About

Who are we. Why are we here.  Why have we filled your car with Jello.

You may be wondering all of these things and more (or less – you may be quite certain why we filled your car with Jello).

Nerd & Tie is a site brought to you by the letter N, the number 3 and the letter 7. Started initially as a fortnightly podcast in August of 2013, in June of 2014 Nerd & Tie expanded to include a news section. In 2018 we started launching additional podcasts to cover more topics (and the original podcast shifted to monthly in 2019).

Nerd & Tie covers anything and everything remotely nerdy, along with the Midwestern, National and International convention scenes and community. We also occasionally do live shows of the our podcasts at cons, so keep a lookout.

We’re pretty awesome.

Who are Nerd & Tie?

Nerd & Tie is run off the contributions of a number of people. This is the current list of people producing content for the site.

The Nerd & Tie News Team:

Trae Dorn – twt / tum / www / patreon
Nick Izumi – twt / tum / yt / patreon
Gen Prock – twt / etsy / soc6 / ko-fi

Show Hosts:

The Nerd & Tie Podcast:
Trae Dorn* – twt / tum / www / patreon
Nick Izumi – twt / tum / yt / patreon
Gen Prock – twt / etsy / soc6 / ko-fi

BS-Free Witchcraft:
Trae Dorn* – twt / tum / www / patreon

Famicom Dojo:
Sean Corse* – twt / www / patreon
“Vinnk” – twt / www / patreon

The Nick Izumi Show:
Nick Izumi* – twt / tum / yt / patreon

Stormwood & Associates:
Trae Dorn* – twt / tum / www / patreon
Nick Izumi – twt / tum / yt / patreon
Gen Prock – twt / etsy / soc6 / ko-fi
Kyle Johnson – twt

On This Day With Trae:
Trae Dorn* – twt / tum / www / patreon

* Denotes Producer

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What are the opening and ending songs you use on the main podcast?
A. The opening song is a portion of “SKY ROBOT 2.0” written and performed by Trae (under the pseudonym “Lt. Snorkel”). The end theme is an arrangement by Trae of Vomit Hat Steve’s “Cloud Burst” performed by Trae (although the full track features Vomit Hat Steve on lead vocals). Cloud Burst is a song Steve wrote for “Harry Potter and I MUST SCREAM” – a Harry Potter Fanfic Rock Opera heavily influenced by the Harlan Ellison story “I have no mouth, and I must scream.”

Yes, you read that correctly.

You can download both tracks – SKY ROBOT 2.0, Cloud Burst

Q. What equipment do you use?
A. In our years of producing shows, our equipment has evolved and changed tremendously. For any shows with multiple hosts produced by Trae Dorn, they use an aging MacBook Pro they refuse to let go of. Skype runs on the laptop, feeding its audio to a Behringer XENYX QX1202USB mixer. The audio is then recorded with a Tascam DR-40. Editing is performed on the Mac as well.

For microphones, Trae currently uses an Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB. Nick Izumi, Kyle Johnson, and “Vinnk” all currently use Blue Snowball microphones. Gen Prock and Sean Corse use… something? We should ask them one of these days.

For live shows, right now we just take the DR-40 recorder to conventions and use its built in mics. It’s an experiment.

Q. Where are you guys based?
A. Mostly “Wisconsin.” For the main Nerd & Tie crew, Nick is in Janesville, Gen in Plover, and Trae lives in Eau Claire. Sean Corse is based in Stevens Point, and Kyle Johnson is in Appleton. Oh, and Vinnk is in Japan. Japan is not in Wisconsin.

Q. I heard you guys had a convention?
A. We did! With the help of some of our friends, the Nerd & Tie Expo took place September 23-25, 2016 in to Eau Claire, WI. Unfortunately due to a litany of issues (including the venue getting torn down) we didn’t schedule a second one. Will we run another one? We haven’t decided yet.

Q. I am an individual, and I am interested in supporting Nerd & Tie and/or a Nerd & Tie show. How can I?
A. Individuals interested in helping support our shows should head over to our sponsorship page for more information. Some of our shows can be directly sponsored, while others can be supported through Patreon. We also have a legal fund the GoFundMe for right here.

Q. I work for a convention/venue/store/etc and would like you to promote my convention/venue/store/etc. Who should I talk to?
A. Companies interested in sponsoring podcast episodes are welcome to reach out to us at tips@nerdandtie.com or directly to Trae Dorn at trh@trhonline.com. Since Nerd & Tie heavily reports on conventions, as policy we do not accept sponsorships from conventions or convention venues. All advertising on our website is handled by Google Adsense, and we do not run any other advertising on the site. Nerd & Tie does not run sponsored posts, so do not contact us about it.

Q. Will Nerd & Tie come to [INSERT CON NAME]?
A. We might! If the con is in or near Wisconsin there’s a good chance at least one of us is walking around. Outside of that area it’s a bit more rare, but if your event is interested in having Nerd & Tie show up, you should run on over to our Nerd & Tie @ Cons page and reach out to us with the contact information there.

Q. Comments policy?
A. Comments policy!

Q. I have a question you didn’t answer!
A. Then hop on over to the contact page and ask it.