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100th Episode Live at Comicpalooza with Cards Against Humanity

VIDEO – 100th Episode LIVE at Comicpalooza with Cards Against Humanity

Did you listen to our 100th episode live at Comicpalooza with Cards Against Humanity?? It was pretty awesome! We have loved being part of your earholes for over 3 1/2 years and are looking forward to the future! (LISTEN HERE)

Our amazing friend Seale was on hand during this celebratory event to video, and it is now available on the Nerdy Bitches YouTube channel! You can also watch the video below.

100th Episode LIVE at Comicpalooza with Cards Against Humanity

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100th Episode LIVE at Comicpalooza with Cards Against Humanity

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Thank YOU!

We want to send a heartfelt thank you out to all of the people who made this episode and video happen! First, thank you to Producer Craig for always making sure we sound good, and for helping to host the game and keep things moving along! Second, thank you to Paul (aka Operaman) for always being the show’s #1 fan and supporter, and also for taking Liz’s niece out of the room so she wouldn’t be scarred for life!

Next, we of course want to take the ever talented Seale Adams for volunteering his time and abilities to take amazing video, both of this show and our Women in Podcasting panel. You are completely awesome!!

To our Houston-area podcast friends at Cult 45, Dogfin Studios, and Carla Sue Houston for being there to support us, as always! You guys are the best!

Thanks also to the University of Houston – Clear Lake’s The Signal for coming out to cover the event! This is Liz’s alma mater, so finding that they took an interest in our little dog and pony show was a delight! You can read more about that here: https://uhclthesignal.com/wordpress/2018/06/18/a-houston-natives-first-time-at-comicpalooza/

And finally, thank you to ALL of the strangers who came out to play the game with us and for being awesome participants! We couldn’t have done it without you! We were in a tough timeslot, and up against the Star Trek Q&A, so having a packed room was amazing!

xo, Liz and Heather

Women in Podcasting panel at Comicpalooza 2018

VIDEO – Women in Podcasting Panel at Comicpalooza 2018

Hey there! We know that you heard us talk about the Women in Podcasting panel we hosted at Comicpalooza this year, but we didn’t use the audio for an actual podcast episode. That is because our amazing friend Seale Adams showed up to video the whole thing and put together a really slick piece of work! It is available on our Nerdy Bitches YouTube Page. We are also embedding the video here, but encourage you to go give it a thumbs up and subscribe to our page! We are looking to add even more content going forward!

You can find the other ladies on the panel at:

Enjoy the panel! If you have questions you would like for us to answer in future panels, please comment below.

Comicpalooza 2018 Wrap-Up

Episode 101 – Comicpalooza 2018 Wrap Up

In this episode, we briefly try to do our Comicpalooza 2018 Wrap Up, and fail miserably at the “brief” part! There was SO much going on, and we just couldn’t help ourselves!! So listen to us gush about the amazing time we had, all of our awesome panels, our friends, and did we mention the celebrities??

Comicpalooza 2018 Wrap-Up

Comicpalooza 2018 Wrap Up

We not-so-briefly go through each day of the convention and talk about the awesome panels we attended, the panels we hosted, and how much fun it was to finally see each other again since Heather moved away!

There are probably some really long tangents about Harry Potter meet-ups and other things, but the conversation was fun, so we left them in.

Quick Review

  • Thursday – Badge pick up, reuniting with our friends, and grabbing lunch
  • Friday – Matinee Hereos panel, Peter Mayhew (moderated by Brandon from Cult 45), Liz gushing about TALKING to Peter Mayhew, and a lot on our trivia show down game show with Cult 45 podcast. The live stream for that show is available here.

After recording with Shasie, Heather made it to the Cult 45 Podcast live show. Liz was late and missed it since the room was PACKED! As a small consolation, she did get to say hello to (and get a wave and hello in return from) Tom Holland. After that, we had our LIVE show, which you can find here: http://www.nerdybitches.com/episode-100-live-from-comicpalooza-with-cards-against-humanity/http://www.nerdybitches.com/episode-100-live-from-comicpalooza-with-cards-against-humanity/

  • Sunday: We had our Women in Podcasting panel, which we hosted. The panel included Mandy from CasterQuest, Miss Jenny Kelley, and Thirsty from Raging Nerds. It was a great panel, and we are looking forward to seeing the video captured by Seale when it is available!

Women in Podcasting panel

Now, we are exhausted! Heather is going out on assignment for a few weeks to a couple of other conventions. In the meantime, Liz will be joined by guest host Mandy until Heather is back! Look for those episodes coming soon!

 

Thanks again to the team at Comicpalooza for our third time as part of their official podcasting program. We have a great time every year, and this is definitely our favorite convention! We are already looking forward to next year!

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100th Episode Live at Comicpalooza with Cards Against Humanity

Episode 100 – LIVE from Comicpalooza with Cards Against Humanity

It’s finally here!! In this episode, we are celebrating our 100th episode LIVE from Comicpalooza with Cards Against Humanity!! We also had some very special guests and listeners leave some awesome messages, and you will hear those throughout the live game play. Heather and Liz were back in the same state again, so it only made sense to make this milestone episode something special!

Live at Comicpalooza with Cards Against Humanity

Winner with runners-up

LIVE from Comicpalooza with Cards Against Humanity!

We may have stretched time a little to make this milestone happen when and how it did, but it was totally worth it! Our podcasting room was packed with people sitting along the walls just to watch. A big chunk of the audience played the game WITH us in a tournament-style show down to get to a single winner of our amazing Nerdy Bitches trophy (which is a female body building trophy, in actuality, but the caption on the trophy says it all!). And believe me, they WANTED this trophy. Our reigning champion from 2017 was there to defend his title, even though we told him we wouldn’t take away his trophy.

Who WOULDN’T want this little gem in their trophy case??

The game play was amazing, loud, and a great deal of fun, and we really hope you enjoy. Note: It has been edited to cut out the boring parts while we overexplain the modified rules, people are shuffling cards, and lining up. You are getting the solid action!

Shout Outs!

We put out an invitation via social media for anyone who wanted to send in a congratulations message, and we have included those soundbites and voicemail messages throughout the show. We love these folks and really appreciate them taking the time to send in a message! If they have a podcast, we are linking it below.

We want to extend a HUGE Thank You to everyone who has participated in making this 100th episode amazing!! Thank you to:

  • Producer Craig, for always making us sound like we know what we are doing!
  • OperaMan, for always being a supportive listener and one who provides us with great feedback.
  • Cult45 Podcast for being awesome brothers-in-arms to our show and to Brandon for acting as bouncer during the show when some idiots got a little rowdy!

And a GIGANTIC thank you to Seale Adams for coming all the way in just to film our little dog and pony show!! We cannot wait to share his videographic genius with all of you via our YouTube Channel when it is completed!

R to L: Heather, Seale, Liz  – Live from Comicpalooza with Cards Against Humanity

 

Thank you to all of our listeners for allowing us to hit this milestone in our podcasting careers. We are looking forward to many more and have some awesome things in the works, so stick around!!

Rate and Review

We are so grateful for anyone who leave a 5-star rating and review in Apple Podcasts. A word of warning – Apple does not allow “offensive language” in their reviews, so if you mention the name of the show, or bitches or whatever, it will eat the review and we will never know your lovely thoughts. I have found that just typing b*tches is more than sufficient to make it past the censors. We would love to hear from you!

xo,

Liz and Heather

 

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Episode 98: Classic Movie Review: Hook

In this episode, Heather and Liz dive into another Classic Movie Review: Hook (Listener’s Choice)! This selection came from the listeners in our most active Twitter poll to date! Our choices were Stand and Deliver, Hook, Spider-Man (2002), and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, based on guests coming to 2018’s Comicpalooza here in Houston! Hook took the victory in the last few minutes, so here we go!!

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2018 Comicpalooza

Reminder that we are only a WEEK away from Houston’s biggest fan convention of the year! Join us at the George R. Brown Convention Center May 25 – 27, 2018. We will be hosting/participating in three panels this year, so make sure you find us at the following times to say hello and win some prizes!

  • Friday, May 25: 5-6 p.m. (Room 352C): Nerd Podcast Trivia FACEOFF with Cult 45 Podcast
  • Saturday, May 25: 5-6 p.m. (Room 352C): Nerdy B*s LIVE 100th Episode with Cards Against Humanity
  • Sunday, May 27: 2-3 p.m. (Room 352C): Women in Podcasting

Get your passes today at www.comicpalooza.com!

Classic Movie Review: Hook

We chose Hook as one of the options for our poll based on our favorite character from the movie, Dante Basco, attending the convention this year! You may remember him better as, “RUFIO! RUFIO! ROOF-EEE-OOOOO!” This may come up again 😉

Listen in to our point-by-point review to see if this classic from our teenage years really holds up over time. Also, learn why Tink is clearly the REAL villian of Neverland, and why naming a kid Thud Butt could have life-long consequences and strategic advantages.

 

PROMO: CasterQuest

After you finish with our show, head on over to visit with Mandy and Xavier at CasterQuest! They cover The Kingkiller Chronicles, Game of Thrones, Erotic Fan Fiction, and if you take a trip in your time machine, you can see Liz guest host on a re-record of episode 11: Doogie Howser and the Rolling Meth Lab! You can find them on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, and wherever you find awesome podcasts! You can also catch them on Twitter @casterquest!

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Classic Movie Review: Star Trek: First Contact

Episode 97- Classic Movie Review: Star Trek: First Contact

Surprise! In this episode, we will be doing our Classic Movie Review: Star Trek: First Contact, in honor of guests Brent Spiner and Levar Burton.Every year, we choose a classic movie to review based on the guests for Comicpalooza. This year, we chose TWO movies to review! We left one selection up to the fans via Twitter poll, and we chose the other.

Classic Movie Review: Star Trek: First Contact

Classic Movie Review: Star Trek: First Contact

Liz and Heather talk through the movie, discussing what all is happening, along with their thoughts on those goings-on. WARNING: As this is a movie review, it does contain SPOILERS. If you have not see this movie from 1996 and are listening in, that’s on you.

We talk about some of the things we liked and also those sections that just don’t hold up over time. Some may even seem a bit like fan fiction! We give our final thoughts, and answer some Star Trek-related questions sent by our Castaway friends.

Liz also recently guested on both Everything I Learned From Movies with Steve and Izzy to discuss the 90s movie Zeus & Roxanne and all things THE GUTE. She also guest hosted this week on CasterQuest, filling in on a replacement episode (Ep. 11) in their Name of the Wind book club! So make sure to go check out those shows at the links below!

PROMO – Everything I Learned From Movies

 

Comicpalooza Updates

Our panels have been approved and we finally have the schedule! If you want to come support the show and meet us in person, you will find us at the following places/times. (*Check show schedule to confirm times and locations, as they could be subject to change.)

  • Friday, May 25 5:00 – 6:00: Nerd Podcast Trivia FACEOFF Game Show featuring Nerdy Bitches Podcast vs. Cult 45: The Movie Podcast
  • Saturday, May 26: 5:00 – 6:00: Nerdy B*s LIVE 100th episode podcast with Cards Against Humanity
  • Sunday, May 27 2:00 – 3:00: Women in Podcasting panel, Hosted by Nerdy Bitches Podcast, and featuring Mandy from CasterQuest, Jenny Kelly from I Love Flavor/Hello Woodlands, and Thirsty from Raging Nerds Podcast
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Hurricane Harvey Update

Episode 81½: Hurricane Harvey Update

In this brief episode, Liz and Heather check in to give our Hurricane Harvey Update for our listeners. We are both still alive, kicking; with power and Internet. Many in Houston and the surrounding areas cannot say the same.

Hurricane Harvey Update

Hurricane Harvey Update

So far, the storm has been hammering south east Texas after ripping through Rockport and its surrounding areas. We have had torrential rain, massive flooding, and people stranded. We wanted to keep our listeners up to date on what is happening around us and hope that people are understanding just how devastating this storm has been and will continue to be to this area and to the people who have lost everything, including their lives.

Please consider contributing to one of the trusted charities rounding up funds for the people here, as many will come back to what is left of their homes with absolutely nothing. Check out this awesome Instagram post from the cast of Supernatural. I think we just fell in love with them a little more!


If you are unable to see the original, go check it out on our Instagram account since Liz finally learned how to repost something! Or go check out the original content on Jensen Ackles’ account HERE. Bravo to the cast members for getting this going so quickly!

Be sure to check out all of our latest coverage on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages and to join our new Facebook discussion group for all the fun!

Big Shoutouts to the ‘Cast Away group on Twitter for keeping Liz company while going through all of this mess! You guys are the best! <3

 

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Rogue One

Episode 61 – Rogue One

In this episode, Liz and Heather talk all about Rogue One and the future of the Star Wars saga. There are spoilers in this episode, so make sure you have seen the movie or just take our word for it!

Rogue One

Rogue One

We start out talking about Star Wars canon and the previously-known extended universe (now Legends). Some of the more popular things from the old books are coming back into the true canon, like Admiral Thrawn (first introduced by Timothy Zahn in the Trawn trilogy), who is now appearing in Star Wars: Rebels this season. We also see Saw Guerrera, who originally came around in Clone Wars, and is now in Rogue One, and also in Rebels.

Other characters that show up in Rogue One: Chopper (droid, Rebels), General Syndulla (Hera, Rebels), Dr. Evanza and Ponda Baba (bad dudes from the Cantina scene in Episode IV)

Rogue One passed the Bechtel Test! (Note: There is a new Jyn Erso backstory book coming out soon). As far as women go, we see Jyn and Mon Mothma talking, and not about a man! We would like more backstory on Jyn to tell us why we should care about her, because she is kind of a bitch throughout the whole story (more so in the Rogue One book than the movie).

Villains – Star Wars is amazing at making terrible villains who actually make you uncomfortable. Orsen Krennick, Darth Vader being a badass (and also cracking jokes while force choking someone), Tarkin, etc.

CGI issues – Peter Cushing passed in 1994 and was recreated via CGI over another actor. Tarkin was an essential part of the story, so it was necessary to have him in the story. His importance is much stronger in the book than what they did in the movie, which was respectful. We LOVED the CGI Princess Leia at the end of the movie. It is harder to watch after her passing in late December.

Discussion around other characters. We will be doing a Robot episode in the upcoming months, so we talk only about K-2SO in this episode.

Bitch of the Week

Heather – Birds

Liz – Oversharing of someone else’s photos on Facebook

Book Club – Coming Soon

Our next selection is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Probably just the first books.

We also bring back the Bitch of the Week and Out-of-Context Internet Comments segments, and added a new one: Things We Just Don’t Get.

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If you love our podcast, please go leave us a 5-star review and comment on iTunes and we will give you a shout-out on the show!

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Not so great expectations

Episode 60: Not So Great Expectations

Happy New Year! 2016 was a total bitch, and not in a good way like we are. In this episode, we talk about the not so great expectations of being a girl, and also provide a memorial on the late Carrie Fisher.

Not so great expectations

In Memory of Carrie Fisher…

We recorded the actual episode before Christmas, so when we woke up to the news that Carrie Fisher, our beloved Princess Leia, had died a few days after a heart attack. It was really devastating. Liz wrote about it on her blog, so you can read that here, but this was our recognition of an amazing woman who was an actor, an advocate for the mentally ill, and a fantastic writer. The day after, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, also died. So much tragedy in such a short time. Prayers for Gary Fisher. You can’t explain death to a dog. Let the love of Carrie carry us forward into DOING something, rather than waiting for things to happen. Let’s make the world a better place.

Moving on…

Not So Great Expectations

Heather loves day-drinking, especially at a festival. And the drunk texts from her during these events are also amazingly weird. But we want to talk about what it’s like being a girl when you aren’t really a “girly girl” and aren’t meeting up to expectations – ours or the world’s. First of all, just because we don’t always want to be girly doesn’t mean we want to be dudes. Get over your “penis envy” comments just because we don’t feel like doing our hair or makeup every day.

Story about Speedos. Just… don’t. Also, New Year’s Resolutions… stop. Stop hating yourself when you don’t meet these flighty goals. Make real goals and work on them. We talk about some goals that we have made over the years to better ourselves that aren’t just short-term goals.

The expectations we put on ourselves are often harder than the ones society imposes. We always assumed that we would be more put-together as adult women. And we judged, growing up, the moms/women who weren’t. We imagined that at some age, we would wake up and get our shit together. Still waiting…

Listen in to the rest.

Note: This is the “comfy” bra Operaman brought Liz when we went out and forgot to put one on…

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The Original Self Saving Princess

The following is a blog post that Liz has written over on her Self Saving Princess blog.

In May 1977, my parents decided to go to the movies to see what was playing. They didn’t have a babysitter, so they decided to bite the bullet and take their adorable nine-month old baby with them (that’s me). They arrived at a theater with no lines and checked what was playing. My dad, being a sci-fi nerd, decided on some new movie called Star Wars, which I am sure elicited an eye roll from my mother. I was there on opening day. Of course, I don’t remember any of it, because baby, but it became a huge part of my life.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

Throughout my young life, I watched Star Wars over and over again. Everyone was obsessed with young Luke coming into his own as a budding Jedi, or Han Solo being a space-pirate badass. Not me. I was obsessed with Princess Leia. Growing up in the world of Disney princesses who had to be rescued by some bumbling prince (and yes, they did pull her out of the Death Star before blowing it up), it was amazing to see that THIS princess was beautiful and brave and could take charge and kick some serious ass. She went up against the bad guys as an equal, not a damsel. If you read everything Star Wars, like this giant nerd, you will also know that long before her introduction in cell 2187, Princess Leia Organa was also a member of the Galactic Senate, next to her adopted father, Bail Organa. She fought for justice from a young age because it was the right thing to do. She was a hero, even without a blaster or a lightsaber.

As life moved on, Leia got stronger and learned more about herself, the galaxy, and even the Force. She was someone little girls could look up to and emulate. As Star Wars luster faded slightly, Carrie Fisher carried on. She started writing and acting in other things and was amazing beyond that one role.

Her public struggles with bipolar disorder and substance abuse taught us many things. One of those things is to keep going. Shit gets bad for all of us, and not everyone copes well. But she stayed open about those struggles, and in doing so, opened the doors to a lot of people to discuss their own personal demons and to de-stigmatize mental illness. Her books and comedy shows are raw, open, and honest. There is a line from “Wishful Drinking” that says, “If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true. And THAT is unacceptable.” I have used this as my personal mantra for years because if you only focus on the bad part, you can never move on. It inspired me to write about my own battles with health issues, depression and anxiety, and an incredibly destructive marriage that could have completely destroyed me. But time passes and you go to the funny side. Once you do that, it no longer has the power to hurt you.

A few days ago, it came across my Facebook feed that Carrie Fisher had suffered a major heart attack on an airplane. She was in critical condition with her daughter and her dog Gary by her side. I was strickened by this, but also laughed that Gary Fisher was allowed to be with his mommy. I also got a little pissed that my dogs were not allowed to stand vigil over me when I had my own heart attack back in 2011. Celebrity, I guess? I had hope, though. Hope that 2016 would stop its nasty ways and leave our favorite princess alone. I don’t know who appointed the Grim Reaper the boss of 2016, but that motherfucker has been cleaning some serious house this year. We have already lost so many! How could we possibly lose this precious light in a galaxy of darkness.

Yesterday, I spent some time creating. I have had a really rough holiday season and even missed all of Christmas Eve and most of Christmas Day in the hospital. I needed a day to myself to relax and do something that I enjoy. I picked up my Star Wars cross-stitch project that I started months ago, but haven’t had the time or energy to work on since. I was laughing at the figures as they appeared on my fabric, even making a fairly entertaining incest joke on my Instagram and our podcast Twitter. I went to bed feeling satisfied at the work I had accomplished (even after taking my last hoarded sleeping pill to FINALLY get to bed).

Then came the nudge. As my eyes slowly opened and I blinked the coma out of my brain, I saw the face of my husband. It was grim. “Carrie Fisher died,” he said to me. “I didn’t want you to see it on Facebook first.” At first, I just sat there, staring at him. Surely, it couldn’t be! Then, as the words registered, the tears started to flow. Honest truth – I have had family members die and I didn’t cry (full disclosure – I didn’t really like some of them). It usually takes me a few minutes to really process and get upset. But these tear fell like rain. My chest felt ripped apart and I felt a piece of my soul cry out. Then, I thought about Gary. Not about Billie, or Debbie… but for poor Gary Fisher. That dog will never understand why his mommy is gone. There is no explaining death to a dog. And I cried and cried.

I started this Self Saving Princess blog years ago with it being an outlet for me and others to realize that they COULD save themselves. They didn’t have to wait for someone else to decide their fate for them. It wasn’t Princess Peach or Rapunzel that gave me the idea. It was Leia. Princess Leia Organa. Senator Leia Organa. GENERAL LEIA FUCKING ORGANA. She started it all. She is now one with the Force.

For those of you thinking I cry over every celebrity passing, I will tell you know that THREE have hit me so hard that I was nearly inconsolable:

  • Sally Ride, whom I actually met as a child and had a conversation with. She taught me that girls could do ANYTHING and to never let anyone tell you otherwise. She also got a huge kick out of a six year old telling her that her uncle named his dog after her.
  • Robin Williams, who I never met, but loved in literally everything and every way. He was the brightest light in our universe and shit has gone downhill ever since.
  • Carrie Fisher, actress, princess, writer, comedian, and one real woman who changed the world.

Rest in Peace, Carrie. It’s been a bumpy ride and I am soothed to know that you will have some peace at last. I will never forget you. And someone please take care of Gary.

Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.” – Yoda

About ElizabethBlessitt

Writer. Photographer. Organization Development guru. Rabid Scrapbooker. Partially terrified singer. Getting fit physically and emotionally. Will kick your ass at Jeopardy. Does Sudoku and Crosswords in pen.