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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