Ep 56: The one about BBQ and virtual cons with Jim Nettles


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(The Dudes in Hyperspace Podcast is presented by Chris Kennedy Publishing.)

With summer grilling season in full swing, the guys talk with noted pit master and tech guru Jim Nettles about his role judging BBQ competitions for the Kansas City Barbecue Society and his place on the vanguard for virtual fan conventions during the pandemic.

Interview Segment: Jim Nettles

Topics include:

  • Jim’s history with barbecue
  • Jim’s association with the Kansas City Barbecue Society
  • The joys and trials of judging BBQ competitions
  • The various forms of BBQ and what makes them special
  • The secret to a good brisket
  • The magic of pulled pork BBQ
  • Carolina BBQ: To mustard or not to mustard?
  • Meeting fans where they are: the birth of Con-Tinual
  • The growth of virtual cons and their place in fandom moving forward
  • What fans can expect from Con-Tinual in the future
Catch up with Jim online via his website, or on Facebook and Twitter. You can also follow Con-Tinual on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.


The guys break down the latest happenings around Chris Kennedy Publishing including this week’s new release — FIRE AND BONE by James Tarr. Grab yours today at https://amzn.to/3zqtEq9

Ian also runs down the latest audio and book news from CKP including the latest happenings around the CKP YouTube Channel.

The News

The guys go “around the horn” with news on their various writing projects and event schedules.

  • Kevin — Hitting the road for more cons in Georgia, secret new project on the way.
  • Rob — Eldros Legacy updates, other odds and ends.
  • Ian — Writing THE LAST ARGONAUT is hard, Sharkflight Media to produce the newly revived CKP Future Books Podcast with host Randell Willis.
Pod Mail Segment

The guys answer questions from their listeners!

Subjects Include:

  • USC and UCLA to the Big 10: what’s next for CFB realignment?
  • What is Pensic?
  • Podcasting tips for authors
  • NASCAR leadership is stupid… again.
The Dudes’ Pod Mail segment is presented by the International Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors (IASFA). Be sure to visit their website to learn more about the big scifi short story giveaway happening later this month!

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