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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 Garbage Pail Kids are back and just as gloriously sick as ever

12/10/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Joe Simko, an artist and the director of the documentary 30 Years of Garbage. He is a prolific painter and designer who grew up loving the Garbage Pail Kids cards and is now one of the series' main artists, living the dream for '80s kids. He joins us to talk about the documentary, loving and creating Garbage Pail Kids cards, and other fun/weird stuff. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY!

Duration:00:50:27

Director Joe Dante looks back on Gremlins 2 and his favorite movies and comics

11/30/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by the legendary filmmaker Joe Dante! The genre icon has made some of the most beloved movies of the last 40 years, including the two Gremlins films, The 'Burbs, Small Soldiers, and many more. He joins us to talk about making his movies, the films he grew up loving, the very first movie he ever bought on 16mm, his favorite comic books, and what's on his Netflix queue. He also discusses the two movies he has in this weekend's NYC Horror Film Festival, including Camp...

Duration:00:39:21

Early YouTube viral stars went from Lasagna Cat to Key & Peele

11/26/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Jeffrey Max and Zachary Johnson, who work together as the comedy directing duo Fatal Farm. They achieved early YouTube success by creating live-action Garfield videos (as funny and droll as it sounds) and then built a YouTube empire, which they translated into work with some of the top names in comedy and some of the biggest brands in the world. They talk to us about YouTube fame, internet irony, and why having their work shelved by MTV was a great break. All...

Duration:01:02:11

The creator of Star Wars fandom remembers the father of anime fandom

11/19/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Craig Miller, who can rightly be considered a founding father of modern fandom. Miller was the Director of Fan Relations for Lucasfilm from 1977-1980, during which time he helped stoke the excitement for A New Hope and then build the anticipation for The Empire Strikes Back. He talks to us about building the Star Wars fandom (and what George Lucas thought of it all) and looks back on his friendship with Fred Patten, the father of anime fandom in the United...

Duration:00:39:02

The weird, abandoned, and mythical theme parks of Defunctland

11/12/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Kevin Perjurer, the creator of the super-popular YouTube channel Defunctland. The channel focuses on all things theme parks, but instead of the usual POV ride videos and reviews, he features in-depth videos about rides and attractions that have gone away or never got made in the first place. It's a must-listen for theme park fans and people interested in American culture in general. In this episode, we talk about defunct Disney rides, the famously perilous...

Duration:00:47:41

Inside Japan's growing legion of adorable, bizarre mascots

11/5/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Christopher Carlier, the founder of MondoMascots.com! An Englishman living in Japan for nearly two decades, Carlier documents Japan's growing mascot craze, photographing and writing articles about the endless array of creatures that represent everything from cities and sports teams to prisons. He tells us about the best, worst and weirdest mascots he's seen, and breaks down how and why this craze continues to grow. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom...

Duration:00:49:04

Disney cover band The Little Mermen live the wholesome rock star life

10/29/2018
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The Fandom Files is joined by Alexis Babini and Emily Afton from the Disney cover band The Little Mermen! Lifelong Disney fans and musicians, they've created a huge following across the country by taking beloved Disney movie songs and creating a live concert experience filled with rock covers, costume changes, and theatrics. They talk about their origin, how they've grown, touring the country, their favorite songs, and even play a medley of '90s Disney songs. All this and more in this...

Duration:01:03:40

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