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  • Willow Watch :: Behind-the-Scenes & Beyond the Film

    Welcome to Willow Watch! State of the the Empire‘s spin-off podcast dedicated to the 1988 Lucasfilm fantasy epic Willow – In which breaking news comes in all sizes, and obsessive fandom is the greatest magic of all.

    If you think you’ve got the world and characters of Willow all figured out – it’s time to forget all you know, or think you know.

    Lethal fishboys, deathbears, sorceress love triangles, and shocking backstories abound as we dig into the film’s deleted scenes, the extra context of the novelization, and the universe-expanding sourcebook. We also look to Moebius’ concept art for Willow, props and production notes revealing what might have been, the animated series that never happened, and the television show that Lucas himself teased.

    Willow is a film that builds a big world out of small perspectives – working magic that larger fantasy epics struggle to, even with modern effects. The further down the Nelwyn mine we go, the richer and more exciting the movie becomes. Hear us dramatically recreate tale of how Sorsha chose the sword over sorcery, and indulge in awesome character expansion for unsung heroes like Vohnkar and even get some charisma stats on Lug. (“Wanna breed?”) (more…)

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  • Wicked Anime :: Episode 141 :: The Hate Smile

    Wicked Anime brings you awesome animated commentary every other week!

    It has been 20 years since one of Wicked Anime’s favorite shows made its presence known to the anime scene. Gainax and Production IG gave us FLCL, absolutely one of the strangest shows the world has ever seen! Now, we have been blessed with the presence of a sequel, FLCL: Progressive, running on Adult Swim right now and a third series on the way later this year. Is it going to hold up? Listen to Wicked Anime’s speculation and find out!

    Join Jonstar, Andrew, Evan, Victoria and Greg as they talk about what’s happening in anime and some hockey! PLUS – Studio Bones made everything, expensive melons, and saying four-letter words! (more…)

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  • Nerdy Show 310 :: Conversation Royale

    The Nerdy Show Network’s flagship podcast unloads on the latest geek news and happenings!

    Sometimes Brandon gets angry and unleashes his rage on the unsuspecting masses. Does he need to be on meds? We certainly think so!

    Join Cap, Bor, Brandon and Jon as they discuss the inadequacies of E3 before it even happens and the current trend of seemingly endless “Battle Royale” style games popping up everywhere. Oh, but there’s so much more! Come follow us down the volcano hole of horrible terminology as we struggle to create better names for horrible ways to die. In this episode, we take 99 don’t give a humps and toss them right out the bus for your ever shrinking attention span. This is going to be one swirling storm that your ADD just won’t be able to handle!

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  • Ghostbusters Crossing Over With IDW’s Erik Burnham & Tom Waltz

    Ghostbusters: Resurrection is our roleplaying podcast set in the world of Ghostbusters, but THIS episode is a special presentation from our home dimension!

    Go behind the scenes at IDW’s Ghostbusters – the comics that are keeping the series alive in the original continuity and beyond! Series author Erik Burnham and TMNT/Ghostbusters / Sanctum of Slime scribe Tom Waltz talk about expanding the universe to parts unknown in the new miniseries, Crossing Over. It’s a massive multiversal team-up of ‘Busters of all shapes and sizes, so naturally we had to incite a dimensional crossrip of our own. Ghostbusters: Resurrection Game Master, Doug Banks and Producer Cap Blackard, along with Ultimate Comics’ Jeremy Tarney, join forces with Burnham and Waltz for an in-depth discussion on specter-smashing.

    Hear how the comics went from just another licensing opportunity to official cannon; with Burnham and Waltz working with Reitman and Aykroyd as a part of the Ghost Corps brain trust. Learn how containment units work, the many secrets series artist Dan Schoening sneaks into every issue, and more! Plus- Doug and Cap share details on the future of your favorite ghost busting RPG audio drama and give a taste of what’s to come… (more…)

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  • Flame On :: Episode 201 :: RuPaul’s DragCon 2018 RuCap

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture! And in our Drag Is The New Spandex specials we meet the geeks behind the glitz and glamour of the drag queen circuit.

    Oral and Pat are joined by Orlando’s own Tora Himan for a sit down discussion about RuPaul’s DragCon 2018 which took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 11-13. Oral finds out all about Tora’s experience at the show working with clothing and accessory company, Swish Embassy, how this year’s convention compared to last year’s, her favorite moments, and her chance encounter with RuPaul herself! After that they’re joined by Bryan for a discussion about RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 before talking about Gay Days and the Miss Gay Days 2018 pageant to close out the show.

    Grab your wig and heels, ’cause we’re bringing you another fabulous episode of Drag is the New Spandex(more…)

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  • EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 61 :: Raging With That L.E.X.

    It’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.

    This month your rapidly aging co-grumps celebrate the kickoff of summer movie season with a painstakingly thorough analysis of May’s biggest releases, before they jump ship to get to the good stuff. The “good stuff” in question is an interview with Oakland-based rapper Lex the Lexicon Artist who drops by Studio #6C to dish on her new full-length album Raging Ego and walk us through the impressive musical history that led her to becoming 2018’s hottest new nerdcore act.

    Is Schaffer’s favorite summer “movie” really 5 hours long? Is Lugo really the bigger fan of fantasy space opera? Is there anything Lex CAN’T do?! Nobody asks these questions in this month’s episode. (more…)

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  • Nerdy Show Update :: June 2018

    What? No Nerdy Show this week?! Nah, sorry pal! There’s all kinds of stuff going on!

    Let Cap fill you in on the details and guide you to some cool and surprising stuff happening elsewhere on the network this week to tide you over for our next adventure. (more…)

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  • Wicked Anime :: Episode 140 :: Sean Bean Bandit

    Wicked Anime brings you awesome animated commentary every other week!

    The fans have spoken and they want to help us develop our new hit hockey anime! While we do have a butt-load of news to go over, we’re also reading fan feedback and putting together our little ole’ Google Doc about what is assured to be the sports anime to end all sports anime.

    Join Jonstar, Andrew, Evan, Derek and Greg as they talk about what’s happening in anime and some hockey! PLUS – Blonde and white Rally, mad about video games and movies, and top buns!


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  • Nerdy Show 309 :: Flavor Trippin’

    The Nerdy Show Network’s flagship podcast unloads on the latest geek news and happenings!

    Maybe we have an oral fixation… because we just can’t stop putting things in our mouths. Some of these things in our mouths include opinions about recent movies!

    Join cap, boR, Brandon, and Trench as we share our thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool 2, and Avengers: Infinity War, including genuine opinions and also outright lies. But, dear friends, every nerd podcast and their mom’s is talking about those tentpole geek features. Sure, you want to hear our informed and sarcastic opinions – we’re zany! All that said though, we’ve got something those other shows don’t have… and that’s miracle berries.

    Yup, we’re back to our old tricks and shoving inappropriate things in our mouths. Like the vacuum cleaner said: it’s a livin’! (more…)

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  • State of the Empire :: Episode 55 :: Solo: A Star Wars Story Review!

    State of the Empire is a Star Wars speculation podcast where we “look for news in Alderaan places”.

    For the highs and lows of Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s production, the chance of success was not unlike successfully navigating an asteroid field. But just like Han Solo himself, somehow this scappy film pulled through and surprised us all. The movie we didn’t want, the story we were convinced didn’t need telling, is top shelf Star Wars. We offer some spoiler-free thoughts before opening up the blast doors and letting these scruffy-looking nitpickers sort out the highs, lows, and our two cents on the film’s shockingly tasteful fan service and easter eggs.

    Even if you haven’t seen the film yet, you’ll also want to scope out the beginning because we’ve got some breaking Star Wars news with further details on the Obi-Wan film and confirmation that the long-shelved Boba Fett movie is rocketing into production. (more…)

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  • Flame On :: Episode 200 :: A Flame ON! Bicentennial Celebration!

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture!

    Join us for an extra special occasion! We’re celebrating our bicentennial episode with stories about how the show started and how each of the crew joined the cast. We also reminisce about special moments and read a lovely fan letter.  From there it’s on to the month in pop culture and Deadpool 2. Hear what the boys thought of the newest entry into the FOX Marvel universe and The Happytime Murders trailer.  After that it’s a LONG look at the world of geeky television including Agents of SHIELD, Disenchanted, and Steven Universe. They also talk about God of War 4 and hold out hope for Kingdom Hearts 3 before dishing on the best and not-so-best of comics.

    Of course, we close out with our 1-Ups and a big thank you to all of you out there listening!

    Sit back and get ready to FLAME ON!


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  • Willow Watch :: The Road to Willow 2

    Welcome to Willow Watch! A podcast dedicated to the 1988 Lucasfilm fantasy epic Willow – In which breaking news comes in all sizes, and obsessive fandom is the greatest magic of all.

    Willow Watch has been a reoccurring feature since our Star Wars podcast, State of the the Empire, began in 2012 – when Disney bought Lucasfilm and we first asked: does… that mean there could be more Willow? Over the years we’ve learned that the answer is an emphatic “YES!” Not only do we want it, not only do the cult film’s myriad fans want it, but the stars and the director want it too. Now, just in time for Willow‘s 30th anniversary, director Ron Howard has returned to Lucasfilm with Solo: A Star Wars Story, he’s working again with Warwick Davis, AND he’s admitted that there could be more Willow on the way. THE BONES HAVE SPOKEN!

    In celebration of Willow‘s 30th anniversary and this momentous news, throughout 2018 we’re doing a series of Willow Watch specials. First up, we’re recounting the past 6 years of Willow rumors and discoveries, archiving the best of our Willow Watch segments embedded in State of the Empire. In this episode we’ve chronicled the long road to the hypothetical “Willow 2” – from the tongue-in-cheek speculation to the barrage of legitimate rumors and hearsay that have culminated in this uncanny moment where dreams and fate have intertwined! (more…)

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