Made of Fail is a Chaotic Neutral podcast cobbled together out of duct tape and chutzpah by the absurd ideas of Kevin O'Shea and Dayna Abel. It is currently hosted by Dayna Abel and George Hatch.
Made of Fail is updated as close to monthly as we can make it (we TRY, okay?) and focuses on various aspects of nerd culture; awesomely weird news; pimping out indie bands and songs you just don't hear enough lately; our mutual love of the semicolon; and corrupting the youth of America with TOTALLY AWESOME STUFF one podcast at a time.
Occasionally we might delve into srs bsns, but that's because we can.
The Hosts: In charge of Made of Fail, these two corrupt everything they touch.
Kevin O'Shea (alliancesjr) is the evil computer mastermind and progenitor of Made of Fail. He is a suburban-dweller raised primarily on Hebrew National beef franks and Mystery Science Theater 3000. Areas of expertise include playing World Of Warcraft, being relatively technologically proficient and losing battles of wits to his co-hostess. Various talents include playing the tambourine, being self-confident and self-deprecating all at once and somehow being able to justify the Gin Blossoms. Claims to be an avid writer.
Dayna Abel (queenanthai) is a feisty much older 20-something (STILL, OKAY?) than her co-host and will thank him not to rub that in. She has counted much of northern Illinois as her home, along with various sojourns in Texas, Georgia and Louisiana. Her wit is quick like ninja and her opinions trump everyone else's, always. Fandoms she is frighteningly devoted to are Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, Final Fantasy, Rule 34, mid-90's grunge and DC Comics. Other pseudo-talents are screwing around on guitar whilst Kevin William Shatners for all he's worth, amateur photography, writing semi-witty biographies and trying to enjoy various aspects of Japanese culture without turning into an otaku douchemonkey.
Devin Baker (sora50) is our dedicated audio editor. He pops in for comic book fanwankery, replaces Kevin as co-host where applicable and is chock full of calcium.
Jillian (buffingjilly) is a classically-trained soprano, fashionista and a fairly decent artist. She takes control of Made Of Fail's music news as needed, and fills in the daily dosage of snark when Dayna is not available.
The Guests: How the hell did we get them to agree to this?
Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) blogs endlessly about the Entertainment Industry both on her personal journal and on the increasingly-popular Movies in Fifteen Minutes LJ community (m15m). Her piercing satire and stellar wit have earned her a publishing deal and a mention in various entertainment and lifestyle magazines.
Lewis Lovhaug is a vlogger for That Guy With the Glasses and reviews various comics on his own site, Atop the Fourth Wall. He shows no mercy to cocaine-fueled supervillains, random head explosions and Rob Liefeld, and neither should you! (NOTE: Whatever you do, don't ask about the hat.)
Sterling Gates is the current writer of SUPERGIRL and has a great track record at DC Comics, such as WORLD'S FINEST, LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON and WAR OF THE SUPERMEN. He is also a huge geek, and as such we have managed to corral him for the show.
Mark Oshiro is the founder of Mark Reads and Mark Watches. He is currently going through Doctor Who (the new series) and The Hunger Games Trilogy; past reviews have been Harry Potter, Twilight, and Firefly.
Content? Not In Our Contracts! In which our recording equipment sucks, Machine Girl is awesome, Nintendo DS is getting some great games, She-Hulk rocks and puppies square off against robotic vacuum cleaners.
Computer Hacking (and Wheezing) In which our heroes are a bit under the weather, Dayna is Maxine Headroom, Kevin plays with the editing functions of Audacity, the Angry Video Game Nerd is awesome, the cock crows during trigonometry, Fall Out Boy laughs at Dayna (instead of the other way around!) and the Death Curse is established.
Superhero Super-Special In which the Dark Knight is reviewed by various listeners, Adam is compared to a Brady Bunch minor character, Kevin is unable to figure out proper sound settings for background music, classic video games are discussed, Darkwing Duck is the terror that flaps in the night, DC Universe vs. Mortal Kombat is discussed, Dr. Horrible sings in his blog and Paris Hilton is listed in a comic-related movie.
This Is How We Roll In which Dayna is die-curious, a cat can in fact roll natural 20, Kevin completely messes up D&D 4th Edition, the Joker has a Fatality and Dayna leaves for New Orleans.
We're Bad Enough Dudes To Rescue the President In which our listeners do not get the title reference, Made of Fail lives IN A WORLD...without Don LaFontaine, Earthbound is trippy, Final Fantasy IV DS rocks, Jillian is the harbinger of musical doom, Dayna is rocked like a hurricane and Dr. McNinja keeps ramping up the awesome.
What, Would You Prefer "Undead American"? In which the author of Movies In Fifteen Minutes completely saves the podcast from a computer crash, Cleolinda doubts our committment to Sparkle Motion, Werewolves = rabies, fanmail is read, and the Vitamin String Quartet is awesome.
Do We Dazzle You? In which Cleolinda Jones joins us once again to rip the shit out of the "Twilight" movie, Kevin ponders the direction the music business is going, we have our very first contest and everyone contracts sudden and severe glaucoma for some reason.
Your Regularly Scheduled Program In which three people who don't even watch TV do a TV episode because we promised a listener, Robin's origin is reimagined, Mother fans have reason to celebrate, we try for another contest, lots of really nice fan mail is read, and nobody loves Hentai Dayna. Happy New Year!
Buckets Of Explosions! In which special guest Lewis Lovhaug rips into everything wrong with comics, we promote a few really GOOD comics and movie adaptations of comics are discussed. (Also: comics.)
And That's When the Internet Exploded In which The Internet Is Serious Business, we pontificate the digital future of comics, we get a new editor and we introduce the Do Not Be A Douchebag On the Internet Campaign (or DNBADOTIC, if you will).
Episode Fifteen Part Two: The Real One In which we swear this is an actual episode, Dayna cannot function properly without Kevin, we get into a bit of the history of our nerdism and lots of cool things are coming out soon.
Anniversary the First - Acoustic Boogaloo! In which we make it a whole year without alienating listeners, we mourn David Eddings, celebrate several impending video games and answer your questions. Thanks to everyone for listening!
Something To Sing About In which OH GOD WE ARE SINGING FOR 200 PEOPLE AAAHHH, Kevin is very comfortable with his masculinity thank you, and the merits of various musical subgenres are discussed.
Don't Taunt the Fear Demon In which we finally get some Dollhouse talk out of the way, we go over recent horror movies and we DO NOT WANT the new Nightmare On Elm Street *spit* remake trailer. Also: books and music news!
FACE PUNCH!! In which we are joined by Cleolinda and Rinna for New Moon snark and an in-depth discussion of the effects of celebrity proximity. Oh, and porn. BIG NSFW TAG.
Content May Have Shifted In which we flip around a couple of episodes so as to accommodate another compocalypse and have a nice, quiet episode...until a storm rolls in.
Narrative Causality In which we finally get to those Reader Reviews (thank you!), Emily joins us for Discworld discussion, and Dayna learns about Morphic Resonance.
What Can Otaku Do For You? In which MarzGurl of TGWTG fame joins us to discuss anime, its upsides and downsides and crazy-ass yaoi sides; and we touch back a little on celebrity boundaries. Also, Tessa is a baby murloc.
ECC Squee In which Dayna meets some guy, not sure who, can't remember his name. Also: Kevin uses his internet clout to get a girl. APOCALYPSE AHOY.
Let Me Show You Them In which our regular hosts discuss the evolution of Pokemon (did you hear? They liek mudkipz), Dungeons & Dragons, World Of Warcraft and other RPGs.
Whatever You Do...Don't. Fall. Asleep. In which we are joined again by Dennis of Yeah I Said It, new blood KC, and DC Comics writer Sterling Gates (!) for a round-table discussion of the Nightmare On Elm Street remake.
Second Anniversary LIVE Extravaganza In which Dayna manages to techfail the opening despite her checklist, our first live show goes fantastically, and Cleolinda Jones pops in to say hello.
Powdered Sparklepire In which the lovely Cleolinda joins us not only to discuss Eclipse, but manages to Blue Screen Dayna for a second time. The lady works wonders, people.
kekeke zerg rush In which Adam and Tessa join Kevin to discuss Starcraft II and the World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta. Jetpacks on chickens and goblins in pimp suits. Seriously, that's just living the dream right there.
Self-Esteem Is For Everybody In which the Lady Scarlett of TSE fame joins us for a long-overdue pep talk, and Dayna fails her Will save and takes a -10 to her heterosexuality.
It Gets Better In which Noel joins us for a wonderful talk against the effects of bullying, and Dayna and Noel square off on horror movie remakes.
In Conclusion, Alan Rickman In which Cleolinda gets to be Dayna, and Mark (from Mark Reads!) joins us for a discussion of Deathly Hallows: Part 1
If the Monkey Wants Your Banana In which we are joined by George, the winner of our charity auction, to discuss aspects of geek culture we love that are usually shunned. Also the ones that we hate and get shunned for hating.
Do Not Leave Co-Hosts Unattended In which our intrepid editor Devin fills in for Kevin and can only look on in horror as Dayna and guest J.K. Woodward (artist for IDW's FALLEN ANGEL) go completely off the rails. A great deal of bourbon is involved. Best we say no more.
Join YA Mafia Wars [Accept/Deny] In which we are joined by Emily, Cleolinda and Ceilidh (a fangirl of the kind native to Scotland) to discuss what has been dubbed "the YA Mafia" among literary circles.
Back To Basics In which Dayna is reinstated as co-host and things finally settle back down into what passes for normalcy around here.
Feeling A Little Horse In which Tessa joins us to discuss the new My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic cartoon, Kevin outs himself as a brony, and we all go over gender politics in geek culture. Also, Tessa basically turns into Pinkie Pie and freaks out everypony.
Year Three Has Issues In which we are joined once again by Sterling Gates and Linkara! We ring in our third year by listening to a ghost story, reviewing the Green Lantern movie, and pretty much sitting back and making popcorn while Lewis and Sterling talk about the DC Comics relaunch.
Mischief Managed In which Cleo, Mark and Rinna return to discuss the conclusion of the Harry Potter movie franchise, and the Nineteen Years Later epilogue is totally a metaphor.
Queue Queue In which Kevin and Dayna vent frustration about the lack of well-behaved people on World Of Warcraft, as if this was some kind of revelation or something. In other news, the sun is hot.
Love Is On the Air Tonight In which we cede the episode to dating advisors Alina and E. in order to help our guests Heidi, Reidan and Weston find love in Alderaan places. (Get it, because it's a geek joke, and it's a play on wor--I need to be quiet now.)
Damn You, Barry Allen! In which we are joined by Evie of I Hate/Love Remakes and Angie from Strangers From the Internet to discuss the DC New 52 comics, and Evie and Dayna catfight over Starfire. This is sadly less sexy than it sounds.
And Then the Werewolf Fell In Love With the WAIT WHAT In which Cleolinda Jones and a completely shattered K.C. join us again for another installment of Seriously, What the Hell, Twilight?, and we find that Robert Pattinson himself is the greatest Twilight troll ever.
The Show Must Go On Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! The end of an era as Kevin is joined by his fiancee Lore to bid him a fond farewell as co-host of Made Of Fail. Amidst many tears, it is finally empirically established that we CANNOT MATH.
Everybody Fest! In which we begin the reign of the new co-host George, and Made Of Fail goes to MAGFest 2012 and has pretty much the best time ever. Featuring lots of guest appearances from persons of note, and not so many good notes. (With bonus videos! :D)
Tell Me About the Kittens, George In which we are joined by Coldguy of the Spine Breakers podcast to instantly troll Dayna with Journey, you sons of bitches, and she will never forget it as she types up the episode descriptions after very little sleep. Oh, and we talk about books and other nerd stuffs, too.