Fanthropological

Exploring the weird and wonderful world of fandoms! Every week, we deliver fandom-related "fanalysis" complete with hard data, guests, and, of course, rampant speculation!

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February 03, 2017 01:11:32
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#16 - Fantasy Football Fans

This week we're placing bets as we enter the season, of FANTASY FOOTBALL (or an episode, at least)! Why do folks become fantasy football fans? Is a familiarity with (American) football required? Hopefully our draft picks work out in this episode! Especially because we have guests Rebecca and Laura! Everyone's a fan! 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]) Play-by-play 0:00:00 - Editor's Note 0:00:39 - Theme Song 0:00:57 - Introduction 0:01:21 - Special Guest Introduction: Laura and Rebecca! 0:01:55 - Who are Fantasy Football Fans? 0:02:50 - Why are people fans of Fantasy Football? 0:19:04 - Fantasy football, related fandoms, and more discussion 0:59:16 - Fans of the week 1:05:06 - Spotlight: [Fantasy Movie League](https://fantasymovieleague.com/) 1:06:54 - Where can I find more of Rebecca's work? [GetBookish (Youtube)](http://youtube.com/getbookish) 1:07:48 - Where can I find more of Laura's work? [Adlaya's Animals](http://adlayasanimals.wordpress.com/) 1:08:30 - Where can I learn more about Fanthropological / The Nickscast? 1:10:34 - Outtakes Citations ["Fantasy Football (American) - Wikipedia"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_football_\(American\)) ["The Beauty (and Ugliness) of Fantasy Football"](http://thesportsfeen654.sportsblog.com/posts/31509896/the-beauty--and-ugliness--of-fantasy-football.html) ["The Popularity of Fantasy Sports Continues to Grow"](http://www.fordhamobserver.com/the-popularity-of-fantasy-sports-continues-to-grow/) ["Top Ten Reasons To Play Fantasy Football"](http://thesportsfeen654.sportsblog.com/posts/2976952/top-ten-reasons-to-play-fantasy-football.html) ["What's behind fantasy football's surprising popularity"](http://fortune.com/2015/09/12/fantasy-football-growth/) ["Fanlore - Television Without Pity"](http://fanlore.org/wiki/Television_Without_Pity) ["Fanlore - How do I Quit Wasting my Life on Online Escapism"](http://fanlore.org/wiki/How_do_I_quit_wasting_my_life_on_online_escapism%3F) ["Know Your Meme - American Football"](http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/subcultures/american-football) ["Jack Kerouac Was a Secret, Obsessive Fan of Fantasy Baseball"](http://www.openculture.com/2015/04/jack-kerouacs-secret-obsessive-fantasy-baseball-hobby-before-fantasy-sports-became-a-phenomenon.html) ["Fantasy Football Draft Prep, Part 1 - Fake Quarterbacks"](https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/fantasy-football-draft-prep-part-1-fake-quarterbacks) ["Fantasy Football Draft Prep, Part 2 - Fake Running Backs"](https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/fantasy-football-draft-prep-part-2-fake-running-backs) ["Fantasy Football Draft Prep, Part III - Fake ...

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January 27, 2017 01:15:27
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#15 - Homestucks

Fire up your Pesterchum (or Trollian) folks, this week we're talking about Homestuck fandom! Who are Homestucks? What's the appeal? And why are they (literally) trolls? There's no gigapause this week as we start our SBURB session! Everyone's a fan! 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]) Play-by-play 00:07 - Theme Song 00:26 - Introduction 01:30 - Who are Homestucks? 02:09 - Special Guest Introduction: Soph! 03:02 - Trivia 08:14 - Why are people Homestucks? 30:45 - Homestuck and other fandoms 56:43 - Fans of the week 1:03:27 - Spotlight: [Otaking77077](https://www.patreon.com/otaking77077) (via [Kotaku](http://kotaku.com/one-guy-is-making-his-own-street-fighter-movie-1791140485)) 1:04:52 - Where can I learn more about Fanthropological / The Nickscast 1:06:45 - Where can I find more of Soph's work? [Tumblr](http://sofa-cushion.tumblr.com/) and [DeviantArt](http://sofa-cushion.deviantart.com/) 1:08:07 - Outtakes Citations ["A Noob's Guide to Homestuck"](http://observer.com/2012/09/a-noobs-guide-to-homestuck-the-favorite-webcomic-of-internetty-teens-everywhere/) ["Metatext of Doom"](http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/2012/07/metatext-of-doom/) ["When fandoms collide: The present and future of anime cons"](http://www.dailydot.com/fandom/anime-boston-conventions-multi-fandom-homestuck/) ["The Bright side of Homestuck fandom"](http://homestuckfansgood.tumblr.com/post/27273200575/guys-i-just-realized-why-the-homestuck-fandom-is) ["What is Homestuck and why is it considered annoying"](https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/1pr3ym/what_is_homestuck_and_why_is_the_fandom/) ["How did Homestuck get a bad rap"](https://theninjagang.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/how-did-homestuck-get-a-bad-rep/) ["Homestuck Horror Stories"](http://homestuckstories.tumblr.com/) ["Fate of the MSPA Forums"](http://omegaupdate.freeforums.net/thread/27/fate-mspa-forums) ["Inside the strange, brave new world of Homestuck"](http://www.dailydot.com/society/inside-webcomic-homestuck-guide-interviews/) ["What the Fuck is Homestuck!?"](https://what-the-fuck-is-homestuck.tumblr.com/) ["Homestuck fan prepare for webcomic release"](http://thetartan.org/2011/10/17/pillbox/comics) ["Stuck on Homestuck: How Andrew Hussie Turned a Tumblr Craze Into a Teenage Empire"](https://web.archive.org/web/20121005192003/http://betabeat.com/2012/10/tumblr-andrew-hussie-homestuck-kickstarter-game-adventure-text-teens-young-adult) ["Homestuck is the First Great Work of Internet Fiction"](http://www.tor.com/2012/09/18/homestuck-is-the-first-great-work-of-internet-fiction/) ["Wikipedia - Homestuck"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestuck) ["Fanlore - Homestuck"](http://fanlore.org/wiki/Homestuck) ["Mayor of Meme Town"](http://captchalogue.livejournal.com/) ["Homesmut"](http://homesmut.dreamwidth.org/) ["Home | Omegaupdate"](http://omegaupdate.freeforums.net/) ["Listen to This: 20 of the Best 'Homestuck' Songs in Honor of its Ending"](http://move.themaneater.com/stories/2016/6/12/listen-20-best-homestuck-songs-honor-its-ending/#.WHhMDt9idOA) ["'Hiveswap' and the Tenacity of Fandom"](http://www.popmatters.com/post/hiveswap-and-the-tenacity-of-fandom2/) ["Homestuck Fans Want You ...

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January 20, 2017 01:04:44
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#14 - Speedrunners

Playing games makes sense, but racing against the clock in games? This week, we're talking about Speedrunners! What is a speedrun? What is sequence breaking? Is cheating in video games ok in a speedrun?? We're going to go fast in this week's episode! Everyone's a fan! 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]) Play-by-play 00:09 - Theme Song 01:10 - Who are Speedrunners? 03:33 - Trivia 21:52 - Why are people speedrunners? 30:47 - Different kinds of speedruns, and specifics of speedrunning 51:06 - Fans of the week 1:00:12 - Spotlight: [Games Done Quick!](https://gamesdonequick.com/) 1:01:50 - Secret Spotlight: [Race Against Time!](https://raceagainsttime.io/) 1:02:25 - Where can I learn more about Fanthropological / The Nickscast 1:04:10 - Outtakes Citations ["Wikipedia - Speedrun"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speedrun) ["An Animated 'Speedrun' Through Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"](http://www.openculture.com/2013/06/speedrun_through_fear_and_loathing_in_las_vegas.html) ["The 10 Best Videogame Speedruns"](https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/07/the-10-best-videogame-speedruns.html?a=1) ["Speedrun.com"](http://www.speedrun.com/) ["Speedrun.com - Forums: Why did you Decide to Run Your Most Recent Speedgame"](http://www.speedrun.com/Speedrunning/thread/4wit4) ["Speedrun.com - Forums: Drug Testing"](http://www.speedrun.com/Speedrunning/thread/lzny6/5) ["SpeedRunsLive - Frequently Asked Questions"](http://www.speedrunslive.com/faq/) ["Gamers Divided Over Freakish Feats Achieved With Tool-Assisted Speed Runs"](http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1528811/20060417/index.jhtml) ["5 Lessons to Take Away from Awesome Games Done Quick 2015"](https://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2015/01/5-lessons-to-take- away-from-awesome-games-done-quick-2015.html) ["TASVideos - Welcome to TAS Videos"](http://tasvideos.org/WhyAndHow.html) ["Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 - Donation Index"](https://gamesdonequick.com/tracker/donations/agdq2016) ["Why The Super Mario Bros. World Record Has Been Broken So Many Times Recently"](http://kotaku.com/new-glitch-reignites-the-super-mario-bros-speedrun-rac-1787596081) ["14 Years Later, Zelda Fans Discover New Way to Kill Wind Waker Boss"](http://kotaku.com/14-years-later-zelda-fans-discover-new-way-to-kill-win-1787459259) ["Why Speedrunners Use Glitches"](http://kotaku.com/why-speedruners-use-glitches-1582919382) ["SDA Knowledge Base - What is a Speedrun"](https://kb.speeddemosarchive.com/What_is_a_speedrun) ["Speedrunners Finally Pull off the 'Holy Grail' of Mario 64 Glitches"](http://kotaku.com/speedrunners-finally-pull-off-the-holy-grail-of-mario-6-1787247119) ["SpikeVegeta ...

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January 13, 2017 01:05:24
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#13 - Star Wars Fans

It's a new season, and what better than to draw parallels to our first season by talking about Star Wars fans! What do you call Star Wars fans? Is there really a big difference between them and Star Trek fans? How have they kept fans interested in the 40 years of Star Wars?? May the force be with you on this week's episode! Everyone's a fan! 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]) Play-by-play 00:07 - Theme Song 00:00 - Introduction 01:27 - Who are Star Wars Fans? 03:34 - Trivia 20:06 - Why are people fans of Star Wars? 38:36 - Gender segregation in (Star Wars) Fandom 44:09 - Fans of the week 56:07 - Spotlight: [The 501st Legion!](http://www.501st.com/) 59:32 - Where can I learn more about Fanthropological / The Nickscast 1:01:19 - Outtakes Citations ["Meet the Star Wars Fans Who Lined Up Two Weeks Before the Premiere"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuVrWbc9ijo) ["Why we love Star Wars: an explainer for 'normal' people"](http://www.wired.co.uk/article/why-i-love-star-wars-explained) ["People Watch Star Wars For The First Time | Syfy Wire"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BVxK0GUpWI) ["I watched all 6 'Star Wars' films for the first time, in one sitting"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ni7mxRCBrA) ["STAR WARS subreddit, I need your help! Why do you love STAR WARS?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWars/comments/34agxp/star_wars_subreddit_i_need_your_help_why_do_you/) ["This Is What It's Like To Watch Star Wars For The First Time"](https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWars/comments/34agxp/star_wars_subreddit_i_need_your_help_why_do_you/) ["'I Got Emotional Reading This': Diego Luna Shares Touching 'Star Wars' Fan Tribute to Importance of Diversity"](http://ktla.com/2017/01/04/i-got-emotional-reading-this-diego-luna-shares- touching-star-wars-fan-tribute-to-importance-of-diversity/) ["An Unofficial 'Star Wars' Convention in England Was Incredibly Depressing"](https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/people-are-really-mad-at-an-unofficial-star-wars-convention-because-dreams-are-very-foolish-109) ["Carrie Fisher's Unsung Legacy"](http://legit-writing-tips.tumblr.com/post/155032253840/carrie-fishers-unsung-legacy) ["Culture Wars"](https://thewalrus.ca/culture-wars/) ["Fanlore - Don't Call Me ...

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December 23, 2016 01:03:53
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#12 - Christmas Fans

As we get closer to the new year, the Nickscast explores a seasonal fandom: Christmas fans? Is there really a fandom for Christmas? If so, what is it? What is it about Christmas? Be sure to deck the halls, and settle in (but not for a long winter's nap!) as we get to the 'Why' of Christmas fandom! Everyone's a fan! 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]) Play-by-play 00:05 - Theme Song 00:24 - Introduction 02:02 - Who are Christmas Fans? 02:58 - Trivia 17:30 - What is it about Christmas Fans? 39:41 - Fans of the week: Mick Foley on Santa Claus and belief in Christmas magic 53:32 - New year plans for the podcast? 59:08 - Spotlight: [The Internet Archive!](http://archive.org/donate) 1:01:40 - Goodbye! 1:03:18 - Outtakes Citations ["Christmas Fans - Rankings - Anime :: Manga"](http://christmasfans.com/) ["12 Reasons To Be A Christmas Enthusiast"](https://www.theodysseyonline.com/12-reasons-to-be-christmas-enthusiast) ["Confessions Of A Hardcore Christmas Enthusiast | Thought Catalog"](http://thoughtcatalog.com/kathryn-kvas/2014/12/confessions-of-a-hardcore-christmas-enthusiast/) ["The Christmas Enthusiast - Light Knights"](http://lightknights.ca/christmas-enthusiast/) ["About | International Santa Trackers Association"](http://santatrackers.org/about/) ["Christmas junkies call to arms - Christmas Fan Club"](http://www.christmasfanclub.com/forum/christmas/general-christmas-discussion/4955-christmas-junkies-call-to-arms) ["Mick Foley Explains How He Became Santa Claus"](http://www.slate.com/articles/life/holidays/2012/12/becoming_santa_claus_a_pro_wrestler_learns_the_secrets_of_father_christmas.html) ["Why Japan is Obsessed with Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian"](http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-japan-is-obsessed-with-kentucky-fried-chicken-on-christmas-1-161666960/) ["Christmas Expo|Learn about holiday lighting"](http://www.christmasexpo.com/) ["Community for Christmas Fanatics - Christmas Fan Club"](http://christmasfanclub.com/) ["Christmas Stay Auction | A Christmas Story House"](http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/christmas-stay-auction/) ["r/Christmas: What are Some Christmas Traditions You like to do During the Holidays? Why do you Love Christmas so Much"](https://www.reddit.com/r/christmas/comments/2dafmc/what_are_some_christmas_traditions_you_like_to_do/) ["r/Christmas: Why do You Love Christmas"](https://www.reddit.com/r/christmas/comments/2efr3i/why_do_you_love_christmas/) ["r/Christmas: Why do You Believe in Christmas"](https://www.reddit.com/r/christmas/comments/14t6xf/why_do_you_believe_in_christmas/) ["Reasons Why Christmas is a Terrible Holiday"](https://newrepublic.com/article/115994/reasons-why- christmas-terrible-holiday) ["Madrid ...

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December 17, 2016 01:06:39
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#11 - Coca-Cola Fans

This week, we take a 0 calorie (but still great taste) break as we talk about Coca-Cola Fans! Who are Coca-Cola Fans? What sets them apart from other collectors? Why do they start? Relax, and enjoy! Also, this episode was not sponsored at all (surprisingly). Everyone's a fan! 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]) Play-by-play 00:00 - Cold Open 00:06 - Theme Song 00:26 - Introduction 01:38 - Who are Coca-Cola Fans? 02:44 - Trivia 22:19 - What is it about Coca Cola Fans? 48:08 - Fans of the week 55:48 - Spotlight: [Dani Oliver (Pixel Artist)](http://ahruon.tumblr.com/) 57:39 - Goodbye! 58:54 - Outtakes Citations ["The Coca-Cola Collectors Club - The Coca-Cola Collectors Club"](http://www.cocacolacollectors.club/wp/) ["For collector, 300K things go better with Coca-Cola | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal"](http://lubbockonline.com/not-online/2016-10-09/collector-300k-things-go-better-coca-cola#.WBd2Y7vLgVE) ["My Coke collection: 'I love 90s stuff' | Life and style | The Guardian"](https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jul/24/my-coke-collection-i-love-stuff-from-the-90s) ["Bidders 'Taste The Feeling' Of Coca-Cola Advertising"](http://www.antiquesandthearts.com/bidders-taste-the-feelingof-coca-cola-advertising/) ["Going ga-ga for all things Coca-Cola - The Rakyat Post - The Rakyat Post"](http://www.therakyatpost.com/life/2016/05/07/going-ga-ga-for-all-things-coca-cola/) ["Fizzy mood at collectors' fair - Community | The Star Online"](http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2016/05/16/fizzy-mood-at-collectors-fair-soft-drinks-80th-anniversary-celebrated-in-malaysia- with-memorabilia-e/) ["LaGrange Daily News | Vanishing Troup: History of the Coke bottle"](http://www.lagrangenews.com/2016/07/16/vanishing-troup-history-of-the-coke-bottle/) ["Coca-Cola Collection"](http://kwqc.com/2016/09/01/coca-cola-collection/) ["A public rant: Diet Coke with Lime : cocacola"](https://www.reddit.com/r/cocacola/comments/4ed43d/a_public_rant_diet_coke_with_lime/) ["Coca-Cola Cookbook | Warehouse of Weird"](https://www.warehouseofweird.co.uk/food-drink/coca-cola-cookbook/) ["10 Strange Coca-Cola Flavors From Around the World"](http://thefw.com/weird-coke-flavors/) [""We only sell Pepsi, is that okay?" : cocacola"](https://www.reddit.com/r/cocacola/comments/46hu7o/we_only_sell_pepsi_is_that_okay/) ["My Coke-Cow | Collectors Weekly"](http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/176612-my-coke-cow?in=92) ["Coca cola swastika ae22 medallion | Collectors Weekly"](http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/154157-coca-cola-swastika-ae22-medallion?in=92) ["Coke Captures Cola Fandom in First-Ever User-Generated Ad"](http://brandchannel.com/2014/05/21/coke-captures-cola-fandom-in-first-ever-user-generated-ad/) ["Starting Your Private Coca-Cola Collection"](http://www.coca-cola.ca/stories/starting-your-private-coca-cola-collection) ["Coca Cola Antiques and Collectibles - Collector Information"](http://www.collectorsweekly.com/coca-cola/overview) ["About Me - Blaine Martin's Guide to Vintage ...

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