When It Comes to Making Idol Fans, It’s All about the Fans

Good morning, you goofballs! As you know, our community is growing, and with that growth comes the feeling that many of us have: Holy crap I need to share this with other people!

You know about the podcasts; there’s A-to-J doing the Lord’s work for all things Japan, including lots of idol, and the Alt-Idol Podcast is still churning and growing, too. Subscribe, watch, listen, learn and, above all, interact.

There are other ways to spread the word, too. For instance, as Daemon likes to do, you can host a panel at a convention:

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This Is Your Last Warning about the Alt-Idol Podcast

Pictured: Just a stock photo of a dog with a microphone

You all know me; I’m just a bro helping bros out. Here’s the second edition of the Alt-Idol Podcast (with Terry and Garry and John!); make sure to subscribe to their channel and also follow those beautiful weirdos on Twitter so you can just get the live casts and recordings yourself. As an added incentive, maybe one day ol’ Maniac will be on, too!

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You’ll Find Yourself Tuning in; Blame Nobody But Yourself

Just in case you missed it, there’s a new podcast on the block. No, your friendly neighborhood Maniac had naught to do with it, but scene regulars put together a program and talked through some recent material in the wider world of alt-idol (using their occasionally hilarious accents to boot!).

Give it a watch, or check out Garry for some reflections from one of the organizer/participants:

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There Are Few Trainwrecks This Compelling

I was having some DM chatter with friends the other day, as one will, and it was shared that a project between community leaders was coming together, and that it would be wise to keep an eye out. Well, friends, that day is before us:

Or, specifically, today at 3:30 p.m. EST, 8:30 p.m. GMT or (my favorite part) tomorrow at 5:30 a.m. in Japan! Continue reading

This Is Definitely the Best Podcast That You’ll Watch Today

Well, friends, if you have a few hours (literally!) to kill over the next little while, you could do much worse than to spend them with the team at A-to-J Talks and lil ol’ me talking about the best stuff from 2016.

It actually happened in 2016, too!

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The Best Podcast of 2016 Award Will Not Go to This Episode

Oh man.

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Relive History’s Most Interesting Two Hours of Idol

Friends, we had a great time on A-to-J Talks this past Friday night. While we didn’t get to talk about everything on the agenda (for instance, only about 2/3 of the way through did anybody notice that the subject was supposed to be “spooky idols”), we did get to cover:

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Get Ready for the Classiest Friday Night You’ve Ever Had

I don’t know what’s happening in California these days, but it’s apparently infecting people’s brain waves. Those silly people at A-to-J Connections are having me on the A-to-J Talks podcast again tonight.

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The BiSCast Is Now Ready for Your Listening Pleasure

Last week, it was my pleasure to join A-to-J Talks again, this time for a special edition to discuss the return of BiS, how and why and what, with the obligatory wild-ass speculation that makes the whole issue so fun.

I still apparently can’t get my (new) laptop to actually send my face via Skype, so you have to settle for my sultry voice. No cats this time, either, though there may be a very brief murmuring sound that was me speaking in Mrs. Maniac’s direction about the cats.

But we mostly talked about BiS and stuff. LOTS of swearing happened, and some very #hottakes, so I guess it’s NSFW?

Some People Never Learn: A-to-J Is Letting Me Back on Their Podcast

Well, gang, it happened again: Despite all probity or good sense, the holders of questionable judgment at A-to-J Connections went ahead an invited yours truly back to A-to-J Talks.

The subject? Just a certain Japanese girl group that’s going to be starting up again. No big deal.

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