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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!


1. The First Gay Space on the Internet

2. When AOL Was GayOL

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


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


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.


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


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

9. 15 Things You Never Knew About The Dragon Balls


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


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!


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!


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!


1. Don Murphy Quotes Special

2. TF Movie Screenwriter John Rogers Speaks out


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



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

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!

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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. 

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Episode 17: Image Comics

In episode 17, Dani and Ify deep dive into the world of Image Comics. From Spawn to WildC.A.T.s. the two discuss the history and creation of Image, the major artists and writers that started it (and which famous rival comic company they came from), some of their favorite works, and much more! 

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Episode 16: Intro To The Twilight Zone

In episode 16, Dani and Ify deep dive into the world of the television show: The Twilight Zone. They're joined by writer Mellow Brown to break down the history of the show, how the creator Rod Serling came about creating the show, their own experiences with the show along with their favorite episodes and how they relate to today, attempts at reviving the show, and much more! 

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Episode 15: 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Review ***SPOILERS AHEAD***

***SPOILERS AHEAD*** In episode 14, Dani and Ify are joined by pop culture critic Joelle Monique to rate and review the new film 'Ant-Man and the Wasp.' Follow Joelle on Instagram at @joelle_monique and on Twitter at @JoelleMonique. ***THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE***DO NOT LISTEN IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED***

Episode 14: G.I. Joe

In episode 14, Dani and Ify dive deep into the world of G.I. Joe. They get into the history of the toys and how they came to be, how that lead into the television shows and movies, the rankings of the best G.I. characters, and much more!

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Episode 13: Intro To Sailor Moon

In episode 13, Dani and Ify deep dive into the characters who make up the Sailor Moon anime. They are joined by voice actor and producer Erika Ishii to break down the characters and their story arcs along with discussing Ishii's own experience voicing a character on the new Sailor Moon show. They also get in to the history of the show and much more! 

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Episode 12: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

In episode 12, Dani and Ify deep dive into the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They're joined by comedian and writer Erik Barnes to help break down the world of TMNT further. They talk about the beginnings of the comic, the complete history of the characters, how it became a television show, the current shows and movies, how the toys came to be, and much more! 

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