This episode features producer, actress, model, cosplayer, and singer, Jennifer Zhang. Michael and Jennifer discuss creative lapses, cosplaying, donuts, exercise, acting, Batman: The Animated Series, viral videos, fan films, true nerdiness, bullshit filters, horror films, Evil Inside, J-Horror, The Ring, masculinity, Bowie, celebrity deaths 2016, gender fluidity, childhood cosplay, peaceful resolutions, her album Emocean, Electronic Dance Music, community, DC Comics, Batman, Star Trek, Doctor Who, anime, and video games.
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This episode features the return of teacher, costume designer, and cosplay nerd Abby Polakow, and her creative partner, graphic designer, Erica Lange; known collectively as The Spindle Sisters. Michael, Abby, and Erica discuss paper dolls, Benedict Cumberbatch, old friends, terms of endearment, boys playing with girls, Grim Faerie Tales, justice in stories, nature horror films, Prince, Regency costumes, Victoria, waistcoats, Barbies, childless aunts, She-Ra, prolonged adolescence, New Age parents, nerdiness, children’s programming 70s vs. 80s, toy-based cartoons, The Four Yorkshiremen, Scotch tape, robbers, lock down drills, growing up with TV vs. without, heterogeneity, consumerism vs. passion, brain development, home movies, LibraVox.org, The Santa Clarita Diet, and Werner Herzog.
Our guest is costume designer and founder of Cape and Cowl, Abby Polakow. Also joining us this week is special co-host, Kitty Brown. Kitty and Michael spoke with Abby about cosplay and costume design, photography, female model empowerment, feminism, leaked vs. released celebrity nudes, X-men, diversity in cosplay, nerd entitlement and nerd rage, social impact on media trends, The Walking Dead, Cassandra Cain Batgirl, Spoiler, cosplay advice, Power Girl, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, moving on from costume design, homemade cosplay, media costumes vs. cosplay, aerial silk, the 12th Doctor costume, and diversity in genre media.
Our guest is an old friend of Michael’s from Denver, long-running sci-fi convention attendee and staffer, co-founder of Denver Comic Con, and all-around nerd, Michael Newman. The Michaels sat down the last day of Gally and talked about our Rocky Horror Picture Show cast days, Penn Jillette’s Movie Night, Gallifrey One, John Barrowman, Gally ribbons, Denver Comic Con, Nerd Culture and fandom, The Denver International Film Festival, Tim Curry, cosplay parenting, Doctor Who, Star Wars: The Special Editions, Peter Capaldi, and the all-embracing nature of modern fandom.
Our guests are cosplayers, artists, and designers, Brian Davis and Alyssa Rosales. We spoke to them about cosplay, Wasteland Weekend, Monica Bellucci, growing up bored, media reboots, monster movies, The Hobbit, Cary Fukunaga, Chris Carter, the process behind CG video effects, Jurassic Park, scary clowns, Ray Harryhausen, Ryan Murphy, video and music stores, Star Wars, comic book movies, CG vs. practical effects, changes in the music industry, and serial killer stories.
Our guest is creator of Tales of the Extraordinary and Adventure, writer and actor, Michael Coleman. We talked about the origins of our podcast, Dungeon Master, Tales of the Extraordinary, Adventure, voiceover acting, learning Russian vs. Japanese, teaching in Japan, appropriating comedy, nerd and alternative culture vs. normals, The Shadow of Mordor, Skyrim, 90s concerts, modern music, Doctor Who, and cosplaying as Little Finger.