So, now that there are few episodes up, I want to plug the podcast my buddies, Bill and Andy, and I have started doing. “Live from the Cave Johnson Mancave” is available on iTunes and on Andy’s site. It’s a podcast this is actually somewhat similar to my blog here at Pop Culture Sushi, except instead of getting just one (hilarious) opinion, you get three geeky voices all talking about your favorite subject: epic geekery!
This isn’t just a normal shameless self promotion, like I do with my webcomic (which you can see here). I want to actually talk a little bit about the process of making a podcast. Not a professional talk, mind you, but one that comes from a girl wide-eyed and amazed at what one can do with a little soundboard, three microphones, and three nerds.
First, the name. We recorded the first three sessions, all in one sitting, in Bill’s basement one day. Bill’s basement door has a talking picture of Cave Johnson from Portal 2 that actually talks as you walk by it. Brilliant! So when we were sitting around trying to come up with a name, we kept coming back to the fact that Bill’s man cave had Cave Johnson’s picture guarding it. And history was made.
After sitting down to record, I was a little nervous about recording. Fortunately, Bill had some Red Hook beers (that after about two, I kept calling Red Hood) which loosened up the nerves quite a bit. The reason for my nervousness was ultimately that we didn’t establish any kind of script beforehand. How were were going to keep going? What were we going to talk about? How was I going to sound?
That last is actually the worst part. I really hate the way I sound. In my head, I sound like Fran Drescher. You know. The Nanny. And despite being assured that I do not, I have to admit that I’ve only listened to about the first two or three minutes of each podcast before I turn it off, horrified.
Anyway, back to the recording itself. We spent almost three hours just chatting into microphones, like it’s the most normal thing in the world. And we talked about all sorts of things! DC’s New 52, my tattoos, the PS Vita, Catwoman, superhero registration, and so much more. The highlight was recording while watching the Catwoman short from Batman: Year One.
Oh, Eliza Dushku.
Call me. No, really. Call me.
After we finished recording, Andy did some… things. Cut the clips, edited, added some music, an intro. All that behind the scenes stuff that goes on to make the podcast more interesting. Turns out, he could make three whole episodes (plus a Catwoman viewing mini-sode) with footage from just one day! And then he put it up on the internet.
Turns out, we’re already attracting some listeners. You can check out the first two files and the Catwoman mini on the site or on iTunes right now, with the third to follow. The first file, according to iTunes, has filled up the popularity bar (that’s the one between the running time and the price) so I can’t imagine that’s a bad thing at all. We’re internet famous!
The whole process is a lot of fun. At some point, I may live-blog while recording the podcast and post that when the episode comes out. That may turn out to be complicated. Fortunately, my morbid fascination with Japanese tentacle cartoons has taught me the invaluable skill of multitasking so I’m sure it’ll be fine.
Check out the podcast and let me know what you think! Any topics you’d like the geeks to cover?