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These are the stories that make us nerds. Geek Edition presents dispatches from the geek community, reporting on stories from the crossroads of fandom, pop culture, science, and more. Stories like the collector who went from seeking lunch boxes to preserving pinball machines; an endeavor that led him to forming a Star Wars church. Or the tea blender with a unique form of synesthesia that allows her to taste pop culture, and how she uses it to craft a flavorful cup of tea. And the acting troo ...
 
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What would Jim Starlin, creator of Shang-Chi, say about where this character could be headed on screen? We ask him in an exclusive interview. Also featuring collaborator Jaime Jameson to talk Dreadstar and more. Our Shang-Chi discussion continues with Joel the Geek and NW NERD’s Nina to cover our reviews of the film, as well as (spoiler alert) spec…
 
Chanel Johnson just wanted a perfect wedding. For her (and husband Bil) that meant a Harry Potter / Viking themed event. Chanel tells the story of her geek wedding. Also, Victoria Rudolph with Simply Nerdy Events provides some insights into wedding planning, especially for those who really want to include their pop culture passions. And joining thi…
 
This episode is for all the geek senses – tastes and smells, etc. Michel Paves used her creativity during the pandemic to develop scent profiles for her favorite fandoms and characters, from Wolverine to Falkor the luck dragon. That evolved into Nerdwax Candles which can be found online and perhaps at a farmer's market near you. She talks with NW N…
 
You can still play The Oregon Trail on Apple Arcade, but the modern version of this iconic educational game has gotten an upgrade as part of an effort to more accurately depict the times, and the people along the trail – Native Americans in particular. This story comes to us from reporter Anna King who first reported this story for Northwest News N…
 
An encore presentation of NW NERD's feature story on the Oregon Trail video game that was the highlight of many young students' school day in the 1980s and 1990s. NW NERD talks with Don Rawitsch, the creator of the educational video game,. It was a rocky road over many years before The Oregon Trail was a pop culture icon. Ensign Brandon Haddix and …
 
What is the connection between Star Trek and journalism? NW NERD presents a special roundtable discussion with three award-winning journalists who happen to be major Star Trek fans. Essex Porter, Heather Bosch, and Jeff Pohjola join Dyer for a chat about their love of Star Trek, and how it can relate to their industry. Support the show (https://www…
 
Some are in it for the stories. Some are in it for the badges, or the camaraderie. Others like the bartering and outdoor getaways. This alternative reality club is a fandom unto itself, aimed at protecting the monsters around us, their habitats, and more. The Monster Rangers are kind of like the Scouts mixed with the 1987 film The Monster Squad. Co…
 
When the pandemic first struck in 2020, Funko was already in a bit of a funk. But the company, and its fans, learned to adapt over a rocky year. This is the story of how Funko (and its fans, and retail shops) faced the pandemic. What it learned and how it adapted may change things for this Northwest-based fandom company. Also featuring Pixie Bomber…
 
Former Seahawk Cassius Marsh (currently Pittsburgh Steelers) has long dreamed of owning a store focused on Magic: The Gathering and other collectable cards. He has now achieved that dream with Cash Cards Unlimited, further aiming to provide a new experience for card collectors. It turns out, this is not Cassius' only nerd niche ... and he may have …
 
What happens when you combine today's theater troops, a history of burlesque, and modern fandom? Add all that up and you get nerdlesque. Performances based on Batman, Harry Potter, Star Wars, even Stephen King, and much more, are selling out large theaters in major cities, and stages in small towns across the country. Why? We hear from one theatre …
 
Jim Demonakos (Emerald City Comic Con, LightBox Expo, Comic Stop) has a new project – a documentary on Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Thanks so a very successful Kickstarter campaign, the documentary has more than enough funding to be completed. Jim joins pop culture journalist Dyer Oxley to discuss the project, as well as talk about the career of a…
 
Have you ever heard of the term "fake geek girls?" How about "booth babes?" There's this idea among the geek community that some people, generally women, cannot truly be geeks. There's a lot loaded into that sentiment. More than you may realize, especially if you look closer at the issue, its history, and the reality of the geek community. This epi…
 
Fair warning: This particular episode of Geek Edition touches upon the dark, horrific realm of politics and opinions. As such, Geek Edition is publishing two episodes this week. If this sort of discussion isn't your thing, feel free to hit that skip button to the next episode. This week on Geek Edition: We're pulling in radio host Dave Ross and tal…
 
The pandemic and 2020 shocked the pop culture convention industry that gives us comicons and other coveted gatherings. NW NERD brings in Todd Jones (former Global Director of Content and Celebrity Talent for ReedPOP) to help explain what has gone on behind the scenes, and what comicons will likely look like moving forward. Also, Dr. Tim Elam with t…
 
If you don't notice Captain Quidel because of the purple tights and cape, you'll definitely notice her car – bright purple and pink with a massive virus on top. Lin Wilson is the person behind the mask. While she was hired to be a community engagement manager for Quidel (a medical diagnostics company), the pandemic shook everything up. But she wasn…
 
On the first episode of Season 5, we meet a new superhero on the streets of Seattle, and she has a pretty cool car, too. Meet Captain Quidel, who arrived in time for the pandemic. Also... Catching up with Jedi Minister Tyler Arnold on the changes to Spokane's Jedi Alliance church. A discussion on pop culture conventions as we look ahead in 2021. Wi…
 
It started with a Star Wars lunchbox. It led to the formation of a Star Wars church. And along the way, Johnny Ramone helped out ... sort of. On this Geek Edition, the story of Tyler Arnold's holy mission to cherish and preserve pop culture through his Jedi Alliance church.By Dyer Oxley
 
Geek Edition brings you dispatches from the geek community; reporting on stories from the crossroads of fandom, pop culture, science, and more. Each episode presents a feature story, and sometimes an interview. Geek Edition is about the collector whose passion led him to starting his own, genuine Star Wars church. It's about the fans of 8-bit video…
 
Springfield is among the most common town names in America. But the one we all know the best is the home of the Simpsons. While officials with the show are adamant that the animated town is not based on any real location, one community claims to have a bit more Simpsons cred than all the others. It's partially based on legend, and partially based o…
 
As modern symphonies face dwindling audiences and financial hardships, some are learning that there are wider audiences who appreciate music from an unlikely source - video games. Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is one group of musicians bringing video game music to the stage, in front of sold out theaters.…
 
We've left one year behind, and are embarking on another. There are a few headlines that may affect our relationship to pop culture in the months ahead. Plus, the Northwest has a couple connections to a coming mission to the moon that will make history. To get into the details, we talk with Northwest News Network's Tom Banse about one booming corne…
 
The annual Festivus special carries a bit of a curse on NW NERD. Audio gets glitchy, Dyer's soundboard doesn't work, or the Monorail keeps interrupting. And this year's Festivus recording is on par with all that ... and 2020 in general. Yeah, we'll blame it on 2020. Despite some recording snafus, we had a great time with Egypt with the Comic Dads a…
 
Featuring: Tae Phoenix with Trek the Vote Talk show hosts Dave Ross and Michael Medved Mellina White, co-founder of The Seattle Conservative Egypt with The Comic Dads Warning: Some may disagree with parts of the discussion ... and that's OK. "Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more con…
 
Volunteers are working to restore The Dominion tugboat to her former glory, and make this boat a living piece of history. But they've found out that history may still be living aboard. NW NERD goes on a ghost hunt with AGHOST, led by author and expert Ross Allison, and finds out that this boat has a lot of stories to tell. Support the show (https:/…
 
NW NERD archive: Dyer stops at a hotel while on a road trip through Oregon. But this unique hotel has a history that some say continues to haunt its hallways ... and rooms. The ghostly activity at the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove is so prevalent that the front desk maintains a ghost log for employees and guests to document their experiences. NW NERD…
 
NW NERD archive: The Pike Place Market is one of the most well-visited areas in the Northwest. But visitors may not have realized that among the bustling walkways, the paranormal is also highly active. In particular, the Pike Place Market is known for all the ghost children who walk its halls. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/nwnerd)…
 
We're reanimating one of our best round table discussions, straight out of the NW NERD archives. What are the best methods of surviving a zombie apocalypse? In season two, we brought in a series of experts to help answer that question, including Craig Engler (Z Nation creator) and infectious disease expert Dr. Tara Smith. Then we brought in Liz Ell…
 
As Halloween approaches (the best holiday all year), we are reaching back into the NW NERD archives and presenting our favorite ghost stories. This time, we're reaching all the way back to season 1, when we produced our first ghost story. NW NERD takes a trip out to Port Gamble, a New England style town set in the Northwest. The residents and shop …
 
Hey there! It's been a minute ... or five ... OK, probably even longer than that. It's time to check in. A lot has happened since the end of the last season of NW NERD. Dyer and Brandon are checking in, providing a few updates on the future of the podcast, talking about what has been happening, and pointing out a few things to look forward to. Ther…
 
Spokane has had a few comicons come and go over the years, but Lilac City Comicon has stood out. That's partially because it keeps going, but also because it keep growing. That's largely thanks to one man, Nathan O'Brien, who believed that the geek community east of the Cascade Mountains is strong enough for a decent comicon. This is Lilac's journe…
 
NW NERD talks with two one-of-a-kind artists -- Jeff Carpenter and Alex the Pumpkin Geek. Headlines: Ashley Hiruko, reporter with KUOW, discusses her article about businesses that technically are considered "essential" under Washington's stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic ... but are they really? One business she addresses is the No…
 
Cosplayers in Washington and beyond are organizing to make face masks, face shields, and more to help doctors, nurses, and first responders get what they need as they fight a pandemic. Also, stay-at-home orders and closed businesses for COVID-19 are pushing back film release dates and changing movie theater operations. Brandon is still waiting for …
 
Artist, cosplayer, and Superman Jonathan Belle joins NW NERD as a guest host to chat about how Emerald City Comic Con has rescheduled for August 21 and check in on what he's been up to lately. Coronavirus concerns continue, so we brought in some positivity (And we also may talk about how great The Killers are). Also, an interview with Charles Brown…
 
The headlines are filled with "Coronavirus," "COVID-19," and "pandemic" lately. Though if you're like Dyer, then most of what you know about a virus spreading across the globe most likely comes from movies. We turn to Dr. Tara Smith who is an epidemiologist out of Kent State -- she actually teaches a course on plagues and pandemics. Dr. Smith likes…
 
Before we launch into our two interviews with Northwest artists, we need to talk about the elephant in the room -- coronavirus. AKA COVID-19. Emerald City Comic Con is moving forward with its 2020 event as concerns over COVID-19 grow. What you should know about the issue. Then an interview with Seattle-artist Jen Vaughn. Beyond her varied work from…
 
Geek Boots Military Nerds join NW NERD as guest hosts to talk about geek news, including: -Space economy in Redmond may get a financial boost. -Renton City Comic Con is rebranding and adopting a new name. What will the new con look like? -And will marvel movie actors start their own Dungeons and Dragons campaign? Two are rumored to be considering i…
 
NW NERD travels to the intersection of pop culture and mental health. First, a conversation with "Doc," who makes wands and sells them at comicons. Doc, a military veteran, is vocal about his experience with PTSD and how woodworking helped him after his time in the Army. Also, a discussion with Nikki York, Sara Pence, and Steven Collins. The three …
 
NW NERD enlists a panel of cosplayers and geeks to discuss dating and relationship questions from listeners. They also address a recent advice column titled "How do I get a cosplay girl to like me?" There's a lot to unpack. Also, Dyer takes listeners to Super Sonic Speed Dating in Portland where convention attendees went to make friends, maybe more…
 
Dyer and Brandon return from break to discuss news that broke while they were away. Retired superhero Phoenix Jones was arrested for allegedly selling drugs. Checking back in with Wayward Coffeehouse which now needs your help. Atari has something special in mind for Seattle, set to break ground soon. Also, an interview with professional cosplayers …
 
Nick and Dyer present NW NERD's annual Festivus special before the holiday podcast break with special guests, including: Genevieve Haas with After These Messages and The Grapes of Rad fame; also Aaron Mason, co-host of KIRO Nights and also of Grapes of Rad fame (and he also did a podcast called The Leap Home: A Look Bakula).There will be airing of …
 
Jonathan Belle is an artist who takes flight with his cosplay. Through photography, and wearing a Superman suit, he displays stunning images of the Man of Steel set against the vast array of the American landscape. His work conveys a story in each shot, spurs imagination, and delivers a message of inspiration and positivity. But his journey to beco…
 
Jet City Comic Show just pulled off its 10th annual pop culture event. This comic con in Tacoma has roots that run deep with other major Northwest conventions, but has made a considerable effort to maintain a focus on comics above all else. James Taylor with Jet City Comic Show joins NW NERD to discuss the history of the event and his perspective o…
 
In this magazine episode, Dyer takes us to a special tea shop in Wallingford, Seattle where the owner makes tea blends based on what her favorite fandoms taste like. Then, Nick and Dyer discuss some nerdy news, including the uneven launch of Disney+, the redesigned Sonic the Hedgehog, and more. Finally, they wrap things up with some recommendations…
 
The Monster Rangers are like the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, combined with the 1980s film "Monster Squad." Some are in it for the outdoorsy meetups, others like the badges, the crafting, or the bartering. Either way, this alternative reality group gathers to protect the monster around us and their habitats, and much more.19:40 The NewsGame of T…
 
NW NERD presents two interviews. First, a conversation with actor Russell Hodgkinson, who has led an eclectic life from the military to the stage, and to his role as Doc on Z Nation. He even was a manny for Lucille Ball's grandchildren at one point. Also, comic artist Blacky Shepherd talks about the genre of horror and how he has found a way to con…
 
In this magazine episode, hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley start things off with a visit to Seattle's Pike Place Market, which is remarkably packed with ghosts. For this year's Halloween story, they focus on the children who haunt Pike Place Market's shops and alleys. Then, Nick and Dyer discuss some nerdy headlines, including the final trailer for …
 
NW NERD was invited to moderate a keynote science panel at Renton City Comic Con 2019. Five experts across varying fields were asked to weigh in on the exciting, and perhaps frightening, advancements in space travel, AI, education, bioengineering, and much more. What does the future hold? How will it affect us? Should we be anxious? Take a listen a…
 
This magazine episode starts off with a dive into ‘landlocked surf rock’ with a nerdy twist by Dyer. Then, he and Nick discuss some headline news including WeWork’s continued growth in Seattle despite the company’s IPO debacle and the startlingly high box office gross for DC’s Joker. Finally, they round out the show with recommendations. Nick surpr…
 
Felicia Day has many titles -- actor, entrepreneur, and author. Whatever the endeavor, creativity has played a significant role. Her recently-release book "Embrace Your Weird" takes a unique, engaging approach to anxiety and self-refection. Day talks about her own experience with anxiety, authenticity, and more, and how she finds strength in creati…
 
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