When she was little, Kristine's father read aloud Spider-Man comics to her, even the sound effects. She's been hooked on comic books ever since. In addition to comics, she has an interest in fiction (especially the works of J.R.R. Tolkien), video games, and tabletop RPGs. She writes her own prose, plays, and comics and hopes one day to provide a strong role model for the transgender community through her writing. Kristine grew up in the town of King George, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Mary Washington with degrees in Business and English.
In 2017, Kristine started the Heroes of the Hydian Way Star Wars RPG podcast alongside Ben Yendall. In addition to editing and playing in Heroes, she guests on sister show Tales of the Hydian Way, providing thoughts on playing and GMing games set in the Star Wars universe.
Brandon Perdue tried to be a productive member of society as a Java programmer, but it turned out that wasn't geeky enough. He is now a writer, editor, and game designer with too many board games, a Star Trek addiction, and a shiba inu with delusions of grandeur. He lives and works in Roanoke, Virginia.
After working as a high school English teacher in Missouri and Florida for ten years, Chris Spicer moved to Los Angeles five years ago to make it big in Hollywood. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Chris is a native of Kansas City and holds a Masters degree in Communication Studies from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, the birthplace of his two favorite artists: Steve Martin and Terrence Malick.
Chris is an actor and screenwriter, and, like many children of the '80s, he was profoundly influenced by the early cinema of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Other influences include Joss Whedon, Kurt Vonnegut, Bruce Springsteen, and Jim Henson. He is the author of several unproduced screenplays and is currently writing a one-man performance piece. Chris is a huge Disneyland geek, as well.
Christina's Website: www.christinabrookman.com
Christina Brookman knew from a young age she was destined to marry Superman. Unfortunately, her neighbors foiled her attempt to jump off the roof, so Superman would save her, instantly fall in love, dump Lois Lane, and fly off together into the sunset. With her dreams crushed, she focused her energy on theatre. Christina started out as a child actor and went on to earn her B.F.A. in Acting from Point Park University, where she received The Kennedy Center Award for Assistant Direction for My One and Only. She was raised in Richmond, VA, where she served as the Arts in Education Assistant for Theatre IV, Outreach Theatre Instructor for SPARC, as well as Head of Performing Arts for Cat’s CAP summer camp. Christina’s Chicago credits include: Company Member for Flow Artistic Sketch Group, Associate Producer for Single File Festival, and Stage Manager for The Second City Training Center. Favorite past roles include: Janice (Crumble: Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), Thomasina (Arcadia), Maggie (Lovers), and Clarice (Servant of Two Masters), for which she was nominated for a Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress. Most recently, she taught theatre at Toledo School for the Arts and Toledo Repertoire Theatre. Christina writes plays for young audiences and works to raise awareness about living with disabilities through her writing. She is thrilled to be a part of the Fanboy Comics team and really hopes this scores her some points for when she finally meets Superman!
Claire Thorne (née Clarissa) is a small-town girl who transplanted to the big city with few regrets that aren’t completely made up for by having a Starbucks within constant spitting distance. Growing up in the lawless wilds of New Mexico and Arizona, she eventually landed at The Grand Canyon but completely took for granted the view from her own backyard.
Upon landing in Los Angeles in the nineties, she did her best to avoid riots, collected a highly valuable liberal arts degree, found herself a husband, and settled down in a suburb voted “Easiest to Escape From in the Event the World Ends.” She encourages her artist husband to draw more zombies than is healthy and frequently fights with her school-aged son over who gets to put their latest LEGO set together.
Claire is preparing for the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse by teaching herself to sew quilts decorated with geeky embroidery. She hopes to one day take over the world through a cleverly disguised Etsy store. She avoids any and all mention of her “day job.”
Claire attributes her “Geek Cred” to Starbuck, Ripley, Michonne, Eowen, Buffy, Willow, Cordelia, Hermione, Tonks, Frannie, Kaylee, Captain Janeway, Sculley, Suzannah, Harry Potter, Roland Deschain, Captain Picard, Spike, Bill Adama, Thor, Mulder, and Calvin and Hobbes. She is very fond of, but should probably avoid, Orcs, Zombies, Xenomorphs, Dragons, the Borg Collective, Cylons, and Observers. She loathes spiders, either real or imagined.
She would very much like to see Tom Waits perform live, in person, preferably on the International Space Station.
At this very moment, she is reading about the end of the world and wondering what her next tattoo will be.
Erica McCrystal lives in New Jersey, where she dabbles in various activities from triathlons to collecting penguins. She earned her Ph.D. in English from St. John’s University, writing her dissertation on urban Gothic supervillains. She currently does a little teaching, a little writing, a little coaching, a little editing, and a lotta momma-ing.
If Erica were stranded in a deserted Gotham City, she would want the complete works of Charles Dickens, running shoes, and a flashlight.
Erik Cheski is an actor who works in a Diamond Certification Lab, where he comes into contact with chemicals and equipment that would make for a great origin story. Having lived in the fantasy worlds of books, video games, tabletop games, and the absurd realm of theatre for longer stretches than the normal one, it’s somewhat a surprise that only in recent years he’s begun picking up these picture books and diving into their world, too. He’s always looking for stories that resonate, and he loves finding them in the oddest of places. He mourns the passing of the Star Wars EU and is hoping to watch, play, read, and know everything ever, a work perpetually in progress.
J.C. Ciesielski is a writer/actor/snark junkie living in Pittsburgh, PA. He enjoys anime, movies, manga, video games, and the like. You can usually find him doing one of those things, probably while enjoying a frosty beverage. He really enjoys making fun of stuff, but it doesn't come from a mean place, just finding the humor in everything. For example, that shirt you're wearing. Be sure to add him on Twitter and say, "Yo!"
Joshua Desjardins is getting nerdier by the minute thanks to Fanboy Comics. His new love for comic books, obsessions with all things Star Wars and Harry Potter, his appreciation for video games, and his fascination with technology help make him New York City's favorite nerd. He even has his own cabaret show entitled "Nerds Among Us" to prove it!
Born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts, Joshua earned his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. After college, he had the fortunate opportunity to work with Cabaret Pittsburgh, where he was lucky enough to work alongside legends such as Elaine Stritch, Stephen Schwartz, Tom Wopat, Amanda McBroom, and more!
In 2008, Joshua moved to New York City and never looked back! While still pursuing his dream of performing on Broadway, he also enjoys video editing and designing websites for fellow actors. For more about Joshua, check out his website at www.joshuadesjardins.com or follow his blog at www.nerdsamongus.com. #spreadthenerd!
A TV, feature film, and comic book writer, Madeleine is the winner of the Sloan Fellowship for screenwriting and the Gold Aurora and Bronze Telly for a PSA she wrote and co-produced with Women In Film. She also won numerous awards while completing the UCLA MFA Program in Screenwriting.
BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY webcomic is the recipient of an Honorable Mention at the 2013 Geekie Awards and was nominated for Best Comic/Graphic Novel for the 2014 Geekie Awards. The comic has also been nominated for a 2012 Airship Award, as well as a 2013 and a 2014 Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Award. Her novella, Steampunk Rat, was also nominated for a 2013 Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Award.
She currently has novelettes and novellas available in all eBook formats based on the BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY universe. Her goal is to eventually develop a series of novels based in this world.
Formerly a nationally ranked epee fencer, she has competed nationally and internationally. She is an avid reader of Steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, and historical military fiction. In addition to her M.F.A. from UCLA, Madeleine also holds a B.A. in Politics from U.C. Santa Cruz and an M.A. in Arabic and the Cultural History of the Arabs from Columbia University in New York.
Madeleine lives with her rocket scientist husband David and two rescue dogs, Ripley and Bishop.
She is represented by Melissa Rogal at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, and Adler.
Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Website: I Am Wonder Fan
Michael Fitzgerald Troy is a deeply superficial person. He writes Wonder Woman Wednesday and various other things for Fanbase Press.
Writer, artist, and actor, Michael's first published book was Homo-Hero's Big Book of Fun and Adventure. Michael also self-published The Blonde Squad (a comic about shallow, blonde superheroes) and Going Gaga! (a Lady Gaga tribute comic.) He has contributed to Instinct Magazine and various other publications. Michael also co-created and supplied the art for the short-lived Rocket Boy online comic strip.
Michael has performed stand-up comedy at every major comedy club in L.A., starred in the cult classic A Minute with Margot, (Lampooning Superman's Lois Lane waxing nostalgia about her hay day), and even made a brief appearance in an episode Keeping up With the Kardashians. (Don't blink or you might miss him!)
In addition to his contributions to Fanbase Press, Michael is working on various other projects, including a possible return of The Blonde Squad, a possible return to the comedy stage, and other "possibly" exciting things.
Paul's Website: www.paulpakler.com
Paul Pakler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he first started acting professionally at the age of ten. He graduated from Point Park University, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting. Paul was also presented with the Raymond Laine Outstanding Senior Award by Point Park’s Theatre Department.
Paul currently lives in New York City, but he has acted all over the country (and once in The Bahamas). His skills as a character actor have led him to portray an array of roles and genres from broad physical comedy to intense drama. For his performance as Ray in Joe Penhall’s Some Voices, Paul was awarded the OC Weekly Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, 2005.
In college Paul was a founding member of the sketch comedy group The Animal Club where he functioned as a writer as well as an actor. Since that time Paul has written spec scripts, one-act plays, sketches and songs. Last year he produced a workshop of A Night at the Agora, a comedic one-act that he co-wrote with Christopher Warren Gilbert. Paul is currently developing a pilot script for a sitcom about homeless people in New York City titled Welcome to Paradise.
Recently, Paul has begun performing as a guitar comic around New York City. He has performed at The Gotham Comedy Club and The Underground Lounge.
He imagines them waiting in anticipation for an answer, wondering: Who is Phillip Kelly? I was once told by a friend that what we do defines who we are. I like to tell stories. A lot. I’ve been accused of this, as if it was something to be held against me. Especially by my mother who always “caught” me in what she would call a “lie” . . . to each their own. Today, other than a few people, the entirety of nature and the pizza place just down the street, without hesitation, I can safely say – yes, I love stories more than anything else. Here are the ways in which I tell stories: acting; standup comedy; the silent half of the vaudeville duo, Mr. Snapper and Mr. Buddy (www.snapperbuddy.com); the very vocal Jeremy Gayhorse and other comedy characters; filmmaking as a screenwriter, director, editor, producer; I have dipped my toes into the world of writing indie, self-published comics (which I will return to soon); writing/directing for live theatre/sketch comedy, which I have produced more than my fair share of; and tap dancing. I love movies of all kinds, classic lit, video games, opera, jazz, music, etc., and I spend way too much money on comic books every week. Oh, and peanut butter. I love peanut butter. So, to answer the question fairly and without bias: Who is Phillip Kelly? I like to think of myself as peanut butter.
Robert J. Baden
Twitter: @FBC Geek
Since an early age, Rob has spent his life reading various words from novels to comics, and have written on a constant basis in a wide variety of areas. He originally considered a career in Computer Sciences only to switch paths to earn a degree in History with minors in Political Science and Media Communications. After working in the "real world" for several years, Rob earned a Masters in Higher Education Administration to follow his passion of helping to provide much needed services for college students. Not much of a "gamer," he enjoys wasting time in several fun ways and constantly misses tabletopping.
His days are spent working, reading, writing, and spending time with his loved ones who constantly remind him that he will forever be a Geek.
Russ Pirozek is a Michigan transplant now living in Southern California. From an early age, he embraced being a nerd and intended to work in video games as a concept artist. It was while in art school that he discovered that art is super hard, and he wanted to be a writer anyways.
Now, a few years into that dream, Russ is a published freelance comic book writer and avid loud-talker about television, movies, gaming, and comics.
His Twitter is @RSPirozek, just in case you wanted to see him not tweet.
Born and raised in a small town in New Hampshire, Jack is heavily influenced by his childhood. He was regularly beaten (in a nice way) by his gigantic brother and learned to bond with the farm animals (in a non-gross way) for comfort. Then, his Dad slaughtered them and fed them to Jack, and he ran off to the city for a kinder/gentler existence. So, he chose NY. That was not nice enough, so Jack immediately left for Toronto 15 years later and is now learning to speak Canadian. Eh? Sorry.
He loves comics and grew up with the mutants of Xavier’s Academy and a Robin who was bashed to death by Joker. Choose your own adventure books were the norm, and the farthest from mainstream comics he ever got was Strikeforce Morituri (Still an amazing series – READ IT!), and Checkmate. The big city bashed all the creativity and edge from Jack’s life, and he took a comic sabbatical for 15 years . . . only to be roped back in by Stephen King’s Dark Tower comics.
But, when he got roped back into comics, he had income, no life (It’s Jack, after all.), and access to some of the best indie and mainstream comics in the world. (NYC, remember?) He’s been supporting a $100/week habit for the last decade and is officially a nerd.
What does he like? Everything, really – Marvel, DC, Grimm Fairy Tales, indies, video games, classics (books), zombies, hot girls (including his wife – sorry, ladies.), and punk rock. He also likes attention, so comment on his stuff. A lot. He also likes making fun of Canadians. And, sometimes, writing about himself in the third person.
Steven W. Alloway
Steven's website: www.youtube.com/user/thegentilewoodyallen
Steven W. Alloway is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Professionally, he writes articles about Internet Marketing and occasional blog posts about air conditioning, as well as a variety of other topics that are not as boring as they sound. In his spare time, he writes sci-fi and fantasy stories, which are also sometimes about air conditioning. He's the author of the short story "The Man in the Mirror," which was recently published in the fantasy/crime anthology "Mortis Operandi," as well as the children's sci-fi story "Riley and the Paranormal Phenomenon." Both are available on Amazon, if you care to look.
A lifelong theater geek, Steven also runs the community theater troupe Spirit OnStage, as well as its film offshoot, Spirit OnScreen, which between them produce plays, short videos, webseries, and other forms of entertainment, on a virtually nonexistent budget. Having grown up with Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who, his dream is one day to create something that inspires a fandom.
In his spare time, Steven enjoys reading, baking, and watching movies. If this writing thing doesn't work out, he hopes to pursue a second career as a time traveling secret agent.
Tony's website: quixoticworld.wordpress.com
Tony Caballero discovered comic books after his father left a box of them behind in the divorce. He got the better end of the deal, and a lifelong love of storytelling was born. Condemned by prophecy (and teachers and his own wicked soul) to be a writer, he received his B.A. in Film/TV from Chapman University and his M.F.A. in screenwriting from UCLA. In addition to his day job, Tony was the Literary Director at the Attic Theatre in Los Angeles, directing the Southern California premiere of Starcrossed (www.starcrossed.biz) and is currently the Director of Publicity for Whedonopolis.com and a writer/executive producer on The Katniss Chronicles. His most recent movie, Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story, was produced by Lifetime.
Likes: Springsteen, good books, intelligent movies, clean modern architecture, smart, cute girls with glasses, and rain.
Dislikes: Bad drivers, trendy food, heat waves, and writer's block.
Tony is haunted by the ocean, the smell of old books, and the sound of train whistles, all of which appear in his best writing.