Thursday, January 03, 2008

A Year in Podcasts

As a product of Generation X, I have a deep affection for popular culture. It doesn't matter whether we are talking about movies, television, comic books, roleplaying games, or video games. I love them all. Okay, I don't love every product in each of those groupings, but I do love all those groupings on whole. I have watched a ton of movies and television, played quite a few video games, and own a comic book and game library. In short, I am a pop culture junkie and so are a few of my friends. Last year, I decided to do something with my geekdom. Namely, I decided to get together with some friends/acquaintances who knew a lot about popular culture, often more than me (especially in their areas of exptertise), and put on an online radio show at

On May 14th 2007, these friends of mine and I got together to air our first Geekerati Podcast and have been doing weekly shows since. Some of our shows have been great, and others (like our 15 minute "updates" at Comic Con) were unsuccessful experiments. I still think we can do 15 minute updates at a big event, but we'll need to plan them better than we planned our Comic Con coverage.

In the spirit of beginning the new year, I would like to provide you with a list containing some of last year's episodes for your listening pleasure. Listen in, download, and experience partial enjoyment.

Our first episode, where your resident Geeks at Cinerati/Geekerati discuss and preview Summer 2007's crop.

This week we will be interviewing SF/F author Susan Palwick about her newest novel Shelter and SF/F in general.

Between designing toys and games to editing and writing fiction, Matt Forbeck is a very busy man. He still finds time to chat with the geeks.

Do you ever listen to or watch the bonus features on your DVDs? We do and we want to talk about what we like and don't like about special features. We are visited by film critic David Chute who discusses his commentary on Dragon Dynasty's King Boxer and One Armed Swordsman.

Marc Bernardin discusses the transition from comic book reporter to comic book writer.

Your esteemed panelists will be discussing the books you should be reading, the shows/movies you should be watching, and the games you should be playing with special guest James Lowder.

This week Win Eckert visits the geeks and we discuss our favorite pulp authors and analyze their legacy on modern storytelling.

Jeff Mariotte will be visiting our show for around 15 to 20 minutes to help us kick off a conversation about Vampire movies and television shows, as well as other nasty things that go bump in the night. Jeff Mariotte is a former editor in chief at IDW Comics and the co-author of two published 30 Days of Night media tie-in novels, Rumors of the Undead and Immortal Remains. A third novel, Eternal Unrest is scheduled to be released next July.

The Geeks will discuss the pending WGA strike with television writer/producer Rob Long. Rob has some interesting insights into the future financial models of the industry that are intimately related to the technology that surrounds and binds us.

Join us as as Variety editors David S. Cohen and Peter Debruge discuss their favorite animated films of the year. They will also discuss whether a motion capture film, like Beowulf, qualifies as an animated film.

Television writer/producer Tim Minear begins at minute 00:52( and joins the geeks to discuss the ongoing WGA strike.

Professor Richard Scott Nokes returns to our broadcast to discuss the upcoming Beowulf movie. Joining him is Alexis Fajardo, the creator the Kid Beowulf comic. Kid Beowulf chronicles the adventures of a young Beowulf and alters certain elements of the Beowulf myth. In Alexis tale, Beowulf and Grendel are brothers.

Deborah Chesher, renowned photographer and author of the previous book "StarArt" talks with us about her new book "Everybody I Shot is Dead" which details the lives and deaths of several famous musicians she has fortunate enough to cover -- musicians like John Bonham, John Denver, Waylon Jennings, John Lee Hooker, Rick Nelson, and Frank Zappa among many others.

Tonight we will be discussing our favorite Christmas Holiday films.

That's just a smattering of what we offered in the past year. Look forward to more geekery in 2008. Come join us Monday nights at 7pm Pacific -- can even call in and stuff -- at Geekerati Radio.

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