@forcesofgeek • Blitztastic.com • LinkedIn
Stefan Blitz is the founder and editor-in-chief of Forces of Geek. A self-proclaimed pop culturalist, Blitz also is a freelance writer/consultant/creative guru/publicist. He continues to seek emotional fulfillment through his consumption of media. He has two dogs, Cavalier King Charles spaniels named Harry and Sophie. He believes in Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster and Harvey Dent. He likes falafel.
Former genius and the illegitimate love-child of strategy and creativity, Dana Abercrombie has been watching movies since birth (yes birth…we did say “genius”). Despite her secret desire of wanting to give it all up to become a gorgeous billionaire, Dana is most passionate about video games, art, politics and movies; often times getting in many heated debates. Despite dazzling the industry with her freelancing and ability to walk a thin line between poverty and homelessness, she is interested in pursuing a degree at Yale Law School because one should never give up on a dream of becoming a gorgeous billionaire…and knowing how to sue someone as a result of those heated debates.
@NonsenseIsland • Nonsense Island • Vincent Alexander Cartoons
Vincent Alexander is an animator and cartoonist who draws the daily one-panel comic Nonsense Island. His work has appeared in Reader’s Digest and The Columbus Dispatch. He also owns a sweatshop of underpaid camels who write all of his articles for him (SEND HELP – HE’S CRAZY).
@chrisantonowich • accollaborative.com
An avid film buff, video producer, musician and generally well-regarded creative guy, Chris manages to compartmentalize his staunchly pro-lactose worldview to write unbiased reviews for Forces of Geek.
Charles J. Baserap is a graduate of Fordham University where he studied English Lit and Classical Philosophy. He served in the US Secret Service at the White House and Foreign Missions Branches, consulted at the Pentagon, and now plays the role of stay at home dad and sexiest househusband alive. He’s the published author of a book on terrorism and foreign policy, An American at the Crossroads, under Amira Rock Publishing, reads more comic books per week than is normally recommended by mental health professionals, was also a writer and editor for numerous articles on www.NerdtopiaCast.com, has a near permanent presence on Facebook, and is perhaps one bad day from becoming a supervillain. Maybe less. He could really go either way at this point…
@chrisbrennaman • nerduary.com
An award-winning writer, Chris Brennaman has been a beat reporter for a daily newspaper, a video game writer and producer, a blogger and a podcaster. He also helps write and produce commercials and is an occasional voice over talent. Chris is a product of a Catholic education and, in the fourth grade, got in trouble for saying Optimus Prime was more important to him than Jesus Christ. It was all downhill from there.
Peter Briggs has been a professional writing monkey for longer than he cares to remember. A former assistant cinematographer, he’s the credited co-writer of the movie Hellboy, and has utterly failed to master the art of writing winning pleading letters to the Writers Guild of America Arbitration Boards on such features as Freddy Vs. Jason, Judge Dredd and Alien Vs. Predator (his original draft of which featured ignominiously in a book called The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made). A stubborn advocate of the semi-colon; like Hemingway, he’s discovered Writer’s Block on any given scene can generally be resolved with a notebook and a pint of something refreshing in a very noisy public bar.
Howard Chaykin is a longtime veteran of the comic book business, serving as an artist and writer for nearly every publisher of comics in the past four decades…and counting. He took the ’90s off to work on mostly unwatchable television, so he missed the money and dreck that was comics in that execrable decade. He is responsible, some might say culpable, for introducing a number of previously unexplored themes to comic books. If you’re not hip to what that’s supposed to mean, there’s always Wikipedia.
@DJCrystalClear6 • yay9.com
DJ Crystal Clear is a Pop Culture Demolition Specialist/Media Gadfly who reviews all of the major award shows and other televised tragedies that stick in her craw for FOG! And in her spare time – she’s a KICK ASS DJ, Singer, Artist, Arts Educator, Writer, and Photographer of the absurd in NYC.
@EmmaJaneCorsan • Excuse Me While I Geek Out
Emma-Jane Corsan was born in East London and has been gaming her whole life and when she’s not taking on the Covenant, saving princesses, taking arrows to the knee or wandering through post-apocalyptic wastelands you’ll find her writing about her life as a gamer. She’s also an independent filmmaker with her production company, Cheesemint Productions who are responsible for the online web series, Unlocked. She enjoys ranting, eating cake, reading comics and had a childhood crush on Bucky O’Hare.
@adamdechanel • supermanhomepage.com • clockworkdigitalstudios.com
Adam Dechanel is an award winning author, comic book writer/artist and scriptwriter for television & theatre. He is most notable in comics and science fiction for his work on Superman Homepage for which he continues reviewing weekly. In his spare time he works on comic art commissions which he loves doing and writing/illustrating his comic book ‘The Insurgent’. He has a love of all things creative and is always keen for a discussion on comics.
@incogvito • incogvito.com
Vito Delsante is a comic book writer, graphic novelist, editor, letterer, and the co-creator/writer of STRAY with Sean Izaakse, and THE PURPLE HEART with Dean Haspiel and artist, Ricardo Venâncio. He’s written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others, and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Michelle, his daughter, Sadie, his son, James, and his pitbull, Kirby.
@StuffValWrites • butterflylanguage.com
Val D’Orazio is an author, editor, online content director, successful Kickstarter publisher, and creative coach, who has worked for MTV, DC Entertainment, Marvel Comics, Acclaim/Valiant, Heavy Metal, BOOM! Studios, IDW, and Macmillan Publishing. She has received international online and TV press from outlets such as TIME, The Guardian, MSNBC, Bloomberg, USA Today, El Mundo, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and Reuters.
In her spare time, Val listens to jazz and prog albums on her Charlie Brown record player.
Bryan Erdy has been a professional film critic for fourteen years. Based out of Atlanta, GA, Bryan is an avid collector of toys, comic book art and film scores. He has one daughter, Josie, who is not even the slightest bit impressed by what he does.
@claynferno • www.claynferno.com
Clay N. Ferno is a social media and music business professional living in Boston, MA. He contributes comic book, movies and pop culture columns to Forces Of Geek! as well as DigBoston and 13th Dimension. He has been a part of the comic book podcasting community since 2009 with his friends at LeaguePodcast.com.
Lily & Generoso 4Ever!
Generoso is the creator co-host of Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady, which debuted on WMBR, 88.1FM Cambridge in 1996 and continues to this day as a weekly radio show on Mixcloud The longtime assistant curator of the European Short Film Festival in Boston (2006-2014), Generoso recently served as judge for both The Independent Film Festival of Boston in 2015 and the Boston Underground Film Festival in 2012. In 2013 Generoso was honored with an award from The Boston Society of Film Critics for mounting his “Complete Works Series” which ran from 2002 to 2015, a series that showcased the total works from under appreciated modern foreign film directors. Generoso now resides in Los Angeles where he eats way too much and co-authors the blog, Lily & Generoso 4Ever! with his glowing peach of a wife, Lily.
Lily & Generoso 4Ever!
Amazingly, in four years at MIT, Lily never read one graphic novel, but now, out in the free world, she has really grown to love them. Beyond graphic novels, Lily really enjoys a good piece of waxed fruit and every opportunity to talk to my stuffed falcon, Roscoe. She can be found on Tuesdays at midnight at WMBR 88.1 FM with her husband Generoso doing a Jamaican music radio show called the Bovine Ska and Rocksteady. Lily can be found doing regular things including cooking, talking about records, and also writing about even more comics at Lily & Generoso 4Ever!
Dean Galanis is an ex-Marine and Gulf War Veteran, ex-night manager of TLA Video, ex-lifeguard, ex-busboy, ex-paperboy and current production assistant/assistant director/screenwriter/driver to the stars. Galanis wrote his first short story, the well received, The Prince of the Cave, at age 4 and made his first short film, Attack of the Mean Monsters on Super 8 at age 11. By age 18, Galanis had written his first feature screenplay, the as-yet unproduced sci-fi musical about Ronald Reagan, 77 Lives.
Since then, Galanis has failed to live up to his potential. His love of horror movies can be blamed on his irresponsible grandmother, who when babysitting would wake up 4 or 5 year old Galanis in the middle of the night to watch Son of Dracula or Tales of Terror. He did his best not to let on that he was terrified. She was also a huge James Bond fan, God bless ‘er.
Claws & Saucers Homepage
David E. Goldweber spent one quarter of his life writing and researching his Claws & Saucers guidebook to classic sci-fi, horror, and fantasy movies. When not watching (or ranting about) old movies, David teaches English at two San Francisco Bay Area colleges. He lives in Oakland with a wife, a kid, and a couple of cats.
@hauntedracula • Haunted Dracula’s House of Dorkness
Providence based film enthusiast, projectionist, film festival programmer, and hobby film archivist, Joshua Gravel serves as the programmer for The Arkham Film Society organizing New England area screenings of obscure cult movies often from original film prints and help to keep reparatory film alive. In his spare time he rummages through piles of oddball movies to watch and review.
@midnightlogicgo • Midnight Logic
Atlee Greene is a comic book enthusiast who spends his weekends applying the dreaded chain reaction in the art of professional wrestling. He has a degree in criminal justice and is an aspiring author who dabbles in photography. When he is not idolizing Bret Hart or wishing he had a lightsaber, he’s chilling with his dog, Yoda, and is still attempting to beat Super Mario Bros 3 without the warp whistles. He is a wrestling and MMA columnist for gerweck.net and blogs at his own site, Midnight Logic. Atlee resides in Massachusetts, with his wife Juliet.
@khalbert128 • talkblerdytome.com
A second generation Trekkie on her mother’s side, Kristen Halbert grew up in a Nielsen household which left her pleasantly over-mediated. When she is not writing at TalkBlerdyToMe, you will likely find her using movies, games, & comics to narrowly avoid the responsibilities of obtaining her UMass Boston graduate degree.
Sara Hanley, born somewhere no one’s ever heard of (in Los Angeles) and writes from her volcanic secret base there. Got a fancy art degree – and learned from it she loved art and words together in a way that made any paths to a “Fine Art Career” completely laughable. Subsists on tea and books, looks for stories with fully formed characters (looks for real life human beings with fully formed characters). Has the knack of falling for the creatures they put on the bus.
Gavin Hignight is a writer based in Los Angeles. Author of The Freak Table and creator of the webcomic The Concrete World. He’s a writer on animated series such as Iron Man: Armored Adventures and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
@rewiredgeek | Mike’s Rewired Geek Blog
With a mutant ability to remember useless information, the less useful the longer it will stay in his head, Michael Hodge is a champion of many Trivia contests; most of which you didn’t know you were playing. With a degree in Astronomy and wide ranging experience working in magazine publishing, civil engineering, web programming, computer engineering, and film and video production, Mike spends most of his free time thinking about 360 video, writer’s block, and whether the book is really better than the movie.
PJ Hruschak is a freelance writer, designer, editor and marketing specialist strategically located in Southwest Ohio. (He’d tell you why but then he’d have to kill you.) His twisty past has allowed him to work on video games, mobile apps, comics, blogs, several dead tree-based publications (remember newspapers and magazines?) and even radio.
@cknauf • Facebook
Charles Knauf has co-written Marvel’s Iron Man, Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Eternals, Captain America: Theater of War and the Syfy channel movie The Phantom. These days, between professional Bigfoot wrestling and protecting the innocent, he can be found in Hollywood doing Hollywood-type stuff.
Sharon Knolle is an entertainment journalist who’s written for Variety, USA Today and TV Guide and is a regular AOL Moviefone contributor. She’s obsessed with mysterious islands and time travel and runs a ridiculously in-depth Robert Mitchum site.
Seth Levi is a downtown-Philadelphia native who wasted his time at Cornell University getting a degree in Film Studies; he also holds a degree in Arts Administration from Columbia. He currently resides in central Alabama working for a civil rights organization.
@little_sofi • Facebook • Instagram
Between compulsive Tweeting and Instagraming about her traveling habit, former Literature and Culture student that Little Sofi spends her days wearing crazy clothes in her day job as an alternative model. As a gamer/reader/movie watcher/cartoon enthusiast/music addict, playing dress up comes naturally, and writing about seemed the next logical step.
Jon Mattingly enjoys, among many things, comics, life, and art. And also loves it when they all come together, which is often, one way or another.
Erin E. Maxwell has been writing, reading and living pop culture ever since the days when her parents decided that it was cheaper to leave the TV on than hire a babysitter. She has written for Variety, LA Weekly, Hollywood.com and the Quantum Leap IMDb page.
Surprisingly, she has no cats.
@LeylaMikkelsen • Mikkelsen’s Musings
With a background in English language and culture studies as well as rhetoric and communication, Leyla Mikkelsen left the cold wastes of Denmark behind to pursue a career in media in London, England. Since she arrived, she has become a permanent fixture in the film section of the weird and wonderful Fortean Times, which allows her to stalk the cinemas and screening rooms of the city in a quest to watch everything so you don’t have to. Outside of her cinematic antics, she is known to plan Halloween with military precision, decorate her Christmas tree in a manner she assumes John Waters would approve of, and is finding it increasingly difficult to find room for her ever-growing collection of Captain America action figures.
@LaurenMilberger • laurenmilberger.com
Lauren Milberger is an actor/writer, essayist, and playwright based in NYC. She is also the co-host of The Fordcast: A Harrison Ford Podcast (on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, and Stitcher Radio).
As a young child Lauren was found in a hollowed out television set in Victoria Station.
Ilan Mitchell-Smith is best known as the actor who played “Wyatt” in the movie Weird Science. He is also a professor of medieval literature at Cal State Long Beach, where he teaches and writes about knights, monsters, and contemporary American versions of the Middle Ages. He is also a huge nerd, and he spends his free time writing for Talkwargaming.com and organizing table top games in the Los Angeles area for gaming conventions and for his local chapter of The Historical Miniature Gaming Society.
Vikrant Nallaparaju is purported to live in Atlanta, though sightings are rare and actual evidence is spotty at best. Eye-witness accounts describe him as being fond of surf rock, lagers, and writing about the films of Larry Cohen. The best place to catch a glimpse of him is the local AMC where he might be found hiding in the back row.
An Emmy-award winning screenwriter with credits including the Sundance premiere On_Line, his own feature debut Apocalypse Bop, and the Discovery Channel game show Cash Cab, Andrew Osborne has also written film, comic, and interactive scripts for Warner Bros., MTV, HBO, Orion, MPCA, Platinum Studios, enVie Interactive, and the Image Comics series Blue Estate. He teaches screenwriting for UCLA Extension and elsewhere, reviews films for Nerve.com, CultureVulture.net, and Forces of Geek, and his afterlife thriller Building Heaven is now available on Amazon and elsewhere.
Marvin Pittman grew up on TV, reading and drawing comics, and taping songs off the radio. These days he works in sports television, follows black feminists on Twitter, is falling out of love with the DC Comics’ New 52 and in love with Image Comics, and remains surprised at how decent Arrow is. Marvin lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his nerd wife, who will always want to be a naked extra on Sparatacus.
He has a degree in filmmaking and had utilized that into a lucrative photo and fine arts career with his wife Liz. They wrote and illustrated four issues of the Tick called, The Mangalicious Tick.
He rarely hates anything but when he does, you’ll know it.
He lives on Boston’s South Shore with his wife and CatDog, Mina, where he has a private art studio.
Robbins Studio • Robbins Studio Facebook Page
Elizabeth Robbins is a photographer and artist who spends most of her time photographing hot ladies or taking the most beautiful pictures of rust you have ever seen. She co-wrote and illustrated the Tick mini-series, The Mangalicious Tick, with her partner-in-crime, Benn Robbins. Mrs. Robbins is currently plotting world domination from Boston’s South Shore.
Stephen SPAZ Schnee has been writing about Pop Culture since his junior year in high school (1981). While his work has generally flown under the radar since then, he’s co-edited a fanzine (POPsided), written dozens upon dozens of reviews for All Music Guide, penned liner notes for more than 35 CD reissues, conducted over 200 interviews for Discussions Magazine, and probably a few other things as well. Currently, he hosts an internet radio show (SKIB DOBBIN’ WITH SPAZ) and a podcast (BEACH BLANKET FORT BINGO) while also posting a trio of YouTube series – BUT IS IT POWER POP?, CD JUNKIE, and COMICALLY SPEAKING – on a semi-regular basis. He also works a full-time job, frequently goes CD and comic book shopping, and smells kind of weird.
@LennySchwartz • Indie Theater Now
Lenny Schwartz is the writer of such plays as Subject 62. The Scarecrow, The Man Who Saw Snoopy, Our Distance Between Stars, KungFu Babies, amongst many, many others. He is also a screenwriter for such films as Murder University, Normal, Accidental Incest (based on his play) as well as the upcoming films of Higher Methods, The Hanuted and the Hunted, and I Love The Night.
@Scott_Duvall • Great Scott Comics
Steven Scott is a comic book writer and publicist with a background in film and television. He blogs about comics at Great Scott Comics and self-published his creator owned sci-fi comic Cryozone, available in print and digital.
Steven Segal bears no relation whatsoever to the “actor” with a similar name. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Steven grew up on a steady diet of movies, music, TV and pop culture, and went film school. He’s written movie columns for both print and Web publications, since way back when laserdiscs were the shit and before there were such things as Internets.
Fred Shahadi is an award winning playwright and television writer living in Los Angeles. He was the head writer/host producer for the Emmy nominated Recipe Rehab on CBS, winning a Parents Choice Award for its final season. His play BOX enjoyed two stints Off Broadway. Fred is a two-time consecutive winner of the Heck Rabi Dramatic Award for his plays Brigantine and Supertrain. Fred’s sci-fi novel Shoot the Moon debuts later this summer.
@TSokolove • Beware of The Babylon
Todd Sokolove is a Michigan-born New Yorker, Producer, Blogger, Podcaster, Photographer and general social media misfit who lives with way too many cats and a nice sized Criterion Collection. You can hear him co-host the popular pop-culture podcast Beware of The Babylon for free on iTunes or experience him in 140 or less characters at a time on Twitter.
@merryblacksmith • merryblacksmith.com • johnteehan.com
John Teehan is the owner/operator of both the Merry Blacksmith Press and Merry Blacksmith Studio and lives by the seat of his freelance pants. He’s a decent writer, passable artist, terrible-but-enthusiastic musician, and all-round general nuisance. You can see him a several geek-oriented conventions along the northern east coast and other places. He’s a gaming enthusiast, critic of conspiracy theories, movie buff, and a fan of the odd-but-charming. Feel free to kneel or genuflect as best suits your disposition. (He also thinks he’s funnier than he really is.)
Alex C. Telander is a writer, reader, and assistant manager at an independent bookstore. In addition to reviewing books weekly on Bookbanter, he has written and self-published a young adult novel, Kyra: The First Book of Enchantus, and two short story collections available for free: Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers and In that Quiet Earth.
Caitlyn Thompson is currently a student at Tufts /School of Museum of Fine arts, earning her Masters in Art Education. She also runs her own bookbinding and crochet business, HoodedandBound, and teaches book arts to middle school students. As a zombiphobic multi-tasker, while producing cozy winter-wear and custom bindings for her business, she simultaneously watches as much Netflix, HBO, and Showtime television she can, along with The Mindy Project on Hulu. Obviously.
Hilary is a freelance writer, small business owner, and mother of two. She loves to write about everything from business to parenting, home, tech, and stress. Coffee is her friend.
Steven Thompson is Booksteve of Booksteve’s Library (booksteveslibrary.blogspot.com) and a dozen other blogs. He has written for Yoe Books, Fantagraphics, Bear Manor Media and Time Capsule Productions. His current book is THE BEST OF BOOKSTEVE’S LIBRARY, a product of Creative Differences, now available at Amazon
Elizabeth Weitz can usually be found writing in bed, watching TV in bed or just laying in bed…yes, she really is that lazy. When not in the horizontal position, she will occasionally make her way down to the basement to check on her stash of Zombie Apocalypse-related survival gear and Canwich supplies. Feel free to follow her on Twitter or on Facebook where you will probably unfriend her after reading some of her status updates.
@profwagstaff42 • www.profwagstaff.com
Mark Wensel was proudly born and raised in Austin, TX. In high school, he was a band nerd/tech-theatre geek. After a brief stint in engineering at the University of Texas, he realized that he was terrible at math and went into the film program when it was still cool to like Robert Rodriguez. Since then, he has given up his dreams of making films, but still writes about them whenever and wherever he can.
Joe Yezukevich loves rock and roll. His favorite table top game is Star Frontiers. Once, on command, he did an impression of Sam the Eagle in front of a sold out Colonial Theater in Boston.