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May 12, 2017 01:07:29
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#28 - Transfans

This Nickscast are covering an unfortunately named fandom: TransFans (Transformers fans). What is it about a franchise so tied to toys and the 80s that helps its fandom to grow and thrive today? What is its key demographic? Why did Orson Welles get involved in the Tranformers movie? And where is all the Transformers fanfic? This week, we're going to transform and roll out (to find out)! Next week, we'll be working our way through the mysterious pines to a place thats all sunshine and roses on the outside, but suspicious and enigmatic on the inside; we'll be talking about Twin Peaks fans. ## Episode outline ### [Last episode's](http://fanthropological.com/e/27-sherlockians/) Famous Last Words **Z:** Why did Orson Welles agree to be in this movie? > The Transformers: The Movie was the final film to which Orson Welles contributed. Welles was in declining health during production. Shortly before he died, he told his biographer, Barbara Leaming, "You know what I did this morning? I played the voice of a toy." He elaborated, "I play a planet. I menace somebody called Something-or-other. Then I'm destroyed. My plan to destroy Whoever-it-is is thwarted and I tear myself apart on the screen." According to director Nelson Shin, Welles had been pleased to accept the role after reading the script and had expressed an admiration for animated films > > — [Wikipedia - The Transformers: The Movie](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Transformers:_The_Movie) > **Z**: ... I found a reddit AMA ... > **G**: Orson Welles did an AMA?! > **T**: From BEYOND THE GRAVE > It is his enduring legacy, and I guess Citizen Kane or something > > — G **G:** Why was Weird Al's *Dare to be stupid* included in the movie? Who thought that was a good idea? > It ...

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May 05, 2017 01:14:24
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#27 - Sherlockians

The Nickscast discuss why a man who "died" over one hundred years ago is still popular today: We're talking about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous work, Sherlock Holmes and, more appropriately, its fans, *Sherlockians*. How is it that one set of stories sparked so many different pastiches, re-interpretations and ever more stories? What did fandom look like in the 19th century? What does the fandom look like today? Find out on this week's episode of Fanthropological: the great game is afoot! Next week, we’ll be talking about fans of Transformers (The *robots in disguise* variety). Stay tuned! ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **Origins:** The world's most famous fictional private detective; first appeared in print in 1887 (in *a Study in Scarlet*). The creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he is well known for his deductive reasoning, forensic science, and logic that borders on the fantastic. **Fandom Origins:** In 1897 the first "fan fiction" appears (John Kendricks' *Pursuit of the House-Boat*), during the time period when Holmes had been 'killed off' between 1893 and 1903. In 1934, the Baker Street Irregulars were founded in NYC—one of the oldest and largest Sherlock Holmes organizations dedicated to the fandom. Much later, fandom springs up around BBC's *Sherlock* (2010) and *Elementary* (2012). **Names:** Sherlockians, Holmesians **Fan terms:** > **Z**: *The hiatus* is the term that fans use to refer to the period where Sir Arther Conan Doyle was not writing any new Sherlock Holmes stories between 1893 and 1903. > **G**: Much like Harry Potter's 3 year summer, or, I don't know, the eternal wait for whenever the next game of throne book comes out. **Size of Fandom:** > Certainly, Sherlock’s audience is several million greater than the 565 people who took this survey, but they ...

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April 28, 2017 00:57:00
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#26 - SPNFamily

The Nickscast discuss why a show targeted towards men became unexpectedly popular with women and has continued to grow in popularity: We're talking about the SPNFamily (Supernatural fans!). How is the show so popular after even after twelve seasons? How does it differ from its peers? What keeps its fans going? We're going to eat some pie and find out on this week's episode of Fanthropological! Next week, we’ll be talking about fans of Sherlock Holmes (BBC Sherlock, Elementary, classic; we're talking it all). Stay tuned! ## Episode outline ### [Last episode's](http://fanthropological.com/e/26-whovians/) Famous Last Words **Z:** Who is the fan favourite character and why? **G:** In canon, who is born first and why do fans think it is one way or the other? **T:** Is it just because its two hot people? Will any show about two hot people succeed? **Alex:** How much slash fiction is there? ### Fandom facts **Origins:** An American fantasy horror series that was first broadcast in September of 2005. It follows the nomadic lives of brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, travelling the US and hunting down supernatural foes (as their father did, who spent years seeking revenge against the demon responsible for his wife’s death). It just ended its 12th season, as of this recording, and is renewed for a 13th. **Fandom origins:** Largely Livejournal ([supernatural_tv](http://supernatural-tv.livejournal.com/)) **Names:** Supernatural Family / SPNFamily **Size of fandom:** The TV series pilot has 5.6 million viewers, and episodes regularly have about 3 million viewers. **Fanfics:** Archive of our own: Over 92000 (January 2015); Over 60000 (February 2014); Over 27500 (December 2012) ### What did we discuss? A brief history of strikethrough and splintering of fandom from Livejournal ~ the Supernatural newsletter ~ Fan terms like imbroglio (vs fanwank) and real-person fiction (RPF) ~ Keeping a ...

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April 21, 2017 01:14:09
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#25 - Whovians

The Nickscast, along with special guest friend, Alex Kennard (of Reality Bomb fame), discuss the _why_ of Doctor Who fans (aka Whovians). What is it that has kept the show on the air for over fifty years, and why did it stop? What draws in new fans? We 're going to invert the polarity and go all wibbly wobbly timey wimey to find out! Next week, we'll be talking about Supernatural fans (aka SPNFamily). Stay tuned! Episode outline Fandom Facts Origins: British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963 Fandom Origins: Doctor Who fan club (Britain, 1960s), recognized by production later with Doctor Who Appreciation Society (Britain, May 1976) Names: Doctor Who fan, Whovian (older term, less common) Most Active: Unclear, but probably during the era of "New" Doctor Who (2005--present) Size of Fandom: 110 million viewers (From BroaDWcast, referencing a quote from the BBC) Fanfics: Over 73400 on fanfiction.net Over 53000 on Archive of our own (strictly Doctor Who & related fandoms) What did we discuss? The longevity of the show ~ Is the show for children, or adults? ~ Doctor who as an inconsistent show ~ The sheer possibility of Doctor Who storylines ~ Different types of stories within the show ~ How the show runners impact Doctor Who and the doctor ~ The non-TV Doctor Who universe ~ Curative vs transformative fandoms ~ How the doctor's regeneration impacts the story ~ A brief history of the show's hiatus ~ Tropes in Doctor Who ~ The positives and negatives of the Doctor Who Fan community ~ Christmas specials and England Are you in, or out? Z is in. > "Z, ...

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March 31, 2017 01:07:26
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#24 - Bronies

We're going out with a bang this season finale as we tackle a contentious (but fascinating) fandom: Bronies (adult male fans of My Little Pony)! What is it about the show, obstensibly for children, that draws in adults? Why does the fandom persist to this day? Why the controversy? That is it for this season! We will be back on April 21st starting off season 3 where we'll be talking about Doctor Who fandom with a special guest! Stay tuned! Want to see more awesome fandom content? [Become a Patron on Patreon!](http://patreon.com/thenickscast) Find more like this: [fanthropological.com](http://fanthropological.com) Find us on social media Twitter: [@thenickscast](http://twitter.com/thenickscast) Instagram: [@thenickscast](http://instagram.com/thenickscast) Facebook: [fb.com/thenickscast](http://fb.com/thenickscast) Youtube: [youtube.com/thenickscast](http://youtube.com/thenickscast) Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) Citations ["My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"](http://fanlore.org/wiki/My_Little_Pony:_Friendship_is_Magic) ["My Little Pony: the Bronies who love them aren't who you think they are"](http://www.thespec.com/living-story/6773146-my-little-pony-the-bronies-who-love-them-aren-t-who-you-think-they-are/) [""Creating A Universe": Acceptance, Expression and Individuality Found in the U's Brony Group"](http://dailyutahchronicle.com/2017/01/24/creating-universe-acceptance-expression-individuality-found-us-brony-group/) ["Shifting Pink and Blue Syndrome"](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/shifting-pink-and-blue-syndrome_us_58bc9840e4b02eac8876d044) ["r/bronies - Why Do You Like My Little Pony?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/bronies/comments/17l2gl/why_do_you_like_my_little_pony/) ["r/mylittlepony - Why Do You Watch MLP:FiM?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/mylittlepony/comments/10rooj/why_do_you_watch_mlpfim/) ["r/mylittlepony - Does MLP Have an Exceptionally Creative Fan Culture? If so, why?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/mylittlepony/comments/34eemz/does_mlp_have_an_exceptionally_creative_fan/) ["My Little Pony: The Bronies Who Love Them Aren't Who You Think They Are"](http://www.thespec.com/living-story/6773146-my-little-pony-the-bronies-who-love-them-aren-t-who-you-think-they-are/) ["Who you surround yourself with is important"](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/who-you-surround-yourself-with-is-important_us_58c44fade4b070e55af9efad) ["My Little Pony - Wikipedia"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Little_Pony) ["5 Facts About Bronies, AKA The Adult Male Fans Of My Little Pony"](http://www.crushable.com/2014/04/29/entertainment/what-are-bronies-facts-my-little-pony-fans/) ["Brony Herd Census & State of the Herd Report"](http://herdcensus.com) ["Reddit: (serious) Bronies of Reddit, why do you like My Little Pony so much? What's the appeal? Is "Brony" derogatory to you?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1q2ovc/seriousbronies_of_reddit_why_do_you_like_my/cd8qn47/) ["Quora: Why do people hate Bronies?"](https://www.quora.com/Why-do-people-hate-Bronies) ["Bronies for Good"](http://broniesforgood.org/) ["5 Hated Groups That Are Going Out of Their Way to Be Awesome"](http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-hated-groups-that-are-going-out-their-way-to-be-awesome/) ["Bronies explained: The ...

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March 24, 2017 00:51:08
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#23 - Magic: The Gathering Fans

Untap, Upkeep, Draw, Main, Combat, Main, End. What do these words have in common? You would know, if you were a fan of _Magic: the Gathering_ (this week's topic)! We've got a special guest friend, Kevin, to help guide us through the complex and exciting world of the Planeswalkers. Why is _Magic: the Gathering_ so popular? Are there more than just competitive fans? What keeps players in the game after over two decades? Stay tuned! Want to see more awesome fandom content? [Become a Patron on Patreon!](http://patreon.com/thenickscast) Find more like this: [fanthropological.com](http://fanthropological.com) Find us on social media Twitter: [@thenickscast](http://twitter.com/thenickscast) Instagram: [@thenickscast](http://instagram.com/thenickscast) Facebook: [fb.com/thenickscast](http://fb.com/thenickscast) Youtube: [youtube.com/thenickscast](http://youtube.com/thenickscast) Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) Citations ["I am so scared about the bannings tomorrow"](https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/5z37h2/i_am_so_scared_about_the_bannings_tomorrow/) ["How do you organize your collections?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/5z789s/how_do_you_organize_your_collections/) ["Tips for dealing with sexist/elitist players?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/5z8aqa/tips_for_dealing_with_sexistelitist_players/) ["Magic: The Gathering Fans Sign Petition to End Reserve List Policy"](http://epicstream.com/news/Magic-The-Gathering-Fans-Sign-Petition-to-End-Reserve-List-Policy) ["Fan-Organized Magic: The Gathering Tournament Only Allows Cards From 1996"](http://kotaku.com/fan-organized-magic-the-gathering-tournament-only-allo-1791821047) ["Seahawks player pleads for return of stolen Magic: The Gathering cards; Wizards of the Coast delivers care package"](http://www.geekwire.com/2016/seahawks-player-pleads-return-stolen-magic-gathering-cards-wizards-coast-delivers-care- package/) ["Filling in the Gaps: Fans and Fan Fiction on the Internet"](http://fanlore.org/wiki/Filling_in_the_Gaps:_Fans_and_Fan_Fiction_on_the_Internet) ["Fan Kits | Magic: The Gathering"](http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/media/fan-kits) ["Magic: The Gathering Fans Sign Petition to End Reserve List,"](http://epicstream.com/news/Magic-The-Gathering-Fans-Sign-Petition-to-End-Reserve-List-Policy) ["r/MagicTCG - Why Do You Like Magic?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/1az76f/why_do_you_like_magic/) ["Why Do You Play Magic?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/1k4gnk/why_do_you_play_magic/) ["First Friday Night Magic ... awful experience. Why do people act this way? First post, be gentle"](https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/nxday/first_friday_night_magic_awful_experience_why_do/) ["I'd like to share a story that I think magictcg would appreciate"](https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/2tzmpq/id_like_to_share_a_story_that_i_think_magictcg/?ref=search_posts) ["What do you enjoy most about Magic: The Gathering?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/4gi42d/what_do_you_enjoy_most_about_magicthe_gathering/?ref=search_posts) ["Fan "Alterists" Turn Magic: The Gathering Cards Into Amazing Art"](http://io9.gizmodo.com/fan-alterists-turn-magic-the-gathering-cards-into-am-1599369389) ["Fanlore: Phil Foglio"](https://fanlore.org/wiki/Phil_Foglio) ["How Magic: the Gathering became a pop-culture hit - and where it goes next"](https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/10/magic-the-gathering-pop-culture-hit-where-next) ["For 'Magic: ...

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