About

Our Mission

To provide thoughtful and meaningful criticism and opinions on the latest pop culture and entertainment content. Because when you love something, it’s worth discussing.


Our Rating Scale

10: Fantastic
This work is nearly perfect in every way. The only thing wrong is there isn’t more of it. A must buy for anyone.

8.5 – 9.5: Great
This work is flawless save for a minor gripe or two.

6.5 – 8.0: Good
This was fun and entertaining but had something wrong with it that made it less than great. Still worth purchasing/seeing.

5.0 – 6.0: Average
This work was almost there but a major problem was holding it back. Not necessarily worth purchasing, but if you’re following the series you can and maybe should still give it a shot.

3 – 4.5: Meh
Worth skipping, but for diehard fans grab it anyway.

1 – 2.5: Poor
Avoid at all costs.


Our Team

Patrick Ross

Patrick Ross

Editor-in-Chief

Patrick is a writer, web designer, and leetsauce level 120 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

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

Nathaniel Muir

Nathaniel Muir

Movie Editor

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.

Eric Cline

Eric Cline

Manga Editor

Eric Cline spends most of his time either reading comics or at work wishing he was reading comics instead. He got into the medium as a child through his obsession with the X-Men, and while he still loves mutants his primary interests have shifted toward sci-fi and yaoi manga. He is also a lover of poetry, psychology, and obscure JRPGs. 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.

Alex Curtis

Alex Curtis

On top of writing about comics, Alex Curtis is the creator of the Webtoon, "Misery Inc." and the host of "Full Spread: A Comic Book Podcast."

Alex McDonald

Contributor

Alex (pronounced Alec) is a Glasgow based English graduate who is trying to use his writing to pay for things. When not reviewing he enjoys writing comic books as well as reading and collecting them. His other hobbies include exercise, movies and professional wrestling.

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.

Benjamin Novoa

Benjamin Novoa

Ben was a lover of nerd culture before blockbuster films and hipsters made it trendy. When he’s not yelling at the neighborhood kids to “Get off his lawn,” he can be found at his local comic shop, playing video games, debating over anime, and attending wrestling events (It’s still real to him, dammit), or going for a run. If it lands within the pantheon of pop culture Ben wants to debate about it, write an article on his most recent shower thought, and share it with others. He dreams of one day having his work reach millions and is currently ironing out the kinks of becoming a street-level superhero.

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.

Chris Showalter

Chris Showalter

When Chris Showalter isn’t trying to cultivate a love for learning in his students with comic and pop culture inspired algebra lessons, you can find him reading and reviewing comics from the peace of his Fortress of Solitude. Before he could even walk, Chris found a profound love for all things Batman, and subsequently comics, when his parents introduced him to reruns of the 1966 Batman Television Series. Now, a math teacher with a love for creative writing, Chris seeks to scratch his creative itch and pass his passion for comics on through thoughtful analysis of the medium.

Chris Coplan

Chris Coplan

Originally hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Chris Coplan has been a professional writer since the mid-2000s. Over his career, he's worked for daily newspapers, served as news editor for a major music blog, and freelanced at various publications (Paste, Complex, and TIME). In addition, he remains active with his own blog, covering everything from hip-hop and politics to popular culture and pro wrestling. His favorite things include Batman, Mitsuharu Misawa, '70s power-pop, anything by Matt Fraction, thin crust pizza, and his dog, Blade (no, not like the character).

Connor Christiansen

Connor Christiansen

Contributor

Growing up Connor Christiansen was a unique mixture of sports fanatic and closet nerd, but 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, Star Wars, and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey. Connor is the host of Pull This! and one third of the Star Wars in Poor Taste podcast. You can check out more of his work at his personal blog ConnorShinfoCorner.com or follow him on Twitter @konnor79.

Robyn Montgomery

Robyn Montgomery

Contributor

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

Davis Pittman

Davis Pittman

Davis grew up in Belmont, North Carolina, and always had a true passion for films, even from a very young age. Davis aspire to make a successful career as a film critic, and spends time watching films, hanging out with friends and family, and engaging in political activism.

Donovan Walls

Donovan Walls

Donovan Walls always knew he loved comic books since he picked up Detective Comics #867. But it was a long time before he realized he could write out what he thought about comics. It was longer still before he thought about posting his writing online for others to see. Now he is reviewing comics for an ACTUAL WEBSITE! He cannot wait to see what will happen next. He hopes it will involve time travel. If not, he’s still fine with comics.

Forrest Hollingsworth

Forrest is an avid fan of all things tabletop RPG, David Lynch, indie horror, and comics of all types (sci-fi, horror, and surreal "artsy" ones particularly). You may have heard his podcasts "Now you Know Nine Inch Nails", "David Lynch's David Lunch", and "Tabletop RPG Today" you also may not have, because they only exist in his head. You can find him on twitter at @Forrest_txt where he generally talks about how much he loves his fiance and goblins, and how much he loves to hate graduate school.

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.

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 Necco 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.

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.

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.

Michael Compton

Michael Compton

Graduating from St. John's University, Michael Compton cut his teeth writing film and book reviews for Fangoria Magazine and has served as CFI New York's resident cinephile. Despite his west coast name, Compton resides in the borough of Staten Island (Shoalin) where he's participated as a recurring judge in the local Vault of Horror film festival.

Mike Pursell

Mike Pursell

Contributor

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

Nathan Simmons

Nathan Simmons

Nathan Simmons is a writer of fiction, stage plays, critical reviews, and lyrics. A graduate of the University of West Florida and Gulf Coast State College theatre programs, he wants nothing more than to make a living being as creative as possible. Raised on a steady diet of glam rock and comic books, there was never any chance he wouldn't become the big ol' nerd he is today. Also, no one has ever seen him and Batman in the same room together.

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. You can also preorder his new horror novel Snipe Hunt here.

Ritesh Babu

Ritesh Babu

Ritesh is a hugely passionate reader and writer. Whether it be japanese manga or american comics, from Togashi and Arakawa to Moore and Ellis, he's always happy to discuss various creators and their great oeuvres. Grant Morrison is his creative hero and favorite author in the realm of comics, while Sanderson is his pick in the realm of prose. An eternal student of the craft, he also happens to be an avid lover of comics history. On twitter, he goes by @GhosttGray

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

Contributor

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.

Trevor Richardson

Trevor Richardson

Contributor

If Trevor isn’t consuming media assume he’s dead. He spends all his free time playing video games, reading comics, or squeezing in an occasional movie or show. He spends too much (yet never enough) time overanalyzing all that entertainment which leads to a desire to put all that critical thinking into words. His favorite Legend of Zelda game is Wind Waker. He likes the sailing.

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.