Established in 2007, Word of the Nerd started out as a simple blog. It was one man and his dream. Now it has grown from its very humble beginnings as one man’s dream into a full fledged way of life. With the addition of a good friend and partner, WOTN quickly grew into something special. It has become a labor of love for everyone involved. We’re now 37 writers strong and growing.
Bringing out the inner nerd in everyone!
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Our goal is to share our love of all things geek by building a community of like minded individuals. To share our passion and help spread the word that being a nerd doesn’t make you an outcast, it makes you special. Don’t get swallowed up by the big guys, keep yourself unique and special. Help spread the word and bring out YOUR inner nerd!
Meet the Nerds
Founder & CEO
The Nerd – Or Bryan as many of us call him is the creative inspiration of Word of the Nerd. His tireless work makes all this possible. He rules with an iron fist…not really…he’s a great boss and even better leader. He can often be found lurking over our shoulders or in his local comic book store. Bryan is an all around nerd, from Star Trek to comic books to collecting action figures. If it's nerd related, he's into it or at least has an opinion on it..
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Director
Jason Padua - JP is the creative genius here at Word of the Nerd as well as being a contributing writer. When he's not being the best dad in the world, fixing someone's computer, working on his masters degree, or recording a podcast, he is imagining a better, nerdier world for us all.
Editor In Chief
Rachel Proffitt – Rachel is in a state of fluxx, having taken a year off from teaching high school social studies to pursue writing, adventure, geekery and all things beautiful. She adds a touch of class to this ordinarily crass and reckless group of guys. When we are not enjoying her brilliance here, we can always click over to Good Girls Gone Geek to get more!
Social Media Director
Writer. Editor. Verbivore. Social Media. Fond of: comics, history, horror, and dinosaurs.
A lack of a set bedtime, no cable tv, and a mom with a penchant for scary movie when she was a child led to a grown up Bex still with no set bedtime and a love of the sci-fi/fantasy genre. A mega fan of Neil Gaiman, Supernatural, and all things Whedon. She tends to be the voice of reason, keeps Proffitt up after her bedtime, and play devil's advocate to keep the nerds here from getting too full of themselves. She can also be found at Good Girls Gone Geek with childhood pal Rachel Proffitt. Oh, and she wants you all to know Batman is way cooler than Superman.
Liz Long has a weather anchor name with a superhero spirit. She is an aspiring writer, an avid TV watcher, blogger, a comic book superhero, and a really big nerd. Don't ever speak negatively of Harrison Ford around her or she'll pour water over your head. She has undying love for Indiana Jones, still talks about Harry Potter like it's not over, and reads way too many paranormal/YA books. She also has an irrational fear of a zombie apocalypse (please don't use that against her or you'll probably lose an appendage).
Sam is a self-described "sponge for information" soaking up little tidbits here and there that make her the perfect partner on pub trivia night! Hailing from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she indulges her nerdy and geeky qualities by hanging out at the local comic book shop, reading anything she can find, and voicing her opinion whether you welcome it or not. An archivist and historian, she will research any and all things and will throw down if you want to quote Monty Python, Mel Brooks, or The Simpsons!
Marketing & Website Technical Director
When not ranting about the current state of his favorite comics or working on L33t, Mark spends a majority of his time renovating his newly purchased, 120 year old Victorian house. Badly. He is very bad at talking about himself in the third person, as he thinks it make him sound pretentious.
Comics & Books Division Managers
Aida Jacobs – Girly Geek, recently dubbed ‘a rage-filled hobbit’ by her loving husband, spends her time drooling over Doctor Who and playing any RPG she can get her hands on. She is a die hard Phantom of the Opera fanatic, and when she’s not reading comics or playing games, she is hard at work trying to get her novel published.
Gaming Division Manager
Hailing from the Great White North, Sean spends his most of his days working, but during his time off, he tries to see any movie that is in theatres (Yes that is how they spell Theatre in Canada), sometimes more than once. He is a gaming aficionado and enjoys reading Scifi/Fantasy Fiction/Graphic novels in lieu of sleeping. To keep himself sane, he is working on a few short stories and a novel.
Anime Division Manager
Nateal is a 22-year-old specimen of the elusive "Geek Girl," living in Fargo, ND (also known as American Hoth). She proudly bounds into anything and everything even remotely geeky in her quest to experience all aspects of geek culture. Some of her favorite things include her DSLR camera, her Sheltie affectionately named Antilles, her equally geeky husband, Pokemon, Lovecraft, roleplaying, and dice. This Geek Fatale's big geek secret is that she's still a Con-newbie, having only experienced one GenCon.
Editorial Division Manager
Mild mannered Assistant Professor of Communication by day; geek culture maven, gamer, medieval re-enactor, fanfic author and sci-fi/fantasy freak by night. Who needs sleep, right?! She has an enduring obsession with Spike from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', as well as being crazy for 'Firefly', 'Eureka' and the Goblin King. In addition to raising GeekGurl2.0, she has a loving (and infinitely tolerant) hubby who patiently listens to random rantings about the need for 'more fangy vampires' and the fact that 'only the Goblin King should sparkle'. When not torturing students (or her hubby) she can be found blogging at http://geekgirlmanifesto.blogspot.com/
A lifelong Cleveland, Ohio native, Rebecca is the second member of Word of the Nerd that likes to be called Bex. What are the chances? An Anglophile, science and history buff, and avid gamer (both video and tabletop), Bex also spends her free time crafting, illustrating, reading, and getting into amicable arguments with strangers on the internet. She has entirely too much free time. One of her greatest accomplishments is that she's only suffered one minor head injury in her lifetime.
One of Ben's first vivid memories is being sat down in front of the TV by his father when Star Wars came on one night. Little did he know, that was his first step into a larger, geekier universe. When he's not spending way too much time thinking of how to work quotes from the films into his everyday life, he can often be found playing, writing about, or reading about tabletop RPGs, working through his far too large (and still growing) to-read list, or just chilling with his wife on the couch watching whatever they've got queued up on Netflix.
Brent Kincade has often wondered if there was an alternate universe where Aquaman was instead called Waterhombre. He also spends a fair amount of his waking life patiently waiting for friends to mention a Thunderdome so he can roll his eyes and plead, "Can't we just get BEYOND Thunderdome??" (Six times, thus far.)
His first comic book was Spidey Super Stories #4 in 1974, his first Star Trek episode was "City On The Edge of Forever" in 1975, his first Doctor Who was "The Visitation" in 1984.
Once when he was young, he stashed his vinyl Halloween Spider-Man costume in the neighbor lady's shrubs and was later caught red-handed, crawling into the shrubs to change into costume because he had, "Heard a cry for help".
He's a father, an artist, a graphic designer, a cartoonist, and usually pretty handy in a pinch. Brent requests the story of his days be co-written by Harlan Ellison, Steven Moffat and Neil Gaiman, drawn by John Romita, scored by Ben Folds and riffed on by the fine folks at Mystery Science Theater 3000.
A journalism graduate and part-time freelance writer, Cody has covered everything from political elections, to business to entertainment writing for community newspapers and has recently been putting his talents to work writing features and reviews for video game blogs. Some of his earliest memories include stomping Goombas in Super Mario Bros. which lead to his life-love love of Nintendo. His love affair with portable gaming started with the Game Boy Color and now spends entirely too much time ruining his eyes with the 3DS. Twitter: @CodyJohnstone
Daniel is a recent collage graduate who dreams of one day working for DC Comics. Until then he reads, writes, and gives his twisted view on things from his lair in Brooklyn, NY, aka the Center of the Universe.
Derek, having studied mechanical engineering in college, landed himself a "real job" as an engineer. The problem is that he can't seem to contain his thoughts on his creative passions in life. He has always loved comics, and recently found the ability to go to the comic book store and burn through his budget to feed his hunger for more. He spends his time reading comics, watching movies or catching up on television, riding his motorcycle, and tending to his new home. Lover of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and superheroes, he loves to engage in discussion on many a topic. You can find him trying to figure out his personal blog at IdeallyRealistic.com
Comic book geek, sci-fi nerd, horror fiend, occasional writer, and cereal connoisseur. Fan of all things geek, especially Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and superhero comics of the Marvel and DC variety.
Loves all things science fiction and fantasy, and if he had to choose between video games, comic books, movies, TV shows and novels, he’d have a brain aneurysm. Check out his blog at www.superheroesareawesome.com. Twitter: @HiltonCollins
Jack used to study Astrophysics, now he writes about comics and video games! He's also an aspiring writer of his own comics and novels.
When he's not writing, he spends most of his time playing his Playstation 3, watching things on Netflix, listening to podcasts and watching & training in martial arts.
He also has an (un)healthy liking for anything that involves Scott Snyder, Quentin Tarantino, Brian Bendis, Joe Rogan, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, Brian K Vaughan and Scarlett Johansson.
Jay has been nerdy now for a little under 30 years, so it was only natural for him to aide others in their neediness through his writing. A big fan of comics, movies, TV, music, toys and anything else his pay check will stretch too, this Star Wars addict has an impressive collection of lightsabers and is currently working his way through the extended universe novels in order. If you like your reviews with a healthy dose of sarcasm he is the man for you.
Jessi is a full-time stay-at-home-mom, raising the next generation of nerds. She loves sci-fi, superheroes, and video games. She pulls from these passions to create her own line of geeky elegant jewelry at Anomaly Accessories.
This child of the 80s does not look upon it as some gold age where everything is better. He is well aware that the filter of time causes the best stuff to rise to the top. Every era has terrible and awesome things, but most are downright mediocre. He loves to highlight the forgotten good and the deserving bad items of all generations.
Mike is a construction foreman by day but at night he is either working on his art or writing for Word of the Nerd. In between he is running around Gotham wreaking havok in Arkham city or adding to his extensive comic and figure collection. Mike is a hardcore Star Wars fan who often recites lines from the movies in relation to events of everyday life and knows the Sith code as he is a dedicated fan of Star Wars novels especially when they are about Sithlords. One of Mikes philosophies is that if you aren't learning something new everyday then you're doing something wrong.
An esteemed graduate of The University of Kansas and self-proclaimed Wordsmith of the Highest Order, Mig-El has chosen to use his powers of phrase-turning for the greater good. A lover of sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes and everything in between, Mig-El hopes to someday share his own tales of epic deeds and travel among the stars with the world. Also, stay away from his Twitter, he curses like a sailor at the dentist.
Neil is a journalist student by choice and cook by trade. When he's not busy writing or slaving away in the kitchen, he spends most of his time trying to find the Legion of Doom's hideout. So far no luck, but he did manage to stumble upon Castle Greyskull in the swamps of New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @theDrunkenNerd
Nerdlyweds is a geek-on-geek duo who met and married less than a year after discovering their mutual love affair with Joss Whedon. Since then, they have been living life in co-op, from 2-player gaming to couples cosplay, and now tag-team blogging! The Nerdlyweds family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Nerdly, two big-screen TV's, eight gaming consoles, five sugar gliders and a Wonder-Pig.
After 12 years of teaching high school math, Nicole put down her calculator and embraced her MacBook. She's finally accepted that her owl from Hogwarts will never show, but checks every night to see if the Doctor in his big blue box has come to whisk her away. While she waits she reads whatever she can get her hands on, works on her novel and watches more movies and TV than is probably healthy. You can always find Nicole on her blog, Rivera Runs Through It.
Scott Greenberg is that guy you know who gets way, way too excited about video games you've never heard of. Or maybe you don't know one of those guys. But Scott can be that guy for you! (for a nominal fee, of course). Scott's favorite game is Mother 3, and it's better than any other game you've ever played, and if you'd just play it you'd see what I *cough* he means. He's from Florida. He hates it. Don't talk to him about Florida. He does, however, love making cupcakes and other baked goods. You can talk to him about those. Scott can be seen yelling at kids who play Call of Duty a lot to get off his lawn.
Shannon likes to think of herself as a Renaissance woman. She enjoys learning and will seek out new information if only for the purpose of knowing it. Curiosity surely hasn't killed this cat but it has definitely filled her head with volumes of random trivia and nerdy conversation starters. She enjoys literature of all types and at any given time could be found reading anything from the latest Dean Koontz novel, to this month's Deadpool, or even a collection of Richard Feynman lectures. She shares her little corner of the world with boyfriend Mike, lucky to have found someone who likes a girl with lot of nerd DNA.
Shaun Rosado is creator and host of a weekly geek podcast called Shauncastic! where he and a rotating cast discuss anything and everything geeky, nerdy and pop culture-y. He is also co-creator and producer of the Women of Geekdom 2013 Calendar as well as a frequent Twittering fool (@Pneumaz). He is married, has a dog, is a massive fan of the Flash and owns a spaceship. One of these is not true.
Susie is from the dark side of Nottingham and currently studying Physics with Astrophysics. She spends her free time watching movies, killing things in games, and pretending to study. Her mantlepiece holds her pride and joy, which is her Sega Megadrive with the original micro-machines and several other games. It still works and does get played. She can be found floating around on twitter @susiecumberland