Founders of The Grand Geek Gathering

Tyler McPhail, Evan Haigh, Jeff Aultman, Dan Silva

Tyler (He/Him)

Role: CEO/Host/Producer/Writer/Co-Founder
Found on: Anyway w/ Sam and Tyler, Most Extreme Ranking Challenge, GamerKulture, Popmosis Film, Unnecessary Debates, Facebook Live, Twitch!
@themcphailure
Born and raised in the heart of Texas, Austin, where all the weird people live. He is nothing more than a man who channels nothing but hyperactivity and geekdom pride. He is loud, opinionated, and looking for any opportunity to entertain people. 
What do you geek out about the most? Film and conventions!

Lemar (He/Him)

Role:Co-Host
Found on: Most Extreme Ranking Challenge, Unnecessary Debates
Twitch
Lemar “Da1AfroNinja” Harris is the triple threat: host, singer, and comedian. He has performed at The World Famous Comedy store in Hollywood, California and has won awards for his talents, such as the 2016 Late Comedy Showdown competition at Anime Expo, which he now produces. He also was a State Finalist for the 2011 World Karaoke Competition, which is actually a real thing! When he isn’t entertaining, he hosts panels throughout all the conventions in Southern California. You can currently find him doing Twitch Signs on his Da1AfroNinja page, as well as playing DND with SoulBearRPG on Twitch! And definitely at your local karaoke spot!
What do you geek out about the most? Video Games

 

 

Marcelous (He/Him)

Role: Co-Host
Found on: Most Extreme Ranking Challenge, Less Extreme Ranking Challenge (Instagram Live)

 

What do you geek out about the most?
LycanNerdTV

Matthew (He/Him)

Role: Co-Host
Found on: Most Extreme Ranking Challenge

 

What do you geek out about the most?
Nerdybit

Sean (Kuma)

Role: Editor-in-Chief/Host
Found on: GamerKulture
@GamerKulture
Spends free time pouring over gaming news and opinion podcasts and articles, reading DnD/Pathfinder rulebooks for the umpteenth time, and continually saying he’ll watch tv shows and anime that he probably never will. Also, owner of and blogger for GamerKulture.
Check out my other projects:  gamerkulture.com
What do you geek out about the most? Video games!

Jeffery “KibblesPlays” Chastain

Role: Co-Host
Found on GamerKulture

Anthony Falco (He/Him)

Role: Guest Host
Found on GamerKulture

Maddie

Role: Host
Found on: IndiComix, Tales from the Comic Book Shop
Instagram @MissMadeline11 or Twitter @LadyLoganx

Maddie is a bubbly, geeky princess with Adamantium claws. She loves stories that matter and make an impact, and she’s always on the lookout for a great independent comic. Her interests run from Sailor Moon and Wolverine to Lex Luthor and Lord of the Rings, so she’s always up for talking about whatever geeky thing you want to discuss!

What do you geek out about the most? DRAGONS!

Ben Paddon (They/Them)

Role: The Game Master
Benpaddon.net

Ben Paddon is a British-born writer and comedian currently living in Los Angeles. They’re the creator and host of PortsCenter, a webseries which looks at unique and interesting ports of video games, and cohosted the movie review podcast The Life Toyetic with Ben and Molly. They also co-created the scifi-comedy webcomic Jump Leads, and in 2008 co-wrote the popular and award-winning web mini-series Boomer’s Day Off, which to date has been viewed over 6.2 million times on YouTube.

Riley SIlverman

Role: The Doctor

Riley Silverman is a comedian and writer who has brought her comedy to stage and screen in the US for nearly two decades. Her love of science fiction and fantasy has led her to write for sites like SYFY Wire and Nerdist, where she was the official Doctor Who series 11 reviewer.  She currently plays Velma Sweet on Dungeons and Dragons‘ Twitch series Ravnica: The Broken Pact and has played in multiple live streams of the Doctor Who roleplaying game for HyperRPG. Riley is very excited to be back in the tabletop TARDIS for the Game of Rassilon playing her own version of our favourite renegade Time Lord.

 

Michael Nixon (He/Him)

Role: The Engineer and The Roman

Michael Nixon (he/him) is a writer, podcaster, and time travel aficionado based in Los Angeles. His previous work includes writing for the official DC Nation magazine, co-creating the parody web series Drunk Hawk Man, and guest appearances on various podcasts.

Châu Kate Lê (She/Her)

Role: Carrie Vu

Châu is originally from over the pond but has been stateside since the new millennia. When she is not partaking in being an imagination sparked, she works as a facilitator for a nonprofit specializing in STEAM education for underserved communities. As a maven of many talents Châu can be reached on her

IG: @lady___le where you will get a lot of Asian excellence and cat content.

 

 

 

Dan Peck

Role: Travis

Dan Peck is a TV writer, time travel enthusiast and an all-around big nerd.  He has written for Family Guy, appeared on the tabletop streaming channel Saving Throw, and is the creator and host of the podcast My Nerdy Year.  As a former high school theater kid, Dan has found that playing role playing games has provided a (somewhat) healthy outlet for performing, while (mostly) avoiding silly teenage drama.  He is thrilled that after being one of the original players in the live-on-stage Game of Rassilon at Gallifrey One that he can is joining this wonderfully talented crew for even more exciting adventures through space and time.

 

 

 

Andy Nordvall (He/Him)

Role: Co-Host
Found on: Pull to Open, Burn After Pitching
My Roommate the Internet – Webcomic

Andy Nordvall worked for many years as a screenwriter and story analyst in Los Angeles after receiving an MFA in screenwriting at UCLA. He has written for TOP STORY WEEKLY, a live sketch show lampooning culture and politics performed at iOWest, and produced, wrote and co-directed several online comedy videos with combined views of 240,000. Andy also writes the webcomic MY ROOMMATE, THE INTERNET and, with artist Don Nguyen, published SIREN’S SONG, an illustrated novella about a pirate cabin boy who befriends a siren.
What I geek out about the most? Doctor Who!

Michael Tanner (He/Him)

Role: Host/Editor
Found on: Burn After Pitching, Unnecessary Debates, Reinventing Monsters

Michael Tanner was born in Great Falls, Montana, one of the largest cities in the state, but is actually smaller than the neighborhood of Los Angeles that he currently resides in. When he first came to LA, he wrote and performed sketch comedy and improv and then stand-up for like a hot minute. He was also a semifinalist for three consecutive years in the television category of the Slamdance Screenplay Competition.vHis first published comic book work was in Oni Press’ “Jam! Tales from the World of Roller Derby.” (he was also a roller derby referee for several years for the LA Derby Dolls). Since then he has appeared in different anthologies with his prose and comic book work. He also co-writes the ongoing graphic novel series “Junior Braves of the Apocalypse” from Oni Press and self-published his own comic, an homage to action exploitation movies, “Strike Team: Code Name: Diamond Force.”

What do you geek out about the most? Bird fights. You ever see birds fight? It’s epic..

Sandra Dimas (She/Her)

Role: Co-Host
Found on: Burn After Pitching
Twitter @heyitssandrad
Instagram @heyitssandrad

Sandra Dimas is a book editor by day and dance instructor by night. She loves horror/thrillers, sci-fi/fantasy, all things Edgar Wright, and cartoons in general. When not immersed in books or on the dancefloor, Sandra can be found roller skating, laughing at her own jokes, or frolicking in her imagination or in real life.

What do you geek out about the most? To quote Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, “That’s kind of a big question.” Overall, Pee-wee Herman, horror/thrillers, cartoons, and making oddly specific playlists.

Samantha (She/Her)

Role: Host
Found on: Anyway w/ Sam and Tyler
@bettiegeek
Samantha was born and raised on Disney and general geekery. She enjoys the visual and performing arts, reading and fashion. Samantha has proudly modeled for Hero Within (see photo above as evidence). Where ever she goes, her ‘geek’ is on her sleeve. Always be yourself, kids!
What do you geek out about the most? Cinema, theme parks and the random roles Joel McHale books.

Tyler (He/Him)

Role: CEO/Host/Producer/Writer/Co-Founder
Found on: Anyway w/ Sam and Tyler, Most Extreme Ranking Challenge, GamerKulture, Popmosis Film, Unnecessary Debates, Facebook Live, Twitch!
@themcphailure
Born and raised in the heart of Texas, Austin, where all the weird people live. He is nothing more than a man who channels nothing but hyperactivity and geekdom pride. He is loud, opinionated, and looking for any opportunity to entertain people. 
What do you geek out about the most? Film and conventions!

Dom

Role: Host
Found on: Dom of X
Born in the Philippines and grown in California, Dominic Torres is an avid sportswriter, video creator, graphic designer, and comic book nerd that takes pride in the things he loves. An extremely hyperactive extrovert, Dom places his extremely hot takes on air. You can find him on YouTube and behind the microphone as the host of the Dom of X Show.

What do you geek out about the most?Anything that features the Justice Society of America and all that creator Jonathan Hickman writes

Dylan Gray

Role: Host
What shows I can be found on: Prose and Coms

 

 

What do you geek out about the most?

Josiah is Write

Role: Writer
Josiah is Write

Josiah Golojuh is the author of the short story collection “Today, Tomorrow” and the upcoming novel Storm the Machine, of which Ray Bradbury said, “This man is a genius.” He’s an active member of the Producers Guild and a YouTube commentator, where he shares his geeky joys. For the Gathering, he goes old school with Retro Reviews.

What do you geek out about the most? Wow. This is an impossible question! These days? My daughter.

Paul Hufnagel

Role: Co-Host

Getting a Nintendo at six and witnessing the death of Optimus Prime in a movie theater set Paul on a course for lifelong geekery. Paul and his fandom are an integral part of geek culture. He was a geek social manager of Cloyne Court in his old college days. This fandom is at an expert level as he has attended San Diego Comic Con every year since 2008, creating epic memories and making lifelong friends on his Frodo-like journey through the line to Hall H. He is also a master level Hot Toys collector with a small museum’s worth in addition to his other substantial collectibles. After having spent years pretending to be normal, Paul is currently studying animation to put his geek skills to work as a professional.

What do you geek out about the most? Batman: TAS to Game of Thrones

Kevin Gee (He/Him)

Role: Host
Found on: Shukai

Martin Momongan (He/Him)

Role: Co-Host
Found on: Shukai

Mary Ramos (She/Her)

Role: Co-Host
Found on: Shukai
@ArtofMazzy

TJ Inguanzo (He/Him)

Role: Co-Host
Found on: Shukai

Antonio Lopez (He/Him)

Role: Co-Host
Found on: Shukai
@HeartBluesPhotography

Nikki Flores

Role: Host
Instagram
What shows I can be found on: Trope Time
Feminist, Writer, and Trafalgar Law’s significant other, Nikki has traveled the Grand Line over to Japan for four years in search of anything weeb. Upon her return, she realized that the real treasure were the friends she made along the way. Her list of accomplishments include grinding her way into the video game industry, singing anime openings at the top of her lungs, and somehow getting a BA in Medieval Studies that has contributed to absolutely nothing.
What do you geek out about the most? Anime and Video Games

 

 

 

Izzy

Role: Host
What shows I can be found on: Trope Time
Feminist techie nerd that is an extroverted introvert. Loves comics, space operas & westerns, fantasy, video games, & miscellaneous more of fandoms.
What do you geek out about the most? Star Wars, food, and video games!

 

 

 

 

Sean (Kuma)

Role: Editor-in-Chief/Host
Found on: GamerKulture
@GamerKulture
Spends free time pouring over gaming news and opinion podcasts and articles, reading DnD/Pathfinder rulebooks for the umpteenth time, and continually saying he’ll watch tv shows and anime that he probably never will. Also, owner of and blogger for GamerKulture.
Check out my other projects:  gamerkulture.com
What do you geek out about the most? Video games!

Mike Harris

Role: Writer
Horror aficionado, would-be novelist and gaming enthusiast. Mike spends his free time gaming, watching movies, playing Magic with the boys, pretending to be the next Stephen King and walking the streets of Disneyland. He also enjoys watching Japanese men dress up as bug-themed superheroes and fight bad guys in costumes on the regular.
Projects:  In Retrospect, The Pulse Top 10, Post-Mortem Reviews

Jeff Aultman

Role: Co-Host/Writer/Co-Founder
Found on: Jeff’s Picks
@Rdheadedlantern
A Renaissance nerd extraordinaire.  Jeff geeks out over practically all the fandoms that exist, most anyway if not all! Comics, movies, shows, video games, you name it. When not Warcrafting it up by day on his computer or working by night at his dreary job, he takes passion in high fantasy literature of the likes of Professor Tolkien or even George R. R. Martin and am quite the Dungeons & Dragons dungeon master and host. Also, Jeff is  quite the history and conspiracy theory enthusiast as well, but that’s best left to another conversation!
What do you geek out about the most? Anything high fantasy.

 

 

Julian “Tony” McGinn (He/Him)

Role: Writer
Found on: The Grand Geekery
Archive of Our Own
@GinAndDiesel

A “recovering microbiologist”, Tony pivoted into writing in 2016 and has never looked back. He is an avid D&D player (3.5e), Con-goer, and MCU fanboy. He loves writing reviews for movies, shows, graphic novels, and video games, even though he’s more likely to watch a playthrough on YouTube than actually pick up a controller. His guilty pleasures include cosplay, pineapple on pizza, and writing fanfiction, but he’ll never admit to that. …wait…
Check out my oft-neglected personal blog:  ialbatross.com
What do you geek out about the most? Cosplay and screen adaptations!

Cristobal “TofuWaifu” Hernandez

Role: Writer
@Tofuwaifu

Photographer, Podcast Host, and YouTuber responsible for the viral hit “The Band Of The Spideys”. Cristobal aka Tofu Waifu is a Nerdy Jack Of All Trades. He’s had a passion for gaming and anime since childhood. His favorite genre of games are RPGs and he feels Neon Genesis Evangelion is the greatest anime of all time. He thinks The Legend of Korra is a better show then Avatar The Last Airbender, and is not afraid of the controversy that comes with that statement. Cristobal is also an advocate for Mental Health who believes Nerd Culture can be used to help cope with the daily struggles of Mental Illness. Outside of Nerd Culture Cristobal has a passion for fitness, is a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, loves Music and enjoys Pro Wrestling.
Check out my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy4-nMlniWK-Ek4bxF5hw_w 
What do you geek out about the most? Anime, Video Games, and Harambe.

Marcella Viana

Role: Social Media/Photographer/Graphic Designer
Hailing from Brazil, Marcella is an amazing photographer and cosplayer that has been around the con scene for 15 years! She loves video games, cosplaying, and all cartoons. Please follow her on Instagram @mvianaphotography

What do you geek out about the most? Sailor Moon and cartoons in general

Taleeah Mesa

Role: Social Media Lead

Taleeah Mesa has been surrounded by geek culture from a small age. From superheroes to anime to games, she continues showing her love by going to conventions and spending her money on fanart and plushies. She sometimes shows up in cosplay. When she is not busy, she can be found drawing, taking dance classes, keeping up with the latest animation news, and lurking on twitch streams.

What do you geek out about the most? 90’s x-men, cartoons, animated movies, anime, art books

Tommy Trinh

Role: Photographer

Bio
Born and raised in Westminster, California. Tommy is a huge gamer. He has been playing games ever since NES. His favorite genres of games would be RPGs and FPSs. Other hobbies beside photography and gaming would be going out to eat, aka being a foodie, fashion and thrift store shopping, interior design, playing billiards and ping pong. What do you geek out about the most? Tommy would geek out to most would be video games, movies, comics, manga, anime, and camera gear.

What do you geek out about the most?

Wilt

Role: Graphic Designer
IG, Twitter, Facebook: @mangomonkeyboy
Wilt is a working artist [GASP!] creating graphics for live ­events, award shows, and occasionally movies and TV. When he’s not up at all hours of the day and night working on pushing pixels Wilt enjoys reading comics, watching anything animation related and building up pencil mileage in his sketchbook.
What do you geek out about the most? Marvel, Spider­Man, Street Fighter, Pokémon, Fighting Games, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, Gatchaman, Basketball, Longboard Skating, animation, drawing, art techniques, vector art, and so much more!

Scott “Fuzzy” Joseph

Role: Graphic Artist for Unnecessary Debates
Found on: IndiComix, The Grand Geekery, Unnecessary Debates, Reinventing Monsters
Author, Artist, and Creator, Scott “Fuzzy” Joseph, has been working on art for the Grand Geek Gathering over the past few years. His work on the indie comic “The Warren Hope” builds an apocalyptic world focused on humankind survival among the supernatural forces of the end times.
What do you geek out about the most? Comics!

Matthew Gray (He/Him)

Role: Co-Host
Found on Drink N Dragons

Eric Durham (He/Him)

Role: Co-Host
Found on Drink N Dragons

Tim Stapenhorst (He/Him)

Role: Co-Host
Found on Drink N Dragons

Jeremy Samson

Role: Contributor
Found on: The Grand Geekery
D20 Adventure Realm

OceanicPicon815

Role:  Freelance Writer