Referred to as a God Among Men, the Greatest Man that Ever Lived, and That Dude Over There…No, The Dude with the Long Hair and the Goatee…Yes, That Guy, Mike has grown up being known and loved around his apartment. In addition to being a successful film director and editor, he loves video games, movies, comic books, board games, and his wife and cat. He’s been friends with Jarys for over a decade now, and they started hosting a radio show together on college that became the genesis for the Ace of Geeks Podcast. When he realized he had so many talented friends who could write, the Podcast became an entertainment website, and here we are.
Jarys Maragopoulos grew up in the suspiciously isolated Ojai valley. Having acted in about a dozen plays as a child, including radio comedy routines, Jarys escaped with a College acceptance letter he had forged out of a hallmark card and octopus Ink. He rode the trains and learned the way of the hobos until arriving at the idyllic city of San Francisco, home to his dreams. At the University of San Francisco, where he won a Bachelors in History from the Dean in a Kung Fu match, Jarys met his two best friends and stopped blushing when he told people his favorite movie was “Return of the Jedi”. Since that time Jarys has earned his teaching credential (without resorting to thaumaturgy) found and lost love, learned Sumerian, collected a small library, and wore a fedora.
And he’s still wearing the same fedora today.
Writers and Staff
Mae Linh is a relative new comer to the geek scene. She has always been a closeted geek, but until meeting her dear wookie, she never had the chance to blossom into the geek she is today. Though she is a fan girl about certain things (POTO is the best thing EVAR!!!!!), she tries to approach all things with an open mind and uses her husband as a filter. All in all she loves being a geeky girl and also is really glad girls play these games too!
Stephanie is the resident event planner, Pokémon trainer, a very shy newbie cosplayer, and a horrible amateur photographer. When she’s not playing D&D or playing with her puppy (or playing D&D with her puppy?), she’s likely to be found either behind a computer at work banging her head on the keyboard because people don’t update their Flash Players, or behind a different computer at home banging her head on a keyboard because COME THE F– ON I TOTALLY MADE THAT SHOT.
Mary Anne Butler (Mab) is a writer/photographer from San Francisco, California. She is a lifelong geek (comics, movies, games), huge music nerd, occasionally cosplays at conventions, does Renaissance Faires, and in general lives the life of a True Believer. She may be short, but she makes up for it with a loud voice. #TinyButMighty
Writer, reporter, magician, geek. Joe Hadsall is the features editor for The Joplin Globe, where he is the king of geeks in southwest Missouri, and is loving how the popularity of geek culture has led to more people understanding his jokes. He tweets a lot about Destiny, mobile devices, the New Orleans Saints and more at @JoeHadsall.
Equally at home at a baseball game, in a modern dance class, or co-writing Star Trek stories via email, Ben has given up on trying to be good at just one thing and just tries to rein in a wide variety of interests instead. His first brushes with geekdom came in fantasy novels in grade school thanks to an English-teaching mother and a wide variety of comic books as old as he was, handed down by his older brother; he started several years behind the times, and has been struggling to catch up ever since. A graduate of SFSU, Ben holds a degree in Dance Choreography and Performance that he hasn’t used in years, and you can probably still kick higher than he does. Though he currently spends his time fixing your broken phones and constantly has any number of ten-year-old games he hasn’t played yet, he’s also a contributor on the San Francisco Giants-centric TortureCast.
Kyle Johannessen is an award winning filmmaker from Boston, Massachusetts and is generally cranky. He’s also a bit of a masochist, often reviewing terrible movies for the sake of a good article. He also loves video games and can often be found exploring Skyrim on his PC or playing Halo for the 1000th time on his Xbox One.
Chris spends his days wrangling a one year old and always playing the stealth/sniper option on Bethesda games when he isn’t busy teaching English as a Second language and writing his own blog about writing. Whether he is “getting into character” at a LARP or thinking about making a very literary ninjas vs. pirates vs. zombies story, he is defined by his pretentiousness.
Korbl Klimecki, professional warlock, is also a writer, baker, slacking artist and inveterate games tinker who occasionally actually plays the games they tinker with. When not lurking in gaming forums or throwing together their latest ill-advised D&D class, they may be found rampaging through the streets of Steelport, or the wilderness of Skyrim. Or possibly pursuing yet another major as if they were trading cards.
JC didn’t even think about writing a bio until his article was due. What can you say right before a deadline? JC grew up in a small town, and quickly became the resident geek, spewing off random facts about movies, comics and Power Rangers to whoever would listen. Currently residing in Southern Oregon, JC still spends his days doing much of the same (though he has disposable income to buy cosplays and go to conventions). JC recently started collecting Pop Vinyls and his friends and family, concerned at the immovable wall of them, are currently planning an intervention.
Brian J. Patterson (contributing writer) is a commercial, film, and theatre actor based in California. He works in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, with some appearances in New York City. His writing for Ace Of Geeks primarily centers around awareness of diversity and positive representation in entertainment. A self proclaimed ‘geek’ having proudly accumulated a comic book collection which has surpassed a net worth of approximately $12K, Brian usually focuses on the ‘comics (or sci-fi) 2 film’ genre. He is honored to have been given the opportunity to work with AceOfGeeks, loves geek culture, and especially loves interacting with fans. His three life dreams are: 1) to be cast as a lead character on a Sci-Fi channel show, 2) be the first openly gay action-film star, and 3) later host a television show which explores diversity within geek culture. You can connect with Brian on all his social media accounts by visiting www.brianjpatterson.com.
Tyler is a professional writer of speculative fiction and an enthusiastic lover of comics, tabletop games, pro wrestling, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, literary criticism, ice hockey, and basically every genre of fiction and music, but especially anything about superheroes, mythology, or both. Hailing from the wilds of Mendocino County, Tyler is lucky enough to have attained an advanced degree in talking about writing and to have married his favorite person in the world. He blogs about writing, life with anxiety, and occasionally movies and comics at his website, www.tyler-hayes.com. He’d love to play Sentinels of the Multiverse with you if you’re interested.
Raven Knighte is addicted to cheese and popsicles. Her favorite pastime is proving not only that it can’t rain all the time, but also that it actually can’t rain at all, by refusing to believe that rain exists. Her favorite quote is the letter that Brian wrote and reads at the end of the movie “The Breakfast Club,” because all five of those characters from the movie live in her head. She bathes in pixiedust daily, feeds clocks to crocodiles, and fights pirates. She has been known to take to the skies and crow loudly on occasion.
Gwendolyn Reza is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy lover based out of San Francisco, California. She loves books, both comic and otherwise, punk rock and all things wild.
David Losey is glad to a part of the Ace of Geeks team. He proudly flies the Geek flag high, and loves talking about Geek culture at any opportunity. His biggest influences are Tolkien, Star Wars, and Harry Dresden. He attended Chico State where he earned degrees in both History and Beer. In his spare time he volunteers with Woodside Community Theater as a stagehand. He would like to thank Mike for bringing him into the fold, as well as the rest of the crew for making him feel welcome.
Alexis George is a San Francisco based writer, performer, and Shakespeare enthusiast. She usually picks the wizard in fantasy games. Under no circumstances should any of her six registered clones be allowed outside of their permitted zones (they can be distinguished by their colorful ear tags).
Thomas Tan is a semi-professional actor, designer, artist, and many other things. He does many things to fill his time, and currently works as a cinematic artist for a well known video game company. You can find him online at various websites as @stuntmantan.
Mike asked for a bio. I hate writing my own bio so I’m stealing parts of it from my own website. Why? Whenever I try spitting one of these out I either sound crazy, arrogant, insecure, or all three. It’s like sitting down at a wedding and being asked by a perfect stranger, “So tell me about yourself”. My mind always blanks and I’m left with the following: I’m the daughter of Keith Devlin, the internationally famous mathematician who sleeps with his socks on (Also known as NPR’s Math Guy). And Janet Devlin, internationally published playwright. Her recent work has been produced in Greece. Much earlier her Radio plays were performed by the BBC. I was born in the UK, as was my sister. My brother is American. I am deeply in love with Ace of Geeks cofounder, Jarys Maragopoulos. And I can confirm half of our arguments boil down to me being raised in a 1970’s time capsule of England transplanted to the states, and Jarys actually being from somewhere real. I tend to most often write about mental health issues (I’m openly Bipolar I), and what it’s like to emerge from a rock after ten years and discover there’s been a geek explosion in my absence. There. A bio that barely reveals anything about me. I really am English.
Digital Dame (aka Synthia Weires) is a fan of all things nerdy. Video games, 90’s cartoons, sci-fi, kung fu, Magic the Gathering, chip tunes, and role playing. She’s a social media butterfly, Netflix expert, lover of bacon, classy D20’s, and pie. Puts her bra on one boob at a time just like everyone else.
Sam started out as a child, devouring golden age science fiction from his father’s bookshelf, tinkering with BASIC on those Apple IIs they used to have in grade school, and playing D&D during lunch periods. As a Cal EECS graduate, he now makes his living by coaxing emergent behaviors from complex systems, and divides his spare time between baking, botany, dancing, games, and the pursuit of the perfect cocktail.
Rose Marie Fox is an actor and weirdo who recently moved to Los Angeles with her pet rabbit monster. She is in love with all the video-games she was forbidden to play as a child. Rose’s favorite things include Fallout 3, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Cosplay, Sketch Comedy, Changeling: The Lost, Game of Thrones and talking people’s ears off about it
Seth Oakley is an educator and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who lives in Daly City, CA. He loves costuming, analog gaming and role playing games. He got this job in a bar after making poor life choices and has to work through 100 articles before Mike will give him his soul back. If you want Seth to cover an event in particular, leave a comment to let him know.
Ellie, a.k.a. FangireQueen, is one of those creative types, and doctors say it’s terminal. A Jill of All Trades, Ellie is an actress, cosplayer, podcaster, writer, and director. She spent time on the first season of The CW’s “The Originals” and has numerous upcoming projects both as an actress and a director. A cosplayer for over 15 years, she now works professionally in film and television as a seamstress. She spent years as a podcast host and still makes appearances on numerous other podcasts form topics raging to girl geekiness to her various projects. Her most recent project is the launch of the first book in her book series Empire Valley, an urban fantasy series. Geekiness has been involved in every inch of her life in all aspects, and continues to do so. She’s big into the three C’s; Comics, Collectibles, and Cosplay. However, she’s recently developed a deep obsession with FPS gaming.
John Garcia is a Professor of English, specializing in popular culture, comparative literature, and postcolonial studies. He is also an artist and character designer for Smorgasbord Productions. He has been cosplaying since 2002, and attending geeky conventions since 1998.
This is all the information you need to know about me: As a shirt featuring Han Solo once said “I’m in it for the money.”
Aaron Teixeira is an imagined construct represented by an audio hallucination. If you are hearing him, you should immediately contact your physician and under no circumstances should you take what he has to say seriously.