Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Thunder and the House of Magic Review



Thunder and the House of Magic (or House of Magic in Europe) was released in 2014 by StudioCanal.

The movie centers around an abandoned kitten by the name of Thunder, who hides in a mansion from a storm. Cold and wet, he soon runs afoul of the inhabitants. The mansion is owned by a magician and inventor by the name of Lawrence (voiced by Doug Stone). Lawrence makes Thunder feel welcome in his home and so do most of the inhabitants, all except Jack Rabbit and Maggie the Mouse, who intend to get Thunder kicked out. However, Lawrence is enjoying Thunder's company and is even using him as a part of his magic acts.

However, this fairy tale life for Thunder doesn't last long. Lawrence is injured in a freak accident and put in the hospital. Unable to support the house anymore, his shady nephew comes into the house and decides to sell it and turn it into a parking lot. It's down to Thunder to unite the members of the mansion and save it from certain destruction. They turn the house into a Haunted Mansion, using Lawrence's magic tricks, gadgets and gizmos as weapons, plus Thunder is their new secret weapon.

Now, this movie doesn't really have the punch of say Pixar or DreamWorks, but it's still a fun and entertaining family movie that has some good voice acting and animation. I'd highly recommend that you track down this movie and give it a watch.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Review



This is quite an obscure Christmas cartoon from 1994, and then released on DVD in 2003 through Abbey Home Entertainment in the UK and Goodtimes Home Video in the United States. It's quite short too at only 20 minutes.

It is the story of how the carol known as "The Twelve Days of Christmas" came to be. It's told from the viewpoint of the Partridge (Marcia Savella) who explains that the gallant knight Sir Carolboomer (Larry Kenney) is out to woo and win the hand in marriage of the Princess Silverbelle (Donna Vivino). Carolboomer sends his squire, Hollyberry (Phil Hartman) to the home of Silverbelle to get her Christmas list, so he can give her a gift every day for 12 days and win her heart.

However, Hollyberry steals the wrong list. Instead of Silverbelle's Christmas list, he steals the King's answer sheet for his crossword puzzle. As Carolboomer examines the list, he thinks that this will be his ticket to winning Silverbelle, so he sends Hollyberry out each and every day to get the items on the list, starting with the Partridge in the pear tree. 

So, this goes on for 12 days, as the carol goes. Hollyberry giving Silverbelle each of the gifts and each one being turned away. Plus, each day the line of the carol is sung in a different style, ranging from Michael Jackson, to doo-wop to even Elvis. 

However, on the 12th Day, Carolboomer goes with Hollyberry to give her the 12 Lords a-leaping, expecting him to have won the hand of the Princess Silverbelle, but much Carolboomer's horror, Silverbelle claims she'll be marrying Hollyberry, as he not only made her laugh, but he was persistent for 12 whole days AND he went to the effort of finding and giving her the gifts.

I found this cheap on Amazon and added it to my collection. For an obscure christmas cartoon from the 90s, it's actually very entertaining and it makes for a short family movie to watch on christmas eve or christmas day. The cast is brilliant, it's well animated and well made. I'd recommend that you pick this up.


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Nerdversity 165 - Rankin-Bass Christmas Specials



Nerdversity would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus and a Happy Life Day, whatever you choose to celebrate. Stay safe. Enjoy the holidays with food and family. 

In our Christmas special, myself, Katt, Hayden Blackhawk and Chris were joined by Larry Kenney as we talked about the Rankin-Bass Christmas Specials and  more besides. 

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Nerdversity 164 - An Interview with Uncle Kage



You can't really talk about the world of the furry fandom without mentioning one of the earliest known members, Dr. Samuel Conway, best known to furries the world over as Uncle Kage. Uncle Kage is not only an accredited chemical scientist, but he's the chairman of AnthroCon. He's also an auctioneer, storyteller and loads more besides


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Nerdversity 163 - An Adventure in Time and Space Review




We have already done our look at 50 years of Doctor Who, however, we haven't really looked deep into the anniversary specials until now. Join Aaron and Katt as they delve into the masterpiece that is: An Adventure in Space and Time.

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Sony PlayStation 20th Anniversary


Earlier this month, Sony celebrated 20 years of the PlayStation. Can you believe it's been that long already? So to celebrate, we'll be taking a short look at 20 years of the PlayStation:

The origins begin in 1986, when Nintendo was trying to make a CD based add on for the Famicom (NES). They had a joint deal with Sony. They created a prototype,  which was known back then as the CD-ROM/XA. Nintendo realised that the Disk System was good, but as the magnetic disks could be erased and re-written, thus leading to piracy. Nintendo wanted something that couldn't be erased easily and could be copy protected. The technology was still in it's infancy, so Nintendo waited until the release of the Super Famicom (SNES) to approach Sony again to make the new SNES-CD attachment to compete with the Sega-CD. Though there was some internal arguments as to what was going to be made. Nintendo wanted an add-on, Sony had plans to make a fully integrated system much like later Genesis models, where it would have full SNES support AND play the new CD games. Some games, like the Genesis would require both the 32x AND Sega CD to operate.

After the deal with Nintendo fell through in 92, Sony forged a partnership with Sega. Sega was developing it's all new systems at the time. However, the deal fell through. Nintendo once again claimed copyright thanks to the original deal and then by 93, they were stating that the Play Station would feature CD versions of Nintendo games that Nintendo would own all the rights to and own the bulk of any royalties and profits, however, Sony determined that this would be unfair. They won a court battle, removed all of Nintendo's involvement and removed the space between the names, forming the PlayStation. 

The console was intended to be 2D driven, however, after the success of Sega's Virtua Fighter arcade machine and subsequent ports, Sony realised the future lie in 3D polygons. Sony released the PlayStation first in Japan on December 3rd 1994, then the US and Europe in September of 95 respectively. It launched with an array of games that covered a broad spectrum from Battle Arena Toshinden, Air Combat, Warhawk, Ridge Racer, Rayman and Philosoma. Each of these games were well received and later spawned numerous sequels and spin offs.

The PS1 enjoyed a long and lasting life, beating out many of it's competitors and even taking on the original Xbox. The PS1 finally ended it's life in 2007, with FIFA 2005 being the last game officially released for the console. However, in 2007, the Metal Gear Solid Essential Collection was released, containing Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3, it contains the PS1 port of the first game. In 2011, Capcom released the Resident Evil Anniversary Collection, in which there are Playstation versions of the game. Finally, Square Enix released the 25th Anniversary Final Fantasy collection in 2012, which contained every single game up until that point, of course, many of which are in the Playstation format as well.

Now, the one thing that's interesting about the PlayStation, is that you could make your very own games on the system. You required a special version called Net Yaroze, Net Yaroze came with everything you needed to make your own game. You connected the machine to your PC and it came with a book, allowing you to program games and progams. In the UK, the Official PlayStation Magazine came with a demo disc every month and it had a compilation of Net Yaroze games. Eventually, the final issue, 108 came with a disc that was practically full of every single Net Yaroze game ever made. 

The console may not have been as powerful as it's competitors on the market, but it stood tall and proud on there, It took on the Saturn and N64 and walked away the console that defined a generation to many critics and fans alike. It forged a legacy that still resonates with us fans even to this very day. 20 years later, Sony still dominates the video games market and still has one of the most well loved machines. 

Take a moment, Think fondly on those memories of Tomb Raider, Puzzle Bobble, Ridge Racer, Twisted Metal, WWF, WCW, Rayman, Tombi, MediEvil, Medal of Honor, Resident Evil, Die Hard, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs, Capcom, Alien Trilogy, Final Fantasy and the thousands more besides.

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Nintendo 125th Anniversary


Earlier this year, Nintendo celebrated it's 125th Anniversary. We at Nerdversity want to congratulate the Big N at this special time. So, for those that might know and some who might not, here's a run down on some facts from Nintendo's history from 1889.

  • Fusajiro Yamauchi founded Nintendo on September 23rd 1889. He called it Nintendo Koppai and was based in Kyoto. 
  • Yamauchi produced card games, the most famous of which was Hanafuda, a popular Japanese card game. Nintendo still produce Hanafuda cards to this day.
  • The closest translation of Nintendo would be "Leave Luck to Heaven"
  • In the 1950s, Nintendo moved to the United States. They not only opened up a business making cards, but they also approached Disney to allow their characters on cards.
  • Throughout the 1960s, Nintendo evolved in Japan, as well as making cards, they also made vaccum cleaners, ran a hotel chain, they also had their very own taxi service. They also had a chain of food stalls. The only survivor was the toy making division.
  • Throughout the late 60s and 70s, Nintendo hired Gunpei Yokoi. Yokoi developed a number of electronic toys for Nintendo, including an early version of the Zapper, a love tester and a programmable drum machine.
  • In 1977, Nintendo made it';s first home console, the TV Color Game. It was essentially a Pong console with 5 other games built in. They released different versions of the game with different numbers of games,
  • In 1980, Shigeru Miyamoto developed Nintendo's first arcade smash, Radar Scope, he followed it up in 1981 with Donkey Kong.
  • At the same time, Gunpei Yokoi experiments with handheld gaming after seeing bored businessmen on the train, the result is Game and Watch.
  • In 1983, Nintendo release the Famicom, their first home console based around cartridges. 
  • In 1986, the NES is released in the US and it outsells all other consoles at the time.
  • In 1988, Nintendo Power magazine was released, which sadly ceased production in december of 2012
  • Nintendo released the Game Boy in 1989 as a successor to the Game and Watch series. It used similar technology, but with swappable games
  • The Super Famicom was released in Japan in 1990, followed by releases in the US and Europe in 91 and 92 respectively
  • By 1992, Nintendo was planning to jump into the 64 bit and virtual reality markets, this project was spearheaded by Gunpei Yokoi.
  • By 1995, Nintendo was in trouble. The Virtual Boy had sunk without a trace and Sega had made the jump ahead with the Saturn.
  • Throughout the late 90s, Nintendo re-established their dominance with the Nintendo 64, the Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color and with Nintendo putting the Pokemon games on their Game Boy system
  • Gunpei Yokoi was sadly killed in a car accident in 1997
  • Nintendo brought out the Game Boy Advance in 2001, followed by the release of the GameCube.
  • Nintendo continued to dominate the hand held market from 2004-2008 with the DS. 
  • The Wii was launched in 2006. It remained a hugely popular system, even now
  • In 2011, Nintendo released the 3DS and in 2012, the WiiU
So there you have it folks, a brief rundown of 125 years of Nintendo. We've all had some fun on the systems Nintendo have released. We all remember the classics. So, pull out your Game Boy and play Mario Land again, or your SNES and play some Metroid. 

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Upcoming podcasts update

First off, I'd like to say that the podcast with Karan Ashley didn't happen. Unfortunately, she didn't respond to the messages we sent. We can only assume she was busy, but fear not, despite this failed podcast attempt, we will try again.

Anyway, onto the show:

20th December 2014 at Noon Pacific: Uncle Kage (scientist and CEO of AnthroCon)
21st December 2014 at Noon Pacific: Larry Kenney (Thundercats)
28th December 2014: New Years Celebration special.


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Monday, 15 December 2014

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Nerdversity 162 - An Interview with Zack Hoffman



In this episode, myself, Alex and Katt sat down with Zack Hoffman, best known for his role of Zartan in G.I. Joe. We discuss his origins doing voice dubbing for Spanish soaps, to his stage work on the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Power Tour, to G.I. Joe, his love for the Marx Brothers, his work on PeeWee's Big Adventure and of course, most recently, his one man comedy show, Tuxedo Man.

Plus: For every Joe fan out there, Zartan will end the weighty philosophical debate once and for all. Breath mint? or Candy Mint?

You can check out Zack's official page here: Zack Hoffman Official
You can find out some more info on the Power Tour here: MOTU Power Tour
You can find out more info on the Murdock Mysteries here: Murdock Mysteries


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Nerdversity 161 - An Interview with Eamon O'Donoghue



In this episode, Myself, Alex, Katt and Hayden Blackhawk were joined by Eamon O'Donoghue. Eamon is perhaps best known for his pop culture DVD and book covers, as well as his own pin up artwork, Eamon has worked with various companies including Mattel, SHOUT! Factory, Hasbro, Entertainment Rights and loads more. 

You can check out his official site here: Eamon's Official Art page
You can also check out his Behance page here: Eamon's Behance
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Nerdversity 160 - An Interview with Luke Donkersloot



In this episode, Myself, Alex and Katt sat down and had a chat with Luke Donkersloot, the creator of a weird, wonderful and exciting comic noir anthology series called Undertow. 

You can check out their website and buy issues from their wesbite: 7th Wave Comics

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Nerdversity 159 - Bonus minicasts



As I was a press officer at MCM, I was able to snag a series of short podcast interviews with some of the guests at MCM. Here for you is the ones I was able to record:

Please note: All minicasts are under 5 minutes in length as that was all I had with them, with the exception of Carey Elwes.


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Nerdversity 159 - MCM Birmingham Comic Con/Memorabilia 2014 review



This past November, I was lucky enough to get Press Passes to MCM Birmingham Comic Con/Memorabilia 2014. In this episode, the tables are turned, as Alex and Katt interview me on my adventures as a Press Officer at MCM. This is the final part of the Winter Convention Reports.

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Nerdversity 158 - An Interview with NinjaInk



In this episode, myself and Katt sat down to chat with NinjaInk, a well known artist and t-shirt designer. He's best known for his mash ups of popular culture, as well as popular culture with famous art. You might not know him by name, but you'll certainly recognise his designs,

You can check out his offical DeviantArt page here: NinjaInk DA

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Nerdversity 157 - An Interview with John Semper Jr



First off, we must thank Steve for bringing us this interview. Join myself, Alex, Steve and Chris as they sit down and chat to John Semper Jr, John is best known for being producer on the 1994 Spider-Man Animated Series, plus he has a whole host of writing credits under his belt, including Miyazaki movies, Defenders of the Earth, Extreme Ghostbusters and loads more.

We also discuss the meteoric rise of Spider-Man, how much it has impacted cartoons and pop culture in the last 20 years. We discuss the often joked about "strict" censorship, making of the cartoon, the music and the cast.

Finally, we discuss John's latest project, War of the Rocket Men, which is a nod to the Rocketeer and similar movies from the 1940s. 



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Nerdversity 156 - An Interview With Garry Chalk



After the last interview was plagued with glitches, we were finally able to get the screen legend that is Garry Chalk back again for a re-record. Garry is no stranger to voice and on screen acting, having been in uncountable productions, ranging from Conan, Transformers, He-Man, Sonic and loads more, to on screen roles like Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD, Leprechaun, Freddy vs. Jason and most recently TomorrowLand.

Join myself, Alex, Steve and Katt as they sit down and chat to Garry. We discuss his career and loads more besides.

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Nerdversity 155 - Jet City Comic Show



In this episode of Winter Convention Season Reports, I was joined by the latest member of the Nerdversity crew, Katt. We talk about her trip to Jet City Comic Show in Washington State. We find out about who she met, what she got up to and loads more besides. Plus, we get an introduction to Katt.

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Nerdversity 154 - An Interview with Laura Summer




In this belated Halloween Special, myself and Alex sit down and chat with Laura Summer. Laura is best known for her roles as Janine Melnitz in seasons 1 and 2 of Real Ghostbusters, Patomon in Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, plus you can hear her currently on The Garfield Show as Drusilla and Minerva. 

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Nerdversity 153 - An Interview with ACESpark



In this episode, myself, Alex, Steve and Hayden sit down and chat with famous YouTube Lets Player from the UK, ACESpark. We discuss his love of video games, where he gets his inspiration from, how he records and loads more besides.

You can check out ACE's official YouTube here: ACE YouTube
You can also check out ACE's official page called Sprites Inc, where you can find a forum, all his fan games and loads more: Sprites Inc

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Nerdversity 152 - Ohio Toy and Comic Show



This was our second sit down with Sam Sears (No longer associated or affiliated with Nerdversity or Nerdversity 101 in any way) for the Winter Convention Season reports. In this short episode, we spoke about Ohio Toy and Comic Show in Sam's home town. 

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Nerdversity 151 - Coil Con V Review



Back September, Sam Sears (Note: Sam Sears is no longer associated or affiliated with Nerdversity/Nerdversity 101 in any way shape or form) was able to visit Coil Con V in Indianapolis.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Nerdversity 150 - New York Comic Con Review



Earlier this year, Marc "GamesMaster" Walker was fortunate enough to take a trip to New York and attend NYCC, This is his short review of the event and what he got up to. 

New York Comic Con official: NYCC


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Nerdversity 149 - Rainfurrest Review



In this continuation in our Winter Convention Season review series, I sat down with Hayden Blackhawk to discuss his three days at Rainfurrest as a security guard. What did he get up to? Who did he meet? find out and learn more about one of Washington State's premier furry conventions.

If you want to check out the official site for Rainfurrest, you can here: Rainfurrest
You can check out their official Facebook page here: Rainfurrest Official Facebook

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Nerdversity 148 - RetroCon Review



In this short podcast, I sat down and had a chat with Alex after his trip to RetroCon in Pennsylvania. Just what did he do? who did he meet? find out the answers to these and more in this review.

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Nerdversity 147 - The History of G.I. Joe (Part 2)



In this episode Myself, Sam Sears (No longer associated or affiliated with Nerdversity or Nerdversity 101 in any way, shape or form) and Gary "Goggles" Head AKA Gyre-Viper continue their look at the history of G.I, Joe. We discuss the origin of the re-invented G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and also take a look at what was happening in the UK in the Palitoy Action Force line

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Nerdversity 146 - An Interview with Sam Wells



In this episode, myself and Sam Sears (No longer associated or affiliated with Nerdversity in any way) had a chat Sam Wells. Sam started his career as an intern and worked his way up to becoming an editor and writer on the Joe comic, especially the Special Missions series and the Data Desk Handbook.

Sam Wells now runs a store on Chicago called Toy De Jour


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Nerdversity 145 - Power Rangers vs. Super Sentai: Ninja Sentai Kakuranger



In this episode, myself and CVFan32 took a look at the next Super Sentai series to hit after Gosei Sentai Dairanger: Kakuranger. The sentai would be used for season 3 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Alien Rangers. We discuss the Sentai and then the US Series, comparisons and differences between both

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Nerdversity 144 - The History of G.I. Joe (Part 1)



This episode was part 1 of Nerdversity's look at 50 Years of G.I. Joe. For this episode, we went right back to the very beginning. We went right back to Hasbro's attempt to cash in on Barbie's success by marketing a doll for boys and coining the term "action figure". We also take a look at the history and also real world politics that drove G.I. Joe and then the eventual downfall of "America's Moveable Fighting Man",

We then moved from the 60s and into the 70s, where we discussed the change from war to adventure. We also look at how Adventure Team impacted G.I. Joe overall and of course toylines since.  Moving across the pond, we also took a look at how G.I. Joe was handled in the UK and Europe under the Palitoy Action Man brand.

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Nerdversity 143 - An Interview with Ian James Corlett



Nerdversity 143 - An Interview with Ian James Corlett

In this episode, myself, Alex, Steve and Hayden were fortunate enough to sit down and chat to the voice of Goku and Cheetor - Ian James Corlett. We had real fun with this as we also found out about his career on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, as well as his take on conventions and even his passion that is James Bond.

Ian's website: Rabbit Hole Entertainment

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Nerdversity 142 - Dreamcast 15th Anniversary




Join Aaron, Alex and Hayden as they celebrate 15 years of Sega's final console, the Dreamcast

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Nerdversity 141 - An Interview with Freeze Frame Films




Join Aaron and Alex as they chat with Dion and Paul of Freeze Frame Films and discuss their love of movies and horror as well as their latest movie: The Eidolon State.

You can check out their youtube here:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpZCdq2U97Se9Ucd3jLIgHQ

Their old channel, The Real Wolfpack can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealWolfpack25

Their facebook is here: https://www.facebook.com/freezeframefilms/timeline

And their latest project which you can support, The Striking Field can be found here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-striking-field-short-action-film


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Nerdversity 140 - An Interview With David Kaye




Join SoloJones, Jaxs, GinraiPrime, CornishGamer and Hayden Blackhawk as they chat to David Kaye. Known to many as the voice of Megatron in the Beast Era and Unicron Trilogy, as well as Optimus Prime in Animated. Plus many other voices like Trieze Khushrenada, Sesshomaru, Clank, General Hawk, Recoome and JARVIS just to name a few.


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Nerdversity 139 - An Interview with Hilary Shepard




Join SoloJones, CVFan32, Hayden Blackhawk and Jaxs as they sit down and talk to Hilary Shepard, best known to fans as the most evil diva in the galaxy - Divatox

You can check out her facebook feed here: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealDivatox

You can buy prints and her book Shesus here: http://hilarysheparddiva.storenvy.com/

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Nerdversity 138 - An Interview with EeVee Cosplay




Join Aaron, Alex and Hayden as they chat with EeVee cosplay.

Check out her facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/EeveeCosplay789

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Nerdversity 137 - An Interview with John Broughton and Eric "The Smoke" Moran



In this episode, myself and Alex had a chance to sit down with John Broughton to talk about his Star Trek fan series called Starship Farragut. We also had a chance to discuss his kickstarter project, The Crossing, which was his tribute to Mirror Mirror, as well as discuss the FarragutFest convention.

In the second half of the interview, we were able to talk to long time friend of the podcast and contributor Eric "The Smoke" Moran about his latest projects and loads more.

Starship Farragut

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Nerdversity 136 - An Interview with Flint Dille




Nerdversity 136 - An Interview with Flint Dille

In this episode, myself, Alex and Hayden had a chance to sit down and talk to screenwriter, game designer and novelist Flint Dille. He's best known for his writing work on Transformers, GI Joe and Inhumanoids, as well as writing the Transformers 1986 movie and Visionaries.

Outside of Sunbow, Flint Dille is perhaps best known for his work with TSR and game designing. His work for TSR includes writing the Sagard the Barbarian novels. He also worked on the Dragonstrike board game, the Terror T.R.A.X series of games and the Buck Rogers XXVc game.

Furthermore, Flint is best known for his work on writing for video games. His most famous works include Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, Dead to Rights, Soviet Strike, Nuclear Strike, Tomorrow Never Dies and Batman: Rise of the Sin Tzu.

Most recently, Flint has been working on a Transformers comic trilogy, Autocracy. He's also been working on the MMO and reality geomobile game Ingress.


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Nerdversity 135 - An interview with Neil Ross




Join SoloJones, Jaxs, Hayden Blackhawk, Cornishgamer, Ginrai Prime and Sam (rev) as they interview Neil Ross, voice of Springer, Shipwreck, Buzzer, Hook, Bonecrusher, Slag and even Hector Ramirez!

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Nerdversity 134 - Larry Kenney Interview




Join Aaron, Alex and Steve as they interview the Lord of the Thundercats himself, Larry Kenney.

You'll find out all about the thundercats, as told by Larry himself. Especially those infamous bloopers and what the 2011 series was really like.


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Nerdversity 133 - An Interview with Michael Bell




Join Aaron, Alex, Steve, Chris, Hayden, Sam and Marc as they chat to voice acting legend Michael Bell.

In this episode, they discuss his entire career from TV shows like Three's Company, Star Trek, M*A*S*H, Dallas and his ADR work in Star Wars.

We also discuss his varied animation voice roles from Transformers, GI Joe, Voltron, Legacy of Kaine, The Smurfs, The Hulk and Rugrats.

We also discuss his off camera work, such as production, voice direction, acting classes and even being an inventor.

We also have to mention his daughter, Ashley Bell who has a movie out called Love and Bananas and has recently appeared in a superhero movie called Sparks.

For more recent work from Michael, you can check out his direction on the web series The LeBrons. You can also hear Michael on recent episodes of Transformers: Rescue Bots and Opie and Anthony: A Wish for Wings That Work.

 

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Nerdversity 132 - Doug Stone Interview




Join SoloJones, Jaxs and Cornishgamer as they talk to Doug Stone, better known to many as Matt Trakker and Psycho Mantis, amongst many other roles.

Learn all about Doug's career in cartoons and anime, as well his career behind the camera.
  
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Nerdversity 131 - Paul Eiding Interview




Join SoloJones, Jaxs,CornishGamer, GinraiPrime and Hayden Blackhawk as they interview none other than Paul Eiding, famous for the roles of Perceptor, Grandpa Max and Colonel Campbell.
  
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Nerdversity 130 - Dan K's new book 3.75 Joe




 Sam (rev) Sears (myself) hosts this interview with Dan Klingensmith author of the upcoming book 3.75 " Joe
that delves into the origins of the 80's and early 90's big toyline, from it's origins, designs, the creators stories, to unused concepts. Sam is joined by hosts Alex "Jaxs", new comer Nate Blaine, and we were blessed to have What's on Joe Mind Host Gary Godsoe as well.

We discuss Dan's interest in the brand and segway to his book. We discuss the Flagg's Origins, an alternate take on the B.A.T. (Battle Android Trooper) as well as an interesting early spin on Major Bludd and more. We then discuss the current state of the G.I.Joe brand and our hopes for the future.

This episode was plagued with issues. It was recorded prior to the Buzz Dixon interview but the data, after editing, become corrupted and i had to re edit the podcast, and even during the podcast, Nate Blaine lost service, my computer over heated which caused some confusion. We will try have Dan on again the in the future to make up for it but Gary and Alex really kept things going and I really thank them for it!

you can find more from Dan @https://www.facebook.com/3.75InchJoe
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3.75InchJoe/

his old page while not regularly updated (as he moved to the new ones) is full of some great pics:
https://www.facebook.com/CreatingGIJoe
  
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Nerdversity 129 - Brad Hawkins Interview




Join SoloJones, Jaxs, CVFan 32 and Hayden Blackhawk as they interview Brad Hawkins of Vr Troopers fame.

Note: SoloJones' ISP went down during recording, so Jaxs took over recordin


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