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 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 023 – “Captain” Deana Dolphin


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Deana Dolphin, MST3K’s “Fan Ambassador” has become a champion for the show and for getting MSTies around the world together– both online and in real life. Hosting watch parties, live events, and meet-ups, Deana reaches out to fans everywhere. In this episode, she and I talk about her adventures in the fan community, visiting the MST3k set, and her love of Agonywolf Media. Currently, she’s trying to organize the 5th Annual Turkey Day MSTie Meet Up.


Here’s where you can find Deana: Twitter, Instagram, Reddit


Deana’s Facebook page is open to new fans, and here are the groups she admins or in which she’s an active member:

Deana also supports MSTie Minute, another great collection of fans, and you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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HTP Episode 021 – Zoe Plait

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Zoe Plait is one of MST3K’s biggest “Professional Fans.” She worked with Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff on “The Mads are Back” live show, and in this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, she and I sit down and get to the heart of what makes the show great. More than that, we address how fandom can have a positive effect on mental illness, and ponder her future writing projects. During the episode, we also bring up the MST3K Playstation Underground issue.


Here’s where you can keep tabs on Zoe’s projects:

Twitter, Miss Misery (Official Site)



Geek Resource: National Alliance on Mental Illness – A great resource for getting a little extra help in life.


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HTP Episode 020 – Mur Lafferty


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Mur Lafferty is an author and podcasting pioneer. Having released her first book, Playing for Keeps, free as an audio podcast, she helped pave the way for e-books and audio distribution as we know it today. Authoring the novelization of the Solo movie, this brings her into the Star Wars universe, and with her latest book, “Minecraft: The Lost Journals,” she brings life to the amazing video game franchise. Currently, she continues to connect with her fans via her podcasts “I Should Be Writing”, “Ditch Diggers” and “Escape Pod”. In this episode, we discuss how the digital landscape has changed since she got her start, what it’s like to be an established writer, and how to keep up your motivation to be creative.


Here’s where you can check out Mur’s Universe:

Twitter, Murverse (Official Site)



Geek Resource: Manuscript Wishlist – The big site for getting to know what the writing market is hungry for!


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HTP Episode 019 – Chris “Sampo” Cornell


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Chris Cornell, known to the internet as “Sampo,” has been one of the key webmasters for MST3k since websites were still new and different. In this episode, Sampo and I share stories of how fandom has grown since the birth of the modren internet, and how passion for a show can lead you to being involved in the show itself.


Here’s where you can check out Sampo’s legacy:

Twitter, Satellite News



Geek Resource: Satellite News – The site we’ve been talking about all through the episode!


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HTP Episode 018 – Ian Ferguson


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Ian Ferguson is one of the hosts of the Completely Unnecessary Podcast, where he and his co-host Pat Contri analyze retro games, modern games, pop culture trends, and shaving with ranch dressing. More recently, Ian has started working with another team on a project called Yokoi Kids, celebrating the legacy of the Nintendo Game Boy. In addition to that, his new podcast Extra Napkins explores food and food culture. Our talk about all these projects was a lot of fun and I wish we’d had more time.


Here’s where you can check out Ian’s many projects:



Geek Resource: AtariAge – AtariAge is basically the living, breathing embodiment of the classic era of video games. Also, not a bad place to go to talk about modern games.


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HTP Episode 017 – Rebecca Hanson


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Rebecca Hanson is an actor and writer on Mystery Science Theater 3000. She portrays the character Synthia as well as being the voice of Gypsy. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, we discuss what it’s like to be a fan of a show and then have the chance to work on it, as well as different comedy styles and creative processes. Lots of good stories about her other MST3K cast-mates!


Here’s where you can check out Rebecca’s work:

Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Official Site



Geek Resource: The Annotated MST – line-by-line explanation of MST3k jokes, sorted by episode.


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HTP Episode 016 – Laurie Ulster


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Laurie Ulster was the Supervising producer for After Trek, and in addition, is a witty commentator and writer of many blogs and articles. In this episode, we discuss her experiences getting to step into fandom and appreciate genuinely good people working in Hollywood. During the episode, she misses the name of the host of The Math of Khan, which was James Grime.


Here’s where you can check out Laurie’s work:

Hello Movies Podcast, Pressfolios, Twitter, Trekmovie,


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HTP Episode 015 – Rob Flanagan

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Rob Flanagan is a veteran podcaster, with shows such as Popping the Cherrywood and Shitty Movie Night under his belt. The two of us spend a lot of time discussing the philosophy of podcasting, the fun of toy collecting as adults, and reviving old properties such as He-Man, G.I. Joe, and Transformers. Rob was recently named the Fusion “Fan of the Month“, and is really passionate about the growth of e-sports.


Here’s where you can check out Rob’s work:

Popping the Cherrywood Official Site, Twitter


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