Right Now in Nerdificent

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"

Episode 36: Intro to Aquaman

Ahoy, Nerds! Grab your trident and dive deep into this week's episode about the one and only, Aquaman. Dani and Ify are joined by fellow nerd and Arthur Curry expert, Markeia McCarty to begin their discussion on this aquatic cape. From the Silver age to the silver screen, the gang gives a precursor to this DC hero in anticipation of the new Jason Momoa starring film. Grab your flippers and join us for the beginning of an ongoing discussion about Aquaman on Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

Aquaman CW Trailer


IGN: Geoff Johns interview about "The New 52"


Official DC Aquaman Wiki


IGN: Top Comic Book Heroes

Aquaman 2018: What Do We Know?

Episode 35: Sonic the Hedgehog

Strap on your red sneakers and get ready to Go Fast! This week Dani and Ify spin up the story of Sonic the Hedgehog! Joined by the voice of Sonic himself, Roger Craig Smith, the three get into where Sonic came from, their favorite games, and why Bill Clinton's attitude is relevant to the story. Don't lose all your rings on your way through this week's episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

The History of Sonic the Hedgehog


Official Sonic Wiki


SEGA: Interview with Yuji Naka for Sonic Central


GAMES RADAR: The Best Sonic Games

Episode 34: Doctor Who

Grab your Sonic screwdrivers and prepare for adventure! This week Dani and Ify cover the storied series of everyone's favorite doctor, Doctor Who. The gang is joined by Nerdist's Resident Who Expert, Riley Silverman to expound upon the series at large. As a group they discuss what their favorite moments are and why they are important not only to the story of the Doctor but to the real World that enjoys it. Grab your headphones and hop in the T.A.R.D.I.S. for this edition of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

/FILM: Best of Doctor Who


Official Doctor Who Wiki


Telegraph: Worshipping Doctor Who from "Behind the Sofa"


NERDIST: "Doctor Who" and other works by Riley Silverman

Gizmodo: "If you weren't scared of Doctor Who..."




Episode 33: Designer Toys

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 Vinyl


Is it a Toy? Is it Art? Everyone Agrees it's a Collectible

The Incredible Rise of Funko Pop


Photos 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 #37

Street Fighter Legends: History


IMDB: "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li" (2009)

Shoryuken: Tier Lists

Shoryuken: Top FGC Player Rankings


Gamespot: The History of Street Fighter

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 ranked


Medium: R.L. Stine on the Importance of Scaring the Hell Out of Children

Official Goosebumps Wiki


'Goosebumps' writer R.L. Stine looks to this Childhood for ideas


ALA: Top 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books


LOC: 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 Interview

AFI's 100 Greatest Films of All Time


Roger 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