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
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.