Meet the team

Patrick Ross

Patrick Ross

Editor-in-Chief

Patrick is a writer, web designer, and leetsauce level 110 monk who has been blogging and managing websites in some fashion since he was 11. His interests include pro wrestling, World of Warcraft and comic books, so start lining up, ladies. He also apparently really likes writing in the third person.

Russ Whiting

Russ Whiting

Editor-in-Chief

Russ has been writing for leisure in some shape or form since he was in third grade; making crudely fashioned novellas about abominable snowmen, murderous penguins, generic Phantom of the Opera ripoffs, and time travelers inexplicably wearing motorcycle helmets to sell to his fellow students when every other boy his age was presumably catching frogs, kissing girls and being normal. He enjoys self-deprecating humor, roaring like a savage primate for no good reason, reading about various cultures’ creation myths, and origami (of his own penis).

David Brooke

David Brooke

Media and Content Manager

It all started when Dave created his movie site Cine Discretion and vowed from that day forward to write a review of every movie he sees. Along his journey to AiPT! he was a beat reporter, training specialist for a big data company, and now serves as a Creative Manager for a non-profit developing content for PreK and K children. Now he loves comics so much he reviews every single one he reads! When not writing, Dave creates sparkly animations, video, and content for others to better learn.

Chris Hassan

Chris Hassan

Feature Editor

Chris isn’t a fan of having to write witty “about me” blurbs, such as the one you’re reading right now. He’d prefer his picture just tell you everything you need to know about him, but what is this, Tinder? Chris is now worried that Tinder joke he made will become dated and he’ll have to rewrite this once it does. Oh well, best not to worry about that right now. If all this has successfully piqued your interest in learning more about Chris, check out some of his short films.

Russ Dobler

Russ Dobler

Science Editor

Better known as "Dog" to friends and weirdos, Russ specializes in the intersection between science, skepticism and pop culture. He helps promote critical thinking with the New York City Skeptics and drinks beer wherever he can find a nice tap selection.

Ken Petti

Ken Petti

Movies Editor

Ken has spent a lot of his life thinking about stories. As a kid, he wrote silly stories, as a college kid he wrote screenplays at film school, and as an adult software engineer, he day dreams of fantasy worlds. An avid comic book reader, writer, hiker, ice cream maker, and board gamer, Ken spends most of his time with his amazing wife and crazy dog. Originally from the Chicago area, Ken moved to Boston for college and never left.

Patrick Hellen

Patrick Hellen

Gaming Editor

Patrick Hellen is large collection of adjectives, in the shape of a lanky, bearded, and bespectacled fellow. He's been a lumberjack, a restaurant writer, a published author, a sales guy, a book seller, a church janitor, a tour guide, a community director, a Dad, and apparently a comic and game reviewer. He reads nearly constantly, tells loud boisterous stories for as many people as will listen, eats food like it's his last day on earth, and still collects comic books and video games. Until he decides to sit down and write another book, you'll have to find his inane ramblings on Twitter at @PatrickCH.

Jason Kolkey

Jason Kolkey

Contributor

Jason is a Chicago-based writer who holds a doctorate in English literature from Loyola University Chicago and has published a couple scholarly articles on British Romantic poets. He also likes writing about comic books and heavy metal. Jason sings in a band called Nequient, and his music writing appears at Toilet ov Hell.

Gregory Paul Silber

Gregory Paul Silber

Contributor

After reading the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, a wide-eyed eight-year-old named Gregory Paul Silber decided to become a writer. Now in his twenties, Greg still loves X-Men, Dr. Seuss, and ice cream as much as ever, while also enjoying Big Boy things like sushi, rock music, and philosophy. His affection for Batman has only grown with age, and though Greg has accepted the fact that he’ll (probably) never be a superhero, he still dreams of a future in which he can actually make a decent living from doing what he already does: writing, reading, and writing about what he’s read. Follow him on Twitter @GregSilber.

JJ Travers

JJ Travers

Contributor/Instagram

JJ is a level 99 Tolkien trivia master, cat dad extraordinaire and craft beer aficionado. As with so many others in his generation, he works in “IT” (picture Dr Evil air quotes). In his free time JJ enjoys hunting down sour beers, thinking about his next tattoo, attending concerts, cooking/eating, watching horror movies, reading a combination of books/comics at the same time and attending cons. You can find him roaming the bars of Cambridge or held up in his room breaking his keyboard. Remember kids, animals are friends not food.

Jordan Richards

Jordan Richards

Contributor

Jordan has been writing for a long time, starting off with bad fan fiction before moving up movie reviews in his spare time. Jumping into the comic book world with DC New 52 and Marvel Now reboots, he has moved towards writing comic book reviews. He hopes to become a video game programmer sometime in the future and continue to improve his writing. You can check out his personal blog at The Information Geek.

Lisa Allison

Lisa Allison

Contributor

Lisa is a full time social community manager, part time artist, travel enthusiast and self-proclaimed foodie. Favorite past times include cooking, eating, posing for pictures while eating and busting an impromptu dance move. Her preferred comics generally include animals or food. We are not exactly sure what she has against people.

Alyssa Jackson

Alyssa Jackson

Contributor

A content strategist by day, theater nerd by night, Alyssa fills her copious free time with as much geek stuff as possible. She especially loves female-driven comics, tv comedies, YA literature, and excellent grammar. She is an active cosplayer, and a proud member of the Carol Corps. Hit her up on Twitter and Instagram @alyjack, especially if you like pictures of adorable, overweight cats.

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler

Contributor

Andrew is a fan of all things geek, pop culture, and wrestling. When he's not at work Andrew spends his time as a husband and father. Striving to make a name for himself, Andrew puts his thoughts on paper in hopes that everyone will enjoy reading it, as much as he enjoyed writing it. Follow Andrew on Instagram and Twitter @TheBrokenRanger

Brian Clements

Brian Clements

Contributor

Brian Clements is an educator, writer, composer, game designer, raconteur and bon vivant whose passion for professional wrestling is lovingly tolerated by his wife. He has earned industry award nominations for role-playing games, performed world-premiere operas, and broken his left pinky toe twice.

Cam Petti

Cam Petti

Contributor

Cameron Petti is a long time employee of his local comic shop, and an avid comic collector of over a decade. He has written for Paste Magazine and Ain’t It Cool News and is the writer of the weekly web comic Skeleton Bay Detective Agency, which you can find at Skeletonbay-comic.com.

Charlie Chipman

Charlie Chipman

Contributor

Reading everything from Poe to Palahniuk and Moore to Morrison, Charlie is an avid writer and reader who spends the majority of his time with the words and images left by the people he admires most in this world. With a hard-drive full of unfinished songs and a desk drawer filled with novel manuscripts, Charlie is…working on it. You can check out the site where he plays EiC, thebrazenbull.com, or follow him on Twitter @CJTC3.

Eric Cline

Eric Cline

Contributor

Eric Cline is a poet, review writer, and comic book aficionado. As a child, he learned the importance of diversity and courage from the X-Men, and as an adult he still strives to live up to their example. His pastimes include reading comics with his boyfriend, serving as editor-in-chief of Calamus Journal, and meticulously planning out his farm in Stardew Valley. You can find him on Twitter @ericclinepoet.

Jason Segarra

Jason Segarra

Contributor

Writer, editor, musician, karaoke king, master puppeteer, ineffective embellisher, Jason Segarra wears many hats. Ironic because he only owns two. Hyper opinionated to the point that a friend actually wrote a song about his distaste for Zooey Deschanel and Neko Wafers, Jason has covered everything from literature and travel destinations to video games and wrestling. His dream job is to score music for crappy B-horror movies.

Jim Lehane

Jim Lehane

Contributor

Jim is frequently found playing with his dinosaurs or Star Wars toys. A self-described science geek, he is a voracious reader and can often be found deep in a book of almost any genre. Besides geology and dinosaurs, he loves Star Wars, Dragon Ball, Star Trek (I know, I know, the scandal) and Marvel. Follow him on twitter @Jazinator or on his website (dinojim.com) for his various geological and other types of writings.

Daniel Levine

Contributor

Daniel Levine learned to read thanks to comic books and has probably been scarred for life by reading The Dark Knight Returns as a young kid. He's a Hofstra University graduate, with a degree in journalism and minor in political science, but would have preferred a degree in Star Wars history. He watches way too much Turner Classic Movies and also writes for Heavy.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @dsl89.

Liam Nolan

Liam Nolan

Liam carries his MA in English with him everywhere so that people won’t ask him what he does for work. Since he graduated, he’s lived in Japan, rediscovered his love for reading, and written for such websites as Comic Book Resources and The Mary Sue. While following him in real-life would be creepy, you can follow him on Twitter at @LiamDNolan.

Mark Pellegrini

Mark Pellegrini

Contributor

Mark is an expert on all things horror, comics, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His unique perspective is a welcome addition any time he decides to grace AiPT with his thoughts. You can read more by Mark on his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic book review site, TMNT Entity.

Mark Buckeldee

Mark Buckeldee

Contributor

Mark seems to gravitate towards the weirder elements of his hobbies, be it wrestling, comics, manga or science fiction. Mark's vocabulary is what happens when an English lad grows up on American TV.

Nick Nafpliotis

Nick Nafpliotis

Contributor

Along with being a music teacher and a huge University of Kentucky fan, Nick Nafpliotis is an avid comic book reader and a fan of all things geeky. For more of Nick's insights and snarky commentary on things both geek and non-geek related, check out his website, RamblingBeachCat.com. You can also follow him on Twitter where brings shame to his family on a daily basis.

Robert Reed

Robert Reed

Contributor

Robert first began writing when he was in the third grade with a short reworking of Jurassic Park, aptly titled Cretaceous Park (it was very creative). A native of Omaha, Nebraska and a graduate from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (Go Huskers!), his first experience with comics was the exquisite Age of Reptiles: Tribal Warfare by Ricardo Delgado. This title took his love for dinosaurs and added to it a love for graphic storytelling. During his time in college, Robert worked on several short films and began to write reviews for comics. You can check out his personal blog at https://robreedwrites.wordpress.com/.

Rory Wilding

Rory Wilding

Contributor

Interested in many things pop culture-wise, Rory Wilding is an avid viewer of films and reader of literature, and has reviewed for a number of websites from Flickfeast to Comic Book News. And much like the Joker, he is also a bit crazy over anything Batman related.

Michael Rosch

Michael Rosch

Contributor

Michael has written, directed, and produced several short films and is in the process of developing a Sci-Fi webseries. He has also worked as a production assistant on numerous reality shows he wouldn't watch himself but that at least aren't the worst offenders in the terrible reality show hall of fame. He also used to blog on a number of other issues related to science, skepticism, and atheism.

Todd Young

Todd Young

Contributor

Todd loves writing, gaming, anime and Doctor Who. His love of gaming has brought much joy and questionable choices, like using the money he received as a gift for graduating high school on a Panasonic 3DO and naming one of his daughters after a character from Final Fantasy VII. He also hopes to finish his first novel sometime before Aeris gets old enough to realize how she got her name. His other daughter was most certainly not named after someone from the Dark Crystal. You can find him improperly using the dance emote in Destiny by his PSN name: Outofline1.

Tyler Sewell

Tyler Sewell

Contributor

Tyler Sewell didn't merely adopt DC comics. He was born in it, molded by it. He didn't see the light of other publishers until he was a man. Tyler is a student at Sonoma State and avid DC fan devoted to the Bat family.