With the post Nerd fodder being one of the most popular posts here on OneThousandMonkeys – the most common search term leading readers to that post being “nerd porn” … you dirty, dirty people – and no shortage of free geekylicious goodness on the net, here is another round of recommended nerd diet. Yes, the sixth season of The Guild was entertaining again. Yes, Table Top keeps being one of the most fascinating webshows out there – with hilarious guests and interesting games being played. And The Nerdist podcast keeps bringing the goods like no other podcast I know (the, more or less, recent episodes with Tom Hanks, Mel Brooks, Warren Ellis and Chris Jericho are a) great and b) a great cross-section of what The Nerdist has to offer). But there is much more for you to sink your nerd teeth in. Why not chow down on some of this?
Fat Man on Batman: I’d like to bring this meeting to order with a brief prayer of thanks to our saviour: Our Batman, who art in Gotham, cowled be thy mane. – This podcast doesn’t just have one of the coolest intros (including the song that follows the “prayer” … ah, hell, even the promos that precede it; you simply have to love “the bird” – it also was part if the reason why I rediscovered my love for comic books in the past few months and start reading them again (DC’s New 52 is a great way to get back in the game). Now, director/actor/podcast host extraordinaire/comic book superfan Kevin Smith is a storyteller par excellence anyway, who can easily rope you in and keep you entertained with his anecdotes. In the Fat Man on Batman series, which is part of the greater Smodcast empire, you get to listen to Kev Smith talk about his favourite superhero with people who have a special connection to the Bat-verse (e.g. writer Paul Dini, Kevin Conroy and Diedrich Bader – both voices of Batman in animation – Adam West, Arleen “Harley Quinn” Sorkin), and you can really feel the man’s passion for the cowled crusader. It’s not all about Batman. You’ll also get to hear a lot about the people being interviewed. But there is definitely a whole lot of Bat-trivia in this one. And unless you have dedicated as much of your life to the secret, cooler side of Bruce Wayne as Kev Smith has, a lot of it will be new to you.
Space Janitors: Another web series that is now on the Geek and Sundry channel, Space Janitors is as charming as it is a thinly veiled Star Wars parody. Which means “very”. Dark Overlord (not Scott Sigler), Evil Emperor, rebels, death star thingy, light-based arm cutter instrument, clone army (their armor a mix of storm troopers and Halo’s master chief) and all, it takes a look behind the scenes of a grand space opera. If by “behind the scenes” you mean the part where the maintenance crew refills the loo rolls and mops up the rebel/clone blood. At the time I am writing this, seven of the eight episodes of season 1 are up on Geek and Sundry and production of season 2 is already underway.
DnD Celebrity Games: Want hours of really deep belly laughs? Oh, grasshoppa, do I have the thing for you. It really doesn’t matter whether or not you ever played DnD or even any kind of roleplaying, the Wizards of the Coast celebrity games podcasts/videocasts are a riot regardless. Wizards of the Coast, the makers of the most legendary of pen and paper roleplaying games, Dungeons and Dragons, host a series of games in which Scott Kurz, creator of the webcomic PvP and Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the creators of the webcomic Penny Arcade, go to battle as Acquisitions Incorporated. From the second game on, they are joined by Wil “His Name. Is. Aeofel” Wheaton. Hilarity ensues, without but even more with Wheaton. Here is a convenient list of links to the podcasts. But even better than just listening to the fun is watching it, which is why it comes in handy that the three games played at Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) so far (2010, 2011 and 2012) can be viewed, in moving pictures, on the Wizards YouTube channel. Take the time. Treat yourself to this. Laugh your ass off. Thank me later. Oh, and listen/watch in chronological order, so you can catch all the running gags. ’cause there are plenty.
World Of Heroes: Sounds like a computer game – is a YouTube channel. A YouTube channel filled with Stan Lee. Yep, that Stan Lee. Want to hear Stan Lee rant about stuff? You get it here. An interview series with Stan Lee’s partners in
crime comics. You get that here, too. Stan Lee himself talking to friends and companions over cocktails? Yep. A superhero-themed comedy animation series? You get that with Bad Days. Fake commercials for, uhm, fake real life superhero toys for kids, which are very much not safe for your kids to watch? Aye. You get it all. And more. Like a weird little sort of reality series in Academy of Heroes. Kind of a web version of what previously was Stan Lee’s Who Wants to Be a Superhero? (2 seasons, from 2006 to 2007), Academy of Heroes is a bit of a train wreck … and invites for rubbernecking. What we got here are a number of “real life superheroes” – a term that is painful for me to type even – which means we have individuals ranging from doing commendable community service to completely delusional wannabe crimefighters. A guilty pleasure? At best. Entertaining? For sure. Like the entire darn World of Heroes channel.