Friend of the podcast Aaron Mason brings us a special feature on voice actor Rob Paulsen, who was the voice of so many childhoods — from “Animaniacs” to “Pinky and the Brain,” "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” to “The Tick.” But cancer threatened his talent and career. He tells his story — a life behind the mic, and what he’s doing now.
The final episode of the year is also the longest episode of the year. Pour yourself a mug of your favorite holiday beverage and listen as Dyer Oxley and Nick Jarin welcome in some secret guests to help them celebrate Festivus by airing some grievances and competing against each other in feats of strength.
Feature only: Seattle’s comic book cop
Comic books have been a part of Officer Kevin Stuckey’s life ever since he was a kid growing up in Detroit and New York. Today, he draws from them to be a hero in his own way in Seattle.
1:20 -- News: Black Panther Golden Globes nomination
14:00 -- News: The new space race
20:45 -- News: Amy Adams out as Lois Lane
25:35 -- News: Dark Luke Skywalker
30:15 -- News: Captain Marvel over-hyped?
38:30 -- Feature: The Comic Book Cop
There are many, many holiday-themed movies. But which ones are the best, must-see films? NW NERD is joined by special guests That Guy Named John (About to Review), and Kevin and Emily (Dead Beat Film Society) to develop an ultimate holiday movie playlist for 2018. Can they agree on the best films? What films make the cut, and which ones are voted down?
Everyone told them that a bar for geeks was an idea doomed to fail. But 10 years ago, they opted to ignore naysayers and chart their own course. AFK Tavern is a bar that shouldn’t exist if you ask the average range of investors and realtors. But it continues to thrive in Everett, and for a very good reason.
Also, NASA specialist Steven C. Smith talks about NASA’s Mars plans and more.
In the news, NASA’s InSight has landed on Mars with the help of some PNW rockets, Emerald City Comic Con’s effort to get at scalping money, and the world’s first gene-edited babies (reportedly).
1:20 -- News: Mars InSight landing’s northwest ties
9:10 -- News: ECCC’s ticket app
13:40 -- News: Gene-edited babies
25:35 -- News: Dark Luke Skywalker
33:15 -- Feature: The AFK Tavern
51:20 -- Interview: NASA specialist Steven C. Smith
NW NERD talks with Ben Andrews with the Seattle Film Summit, as well as Jonathan Keasey and Jeremy Dodd with the Bigfoot Script Challenge to try to understand why Hollywood prefers filming in Oregon or British Columbia -- skipping over Washington. What can be done and who are the people doing something about it?
A NW NERD special episode in honor of the late Stan Lee, featuring two interviews with the comic book icon.
Special thanks to friends of the podcast Frank Shiers and Heather Bosch, who each interviewed Stan Lee for KIRO Radio in 2010 when he visited Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con. Hear Lee tell a few stories about his most cherished characters, including why the Hulk was green, and which character he wished he could have written for but never did.
Take a journey through a corner of Oregon known for its history of producing iconic films and more. Dyer travels to Astoria where Oregon has placed its state film museum. And this coastal town has a lot more to boast about than “The Goonies.”
Stay tuned for a talk with storyboard artist Keith Tucker (Animaniacs, He-Man, X-Men, Pinky and the Brain, so much more) who discusses how he basically drew the childhood of geeks in the ’80s and ’90s. Also, he may have helped kill Spock in “Wrath of Khan.”
2:00 -- News: Nick almost fell for some Twitter propaganda
7:45 -- News: Russell Wilson’s app goes bust
9:55 -- News: The Northwest space economy
19:03 -- News: AMC flexes on Moviepass
24:10 -- Feature: Film icons of Astoria
40:25 -- Interview: Keith Tucker
Abie Ekenezar and Y'hon Frakes of “Black & Blue” discuss the lines between fandom and cultural sensitivity with costumes.
Whether it’s a Halloween or a pop culture convention, instances of black face or using Native American headdresses — for example — pop up from time-to-time. This round table breaks down these issues surrounding cosplay, while touching upon personal experiences.
NW NERD kicks off its third season with its annual Halloween episode. Take a visit to the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, Ore. Among the many attractions is the Lavender Lady and others who are permanent “residents” of the hotel.
The front desk keeps a ghost log, recording all the bizarre experiences employees and guests have reported over the years. This episode is a double feature of sorts, telling the story of the Grand Lodge, and also some spirited performance of actual stories from the ghost log.
3:20 -- News: Netflix Marvel cancellations
12:15 -- News: Ancestry DNA services help solve crimes
20:30 -- News: Why Jet Li wasn’t in The Matrix
26:15 -- News: Facebook caused the pivot to video with bad data
36:30 -- Feature: The Ghost Logs of the Grand Lodge
While most people are aware of Renton City Comic Con for two days in September, it's a year-round commitment for the RenCon community of volunteers and organizers. This group can appear more like a Rotary Club than a comic con with litter patrols, parades, charities, and other civic engagement -- in cosplay of course. Founders and locals discus this nerd fraternity and its goal of becoming the region's “community con.”
Renton Chamber of Commerce
What does it take to compete in a cosplay contest? What do judges and contestants consider? Expert cosplayers provide some tips and advice on cosplay contests.
Renton City Comic Con, aka RenCon, has focused on the Northwest cosplay scene as one of its main attractions. Founders and cosplayers discuss what is behind this approach and explain why cosplay is important to them.
NW NERD (Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley) talk with RenCon founder Emilio Morales, Tashia Ortiz, and Justin Hunt who each have a role in organizing Renton City Comic Con. They discuss what it takes, and what they've learned putting together this comic convention.
The Renton City Comic Con has grown its annual event over the past three years to become a Northwest geek attraction. Organizers have innovated cosplay contests, geek awards, and much more.
Yet, organizers say there is a lack of support among some community leaders. Local politics, funding, and "Footloose" all come into play as RenCon attempts to throw its 2018 comic con. NW NERD dives into what it takes to organize a convention, and RenCon's story.
Nick and Dyer check in after Versus Comic Con in Seaside, Oregon.
Also, a special presentation of comic con attendees answering tough questions like "Who is the best Star Trek Captain?" Or "Is Star Wars sci-fi?" What about "the best zombie weapon?"
This is a perfect episode to experience NW NERD for the first time, or to experience the Season 2 hits again. Here are four back-to-back features from Season 2 that all have something in common -- they have a connection to Seattle.
From educational video games, to why Seattleites are like that. You know what we mean, they're just so, ya know, cold. Also, the story of a band, The Hoot Hoots, that endeavored to record a Star Wars tribute album before "The Last Jedi" was released. And finally, we return to a Seattle home that a former resident never left.
Not everything makes it into an episode of NW NERD Podcast. Some interviews never emerge as features, or some discussions stray way off topic. But we saved them and present them to you here. These are the cuts from Season 2 of NW NERD.
Dyer's story about waiting for hours in line to see the first "Twilight" movie; a comic and hobby shop owner talks about how Dungeons & Dragons is very different these days; and a scientist discusses everything from the eclipse to ghost towns.
How and why has such a cult fandom emerged from the Northwest in the form of Funko, a toy and collectible company in Everett , Wash.?Read More
Andrew and Genevieve from "After These Messages Podcast" join Nick and Dyer to discuss guilty pleasures.
We all have that one TV show, band, book, or other media that we don't admit that we enjoy. Perhaps a quite unique, and odd, hobby (like Dyer has, but doesn't talk about). The group reveals some personal guilty pleasures ... much to their own embarrassment. Starting with one recently-released show that Nick is slightly ashamed he watched.