Meet the Panelists
Anastasia Washington is Bi Racial Actress, Writer, Podcaster, Comedian and Filmmaker. Her career includes credits like Die Hard 2, Pickett Fences, and making music with legends like Harry Connick Jr. Now you can find Anastasia making bold diverse content through writing and filmmaking, Acting in both comedic and dramatic Roles, and singing her heart out for you. You can also listen to her on her various podcasts, Cereal Killer, You can't do that anymore, One More Drink, and Histerical. And her upcoming one woman show premiers virtually November 13th! Links to keep up with All things Anastasia.
Anne Richmond creates weekly RPG related content as Hearthsinger Games on Twitch, YouTube, and Patreon. She can be heard regularly on the Starfinder podcast, Starfound, as the vlaka solarian,Captain Amaruq Yuka, as well as occultist Astrid Nyberg in the nordic horror Vaesen podcast The Lost Mountain Saga. She was the host of Active Player Network and is currently a Producer at The Glass Cannon Network and Level Up Dice. She GM’d the Star Wars RPG show Hearts of Kyber and played elven technomancer Priya Brywynn in Starfinder on Geeks4Good, raising over $20,000 for various charities. Anne performed in the Robin Hood scenario, fight team, and the Sirens of Sterling at the New York Renaissance Faire from 2012-2017 and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Twitter: @ annerichmond
Brooke Thorne (aka: Dodger)
Brooke Thorne (aka: Dodger) has been in the YouTube and Streaming game since 2010, dipping her toes in a variety of formats while promoting a nurturing atmosphere for her community. She currently lives in England with her husband and fellow streamer, Sam Thorne, as well as their child and two cats.
Calvin Watts III
Calvin Watts III has geek-cred stemming from the early days of Star Trek reruns. His formative years, shaped by Space:1999, Star Wars, and Force Five, led to a love of comic books, video games, and movies. (And pinball!) His many years as an avid reader, gamer, and movie watcher are some of the qualities that have made him a valuable co-host of the long running, award winning cable access show Sci-Fi Journal. (Find it on YouTube.)
Some items of interest in his personal stash include: an extensive amount of all things Nightwing, an immense collection of video games and systems beginning with Pong, and the ultra rare 1701 Capt. Picard/Tapestry TNG figure. You can usually find him playing Destiny online and trying to save the Last City.
Tiefling Bard. Christine Alanonay occasionally stream games on twitch, and I appear in others. Former entertainment writer for Legion of Leia, current smart-mouth accountant at a non-profit.
Eric Ratcliffe is a pop culture junkie constantly able to spout off the most random and obscure facts about a gamut of topics. He’s the co creator of the award winning webcomic New Comic Day, the host and producer of the podcast Why I love comics and can be seen cos playing as The Riddler on the convention scene when not at his table regaling people with crazy stories
Jeffrey S. Mueller
Jeffrey S. Mueller, a Baltimore native, is a lifelong gaming and comic book geek whose nerd-cred was forged in the fires of Mount Doom and by the derision of the masses.
His production company (Jerd Productions) has been producing positive, health conscious, and empowering web content, since 2012. Jeffrey can be found on Twitter (@TheMightyJerd) chatting about his passion for fitness, martial arts, movies, and TTRPGs or hosting the Geek Fitness Matters podcast where he tries to help people achieve their best.
Jenna Busch is an entertainment journalist and author living in Los Angeles, currently writing for Vital Thrills and SYFY Wire. She's contributed to 11 books in the PsychGeeks series including Star Wars Psychology and Joker Psychology, as well as the comics anthology Womanthology: Heroic. She co-hosted Cocktails with Stan with the legendary Stan Lee.
Joe Crowe is a copywriter and editor and co-director of Dragon Con's American Sci-Fi Classics Track and thus an expert on Manimal and also Automan. He's the co-host of Quarantine Panels on Classic Track's YouTube. His writing has been called "Swiftean in its satiric eloquence" and "the worst piece of garbage I have ever read."
Twitter: @ classictrack
Jonathan Alexandratos (they/them) is a Non-Binary writer based in New York City. Their award-winning work on action figures and Queerness has been produced internationally (Jonathan's stage plays like TOYS 101 and DUCK), published (Jonathan's edited essay collection ARTICULATING THE ACTION FIGURE plus articles on Tor.com, Legion of Leia/Vital Thrills, and Toy Wizards), heard (on podcasts like Queersplaining and Is It Transphobic?), and seen (on PBS). They have been supported by the Queens Council on the Arts, Parity Productions, Denver Pop Culture Con (where Jonathan co-runs the literary conference), and others. Jonathan teaches at Queensborough Community College.
Kristen Nedopak, CEO of Magick Girl™, is an award-winning writer, producer, host and witch. She’s a former showrunner / creator of the first-ever live awards show for geeks: The Geekie Awards; as well as the creator of the award-winning digital series Late to the Game and the award-nominated, viral series The Skyrim Parodies. Nedopak’s most recent project is a historical-fantasy novel trilogy called Éire’s Song, based on an original pilot script about Ireland and Celtic magick that received international appraisal at CANNES (Best Television Pilot finalist) and won several other awards. Nedopak is the Founder of The Magick Grove, a community for witches, healers and spiritual leaders changing the world with magick. Oh, and she likes her whiskey neat!
Michael Falkner is a writer, podcaster, and photographer living in the Atlanta area. A scientist and engineer, a Navy submarine veteran, and an incurable science fiction geek, he has been writing, give or take, since he could hold a pencil. Since 2014, he has been the author of the Timestamps Project, a story by story look at the televised universe of Doctor Who.
Mike Nelson (Trexlight)
Podcaster, Streamer, and all around Content Creator. Mike Nelson aka Trexlight has been playing MMO games and helping gaming communities for close to 10 years. He can be found on his own channels as Trexlight but also a co-founder of the Nerds of the Apocalypse and a Guest Podcaster on the 42 Cast Podcast. His love for MMORPGs is on par with his love for Anime. If it has Giant Robots, he has watched. Just who the hell do you think I am!?
Michael G. Williams
Michael G. Williams writes queer horror, urban fantasy, and science fiction celebrating monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He authored The Withrow Chronicles (2012 Laine Cunningham Award); SERVANT/SOVEREIGN, urban fantasy featuring real estate, time travel, and San Francisco’s most treasured historical figures; and the sci-fi noir A Fall in Autumn (2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award). Michael also co-hosts Arcane Carolinas and contributes to tabletop RPG development. He strives to present the humor and humanity at the heart of horror and mystery. Michael lives in Durham, NC, with his husband, various animals, and more friends than he probably deserves.
Twitter: @ mcmanlypants
Engineer by day and podcaster by night, Nathan Laws discusses all his favorite things on The 42cast your Ultimate Answer to Fandom, Geekiness, and Everything! Not content with his overloaded schedule and wanting to share his love for Doctor Who, Nathan has also started Timestreams, a discussion of all of televised Doctor Who from the beginning to now. You can also find his musings on Doctor Who expanded media as well as a few other things at Blogger Who.
Live Journal: https://blogger-who.livejournal.com/
Sue Kisenwether's been podcasting about sci-fi TV and movies since 2010, and writing about them for even longer. Currently, she co-hosts Women at Warp on the Roddenberry Podcast Network, focusing on feminism and Star Trek. Her writing focuses on fan history and fan culture, and has been featured in Star Trek Quarterly and the Hugo-winning zine Journey Planet, among others. To annoy fanboys, she likes to use a Star Wars headshot with a Star Trek-heavy bio.
Known as "The Star Trek Communist" on Twitter, Will Nguyen combines his love of Star Trek and his revolutionary Marxism to explain the necessity of class struggle and solidarity in fictional worlds and in the real world. Will has always been drawn to the message of Star Trek: one where humanity has finally resolved the problems of racism, sexism, hunger, poverty, and greed.
For him, this Star Trek future is only possible by the workers of the world uniting, in the classic words of Rom. Will is hard at work making this future possible through his involvement with the socialist organization, the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), and with appearances on geeky podcasts, videos, and conventions.Twitter: @ BoomerNiner
Instagram: @ proletariantrek