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AIPT is a collection of passionate, like-minded individuals who love media, love writing and love writing about media. What started as a small blog sardonically named Adventures in Poor Taste written by a tight-knit group of real-life friends has grown into a space where comic book, video game, movie and television fans can share their opinions with the world. We aren’t owned by any major company and thus aren’t beholden to any special interest or agenda. Therefore, what you’re reading is the authentic opinion of the contributor.

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

About10: 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

Editors

Patrick RossPatrick Ross (Editor-in-Chief)

Writer, UX/UI designer, and tech nerd who spends way too much time thinking about professional wrestling, video games, and Apple.

David BrookeDavid Brooke (Content and Media 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.

Russ DoblerRuss 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.

Austin ManchesterAustin Manchester (Gaming Editor)

Austin Manchester is a writer and bookseller in New York City. He spends too much time reading Thor comics, playing Mass Effect, and watching the Boston Celtics and not enough time working on that book that he might someday finish, maybe, who knows. He covers video games for AIPT and his short stories have been published by From Whispers to Roars, Please See Me, and Iris Literary Journal.

Chris CoplanChris Coplan (Comics Editor)

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).

Chris HassanChris Hassan (Contributor)

Chris currently oversees X-Men Monday at AIPT and has curated the site's Uncanny X-Month, Cyclops Week and X-Men Week events. You can keep up with his thoughts on X-Men, comics, pop culture, food and life, in general, on Twitter @ChrisAHassan.

Gary CatigGary Catig (TV Editor)

Gary Catig is west coast raised, east coast educated, and has a touch of southern charm. He has spent most of his adult life making science fiction a reality as an engineer conducting research in the military, microprocessor, and biotechnology fields. While currently living in San Diego, he enjoys all facets of pop culture including but not limited to comics, TV, movies and music

Nathaniel MuirNathaniel Muir (Movies 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.

Contributors

JJ Travers
JJ Travers

JJ is a level 99 Tolkien trivia master, cat dad extraordinaire and sour beer aficionado. He sustains himself on the tears of fans from the franchises the Patriots have destroyed. In his free time JJ enjoys tattoos, horror movies, and reading a silly amount of books/comics at the same time. You can most likely find him with his cats or held up in his room breaking his keyboard.

Remember kids, animals are friends not food.

Nick NafpliotisNick Nafpliotis

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 he brings shame to his family on a daily basis.

Jordan RichardsJordan Richards

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.

Eric Alex ClineEric Alex Cline

Eric Alexander Cline is a lifelong reader who tries to give gay and just plain weird comics their due spotlight. Eric is on Twitter @ZorakRichardson.

Nathan SimmonsNathan 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.

Jason SegarraJason Segarra

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.

Virginia PittmanVirginia Pittman

Virginia grew up in Belmont, North Carolina, and always had a true passion for films, even from a very young age. Virginia aspires 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.

Regina Chavez MuirRegina Chavez Muir

Regina Chavez Muir is an avid TV watcher and neighborhood icon. She loves monster movies and Victorian novels. She teaches English and enjoys watching Grey’s Anatomy with her dog.

Christopher FraneyChristopher Franey

Chris is an avid comic book fan and has been since he was 4. Superheroes have always been a major influence on him and his life, and he hopes to share that with you. In his regular time he's a math teacher, stage actor, and podcaster. He can be found on Twitter @StuffIShudSay. Excelsior, my friends!

Rory WildingRory Wilding

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.

Robert ReedRobert Reed

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/.

Jim LehaneJim Lehane

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.

Ronnie GorhamRonnie Gorham

Ronnie is a writer born and raised in the beautiful garden state, New Jersey. He is a Funko pop addict, loves music from all genres, and sometimes he writes things.

avatar for Colin MoonColin Moon

Colin Reed Moon grew up in Wyoming, where comic books were not particularly easy to get. To say that comics were a formative medium on him would both be hyperbolic as well as incredibly true. His poetry and fiction work can be seen in journals like SRPR, Rust + Moth, Loud Zoo, and others, and he (very) infrequently writes at colinostensiblywrites.com. He can be found on Instagram at @colinreedmoon and twitter @colinmoon.

Alex CurtisAlex Curtis

On top of writing about comics, Alex Curtis is a filmmaker and webcomic artist.

Michael RoschMichael Rosch

Michael has written, directed, and produced several short films. 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 and skepticism.

Chris ShowalterChris 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.

avatar for Ryan SonnevilleRyan Sonneville

Ryan Sonneville is a lifelong comic fan and lover of the X-Men. He spent too many years in graduate school studying international relations and now teaches government and literature in California. With two young daughters in tow, he can be found frequenting his local comic shop in Sonoma County or at @R_Sonneville on Twitter.

Darius MeltonDarius Melton

Darius Melton is a military brat who cautiously claims to be from North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina—Wilmington in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, and he mostly uses it to write superhero stories and news articles about pro wrestling. Melton is a stan of Kenny Omega and The New Day, and his dream crossover comic has Miles Morales’ Spider-Man hanging out with Dick Grayson’s Nightwing. You can reach him on Twitter and Instagram @dariusthewriter.

Dan SpinelliDan Spinelli

Dan is a national security reporter for Mother Jones who moonlights as a comics fan and occasional critic.

Jules CabotJules Cabot

Jules is a Slytherin living in Providence, RI, who loves coffee, cats, and all things creepy. When they're not indulging in their many hobbies, they're working at a non-profit addiction treatment center. Jules can be found on Instagram @ascannerdorkly.

avatar for Alex McDonaldAlex McDonald

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.

avatar for Justin HarrisonJustin Harrison

Justin Harrison is a writer based in Austin, Texas. He loves Meredith Gran's "Octopus Pie", Grant Morrison comics, and crime stories.

Keigen ReaKeigen Rea

Full-time student, full-time classroom assistant, part-time busser, and reviewing and writing about comics makes him sound much busier than he is but sounds insane written down. Find his comics criticism all over the place and find him on Twitter @prince_organa where it’s just mostly comics.

Ben MorinBen Morin

Ben is a comic buff and film fanatic. A journalism major by day and a comic reviewer by night, he ardently consumes all forms of sequential art. Whether its Hal Jordan's latest space epic or Daredevil's eternal war on crime, he reads it all. When not reading, Ben can be found working his way through his ever expanding cinema catalog. On Twitter, he goes by @BiglikeBen.

avatar for Alexandra IciekAlexandra Iciek

Alexandra is a life long comics fan who is interested in the vast potential for the medium to represent identity and the lived experience. Her favorite episode of TV is 'Last Exit to Springfield' and she wants to go out to Carly Rae Jepsen.

Kendra ReedKendra Reed

Spun from the dusty oilfields of west Texas and a hint of rainbow glitter, Kendra is a space enthusiast with a love for music, art, and microbiology. She specializes in human interactions within society and taboos, but has dedicated herself to being a lifetime learner and science communicator. Called eccentric for her love of all things weird, awkward, and occasionally morbid, she's a real softie whose favorite things in life are hanging out with her nerdy husband and making up silly songs with her two kids.

avatar for Michael ComptonMichael 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.

Madeleine ChanMadeleine Chan

Madeleine Chan is a recent university grad who critiques and comments on the world through writing, but mostly the critique part. Catch Madeleine expressing their strong feelings on storytelling and superheroes when they’re not plotting the downfall of media oligopolies.

Daniel BerlinDaniel Berlin

Daniel is a video editor from New York. During college, he interned at ComicsVerse and the YA publisher Papercutz before working in film, TV and eventually digital video. Credits include VICE on HBO, Explained on Netflix and the 5-second pre-roll ad you skipped before watching a YouTube video. His proudest achievement is one time being an on-set stand-in for Martin Scorsese. You can follow him on Twitter @ban_derlin.

Noelle ModeloNoelle Modelo

Noelle has been a writer for most of her life. Starting with cheesy fan fiction, to short poems and now passionately writing comic book and video game reviews. She first jumped into comics with DC New 52 and hasn't looked back since. Living in Sydney, Australia, she survives on a diet of reading comics and mastering her next PC game.

David CanhamDavid Canham

David L Canham grew up in Arizona watching X-Men: the Animated Series and reading mostly X-Men and Spider-Man comics of the 90s. After a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics with Minors in Math and Religious Studies from the University of Arizona, he received a doctorate in Physics from the University of Bonn in Germany. He now teaches Physics and Math at the junior high and high school level in northern Germany, where he lives with his family. He still loves comics; especially the ones that make him ask deep questions.

X-Reads PodcastX-Reads Podcast

Connecting fans with their favorite creators. X-Reads recaps classic issues of X-Men comics with celebrities, artists, and writers. Join Chris & Chandler as they jump through different eras of X-Titles from Claremont to Hickman and everything in between. New episodes publish every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Find us on social media @xreadspodcast.

avatar for Tyler WestTyler West

Tyler West has covered sports, news, and culture for various newspapers, journals, and blogs. He has also had poetry, fiction, and essays published.

He currently writes for aiptcomics.com.

Holly WoodburyHolly Woodbury

Holly is a Contributing Writer, scientist, casual closet cosplayer, recovering theater kid, and lover of nerdy paraphernalia based in the East Coast. Stay tuned for her reviews and retrospective essays about her favorite pieces of media.

avatar for John SchaidlerJohn Schaidler

John Schaidler (he/him) is a U.S.-based writer, editor, and photographer. He’s worked with countless young readers, writers, and illustrators on children’s literacy and publishing projects in Minneapolis, New York, and Ghana. With over two decades of experience writing, reviewing, and editing fiction and graphic novels, he is a natural storyteller and an enthusiastic teacher who loves to help others craft their stories in words, pictures, or both.

Chandler PolingChandler Poling

An X-Men fan first and foremost, Chandler is the co-host of X-Reads Podcast now on the AIPT Podcast Network. He is also a resident DJ at Dublab Radio and the Vice President of the LGBTQ video game non-profit Qweerty Gamers. You may have seen him at cons dressed as Doctor Strange.

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