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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

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 Episodes


Bio: Joss Whedon


A&E Biography: Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Mental Floss: 33 Fun Facts About Buffy


THR: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic to get Reboot


THR: Inside the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reboot

The Verge: Buffy Showrunner Insists "It's not a reboot"

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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 Legacy

No 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 Wrangling

TV Reviews : 'Crypt' Tales Subtle as a Sledgehammer

TNT Has Killed the Tales From the Crypt Reboot

Voice Chasers Profile: John Kassir

Film Reference: Biography of Joel Silver


Comics.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!

FOOTNOTES

The REAL Story and Inspiration Behind Michael Myers

Behind the Scenes: Halloween

Halloween: The Mythology of Michael Myers


Tyler Mane (Michael Myers) Admits That Even 6’8″ Isn’t Always Tall Enough

Inteview: Cast of Halloween (2018)

Interview: Rob Zombie on
Halloween


How Halloween: H20 Saved the Halloween Series

IMDB:
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 Bitcoin

2. Bitcoin Historical Price & Events

3. Bitcoin, explained

4. Bitcoin Wallets for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know

5. How to Use Bitcoin for Purchases

6. You Don’t Understand Bitcoin Because You Think Money Is Real

7. Bitcoin: What is it, where can you use it and is it worth investing?

8. Dark Wallet: A Radical Way to Bitcoin

9. A Short History Of Bitcoin And Crypto Currency Everyone Should Read

10. The Wealthy Are Hoarding $10 Billion of Bitcoin in Bunkers

11. How to Steal $500 Million in Cryptocurrency

12. Bitcoin exchanges can’t stop getting hacked, no matter what security system they use

13. Bitcoin price manipulation puts trust in cryptocurrencies at risk

14. The Biggest Cryptocurrency Hacks in History

15. Quest to find bitcoin’s founder highlights currency’s biggest threat: the taxman

16. NEW CLUES SUGGEST CRAIG WRIGHT, SUSPECTED BITCOIN CREATOR, MAY BE A HOAXER

17. How the NSA identified Satoshi Nakamoto

18. No, bitcoin isn't likely to consume all the world’s electricity in 2020

19. Why Bitcoin Is So Volatile

20. 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 Legend

2. The Start of the Hundred Year War

3. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER WAS MORE THAN JUST A CHILDREN'S SHOW

4. A Profound Animation: Avatar: The Last Airbender Almost a Decade Later

5. 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Is Still One of the Greatest Shows of All Time

6. 10 Essential Episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender

7. COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW - AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER COMICS

8. AN ORAL HISTORY OF AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: CAST LOOKS BACK AS SHOW CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF FINALE

9. Avatar: The Last Airbender – World and Mythology

10. Avatar: The Last Airbender creator announces his next project, Threadworlds

11. Dark Horse announces new Avatar: The Last Airbender comics

12. ON ITS 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 'AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER' CREATORS GIVE AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE FINALE

13. 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 Questions

18. 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 Internet

2. When AOL Was GayOL

3. Queer & nerdy: Why your startup should hire a gay developer

4. BGD BLOG HELPED ME EMBRACE BEING A QUEER NERD OF COLOR

5. Bury Your Gays

6. All 198 Dead Lesbian and Bisexual Characters On TV, And How They Died

7. What Led to Lexa: A Look at the History of Media Burying Its Gays

8. LGBT Fans Deserve Better

9. Disney's Long, Complicated History with Queer Characters

10. This Woman Matched Gay Stereotypes To Disney Villains And It’s Brilliant

11. 10 Queer-Coded, Gay Villains from Our Childhood

12. How Gay Is Your Geek TV?

13. 10 Fictional LGBT Geek Icons

14. Marvel Misses Another Easy Opportunity for LGBTQ Representation With Black Panther

15. THREE LGBT GAMERS TALK ABOUT QUEERING GEEK CULTURE

16. What Will Gay Culture Look Like in 2035?

17. We Ask Queer Nerds Who Their Favorite LGBT Character Is

18. LGBTQ Video Game Archive

19. 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 Version

2. Dragon Ball Timeline

3. 15 Secrets You Didn't Know About Dragon Ball

4. Akira Toriyama

5. Why 'Dragon Ball Super' is Stopping at the Perfect Time

6. Dragon Ball Z: 15 Things You Never Knew

7. WHY DRAGON BALL CAN BE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS STAR WARS

8. What exactly are the Dragon Balls? (Minor Spoilers)

9. 15 Things You Never Knew About The Dragon Balls

10. DRAGON BALL DEPARTMENT CREATED AT TOEI ANIMATION

11. 'Dragon Ball' Creator Still Doesn't Understand Its Popularity

12. This Chart Explains How Profitable 'Dragon Ball Super' Really Is

13. Here's The 11 Top-Selling Manga Series Of All-Time

15. 15 Times Dragon Ball Z Crossed Over With Other Series

16. 15 Things You Didn't Know About Saiyans

17. Dragon Ballsy: 15 Controversial Times Dragon Ball Had To Be Censored

18. Akira Toriyama Reveals The Secret Behind Dragon Ball Super Saiyans

19. WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE FUTURE OF DRAGON BALL AFTER THE SUPER SERIES FINALE

20. It Takes Longer to Make a 'Dragon Ball Super' Episode Than You Think

21. How Characters Change From Episode To Episode

22. New Dragon Ball Z Ride At Universal Studios Will Feature An Original Story
23. The Best Dragon Ball Z Episodes

24. 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® Story

2. Lego Celebrates 50 Years of Building

3. Lego Tops Global Ranking Of The Most Powerful Brands In 2015

4. Lego’s plastic bricks transformed childhood. Are they sturdy enough to survive screens?

5. Turning to Tie-Ins, Lego Thinks Beyond the Brick

6. 11 Awesome Lego Facts That Will Make You Want To Break Out The Bricks Again

7. LEGO Facts & Worksheets

8. 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, 1979

2. WATCH: Hocus Focus early Nickelodeon TV show from 1981

3. The Times from Shreveport, Louisiana · Page 110

4. You Can't Do That on Television

5. You Can't Do That on Television Trivia

6. Exclusive: You Can't Do That On Televisionis getting a reboot

7. 7 forgotten early Nickelodeon shows that will give '80s kids deep feelings

8. 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 Special

2. TF Movie Screenwriter John Rogers Speaks out

3. DOUBLE VISION

4. Character-Driven Films (but Keep the Kaboom)

5. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ROBERT ORCI

6. WELCOME MR. ROBERTO ORCI, YOU MAY ASK HIM QUESTIONS

7. Transformers Movie Discussion

8. Casting Call for Prime Directive

9. Transformers (film series)

10. Michael Bay To Direct ‘Transformers 4,’ Producer Confirms

11. Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Says ‘Transformers 4’ Coming For Summer 2014