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Fanthropological is our weekly podcast that began in Fall 2016 from the ashes of the Nicks' previous podcast, The Nickscast.
Many of our discussions both on and off-air revolve around the consumption and trends of fandom — we've all attended conventions, watched a lot of anime together, and fostered each other's nerdiness for years.
We decided to turn the show into a structured look at different fan communities, covering one per episode.
Each week, we take a look at a fandom and break it down into its constituent parts — we look at how old it is, how big it is, notable fans, notable works and cool stuff the fandom has done.
The bulk of the discussion occurs when we discuss why people would be attracted to the fandom in the first place, using both research and considerable pop culture knowledge to put ourselves into the heads of fans.
We go around the table to see if our research has converted any of us into new followers and then ask questions we have about the topic we're going to cover next week.
If you've ever wondered why people are fans of a particular show / book / movie / celebrity / menu item or would just like to hear more about your fandom from a different perspective, pick an episode and start listening!
Fanthropological Arcade is our weekly Let's Play series that launched in January 2017. For the 16 years we've known each other, we've gotten together and marathoned video games late into the night (with a particular love of RPGs). Now we're letting the Internet in on that tradition.
On Fanthropological Arcade we get to play both the games we love and new games we hope to love just as much. Not only do we share our medium to medium-well playing skills, we also come with stories and facts about the game we’re playing in order to give a little context and flavour.
We've covered Tales of Phantasia, Moon Hunters, Hyper Light Drifter, and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with many many more still to come!
Find out more at RaceAgainstTime.io
The Race Against Time is an annual 24-hour charity streaming event. We attempt to beat Chrono Trigger and obtain as many of its various endings as possible while also raising money for Alzheimer’s disease. All donations go towards the Alzheimer Society of Canada. During the stream, the group holds giveaways, challenges, and otherwise does its best to raise money for the cause and keep the chat entertained.
The event is so named due to the tight time limit on completing the game, Chrono Trigger’s heavy emphasis on time travel in its storyline, and due to Alzheimer’s neurodegenerative effect on the brain and memory.
We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek ... who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative. Dare we say, the most creative.
We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It's what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more.
We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren't "those Weird-o's", but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone's a fan.
G is the self-proclaimed "funny one." He loves the range of fandoms covered on the show and trying to see things from another fan's point of view. When not podcasting, he's probably working on more beats, beeps and boops. Otherwise, he's continuing his lifelong love affair with pro wrestling, being mad / ecstastic about the latest episode of Doctor Who, listening to prog rock or going Pokemon crazy.
T is the self-proclaimed "funny one." He enjoys going over the fan data the show accrues and seeing how off the mark the Nicks' fan misconceptions are. An avid collector of manga and anime, T is always looking for a new story or bit of information to absorb. When he isn't working on something related to the Nickscast, what is he doing? Cooking delicious vegetarian meals? Fighting for equality among all people in and out of the workplace? Weaving a tapestry of grand ambitions? PLAYING VIDEO GAMES?! Who knows!
Z is the self-proclaimed "funny one." Coming from an academic background (he holds a master's degree in English!), he's particularly excited about Fanthropological's research-based approach and the things he's going to learn about fans and fandoms. He splits his spare time between creative projects (poetry, novels, a blog all about translating Beowulf), reading, and gaming. Z is eagerly awaiting the episodes on Tales of fans, Zelda fans, and Rush fans.
Nick Green (G), Nick Terwoord (T) and Nick Zacharewicz (Z) met in high school in 2001 and instantly bonded over a shared love of Dragon Ball Z.
Ever since then Nicks have played video games together long into the night, consumed anime & genre fiction and began to attend conventions regularly. As the participation in fandom grew, so did the ambition to work on fan projects. From a studio making AMVs to a plethora of blogs to group-written fiction, the urge to collaborate was there from the very beginning.
It wasn't until the group went out to see the movie Interstellar in 2014 that the idea of doing a podcast took. After having spent multiple hours in the Tim Horton's across from the movie theater discussing the minute details of the film, they thought, "hey, we could record this!"
And so the Nickscast was launched as a bi-weekly, then weekly, then semi-weekly podcast of the Nicks talking both the pop culture they were consuming and questions about pop culture trends at large.
Not long after the launch of the podcast in January 2015, the Nicks stepped up their convention game. They began to provide con reports, regularly host panels and also interview guests and cosplayers from those cons. Thus began the Nickscast YouTube channel, which has since expanded to include our Let's Play series: Fanthropological Arcade.
In the summer of 2015, the Nicks caught the streaming bug and decided that they wanted to spend some time each year playing "the greatest game of all time", Chrono Trigger (a perennial favourite)! Teaming up with their friend the Goat, they completed a 24-hour stream of playing the game to get as many of the endings as they possibly could, while raising money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. In 2017 will be the third year for the Race Against Time!
While the Nicks managed over 70 episodes of the Nickscast, they felt something lacking and took the summer of 2016 to regroup and see if they couldn't come up with something that sparked their passion. They wanted to add a little focus and format to the proceedings, so they decided to turn the show into a look at different fan communities (on the internet and otherwise), covering one per episode. Fanthropological was born!
We are always looking for guests! If you're interested in being a guest on the show, contact us here and we'll try to get back to you soon!
For guests of our podcast, we have a quick little guide to help ensure that everything goes smoothly!
If you have particular work you want us to highlight, if you're an award-winning something-or-other, if you have preferred pronouns, if you would prefer to be addressed by an alias or a particular name... let us know! Otherwise, we'll do our best to improvise with the information we have.
We primarily use Skype to get in touch with folks on the podcast, and sorting out Skype IDs ahead of time means fewer technical difficulties on the day of the podcast. If you cannot use Skype, let us know and we can make alternate arrangements.
We can accomodate a variety of times depending on your availability. Please give us 3-4 times that would be ideal for you to record (we are typically available between 19:00 and 22:00 ET). Otherwise, we'll assume that our default time works for you (Monday night at approximately 20:00 ET).
We have been experimenting with livestreaming the original podcast on Twitch.tv/thenickscast, then releasing the edited podcast later. Please let us know if you are (un)comfortable with this, and if you are able to do so.
We want to make sure your voice sounds as good as possible in the finished recording. If you aren't able to record your voice, we will use the Skype call recording, which doesn't sound as great. If you're on a Mac, PC, or Linux, you can record your side of the call with something like Audacity (though, many other tools exist).
You may have some questions about what is expected or required of you as a guest...
The show is broken up into a few different parts: Fandom facts, where we talk about facts and trivia about the week's fandom; Last week's famous last words, where we explore questions or statements we made about the fandom before doing the research; general discussion, where we talk about the appeal of the fandom and why folks are fans; the spotlight, where we showcase an interesting fannish cause or project related to this week's fandom; plugs, where we mention where you can find out more about the podcast (and where guests can do likewise); and, finally, famous last words, where we make a question or statement about next week's fandom without having done the research.
Episodes are typically released the week after the recording and always on Friday on Fanthropological.com.
If you're comfortable with the episode being livestreamed, then it will also be broadcast on Twitch.tv/thenickscast the day of the recording, and the recording will be on twitch for two weeks.
Absolutely! If you have any cool projects, have friends' projects that you want to plug, or a business, that's totally A-OK! We want to encourage our guests to talk about cool stuff that they do, especially if it's related to the episode (and even if it isn't).
And if you have any outstanding questions, you can always contact us