Founders of The Grand Geek Gathering

Tyler McPhail, Evan Haigh, Jeff Aultman, Dan Silva

Tyler

Role: CEO/Host/Producer/Writer/Co-Founder
Found on: The Grand Geekery, Unnecessary Debates, Facebook Live, Grand Play!
@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

Role:Co-Host
Found on: The Grand Geekery, 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

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!

Andrea Barrera

Role: Co-Host
Found on:  IndiComix

Mental health worker who uses her geekiness to connect with kiddos of all ages. Geeks out over 90s cartoons, and can quote Step Brothers like nobody’s business. Wishes she was Dr. Honeydew, but is really Beaker.


What do you geek out about the most?
MGM musicals and Batman

Brandon Riggans

Role: Co-Host
What shows I can be found on: IndiComix


What do you geek out about the most?

Dave “Tiger-Man” Smith

Role: Co-Host, Panelist
Found on: The Grand Geekery, IndiComix, Tales from the Comic Book Shop

The Tiger-Man is extremely passionate about comics and art. Very knowledgeable about both subjects while adding in his own brand of wittiness and sarcasm. Be very careful with your encounter with him, you will fall in love with him.


What do you geek out about the most?
Comics

 

Ben Paddon

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

Role: The Engineer and The Roman

 Michael Nixon is a writer, podcaster, and time travel aficionado based in Los Angeles. His work includes writing / starring in parody web series Drunk Hawk Man, co-hosting the three-season Having a Friend for Dinner: A Hannibal Lecter Podcast, and interviewing the likes of Grant Morrison and Brian Michael Bendis for the official DC Nation magazine.

 

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.

Michael Tanner

Role: Co-Host
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..

Andy Nordvall

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!

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!

 

 

 

 

Samantha

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

Role: CEO/Host/Producer/Writer/Co-Founder
Found on: The Grand Geekery, Unnecessary Debates, Facebook Live, Grand Play!
@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

 

What do you geek out about the most? 

Sean (Kuma)

Role: Editor-in-Chief/Social Media
Found on: The Grand Geekery
@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

Role: Co-Host/Writer/Co-Founder
Found on: IndiComix, Jeff’s Picks, The Grand Geekery
@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.

 

 

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!

Kevin Gee

Role: Contributor
Found on The Grand Geekery

Martin Momongan

Role: Contributor
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Antonio Lopez

Role: Contributor
Found on: The Grand Geekery
@HeartBluesPhotography

Matthew Gray

Role: Contributor
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Eric Durham

Role: Contributor
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Tim Stapenhorst

Role: Contributor
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Jeffery “Kibbles” Chastain

Role: Contributor
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Anthony Falco

Role: Contributor
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Mary Ramos

Role: Contributor
Found on: The Grand Geekery
@ProjectMiharu

Jeremy Samson

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

OceanicPicon815

Role:  Freelance Writer