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 you know, pretty cool. 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, reading about various cultures’ creation myths and quoting randomly from the film 'Demolition Man'.

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.

JJ Travers

JJ Travers

Cosplay Editor/Event Coordinator

JJ is a level 99 Tolkien trivia master, cat dad extraordinaire and sour 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 thinking about his next tattoo, 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.

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.

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.

David Hildebrand

David Hildebrand

Toy Editor

David is a huge film fanatic and goalkeeper extraordinaire. He loves all types of film and sometimes considers himself a film snob. He loves comic books, toys, gaming, heavy metal, riding his motorcycle, and soccer. When not writing, you can find David on the pitch, probably cursing out his defense for not marking up properly. Want to talk to David? Of course you do! You can hit him up on Twitter: @Sycotic, and you can listen to him on the AiPT! Podcast

Eric Cline

Eric Cline

Manga Editor

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.

Chris Hassan

Chris Hassan

Contributor

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mike Pursell

Mike Pursell

Mike Pursell, known locally simply as "Muff," is an avid comic book fan and staunch movie buff.

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.

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.

Connor Christiansen

Connor Christiansen

Growing up Connor Christiansen was a unique mixture of sports fanatic and closet nerd, however since becoming an adult Connor has gone full nerd. A graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, Connor has an intense passion for comics, video games, and cinema (especially Star Wars but NOT the god-forsaken nightmare that was the prequel trilogy). You can check out more of his work at his personal blog ConnorShinfoCorner.com or follow him on Twitter @konnor79 .

Connor Willesden

Connor Willesden

Contributor

Connor loves video games, comic books and has a passion for movies. He is a media student looking to go forward into screen writing or even comic book writing.

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.

Jenny Carroll

Jenny Carroll lives a dual life. Mornings, evenings, and weekends are spent playing mom to 2 precocious kiddos, one a self-declared future scientist, the other convinced he's some combination of Iron Man and Lloyd from Ninjago. Running Girl Scout meetings, making homemade slime, and creating small explosions to delight small children, it's all done with a smile. The rest of her time is spent snuggled under a mountain of blankets in her dimly lit office, reading everything she can get her hands on and writing for various blogs about literature, science, and parenting.

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.

Liam Nolan

Liam Nolan

Contributor

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.

Max Sisco

Max Sisco

Honorary Star Sapphire, Max, lives and breathes comic books. By day he's a humble local comic shop clerk and by night he fights crime with his trusty pup, Lacey. Protecting comics from those who wish to see them as anything less than an art form is a tough job but Max's up to the challenge.

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 Turtles 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.

Matt Funk

Matt Funk

Born in the deserts of Arizona and raised in the mountains of Oregon, Matt Funk was trained from a young age to be the perfect comic book reading weapon. He endured 7 years on the frontlines of comic retail at one of the oldest comic stores in Oregon, earned a degree in American Studies and English from Oregon State University, and spent the last two years writing about comics and graphic novels for Syfy.com. He can be found on Twitter at @Professor__Funk.

Nathaniel Muir

Nathaniel Muir

Contributor

Nathaniel was born but not raised in Philadelphia. Nathaniel loves movies, video games, and pro wrestling, making him a hit at parties. Nathaniel works for the city helping the unemployed.

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.

Sean Nickerson

Sean Nickerson

Sean is a geek of all trades and a lover of music. He collects action figures and comic books and loves the works of JRR Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Clive Barker, Terry Brooks, and Robert Jordan just to name a few. On any given day him and his boyfriend Sparky can be found at a mall or out and about perusing comic book stores and toy stores like two little kids freaking out over all the cool stuff. Sean has studied and performed music for many years such as blues, jazz, classical, opera, funk, hard rock, and ear bleeding heavy metal. His real guilty pleasure is karaoke however, as he is a self-proclaimed karaoke king. He loves anything science fiction, fantasy, or horror related but the thing that geeks him out the most hands down has to be Star Wars. His motto: We all grow old, but you never have to grow up.

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.

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.