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HTP Episode 040 – Frank Cifaldi


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Frank Cifaldi is a pioneering figure in the field of video game preservation. He is the director of the Video Game History Foundation, and has contributed to many projects such as the Disney Afternoon Collection and the Mega Man Legacy Collection. In this episode, Frank and I discuss the increased focus on video game history in recent years, and how he has managed to use his blog and his career as a developer to uncover new nuggets of gaming history, including the recently uncovered, unreleased NES Days of Thunder. Spoiler alert: The exact release date for Super Mario Bros. continues to elude us.


Frank’s work can be found with the Video Game History Foundation at GameHistory.org. They have a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Channel as well. You can follow Franks’s personal Twitter (@frankcifaldi) as well.


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HTP Episode 039 – Shannon Eichorn


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Shannon Eichorn is a science fiction enthusiast and budding author. Her first book, Rights of Use, is a fantastic blend of real-life history and creative speculation. In this episode, Shannon and I discuss writing real history into a science fiction story, and how engineers build drama. We also have a great start to a chat about how being creative makes it easier to take changes in fandom in stride.


You can follow her on Twitter. Rights of Use is available on Amazon and Audible, as well as The Bookshop in Lakewood.


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HTP Episode 038 – Neil Perry Gordon


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Neil Perry Gordon is an author of historical fiction, and a great example of the self-made writer of the 21st Century. His works include Hope City, A Cobbler’s Tale, and The Bomb Squad. In this episode, Neil and I discuss the difference between wanting to be a writer and actually putting in the practice to hone your craft, the struggles of self-marketing, and the wonder of using Alaska as the setting for a story.


You can follow him on Facebook, as well as his official website.


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HTP Episode 037 – Tonjia Atomic

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Tonjia Atomic is the director of many cult films, not the least of which being “Manos Returns”. In this episode, she and I discuss how the film came together, and how to create the perfect balance of solid filmmaking craft with a low budget and the most surreal of source materials. Obviously, the sequel to Manos could not be totally serious, but no one wanted it to be outright campy either.


You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her official website, TonjiaAtomic.com. You can watch Manos Retuns on Amazon Prime, and for news on the project, it’s best to check the Facebook feed, but there’s also a Twitter and Instagram as well.


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HTP Episode 036 – Lanie Labens

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Lanie Labens in the maven in charge of “I Don’t Do Subtle” Management, a talent agency connecting some amazing guests to the best conventions out there. Lanie also writes, has aspirations of being an author, and operates a YouTube channel… including a doll workout video. In this episode, Lanie and I discuss what we love about conventions, and what it’s like growing up not having a lot in common with others… eventually finding that commonality in the con scene.


You can follow her on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and her official website is lanielabens.com.


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HTP Episode 035 – Ming Chen

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Ming Chen is a pioneer in podcasting, in addition to being a member of Kevin Smith’s ViewAskewniverse. Star of the AMC series Comic Book Men, Ming has been a positive face on comic fandom and geek culture over the past decade. In this episode, he and I sit down and discuss the business podcaster-to-podcaster, as well as reflect on his love of video games and our affinity for bootleg DVDs.


You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, as well as A Shared Universe PodcaStudio— the studio which powered this episode!


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HTP Episode 034 – Pat Jankiewicz



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Pat Jankiewicz is an actor, writer, and collector of pop culture knowledge. He’s written for Star Trek Magazine, Starlog, and is the author of books on Buck Rogers and The Incredible Hulk. Pat and I get into a great discussion on how the comic industry is shifting, and the importance of grabbing new readers. There’s also a great discussion on the differences between online conventions and real-world ones.


You can follow him on Twitter. Be sure to look up Pat’s writing in Infinity, Star Wars Insider, and Star Trek Magazine.



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HTP Episode 033 – Ron Marz

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Ron Marz is a longtime writer of comic books, having worked for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, and other companies. I get to share my fondness for Ron’s work at DC in the 90s, as well as that era of comics in general, then he and I swap notes about how comic fans deal with change… and the unique challenges that presents to the writers of comics. SPOILER: I’m a big fan of his Green Lantern story, Emerald Twilight.

Ron has a lot of really fun projects in the works! You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and find his full body of work on ronmarz.com/.

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The Life Radio Show 5/12/2020

I had a great time discussing Hungry Trilobyte with Don Smith from The Life Radio Show, out of WWSU. We got to cover a lot of ground on why fandom helps people cope, and how to use it to prompt creativity and positivity. I cover my favorite Treks, analyze the newer Star Wars movies, and gush over MST3k in the 21st century.

HTP Episode 032 – Amanda Deibert

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Amanda Deibert is a writer, currently working with DC Comics on titles such as Wonder Woman ’77 and DC Superhero Girls. She’s also a working mother with a huge social media following, and in our chat, we talk about the balance between professional interests and being a good parent and spouse.


Amanda has a lot of really fun projects in the works, such as Work for a Million, a lesbian detective novel, and John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and find her full body of work on her official website.



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