Comedian Drew Barth joins Nick and Dyer in the NW NERD newsroom to discuss a range of headlines from Magic: The Gathering (getting some Netflix treatment) to Batman murals popping up across America. Also, a secret Quantum Leap ending that never aired, a theory about X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the best Northwest cities for gamers, and something for music nerds out there.
NW NERD reports on another subculture emerging in the Northwest. This group gathers for the love of science, tech, art, design and ultimately … keyboards. Mechanical keyboards to be exact. These are not the computer keyboards you can buy at the store. These are something else entirely — a bit of old tech, a bit of new tech. The end result is something quite unique and impressive. Special thanks to CKEYS.
Also, an update on actor Nicholas Brendon, who NW NERD featured in a previous episode. The actor has faced addiction and legal problems since the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The latest in that story.
And Nick and Dyer discuss developments in Batman films (aka Robert BATtinson), power companies responding to the rise of cryptocurrency mining, and a little story about the end of civilization as we know it.
8:00 -- News: End of the world
14:00 -- News: Central Washington cryptomining
18:20 -- News: Robert BATtinson
24:55 -- News: Nicholas Brendon update
32:27 -- Feature: Keyboard couture
NW NERD is back with a special round table — of sorts — to discuss what pop culture is en route to take the place of Game of Thrones. Or, at least, what to watch as we drown in sorrow. Nick and Dyer provide their most anticipated shows (and maybe something else) to look forward to.
In a first for NW NERD, we pause the season to focus on Game of Thrones as the iconic show comes to an end. Along with special guests, NW NERD breaks down the episodes and engages in reckless speculation.
Episode 1: With Seattle Met Editor Rosin Saez
Episode 2: With Ben from Trash Food for Garbage People podcast and The Hoot Hoots
Episode 3: With Podcast Producer Jamala Henderson
Episode 4: With That Guy Named John from About to Review
Episode 5: With KIRO 7 Meteorologist Nick Allard (at 1:08:55)
Episode 6: With Seattle Met Editor Rosin Saez. Also, a final check in with Jamala Henderson, John Reviewer, and Nick Allard.
Dyer has long argued that Renton is the nerdiest town in Washington state, with a downtown full of comic shops, retro video game stores, a sci-fi pizza shop, and Wizards of the Coast (Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering). The city even has its own comic con — RenCon. Now further proof — Renton has its very own dragon overlooking its main drag.
Question: If you had to name a rooftop dragon, what would it be?
Aaron Mason with KIRO Nights and the podcast The Leap Home: A Look Bakula chats with NW NERD about the iconic sci-fi show Quantum Leap 30 years after its first episode. The show ran from 1989 to 1993, and has left a lasting impression — some good, some not-so-good — on fandom.
Nick, Dyer, and Aaron talk about the show’s highlights, lowlights, and signature moments, including the time Sam leapt into a woman about to give birth, the time he helped the Civil Rights Movement, and much more. Finally, they discuss what episodes they’d like to see if Quantum Leap ever returned.
You may not expect that a small, neighborhood pub with comic book wallpaper, Star Trek on a big screen, and customers in cosplay would have some of the best cocktails in the city, perhaps the country. But that’s what The Nerd Out set out to do when it opened in Portland’s Belmont neighborhood in December 2017.
Since then, this small pub has grown a community and a pop culture inspired menu of craft cocktails. Owner Mitch Gillam argues his bar now has the best (Spider) Manhattan in Portland, and perhaps the best White Russian in America.
1:20 -- News: Avengers: Endgame trailers are misleading
11:30 -- News: Washington’s state dinosaur
17:30 -- News: Funko Field in Everett
23:00 -- News: Space herpes
28:00 -- Feature: The Nerd Out
43:30 -- Quiz: Nerdy cocktails
Transmedia expert Jeff Gomez and his company Starlight Runner have been tapped by Japan’s Tsuburaya to bring the classic Ultraman back to the pop culture masses, with an emphasis on expanding the brand across the globe. The venture is massive and will involve crafting a story across multiple forms of media from TV, books, video games, and more.
Gomez has a history of doing the same for Spider-Man, Halo, Pirates of the Caribbean, among others. Not to mention, he has a personal history with Renton’s Wizards of the Coast as the game company was forming over the 1990s.
Renton-based game company Wizards of the Coast reports that Dungeons & Dragons is experiencing the best-selling era in its 45-year history. It’s a new era for the classic game with groups like Critical Role turning the role-playing game into a spectator event. Greg Tito with Wizards and Critical Role’s Travis Willingham discuss the recent surge in D&D popularity and why people love to watch others play.
And Dyer may tell an embarrassing story about how he folded to two downtown Seattle CD peddlers. 😞
Ben Fodor, aka Phoenix Jones, was patrolling Seattle to fight crime, and other problems, long before he started garnering headlines nearly 10 years ago. He has built up a persona as Seattle’s superhero. But now he says he is giving up being a superhero and retiring Phoenix Jones. Fodor gets personal and explains his decision, whether people like what he says, or not.
Hollywood insider Gary Glushon with Fenix Studios talks about his journey into the film industry, and how creators from the Northwest can break into the scene. Also, he discusses his own history in the industry, which includes helping Chinese investors produce movies.
The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) has started hosting game jams – when avid gamers gather to create a video or tabletop game under a tight deadline. Normally, indie games can take years to develop. These gamers are building one in a weekend. Last fall, the ADL hosted a game jam with the theme of identity, and the goal of creating empathy and fighting hate. This is what happened. Feature story at 33:00.
Rotten Tomatoes changes its website to combat trolls ahead of film releases (Captain Marvel)
33:00 Feature: ADL Game Jam
In its years on the air — as one of the longest-running TV shows in history — Supernatural has inspired a cult fandom like no other. So much that a niche of fans have taken countless hours, and money, to recreate “Baby,” sometimes called the “Metallicar,” so they can drive their own demon-hunting 1967 Chevy Impala, just like Sam and Dean.
At 41:00 in this episode, hear the stories of fans like Megan and Marcus, Brad and Mary, and Rick Blevins of Kansas whose full-time job is now converting old 1967 Impalas into screen-accurate Supernatural cars.
NEWS: Cryptic social media posts from Seattle’s most iconic superhero have many wondering if Phoenix Jones has retired. Also, some feline news about Game of Thrones; some box office results for 2018 ahead of the Oscars; and how much is the tech industry to blame for the rise of living costs in tech hubs?
1:10 -- News: Phoenix Jones
15:10 -- News: Tech’s effect on housing
24:30 -- News: Game of Thrones’ off-screen death
29:00 -- News: Box office stats of 2018
41:00 -- Feature: Supernatural cars
Indie game designer Dylan Mangini joins the show to discuss the success of his fully funded Kickstarter tabletop game. How did he do it? What role did the local tabletop scene play in his success? Who said that the game is "better than Pokemon"? Dylan provides an account of his journey as an indie tabletop game designer — from player, to designer, to a successfully funded kickstarter, to the final product.
Supporters of Renton City Comic Con have pointed to a lack of support from city leaders in the past. They felt rejected once again when they were denied tourism funding this month. In this update to NW NERD’s coverage of Renton City Comic Con, supporters march down to Renton City Hall to make their voices heard, and to send a message to their community’s leaders — these geeks aren’t going away.
1:10 -- News: Is there a Funko movie in the works?
9:45 -- News: Wizards of the Coast are investing in eSports for Magic: The Gathering.
22:30 -- News: Mephisto fully funded
25:20 -- Nerd Alert: GeekWire Bash
30:40 -- Feature: RenCon update
NW NERD presents two interviews from last summer’s Versus Comic Con.
Robot of the Day is Brian Johnson’s mission to exercise his art daily. But it has grown into something more — something that fans look forward to each day.
Captain Cannabis is a superhero marijuana activist with his own comic book, rap song, and video game. He started his fight to “legalize it” in the 1990s. Despite recreational marijuana being legal in the Northwest, is still fighting.
Feature only: Why Nicholas Brendon goes bowling
Actor Nicholas Brendon garnered headlines as Xander in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Then again as he struggled with addiction, depression, and multiple arrests. Now, he goes bowling, raising awareness of depression and anxiety. The events foster a community of fans, supporting each other. But he also receives criticism. The actor discusses it all with NW NERD.
3:20 -- News: Game of Thrones teaser
13:45 -- News: Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer
22:45 -- News: Aquaman makes $1 billion
29:45 -- News: Mephisto
33:00 -- News: Nike goes back to the future
37:45 -- Feature: Bowling with Nicholas Brendon
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