Meet The Nerds

Founder & CEO

About Bryan Brown

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

About Jason Padua

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

About Rachel Proffitt

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

About Kirsten Thompson

Writer. Editor. Verbivore. Social Media. Fond of: comics, history, horror, and dinosaurs.

Senior Editor

About Becca N

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.

Editor

About Liz Long

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).

Marketing & Website Technical Director

About Mark Driscoll

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

About Aida Jacobs

Aida Jacobs – Girly Geek, recently dubbed ‘a rage-filled hobbit’ by her loving husband, is a self-published author of Dragon Guardian: Fire, the first book in what is to be her Dragon Guardian series. She spends her free time playing any RPG she can get her hands on. She is a die-hard Phantom of the Opera fanatic, and when she is not reading comic books, playing games, or being a stay-at-home mom, she is hard at work on her next book.


About Chris Tresson

Chris Tresson – Hailing from the North West of merry ol’ England, Chris likes to read comics and spends his spare time writing and drinking too much coffee… In spite of his outwardly frightening appearance Chris is a very nice guy. We refer to him as our brother across the pond.

Gaming Division Manager

About Sean Perreault

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.

Movies & Television Division Manager

About Natasha Collier

Natasha is a college senior who has fused her academic pursuits of history and anthropology with her interest in popular culture and enjoys analyzing the intersection of culture and history. She is also an avid gamer who enjoys role playing games, board games, MMOs, and card games. Her major loves include Star Trek, Indiana Jones, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is also a proud Hufflepuff. You can find her on her blog Kentucky Geek Girl.

Anime Division Manager

About Nateal Erickson

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

About Dani Lawson

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/

Staff Writers

About Ben Erickson

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.


About Brent Kincade

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.


About Cody Johnstone

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


About Corinne (Strebig) Marshall

Armed with her sparklie wand of girly geekiness Corinne flutters about bringing glitter and Miss Piggy-esque karate chops to all. When she's not obsessing over getting things perfect you can often find her enjoying just about anything from Wonder Woman to Tinkerbell, reading to video games, Doctor Who to Sesame Street, and cooking to make-up. When she's not causing mischief here you can find her at her blog, Geek Faerie.




About Hilton Collins

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


About Jack Chambers

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.


About Jake Baldino

Jake Baldino – College student and grocery store manager by day, video game journalist and YouTube producer/show host by night. Jake Baldino spends his time gaming (obviously), playing with his iPhone, and reading the occasional comic book. Jake is our resident video game guru and probably the most mentally stable of us all.


About Jay Martin

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.


About Joseph Furguson

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.




About Marshall Edwards

Marshall fell in love with the X-Men as a kid, and loves strategy and role-playing games. As an adult he fell in love with Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan and started consuming comics at an accelerated rate. He has since married a fellow Transmet fan and is preparing his own fictional forays for publication. Marshall is always down for exploring any genre of comic, from memoir to super-hero to experimental. Also, he fights with swords for fun! Check out his blog at www.marshalledwards.net


About Michael Turner

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.


About Neil Strebig

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


About Nicole Rivera

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.



About Rebecca Veverka

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.




About Zach Smith

Video Games.......If I cant use a controller or tap the screen I don't want it! Video games have been a big part of my life, from the NES all the way to my career. Video games have made me who I am today! If I don't know about it, no one does!

Neil Strebig    

     Neil Strebig – 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.  He’s the brother of our own Corinne Strebig, but we aren’t holding that against him. Twitter: @theMadCow9988

 

 

 

Nicole Rivera

 

     Nicole Rivera – 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.  Twitter: @riverand

 

Ben Erickson

     Ben Erickson – 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.  Twitter: @darkcyril

 

 

 

Zach Smif

 

     Zach Smith – Video Games…….If I can’t use a controller or tap the screen I don’t want it! Video games have been a big part of my life, from the NES all the way to my career. Video games have made me who I am today! If I don’t know about it, no one does!  Zach is the video game, podcasting god.  You can also catch him talking it up on Big Lip Radio.  Twitter: @ZachSmif

 

 

 

Liam Corcoran      Liam Corcoran – Liam is a second year journalism student who just loves comics. When he isn’t deep in academic writing, he can’t wait to get his hands on new books from most publishers (there’s one he doesn’t like, but that’s a secret!). Mostly a TPB guy, he picks up #1′s to see what’s out there and it’s introduced him to a lot of books he wouldn’t have necessarily gone for. Above all though, Powers by Bendis and DMZ by Wood just blows his socks off, secretly he wishes he was Matty Roth….  Twitter: @lcorcoran

 

 

 

     Steven Caito – To keep it simple, I am an eSports enthusiast with dreams of grandeur. I want nothing more then to live my life making people happy and spreading the glory of eSports culture. I am competitive by nature and excel at self-criticism.  The way I see it, everyday is an opportunity to improve myself while teaching what I have learned to others in both subtle and direct ways. I hope to enrich the minds of my readers with every article I write. I play mostly Starcraft but love all forms of games while I live by the words “Calm down and have fun.”  Twitter: @FreshCfood

 

 

 

 

     Hilton Collins – 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.  Twitter: @HiltonCollins
 

 

      Victoria Donnelly – Vic is a college student studying Peace and Justice Studies — she focuses on digital media and contentious politics but nonetheless remains a slave to her escapist tendencies. Indoctrinated into cosplay culture at the young age of 11 she only occasionally stops to look back. When not drowning in the sea of academia, her free time is split between comic books, anime, resisting the latest MMO and drooling over gadgets. Twitter: @rejectsquared

 

 

 

 

     Mike Turner II -  I’m a construction foreman by day and an artist the rest of the time. I am a level 99 Star Wars fan which is 80 levels above George Lucas. I am a hardcore gamer who spends a lot of time playing Star Wars The Old Republic. I collect comics and figures, Spider-Man is my all time favorite superhero. My girlfriend Shannon and I have been together for almost three years and share a lot of the same interest and she is probably hooked on Star Wars The Old Republic more than I am. She recently surpassed my characters level which is awesome.

 

 

 

      Jay Martin – Lover of comics, movies, TV, gaming and life. Not necessarily in that order. I’m a trained mechanic, but spend more time with my head in a book then I do under a bonnet. I’m very passionate about writing and it takes up a large amount of my spare time. I like to give every form of writing a try. I’ve written comics, a book and TV scripts in the past all in attempt to get discovered! I’ve always loved fiction and the older I get the more that love grows. In short I have spent more time growing in body than I have in mind. Also, Star Wars crazy.  Twitter: @TheJizzo
Corrinne Strebig      Corinne Strebig – Armed with her sparklie wand of girly geekiness Corinne flutters about bringing glitter and Miss Piggy-esque karate chops to all.  When she’s not obsessing over getting things perfect you can often find her enjoying just about anything from Wonder Woman to Tinkerbell, reading to video games, Doctor Who to Sesame Street, and cooking to make-up.  When she’s not causing mischief here you can find her at Geek Faerie.  Twitter: @GeekFaerie

 

 

 

 

Cody Johnstone      Cody Johnstone – 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

 

 

 

Joseph Furguson      Joseph Furguson – I am a child of the 80s, but I do not look back at it as some magical age where everything was better. Unlike most people my age, I’m not bitter or cynical. I also do not waste time with nostalgia. I think it is unfair to compare the best stuff of one era to the entirety of what it out today. Also, good is good no matter what era its from.

 

 

 

 

Leanne Littlefield      Leanne Littlefield – Is still convinced that one of these days, she’s going to become a magical girl. Until the moment she meets her animal companion, she’s watching anime (which she’s been doing now for over ten years) to learn some fighting techniques to use against the evils that plague the city. During the (unfortunate) reality she has to deal with, she goes to college for a Liberal Arts/Psychology degree and works to save up money for the ever-increasing price of figures. She’s also a proud mommy to two dwarf hamsters, Rei and Yuki, and will never shut up about them, if given the opportunity to talk. She’d also like to send a shout out to her boyfriend, Sean, who without she never would’ve gotten as into Studio Gainax anime as she has, which would’ve been a horrible tragedy. Twitter: @FloweryShoujo

 

 

 

     Nicole Sixx – Freelance Artist, Journalist, and Horror Writer. Womanthology Author, Artist, and Correspondent. Author of the Carousel Boys novella and contributing gallery member at Hyaena Gallery in Burbank. Dark Horse Comics are the Batman to my Vicki Vale! – N

 

 

 

 

      Jack Chambers – Jack used to study Astrophysics, now he writes about comics, movies & TV!  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 mixed martial arts. He has an (un)healthy liking for anything that involves Scott Snyder, Quentin Tarantino, Neil Gaiman, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, Brian K Vaughan, Christopher Nolan and/or Scarlett Johansson.

 

 

 

      Fred Love – Fred is a father, husband, communications professional and passionate nerd. After cutting his teeth on Star Trek: The Next Generation in elementary school, his taste in pop culture quickly took a turn toward comic books and the Sega Genesis. He spends most of his free time trying to teach his 9-month-old son not to eat his 20-sided dice.

 

 

 

 

Ari Carr      Ari Carr – Ari is a film studies and screenwriting student from England, with big plans to follow in my idol, Joss Whedon’s footsteps. When I’m not working at the cinéma, I’m trying to reading through  a never-ending tower stack of comic books, watching films, playing Fallout 3 on the xbox and ordering people to make me tea, to varying degrees of success. I’m also a budding writer, writing stories, blogs, scripts and everything in between! You can find me on Twitter at @Ariellalphabet, where I tweets a lot of nonsense.

 

 

 

      Rebecca Veverka – 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. Bex is also the editor of  The Feminine Miss Geek, and she encourages you to tweet at her often at @femmissgeek.

 

 

      Brent Kincade – Longtime nerd, first time caller. My first comic book was Spidey Super Stories #4 (Spidey and Medusa on top of the Statue of Liberty…anyone?) and I haven’t stopped reading since. I’m a father, a graphic designer, an artist, and all-around creative person. Big influences would be Harlan Ellison, John Romita and the fine folks at Mystery Science Theater 3000. Twitter: @BenStarbyrd

 

 

 

 

 

 

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