were computers on these networks with the default passwords active.
He said he investigated a NASA photographic expert’s claim that at the Johnson Space Center’s Building 8, images were regularly cleaned of evidence of UFO craft, and confirmed this, comparing the raw originals with the “processed” images. He stated to have viewed a detailed image of “something not man-made” and “cigar shaped” floating above the northern hemisphere, and assuming his viewing would be undisrupted owing to the hour, he did not think of capturing the image because he was “bedazzled”, and therefore did not think of securing it with the screen capture function in the software at the point when his connection was interrupted.

Real Life Superheroes
https://listverse.com/2013/03/24/10-outrageous-real-life-superheroes/
Knight Warrior- Supernatural Power- to make the world a better place
Although he doesn’t have any combat training, gadgets, weapons, or identifiable means of protection, he does have a flashy costume, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need to get people’s attention. According to him, “When people see me coming up it does tend to stun them into silence.” Knight Warrior lives with his mother.

Wheel Clamp Man

His main “heroic” activity is a full-fledged crime—he patrols Perth with an angle grinder and cuts wheel clamps off cars that have been illegally parked.Dressed in a skintight green leotard, rainbow socks, and a glue-on mustache, Wheel Clamp Man has only been working in the area for a relatively short time, but motorists are grateful for his help in helping them avoid a $135 fine.

Dark Guardian

New York, Inspiring video taking out a drug dealer out of the park
https://vimeo.com/3529737

Captain Australia

With gardening gloves flexed and ampersat blazing, Captain Australia is waging a one-man war against crime in Fortitude Valley. In his day life he’s a stay-at-home father of two, but a desire to clean up Queensland’s streets has motivated him to put together a makeshift costume and patrol some of the “seedier areas” of Brisbane at night.

Thanatos

Vancouver! Wearing a black trench coat, black hat, and a green skull mask, Thanatos takes a community involvement approach to vigilante justice, passing out food and clothing to people on the street, even though he still keeps an eye out for any crimes that cross his path.

Phoenix Jones

Seattle Washington is an MMA fighter. Bullet proof vest and armor plating

The Flashing Blade

Has only been involved in one incident so far, but it was definitely bizarre. A gang armed with chains and knives attacked two detectives in South Shields in 2007. The detectives were unarmed, but out of nowhere a man leaped into the fight, swinging a katana and shouting, “Leave him alone, he’s a police officer!” The sword caught one of the gang members on the arm, and the rest of them turned and ran, according to the report.After the detectives were safe, The Flashing Blade disappeared and was never seen again. The only description the police got was that he was white, in his 40s, and had a mustache. So, be on the lookout.

Chinese Redbud Woman.
http://www.chinahush.com/2011/12/31/female-superhero-chinese-redbud-woman-appears-in-beijing/
She has been spotted several times in Beijing wearing a mask and cape and handing out food to homeless people on the streets.Are these people vigilantes, putting their lives and the lives of others in danger, or are they actually making a difference in whatever way they can?

Paramount and Axanar
https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/21/cbs-and-paramount-settle-lawsuit-with-star-trek-fan-film/
Official fan guidelines. Specifically, the production can only be 30 minutes long in total, and even then it has to be split into two parts. The Axanar film also can’t have “Star Trek” in the title, cannot use public crowd-funding and may not compensate any of the professional talent for their work.

Flagpole sitting
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_sitting
Flagpole sitting was a fad in the mid-to-late 1920s. The fad was begun by stunt actor and former sailor[2] Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly, who sat on a flagpole, either on a dare by a friend[3] or as a publicity stunt.[2] Shipwreck’s initial 1924 sit lasted 13 hours and 13 minutes. It soon became a fad with other contestants setting records of 12, 17 and 21 days. In 1929, Shipwreck decided to reclaim the title. He sat on a flagpole for 49 days in Atlantic City, New Jersey, setting a new record.[4] The following year, 1930, his record was broken by Bill Penfield in Strawberry Point, Iowa who sat on a flagpole for 51 days and 20 hours, until a thunderstorm forced him down. Flagpole sitting in the 1920s was a major part of the decade. For the most part, pole sitting died out after 1929, with the onset of the Depression.

Conan the Barbararian and Broken Sea
www.sffaudio.com/conan-and-new-zealands-new-copyright-law-vs-broken-sea/
February 24, 2009
An intellectual property company has been harassing fans that were making audio versions of public domain Robert E. Howard CONAN stories.

They’d keep going, but the new fucked-up New Zealand copyright law will shut down their whole operation if the company complains.

Broken Sea Audio Productions, headquartered in New Zealand, has shut down all their Robert E. Howard projects after receiving another threatening letter from the lawyers for Conan Properties International LLC (aka Paradox Entertainment).

Disney, Universal and Warner Brothers
https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2017/12/13/hollywood-is-about-to-become-a-cage-match-between-disney-universal-and-warner-bros/#5823958243fa


DNA Podcast 084 – Food in Popular Culture

Ronald McDonald 1.0

In this episode, Rob and Don explore the weird relationship between food and popular culture. From C3POs to Mac Tonight, the pair discuss how food is both shunned and adored in popular culture, and how this relationship has changed over time. Along the way, they ask the big questions, like “Can you eat D&D Monsters?” and “Why are North American so afraid of food in their media?” All this, and the Creepy Burger King, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

C3PO’s
Cerial Box Prizes
Tokyo Midnight Diner
Bartender Manga
The Stuff
Descent into the Depths of the Earth (D&D)
The Underdark
Delicious in the Dungeon
Toriko
Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon
Restaurant in Another World
Nobunaga’s Chef
Isekai Izakaya “Nobu”
Dr. Stone
Iron Chef
Cutthroat Kitchen
Wok With Yan
Julia Child
Gordon Ramsey
Anthony Bordain
Alton Brown
Good Eats
NHK World
Aunt Jemima
Mascots
Ronald McDonald
Ronald McDonald Dating
Mac Tonight
Wendy’s Twitter Feed
Burger King Bearskin Rug
The Burger King
Elias’s Big Boy
Petey Wheat (Scroll down….)
Volto From Mars
Folgers Coffee Romantic Commercials (Taster’s Choice actually….)
Long Long Man Japanese Commercial Series (HAW! Subtle!)
Messin With Sasquatch
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma


DNA Episode 083 – Warhammer with Professor Otaku

In this episode, Don and Rob are joined again by Professor Otaku to discuss the legendary tabletop miniatures game Warhammer. From the original Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay to the glory that is Warhammer 40k, the trio dive deep into the dark lore of the game which rules basement tables and hobby shops across the UK. Along the way, they discuss how the game has changed over the years, the things that make the Warhammer setting unique, and their own memories of playing the game. All this, and so much fun the inquisition would outlaw it, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Games Workshop
White Dwarf
Citadel Miniatures
Warhammer
Warhammer RPG
Warhammer 40K
Rogue Trader
The Knight Sabres/Bubblegum Crisis
Bretonia
Age of Sigmar
Mordheim
Adeptus Titanicus
40K: The Dark Imperium Map
The Eldar
The Tau
Bolt-Thrower


DNA Podcast 082 – Character Progression and Gamerisms in Media

In this episode Don and Rob discuss Don’s view that tabletop RPGs and video games have influenced the way people write and consume stories. Delving deep into the topic, the pair discuss Kung Fu movies, westerns, Isekai stories and (naturally) litRPGs. All this and a deep discussion into where Dr. Who went wrong and how it’s connected to sitcoms, 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 Lester Dent Pulp Formula
Michael Moorcock’s How to Write a Book in Three Days
White Box Dungeons and Dragons
The Hero’s Journey
Commando (movie)
The Shaw Brothers (That’s all you need to know….)
Horse Operas
The Rebel: Johnny Yuma
Shout Factory TV
Go (the game)
Where Eagles Dare
Die Hard
litRPGs
Dragonball Z
“It’s over 9000!”
Isekai
The Righteous Avenger Plot (from my blog)
Death Wish
WTF Happened to PG-13? (YouTube Video)
No Game No Life (Abridged Version)
Rocky (film)
All the Write Moves by R.A. Paterson
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
The Kishotenketsu
Buffy The Vanpire Slayer
BLEACH Manga
Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star)
Two Broke Girls
How I Met Your Mother


DNA Podcast 081 – DNA Millwood Chapter with Anika and Matt


A while ago, friend of the show Jack Ward approached us about making his High School’s nerdly arts club into a branch of the Department of Nerdly Affairs. We naturally were flattered, and accepted- thus the DNA Millwood Chapter was born! Now we sit down with Anika MacMullen and her co-president Matt Bambrick to talk about the club, it’s membership, and their activities. Then Anika and Matt turn the tables on us, and interview Don and Rob about some burning questions they have about our organization. So, sit back and enjoy this very special Christmas episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

DNA Millwood Chapter Twitter Page
Leigh Brackett
Sword Art Online Progressive
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
E-sports
The Dark Dungeons Pamphlet
The Sword and Lazer Podcast
SHAZAM!/Captain Marvel


DNA Podcast 080 – J-Novel Club with Sam Pinansky

In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by J-Novel club founder Sam Pinansky. J-Novel club is the largest online seller of translated Japanese Light Novels, and one of the pioneers in bringing these Japanese works to English readers. During this great interview, the trio discuss Sam’s journey to becoming a publisher, the nature of the English Light Novel market, and why Light Novels are exploding in popularity in English right now. All this, and the challenges of translating Japanese Light Novel names into English, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed

J-Novel Club Website
String Theory
Quantum Field Theory
Quantum Entanglement
Light Novels
Sword Art Online
Konosuba
Goblin Slayer
In Another World with My Smartphone
Tezuka Productions
Hobby Japan
Overlap
Media Factory
Kodansha
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
Last and First Idol
Doujinshi (he called them Doujin)
Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World
An Archdemon’s Dilmmea: How to Love Your Elf Bride
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
Arifuretta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
Me? A Genius? I’ve been Reincarnated into Another World But I Think They’ve Got the Wrong Idea!
Apprently It’s My Fault My Husband Has the Head of a Beast!
My Next Life as a Villianess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
I Can’t Believe My Little Sister is This Cute!
Invaders of the Rokujoma
Chuunibyo
Record of Lodoss War
The Light Novel Review YouTube Channel
Shosetsu ni Naro! (I Want to Become a Novelist) Website


Episode Delayed

The next episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs, an interview with J-Novel Club founder Sam Pinansky, will be released Friday December 7th.

Don’t miss it!

Rob


DNA Podcast 079 – Giant Robot Smackdown with Professor Otaku

Image result for g-fighter gundam ready go

In this episode, Don and Rob enter the arena of giant robot combat with blazing hearts to face off with Professor Otaku- mecha history expert extraordinaire! The three discuss why Japan is so darn fascinated by giant robots, super robots vs. real robots, and the nature of mecha anime characters. Then, for the main event, Don and Professor Otaku spar off against each other over the Professor’s scathing review of G-Fighter Gundam in a clash so powerful that we only have audio because the cameras all melted! All this, and a surprisingly deep discussion of racism, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Professor Otaku’s YouTube Channel (D2)
Professor Otaku’s Review of G-Fighter Gundam
G-Gundam Visual List of Gundams by Country
Gundam Wing
Yaoi
Voltron
History of Mecha
Gundam Retrospective
Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets
Star Blazers
Macross
Your Name (movie)
Aldonoah Zero
Darling in the Franxx
Chuck Wendig
Dan Abnett
GaoGaiGar
Getta Robo
Yoshiyuki Tomino
Koji Kabuto
Ideon
Evangelion
Mazinger Z
Cyborg 009
My Hero Academia
Sword Art Online
Shadowrun
Panzer World Galient
SPT Layzner
Mobile Suit Gundam
Ronin Warriors
Combattler V
Fist of the North Star
Leiji Matsumoto
Blame
Blue Oyster Cult
Mobile Suit G-Fighter Gundam
Essentialism
The Thermian Argument
Galaxy Quest
The Tequila Gundam (Called the “Spike Gundam” in the dub)
Afro-Futurism
Battletech
Shogun Warriors
Mighty Orbots
Robot Jox
Bubblegum Crisis
Gunsmith Cats
Riding Bean
Kenichi Sonoda
Warhammer 40K


DNA Podcast 078 – We Robots with Jack Ward

Image result for historical robots

In this episode, Rob, Don, and their friend Jack Ward attempt to delve into robots in popular culture, but what was intended as a light jaunt into robots and their place in entertainment turns into a deep existential discussion about what it really means to be human. Along the way, the trio explore possible definitions of what a robot is, how robots might truly be the children of men, and questions of our relationship with the machines around us. All that, and naturally sex robots, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Hero of Alexandria
The Turing Test
The Golem
Talos
George Carlin First Appearance on SNL
Bicentennial Man
A.I. by Speilberg
Ex Machina (movie)
Maria from Metropolis
Robby the Robot
The Three Laws of Robotics
Erewhon by Samuel Butler
A Mexican Mystery by W. Grove
Tetsuwan Atom/Astro Boy
The Questor Tapes
Lost in Space
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō (this might be the one about the robot girl after the apocalypse, not sure)
The Uncanny Valley
Younger Dryas impact hypothesis (comet wipes out civilization)
The AD Police
Red Dwarf
Rick and Morty
D20 Gamma World
The Monkey Sphere
City Story by Clifford D. Samack
The Culture Series by Iain M. Banks


DNA Podcast 077 – Hub Comics with Tim Finn and Jesse Farrell

In this episode, Rob and Don team do an international team-up with Tim Finn and Jesse Farrell of Hub Comics of Somerville, Mass. to expose the true nature of owning a comic shop in this modern age. Thrill as the intrepid foursome discuss the perils of pissing off your comic reading audience. Gasp as Tim and Jesse expose the hidden side behind the counter at Hub Comics and what really goes on when the doors close. Shudder as the true reading habits of comic shop denizens are laid bare for your eyes to behold. All this, and more references to Persepolis than you can count, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs!

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Hub Comics
DC INK line
DC Zoom line
Marvel Superhero Adventures
 Art School Confidential
Ghost World
Warriors Novels (fantasy cats)
Nonplayer
Criminal
Moebius
Understanding Comics
Neil Gaiman
MICE: Mass. Independent Comics Expo
Persepolis
Fun Home
Maus
Sandman
SAGA
March by John Lewis
Toon Books