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The Fandom Files

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We’re fans of fans. The Fandom Files is an exploration of different fandoms, featuring conversations with hardcore geeks and members of fan communities, to discuss their nerd origin stories and the inner workings of their chosen worlds.

We’re fans of fans. The Fandom Files is an exploration of different fandoms, featuring conversations with hardcore geeks and members of fan communities, to discuss their nerd origin stories and the inner workings of their chosen worlds.
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We’re fans of fans. The Fandom Files is an exploration of different fandoms, featuring conversations with hardcore geeks and members of fan communities, to discuss their nerd origin stories and the inner workings of their chosen worlds.

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English


Episodes

The Berenstain Bears "cinematic" universe

10/15/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Phil Gonzales, the host of Deep in Bear Country, a long-running podcast about The Berenstain Bears. Gonzales, who is examining every single book in the five decade series, takes us deep into bear lore with his exploration of Berenstain continuity (including a bloody civil war in Bear Country!) and his own interactions with the (real life) Berenstain family. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY!

Duration:01:01:11

Adi Shankar deep in conversation at NYCC

10/8/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by prolific genre producer Adi Shankar! A Hollywood outsider, Shankar blitzed the place, breaking into the town on a whirlwind of creative energy and face makeup. He made movie after movie, including cult hits (Dredd) and box office hits (The Grey) and did things his own way, as seen with his own unlicensed "Bootleg Universe" short films featuring his favorite superheroes and characters. Now, even as he stays productive and churn out some of his best work,...

Duration:00:49:08

There's a Chuck E. Cheese's fan convention, where adults can be kids

10/1/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Matt Rivera, one of the world's biggest Chuck E. Cheese's fans and the founder of Chuck E. Con in Dallas! Rivera, 31, tells us about growing up obsessed with the animatronic animal band, spending years in the Chuck E. Cheese costume, working for the company and his annual bash with devoted followers of Munch's Make Believe Band. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY!

Duration:00:41:16

Beto O'Rourke, Obama, and Trump: Exploring political fandom

9/23/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Patrick Gabaldon, an artist who has become the unofficial cartoonist for Beto O'Rourke's campaign for Senate in Texas! Gabaldon tells us about how he became such a big Beto fan, then we talk about Trump supporters and other political devotees. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY!

Duration:00:54:52

Geeky drag star Erika Klash is blazing a trail for nerds and drag queens alike

9/17/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Erika Klash, a nerdy drag artist!. A self-described gaymer/anime/harajuku drag monster, the San Francisco-based Klash competed on the hit show Dragula in its second season. She tells us about growing up nerdy, discovering drag, being on a reality show, and creating her art. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY!

Duration:00:46:55

SNL Star Taran Killam Loves the X-Men, Avengers, Spoilers, and Star Wars

9/10/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by former SNL star and current movie/sitcom star Tarran Killam! The multi-hyphenate is also a published comic book writer, whose love of X-Men and other geek franchises have inspired his creativity for years. He tells us about how Chris Claremont and Jim Lee's classic X-Men run got him into comics, his favorite Star Wars Legends books, and how being married to an Avenger has its persk. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter:...

Duration:00:24:52

Nerdy Jobs: Career geeks share their secrets to living the dream

9/3/2018
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The Fandom Files celebrates Labor Day by talking to fans who have found a way to make a living by being nerds. We're joined by Jill Carter, the manager at the comics and toy shop Comicaze in Somerville, MA; Jason Ward, the creator and owner of the Making Star Wars network of sites and podcasts; Adron Buske, the co-founder of NerdForALiving.com; and Susan Bin, an animator-turned convention comics artist. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter:...

Duration:01:08:31

Nerd Fitness: Get a superhero body IRL with an MMORPG

8/27/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Steve Kamb, the founder of Nerd Fitness! Steve tells us all about his journey from scrawny nerd to a strong, entrepreneurial nerd whose company has helped tens of thousands of geeks get in shape while having fun. He talks about Nerd Fitness's custom health MMORPG, personal training help, superhero fitness icons, and geeky community around the world. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY!

Duration:00:58:58

Queer Fanfiction: Where it comes from and why it's so damn important

8/20/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Marvel's Leah Williams and The Mary Sue's Princess Weekes and Kaila Hale Stern to talk all about fanfiction. Fresh off their panel at Flame Con, "The LGBTQ History of Fanfiction," they tell us all about how fanfiction has played a role in their lives, its importance to young readers, and how it continues to be a rich source for fantastic storytelling and talented writers. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter:...

Duration:00:47:41

LGBTQ geeks unite at Flamecon, the world's largest queer comic con

8/13/2018
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The Fandom Files sits down with Steve Gianaca, the chair of Flamecon, the biggest queer comic con in the world! This year's event will take place on August 18th and 19th at the Sheraton Times Square in New York. It's the largest venue yet for the convention, which will welcome up to 10,000 visitors in just its fourth year. Gianaca previews all the panels, cosplay competitions, and unique features they have planned for geeks at the most welcoming convention in the world. All this and more in...

Duration:00:46:52

Rehire James Gunn! Release the Snyder Cut! Fan petitions, explored

8/6/2018
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The Fandom Files dives deep into the biggest protests and petitions in recent fandom history. We discuss the movement to get James Gunn rehired on Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3, including a chat with the fan who started the massive petition; interview a YouTuber on a quest to have Zack Snyder's mythical cut of Justice League released by WB; and review past protests against shows like Game of Thrones and movies such as Ender's Game. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files!...

Duration:01:07:11

George Takei won't censor himself or take the politics out of sci-fi

8/2/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by iconic actor, activist and social media star George Takei! The long-time Star Trek actor speaks to us about his new app, the haters and trolls on social media, visiting Japan, and the politics of Star Trek. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY!

Duration:00:18:00

William Yu's #StarringJohnCho and #SeeAsAmStar put Asian-American stars in the spotlight

7/30/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by William Yu, an activist and screenwriter who started the mega-viral movements #StarringJohnCho and #SeeAsAMStar! Fed up with Hollywood's long tradition of overlooking Asian-American actors, Yu started photoshopping John Cho's face on blockbuster movie posters, confronting audiences with their own biases and forcing people to acknowledge the viability of Asian-American actors in leading roles. Two years later, using AI and deepfake technology, he placed...

Duration:00:58:26

Gunn, Godzilla, GBuffy! Debating San Diego Comic-Con's biggest stories

7/23/2018
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The Fandom Files takes a deep breath, chugs some more coffee, and looks back on all the big news to come out of this year's San Diego Comic-Con! Recorded on the final night of the convention, we talk with our good pal and colleague Dany Roth, the host of SYFY WIRE podcast Who Won the Week, about the big trailer releases, the shocking James Gunn firing, a Buffy reboot, and the Russians that Jordan stalked on the convention floor. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow...

Duration:01:01:21

SDCC: Cosplaying Corps Dance Crew combine nerd love and hip hop dance

7/21/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by the founders and an original member of Corps Dance Crew, a one-of-a-kind geek hip hop dance squad! Founded in 2013 by Sonali Samarasena and Kayla Mallari, the LA-based group mashes up geek and hip hop culture with incredible performances that are set to pop music and feature very detailed cosplay and props. They spoke about their origin story, their ambitions, how they make they choreograph their dances, their costume-making process, and who pays them to dance....

Duration:00:36:24

Live From the Hall H* at San Diego Comic-Con! (*line)

7/19/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by super-fans who are camped out outside the San Diego Convention Center for the first day of Hall H panels at this year's Comic-Con! We drop in on a wide array of fans, ranging from grandparents to seven-year-olds and Batman diehards to Whovians and Supernatural ride-or-dies. They take us inside the makeshift camp sites, talk about the friendships they've made on the line, the best line-sitting strategies and the best celebrity visits they've ever received while...

Duration:00:55:52

Lindsay Ellis is a Transformers scholar and YouTube star

7/16/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by YouTube film critic, essayist, and foremost Transformers expert Lindsay Ellis! She speaks with The Fandom Files about her series The Whole Plate, earning her first network sponsorship, and why she apologized to Stephenie Meyer. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY!

Duration:01:01:43

Looking for Leia, searching for sanity in the Star Wars fandom

7/9/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Annalise Ophelian, the director of the upcoming docu-series Looking for Leia! Dr. Ophelian — in addition to filmmaker, she's also a psychotherapist — has spent the last year and a half interview women Star Wars fans, and her project could not be more timely given the disturbance in the fandom. She speaks with The Fandom Files about the docu-series, the Last Jedi "remake" debacle, and how what's happening in the fandom now is linked to our greater political...

Duration:00:59:51

Inside Toy Story Land at Disney World and a summer theme park preview

7/2/2018
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The Fandom Files is (kinda) live from Disney World! At the opening of Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios, we're joined by Imagineer Ryan Wineinger, one of the park expansion's creative directors. He gives us the inside scoop about designing the park in tandem with Pixar. Plus, we talk with Matt Roseboom and Banks Lee of Attractions Magazine, who give us a lay of the theme park land this summer and explain what it's like to live in Orlando. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom...

Duration:00:50:13

Cosplay and ASMR star Amouranth is live-streaming her life

6/25/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Kaitlyn Siragusa, better known as the cosplayer and Twitch streamer Amouranth. A cosplayer since 2010, she has become well-known for her costume designs, live-streaming, and live appearances at conventions. She talks all about how she got into this new industry, how she handles living so much of her life live on camera, and where her career is headed. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY!

Duration:00:38:52