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DC Geeks Podcast
66 minutes | May 30, 2013
Interview with Wendy Bryan (I Heart Guts) - Episode 59
It's that time again! A new guest and a new podcast, and this week's is fantastic because we have Wendy Bryan from I Heart Guts! Way cuter than the creepy Bodyworlds (image by I Heart Guts) Wendy was at the Sakura Matsuri this year, but it was nearly impossible to work your way through the throng of adoring customers. Evidently kawaii plushy organs were in high demand at the festival. Which is what we at DC Geeks always love to see for local vendors. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
68 minutes | Apr 24, 2013
Brannen, Scooter, and Aine - Episode 58
This week is Brannen, Scooter, and I completely geeking out. Sometimes it’s great to just be able to geek out about undisputedly geeky things, which is exactly what we do: geek, geek, geekity, geek (I get a nickel every time I use the words “geek” or “awesome” on this blog like an awesome, geeky Dickens). This was on the first page of CC-licensed images for "Batman." I'm completely in love with it (todo el amor → Lain444). The opening is rather Batman-centric, but we go into all sorts of comics, cartoons, and movies that we love. There’s no current storyline spoilers, but (for example) if you haven’t read Ultimate Galactus or Hush, then you may want to go finish those up before listening in.
64 minutes | Apr 17, 2013
Interview with Erik Holzherr - Episode 57
This week, our podcast is with Erik Holzherr, owner of three DC bars: Atlas Arcade, Wisdom, and Church State. This perfectly encapsulates the feel of Wisdom, where we recorded. (image is © bstumbo123) Wisdom, Erik's first bar, is renowned for cocktails. I had a rosemary-infused gin and homemade tonic serum that I will never forget. The website also boasts that they have the largest authentic absinthe collection around, if you're brave enough to dare. Thankfully it's also mere steps from the Potomac Ave stop. We showed up on Thursday, mid-happy hour, on techno mix theme night. We recorded in this brick enclosure where I had a window straight to the bar through which they were nice enough to let me run an extension cord. We did the whole thing by candlelight and the macbook glow, and it was all ten times more awesome than I can make that sound. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
62 minutes | Apr 10, 2013
Scooter, Brannen, and Aine - Episode 56
This week for our podcast, we have our three usual hosts: Scooter, Brannen, and me (Aine). We're still getting used to the new equipment so there are moments where you can tell we're geeks with new shinies. It just sits there and stares, looking all professional (image by Daehyun Park) I have a theory that geek-speak is more similar to non-geek-speek than people think; we just have a different set of references that we're drawing from. Here's where I could add a mini-ramble about Thomas Kuhn and discourse communities, but I like you all. If nothing else, we certainly seem to connect disparate concepts rapidly (read: ramble frequently), and the three of us do exactly that. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
73 minutes | Apr 3, 2013
Interview with Erik - Episode 55
This week, we had the chance to interview our fellow DC Geek, Erik about his secret talent! Early examples of Erik's kimekomi (木目込人形) dolls (image by DCG) I've known Erik for something to the tune of seven years. Somewhere around year three, a mutual friend was explaining to me how wondrous the Sakura Matsuri was, and her main selling point was this: "Erik was there as a vendor, and he was selling these beautiful, intricate dolls." I always wanted to ask, but I decided that if he wanted to keep that talent under a bushel, it was his right. He was the Clark Kent to this Superman of a secret crafter. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
53 minutes | Mar 27, 2013
Interview with Pirates for Sail - Episode 54
This week, our interview is with Pirates for Sail's Jim Everett (Strinalong Jim Smudgebottom), Annie Lysen (Lucky Annie LeBlanc), Kathy Michau (Captain Molly the Crympe), and Tim Michau (The Last Mate). What's "avast" mean, exactly? (image by Pirates for Sail) Although only four members were available to regale us with tales of piratical exploits, Pirates for Sail has over fourteen total crew members. During the best festivals (I hear August is the height of Pirate Season), even more come out of the woodwork, "members, former members, significant others, insignificant others, kids, pets…" Depending on space, usually around six of the crew make it out to the tavern each week. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
62 minutes | Mar 20, 2013
Interview with Labyrinth Games - Episode 53
This week, we interviewed Kathleen Donohue and Judy Thomas from Labyrinth Games and Puzzles on Capitol Hill! Name me one Adventure Time fan who wouldn't buy that. The artist is a kid so he doesn't have his own site, but he's already made the news. (art by Tex, whom I have dubbed "the Amazasaurus Rex") As owner, Kathleen has managed to walk a tight line with Labyrinth, and the compromise shows up even in the art that hangs around the store. Although the example above was created by a kid, it’s far from childish, and the store does not have that “we’d be a daycare if it weren’t for zoning laws” feel that some game stores acquire. On the other hand, it is very kid-friendly. So moms don’t have to worry about 12ft cutouts of gore-spattered orcs and the nearly naked women of Frazetta-esque traditional fantasy art. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
66 minutes | Mar 13, 2013
Podcast from Madicon - Episode 52
This week, Brannen, Scooter, and I were able to host a podcast from our beloved Madicon with fellow DC Geeks writer (and local professor and artist and expert in all things shiny, pretty, and immersive) - Lauren! Surprisingly, even small cons have great cosplayers! (my photo, but if you know the cosplayer, please email me) I love podcasts that ramble, especially when we bring in other DC Geeks to add their specific flair to the conversation. With Lauren, we started discussing tales of tech support woe (“I bought a social media! We’re good!) and quickly moved on to the impact of the Internet on museums and galleries. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
75 minutes | Mar 6, 2013
Interview with Otakon Staff - Episode 51
This week, we interviewed the big kahunas of the big kahuna: the higher-ups of Otakon Otakorp. Cons are becoming synonymous with cosplay, and whether it is obscure, new, or just new to you, much of the art is awe-inspiring. (image via Michael) But while the cosplayers often get all the photos and lasting internet glory, it's the behind the scenes volunteers who make it all possible. And who have the best stories! Listen in for Captain Backflip. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
86 minutes | Feb 27, 2013
Interview with Mark Pope (Anime USA) - Episode 50
This episode (our fiftieth!) is with Mark Pope, Director of Guest Relations for Anime USA! Anime USA 2012, in their new, luxurious location in DC proper. (image from Anime USA’s Flickr stream) We’ve covered Anime USA twice now (by me in 2011 and by James in 2012). I’ve also had the opportunity to interview their (then) press liaison, Lauren Orsini, who was one of the first writers to plug/cover DC Geeks. It’s probably no huge surprise when I say for transparency’s sake that we’re fans. So it was a lot of fun to sit down and talk to their current Director of Guest Relations, Mark Pope. He’s one of the many behind-the-scenes workers for the con who deserves to be in the spotlight himself for a bit. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
67 minutes | Feb 20, 2013
Interview with Matt Klokel - Episode 49
This week is our interview with the illustrious Matt Klokel, co-owner of Fantom Comics. For the unmetro'd of you, Fantom Comics exists in the heart of Union Station. It's tiny, and run like a well-oiled clock, so despite being shifted to the mezzanine, Klokel assures us, Fantom isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Klokel comes across as a shrewd businessman first, and a comics fan second. Perhaps that is what's kept Fantom alive although they are down to their last location, and why the store is so keen to expand its online presence. Minimum quantity of customers expected with Union Station traffic (image from Fantom Comics on G+) If the key is "location, location, location," then it's hard to be in a more high-foot-traffic area that Union Station... Read the full article at DC Geeks.
56 minutes | Feb 13, 2013
One Year Anniversary - Episode 48
It's been [about] a year since we started doing the DC Geeks' Podcast! This week, we have a new segment from Jonah Knight, and the usual assortment of brilliance from myself, Brannen, and Scooter. Behold Mikey! (image by Jonah Mikey) Once again, Jonah Knight has taken the time to find new music so that you don't have to go begging your hipster friends for suggestions (like I keep doing - one can only listen to the only Postal Service album so many times). And he's found us Mikey Mason's new album called Barbarian Jetpack and a crazy hit song, "Best Game Ever." Check out Mikey's website: www.mikeymason.com. Then get the song: http://mikeymason.bandcamp.com/album/barbarian-jetpack. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
72 minutes | Feb 6, 2013
Interview with Dern - Episode 47
This week, we interviewed Dern of Dernwerks, Hello with Cheese, and Scallywags International! Darren J. Gendron aka "The Dern" (art by Obsidian) Did you know that Dern once ate a bear from the inside out? He's also won a staring competition with a fish, and he has simply walked into Mordor (although reports are also coming in that he may have tank catted in). Let's make up a few more facts for Dern to learn about himself through Google: Dern spent three years hiding in the foreign legion to avoid charges of smuggling cheese cultures, he was raised by walruses until he was found at age 4 by an expedition, and is currently pursuing a PhD in zoological linguistics to learn to speak Fennic. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
63 minutes | Jan 30, 2013
Interview with Jamie Noguchi - Episode 46
While we were at MAGFest, we caught up with Jamie Noguchi, creator of Yellow Peril and Super Art Fighter extraordinaire. Jamie, center, with his Super Game Face™ (image by Super Art Fight) We podcasted with Jamie about his comic back at Intervention, so this time we focused more on his involvement with Super Art Fight! However, it's a lesser known fact that Jamie is a master of all things viral video related. His "Shameful, Shameful Blog" is responsible for introducing most of the DCG staff to Gangnam Style, £1 Fish (who wasn't deported! Hooray!), and even Christmas Shoes. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
54 minutes | Jan 23, 2013
Interview with James and Mark - Episode 45
Our friends James and Mark join our usual crew for a wonderful podcast from deep within the festival of MAG. Why Aine hates/loves Parasite Eve (by GameInformer) We love talking about board games. So we started off this episode with the intent of getting all that out of our system, and rapidly tangent onto fun GameCube and PS2 games. James reminds us of the joy of Time Crisis 3 and those wonderful orange gun attachments that only worked with old CRTs. I lament why I've never finished the entirety of Parasite Eve. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
64 minutes | Jan 16, 2013
Interview with Interrobang Studios - Episode 44
This week, we interview Sarah and Kevin from Interrobang Studios! I couldn't pass up Kevin's awesome expression here. (images by Interrobang Studios) I actually first found Interrobang and their awesome comics through Spinks! Spinks are hyper-cute, blobbity mutes that go around being derpy and adorable. However, they're only one of dozens of comics and projects and books and games that Interrobang produces. For example, there's I'm My Own Mascot (a semi-autobiographical comic) and the archived comics A Girl Named Bob and Punker Darren. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
58 minutes | Jan 9, 2013
Interview with Sabre - Episode 43
Some of you may remember Sabre from our interview with her last July. We caught up with her at MAGFest last weekend and found out about all sorts of badass news. How you gonna keep 'em in the office park, after they've seen E3? (image from Sabre/Frag Dolls) First, we're thrilled to offer our congratulations to Sabre, who's taken the plunge, ditching the soul-crushing onslaught of TPS reports and office drudgery to focus on Frag Dolls. "I can't squander this opportunity... I have to give it 100%." Sabre opens up about some of the challenges and rewards of, what some would consider, living the dream. No rest for the wicked however - group practices are starting up for the 2013 season. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
67 minutes | Jan 2, 2013
Interview with Clown Cabaret - Episode 42
Occasionally, we have guests who are involved in a subculture so alien to me that I have to dive in and gleefully demonstrate my ignorance. For example, greeting a troupe of classically trained professional clowns who have performed everywhere from Disney to Spain to Ethiopia with, "So which are scarier: clowns or zombies?" (from left to right) Matthew Pauli, Rich Potter, and Karen Beriss (image from Clown Cabaret's successful Kickstarter) Seems like an innocent question, until you realize that clowning is so much more than a jackass with face paint who jumps out at you in a haunted house. Real clowns don't get up in your face. Assholes do. And the members of Clown Cabaret were quick to set straight my understanding about the matter. Also, I have secured explicit promises that the Clown Cabaret will never hide under your bed and scare you. Don't say I never did anything for you.
66 minutes | Dec 26, 2012
Interview with Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo - Episode 41
Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo joined us to talk about Curls Studio and to teach Aine valuable Truths (e.g. Turtles can make noise). (image from Curls Studio) After getting a bit of advice on podcast editing from Joe, our theme for the episode became "Fuck it, we'll do it live!!" This gives you a peak into the tangents we often get into when recording good interviewees and fun conversationalists. Although we talk about our guests' podcast and their career as equal opportunity offenders, we also get way into My Little Pony, horrific fanfiction sub-genres, Meetup, Instagram, Tiny Tunes, and Batman. Oh, and that Eastern European chick who's trying to surgery herself into looking like Barbie. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
60 minutes | Dec 19, 2012
Podcast with Jonah and Brian - Episode 40
For this week's podcast we are visited by Jonah Knight and Brian Stascavage, two of the DC Geeks writers and awesome people in their own right. Jonah lets us hear one of the songs from his most recent album, Another Creepy Christmas Album, and talks about what it's like to be an independent musician. We discuss shitty TV shows and movies that we've seen over the ages. Including Splash and House of Cosby. Read the full article at DC Geeks.
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