Welcome to SYFY WIRE's brand-new podcast, The Fandom Files!
The Fandom Files is an exploration of different fandoms, featuring conversations with hardcore geeks and members of fan communities to discuss their nerd origin stories and the inner workings of their chosen worlds.
The podcast will move the focus from the people who speak at Comic-Con to the people who attend, telling the incredible stories of dedication and love in the fan community. The hosts are SYFY WIRE Features Editor Jordan Zakarin and Newsweek pop culture reporter Emily Gaudette. The guests? Could be you!
This week, we host a member of one of what some consider the first modern fandom: Star Trek! Michael Nguyen is the cosplay correspondent for one of the biggest Trek fan sites, TrekMovie.com. That means he gets to travel the country visiting conventions and events, interviewing fans about the endlessly impressive and complicated Trek cosplay outfits they create, donning his own threads (he's got over 50 costumes!), and just generally living long and prospering.
We also talk about how real Star Trek fans party in Vegas, and the plot of his dream fan film. One note: This was recorded in September, around the time Star Trek: Discovery began streaming.
To contact us about the podcast -- or to nominate yourself or someone else as a future guest! -- feel free to drop us an e-mail or tweet at us. And if you like what you hear, please be sure to rate and review us on iTunes!