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Nerd-pod-cast, yeah! This week the gang talks about Teen Titans! Dani and Ify are joined by Ashley Robinson of the Geek History Lesson podcast to break down their favorite moments from the many iterations of the 'Titans' franchise. Whether you watched the cartoon growing up or are a new fan from the live action; get to know all the young heroes on this week's episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

DC Comics: It's Time to Rediscover the Teen Titans


TheGamer: Inappropriate Things You Never Noticed in Teen Titans


CBR: 15 Best Teen Titans Episodes


Ashley on Twitter!





Episode 52: 'Game of Thrones' RECAP

Hello, people of the North! Today the gang is gearing up for the final season of 'Game of Thrones'. Need to catch up before season 8? We got you! With the help of tech and gaming host Trisha Hershberger, Dani and Ify delve into their favorite moments from the show and books. SEASON 1-7 SPOILERS AHEAD !!!

FOOTNOTES:

The Books and The Show

Episode 51: The History of Shazam

Dust off those mint conditions and get ready for a history in comics. This week the gang is discussing the history of the old Captain Marvel ahead of the release of the movie, Shazam! Dani and Ify are joined by Amy Dallen of Geek and Sundry to discuss the many forms of Shazam from early comic appearances leading up to Zachary Levi’s portrayal on the screen. Fear not, there are NO SPOILERS ahead, just a good old fashioned discussion on this week’s Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

DC Database: Captain Marvel

RottenTomatoes: DC’s Most Fun Movie Yet

Variety: Zachary Levi is Pure Pop Charisma - ‘Shazam!’ review

Digital Spy: Here's Why There's Two Captain Marvels on Screen This Year

Amy Dallen on Twitter

Episode 50: The Bechdel Test

Welcome to another educational edition of Nerdificent where we learn about the representation, or lack thereof, of women in film as determined by the Bechdel Test! This week, Dani and Ify are joined by Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante of HowStuffWorks and iHeart's own The Bechdel Cast. The group discuss the history of the test from its first appearance in the comic by Alison Bechdel to the many further tests it has inspired and the awareness they have brought to the many inequalities in Hollywood. Learn a thing or two about your favorite films on this week's episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

Bechdel Cast Twitter

What is the 'Bechdel Test?'

FiveThirtyEight: The Next 'Bechdel Test'


GOOD: The 'DuVernay Test'


The Atlantic: Beyond the 'Bechdel Test'

Episode 49: Afro Anime

Welcome to another incredible edition of Nerdificent! This week Dani and Ify are joined by Onyi and Obi Udeh of Kolanut Productions to discuss the history and progression of Black representation in comics, animation, and culture as a whole. The two brothers share the successes and failures of some of the most successful works featuring Black characters as a lens to guide their own work with Kolanut Productions. Links to their excellent work are right below in the footnotes but sit back and enjoy another episode of Nerdificent!


FOOTNOTES:

Kolanut Patreon

Kolanut Productions Youtube

Kolanut Productions Twitter

WebToons: 'Red Origins'


YouTube: Kisi the Electron Girl Origin Story

The Nerds of Color: Black Masculinity as Performed in Japanese Visual Media


LATimes: American, Japanese pop culture blend in 'Afro Samurai'




BONUS EP: 'Captain Marvel' Film Review **SPOILERS**

Bonus Episode! Dani and Ify are joined by Sam Bashor and Joelle Monique to discuss the 'Captain Marvel' film! SPOILERS AHEAD! 

Episode 48: "How We Got Started"

Grab your pencils and get ready to take notes! This week Dani and Ify delve into their own histories and share some of the moments that got them to where they are today. From sleeping on floors to their first panel, Dani and Ify share the stories and crucial secrets that can help an aspiring talent get started. Learn a little about the voices you love on this episode of Nerdificent!

Episode 47: Captain Marvel

Are you ready to save the Avengers? Answer your pager, it’s time to talk about Captain Marvel! This week Ify is out on Birthday duty and Dani is joined by the owner of the Perky Nerd Comic Book shop, Tiffany Melius, to talk about her favorite 90’s heroine. From Carol Danvers’ love of Star Wars to her many places in the multiverse of Marvel, consider this a primer to the soon to premier Captain Marvel film - all on this week’s Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

Captain Marvel is Becoming The MCU’s Most Controversial Movie (But It Really Shouldn’t)


CBR: 20 Weird Facts About Captain Marvel

Digital Trends: Everything we know about Captain Marvel so far


NYT: Can 'Captain Marvel' fix Marvel's Woman Problem?






Episode 46: Horror Noire

Hello again, nerds, and welcome to another Horror filled episode of Nerdificent! This week Dani and Ify are joined by Writer and Director, Xavier Burgin, to talk about his film ‘Horror Noire’, a documentary about the representation of Black people in Horror films (the first of its kind). Starting way back with ‘Birth of a Nation’ up to where we are today with ‘Horror Noire’. Curl up and get ready for a history lesson on this weeks episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

For the Filmmakers Behind This Timely Documentary, Black History Is Black Horror
COLLIDER: 'Horror Noire' Review: A Captivating Deep Dive into the History of Black Cinema and the Horror Genre

NBC: 'Horror Noire' shines a much-needed light on the history of African-Americans in horror films
VERGE: The Enlightening Doc 'Horror Noire' lays out Black History through Black Horror Films
INDIEWIRE: Jordan Peele Lectures UCLA Film Class on 'Get Out': 'The Sunken Place is the Silencing' of Marginalized People-
VULTURE: 'Horror Noire' is a Lively, Essential History Lesson






Episode 45: Black Panther

Put your Vibranium armor on and get ready to protect Wakanda, this week we’re talking about Black Panther! Dani and Ify are joined by Black Panther Showrunner, Geoffrey Thorne, to discuss all things T’Challa. From the original comic runs to the record-shattering film, every adventure of this Marvel hero is covered in great detail. Sharpen those claws and settle in for another episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

TIME: The Revolutionary Power of Black Panther

NYT: Why ‘Black Panther’ is a Defining Moment for Black America

VOX: Black Panther is a gorgeous, groundbreaking celebration of black culture

Rolling Stone: Black Superheroes Matter: Why a ‘Black Panther’ Movie Is Revolutionary

Marvel Wiki: Black Panther






Episode 44: A Conversation with Women in Gaming

Hello friends and welcome to another episode of Nerdificent. This week the gang is joined by Sam Maggs of Insomniac Games and Janel SantaCruz of Hyper RPG to discuss Women in the world of Video Games. Dani and Ify with help from Sam and Janel talk about their struggles of wanting to work and participate in the world of video games and nerd culture as a whole with toxic masculinity and gatekeeping being the main factors of stifling that desire. This episode we share the many avenues women have entered, evolved, and conquered the world of Video Games as well as ways you too can find and support people with similar dreams and goals. No matter your gender everyone can learn something on today’s episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

LifeWire: The Most Important Women in the History of Video Games


HeadStuff: A Brief History of the Female Representation in Video Games


Polygon: "No Girls Allowed" - Unraveling the story behind the stereotype of video games being for boys

Twine: an Open-Source Tool for Telling Interactive, Nonlinear Stories




Episode 43: Harley Quinn

Oh hey there, puddin'! Got somethin' special for ya! This week the gang gives you the details on Harley Quinn. Dani and Ify are joined by Tara Strong, voice of Harley Quinn and too many other characters to name, to talk about this comic book heroine. From her start in the Batman animated series to her many appearances in comics, video games, and movies the gang gives Harley her due diligence with a little insight into how Tara made Harley her own. All that and more on this week's episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

ComicBook: The Last Laugh: Mapping Harley Quinn's Rise as a Pop Culture Icon

COMPLEX: An Oral History of Harley Quinn

Vanity Fair: Is Suicide Squad's Harley Quinn the Most Divisive Character in Comics?

VULTURE: The Hidden Story of Harley Quinn and How She Became the Superhero World's Most Successful Woman

Official Batman Wiki: Harley Quinn




Episode 42: The Legend of Zelda Franchise

Pick up your Ocarina and get ready to save Hyrule because we're talking about The Legend of Zelda! This week Dani and Ify are joined by Geek Bomb creator Maude Garrett to discuss everyone's favorite elf and some people's least favorite fairy (Hey! Listen to this episode!) The three discuss the many games of the series and how they all do and do not connect as well as their favorite moments from the franchise. Fill up your heart meter with this week's episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

Nintendo Everything: The Design of Link

MetaCritic: The Legend of Zelda games ranked Worst to Best

Official Zelda Wiki


GameSpot: A Brief History of Music in Video Games







Episode 41: My Little Pony

Wanna be part of our Mane Six? Grab those headphones and get ready to be best friends because we're talking about the My Little Pony franchise! This week Dani and Ify are joined by Transgender SuperModel Arisce Wanzer to discuss these very pretty ponies and the world that surrounds them. The three touch on where MLP came from and how it grew into a media empire spawning its own unique fandom. Whether your new to the ponies or a full on Brony you'll get your kicks on today's episode of Nerdificent! 

FOOTNOTES:

GEEK REPLY: The Brony Fandom Has an Image Problem

WaPo: The Grown Men Who Love My Little Pony
WIRED: In Defense of Bronies
DailyDot: My Little Pony: A Study
TheWrap: Top 5 Episodes Ranked: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic



Episode 40: The Punisher`

Revenge is a dish best served with a side of podcast, or something like that. This week the gang is talking about the vigilante anti-hero, the Punisher. Dani and Ify are joined by Collider’s own Coy Jandreau to discuss Frank Castle and the many facets of this tortured character. This gun-toting hero has been the subject of both adulation and controversy and the gang makes sure to not miss an angle. Join us for this week’s episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

The VERGE: Netflix’s Punisher would be timely if it had anything coherent to say about gun violence
Den of Geek: The Punisher and the Question of Gun Violence in America
WIRED: The Punisher and Gun Violence
AV Club: The Punisher Tries and Fails to Start a Conversation about Gun Violence







BONUS EP: Clip Show #2

Dani and Ify give you their favorite moments from 2018 in part 2 of this New Year Clip Show!

BONUS EP: Clip Show #1

Dani and Ify give you their favorite moments from 2018 in part 1 of this Holiday Clip Show!

Episode 39: ASMR

Merry Christmas, Nerd-Fam! This week we’re having an almost Silent Night as we say our “Goodbyes” to 2018. Ify and Dani, back in her seat for hosting duties, discuss the quiet culture of ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. The duo talk about their triggers and what they do and do not like about the whispers and noises that give some people the tingles, including the potential medical benefits of the said sensations. Enjoy the Holiday season and kick back with your favorite nerds on this episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

STUDY: ASMR: a flow-like mental state by Emma Barratt and Nick Davis

FORBES: ASMR Could Have Health Benefits


MEDIUM: Why are Whispering Videos So Popular on YouTube?


BUSTLE: Is ASMR good for you?


VOX: ASMR Explained


ASMR Amy: Very Intense Breathing Sounds

The Most Satisfying Slime Video Compilation

Episode 38: X-Men: The Animated Series

Put on your yellow spandex and get ready to take down Magneto, this week the gang is talking about X-Men: The Animated Series! Once again Ify is joined by Ed Greer on co-hosting duties to nerd out on muscle-clad mutants. The two talk about which Wolverine suit is best, whether Jubilee’s abilities actually did anything and many more tales from the TV. Channel all the mutants and tell them to tune in for another episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

CBR: Top 15 X-Men: Animated Series Episodes


HR: 'X-Men' at 25: The Unlikely Story of the Animated Hit No Network Wanted

MAUW: X-Men (TV Series)


ET Online: How 'X-Men' Became One of TV's Best Animated Series







Episode 37: Miles Morales

Grab your Spidey suit and swing into this episode about Miles Morales! This week Ify is joined by Ed Greer of Screen Junkies and Aaron Powell of Aaron Saves the Universe to discuss this new Spider-Man. The trio wax poetic on the importance and influence of Miles’ addition to the Marvel Universe as well as some of their favorite moments of his timeline. Become Spider-Man on this week’s episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

Marvel Database: Miles Morales

Gamespot: Who the Hell is Miles Morales?


"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" Trailer


USA Today: Half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man Revealed, 2011


Buy the Comics: Midtown Comics - "Miles Morales"