Right Now in Nerdificent

Hey there, collectors, line up because this week's episode is a limited run! On this edition of the show Ify is joined by Toy Creators and Designers, Rocom and Quang to discuss the history of Designer Toys. From Michael Lau's early "Gardeners" to every new Funko Pop release, the trio talk about what got them into vinyl, resin, and plush toys and what makes the new culture of collectibles so rich. This is a true 1 of 1 episode of Nerdificent! FOOTNOTES: NY Times: "Cult Figures"Millionaire Playboy: Urban VinylIs it a Toy? Is it Art? Everyone Agrees it's a CollectibleThe Incredible Rise of Funko PopPhotos a la Quang

Episode 32: Street Fighter

Get out your fight stick, it’s time to go head to head with Street Fighter! This week on the show Dani and Ify talk about this premier fighting-game franchise, how it started and where it’s headed. Ify waxes poetic on mains and tier lists while Dani explores the many ways the Street Fighter franchise has manifested. Whether you’re a Cammy main or new to the game, there’s a little bit of everything on this week’s Nerdificent!FOOTNOTES:Evo Moment #37Street Fighter Legends: HistoryIMDB: "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li" (2009)Shoryuken: Tier ListsShoryuken: Top FGC Player RankingsGamespot: The History of Street Fighter

Bonus Ep: BlizzCon 2018 Recap

Bonus Episode: Ify is joined by Malika Lim Eubank and Naeem Stewart of HyperRPG to discuss this year's happenings at BlizzCon! FOOTNOTES: Diablo ImmortalWoW Cinematic: "Lost Honor"Warcraft 3 ReforgedNew Overwatch Hero: AsheOW Cinematic: "Reunion"New Hearthstone Expansion: "Rastakhan Rumble"New Heroes of the Storm Hero: OrpheaStarcraft II Recap

Episode 31: Goosebumps

It's the final week of Spooktober! The gang closes out our spooky series with the memories of their childhood, we're talking Goosebumps! Hopefully Slappy doesn't interrupt as Dani and Ify are joined by Joey Clift, author of "The American Indian Ready to Wear Catalog 2018", to discuss their favorite chapters from this vast book series. Don't get stuck on a haunted roller coaster, get stuck on this week's Nerdificent! FOOTNOTES: All 62 Original Goosebumps booked rankedMedium: R.L. Stine on the Importance of Scaring the Hell Out of ChildrenOfficial Goosebumps Wiki'Goosebumps' writer R.L. Stine looks to this Childhood for ideasALA: Top 100 Most Frequently Challenged BooksLOC: Biography of R.L. Stine

Introducing Lethal Lit

Join teen detective Tig Torres as she returns to her small hometown of Hollow Falls, where her aunt was framed as a serial killer ten years earlier. With help from her new friends, Tig investigates the twisted mystery of the Lit Killer murders and broadcasts the findings on her true crime podcast. But as she gets closer to the truth, the killings, each based on murder scenes from classic literature, begin all over again...with her as the final target.

Episode 30: Alfred Hitchcock

Happy 4th week of Spooktober! This week we see through the eyes of a true, original innovator of horror, Alfred Hitchcock. Dani and Ify discuss their favorite films and techniques that Hitchcock developed to bring fear to early audiences and sometimes his cast. Thanks to a cameo appearance by Hex Wives author and host of the Thrilling Adventure Podcast, Ben Blacker, the gang gets a fully fleshed out picture of the man behind Rear Window, Vertigo, and many others. Sit back, relax, watch out for birds, and enjoy this week's Nerdificent!FOOTNOTES: Hitchcock/Truffaut - The InterviewAFI's 100 Greatest Films of All TimeRoger Ebert - "The Master of Suspense is Dead"Fallaci Interview - "Mr Chastity""What's Wrong with Hitchcock's Women?"The Revenge of Alfred Hitchcock's Muse

Episode 29: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Happy 3rd week of Spooktober! This week the gang sinks their teeth into Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Dani and Ify discuss their favorite episodes and moments from the show with a little help from Comedian and host of the Tights and Frights podcast Danielle Radford. From the corniest moments with Spike to the most adventurous episodes like “Hush” there’s something for everyone on this week’s episode of Nerdificent!FOOTNOTES: Joss' Top 10 Buffy EpisodesBio: Joss WhedonA&E Biography: Buffy the Vampire SlayerMental Floss: 33 Fun Facts About BuffyTHR: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic to get RebootTHR: Inside the Buffy the Vampire Slayer RebootThe Verge: Buffy Showrunner Insists "It's not a reboot"ELIGIBILTY: Participation in the Promotion is open only to persons who at the time of entering (a) are 18 years of age or older (or have reached the legal age of majority where they reside) and (b) are legal residents of one of the fifty United States (including the District of Columbia) or Canada. Employees of Sponsor or its Affiliates (defined below), subsidiaries, partners, vendors, licensors, advertising agencies or promotional agencies, however, are not eligible to participate in the Promotion; nor are any immediate family members (mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, or spouse) of any such employee nor any person residing in the same household as any such employee. The Promotion is subject to all applicable laws and regulations. Notwithstanding any other terms of these Rules, this Promotion is VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.Sponsors are not responsible for lost entries.Prize Information: 1 winner will be chosen randomly. The Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) for Prize is $55. The Prize must be accepted as awarded with no substitutions (in cash, in kind, or otherwise) except at Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize or any portion thereof with another prize or portion thereof of equal or greater value. Any and all taxes (including, without limitation, income taxes) and other costs and expenses arising from or relating to the Prize (or any substitution) or its delivery, transfer, receipt, acceptance, possession, use or disposition are solely the responsibility of the winner, except for a single instance of shipping and handling arranged by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, misdelivered, or damaged prize packages and replacements will be given solely at the discretion of the Sponsor. Please allow up to two months for shipments.

Episode 28: Tales From The Crypt

Spooktober continues on this week of Nerdificent as we crack open a few old tomes and enjoy some scary stories told by our favorite narrator, the Crypt Keeper. Tales From The Crypt started as a comic book and made its way onto TV almost 30 years ago and with the help of Comedian Jen Saunderson Dani and Ify cover all the spooky facts and figures that made this show come to be. Is it gearing up for a reboot or has our Crypt Keeper found his final rest? Find out this week on Nerdificent! Weird Tales from the Vault of Fear: The EC Comics Controversy and its LegacyNo Cryptkeeper in the ‘Tales from the Crypt’ revival? Here’s why that’s a mistake‘Tales From The Crypt’: Turner Entertainment Boss On Reboot Rights WranglingTV Reviews : 'Crypt' Tales Subtle as a SledgehammerTNT Has Killed the Tales From the Crypt RebootVoice Chasers Profile: John KassirFilm Reference: Biography of Joel SilverComics.org Directory: Tales From The Crypt (1950-55)

Episode 27: Halloween Franchise

Gather round, Ghouls and Goblins, and welcome to Spooktober - our month of the scariest and spookiest Geekdoms around. First up the gang covers the iconic Halloween film franchise with a little help from comedian and Michael Myers fanatic Luce Tomlin-Brenner. Put on your creepiest mask, grab your kitchen knife, and join us for a deep dive into this horrifying Halloween franchise!FOOTNOTESThe REAL Story and Inspiration Behind Michael MyersBehind the Scenes: HalloweenHalloween: The Mythology of Michael MyersTyler Mane (Michael Myers) Admits That Even 6’8″ Isn’t Always Tall EnoughInteview: Cast of Halloween (2018)Interview: Rob Zombie on HalloweenHow Halloween: H20 Saved the Halloween SeriesIMDB: Halloween (1978)

Episode 26: Bitcoin

Get those high-end GPUs out, it’s time to mine some Bitcoin! Wait, never mind the price dropped. This week Dani and Ify discuss the slightly new and slightly confusing world of Bitcoin. The two discuss where Bitcoin came from, how to use it, where to use it, and if it’s even worth it to get started! Whether you’re an experienced Crypto-Wiz or someone new to the currency entirely, there’s a little mining for everyone on this week’s episode of Nerfdificent. Hey the price went up!FOOTNOTES: 1. History of Bitcoin2. Bitcoin Historical Price & Events 3. Bitcoin, explained4. Bitcoin Wallets for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know5. How to Use Bitcoin for Purchases6. You Don’t Understand Bitcoin Because You Think Money Is Real7. Bitcoin: What is it, where can you use it and is it worth investing?8. Dark Wallet: A Radical Way to Bitcoin9. A Short History Of Bitcoin And Crypto Currency Everyone Should Read10. The Wealthy Are Hoarding $10 Billion of Bitcoin in Bunkers11. How to Steal $500 Million in Cryptocurrency12. Bitcoin exchanges can’t stop getting hacked, no matter what security system they use13. Bitcoin price manipulation puts trust in cryptocurrencies at risk14. The Biggest Cryptocurrency Hacks in History15. Quest to find bitcoin’s founder highlights currency’s biggest threat: the taxman16. NEW CLUES SUGGEST CRAIG WRIGHT, SUSPECTED BITCOIN CREATOR, MAY BE A HOAXER17. How the NSA identified Satoshi Nakamoto18. No, bitcoin isn't likely to consume all the world’s electricity in 202019. Why Bitcoin Is So Volatile20. Bitcoin is the greatest scam in history

Episode 25: Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra

This week, Dani and Ify are joined by Kyle Shire, of Machinima, to unlock the secrets of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Kyle guides us through the storylines and memorable moments of the two series to paint a picture of this world for new viewers and veterans alike. From fighting the Fire Nation to fighting the Patriarchy, it’s all here on this week’s episode of Nerdificent!FOOTNOTES: 1. The Legend2. The Start of the Hundred Year War3. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER WAS MORE THAN JUST A CHILDREN'S SHOW4. A Profound Animation: Avatar: The Last Airbender Almost a Decade Later5. 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Is Still One of the Greatest Shows of All Time6. 10 Essential Episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender7. COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW - AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER COMICS8. AN ORAL HISTORY OF AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: CAST LOOKS BACK AS SHOW CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF FINALE9. Avatar: The Last Airbender – World and Mythology10. Avatar: The Last Airbender creator announces his next project, Threadworlds11. Dark Horse announces new Avatar: The Last Airbender comics12. ON ITS 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 'AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER' CREATORS GIVE AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE FINALE13. Avatar: The Last Airbender Is One Of The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time 14. The Strange, Sad Abuse Of 'The Last Airbender' And 'The Legend of Korra'15. Racebending (The Last Airbender Casting Controversy)16. Is 'The Last Airbender' Racist?17. Shyamalan Addresses Airbender's Race Controversy And Answers Your Questions18. Who Sent Out The Last Airbender Casting Call Asking For "Caucasian" Actors? Producer Responds

Episode 24: Queer Representation In Geek Culture

This week, Dani and Ify are joined by guests Christopher Smith Bryant, of LAGS (LA Gayming Society), and Kanon Spackman, Associate Technical Program Manager at PlayStation, to discuss the quality of LGBTQ representation in geek culture, past and present. The conversation ranges from favorite characters and LGBTQ stories to personal experiences with other members of the Gayming community, how that community started, and where it's going. Make sure to follow everyone on social media to keep the conversation going after the episode!FOOTNOTES:1. The First Gay Space on the Internet2. When AOL Was GayOL3. Queer & nerdy: Why your startup should hire a gay developer4. BGD BLOG HELPED ME EMBRACE BEING A QUEER NERD OF COLOR5. Bury Your Gays6. All 198 Dead Lesbian and Bisexual Characters On TV, And How They Died7. What Led to Lexa: A Look at the History of Media Burying Its Gays8. LGBT Fans Deserve Better9. Disney's Long, Complicated History with Queer Characters10. This Woman Matched Gay Stereotypes To Disney Villains And It’s Brilliant11. 10 Queer-Coded, Gay Villains from Our Childhood12. How Gay Is Your Geek TV?13. 10 Fictional LGBT Geek Icons14. Marvel Misses Another Easy Opportunity for LGBTQ Representation With Black Panther15. THREE LGBT GAMERS TALK ABOUT QUEERING GEEK CULTURE16. What Will Gay Culture Look Like in 2035?17. We Ask Queer Nerds Who Their Favorite LGBT Character Is18. LGBTQ Video Game Archive19. 10 Gay YA Books You'll Love (No Matter Your Age)

Episode 23: How The Dragon Ball Franchise Came To Be

Gather round, young Saiyans, and get ready for our first of many episodes about the world of Dragonball - a franchise too big for one sit down. On this episode Dani and Ify discuss the history of Dragonball, its many series, and its creator, Akira Toriyama. After the break the two are joined by legendary voice actor, Kyle Hebert. Kyle talks about his time as Gohan, Ox King, and many others on and off the Dragonball franchise. Whether you are a life long Dragonball fan or a newcomer eager to raise your power level, Dani and Ify are here to help you train. FOOTNOTES: 1. Dragon Ball: 15 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About The American Version2. Dragon Ball Timeline3. 15 Secrets You Didn't Know About Dragon Ball4. Akira Toriyama5. Why 'Dragon Ball Super' is Stopping at the Perfect Time6. Dragon Ball Z: 15 Things You Never Knew7. WHY DRAGON BALL CAN BE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS STAR WARS8. What exactly are the Dragon Balls? (Minor Spoilers)9. 15 Things You Never Knew About The Dragon Balls10. DRAGON BALL DEPARTMENT CREATED AT TOEI ANIMATION11. 'Dragon Ball' Creator Still Doesn't Understand Its Popularity12. This Chart Explains How Profitable 'Dragon Ball Super' Really Is13. Here's The 11 Top-Selling Manga Series Of All-Time15. 15 Times Dragon Ball Z Crossed Over With Other Series16. 15 Things You Didn't Know About Saiyans17. Dragon Ballsy: 15 Controversial Times Dragon Ball Had To Be Censored18. Akira Toriyama Reveals The Secret Behind Dragon Ball Super Saiyans19. WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE FUTURE OF DRAGON BALL AFTER THE SUPER SERIES FINALE20. It Takes Longer to Make a 'Dragon Ball Super' Episode Than You Think21. How Characters Change From Episode To Episode 22. New Dragon Ball Z Ride At Universal Studios Will Feature An Original Story23. The Best Dragon Ball Z Episodes24. Cast Guide

Episode 22: LEGO

This week the gang takes out their instruction booklet and puts together the history of Lego - brick by brick! Dani and Ify discuss the turbulent history of Lego’s creator as well as the many success the company enjoys to this day. Whether you grew up fitting blocks, playing one of the many Lego video games, or just love the Lego Batman movie, everything is awesome on this week’s episode of Nerdificent! FOOTNOTES: 1. The LEGO® Story2. Lego Celebrates 50 Years of Building3. Lego Tops Global Ranking Of The Most Powerful Brands In 20154. Lego’s plastic bricks transformed childhood. Are they sturdy enough to survive screens?5. Turning to Tie-Ins, Lego Thinks Beyond the Brick6. 11 Awesome Lego Facts That Will Make You Want To Break Out The Bricks Again7. LEGO Facts & Worksheets8. 13 of the Toughest LEGO Sets to Build

Episode 21: 80's Nickelodeon

You asked for it, we listened! The gang goes back to the '80s to revisit the early days of Nickelodeon. This week, Dani and Ify dive deep into the nooks and crannies of all the shows that made up '80s Nick. Been waiting to hear about Eureka's Castle? Hey Dude? You Can't Do That on Television? Wait no longer as the Nerdificent team Slimes you head to toe with '80s Nick facts!FOOTNOTES: 1. Nickelodeon Archives: The Free Lance-Star - Jul 16, 19792. WATCH: Hocus Focus early Nickelodeon TV show from 19813. The Times from Shreveport, Louisiana · Page 1104. You Can't Do That on Television 5. You Can't Do That on Television Trivia6. Exclusive: You Can't Do That On Televisionis getting a reboot 7. 7 forgotten early Nickelodeon shows that will give '80s kids deep feelings8. 11 Nickelodeon Shows From the '80s

Episode 20: Transformers

This week on the pod, the gang talks about the ever evolving world of Transformers. Dani and Ify discuss all their favorite elements of this franchise with a little help from their Producer and Editor, Dan Goodman. From toys to comics to television to taking the silver screen, with billions in revenue, the three go over what makes the Transformers so great and why they are here to stay. Nerdfam - roll out!FOOTNOTES:1. Don Murphy Quotes Special2. TF Movie Screenwriter John Rogers Speaks out3. DOUBLE VISION4. Character-Driven Films (but Keep the Kaboom)5. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ROBERT ORCI6. WELCOME MR. ROBERTO ORCI, YOU MAY ASK HIM QUESTIONS7. Transformers Movie Discussion8. Casting Call for Prime Directive9. Transformers (film series)10. Michael Bay To Direct ‘Transformers 4,’ Producer Confirms11. Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Says ‘Transformers 4’ Coming For Summer 2014

Episode 19: Nickelodeon

In episode 19 the gang takes a seat on the big Orange couch to dive into the world of Nickelodeon. Assisted by all-time great Nerdificent guest Hector Navarro, the three touch on the shows that made your childhood. From Catdog, Rugrats, and Spongebob to Salute Your Shorts, GUTS, and Legends of the Hidden Temple - get ready to get Slimed with this deep dive into Nick!

Episode 19: Nickelodeon Footnotes

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Episode 18: San Diego Comic Con Recap

In Episode 18, Dani and Ify go over their favorite moments from this year's San Diego Comic Con! The two dive in on all the announcements and happenings that made a splash at the Con! From Shazam!, Aquaman, Glass, Godzilla, and Clone Wars to panels, events, and even a giveaway - Ify and Dani give you a thorough run down of the best of the best. 

Episode 18: San Diego Comic Con 2018 Footnotes

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