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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





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 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 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! 

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!