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It's that time again! A new guest and a new podcast, and this week's is fantastic because we have Wendy Bryan from I Heart Guts!

Way cuter than the creepy Bodyworlds (image by I Heart Guts)

Wendy was at the Sakura Matsuri this year, but it was nearly impossible to work your way through the throng of adoring customers. Evidently kawaii plushy organs were in high demand at the festival. Which is what we at DC Geeks always love to see for local vendors.

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This week is Brannen, Scooter, and I completely geeking out. Sometimes it’s great to just be able to geek out about undisputedly geeky things, which is exactly what we do: geek, geek, geekity, geek (I get a nickel every time I use the words “geek” or “awesome” on this blog like an awesome, geeky Dickens).

This was on the first page of CC-licensed images for "Batman." I'm completely in love with it (todo el amor → Lain444).

The opening is rather Batman-centric, but we go into all sorts of comics, cartoons, and movies that we love. There’s no current storyline spoilers, but (for example) if you haven’t read Ultimate Galactus or Hush, then you may want to go finish those up before listening in.

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This week, our podcast is with Erik Holzherr, owner of three DC bars: Atlas Arcade, Wisdom, and Church & State.

This perfectly encapsulates the feel of Wisdom, where we recorded. (image is © bstumbo123)

Wisdom, Erik's first bar, is renowned for cocktails. I had a rosemary-infused gin and homemade tonic serum that I will never forget. The website also boasts that they have the largest authentic absinthe collection around, if you're brave enough to dare. Thankfully it's also mere steps from the Potomac Ave stop. We showed up on Thursday, mid-happy hour, on techno mix theme night. We recorded in this brick enclosure where I had a window straight to the bar through which they were nice enough to let me run an extension cord. We did the whole thing by candlelight and the macbook glow, and it was all ten times more awesome than I can make that sound.

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This week for our podcast, we have our three usual hosts: Scooter, Brannen, and me (Aine). We're still getting used to the new equipment so there are moments where you can tell we're geeks with new shinies.

It just sits there and stares, looking all professional (image by Daehyun Park)
I have a theory that geek-speak is more similar to non-geek-speek than people think; we just have a different set of references that we're drawing from. Here's where I could add a mini-ramble about Thomas Kuhn and discourse communities, but I like you all. If nothing else, we certainly seem to connect disparate concepts rapidly (read: ramble frequently), and the three of us do exactly that.

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This week, we had the chance to interview our fellow DC Geek, Erik about his secret talent!

Early examples of Erik's kimekomi (木目込人形) dolls (image by DCG)

I've known Erik for something to the tune of seven years. Somewhere around year three, a mutual friend was explaining to me how wondrous the Sakura Matsuri was, and her main selling point was this: "Erik was there as a vendor, and he was selling these beautiful, intricate dolls." I always wanted to ask, but I decided that if he wanted to keep that talent under a bushel, it was his right. He was the Clark Kent to this Superman of a secret crafter.

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This week, our interview is with Pirates for Sail's Jim Everett (Strinalong Jim Smudgebottom), Annie Lysen (Lucky Annie LeBlanc), Kathy Michau (Captain Molly the Crympe), and Tim Michau (The Last Mate).

What's "avast" mean, exactly? (image by Pirates for Sail)

Although only four members were available to regale us with tales of piratical exploits, Pirates for Sail has over fourteen total crew members. During the best festivals (I hear August is the height of Pirate Season), even more come out of the woodwork, "members, former members, significant others, insignificant others, kids, pets…" Depending on space, usually around six of the crew make it out to the tavern each week.

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This week, we interviewed Kathleen Donohue and Judy Thomas from Labyrinth Games and Puzzles on Capitol Hill!

Name me one Adventure Time fan who wouldn't buy that. The artist is a kid so he doesn't have his own site, but he's already made the news. (art by Tex, whom I have dubbed "the Amazasaurus Rex")

As owner, Kathleen has managed to walk a tight line with Labyrinth, and the compromise shows up even in the art that hangs around the store. Although the example above was created by a kid, it’s far from childish, and the store does not have that “we’d be a daycare if it weren’t for zoning laws” feel that some game stores acquire. On the other hand, it is very kid-friendly. So moms don’t have to worry about 12ft cutouts of gore-spattered orcs and the nearly naked women of Frazetta-esque traditional fantasy art.

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This week, Brannen, Scooter, and I were able to host a podcast from our beloved Madicon with fellow DC Geeks writer (and local professor and artist and expert in all things shiny, pretty, and immersive) - Lauren!

Surprisingly, even small cons have great cosplayers! (my photo, but if you know the cosplayer, please email me)

I love podcasts that ramble, especially when we bring in other DC Geeks to add their specific flair to the conversation. With Lauren, we started discussing tales of tech support woe (“I bought a social media! We’re good!) and quickly moved on to the impact of the Internet on museums and galleries.

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This week, we interviewed the big kahunas of the big kahuna: the higher-ups of Otakon & Otakorp.

Cons are becoming synonymous with cosplay, and whether it is obscure, new, or just new to you, much of the art is awe-inspiring. (image via Michael)

But while the cosplayers often get all the photos and lasting internet glory, it's the behind the scenes volunteers who make it all possible. And who have the best stories! Listen in for Captain Backflip.

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This episode (our fiftieth!) is with Mark Pope, Director of Guest Relations for Anime USA!

Anime USA 2012, in their new, luxurious location in DC proper. (image from Anime USA’s Flickr stream)

We’ve covered Anime USA twice now (by me in 2011 and by James in 2012). I’ve also had the opportunity to interview their (then) press liaison, Lauren Orsini, who was one of the first writers to plug/cover DC Geeks. It’s probably no huge surprise when I say for transparency’s sake that we’re fans. So it was a lot of fun to sit down and talk to their current Director of Guest Relations, Mark Pope. He’s one of the many behind-the-scenes workers for the con who deserves to be in the spotlight himself for a bit.

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