Not in the form of a question, but I’ll field it anyway. Friendship can be a difficult thing because everyone is different, has different hangups, different levels of acceptable closeness, different levels of maintenance, different cultural backgrounds with subtleties that are hard to pinpoint… the list goes on. The one thing you have any control over is yourself. I’ve found the best thing to do is just be the most wonderful person you can be - the ideal version of yourself - as lovely and caring as you want to be, or whatever attributes you hold dear. Dealing with others insecurities and expectations can be really challenging. They may hurt you, but as long as you’re not taken advantage of, and you stay true to yourself - hopefully it’ll all shake loose. But it’s hard we’ve all got problems. Accepting them and rolling with them are the challenge of friendship.
Why do you think that nerds are known to be socially awkward?
Well, it can’t be a coincidence, can it? Whatever it is that breeds minds prone to obsessing over intricacies whether it be complex math or television shows, also contributes to a kind of introversion that manifests in social awkwardness. I think what changes how it manifests and to what extent is in large part due to environment. But I’d be very interested in decoding the nerd genome. Maybe crystals?
How do you feel about the evolution of webcomics from what they were in 2009 to the epic multimedia productions we have now, e.g. Homestuck, Prequel, Epicsplosion etc?
2009 doesn’t give me much of a perspective as I haven’t read webcomics regularly since I was in high school a decade ago. But webcomics since 1999 - I mean, it’s been a revolution. It’s an industry filled with talent and people who are making their own way. It’s like a sustainable version of the independent comics press movement of the early 90s and the mixing formats, and the explosion beyond webcomics that some success stories have yielded, has been incredible.
How did you get Brian Clevinger to host Nerdy Show and do you consider him a close friend?
Mike met Brian at A Comic Shop and asked him to come on the show a couple times during season 1 (on the radio at WPRK). When we left the station and set out on our own, Brian wanted to join up because, as I recall, he’d always wanted to host a radio show. Unfortunately, Brian left Orlando before we could spend any true quality time hanging out (We were only just getting to know each other through season 2). But yeah, me and B-Clev are friends.
Have you ever had any sexual experimentation with those of the male gender?
Ooh sexy questions… Nah, never been interested. But I guess saying “male gender” leaves it a bit open doesn’t it - as opposed to “has a penis”. Either way, nope, I haven’t. Boys have never been an interest.
What are your favourite video games from each console generation and why?
Wow, what an extensive question… I’ll apply it to thinks that I feel I have enough experience with to make a decision. Also… subject to change. And really, this gets harder and more flighty with newer systems.
80s Arcade: Ms. Pac-Man
NES: Super Mario 3
Genesis: Sonic the Hedgehog
Turbo Grafix 16: Air Zonk
Sega CD: Sonic CD
N64: Ocarina of Time
Playstation: Silent Hill
Gameboy Advance: Mother 3
Gamecube: Resident Evil 4
Playstation 2: GTA: Vice City
X-Box: Fable: The Lost Chapters
DS: Mario Kart
X-Box 360: Alan Wake
Wii: Skyward Sword (maybe, still playing it… but it’s a good one!)
In one of your earlier posts, you mentioned that you were a person of ambiguous gender. Does that mean that you identify yourself as 'bi-gender' or genderless?
That’s all a bit hard to explain. I don’t really identify as anything. There’s a lot of gender identities out there these days, which is great, but I haven’t felt the need to adopt one. Of all of them, “genderfluid - a dynamic mix of boy and girl” seems the best fit (and sounds pretty). I’ve never been drawn to identify myself as something other than me - not part of ___ group, or “one of the guys”, or anything like that. This isn’t a conscious decision, just the way I am. Until I started looking back on myself I didn’t realize this aspect of myself. I’ve assumed for a while that I’ve been female more often than not in past lives, based on some of my natural inclinations. However, I’m very content in my body, and being a white, heterosexual male has made things easy for me. It wasn’t very long ago that I realized what had been in front of me a long time: I don’t have a natural draw to either gender. Growing up, the defense I always gave against the queerness that everyone else already regarded me with was that: I like girls. That hasn’t changed any, but now I’m comfortable with not letting my sexuality dictate how I express myself outwardly. For me, gender identity isn’t much of a concern, it’s all about the freedom to express the truth of who I am without other forces dictating the extent of that expression.
Have you considered making a mumble server in which you or any of the gang could talk to fans about recent episodes and such?
Since we’d have to set time aside for something like that (getting on there and answering questions), we’d rather do a live episode recording where fans can ask us question via livestream chat as well as call-in via skype. (Like we did with the recent Nerdapalooza q&a)
Have you and the gang considered creating (or have you already created) some sort of voice chat server (mumble, teamspeak, ect.) in which you guys pop in an out and talk with the fans. You could hold regular Q&A sessions or talk about recent episodes.
We’ve been wanting to do more live Q&A episodes for ages. It’s been a goal of ours for the better part of the last year. An easy enough thing to do, but it’s been one thing after another on our end and it’s something we’d want to make sure got plugged some time in advance. We had an idea relating to this that has gotten MUCH bigger. We’ll announce that when we know for sure it’ll happen. In the meantime we really do need to do another call-in episode.
How does it feel to be a part of the 'old generation' of nerds?
Heh, I’m not part of the “old generation” of nerds. The old generation invented the personal computers, tabletop roleplaying, and the first home gaming consoles. People who frequented sci-fi conventions in the swinging 70s dressed as creatures from The Princess of Mars. Before them there were the NASA engineers, the pioneers of the semiconductors, pocket calculators and post-Tolkien fantasy novels… before them… Well, the 20th century has had 2 or three great generations of nerd before the older of us in the Nerdy Crew. We are however the last pre-Internet generation and that is something that will make us a commodity in the bold new world of the 21st century. We had to ask our parents where they were when Kennedy was shot. But we’ll get asked what life was like before the Internet. Also probably 9-11, but it’s the Internet that’ll really be the lasting question since people already don’t know what life was like before it.
Is there a set release schedule for Nerdy Show and Dungeons and Doritos, e.g, once a week, twice a month, etc.?
There is! When our site redesign rolls through it’ll make more sense. The current schedule is:
Monday - Nerdy Show free space (good for Microsodes or any other Nerdy Show-produced releases)
Tuesday - The Real Congregation (coming back THIS TUESDAY!)
Wednesday - Hex Grid/ Derpy Show (alternating)
Thursday - Main Nerdy Show release day (this could be either core Nerdy Show episodes, D&D or other in-house Nerdy Show content)
Friday - Flame On (every other week) Monday is going to become the Nerdy Show release date for core programming after the new site launches (Season 5) tentatively. With Thursday being reserved for D&D, Nerdy Show Prime, and other in-house content that’s not regular Nerdy Show episodes.
How did you guys get so many doritos? When did you start getting them from fans? Can I send some?
At this point, the bulk of our Doritos were bought for us by fans. (But when we see something new and unusual we pick them up) We started getting them… last year I guess. Whenever we first mention in in Dungeons & Doritos, that would be when. We buy our Japanese import Doritos via ebay. We’ll gladly accept Doritos, but at the moment we’ve got so many unless a new flavor comes out it might be best to hold off for a while!
Well first off: gee thanks! Also: Ayyyyyyy. Growing up is a tricky thing. I started this life a plump, high-pitched, limp-wristed kid with some very unusual ideas that in most cases made me a social outcast. I think what saved me from the wolves is that I wasn’t ever too concerned with what other people thought. Keeping in my own world and sticking to my own perceptions of things earned me some friends and having that encouragement sustained me. I’ve never been able to help being myself, whether it was having interests that seldom aligned with my peers (ex. music from decades prior), an ambiguous gender identity, or letting my flights of fancy run wild.
You have to master your evolution. I was a gothic-looking fat kid in Pink Floyd t-shirts in middle school. But then I made a conscious effort to loose weight, got more outgoing, made enemies friends, and won people over by being me at my craziest, but being genuine. Before, I’d worn my eccentricity outwards, but now I commanded my eccentricity and put it to work for me. I could daydream about being awesome, or I could actually be awesome. It didn’t happen overnight, it was a process of growth and subtle-self discovery, and it took some positive influences to make it happen. I might not have evolved as well on my own. Were it not for time spent with the music of Talking Heads, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, and David Bowie, things may have been very different. During High School, Talking Heads especially nurtured a more exciting, stylistic side of me. I’m rambling now. The short version: be yourself without compromising, but allow yourself to grow. If in your imagination you’re something greater than you are - work to be that. Never underestimate how much work and determination it can take to achieve your goals. Dare to be different and give no fucks.
Nah, I use an iPhone 3GS. I’d totally go Android though. I’m not a fan of Apple’s smugness and their replace not upgrade tech model (not that it exactly applies to phones). I got the phone in 2010 when the necessity of a smartphone for business purposes became too great. Now that I’ve gotten used to the iPhone, and since I use it for very bare-bones specific things, have essential tools set up the way I’d like, I’m way less likely to switch to Android - just ‘cause I don’t want to start from square one again.
I heard that you cosplayed as Nacho Libre during Nerdapalooza 2012, is this true?
Kinda true! I wore the same outfit last year. I assume it was designed as a Nacho Libre costume, but I’m not sure. I bought it from the UCf theater department’s annual costume sale a couple years ago and it came with a luchadore mask. I lost the mask somewhere between buying it and getting in my car. Was I directly cosplaying as Nacho? No, but was it a Nacho Libre suit? Probably yes. Pics or it didn’t happen: http://blogs.orlandoweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Nerdapalooza12_055.jpg
It’s essential to health and I don’t do it enough. Not for lack of wanting, more for lack of time in the day - but it’s important to set aside the time. I do try to make it a regular thing. Sitting in a chair all day, you kinda have to. I do a lot of yoga.
I'd like to support MAP. What are some things I can do to help out, and maybe even donate?
MAP is still getting its groundwork laid out. Its been a far more painstaking and time-consuming process than we anticipated, but it’s almost there. If you’re an Orlando local, we are planning to host a number of charity events and could most definitely use a spare pair of hands. If you’ve got some kind of web skills, like web design, etc- that might also be helpful. Donations to MAP haven’t been officially set up yet (though it IS a registered non-profit - it’s just our site, etc. that’s not in place) however, we do accept MAP donations via Nerdy Show’s $upport system and set the money aside. For all MAP inquiries, I’ll be the go-to guy for the time being. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have discovered an interesting flavor of chip at my local store, but it isn't Dorito. Would you guys still want them?
We’re always a bit interested in non-Doritos chips, but though we ate some Japanese Cheetos once, it’s all-Doritos for us, exclusively. Curious to know what it was though. Wish those BLT and ribs flavored Lays were Doritos instead.
I’m guessing you’re responding to the significant other question - but it’s confusing since you’re anonymous! Formspring is a land for questions. Even clandestine Innernette crushes, should be in the form of a question! This is my decree. That said, your interest is very flattering.
Would you guys consider taking suggestions for future nerdy show book club books?
We’ve had a lot of great suggestions come our way already and there’s some we’re considering. So the short answer is “yes, absolutely”. It might be a while before we can get to everything, in fact, we won’t be able to get to everything… but when something piques our interest we’ll jump on it.
I'd like to work for Nerdy Show - are you looking for any help, and what's the...application process, I suppose, for that? Thanks!
We’ve got info on that up on our Contact page: http://nerdyshow.com/contact-us/ Essentially we’re looking for talented people with a proven skill set - you know, portfolios and stuff. Of course, raw determination never hurts.
Any plans for finishing the other 3 Dungeons & Doritos comics?
Absolutely! I’m in the middle of writing issue 2 right now. Mike talked over his plans for the series with me so I’m fleshing out what he had in mind and finishing it up. I’m also working on a 12-page comic about Chair’s last battle in the wizard’s tower.
Glad you asked! It’s recorded and we’re hoping it’ll be out this week. Last month was a killer, so a bit of a lag. But it’s coming and we’re actually offering an alternate reading from it in this month’s $upport drive.
What does the 'MAP Foundation' do to help those in trouble?
Though it’s been some time we’re still figuring out how MAP works. There’s been a lot of movement behind the scenes recently thanks to an awesome new director joining up and we should have something to announce soon. When we do it’ll be here: https://www.facebook.com/FindYourMAP One thing’s for sure it’ll still do what I promised it would - give to select charities relevant to Mike’s life, legacy, and interests.
What are your main sources of income and do you enjoy what you do?
Sources of income? Are you a bot? I work for Consequence of Sound as their Art Director. We go into Nerdy Show’s day jobs in the “Ask Nerdy Show Stuff’ thread on the forums: http://nerdyshow.com/nerdyforums/topic/ask-nerdy-show-stuff/ And yeah, though I have very little free time, I enjoy what I do. A lot.
CoS is short for Consequence of Sound, the music site I’ve worked with since late 2008. After writing with them for a while I became their Art Director and still write occasional articles, interviews and assist with festival and event coverage.
From our About Us page:
Consequence of Sound (CoS) is a Chicago-based online music publication devoted to the ever growing and always thriving worldwide music scene. Since its inception in 2007, CoS has reported on all of music’s breaking news, in addition to hyping new artists and cracking highly anticipated lineups for music festivals across the globe. With a committed staff of just over 50 writers, editors, graphic designers, and photographers, CoS continues to successfully push its way ahead of the engaging and highly competitive new media market.
Have you ever read a webcomic called Homestuck? If not, I highly recommend that you do! ...When you feel you have the time, that is.
I’d definitely like to have a go at Homestuck. I checked it out way back before I knew what it was and just poked around a bit, later I tried to start reading it in earnest and didn’t realize what a time-consuming process it was. But I have been sent to portions of the story later on by friends. (The Ghostbusters 2 MMORPG thing was amazing). It’s something I’d like to get into. All the metaphysical and surrealist aspects of it are a big draw for me. Also, it’s super culturally relevant. Every event I’ve been to this past year has been overflowing with Homestuck cosplay. I read a really compelling post on why it’s so successful and who it most relates to. I think for people like me who don’t exactly know what’s going on with it, it paints a compelling picture: http://seerofsarcasm.tumblr.com/post/21591254836/teh-english-speepstakes