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Long ago in a distant land, we, the Nickscast, reminisced about the changing landscape of anime fandom from time immemorial to the present, and, in particular, the rivalry of subtitled and dubbed anime… and why it was never about either format. We’re back with new content and a new season starting next week! All this in 20 minutes or less! Sources Opening music, "Diggin’ til the Very End" by Dj CUTMAN used under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Ending music, "Bounty Hunter" by Dj CUTMAN used under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Guests Ari Ari • Formerly Rikku-chan 🇺🇸 Cosplayer since 2004 / Photography / Makeup / Chicago / Final Fantasy / Toast with Butter & Jam / <3 www.youtube.com/user/TotallyToastyAri Ari • Formerly Rikku-chan (@totallytoastyari) • Instagram photos and videos Danny Lopatka On-Screen Bassist for EMPIRE 🎥 🎸 Danny Lopatka (@MusicontheDLo) | Twitter Music on the D Lo - YouTube This week, there’s no need to use a Phoenix Down because we are ALIVE, and talking about the fans of the Final Fantasy series! The iconic music, characters, stories, costumes… whatever it may be, it has left a lasting mark on the RPG and video game worlds for the decades since its introductions, and we get into all of that with some special guest friends of ours, Dan and Ari! Next week, just in time for Anime North, we’re talking about fans of Boys’ Love with Sarah of the Feminist Fujoshi! Where can I learn more about Dan and Ari? You might remember Dan and Ari from our super-cut of Super MAGFest 2018 and his panel on the music of Final Fantasy. You can check out more of their work online: Ari Instagram: @totallytoastyari Facebook: facebook.com/totallytoasty YouTube: youtube.com/totallytoastyari Dan Instagram: @musiconthedlo Twitter: @musiconthedlo YouTube: youtube.com/musiconthedlo Episode outline Fandom Facts History and Origins: Final Fantasy is a science fiction and fantasy media franchise owned by Square Enix. Despite having fifteen numbered games, 135 million copies of the various games sold, and well over 40 different sequels, spin-offs, and other properties, the game acquired its moniker in 1987 due to the game designers’ belief that Square was going to go bankrupt (according to Nobuo Uematsu, composer of many famous Final Fantasy tracks). Though most of the numbered games are stand-alone stories in different settings with different characters, there are many recurring plot themes, game mechanics, and character names (e.g. Plots center on a group of heroes battling a great evil while exploring the characters’ internal struggles and relationships). Search Data: The Final Fantasy series has had a dramatic decrease in interest since 2004. The series is about a tenth as popular as it was back in 2004. There are spikes in interest in September 2005 (The release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), March 2010 (Final Fantasy XIII), and December 2016 (Final Fantasy XV). The top ten countries, by search volume, are as follows: Phillipines, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, South Korea, United States, New Zealanda, Spain. [// Also gives us some interesting data on most searched By topic: XIII-2 Dissidia Brave Exvius Lightning Returns XIII XV By query: XIV XIII-2 Dissidia A Realm Reborn (XIV) Type 0 Exvius ]: # Fan Demographics: We actually managed to find a survey from 2015 with some data! Though it is skewed towards whoever responded on r/FinalFantasy, Tobzzen has us covered with almost 5000 responses: Age: 21 to 30 years old (47%), 18 to 20 years old (42%) — a very narrow age range Gender: Male (82%), Female (16%), Other (2%) Location: >50% North America, >30% Europe Employment Status: 60% studying or working Gaming Status: 95% had more than 4 years of computer gaming experience; >25% had more than 16 years experience Game Playing Time: 53% played on average 3-6 hours per day; >10% played more than 10 hours per day Fanac Fast Facts: Archive Of Our Own has over 28 000 works related to the Final Fantasy Series … most being categorized as M/M (13000+), Gen (7000+), or F/M (6000+) … the most represented game being XV (14000+), VII (6000+), and XIV (1300+) … the most represented characters being Noctis (9000+), Ignis (8700+), and Prompto (8300+) Last Episode’s Famous Last Words G What is it that has endured about FF7 compared to FF6? Z The people who came into the FF world long after the SNES… do they go back and play the old games (and do they like)? T Why is it still called Final Fantasy? [// Couldn’t find anything conclusive. Probably because it stuck? Did find this list of renamed games though: Ff1- Warriors of Light Ff2- Red Roses Ff3- Crystal Darkness Ff4- Legends of the Moon Ff5- Crystal Heroes Ff6- World into Ruin Ff7- Mako Crisis Ff8- Balamb Heroes Ff9- Honor Among Thieves Ff10- Son of Sin Ff11- Crystal Heroes Online Ff12- War of Ivalice Ff13- Chained Destiny Ff14- Crystal Heroes Online 2 Ff15- Journey of a Prince ]: # Sarah What is your all-time favourite Final Fantasy song? EpicFilmGuys At Zanarkand is the greatest FF song ever written. Debate. tengumaru “You son of a submariner” is a good Final Fantasy famous last word… ? What did we discuss? Questions: ~~- What do you wish folks knew about Final Fantasy and its fans?~~ What do you see as one of the biggest parts of Final Fantasy fandom (e.g. vidding, fic, art, cosplay, etc.)? ~~- What are some of the biggest points of conflict or contention in Final Fantasy fandom?~~ What are some common myths or misconceptions about Final Fantasy fans that you wish would go away? Have you noticed any problematic aspects to the fandom, and if so, what do they tend to be? Could you describe a moment where you were participating in the fandom and were just blown away in a positive way? ~~- How did you get into Final Fantasy?~~ How do you express your fandom? ~~- When did you know you were a fan?~~ Which is your favourite Final Fantasy game and why? If we did an episode on one of your other favourite fandoms… what would that be? The Verdict G is in. One of G’s favourite games of all time… FF6 worthy of an HBO drama. Ari is in. Definitely a lifelong fan. Would love to play all the games. Dan is in. Final Fantasy has, musically, shaped the way he constructs music. T is in. Will give more Final Fantasy a shot. Z is out. But really interested in playing FF IX and some spin-offs. This week’s spotlight OverClocked Remix > Founded in 1999, OverClocked ReMix is a community dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of video game music as an art form. Its primary focus is ocremix.org, a website featuring thousands of free fan arrangements, information on game music and composers, resources for aspiring artists, and a thriving community of video game music fans. In 2016, OC ReMix officially moved under the umbrella and sponsorship of Game Music Initiative, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. > > — OverClocked Remix - About Us Famous Last Words This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, (Fandom name)! Z Did this genre emerge simply because folks saw these elements in other stories and make a quick buck? Or was it about expressing themselves? T How much BL is sports manga? G Is there a golden standard for “this is the best BL manga” OR is it getting better as time goes on? Dan Is there a distinction between Yaoi and Boy’s Love? Why has the terminology changed? Ari I really like Love Live? Where are the boy bands? Are there boy idols? Raph “hewwo i’m 5 wats yaoi” Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: If you want to be part of our podcast (or just want to check us out), we record our podcast LIVE on twitch.tv every Monday at 20:00 Eastern Time! For all the latest updates, check us out on Facebook or Twitter To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on Instagram For our latest convention updates, Let’s Plays, and other in-real-life video, check out our YouTube channel We’re also on iTunes, and Google Play, and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try nick@thenickscast.com You can check out our website; that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. Everything is thenickscast, so if you can’t find us, go on your social network and search for that! What is “Fanthropological”? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. Who is “The Nickscast”? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative (dare we say, the most creative). Ahem We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan. Thanks Special thanks to Dan and Ari for being patient with us and flexible as we deal with time zone differences, for joining us on the show, and for in general, just being amazing people! Credits Sources r/FinalFantasy Archive Of Our Own - Final Fantasy works Google Trends - Final Fantasy series r/FinalFantasy - Results of my [SURVEY] from November 2015 Wikipedia - List of Final Fantasy video games Wired - WHY’S IT CALLED ‘FINAL FANTASY’? UEMATSU EXPLAINS Wikipedia - Final Fantasy GameFAQs - Rename the title of every mainline FF game Fanlore - Final Fantasy Press Fanlore - Final Fantasy Final Fantasy Five Four Job Fiesta - About Kotaku - Final Fantasy VII Retrospective: Great Because It’s Weird Quora - I’ve Never Played Final Fantasy, Where Do I Start? YouTube - Final Fantasy X OST : To Zanarkand YouTube - When Do Final Fantasy Games Become Overrated/Underrated? An Extensive Analysis Music / Sound "Crystal Caves in the Mountain" by TeknoAXE used under CC BY 4.0 All other music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Artwork "Glasses" by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0
Guest blusocket lefty lesbian art geek into anime, fandom, feminism, & full communism #20gayteen #DoItScared 🏳️‍🌈 フェム腐女 🌈 (@blusocket) | Twitter Amazon.co.jp This week, we need an expert to get to the bottom of the difference between yaoi and shonen-ai, for starters, as we dive into the world of Boys’ Love fans (just in time for Anime North)! Where can I learn more about Sara (Feminist Fujoshi)? Sara is the writer and moderator of the blog Feminist Fujoshi on Tumblr and WordPress. Sara’s work on Feminist Fujoshi started on Tumblr in 2013 and she has even done some academic research on the subject! If you want to check out more of her work, you can find her on Twitter @blusocket and soon on Anime Feminist! Episode outline Fandom Facts History and Origins: > In English, often abbreviated BL. Written as BL or ボイズラブ in Japanese. The manga and anime genre of fictional male homosexual romance, created for a female audience. Used interchangeably with yaoi and shounen ai in English (but not in Japanese). > > — Fanlore - Boys’ Love Search Data: Based on the search data, interest in the literary genre of "Yaoi" is, generally, up. There was a wave of interest that appears to have started in 2011, peaked in Summer of 2015, then has been on a bit of decline ever since. It appears that Yaoi might be the general term that Google wraps up search terms under. The top 10 countries, by search volume, for Yaoi, are as follows: Thailand, Phillipines, Chile, Vietnam, Bolivia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Russia. Last Episode’s Famous Last Words Z Did this genre emerge simply because folks saw these elements in other stories and wanted to make a quick buck? Or was it about expressing themselves? T How much BL is sports manga? G Is there a golden standard for “this is the best BL manga” OR is it getting better as time goes on? Dan Is there a distinction between Yaoi and Boy’s Love? Why has the terminology changed? Ari I really like Love Live? Where are the boy bands? Are there boy idols? Raph “hewwo i’m 5 wats yaoi” The Verdict G is in. Gravitation struck him like a lightning rod. T is in. Going to check out some of Sara’s recommendations. Wants to feel things! Z is in. Standing in front of the door to BL. Wants to open the door to vulnerability. Sarah is in. Complex genre with a really rich history! There’s probably something for everyone, but you might have to dig. This week’s spotlight Yaoi North > Yaoi North was originally created in 2004 by Bishounen Hideto and Gryvon, after a discussion in Anime North 2004’s yaoi panel about the need for an East Coast version of Yaoi-Con. A few months later, Hideto and Gryvon approached the Anime North staff with the idea of Yaoi North, a one-room event inside Anime North similar to the J-Rock room. They were given the go, and from there Yaoi North was born. Hideto pulled Chris in as staff to do artwork for us while Gryvon grabbed both Matan and Covarla as her lackeys, originally having Matan run Gay Sex 101 and Covarla check IDs. Yaoi North 2005 was the first run of the con. The majority of the programming was taken over by viewings, but a number of staple panels grew out of this year - namely Crossplay 101, World History of Homosexuality, and the ever-popular Gay Sex 101, which ran over its original one hour timeslot to become the longest running panel in con history. > > — Yaoi North - About Us Famous Last Words This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, Pretty Heroes! T Who was the first pretty hero? Z Who was the more popular female hero of the 90s? Xena, or Buffy? G Where does Lina Inverse sit in the roster of pretty heroes? Sara Empowerment fantasy… young girls… How do people feel about magical girls? What are some of the discussions around that? Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: If you want to be part of our podcast (or just want to check us out), we record our podcast LIVE on twitch.tv every Monday at 20:00 Eastern Time! For all the latest updates, check us out on Facebook or Twitter To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on Instagram For our latest convention updates, Let’s Plays, and other in-real-life video, check out our YouTube channel We’re also on iTunes, and Google Play, and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try nick@thenickscast.com You can check out our website; that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. Everything is thenickscast, so if you can’t find us, go on your social network and search for that! What is “Fanthropological”? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. Who is “The Nickscast”? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative (dare we say, the most creative). Ahem We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan. Thanks Special thanks to Sara for taking the time to chat with us! Credits Sources Google Trends - Yaoi Fanlore - Boys’ Love Feminist Fujoshi Comicsverse - Let’s Talk about Boy’s Love: Exoticization or Revolution? Dru Pagliassotti - The Mark of Ashen Wings - Qualitative data from research reported in Dru Pagliassotti, Reading Boys’ Love in the West Japan Powered - Yaoi: History, Appeal, and Misconceptions JSTOR - Beautiful, Borrowed, and Bent: "Boys&#39; Love" as Girls&#39; Love in Shojo Manga r/Boy’s Love - Boys Love, M/M or Yaoi with Action, Adventure…An Actual Plot r/Boy’s Love - Still Don’t Know What To Do University of Wollongong Australia Research Online - The World of Yaoi: The Internet, Censorship and the Global “Boys’ Love” Fandom YaoiCon - About Us Music / Sound "Summer Wanders" by TeknoAXE used under CC BY 4.0 All other music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Artwork "Glasses" by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0
Spoiler alert: You’ve been warned! We could spoil literally anything! That actor you like? They’re in this! That plot twist? Revealed! Deep lore?! … Probably? In all seriousness, we’re talking about what exactly are spoilers, and how they impact people’s experience with the media that they consume (and, in general, how people perceive media). In particular, we talk about: The (non-)importance of the twist in modern storytelling You can only experience something once… or can you? How can we “inoculate” ourselves against spoilers in this world of modern media consumption (i.e. binging, near-instant relay of information)? And more! All in under thirty minutes. Episode Outline Topics: Just… give people a spoiler alert when talking about any media; we definitely spoil some key points in Star Wars, Harry Potter, and other franchises; Everything is new to someone; how long should you wait to accidentally spoil something? The levels of spoilers, preserving new experiences, the thrill of new, plot versus meta, inoculation against spoilers, using spoilers to catch up, consuming media for feelings versus plot, the reliance on the twist, false action, rewatches, spoilers versus story quality, you only get one first impression, spoilers as liberation. Where can I get updates? If you want to follow us on social media, we’ve got you covered: Facebook: facebook.com/fanthropological Twitter: @fanthropologic And of course, we can be found where all fine podcasts are found (e.g. Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts). Oh, and here at fanthropological.com Special Announcement: Livestream for the Cure 4 The 4th Annual Livestream for the Cure (or the Livestream 4 the Cure?) has been scheduled for FORTY-EIGHT HOURS from May 28th thru the 31st, with a small four hour kick-off event scheduled for the evening before to do final tests (and hopefully wrangle in some amazing guests). This year we’ll be pushing to raise $10,000 for the Cancer Research Institute, and if all of that gets doubled, we stand a very good chance of raising over $20,000 for cancer research. Hitting last year’s goal on day TWO meant that, unfortunately, donations slowed to a trickle for the entirety of day three, so if we happen to hit our goal before the end this year, we’ll be raising the bar by $1,000 every time we hit it and offering additional prizes for people won donate to these flex goals! As in years past, the event will be LIVE on Twitch, so be sure to head to http://twitch.tv/epicfilmguys and give us a follow! We’ll be going live with streams and other events where we’ll be mentioning L4TC all the way up until the event begins the evening of May 27th. More details available at http://www.livestreamforthecure.com/ What is Fanthropological? Every week, our podcast, Fanthropological, delivers about an hour of fandom-related “fanalysis” covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation! We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture. Who are you? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans. If you want to learn more about us, you can follow us on most social media @thenickscast (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), see all of our projects on thenickscast.com, or email us. Credits Dirty Secret by mv from http://ocremix.org used under ocremix.org content policy All other music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green!
The signs are all there, people! Have you heard the good word (of Firefly)? May the force be with you (and also with you)! Though there’re lots of superficial connections between fandom and religion, could there be a stronger link? Some sort of… divine connection? In this episode, we’re all over the place, including: The appropriation of language from other sources (e.g. canonization) Fandom filing the role of community and providing hope and meaning Tons of superficial (?) connections between fandom and religion And more! All in under thirty minutes. Episode Outline *Topics: *What is a religion, what is religion legally, books of worship for fandom, the sacred texts, forums as interpretive guides, codes of fandom, proselytization, rites of passage, anne rice, blasphemy, star wars, zelda, doctor who, decline of organized religion, conventions, fandom as community. Where can I get updates? If you want to follow us on social media, we’ve got you covered: Facebook: facebook.com/fanthropological Twitter: @fanthropologic And of course, we can be found where all fine podcasts are found (e.g. Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts). Oh, and here at fanthropological.com Special Announcement: Livestream for the Cure 4 The 4th Annual Livestream for the Cure (or the Livestream 4 the Cure?) has been scheduled for FORTY-EIGHT HOURS from May 28th thru the 31st, with a small four hour kick-off event scheduled for the evening before to do final tests (and hopefully wrangle in some amazing guests). This year we’ll be pushing to raise $10,000 for the Cancer Research Institute, and if all of that gets doubled, we stand a very good chance of raising over $20,000 for cancer research. Hitting last year’s goal on day TWO meant that, unfortunately, donations slowed to a trickle for the entirety of day three, so if we happen to hit our goal before the end this year, we’ll be raising the bar by $1,000 every time we hit it and offering additional prizes for people won donate to these flex goals! As in years past, the event will be LIVE on Twitch, so be sure to head to http://twitch.tv/epicfilmguys and give us a follow! We’ll be going live with streams and other events where we’ll be mentioning L4TC all the way up until the event begins the evening of May 27th. More details available at http://www.livestreamforthecure.com/ What is Fanthropological? Every week, our podcast, Fanthropological, delivers about an hour of fandom-related “fanalysis” covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation! We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture. Who are you? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans. If you want to learn more about us, you can follow us on most social media @thenickscast (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), see all of our projects on thenickscast.com, or email us. Credits The Goddess Appears (Trinity) by Jayson Litrio from http://ocremix.org used under ocremix.org content policy All other music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Links Church of Atheism of Central Canada v Canada (National Revenue)
Tune in to our totally real television show! On this week’s episode, Shakespeare and Nick Frye (the fandom guy) really dig into fans of stamp collecting, and the fascinating history of the hobby and unique origins of its name (philately). Oh drat, looks like Shakespeare is going back to jail again 🐀🚔🚨 (It’s April Fools!) Where can I get updates? If you want to follow us on social media, we’ve got you covered: Facebook: facebook.com/fanthropological Twitter: @fanthropologic And of course, we can be found where all fine podcasts are found (e.g. Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts). Oh, and here at fanthropological.com What is Fanthropological? Every week, our podcast, Fanthropological, delivers about an hour of fandom-related “fanalysis” covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation! We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture. Who are you? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans. If you want to learn more about us, you can follow us on most social media @thenickscast (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), see all of our projects on thenickscast.com, or email us. Credits Dream Pipe by DarkeSword from http://ocremix.org used under ocremix.org content policy Heart, Home, and Hearth by RebeccaETripp from http://ocremix.org used under ocremix.org content policy Secret Seashells by Miku from http://ocremix.org used under ocremix.org content policy Gift from Moscow by MkVaff from http://ocremix.org used under ocremix.org content policy Prelude, Fugue, and Groove by Gamer Symphony Orchestra from http://ocremix.org used under ocremix.org content policy Cluck, Old Cucco! by worldsbestgrandpa from http://ocremix.org used under ocremix.org content policy
Hopefully, the phrase “Aren’t you too old for this?” has come up less and less as time goes on… but it still comes up! We dig into what it even means to be too old for fandom! Why do people try to relive their childhood (and is it just nostalgia)? Is it even a bad thing to be a fan of things as an adult? Why is it a problem to have fun as an adult? And a lot more! All in under 30 minutes! Where can I get updates? If you want to follow us on social media, we’ve got you covered: Facebook: facebook.com/fanthropological Twitter: @fanthropologic And of course, we can be found where all fine podcasts are found (e.g. Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts). Oh, and here at fanthropological.com What is Fanthropological? Every week, our podcast, Fanthropological, delivers about an hour of fandom-related “fanalysis” covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation! We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture. Who are you? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans. If you want to learn more about us, you can follow us on most social media @thenickscast (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), see all of our projects on thenickscast.com, or email us. Credits ReMix: Katamari Damacy "Love Everlasting" by DDRKirby(ISQ) from http://ocremix.org used under ocremix.org content policy All other music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green!
The Nickscast wanders down a gritty alleyway, away from the bright lights and ads to jack-in to their terminals to talk about fans of cyberpunk! Is cyberpunk still relevant to today? What happened to it all? What does it mean for a work to be cyberpunk (vs transhuman) and what does it mean to be a fan of something so broad as a genre? We find out! Next week, we’ll be having a special-guest friend (and fellow Nick) join us as we talk about fans of movies, cinephiles! Episode outline Fandom Facts Origins: Cyberpunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, and, as such, is hard to pin down in terms of a fandom. Sometimes it is an element of a work, and other times it is merely an aesthetic. > In the 1980s, authors like William Gibson and Bruce Sterling wrote dystopian novels set 20 Minutes into the Future, where they explored themes such as the impact of modern technology on everyday life, the rise of the global datasphere as an arena for communication, commerce, conflict, and crime, and invasive cybernetic body modifications. The heroes of these in dark and cynical stories were marginalized, disillusioned, and rebellious “punks” striving for survival against overwhelming odds, often futilely, in corrupt megacities and surreal cyberspace realms. Bruce Bethke called this Cyberpunk, and it was good. > > — TVTropes - Punk Punk It is often referred to as “a combination of lowlife and high tech”. > There is no shortage of different definitions of cyberpunk > > — T Some examples of cyberpunk (or post-cyberpunk) works include: Blade Runner Ghost in the Shell Neuromancer Deus Ex Bubblegum Crisis Cowboy Bebop Psycho-pass Most Active: According to this analysis of novels and movies released each year from 1980 to 2007 by io9, cyberpunk was most popular in the mid-90s, most notably between 1992 and 1995. Last Episode’s Famous Last Words Matt: Will Cyberpunk 2077 be the greatest game of all time? Period. End of discussion. > … [Cyberpunk] will not be the greatest game of all time. It can’t be, because Chrono Trigger is the greatest game of all time. Period. End of Discussion. > > — T Z: Have the graphics that cyberpunks make improved since the Cyberpunks documentary? > In 27 years of technology, the graphical capabilities of literally everyone improved. > > — G G: How important is the punk to cyberpunk (politically) in 2017? > Cyberpunk was a reaction to the utopian vision of the future. > > — G > If sci-fi is humans with technology, then cyberpunk is humans versus technology. > > — G T: Is cyberpunk still a thing? Or is it an aesthetic? > Cyberpunk [now] is an aesthetic because the real world is horrifying! > > — T What did we discuss? The difficulty of discussing a genre as compared to a fandom ~ transhumanism and its relation to cyberpunk ~ cyberpunk as a reaction to 1950s utopias ~ cyberpunk and rise of tech noir, digital libertarianism ~ is cyberpunk still a thing? ~ cyberpunk and the dystopia that is the modern day ~ cyberpunk as an aesthetic ~ cyberpunk and its individual, human stories ~ technology going too far ~ anti-consumerism and advertising as key piece of cyberpunk In or out Z is kind of in. > T: It’s a boolean operation! License revoked! > Z: Oh no! I’m contractually obliged to stay in! Z will probably check out Neuromancer, and Snow Crash G is in. > A good litmus test is how excited I get about the thing doing the research for the thing. > > — G T is in. > When I was looking at some of the things that qualify as cyberpunk or post-cyberpunk I was like, “Yeah! I am all over this!” > > — T > Is this the first time since we’ve created the In or Out segment that we’ve all been in? > > — G This week’s spotlight Electronic Frontier Foundation > Probably the most cyberpunk thing that exists that isn’t awful … it is the resistance: the Electronic Frontier Foundation. > > — T A charity notable in today’s world as it fights for net neutrality, free speech, anonymity, blogger’s rights, fair use, and much, much more. The Race Against Time > Because we mentioned the greatest game of all time… > > — T Now in its third year of running, the Race Against Time is the Nickscast’s annual charity livestream where we work our way though Chrono Trigger, obtaining all its endings, and also raising money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Last year we raised over $1200 CAD, and have plans to surpass that! This year, the event will be held August 12 through to August 13, starting at 10am ET. You can also subscribe on Twitch.tv/theraceagainsttime in anticipation of the event! Famous Last Words This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, Cinephiles! > This is our chance to really screw things up and say something stupid about next week’s topic. We don’t have to, but sometimes it happens. > > — T Z Is there a movie marathon, cited as a cinephile’s paradise, where people are encouraged to bring in multiple-course meals? G Is it important for cinephiles to see movies in theatre? T Are cinephiles really a fandom? Isn’t that just a pretentious title for people who watch movies? Where is the culture? The shared experience and unique terminology? > I am already eating my words; I’ve already preheated them in the oven. > > — T Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: If you want to help us to create more amazing fannish content, become a patron on Patreon; even as little as a dollar a month pledge really helps us out! For all the latest updates, check us out on Facebook or Twitter To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on Instagram For our latest convention updates, Let’s Plays, and other in-real-life video, check out our YouTube channel We’re also on iTunes, and Google Play, and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try nick@thenickscast.com You can check out our website; that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. Everything is thenickscast, so if you can’t find us, go on your social network and search for that! … You’re still looking for ways to reach out? You can also use the hashtag #fanthro on Twitter! What is “Fanthropological”? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. Who is “The Nickscast”? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative. Dare we say, the most creative. Ahem We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan. Notable quotes from this episode > We’re here to deliver the eulogy for the MP3. It was fine, I guess. > > — G > I thought what I’d do is pretend I was one of those deaf mutes. > > — T > T: It’s a dangerous world, this meatspace. > Z: It can get kind of sweaty in meatspace. > Maybe cyberpunk isn’t a fandom, per se. That’s a loaded question to drop so early in the episode! > > — T > T: Grrr. Hate it. Hate Cyberpunk! It’s garbage. Send your hate mail to g@thenickscast.com > G: Wait what?! > T: Can’t send it to Z; he’d be all polite about it. > Compared to what was being written in the 80’s, we’re in the future. > > — G > We live in cyberpunk. > > — T > Today, in real life, and in fiction, we already have plenty of examples of that sort of dystopia. > > — T > Tech noir … is a gritty dark reality where you can’t really trust anything except for yourself and your technology. > > — Z > Blade Runner is supposed to be Hong Kong on a bad day … > > — G > While it is humans versus technology, it’s not really anti-technology, it’s about the spirit behind it. It’s about people going too far with technology. > > — G > The appeal of cyberpunk is mostly the idea of an unbreakable link between man and his technology when everything else is untrustworthy. > > — Z > … With cyberpunk, it’s more about the individual. … Whereas with transhumanism, it’s more about how technology can help everybody. > > — G > Where is rural cyberpunk? > > — T > Cyberpunk is supposed to be, in the spirit of dystopia, “this could be us, you guys”! > > — G > T: Having cyborgs is not a key component of cyberpunk. > G: …and should not be a key component of the Justice League either. > You could summarize cyberpunk as revolution in the present from the future. The problem with that though is that the future is always changing. > > — Z > Why would you have an unadorned wall when you could have an ad there? > > — T > I’ll see you in the future where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. > > — G Credits Sources Wikipedia - Cyberpunk TVTropes - Punk Punk Cybertek - Why Cyberpunk? Salon - Is Cyberpunk still breathing? Reddit - Why do people come here to r/cyberpunk when they don’t even like cyberpunk or know anything about it? Reddit - Discussion - Cyberpunk fans, what are your social/political beliefs? Reddit - The opposite of cyberpunk. Reddit - You’re a punk living in a hi tech dystopian city, what’s in your pockets? Reddit - Is Cyberpunk Dead? Reddit - Why Is This Place Dead? Reddit - Why Do You Like Cyberpunk? Fanlore - Cyberpunk Vice - What Happened to Cyberpunk? Wikipedia - William Gibson TVTropes - Moh’s scale of science fiction hardness Wikipedia - Bruce Sterling io9 - The Rise and Fall of Cyberpunk IGN - Cyberpunk 2077: Putting the Punk back into Cyberpunk The Internet Crashed - The “punk” in Cyberpunk PC Gamer - It’s time for cyberpunk games to remember how to be punk Goodreads - Who took the punk out of cyberpunk? Neon Dystopia - What is Cyberpunk? YouTube - Cyberpunk: The Documentary YouTube - Why Do We Love Cyberpunk? YouTube - Cyberpunk 2077: Exclusive Mike Pondsmith About the Cyberpunk World Cyberpunk.net One Angry Gamer - CD Projekt Red Seeks More Artists for Cyberpunk 2077 Trusted Reviews - Cyberpunk 2077: Everything We Know Writerly Goodness - WorldCon 2016: Is Cyberpunk Still a Thing? iGNANT.com - Digital Art: Beyond the Hype PlayStation LifeStyle - Author Behind “Cyberpunk” Talks Cyberpunks 2077 Trademark Music / Sound All music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Artwork Glasses by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 Tiles by Jakob Vogel used under CC BY 3.0 Incognito by Alen Krummenacher used under CC BY 3.0
You’d best Accio Seat for this episode, as we enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter fandom and talk about Potterheads! What’s it like growing up along side the object of fandom? Is Young Adult (YA) just for kids? Why do people of all ages love Harry Potter? Whether you’re Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin, you won’t need a Nimbus 2001 to catch this week’s episode! Everyone’s a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 - Cold Open 00:04 - Theme Song 00:31 - Introduction 01:22 - Who are Potterheads? 02:10 - Trivia 21:00 - The work and the fans growing up together 36:35 - YA on the rise and Harry Potter fandom 56:16 - Fans of the week 61:58 - Spotlight: Harry Potter Alliance & GeekyCon 66:19 - Goodbye! Citations "Political Scholar Studies the Harry Potter Generation" "Harry Potter Did Help Shape the Political Culture of a Generation" "The Times Plans a Children’s Best-Seller List" "Warner Brothers’ Bullying Ruins Field Family Xmas" "Warner Bros backs down on Harry Potter Web Site" "Grave of Real Life Harry Potter Killed 71 Years Ago: A Tourist Attraction for Fans" "AU Lily and Snape by julvett on DeviantArt" "Hogwarts Student Maker by Hapuriainen on DeviantArt" "How Ginny Should Have Looked by viria13 on DeviantArt" "Harry Potter Chibis + Quotes by ShadowSeason on DeviantArt" "#6 Polyjuice Potion y Picolo-kun on DeviantArt" "Harry Potter and the Childish Adult" "The New Powers That Be: Harry Potter, the Triumph of Fandom, and the Future of Creativity" "Pottermania: Harry Potter Tourism, Where the Pilgrims are Adults and the Books are a Religion" "Hogwarts Is Here" "Fans are leaving heartfelt notes in Harry Potter books" "Harry Potter Fans Won A Four-Year Fight Against Child Slavery-Produced Chocolate" "From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change" "How Harry Potter shaped a generation" "Fanlore: Harry Potter" "How Harry Potter Changed Publishing" "The New Powers That Be" "Is Harry Potter classic children’s literature?" "The five levels of YA fiction fandom" "Read whatever the hell you want: why we need a new way of talking about young adult literature" "Children’s and Young Adult Books: Why is it okay to be a Harry Potter fan but not a Twilight fan?" "#PotterItForward" "Make Harry Potter even nerdier with detailed stats on all the series’ spells * Great Job, Internet! * The A.V. Club" "Harry Potter fandom - Wikipedia" "MuggleNet - The World’s #1 Harry Potter Site" "Types of Harry Potter Fans | POPSUGAR Entertainment" "Online Harry Potter fans transformed what it means to love a story." "A Harry Potter fan has called out JK Rowling in the best way possible" "Religions | Free Full-Text | ‘Snapewives’ and ‘Snapeism’: A Fiction-Based Religion within the Harry Potter Fandom" "Potter sites wild about Harry | Toronto Star" "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Chapter 1: A Day of Very Low Probability" "Petrosexuals | News Stories | St. Louis News and Events | Riverfront Times" Credits Music: “The Carnival of the Animals - VII. Aquarium” by by Camille Saint-Saens, performed by the Seattle Youth Symphony (solos performed by Markus Staab on the piano) Logo: "Glasses" by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 "Harry Potter" by Ryan Thomas Noll used under CC BY 3.0
What do you do… when the work you love is created by a racist? Or when a work is misogynistic? We dip our toe into the new criticism to talk about the role between creative works, their creators, and fans in fandom… and hopefully aren’t problematic ourselves along the way! It’s the holidays, which means we are taking a break, AND making time to plan for a great new season! Next season starts next week with a 100th episode extravaganza! All this in 20 minutes or less! Sources Opening music, "Diggin’ til the Very End" by Dj CUTMAN used under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Ending music, "Bounty Hunter" by Dj CUTMAN used under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Guest 🅢 🅘 🅓 🇨🇦📎⚖ Civil Liberties Advocate, LiveVideo guy, Geek, Master Costumer, Browncoat, Colonial Marine(ALIENS 1986), MOLLE addict, Airsoft player, Snake-Eyes… Resist neoengel.com 🅢 🅘 🅓 🇨🇦📎⚖ (@neoengel) | Twitter We chat with special guest friend Sid about his over twenty years of convention experience, including how conventions have changed, positive experiences, and dealing with WTFery. If you want to learn more about Victim Services of Waterloo Region, check out https://vswr.ca/, or donate now. Where can you find us? Pretty much everything we do is something/thenickscast, but in specific… If you’re looking for this podcast (Fanthropological), you can find it at Fanthropological.com or on different podcatchers including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and many others! Keep up-to-date with our latest goings-on on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, all @thenickscast We also occasionally create extra content about fandom including convention coverage and interviews on YouTube.com/thenickscast We have some fine merchandise available at shop.thenickscast.com (and we’d love your support!) If all else fails, you can email us: nick@thenickscast.com What is “Fanthropological”? Every week, Fanthropological delivers over an hour of fandom-related “fanalysis” covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation! We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture. Credits ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Door to the End of Time" by Blake Perdue from http://ocremix.org used under ocremix.org content policy All other music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green!
The Nicks dive deep into personal nostalgia (that’s good), the divide between fans (that’s bad), the different shows that the Simpsons has been (that’s good), and more for this long running (that’s bad) media franchise! Can I go now? Episode Outline Fandom Facts History and Origins: > The Simpsons is a long running animated TV show, spanning 27 seasons over as many years, and counting (As of Dec 2016). It revolves around the lives of a supposedly average American middle class household; Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. > > Over the years, The Simpsons’ cast grew from the original five family members into over a hundred unique characters, along with numerous cameos. > — Fanlore - The Simpsons Created by Matt Groening, The Simpsons debuted as a series of shorts on the Tracy Ullman Show in 1987 and since then has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon spanning hundreds of episodes and many comics, video games, and so much more. It is the longest running TV show in history and airs in over 180 countries. “The series is a satirical depiction of working-class life, epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture and society, television, and the human condition” (Wikipedia). Search Data: Using Google Trends data, there is about as much search data available as there is missing, since it starts back in 2004. That being said, search interest in the show has been on a slow decline since approximately May 2010 (despite being relatively stable from 2004 - 2010). The show has had a particular spike in interest in July 2007 (The Simpsons movie), but otherwise, no major peaks in interest. The top ten countries for the Simpsons, by search volume, are as follows: Argentina, Lithuania, Czechia, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, and Slovakia (Canada is 27th; United States is 42nd). Fan Demographics: There is lots of data available about viewing habits and ratings… but not so much about the fans themselves. An article from the L.A. Times in 1990 has some interesting tidbits though: > Fifty-six percent of kids 2-11 and more than 50% of youngsters 12-17 tuned in “The Simpsons.” What’s more, 50% of men 18-34 and 42% of men 18-49 also watched Bart Simpson and his animated family. > > The figures for women fans of “The Simpsons” were slightly lower but still impressive–41% of females 18-34 and 36% of those 18-49 watched the show’s fall premiere. > > Among folks 50 and older, there was almost no “Simpsons” audience: 8% of the men and 6% of the women. As well, we know that folks see the show mostly positively even after its long run, even against other contemporaries like The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy with 56% positive opinion (compared to 23% negative opinion). We also know that there have been less viewers, less awards, less top ten episodes, and not a lot of representation (by the numbers)… but none of that is about the fan demographics, unfortunately. Last Episode’s Famous Last Words What did we have to say before doing the preparation for this week’s episode? T: What is the fandom like now compared to the beginning? Or in the mid 90s? G: Do Simpsons shitposters tend to be fans of those first few seasons? Have they gone through all iterations? Z: At this point in the Simpsons, what kind of interaction is there between “Simpsons HQ” and the fandom? Jaime: Do you choo-choo-choose me? Main Discussion Topics covered in this episode: TBD Spotlight: Frinkiac > Frinkiac is a search engine for Simpsons quotes. It contains nearly 3 million screenshots (every episode from season 1 through 151) indexed by the quote they are associated with and has a variety of features to help you find the exact screenshot you’re looking for. Once you’ve found it you can share it with your friends or make a quick meme. Never again find yourself wishing you could pinpoint the second his heart rips in half. You’ll feel like god must feel when he’s holding a gun. > > — Frinkiac - The Simpsons Screenshot Search Engine Spotlight: Dark Simpsons > Welcome to Dark Simpsons Comics! If you are reading this, you have probably already taken a look at the comics we make here and have a sense of what we do. But I am here to explain a bit more about our approach to making these comics. Our goal here is to make the most ridiculous, dark, outrageous and offensive comics/memes/GIFs that we can out of screenshots from The Simpsons. We mix and match screenshots from many episodes, trying our best to maintain a solid storyline that does not require any dialogue to understand. > > — Dark Simpsons Famous Last Words Our chance (and yours, if you’re watching on twitch.tv/thenickscast) to have some (in)famous last words about next week’s topic before we’ve done any prep work! Next week, we’ll be talking about the fans and fandom of Earthbound / Mother! T: I want to know more about starmen.net G: Is anyone drawn to Earthbound because of it’s contemporary, American-ness? Z: Itoi has gone on record to say that there will be no more Mother games… are fans making continuations of the series since there will be more more official releases? Where can you find us? Pretty much everything we do is something/thenickscast, but in specific… If you’re looking for this podcast (Fanthropological), you can find it at Fanthropological.com or on different podcatchers including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and many others! You can join us for the live recording of the podcasts and participate (or catch us when we’re playing some games) at twitch.tv/thenickscast Keep up-to-date with our latest goings-on on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, all @thenickscast We also occasionally create extra content about fandom including convention coverage and interviews on YouTube.com/thenickscast We have some fine merchandise available at shop.thenickscast.com (and we’d love your support!) If all else fails, you can email us: nick@thenickscast.com What is “Fanthropological”? Every week, Fanthropological delivers over an hour of fandom-related “fanalysis” covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation! We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture. Credits All other music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Links Fanlore - The Simpsons Archive of Our Own - The Simpsons - Works Statista - The Simpsons audience 2017-18 Wikipedia - The Simpsons Wikipedia - The Simpsons shorts - Wikipedia Frinkiac Los Angeles Times - A &#x27;Simpsons&#x27; Demographics Lesson Frinkiac - The Simpsons Screenshot Search Engine EarthBound Central - What are EarthBound Fans? EARTHBOUND, USA Google Trends - The Simpsons Business Insider - &#x27;The Simpsons&#x27; is good at predicting the future Todd W. Schneider - The Simpsons by the Data Kinja - The Way They Was: Six Totally Different Shows The Simpsons Has Been VICE - I Watched &#x27;The Simpsons&#x27; for the First Time Ever and I Couldn&#x27;t Stand It Statista - Favorability of selected TV shows in the U.S. 2018 ShortList - We used science to pinpoint the exact episode when The Simpsons got shit
Guest Perfect Organism Podcast The official Twitter page for Perfect Organism: The Alien Saga Podcast! Perfect Organism Podcast (@Podcast_PO) on Twitter Perfect Organism How does the Alien cinematic universe fit together (and do fans care… about Predator)? How important is Ripley to the series? Is feminism an important part of the series? All this and more as Jaime of Perfect Organism, an Alien Podcast, helps us to better understand the fandom around the Alien films! Episode Outline Fandom Facts History and Origins: > Alien is a science-fiction horror media franchise centered on the film series depicting Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) and her battles with an extraterrestrial lifeform, commonly referred to as “the Alien”. > > Produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the series began with Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott. It was followed by three sequels, Aliens (1986), Alien³ (1992), and Alien Resurrection (1997), directed by James Cameron, David Fincher, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, respectively. Scott also directed a prequel series, composed of Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017). > > The series has led to numerous books, comics, and video game spin-offs. The Alien vs. Predator franchise combines the continuities of the Alien franchise with the Predator franchise, and consists of two films as well as varying series of comics, books and video games. A video game called Alien: Isolation was released in 2014 to generally positive reviews. > — Wikipedia - Alien Search Data: Interest in the Alien franchise is down a little bit since 2004, but is relatively stable and oddly periodic. There have been outsized spikes in search volume starting August 2004 (Alien vs. Predator), December 2007 (Alien vs. Predator: Requiem), February 2010, February 2013 (Aliens: Colonial Marines), October 2014 (Alien: Isolation), and May 2017 (Alien: Covenant). The top ten countries, by search volume, are as follows: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Paraguay, Germany, Ecuador (Canada is 31st, United States is 34th). Fan Demographics: One source, BrandWatch, has some data specifically around online audiences interested in Alien: Covenant. Gender: 80% male (49% more likely to be male than the general twitter audience), compared to 20% female (57% less than the general twitter audience) Interests: 25% Interested in movies (553% more likely than general audience), 21% interested in books (150% more likely than general audience), 19% interested in games (134% more likely than general audience) Fanac Fast Facts: Archive Of Our Own has over 1000 fan works related to the Alien series: Top 3 Categories: F/M (35%), Gen (31%), M/M (25%) Top 3 Characters: David 8 (34%), Ellen Ripley (19%), Walter (Alien: Covenant) (13%) Top 3 Relationships: David 8/Walter (Alien: Covenant) (8%), Daniels/Walter (Alien Movies) (7%), Daniels (Alien: Covenant)/Walter (Alien: Covenant) (6%) …Most of which are only involved with the existing Alien properties Last Episode’s Famous Last Words What did we have to say before doing the preparation for this week’s episode? T: What do fans think about Prometheus? Which do they dislike more, Alien: Resurrection or Prometheus? G: Alien Quadrilogy… What’s the deal with that? Is there a sense of which is more beloved, Alien or Aliens? Z: Within the fandom … is there an enduring love of Metroid? Jessica: If Jonesy had his own spin-off movie what would it be about? Main Discussion Topics covered in this episode: TBD Spotlight: Aliens: The Musical You should also check out some of legolambs other works, which includes mini-musicals of other movies. Famous Last Words Our chance (and yours, if you’re watching on twitch.tv/thenickscast) to have some (in)famous last words about next week’s topic before we’ve done any prep work! Next week, we’ll be talking about the fans and fandom of The Simpsons! T: What is the fandom like now compared to the beginning? Or in the mid 90s? G: Do Simpsons shitposters tend to be fans of those first few seasons? Have they gone through all iterations? Z: At this point in the Simpsons, what kind of interaction is there between “Simpsons HQ” and the fandom? Jaime: Do you choo-choo-choose me? Where can you find us? Pretty much everything we do is something/thenickscast, but in specific… If you’re looking for this podcast (Fanthropological), you can find it at Fanthropological.com or on different podcatchers including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and many others! You can join us for the live recording of the podcasts and participate (or catch us when we’re playing some games) at twitch.tv/thenickscast Keep up-to-date with our latest goings-on on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, all @thenickscast We also occasionally create extra content about fandom including convention coverage and interviews on YouTube.com/thenickscast We have some fine merchandise available at shop.thenickscast.com (and we’d love your support!) If all else fails, you can email us: nick@thenickscast.com What is “Fanthropological”? Every week, Fanthropological delivers over an hour of fandom-related “fanalysis” covering a different fandom every week and giving you hard data, history, special guests, and, of course, speculation! We cover topics spanning the gamut of anime, manga, comics, video games, comics, movies, books, television, and, in general, geek culture. Credits "Alien logo b" by IllaZilla used under CC BY SA 4.0 Ending: ReMix: Contra III: The Alien Wars "Dystopian Future" by dannyshockfrom http://ocremix.org used under ocremix.org content policy All other music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Links Shmoop - Alien Themes Archive of Our Own - Alien Series - Works DigitalSpy - The complete Predator timeline explained Wikipedia - Alien (franchise) Fanlore - Alien (film series) r/LV426 - Resurrection vs. Prometheus Wikipedia - Alien (film) BrandWatch - Alien: Covenant - What Are Audiences Saying About It On Social? Hollywood Reporter - &#x27;Alien&#x27;: Why Its Most Misunderstood Movie Is &#x27;Prometheus&#x27; AVClub - Aliens is nothing like Alien—and all the better for it Google Trends - Alien BFI - Why I love ... Alien
This week, T is Tanking, G and Z take Offense as they all push the payload towards the goal: Discovering what is the appeal of Overwatch, and what makes people a fan of it. Are there fans that try to embody characters when they play? Why is Hanzo maining a bad thing? How did fan’s react to Tracer’s girlfriend? All this and more as we dig into the fandom! Next week, SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT: We’ll be talking about fans of Rick and Morty (with a special guest)! Episode outline Fandom Facts History and Origins: Overwatch is a class-based, online first-person shooter (FPS) developed by Blizzard Entertainment released in May 2016. Mechanically, the game consists of two teams of six “heroes” each working towards some objective depending on the game mode. There are over twenty heroes, each with their own unique abilities and skills broadly grouped into “offense”, “defense”, “tank”, and “support” roles. As far as the story of the game: > Soldiers. Scientists. Adventurers. Oddities. > > In a time of global crisis, an international task force of heroes banded together to restore peace to a war-torn world: Overwatch. > > It ended the crisis and helped to maintain peace in the decades that followed, inspiring an era of exploration, innovation, and discovery. But after many years, Overwatch’s influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded. > > Overwatch is gone… but the world still needs heroes. > > Now, conflict is rising across the world again, and the call has gone out to heroes old and new. Are you with us? > > — Fanlore - Overwatch Search Data: Looking at the search data for Overwatch, search interest in the game has been on a slow decline since about August of 2016, but still remains fairly popular. The largest spike in popularity occurred in May 2016, which likely coincides with the open beta of the game. The top ten countries, by search volume, are: South Korea (by a large margin), Singapore, Finland, Sweeden, Norway, Canada, Australia, United States, Taiwan, and New Zealand. Size of Fandom: Looking at some of the data… Approximately 1.1 million subscribers on r/overwatch Over 138 000 subscribers on r/CompetitiveOverwatch Almost 120 000 subscribers on r/OverwatchUniversity As of last January, the game itself had over 25 million players Easily, the number of fans is in the tens of millions. Fan Demographics: There seems to be no shortage of sites that will give details on the characters, but not so much on the players. For example, Overwatch Tracker offers data on hero playtime and skill rankings, and from that we can see some general data points about the game. However, we’re more interested in the players. From this thread in the Overwatch subreddit, we can get some data from its over 3000 respondents: Gender: 83.3% Male, 14.9% Female Age: Almost 70% of respondents are under the age of 24 Frequency: Almost 50% of respondents play every day; just over 30% play 3-5 times a week A slightly different investigation on Gender Influence in Hero Choice puts the number of female players closer to 21% (and provides some other interesting data). Fast Facts: Overwatch has almost 22 000 fan works on Archive Of Our Own …Just over half of which are categorized as M/M, and just under a quarter as F/F Almost all of the fan works have no crossover The top three characters in the fan works: McCree (~ 38%), Reaper (~ 33%), Mercy (~ 29%) The top three pairings: McCree / Hanzo (~ 19%), Reaper / Soldier: 76 (~ 16%), Pharah / Mercy (~ 8%) Terry Crews stated in a reddit AMA that he would love to voice Doomfist, one of the game’s potential heroes at the time. The hero is now playable, though Crews does not voice the character. Though many of the voice actors of the game were deliberately selected for being ‘unknown’, you may recognize anime voice actor Crispin Freeman (Alucard, Hellsing; Togusa, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex; Kyon, Haruhi Suzumiya) as the voice of Winston. (TVTropes - Overwatch) Overwatch has no servers in Africa (Kotaku - It ain’t easy being an Overwatch fan in Africa) Last Episode’s Famous Last Words G Are there players who make a point of embodying the character they are playing over trying to win? T Will I play Overwatch before next week’s episode?? Seriously though, why is Hanzo main a bad thing? ~~(I know almost nothing about Overwatch)~~ (I know something about Overwatch now) How wide is the divide between curative and transformative? Z In relation to the 2016 Blizzard comic, how did fans react to Tracer’s girlfriend? The Verdict G is out. Kind of. Likes the asymmetric play and backstories. BUT not interested in playing. T is in. Asymmetric play is really good, teamwork, fun, good characters. Likes it better than TF2. Z is out. Lore is really neat. This week’s spotlight AnyKey Organization AnyKey Organization is a group dedicated to supporting diversity in eSports. Its mission (from its website): > To help create fair and inclusive spaces in esports for marginalized members of the gaming community. We pledge to: Provide competitive gamers with resources, support, and opportunities. Highlight positive role-models. Create knowledge and tools to help create more diverse communities and supportive networks. > > — AnyKey Organization - About Us The organization does research, has its own pledge (that you can take), and has an affiliation program so that you too can help make eSports better for everyone! To take some notes from this week’s episode: The world still needs heroes… Are you with us? Famous Last Words This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, Rick and Morty! Z Does the sci-fi help Rick and Morty transcend English? G What makes people think that they’re watching a ‘smart’ show? How does that influence how they feel about watching Rick and Morty? T Why did they greenlight the show based on the short, Doc and Maerti? Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: If you want to help us to create more amazing fannish content, become a patron on Patreon; even as little as a dollar a month pledge really helps us out! If you want to be part of our podcast (or just want to check us out), we record our podcast LIVE on twitch.tv every Monday at 20:00 Eastern Time! For all the latest updates, check us out on Facebook or Twitter To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on Instagram For our latest convention updates, Let’s Plays, and other in-real-life video, check out our YouTube channel We’re also on iTunes, and Google Play, and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try nick@thenickscast.com You can check out our website; that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. Everything is thenickscast, so if you can’t find us, go on your social network and search for that! What is “Fanthropological”? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. Who is “The Nickscast”? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative (dare we say, the most creative). Ahem We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan. Credits Sources Google Trends - Overwatch Archive Of Our Own - Overwatch (Video Game) Overwatch Tracker - Insights Kotaku - Overwatch now has 25 million players Inkspire - Does Gender Influence Hero Choice in Overwatch: Data Analysis r/overwatch - Overwatch Demographic Survey - Let’s get some data from you guys, to learn more about our community! Mic - "Hanzo Main" Insult Explained: Here’s what that viral ’Overwatch’ tweet is all about Fandometrics - Video Games: Week Ending January 29th, 2018 Fanlore - Overwatch Wikipedia - Overwatch r/Overwatch - If Doomfist becomes a hero I’d be so hyped if Terry Crews voice acted for him TVTropes - Overwatch Ranker - 15 Interesting Overwatch Fan Theories That Are Actually Plausible TopShelfGaming - How the gender ratio in Overwatch affects its male players Killscreen - Can Overwatch bridge the gender gap in esports? Polygon - Overwatch’s search for diversity FragHero - Blizzard Reveals Tracer is Lesbian and the Internet is Going Nuts GameCrate - How Popular Is Overwatch, Really? IGN - Overwatch Reveals Tracer’s Girlfriend, Emily IGN Boards - Why Is Overwatch Getting Away with no Single Player? Kill Ping - Here Is Why Overwatch Is Skyrocketing in Popularity Player.One - “Overwatch”’s Tracer is the New Iconic Lesbian: Fans React to “Reflections” Comic Reveal Quora - How Should I Ask My Anti-Violence Parents for Overwatch? Quora - Who Is Your Favorite Overwatch Hero? Quora - Why Did You Pick Your Overwatch Main? Music / Sound "Cyber Starting Area" by TeknoAXE used under CC BY 4.0 All other music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Artwork "Glasses" by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 The Overwatch logo used is in the public domain as it consists of simple geometric shapes, but it is a registered trademark of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Guest A Podcast of Ice and Fire A Podcast of Ice and Fire. We are your audible source for everything A Song of Ice and Fire. BOOK SPOILER WARNING! House Manwoody (@apoiaf) | Twitter A Podcast of Ice and Fire This week, Arya ready for our look at fans of Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire! We are! And you definitely don ‘t learn Dothraki to enjoy it! Plus, we have a special guest from the award-winning A Podcast of Ice and Fire, Amin! Next week, we’ll be keeping the fantasy setting (sort of) to talk about one of the most popular RPG series in Japan; we’ll be talking about fans of the Tales series of video games! Where can I learn more about Amin? If you want to learn more about Amin, you should definitely check out the aforementioned A Podcast of Ice and Fire; they even provided us with some slides from their panel at San Diego Comic Con (which we brought up in this week’s episode)! You can also find him on his other podcasts, The Bastards of Kingsgrave, which covers anime, manga, western animation and other pop culture, and Vassals of Kingsgrave! Episode outline Fandom Facts Introduction, Origins, and History: Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” epic fantasy novels. For the purposes of the fandom, we’ll be referring to both of them interchangeably. A Game of Thrones , the first volume in the series, was written in 1991 and published in 1996. Since then, four other volumes have been released, with a total of seven volumes planned. The series follows the adventures of a wide cast of different characters of the continents of Westeros and Essos. Though there are many different perspectives, the books and TV show follow three main plot lines: an epic war among several families for control of Westeros; the rising threat of the supernatural Others to the north; and “the ambition of Daenerys Targaryen, the deposed king’s exiled daughter, to assume the Iron Throne” (Wikipedia - A Song of Ice and Fire). The books have sold over 60 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 47 different languages, have been adapted into comics, card games, board games, and video games (and the television show, of course). The television show (which first aired in 2011) has won 38 Emmies, is the most pirated TV series every year since 2012, and an unnamed episode was downloaded over 4 million times (roughly equal to broadcast viewers) (Wikipedia - Game of Thrones). Fandom Origins: While no doubt fans of the series existed when the books were initially being released, fandom started buzzing closer to the announcement of the cast of the TV show (early 2011). Most Active: The fandom is most active now. Almost definitely now. Game of Thrones has never been as popular as it is today, according to Google Trends data. More than any other fandom we’ve observed to date, the data is highly periodic (i.e. it spikes whenever a new season is released) and each spike, for the most part, is higher than the last. If you look at the chart, there is a very clear upward trend in interest. Size of Fandom: Using some of the data we have on hand, it is possible to get a few different estimates: 60 million (assuming every book purchase is a new fan) - 12 million (assuming every fan buys a full set of books) Almost 9 million views (based on the season 6 finale) Over 8 million (assuming all broadcast views and pirated episode downloads per episode are unique) Over 4 million (assuming episode downloads or broadcast view as a rough proxy) Regardless of how you estimate, there are a lot of fans. Fan Demographics: Based on data from A Time Capsule of Ice and Fire, there are some interesting demographics results of the over 4 000 surveyed Game of Thrones fans: Age: Most fans (71.9%) are 18-29 years old. The next largest group is folks 30-44 (18%) Gender: The majority of respondents identified as Male (81.8%), with 17.3% identifying as Female Books vs Show: Most fans have seen both (90.5%) Some other unique results: The vast majority of fans started reading the books after the TV show started airing The largest group of folks started watching the show in 2014; next largest cohorts were 2012, then 2013 Most fans started with the TV show (62.2%) Most fans like the books more (64.6%) or think it is equally good (30.6%); 83.6% of fans think the show does a good job adapting the books The fandom is split as to how bothered they are about the show overtaking the books Other sources, such as Nielson, put the percentage of women at a much more even 42% (Wired - YES, WOMEN REALLY DO LIKE GAME OF THRONES (WE HAVE PROOF)). Around the world: As the books have been translated into 47 different languages, it should be no surprise that the books and show are popular around the world. The top ten countries (by search volume) for the Game of Thrones TV show are: Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Czechia, Ireland, Australia, Greece. (The United Kingdom is 15th in the list, Canada at 18th, and United States at 32nd) Fan terms > - Sexposition: the use of sexual scenes to provide information about backstory and character motivations > - Ser Twenty of House Goodmen or Ser Ten of House Goodmen: characters jokingly created by fans, after Ramsay said he only needed “twenty good men” to infiltrate Stannis’ camp > - The Purple Wedding: the wedding between King Joffery Barathon and Margaery Tyrell, name chosen by fans because purple is a royal color > - Pink Letter: letter sent to Jon from Ramsay, so named because it had a pinkish hue > - Cleganebowl: name given to the ultimate fight, fans believe is coming, between Sandor Clegane and Gregor Clegane > > – Fanlore - Game of Thrones Fanfics: A Song of Ice and Fire (and related fandoms) has over 28 000 fanfics on Archive of our Own. Some other fun fanfic facts (try saying that 5 times fast!): Top 3 characters: Sansa Stark (over 12474), Jon Snow (over 9390), and Arya Stark (over 6574) Top 3 crossovers: Harry Potter (267), Supernatural (67), The Avengers (64)… but the vast majority of fic is just within the Game of Thrones unverse Top 3 pairings: Jon Snow / Sansa Stark (3273), Jaime Lannister / Brienne of Tarth (2723), Arya Stark / Gendry Waters (2287) Last Episode’s Famous Last Words Z Have fans tried to make up supplemental material and pass it off as “real” Game of Thrones work? G Why is the popular baby name that came out of Game of Thrones “Khaleesi” and not “Daenerys”? T As rated by fans, what is the most delicious recipe in a Feast of Ice and Fire? The Verdict G is in. Neck-and-neck with Doctor Who. Amin is in. Try it out! Show is good, books are better. Z is in. T is out. Will check out some of the graphic novels though. This week’s spotlight International Rescue Committee The IRC is a charity to help refugees who are displaced, to help them recover. > The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. > > – Rescue,org - Who we are What’s the tie-in to Game of Thrones? Well, many members of the cast are longtime supporters of the IRC: in particular, Lana Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark). Famous Last Words This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, (Fandom name)! T What is it that ties the games together, exactly? (And as such, makes a fandom) G The popularity of Tales of Phantasia in North America grew out of its inability to get it released in North America. Z As a series of JRPGs and a fandom around that… how many fan games (e.g. RPG Maker) are there? Which one is most beloved by fans? Amin Has this fandom gone to other mediums: Books, Manga, Artwork (other adaptations)? Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: If you want to help us to create more amazing fannish content, become a patron on Patreon; even as little as a dollar a month pledge really helps us out! If you want to be part of our podcast (or just want to check us out), we record our podcast LIVE on twitch.tv every monday at 20:00 Eastern Time! For all the latest updates, check us out on Facebook or Twitter To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on Instagram For our latest convention updates, Let’s Plays, and other in-real-life video, check out our YouTube channel We’re also on iTunes, and Google Play, and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try nick@thenickscast.com You can check out our website; that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. Everything is thenickscast, so if you can’t find us, go on your social network and search for that! … You’re still looking for ways to reach out? You can also use the hashtag #fanthro on Twitter! What is “Fanthropological”? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. Who is “The Nickscast”? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative. Dare we say, the most creative. Ahem We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan. Thanks Special thanks to Amin for taking the time to meet with us! It was great having him on the show to share his experiences and expertise! We really appreciate when we have mega-fans on the show, and especially fellow podcasters! Credits Sources Wikipedia - A Song of Ice and Fire Wikipedia - Game of Thrones Fanlore - Game of Thrones] Fanlore - A Song of Ice and Fire Fanlore - A Song of Ice and Fire Variety - ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale Ratings Hit Series High A Time Capsule of Ice and Fire - THE ASOIAF/GOT DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEY RESULTS Archive of our Own - Works in A Song of Ice and Fire & Related Fandoms The Inn at the Crossroads CheatSheet - Top Reasons Why Many People Absolutely Hate ‘Game of Thrones’ The Tab - Why is everyone so obsessed with Game of Thrones? io9 - Guess How Many Deaths There Have Been So Far on Game of Thrones Ranker - Famous People Who Don’t Like Game of Thrones Wired - YES, WOMEN REALLY DO LIKE GAME OF THRONES (WE HAVE PROOF) Watchers on the Wall - George R.R. Martin’s Original Plan for Game of Thrones The Verge - This Season of Game of Thrones Feels Like Fan Fiction Game of Thrones Research Project - About This Research DigitalSpy - Game of Thrones Fans Think They can fix Controversial Season 7 Storyline with One Simple Change Vanity Fair - Are Cameos Like Ed Sheeran’s Really Ruining Game of Thrones? Transformative Works and Cultures - Case Study of French and Spanish Fan Reception of Game of Thrones Tower of the Hand - The Nature and Controversy of GRRM and His Fandom Wikipedia - A Song of Ice and Fire Fandom Feministing - George R.R. Martin, Come Get Your People Westeros.org - The Prophecies are False/Fake/Wrong; Wait, What? r/A Song of Ice and Fire - (Spoilers All-Speculation) Prophecies in ASOIAF Salon - Stop Defending "Game of Thrones": How HBO Gutted the Stories I Love Music / Sound End music is used this performance of the Game of Thrones theme as composed by Ramin Djawadi All other music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Artwork "Glasses" by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 "Jon Snow" by Nive Kekra used under CC BY 3.0 US
Oh no! We’ve been transported into a world inside the computer where we need to defeat big bads with the help of our monster pals! That’s right, we’re in China talking about the world’s most popular massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG), World of Warcraft! Why is it so popular after more than a decade? Next week, we’re gonna get wicket on you as we travel to India to talk about fans of the oft misunderstood sport, cricket! Episode outline Fandom Facts Origins: World of Warcraft is a popular MMORPG created by Blizzard Entertainment and set in the already existing Warcraft universe. It was released in 2004, and the player takes on the role of a member of either the Horde, or the Alliance as one of the many multitudes of races and classes. In China, it is known as “World of Magic Beasts”. Most Active: Interest in World of Warcraft has been on the decline, with the most interest taking place between November 2004 and September 2011 with a peak between January 2007 and January 2009. Size of Fandom: As of 2014, according to an article in Engadget, there were over 100 million World of Warcraft accounts. However, a more accurate number might the number of active subscriptions: a peak of 12 million in October of 2010, and 5.5 million in October 2015. The subreddit, r/wow has over 400 000 subscribers. Around the world: World of Warcraft is popular in many different parts of the world. Below are some rough estimates of number of players from different parts of the world: > 1. China, Asian Realms: 3.2 million players > 2. United States and Canada, North American Realms: 3.0 million players > 3. United Kingdom, European Realms: 1.0 million players > 4. South Korea, Asian Realms: 800,000 players > 5. Germany, European Realms: 600,000 players > 6. Taiwan, Asian Realms: 350,000 players > 7. France, European Realms: 200,000 players > 8. Russia, European Realms: 150,000 players > 9. Australia, North American Realms: 120,000 players > 10. Latin America, North American Realms: 100,000 players > 11. Spain, European Realms: 80,000 players > 12. Other, NA/EU/Asian Realms: 800,000 players > > — WoWWiki - WoW population by country Fan Activity: There are over 200 000 results for World of Warcraft on DeviantArt, and Archive of Our Own has over 2000 fanfics related to World of Warcraft. Last Episode’s Famous Last Words Z Primarily popular in China because there are so many internet cafes. G …Popular in China for the same reason that they like Windows XP so much. T World of Warcraft is so popular in China because ~~Silk Road~~ Aion is a Korean game, and there’s a racism thing going on there. The Verdict Z is out. G is out. T is out. This week’s spotlight Running of the Gnomes We were unable to find an official source for the event, but from this article from 2017: > Since 2010, World of Warcraft players have been creating hordes of pink-haired level one gnomes and running them across Azeroth to support the fight against breast cancer. This year Blizzard is giving the event a boost with special decorations, a cheering crowd and its own special quest. > The tradition of running low-level gnomes across a danger-filled continent dates back to EverQuest in the early 2000s, back before World of Warcraft came along and took over the MMO-space. It’s a high danger, low stakes sort of thrill that helps pass the time between camping for things or waiting for raid timers to reset. > Using the “Running of the Gnomes” as a means to raise money for and awareness of breast cancer in World of Warcraft started back in 2009, when members of the Scarlet Crusade server Alliance guild SeeD decided to change their tabards to pink during October, aka breast cancer awareness month. In 2010 they started the first official “Running of the Gnomes” charity event, choosing WoW’s most diminutive race mainly because one of the starting hair color options is a lovely shade of pink. Nearly 150 players showed up for the run and after-party. In 2013 they had about a thousand, raising $1,305 for the Cleveland Clinic’s Tuohy breast cancer vaccine research and testing. > > — Kotaku - World of Warcraft’s ‘Running of the Gnomes’ Fan Event Gets Official Blizzard Makeover Famous Last Words Next week, we’ll be travelling to India to talk about fans of cricket. What are our hosts famous last words on cricket before they begin the research? G ~~What is the connection between the game cricket and the insect cricket?~~ Has anyone become a fan of cricket via the fifth Doctor? Z Is there a rap song or concept album about the sport of cricket? T Why are people fans of such a slow game? Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: If you want to help us to create more amazing fannish content, become a patron on Patreon; even as little as a dollar a month pledge really helps us out! If you want to be part of our podcast (or just want to check us out), we record our podcast LIVE on twitch.tv every monday at 20:00 Eastern Time! For all the latest updates, check us out on Facebook or Twitter To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on Instagram For our latest convention updates, Let’s Plays, and other in-real-life video, check out our YouTube channel We’re also on iTunes, and Google Play, and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try nick@thenickscast.com You can check out our website; that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. Everything is thenickscast, so if you can’t find us, go on your social network and search for that! … You’re still looking for ways to reach out? You can also use the hashtag #fanthro on Twitter! What is “Fanthropological”? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. Who is “The Nickscast”? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative. Dare we say, the most creative. Ahem We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan. Credits Sources r/WoW - WoW is "dying" because WoW community is TOXIC r/WoW – Can Anyone Maybe From China Explain This? r/WoW – My First Serious Character is Having So Much Fun! I’m Falling in Love with the World of Warcraft. Here’s Why… r/WoW – What Is World of Warcraft to You? r/WoW – Why People Hate to Cooperate in World of Warcraft? r/WoW– Moments Like This Remind Me Why I Love World of Warcraft Engadget - WoW Archivist: WoW in China, an uncensored history Engadget - WoW Archivist: WoW in China, an uncensored history – part 2 Engadget - What does community mean in World of Warcraft? Wikipedia - Aion Kotaku - World of Warcraft’s ‘Running of the Gnomes’ Fan Event Gets Official Blizzard Makeover Kotaku - The People Who Still Play World of Warcraft Like It’s 2006 BBC News – China’s Love Affair with Online Game World of Warcraft BBC News – Gaming and Raiding in World of Warcraft Den of Geek! - World of Warcraft: Why It’s Still Going Strong 11 Years Later Fanlore - World of Warcraft iQ - 12 years on, people are still playing World of Warcraft. Why? MMO-Champion - The Reason the WoW Community is Toxic 2P – Chinese WoW-Themed Movie to Hit Big Screen Before the Premiere of Warcraft Movie Deadline – “Warcraft” Sets China Record for Widest Release Ever, Wows with Pre-Sales; How Big is its Box Office Game? Geek and Sundry – Why Leveling Up Your World of Warcraft Character is Like Getting an MBA What’s on Weibo - “Warcraft” and its Popularity in China Love and Hate – World of Warcraft Music / Sound All music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Artwork "Glasses" by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 "Orc Shaman" by Darren Northcott used under CC BY 3.0
What is it about little bits of cardboard, plastic, and wood that draw people in so much? This week, we’re talking about fans of board games: AKA Board Game Geeks! Next week, will we escape the podcast in 60 minutes or less? Probably not, but that won’t stop us from uncovering the mystery of escape room fans! Episode outline Fandom Facts Origins and history: Board games are… broad, and historically date back quite a ways. Wikipedia provides a succinct description not unlike a description of life: > A board game is a tabletop game that involves counters or pieces moved or placed on a pre-marked surface or “board”, according to a set of rules. Some games are based on pure strategy, but many contain an element of chance; and some are purely chance, with no element of skill. > > Games usually have a goal that a player aims to achieve. Early board games represented a battle between two armies, and most modern board games are still based on defeating opponents in terms of counters, winning position, or accrual of points. > > — Wikipedia - Board game While it is unclear what the first board game was, many early games date back as far as 5000 years ago; some examples of the early board games include Senet (Egypt, ~5000 years ago), Go (China, ~2500 years ago), and Backgammon (Persia, ~5000 years ago). Size of Fandom: Using a few proxies of popularity, we can try to estimate the number of fans (and level of involvement of fans): BoardGameGeek had approximately 360k registered in 2010, with 100k active per month (BoardGameGeek - Geek Analytics 2010) The most backed board game on Kickstarter, Exploding Kittens, had almost 220 000 backers Fan Demographics: The demographic data we managed to obtain comes from The Daily Worker Placement. Of the almost 2400 respondents… Country: Over 56% were from the USA Age: 42% are 25-35, 33% are 35-44, 16% are 45+ Marital Status: 52% are married, 15% are in a relationship(s) Gender: The majority are male, and 24% identified as female, 1.1% as non-binary, and 0.6% as trans Education: Almost two-thirds have a bachelor’s degree or higher Tenure: Less than 25% of respondents had been playing board games for two years or less; almost half of respondents have been playing games between three and ten years Search Data Interest in board games is highly periodic (by search volume). Every year, around December, interest in board games spikes to the highest point in that year. That being said, ignoring the peak, it looks like board games are back on the upswing after a gradual decline in interest from 2004 to 2010, and is slowly recovering to 2004-ish levels. Other data, like sales, suggests that growth is more substantial: > Global sales of games and puzzles have grown from $9.3 billion in 2013 to $9.6 billion in 2016, according to Euromonitor International, with expected year-on-year growth of more than 1 percent this year. > > — CNBC - Millennials are driving the board games revival The top ten countries for board games by search volume are: Canada, Estonia, Australia, United Kingdom, Poland, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Greece, and the United States. The top five rising related topics are: Words with Friends, Pandemic, Dominion, Kickstarter, and Descent: Journeys in the Dark Fanfics: Believe it or not, we managed to find some board game fanfic on Archive of our own. There are approximately 100 game categories in the “other media” section of Archive of our own (including 7 for Settlers of Catan). Last Episode’s Famous Last Words Z The boom in board game creation over the last decade comes from people remembering unsatisfying board game experiences with Life, Trouble and Monopoly as a kid. Caitlin What board game has the most detailed, complicated, esoteric rules? T What is the most expensive non-monopoly board game (commercially available)? G …The change occured when Monopoly became public domain (and we started having dumb -opoly games) Board games helped popularize Kickstarter. The Verdict Z is out. BUT it is a fairly friendly, fairly positive community. T is in. G is in: can’t see a way out. This week’s spotlight The Spiel Foundation The Spiel Foundation is dedicated to donating quality card and board games to senior citizen’s centers and children’s hospitals… five games at a time. > Each year, we assemble bundles of five games and donate these bundles to organizations that fit our mandate. To date, we have donated over 2,000 board and card games to kids and seniors around the country. > > — The Spiel Foundation Famous Last Words This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, escape rooms! Z What is the biggest escape room? (e.g. is there a house where its entirety is an escape room) G The first escape room was a red room simulator. T Is there a survival horror escape room (where you think you’re going to die)? Is there a super realistic museum heist? kaitou_al the 999 DS/3DS games :) and there’s going to be a Detective Conan themed escape room at Universal Studios Japan next year as part of their Cool Japan promo Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: If you want to help us to create more amazing fannish content, become a patron on Patreon; even as little as a dollar a month pledge really helps us out! If you want to be part of our podcast (or just want to check us out), we record our podcast LIVE on twitch.tv every monday at 20:00 Eastern Time! For all the latest updates, check us out on Facebook or Twitter To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on Instagram For our latest convention updates, Let’s Plays, and other in-real-life video, check out our YouTube channel We’re also on iTunes, and Google Play, and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try nick@thenickscast.com You can check out our website; that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. Everything is thenickscast, so if you can’t find us, go on your social network and search for that! … You’re still looking for ways to reach out? You can also use the hashtag #fanthro on Twitter! What is “Fanthropological”? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. Who is “The Nickscast”? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative. Dare we say, the most creative. Ahem We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan. Credits Sources Wikipedia - Board game Wikipedia - Go (game) Wikipedia - Senet BoardGameGeek - Geek Analytics 2010 BoardGameGeek - Math Trade Guide BoardGameGeek - Why Do You Design Board Games? BoardGameGeek - Charity: the generous game BoardGameGeek- The 21 most expensive games for sale right now Geek & Sundry - How Independent Game Designers (and YOU) Get Games to the Table New Statesman - How Board Games Became a Billion-Dollar Business Quora - What Is the Most Complex Board Game on the Planet? Quora - Why Are Board Games Particularly Popular in Germany? r/Boardgames - AskBoardgames: Why Do You Play So Many Different (New) Games? r/Boardgames - Buying Boardgames for Friends - How to Not Look Like an Arshole r/Boardgames - Fanboy-ism and the Boardgame Community r/Boardgames - Have You Regretted Buying Any Boardgames? Why and Did You Get Rid of It? r/Boardgames - Those of You With Boardgame Acquisition Disorder: Why Do You Keep Buying Games? r/Boardgames - What Are Your Favorite Boardgame Reviewers and Why? r/Boardgames - Why I Love the Boardgame Community r/Boardgames - Why I Think Getting New People into Boardgames is Hard SashaBarab.org - The Design and Testing of the Board Game - Lord of the Rings Time - This Board Game Designer Isn’t Sorry About Taking a Big Risk USC Institute for Creative Technologies - The Hegemony of Play YouTube - "The Board Game Boom" Documentary The Daily Worker Placement - SURVEY RESULTS #1: WHO ARE WE? The Daily Worker Placement - SURVEY RESULTS #2: WHO WE PLAY WITH The Daily Worker Placement - SURVEY RESULTS #3: BUYING, STORING, AND PLAYING The Daily Worker Placement - SURVEY RESULTS #4: COLLECTIONS, TEACHING, AND LEARNING The Daily Worker Placement - SURVEY RESULTS #5: THE GAMES WE PLAY The Daily Worker Placement - SURVEY RESULTS #6: GAMING EVENTS, CAFES, AND BOARDGAMEGEEK The Daily Worker Placement - SURVEY RESULTS #7: GOING DIGITAL - APPS, TECHNOLOGY & SOCIAL MEDIA Outrage! - Game Formats Quantic Foundry - Quantic Lab CNBC - Millennials are driving the board games revival Quartz - Old-fashioned board games, not tech, are attracting the most money on Kickstarter Music / Sound All music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Artwork "Glasses" by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 "Wool" by Callum Taylor used under CC BY 3.0
This Nickscast are entering the spooky woods, going beneath the surface to see what’s really going on in the weird world of Twin Peaks fandom! Why did it get a revival? Are there really a lot of Twin Peaks fans? We’ll get the fans-eye view (and no backwards talking) on this week’s episode! Next week, we’ll be jacking-in to our new deck and diving into the world of fans of Cyberpunk! Episode outline Fandom Facts > There’s likely as much mystery surrounding the fandom as there is surrounding the show. > > — T Origins: Twin Peaks was a cult TV series that ran for two seasons in the early 1990s created by David Lynch. It received a film prequel in 1992 (Fire Walk With Me), and will have a revival this month on Showtime. The story begins around the murder of a high-school homecoming queen and quickly changes to… something different entirely. Fandom Demographics: Hard to estimate size: The Twin Peaks festival has about 7000 followers on Twitter, and the Twin Peaks subreddit has about 24000 subscribers. Looking at IMDB, the majority are people between ages 30-44, skewing towards male. Looking at the IMDB data, there are 120 000 ratings for Twin Peaks. To get a sense of scale, Batman Begins has about 1 million ratings (as does Avatar), Disney’s the Lion King has about 700 000, and the X-files has about 160 000. Changes in Fandom: Interest in the fandom has remained relatively constant (relative to the peak) according to Google Trends with some spikes since the announcement of a revival in October 2014. One of the largest fan festivals, the Twin Peaks Festival, has attendance capped at about 200 people, though previously attendance was less than 100 people, typically. Starting in about 2012 it started to sell out, indicating there is some more recent interest in the show. > The first year I went it took, I think, over a month for the tickets to sell out. This year, it took less than a day. > > — Matt Around the world: Fans from around the world: mostly North America, but also UK, Spain, Germany, Poland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Brazil > When you go to the [Twin Peaks] Fest they give you a pamphlet with the names of all the attendees and the countries they’re from. > > — Matt Related fandoms: X-files, Northern Exposure Fanfics: > For the love of cherry pie, why is no one writing me Twin Peaks fic? Okay, so the series is going on 15 years old, all but passed into media oblivion, and the fan-writers have long since migrated to other series, leaving behind only stories fossilized in now inaccessible print zines, since their time was but the dawning of the Internet. But still. We’re talking one of the worst cliffhangers ever inflicted on fen, with no canonical closure ever granted. I need fic. I crave it. > > — Fanlore: Twin Peaks Archive of our own has only about 450 fanfics, and Fanfiction.net also has a fairly small contingent at about 180. > Some of the fanzines that they [Fanlore] referenced were just strictly fanfic and at least two of them were like one-hundred fifty plus page fanfic novels. > > — Z > The only fanfic we ever featured on our show was a slashfic between Cooper and Truman. > > — Matt > My favourite little bit from the Fanlore article is “a common trope is ‘fix it’ fic for the second season finale”. > > — G Worth noting is that David Lynch loves reading people fan theories though! Last episode’s Famous Last Words Z: David Bowie’s appearance in Firewalk with me significantly increased sales of his music. > T: Matt, can you confirm his [Nick Z’s] ludicrous claim? > Matt: No, I cannot, but I would highly doubt it. > For those of you joining us late, welcome to the David Bowie podcast… > > — T G: Did Twin Peaks have a notable effect on coffee and donut consumption in the US? Hard to quantify, but based on the growth of Starbucks at the time (number of franchise locations and expansion of its headquarters), its possible! T: If Twin Peaks is a show that wrapped up the plot, then kept going, then ended… why would it get a sequel? What did we discuss? The Twin Peaks Revival ~ How Twin Peaks “survived” its second season via fandom ~ David Lynch’s directing style ~ Television and storytelling in the early 90s ~ Distinction between David Lynch fans and Twin Peaks fans ~ The Beginning of Supernatural television and “Mystery Box” shows ~ The unpredictability of Twin Peaks ~ fans attempting to decipher an answerless mystery ~ The influence of the Pacific Northwest on television ~ Are you in, or out? Z is in. > Looking back now, I couldn’t tell you why I decided to start watching it through once a year but I still really enjoy it … it’s a show that keeps on giving. > > — Z Probably will participate more; visiting r/twinpeaks, the Dugpa forums T is out. > I’m on this weird line … Do I want to watch this? Am I just going to watch this out of morbid curiousity? > > — T T will watch the first three episodes of the series to give it a shot… probably > By the end of the season I’m going to have a big viewing library > > — T G is in. > There would be lots to glean from a second and, I assume, a third, fourth, and fifth viewing. > > — G Matt is in. This week’s spotlight The Race Against Time Now in its third year of running, the Race Against Time is the Nickscast’s annual charity livestream where we work our way though Chrono Trigger, obtaining all its endings, and also raising money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Last year we raised over $1200 CAD, and have plans to surpass that! This year, the event will be held August 12 through to August 13, starting at 10am ET. You can also subscribe on Twitch.tv/theraceagainsttime in anticipation of the event! Famous Last Words This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, Cyberpunk fans! Matt Will Cyberpunk 2077 be the greatest game of all time? Period. End of discussion. G How important is the punk to cyberpunk (politically) in 2017? Z Have the graphics that cyberpunks make improved since the Cyberpunks movie? T Is Cyberpunk still a thing? Or is it an aesthetic? Where can I learn more about Matt Humphrey? You can check out Matt’s Twin Peaks Podcast, or one of his many other projects, such as… Intro to Brisco County, a podcast about the show of the same name (starring Bruce Campbell, a man we’ve talked about before) Matt is wrong about games (Podcast) Shenmue AM2 Podcast Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: If you want to help us to create more amazing fannish content, become a patron on Patreon; even as little as a dollar a month pledge really helps us out! For all the latest updates, check us out on Facebook or Twitter To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on Instagram For our latest convention updates, Let’s Plays, and other in-real-life video, check out our YouTube channel We’re also on iTunes, and Google Play, and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try nick@thenickscast.com You can check out our website; that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. Everything is thenickscast, so if you can’t find us, go on your social network and search for that! … You’re still looking for ways to reach out? You can also use the hashtag #fanthro on Twitter! What is “Fanthropological”? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. Who is “The Nickscast”? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative. Dare we say, the most creative. Ahem We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan. Notable quotes from this episode > I am pretty much out of my element this week. > > — T > I am so much in my element right now that I feel like a fish in a percolator. > > — Z > I kind of blasphemed right before this: I had chai tea > > — Matt > I have a border of a puzzle. And I don’t know where I put the box. Maybe I never had the rest of the box, who knows! > > — T > Z: …Basically, my statement is compeltely indefendible > G: We’re all completely shocked here. > G: Who’s next? > T: I’m gonna go with G and I’m hoping you have a much shorter answer > Not a lot of shows have been on the air for one or two seasons and then have managed to see it come back from the edge. Firefly fans are still waiting for that. > > — T > Questions aggressively unanswered, I would say, at the finale of the second season > > — G > I think it would have cemented its status as … just something that went completely off the rails and was just the prime example of a complete failure > > — Matt (regarding the “doorknob” episode) > It’s an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a plastic sheet… > > — G > T: But then the show ends and… there’s all sorts of loose ends that are never resolved > Matt: That’s what hurts so bad > You don’t just call up the mayor of Portland and get him on the phone. > > — G > You have to explain why things are happening to people. They can’t all be ramped shots and drawer pulls. > > — G > T: Drawer Pulls? Like, a knob? > Matt: You’ve never been trapped in one of those? > T: See, now I am definitely out of my element. > The woods in Twin Peaks are evil and that wood must have been manufactured in Twin Peaks I guess? > > — Matt (regarding characters trapped in drawer pulls) > I was wondering if there is anyone for whom Twin Peaks is not Lynch enough. > > — G > There’s a lot of just “what is Twin Peaks”? … while the central mystery that drove the show ended, the show itself is just a bigger mystery. > > — G > There’s no clear answers in the show. You’ve gotta use your noggin’. > > — Matt > Do you want to do a cop show? The executives would be like “Yeah great, but maybe he’s a ghost!” > > — Matt > Stop re-imagining things as police procedurals! > > — G > People love to talk about the mysteries that don’t get solved. > > — Matt > …I never really questioned the first couple times I watched the show how bad Cooper is at his job. > > — Matt > He even admits it at one point in one of the episode. He’s like, “I’ve relied on bureau method, and luck, and intuition, and Tibetan method, and now I need some magic”. And I’m like, do proper detective work please! > > — Matt > Z: I don’t want to turn this into a Twin Peaks theory podcast… > G: Yeah you do! > There’s some strange people out there who are obsessive and I don’t like those people, so I would change them! > > — Matt (on what to change about Twin Peaks fandom) > The final episode is the greatest episode of television I’ve ever seen. > > — Matt Thanks Special thanks to Matt Humphrey (our guest) for taking the time to chat with him, late into the night! Credits Sources Wikipedia - Fire Walk With Me Wikipedia - Tin Machine Wikipedia - Tin Machine II Wikipedia - Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby Wikipedia - Twin Peaks Fanlore - Twin Peaks Fanlore - Conjunction (Twin Peaks Zine) Fanlore - Dreams Unwind Fanlore - Fish in the Percolator Fanlore - Twin Peaks Gazette Reddit - Why is the show ‘Twin Peaks’ considered such a classic? Reddit - Ok, what is everyone’s obsession with Twin Peaks? Vice - After 25 Years, the Twin Peaks Festival Is Still Wonderful, Still Strange Vice - peaks freaks: how the most devoted ‘twin peaks’ fans are prepping for its return Vice i-D - peaks freaks: how the most devoted twin peaks fans are prepping for its return Mashable - Why ‘Twin Peaks’ Isn’t Just a TV Show — It’s an Obsession Esquire - How Twin Peaks Invented Modern Internet Fandom Entertainment Weekly - Twin Peaks revival: 8 things fans need to know LynchNet.com - David Lynch Keeps His Head Radio Times - David Lynch loves reading Twin Peaks fan theories – and hopes there are more to come The Guardian - How Twin Peaks led a fan into and out of trouble Music / Sound All music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Artwork Glasses by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 Mountains by Iconic used under CC BY 3.0
This Nickscast are covering an unfortunately named fandom: TransFans (Transformers fans). What is it about a franchise so tied to toys and the 80s that helps its fandom to grow and thrive today? What is its key demographic? Why did Orson Welles get involved in the Tranformers movie? And where is all the Transformers fanfic? This week, we’re going to transform and roll out (to find out)! Next week, we’ll be working our way through the mysterious pines to a place thats all sunshine and roses on the outside, but suspicious and enigmatic on the inside; we’ll be talking about Twin Peaks fans. Episode outline Last episode’s Famous Last Words Z: Why did Orson Welles agree to be in this movie? > The Transformers: The Movie was the final film to which Orson Welles contributed. Welles was in declining health during production. Shortly before he died, he told his biographer, Barbara Leaming, “You know what I did this morning? I played the voice of a toy.” He elaborated, “I play a planet. I menace somebody called Something-or-other. Then I’m destroyed. My plan to destroy Whoever-it-is is thwarted and I tear myself apart on the screen.” According to director Nelson Shin, Welles had been pleased to accept the role after reading the script and had expressed an admiration for animated films > > — Wikipedia - The Transformers: The Movie > Z: … I found a reddit AMA … > G: Orson Welles did an AMA?! > T: From BEYOND THE GRAVE > It is his enduring legacy, and I guess Citizen Kane or something > > — G G: Why was Weird Al’s Dare to be stupid included in the movie? Who thought that was a good idea? > It was used as the music for the “Junkions attack” and “Junkions become friends” scenes in the movie; the song’s rampant pop-culture referencing certainly fits with the pop-culture-talking Junkions. > Reportedly, it was included in the movie soundtrack because Scotti Bros. Records decided to promote acts on their label heavily, and Al (always popular with the kids) was one of the biggest. As Al himself tells it, he just got a phone call one day and said “Okay”, and that was basically the last he heard about it, save the royalty checks. > > — TransformersWiki - Dare to be Stupid T: Who is the primary demographic supposed to be? Still going, can only assume it’s 30-somethings. > … Michael Bay takes a weird, reverse approach with the ‘Transformers’ films: the primary target audience for these films is adults, but Bay is talking down to them as if they were children, and the humor and subject matter is exceedingly regressive. > > — Screencrush - Trying to Understand the ‘Transformers’ Franchise: What Is the Meaning of All This? > I will stand by my words though! I’m still not sure who the important audience is. > > — T Fandom Facts Origins: > Origins: this is actually a bit dizzying. There’s a lot of different origins of Transformers. > > — T Varied. All franchises are focused on a race of transforming sentient beings with one faction, the Autobots—lead by Optimus Prime—in their struggle against the Decepticons—lead by Megatron. The reasons for the clash differ from series to series. There are at least six different universes. Generation 1 (G1): 1984-1987 Robots in Disguise: 2001-2002 The Unicron trilogy: 2002-2006 (Armada, Energon, Cybertron) Live-action films: 2007—present Transformers animated: 2007-2009 Transformers prime: 2010-2013 > That is a lot of just origins! I don’t usually spend nearly as much time talk about the things [Transformers]. > > — T Fandom Origins: The first fan activity was probably the letters pages in the G1 comics by Marvel. There was also the Secret Transformer Autobot Rescue Squad (S.T.A.R.S.) fan club, but interaction between fans was still quite limited. Unofficial fan clubs started as early as 1986, like the Transmasters club. Some fan clubs were officially recognized by Hasbro in 1991 which started the use of the Transformers likeness for use in non-profit purposes. > I would like to go into more detail but there is SO. MUCH. HISTORY. > > — T Names: Transfans, Transformers fans, TF Fans Most Active: Probably the early 2000s to the present, referred to as “The Big Bang”; a nostalgia boom sparked by the movies. The movies have been a huge factor. Size of Fandom: As usual, this is hard to estimate. If BotCon is any indication (which is supposed to be the largest transformers convention, and was the only officially licensed one), at least between 3000 and 4000. TFCON, another large convention, reports attendance around 2500. Assuming a funnel of fans where there are less fans attending conventions and more consuming the media in general, this puts a lower bound on the fandom. Around the world: Mostly North American, though there are conventions in Europe and Asia as well. > In 1998, several Scandinavian Transformers fans decided to form their own fanclub, the Nordic TransFans Association, which eventually got its own website, NTFA.net, in 2001. NTFA remains one of the largest European Transformers fan communities to this very day. > > — TransformersWiki - Fandom Where does fandom live: Mostly in a few websites, and in real life: Transformers World 2005 SeiberTron Fanfics: Archive of our own has approximately 20000 (all Transformers media) Fanfiction.net has approximately ~1600 for Transformers / Beast Wars, and 930 for the new movies What did we discuss? The enduring Transformers franchise (toys and media) ~ Different draws to the Transformers franchise ~ Build-your-own canon ~ Highly curative element to Transformers fandom ~ Stickiness of canon and multiple universes ~ Retelling of the same story ~ Irreconcilability of Transformers canon ~ Potential toxicity of Transformers fandom ~ Division built right into the fandom ~ Isolation of minorities in a mono-cultural fandom ~ Speculation on the openness / closedness of Transformers fans This week’s spotlight TFCon World’s largest fan-run Transformers convention. Started in 2002, and often has voice actors from the different shows in attendance. Located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada! (Kiriska’s) 2017 Artist Alley Survey Are you an artist at conventions and want to help gather useful data for Fanthropology? A friend of ours, Kiriska, is gathering data on Artist Alley attendees and is providing the data for free (and you can buy the reports for $5, if you don’t want to do your own analysis). You can even check out the 2016 results. > I just love it because its the intersection of the fannish part which is subjective and the data part which is objective. > > — T (Kiriska’s survey) > …But you’d never figure any of that stuff out unless you had data, and nobody collects that data because its hard to get! > > — T The Race Against Time Now in its third year of running, the Race Against Time is the Nickscast’s annual charity livestream where we work our way though Chrono Trigger, obtaining all its endings, and also raising money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Last year we raised over $1200 CAD, and have plans to surpass that! This year, the event will be held August 12 through to August 13, starting at 10am ET. You can also subscribe on Twitch.tv/theraceagainsttime in anticipation of the event! Are you in, or out? G is out. > Transformers doesn’t interest me at all. > > — G T is out. > I’m out. … There’s a lot of vibes I’m getting from this fandom that I’m not enthused by. > > — T Z is out. > I could not tell you why I enjoyed the movie as a kid. > > — Z > T: I mean, if you want fighting robots, you’ve got Pacific Rim, Evangelion, Godannar, G Gundam, any other Gundams, Voltron… > G: I don’t like mechs at all and I love the new Voltron! Famous Last Words This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, Twin Peaks! G Did twin peaks have a notable effect on coffee and donut consumption in the US? T If Twin Peaks is a show that wrapped up the plot, then kept going then ended… why would it get a sequel? Z David Bowie’s appearance in Firewalk with me significantly increased sales of his music. Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: If you want to help us to create more amazing fannish content, become a patron on Patreon; even as little as a dollar a month pledge really helps us out! For all the latest updates, check us out on Facebook or Twitter To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on Instagram For our latest convention updates, Let’s Plays, and other in-real-life video, check out our YouTube channel We’re also on iTunes, and Google Play, and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try nick@thenickscast.com You can check out our website; that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. Everything is thenickscast, so if you can’t find us, go on your social network and search for that! … You’re still looking for ways to reach out? You can also use the hashtag #fanthro on Twitter! What is “Fanthropological”? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. Who is “The Nickscast”? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative. Dare we say, the most creative. Ahem We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan. Notable quotes from this episode > I hope you all listening out there are enjoying your sunny, sunny day because we have not enjoyed one in many weeks. > > — G > Being alone at the top of the show is much easier with a second person. > > — G > Scott McNeil always turns up somewhere. > > — G (Regarding Beast Wars) > I got out of that bucket of syrup alright though. > > — Z > Dying of embarrassment is, like, the most Japanese premise for a series I can think of. > > — G (regarding Konosuba) > Sometimes there’s only a finite amount of story. > > — G > It’s hard not to talk Transformers and not talk about the toys, because the show doesn’t make sense unless you realize that its because of the toy… > > — G > Z: …this is from an article entitled “How Transformers Have Sex” > T: I AM INTRIGUED. > Maybe this is like the T / not-T divide where we’re talking about a fandom that is highly oriented around collecting things, and that falls off my cliff of understanding. > > — T > Imagine when the toy transformers came out. It’s two different things. It’s a car or a jet or whatever, and it turns into a robot. Compare that to GI Joe! > > — G > I think that its a toxic kind of fandom. That might be taking it too far, but I am going to deliberately place that inflammatory statement like a ticking time bomb at the centre of this discussion! > > — T > G: People enjoy being transformers fans because they like having those arguments > T: That’s possible, that just makes me very sad > What better way to assert your identity than to say, “this particular configuration of transformers is the best one”… > > — G > T: If you say the fifth doctor is the best doctor… > G: … which he is > …Hard to get a kind of view of the fandom. In this one it seemed more like looking I’m through a keyhole than a window. > > — T > Up to this point, there hasn’t been a Transformers series where its just the Transformers going through high school or working 9-to-5 jobs, or meeting in cafes and having love triangles > > — Z > Hasbro, make it so. > > — Z > I wasn’t talking about the subtle classist war that is bubbling between the unicorns and the pegasi and the horses. > > — T > Transformers fandom: a turkey. > > — Z Credits Sources Wikipedia – Transformers Fanlore - Transformers Kotaku - Leave Michael Bay Alone, Transformers Is Awesome TFormers - Hasbro Publishes Timeline to Movie Dunmurderin’ - How Transformers Have Sex – Teal Deer Alert (Updated 01/30/2009) TransformersWiki - Fandom TransformersWiki - S.T.A.R.S. TransformersWiki - Continuity TransformersWiki - Orson Welles Transformers World 2005 - How "open" are you in regards to your TF collection / obsession? Transformers World 2005 - What makes us Transformers fans unique? Transformers World 2005 - There used to be an actual street gang in the 80’s New York called "The Decepticons" Transformers World 2005 - Why do you love Transformers? Reddit - I am Peter Bogdanovich: An Actor, Film Historian, Director, Writer, Producer, Film Critic and Friend of Orson Welles. Ask My Anything Reddit - TIL Orson Welles Might Not Have Hated Being Unicron in the Original Transformers Movie Reddit - Starscream Fans, Why Do You Like Him as a Character? Reddit - Is There Really a Specific Reason Why the Bayformers Films get so Much Hate? Reddit - Ok, So I Have to Ask. Why so Much Hatred for the Bay Movies? Music / Sound All music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Artwork Glasses by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 Optimus Prime Robot by Creaticca Creative Agency used under CC BY 3.0
The Nickscast discuss why a show targeted towards men became unexpectedly popular with women and has continued to grow in popularity: We’re talking about the SPNFamily (Supernatural fans!). How is the show so popular after even after twelve seasons? How does it differ from its peers? What keeps its fans going? We’re going to eat some pie and find out on this week’s episode of Fanthropological! Next week, we’ll be talking about fans of Sherlock Holmes (BBC Sherlock, Elementary, classic; we’re talking it all). Stay tuned! Episode outline Last episode’s Famous Last Words Z: Who is the fan favourite character and why? G: In canon, who is born first and why do fans think it is one way or the other? T: Is it just because its two hot people? Will any show about two hot people succeed? Alex: How much slash fiction is there? Fandom facts Origins: An American fantasy horror series that was first broadcast in September of 2005. It follows the nomadic lives of brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, travelling the US and hunting down supernatural foes (as their father did, who spent years seeking revenge against the demon responsible for his wife’s death). It just ended its 12th season, as of this recording, and is renewed for a 13th. Fandom origins: Largely Livejournal (supernatural_tv) Names: Supernatural Family / SPNFamily Size of fandom: The TV series pilot has 5.6 million viewers, and episodes regularly have about 3 million viewers. Fanfics: Archive of our own: Over 92000 (January 2015); Over 60000 (February 2014); Over 27500 (December 2012) What did we discuss? A brief history of strikethrough and splintering of fandom from Livejournal ~ the Supernatural newsletter ~ Fan terms like imbroglio (vs fanwank) and real-person fiction (RPF) ~ Keeping a long running show like Supernatural fresh ~ changes in television and storytelling for long running shows ~ the cast, crew, and fandom as a tight knit family ~ charmingly flawed shows that keep trying (which is good) ~ character and fandom relationships: “Family don’t end at blood” ~ Targeted at men (classic rock, killing monsters, cars) but women as biggest fans ~ Z’s Supernatural boyfriend Are you in, or out? > Z, so now that you’re romantically involved with one of the Winchester brothers, are you going to continue things further? > > — G Z is in. > …As part of my research, I have to watch the first episode of this to see if its any good, to see if it holds up. And, after seeing that first episode, I can definitely say that I am in for the first five seasons. > > — Z T briefly explains the cosmology of our universe compared to that of Supernatural’s T is out. > Z, I’m going to take your ‘in’, I’m going to take it, and carefully toss it into the trash because I am out. I don’t care if that metaphor works! > > — T At 12 seasons and still going, media fandom is too big But T is committed to watching the pilot and the fanfiction episode. Hold him to that! G is out. > I want to try and find these more experimental episodes and watch those. Like The French Mistake, as I mentioned, the fanfic episode, the one from the perspective of the car. LARP and the real girl … There are few that have piqued my interest. > > — G Fans of the week No fans of the week this week, sorry :( This week’s spotlights Random Acts Started with Misha Collins (Castiel, on Supernatural) in 2009 asking his “minions” on Twitter to come up with ideas for a “minion stimulus” project (during the economic recession). Has since grown and and changed, but is set up to encourage folks to conduct random acts of kindness in their communities, and holds different fundraisers. In 2014, spent over $47000 USD to fund different acts of kindness around the world. Even developed a crisis network! The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (GISHWES) Also started by (and hosted by) Misha Collins. Thousands of people around the world compete to get various tasks ranging from “hold a puppet show at childrens hospital” to “create a portrait of Robert Downey Jr. in salt and pepper”. Some unexpected successes include getting the acronym GISHWES in space (succeeded by convincing someone to name a mountain on Mars) and getting a hug from Neil Gaiman. Always Keep Fighting Started by Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) as a group for people struggling with depression and mental illness and to “keep the flame from going out”. At San Diego Comic Con 2015, lots of fans at the Supernatural panel and lined up outside of the panel held a candlelight vigil in support which moved Jared to tears. Also sends resources to To Write Love On Her arms. The Race Against Time Now in its third year of running, the Race Against Time is the Nickscast’s annual charity livestream where we work our way though Chrono Trigger, obtaining all its endings, and also raising money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Last year we raised over $1200 CAD, and have plans to surpass that! This year, the event will be held August 12 through to August 13, starting at 10am ET. You can also subscribe on Twitch.tv/theraceagainsttime in anticipation of the event! Famous Last Words This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, Sherlock Holmes! G How old is the oldest Sherlock Holmes fanfiction? How did the gears of fandom turn in the nineteenth century? Z Has there been a Sherlock web-series? T How is it that one character is so popular after 130 years? Arsene Lupin is 110 years old, and not nearly as popular… why? How is this a thing? How is Sherlock Holmes still a thing?! Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: If you want to help us to create more amazing fannish content, become a patron on Patreon; even as little as a dollar a month pledge really helps us out! For all the latest updates, check us out on Facebook or Twitter To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on Instagram For our latest convention updates, Let’s Plays, and other in-real-life video, check out our YouTube channel We’re also on iTunes, and Google Play, and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try nick@thenickscast.com You can check out our website; that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. Everything is thenickscast, so if you can’t find us, go on your social network and search for that! … You’re still looking for ways to reach out? You can also use the hashtag #fanthro on Twitter! What is “Fanthropological”? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. Who is “The Nickscast”? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative. Dare we say, the most creative. Ahem We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan. Notable quotes from this episode > As of this recording, we just finished celebrating Canadian Easter. I hope you all had a good one out there. Maple candies were consumed, the Easter pine was worshiped, and the Easter egg donuts eaten. > > — G > I’m a level 10 inquisitor. What? I thought that’s what we were doing this week guys! > > — T > T: I was going to bring up some embarassing things from last episode. I hope everyone is ok with that. > (also T): Yeah, I think everyone is ok with that! > (also also T): That sounds like a great idea! > T: Ok, cool, let’s get into it! > I didn’t eat dinner because I’ve been saving room for all the crow I’m about to eat. > > — G > Is it just because its two hot people? Will any show about two hot people succeed? I am not going to deny the hotness of any of the characters… > > — T > T: That’s like Patrick Stewart just coming out all the time for X-men or Star Trek. Ignoring all the other stuff that he’s done. > G: We’d love them to but… he’s got a life. > T: Yeah, he’s gotta fight, um, amnesty. > Z: And he’s gotta watch Beavis and Butthead. > Ninety-two thousand fanfics can’t be wrong. #SPNFamily > > — T > As they say… look at the moon, Europeans see a man, the Japanese see a rabbit, the fan girls, well, they see something much more interesting. > > — Z > You should have taken a class that has more slots for large fandoms > > — T > T: That is the level of closeness and vulnerability that the fandom has with each other and that is very cool > G: The fandom, to me, is almost as much as a draw as the show, at this point. Credits Sources Supernatural CARRY ON MY WAYWARD FANDOM: WHY THE SUPERNATURAL FANDOM IS THE BEST Shipping discussion - what are your ships and why? 4 Reasons Why ‘Supernatural’ Still Matters This is the supernatural newsletter, yo G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen! Jared Padalecki reacts to "Candle Surprise" at ComicCon 2015 ♥ Jared Padalecki Responds to Incredible Fan Surprise Supporting His Battle With Depression: "It Took Everything Not to Cry" Wikipedia – Supernatural (U.S. TV Series) ’Supernatural’ Slash: "This is Wrong" Interview with Wincon Organizer Ethrosdemon Lucifer is Coming: How "Supernatural" Stole Twitter Misha Collins and Supernatural Fans Declare Twitter War on P. Diddy Is Twitter Silencing "Supernatural" Fans Again "Supernatural" Addresses Wincest, Destiel, the Lack of Female Characters & More in Its 200th Episode Supernatural: Behind the Scenes and Behind the Demons "Supernatural": Sexy. Scar. Over Who is Your ’Supernatural’ Boyfriend Fanlore – Tinhats Music / Sound All music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Artwork Glasses by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 Sun by beguima used under CC BY 3.0 Wicca by Dabid J. Pascual used under CC BY 3.0
The Nickscast discuss why a man who “died” over one hundred years ago is still popular today: We’re talking about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous work, Sherlock Holmes and, more appropriately, its fans, Sherlockians. How is it that one set of stories sparked so many different pastiches, re-interpretations and ever more stories? What did fandom look like in the 19th century? What does the fandom look like today? Find out on this week’s episode of Fanthropological: the great game is afoot! Next week, we’ll be talking about fans of Transformers (The robots in disguise variety). Stay tuned! Episode outline Fandom Facts Origins: The world’s most famous fictional private detective; first appeared in print in 1887 (in a Study in Scarlet). The creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he is well known for his deductive reasoning, forensic science, and logic that borders on the fantastic. Fandom Origins: In 1897 the first “fan fiction” appears (John Kendricks’ Pursuit of the House-Boat), during the time period when Holmes had been ‘killed off’ between 1893 and 1903. In 1934, the Baker Street Irregulars were founded in NYC—one of the oldest and largest Sherlock Holmes organizations dedicated to the fandom. Much later, fandom springs up around BBC’s Sherlock (2010) and Elementary (2012). Names: Sherlockians, Holmesians Fan terms: > Z: The hiatus is the term that fans use to refer to the period where Sir Arther Conan Doyle was not writing any new Sherlock Holmes stories between 1893 and 1903. > G: Much like Harry Potter’s 3 year summer, or, I don’t know, the eternal wait for whenever the next game of throne book comes out. Size of Fandom: > Certainly, Sherlock’s audience is several million greater than the 565 people who took this survey, but they provide a glimpse into an online fandom eager to express their opinions. The majority taking this survey are female, under 30, and living in the US or UK. However, if the range of respondents to this survey is any indication, Sherlock fandom is much broader based than this summary indicates. > > — popMATTERS: ‘Sherlock’ By the Numbers Probably in the millions, considering BBC’s Sherlock had 7.5 million viewers for its opening episode, A Study in Pink, an the second series averaged over 8 million viewers. Hard to estimate because of the longevity of the character and diversity of depictions. Fanfics: As of April 2017… Fanfiction.net: 3900 (Sherlock Holmes); Over 58000 (Sherlock); ~750 (Elementary) Archive of our own: Over 100000 (Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms); Over 94000 (Sherlock (TV)); ~2000 (Elementary) > At this point, I’m sure they are like “Hey, what if Sherlock Holmes was a baker and Watson was his housewife”. If that fanfic doesn’t exist, please send it to nick@thenickscast.com and we will probably read it on air! > > — T Last Episode’s Famous Last Words G: What is the oldest fan work, and what was fandom like in the 19th century? T: Seriously, why so many Sherlocks? Z: Is there a small-studio web production of Sherlock Holmes? What did we discuss? “Pastiches” as the earliest fanfics ~ Arthur Conan Doyle’s habit of rushing through his stories ~ The Great Game ~ Doylist and Watsonian perspectives to fiction ~ The blurred lines between Watson and Doyle ~ The “death” of Sherlock Holmes and its impact ~ Sherlock Holmes’ popularity because of being a static / flat character ~ Holmes as a lense for the world / time period ~ Holmes as the archetype for the mystery genre ~ Sherlock Holmes outside of the Western world ~ Fandom in the 19th century Are you in, or out? > T: … And by that I mean are you gonna do more of the thing that we talked earlier on, like, five minutes ago, or are you gonna do less of the thing? > G: As T loses his ability to form consonants Z is out. > I’ve just never really been that interested in mystery stories … there’s probably a pinch of spite towards the Victorian era for misinforming everyone about the medieval period too, but that’s neither here nor there! > > — Z G is in (?) > I watched season three [of BBC Sherlock] and I felt something missing… I feel like the ensuing season, season three, both started taking pot-shots at fandom… and trying to appeal to it too much? > > — G Will probably read some of the original stories as written by Doyle T is in (as much as he could possibly be). Already watching a lot of Holmes inspired shows (House, BBC Sherlock, others) … But too much stuff to do to go beyond that This week’s spotlight Anime Origin Stories An interview project by Lauren Orsini (Otaku Journalist) to try to get an idea of how anime fandom got started in the western world! The Race Against Time Now in its third year of running, the Race Against Time is the Nickscast’s annual charity livestream where we work our way though Chrono Trigger, obtaining all its endings, and also raising money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Last year we raised over $1200 Canadian, and have plans to surpass that! This year, the event will be held August 12 through to August 13, starting at 10am ET. You can also subscribe on Twitch.tv/theraceagainsttime in anticipation of the event! Famous Last Words This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, Transformers! Z Why was Orson Welles involved in the Transformers animated movie? G Why was Weird Al’s Dare to be Stupid included in the animated movie? T Who is the primary demographic of Transformers? Where can you find us online? We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media: If you want to help us to create more amazing fannish content, become a patron on Patreon; even as little as a dollar a month pledge really helps us out! For all the latest updates, check us out on Facebook or Twitter To see the latest hijinx from our conventions or even our daily lives and adventures, check us out on Instagram For our latest convention updates, Let’s Plays, and other in-real-life video, check out our YouTube channel We’re also on iTunes, and Google Play, and would love it if you could leave a review and rating! if you want to reach us, and for some reason none of those work for you, try nick@thenickscast.com You can check out our website; that will mostly bring you back to this stuff. Everything is thenickscast, so if you can’t find us, go on your social network and search for that! … You’re still looking for ways to reach out? You can also use the hashtag #fanthro on Twitter! What is “Fanthropological”? How did you read this far without asking this question?! Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish. Who is “The Nickscast”? We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative. Dare we say, the most creative. Ahem We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more. We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan. Notable quotes from this episode > I’m a level 10 bard—with the detective archetype! > > — T > …You start playing late 90s europop, who is that aimed at? > > — G > …So Holmes is a problem. At first, he was like, “I will just ask for ridiculous amounts of money” and they will be like “no” and then I won’t have to do any more but they just gave him whatever he asked for. > > — G (regarding killing off Holmes) > Z: So The man who wields a lense, is himself, a lense. > T: I want to say you’re wrong so badly… but I believe you are right. > It create the mystery genre pretty much as it is … we still haven’t gotten rid of the trope of really intelligent people who are a**holes. > > — G > At the time, there weren’t the same outlets that existed and the whole human network of communication was completely different. Now we have the internet so something like that could happen today but it would be much more subdued because it would probably take place in a tweet-storm over, like, five to ten minutes, or a few days, or some weeks, or an entire presidency or whatever! > > — T Credits Sources Wikipedia: Sherlock Holmes Fanlore: Sherlock Holmes Fanlore – Sherlock Holmes Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes Did Sherlock Holmes really exist? Sherlock Holmes and his fight to the death THE AFFAIR OF THE BLACK ARMBANDS (OR, THE DEATH OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AND HOW THE WORLD TOOK IT) Frank Sidgwick’s 1902 Essay Sherlock Holmes: the original fandom Fanlore: Watsonian vs. Doylist Esquire: Why We Love Sherlock Did Sherlock Holmes Really Exist Click to Play: Web Adaptations of Sherlock Holmes 221B The Sherlock Holmes Web-Series No Place Like Holmes Indiegogo - The 221B Project 2 a.m. Truthies Baker Street Kickstarter – S(her)lock: The Web Series by Kate Tracy s[HER]lock: The Web Series Can Someone Explain Why All T.V. Incarnations of a Holmesian Character are ALWAYS Assholes Introversion 101: The Trouble With Sherlock Sherlock Holmes is the Archetypal Scientist Music / Sound All music and sound for this week’s episode were provided by Nick Green! Artwork Glasses by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 Sherlock Holmes by Matthew Davis used under CC BY 3.0
Untap, Upkeep, Draw, Main, Combat, Main, End. What do these words have in common? You would know, if you were a fan of Magic: the Gathering (this week’s topic)! We’ve got a special guest friend, Kevin, to help guide us through the complex and exciting world of the Planeswalkers. Why is Magic: the Gathering so popular? Are there more than just competitive fans? What keeps players in the game after over two decades? Stay tuned! Want to see more awesome fandom content? Become a Patron on Patreon! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Citations "I am so scared about the bannings tomorrow" "How do you organize your collections?" "Tips for dealing with sexist/elitist players?" "Magic: The Gathering Fans Sign Petition to End Reserve List Policy" "Fan-Organized Magic: The Gathering Tournament Only Allows Cards From 1996" "Seahawks player pleads for return of stolen Magic: The Gathering cards; Wizards of the Coast delivers care package" "Filling in the Gaps: Fans and Fan Fiction on the Internet" "Fan Kits | Magic: The Gathering" "Magic: The Gathering Fans Sign Petition to End Reserve List," "r/MagicTCG - Why Do You Like Magic?" "Why Do You Play Magic?" "First Friday Night Magic … awful experience. Why do people act this way? First post, be gentle" "I’d like to share a story that I think magictcg would appreciate" "What do you enjoy most about Magic: The Gathering?" "Fan "Alterists" Turn Magic: The Gathering Cards Into Amazing Art" "Fanlore: Phil Foglio" "How Magic: the Gathering became a pop-culture hit - and where it goes next" "For ‘Magic: The Gathering,’ Diversity Is The Marketing Strategy" "Lady Planeswalkers" "If Magic: The Gathering Cares About Women, Why Can’t They Hire Any?" "Why Magic: The Gathering struggles to stay relevant to casual players" Credits Music: All this week’s music is provided by our very own G! Logo: "Glasses" by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 US "Magic Collection" by Raul Santos used under CC BY 3.0 US
We’re compiling (notes) and choosing our favourite distro for when we talk about this week’s fandom: Linux Fans! What is Linux? Why are its fans so dedicated? What is the appeal? Stay tuned! Want to see more awesome fandom content? Become a Patron on Patreon! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Citations "Does GNU-Linux have to be a "techies-only" platform?" "Christmas Gift Ideas For Linux Fans" "It’s time Linux fans open their arms to closed source" "5 Things We (Secretly All) Miss About Ubuntu" "Whats so great about Ubuntu Server?" "What Is Linux? | The Linux Gamer" "Six Reasons PCs are Better with Linux" "r/linux - Why do you love Linux & FOSS?" "r/linux - Why Do You Choose Linux over Some Other Unix-Like OS?" "r/linux - Do You Think Linux Will Ever Die?" "r/linux - Why I Still Use Linux" "Linux - Album on Imgur" "r/linux - I’m Curious About Linux, Just a Few Questions if You Don’t Mind!" "What Is Free Software?" "About LinuxChix" "Women in Linux - About" "50 Places Linux is Running That You Might Not Expect" Credits Music: All this week’s music is provided by our very own G! Logo: "Glasses" by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 US "Emperor Penguin" by Felipe Perucho used under CC BY 3.0 US "Terminal" by Bernar Novalyi used under CC BY 3.0 US
This week, we take a 0 calorie (but still great taste) break as we talk about Coca-Cola Fans! Who are Coca-Cola Fans? What sets them apart from other collectors? Why do they start? Relax, and enjoy! Also, this episode was not sponsored at all (surprisingly). Everyone’s a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 - Cold Open 00:06 - Theme Song 00:26 - Introduction 01:38 - Who are Coca-Cola Fans? 02:44 - Trivia 22:19 - What is it about Coca Cola Fans? 48:08 - Fans of the week 55:48 - Spotlight: Dani Oliver (Pixel Artist) 57:39 - Goodbye! 58:54 - Outtakes Citations "The Coca-Cola Collectors Club - The Coca-Cola Collectors Club" "For collector, 300K things go better with Coca-Cola | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal" "My Coke collection: ‘I love 90s stuff’ | Life and style | The Guardian" "Bidders ‘Taste The Feeling’ Of Coca-Cola Advertising" "Going ga-ga for all things Coca-Cola - The Rakyat Post - The Rakyat Post" "Fizzy mood at collectors’ fair - Community | The Star Online" "LaGrange Daily News | Vanishing Troup: History of the Coke bottle" "Coca-Cola Collection" "A public rant: Diet Coke with Lime : cocacola" "Coca-Cola Cookbook | Warehouse of Weird" "10 Strange Coca-Cola Flavors From Around the World" ""We only sell Pepsi, is that okay?" : cocacola" "My Coke-Cow | Collectors Weekly" "Coca cola swastika ae22 medallion | Collectors Weekly" "Coke Captures Cola Fandom in First-Ever User-Generated Ad" "Starting Your Private Coca-Cola Collection" "Coca Cola Antiques and Collectibles - Collector Information" "About Me - Blaine Martin’s Guide to Vintage Coca-Cola Memorabilia" "Coca-Cola’s Historian and Archivist Talks About His Favorite Frosty Beverage" "Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia - Elizabethtown, Kentucky" "Coca-Cola Auction: Largest Collection of Memorabilia Hits the Block" "Coca Cola Inventor’s Grave - Columbus, Georgia" "What’s It Worth? Collectors Guess the Value of Rare Coke Memorabilia" "The Coca-Cola Collectors Club" "ALWAYS COCA_COLA 1-1 by DarkPharaoh on DeviantArt" "Coca-Cola by Ry-Spirit on DeviantArt" "For Amarillo Collector, 300K Things Go Better With Coca-Cola" "San Fran Fizzes Over ‘Ghost’ Coca-Cola Sign" "Coca-Cola Collector Explains Why Things Go Better With Coke" "Coca-Cola Author Doug McCoy on the Beverage Company’s Bottles" "Coca-Cola: Collector Obsessed with the Real Thing" "The Fandom Phenomenon: Winning Over Today’s Super Fans" "Guide to the 2015 MTV Fandom Awards and Fan Fest at San Diego Comic-Con" "The Claus That Refreshes: Was the modern image of Santa Claus created by the Coca-Cola Company?" "#OutofOffice: Coke Executive Moonlights as Young Adult Novelist" "Coca-Cola: A Meta Symbol?" "Coke Captures Cola Fandom in First-Ever User-Generated Ad" "The Pitfalls of Relying on Brand Fandom: Part 1" "Collector Connections: Coca-Cola Unites Fans Worldwide" "Coca-Cola fan decks out house in memorabilia: ‘I drank a can between Austria and Germany… my lightbulb moment’" "The Psychology of Collecting - Wikipedia" "Gaming Fandom Sweeps New York: How Brands Fit Into E-Sports Matches" Credits Music: All music this week comes via our very own composer, G! Logo: "Glasses" by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 US "Soda" by Chanut is Industries used under CC BY 3.0 US "Soda Bottle" by Effach used under CC BY 3.0 US
We take a departure from the ordinary as we get a bit more international, and talk about the “fandom” of this week: Esperantists! What is Esperanto? Are speakers of a language “fans”? What is its appeal and how did its followers come to be? Stay tuned for an educational episode! Everyone’s a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 - Cold Open (Esperanto???) 00:07 - Theme Song 00:29 - Introduction (Esperanto???) 00:56 - Introduction (English) 01:20 - Who are Esperantists? What is Esperanto?! 41:30 - Fans of the week 47:16 - Spotlight: Springboard to Languages 50:46 - Goodbye! 52:03 - Outtakes Citations "The Joy of Esperanto - The Daily Beast" "The Serious History Behind Esperanto | TIME" "Esperanto: the language that never was | Prospect Magazine" "The Secret Jewish History of Esperanto - Culture - Forward.com" "Regina home to smallest Esperanto language club in Canada - Saskatchewan - CBC News" "Esther Schor’s Bridge of Words, reviewed." "Springboard… to Languages - an innovative introduction to language learning for KS1 and KS2" "Pasporta Servo - Wikipedia" "Learn Esperanto first: Tim Morley at TEDxGranta - YouTube" "paculo comments on Why learn Esperanto?" "Adventures in Esperanto - Finding Esperanto’s little quirks" "Wikipedia - Esperanto" "The Secret Language of George Soros" "The Joy of Esperanto" "The Hidden Perverse Effects of the Current System" "Esperanto in China Faces Uncertain Future" "Parolas Esperanton? Esperanto Language still has Appeal in Brazil" "Johnson: Simple, Logical and Doomed" "Are there any esperantization movements - Reddit" "Gufujo - Wikipedia" "Oomoto - Wikipedia" "Esperanto Culture - Wikipedia" "Esperantido" "Esperanto Stack Exchange" Credits Music: “Tarantelle, Op. 43” by Frederic Chopin, played by Olga Gurevich “Polonaise in F sharp minor” by Frederic Chopin, played by Olga Gurevich “Fantaisie, Op. 49” by Frederic Chopin, played by Olga Gurevich Logo: "Glasses" by Anton Anuchin used under CC BY 3.0 "Speech Bubbles" byiconosphere used under CC BY 3.0
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Sep 30th, 2016
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Jul 17th, 2020
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