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 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.
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
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.
Writer, UX/UI designer, and tech nerd who spends way too much time thinking about professional wrestling, video games, and Apple.
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.
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.
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 find him roaming the bars of Cambridge or held up in his room breaking his keyboard. @heyitsjjtravers
Remember kids, animals are friends not food.
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 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's 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
David is a huge film fanatic and goalkeeper extraordinaire. He loves all types of film and sometimes considers himself a film snob. He loves comic books, toys, gaming, heavy metal, riding his motorcycle, and soccer. When not writing, you can find David on the pitch, probably cursing out his defense for not marking up properly. Want to talk to David? Of course you do! You can hit him up on Twitter @Sycotic, and you can listen to him on the Adventures in Pod Taste podcast.
One half of the AIPT Comics podcast, academic by day, and Venom and Spidey-spert by night, Forrest is fan of tabletop RPGs, sludge and doom metal, and pro wrestling. Find him on twitter at @Forrest_txt.
Patrick Hellen is large collection of adjectives, in the shape of a lanky, bearded, and bespectacled fellow. He's been a lumberjack, a restaurant writer, a published author, a sales guy, a book seller, a church janitor, a tour guide, a community director, a Dad, and apparently a comic and game reviewer. He reads nearly constantly, tells loud boisterous stories for as many people as will listen, eats food like it's his last day on earth, and still collects comic books and video games. Until he decides to sit down and write another book, you'll have to find his inane ramblings on Twitter at @PatrickCH.
Growing up Connor Christiansen was a unique mixture of sports fanatic and closet nerd, but since becoming an adult Connor has gone full nerd. A graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, Connor has an intense passion for comics, video games, Star Wars, and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey. Connor is the host of Pull This! and one third of the Star Wars in Poor Taste podcast. You can check out more of his work at his personal blog ConnorShinfoCorner.com or follow him on Twitter @konnor79.
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.
If Trevor isn’t consuming media assume they’re dead. They spend all their free time playing video games, reading comics, or squeezing in an occasional movie or show. They spend too much (yet never enough) time overanalyzing all that entertainment which leads to a desire to put all that critical thinking into words. Their favorite Legend of Zelda game is Wind Waker. They like the sailing.
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/.
Davis grew up in Belmont, North Carolina, and always had a true passion for films, even from a very young age. Davis aspire 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.
A content strategist by day, theater nerd by night, Alyssa fills her copious free time with as much geek stuff as possible. She especially loves female-driven comics, tv comedies, YA literature, and excellent grammar. She is an active cosplayer, and a proud member of the Carol Corps. Hit her up on Twitter and Instagram @alyjack, especially if you like pictures of adorable, overweight cats.
Ritesh is a hugely passionate reader and writer. Whether it be japanese manga or american comics, from Togashi and Arakawa to Moore and Ellis, he's always happy to discuss various creators and their great oeuvres. Grant Morrison is his creative hero and favorite author in the realm of comics, while Sanderson is his pick in the realm of prose. An eternal student of the craft, he also happens to be an avid lover of comics history. On twitter, he goes by @GhosttGray
Mike Pursell, known locally simply as "Muff," is an avid comic book fan and staunch movie buff.
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.
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.
Vishal is an obsessive fan of comics, video games, wrestling and more, studying computer science to support his media consumption. An avid and fast reader, you're likely to find Vishal in the middle of several long comic-reading projects, such as his quest to read all of DC's New 52, or all of Grant Morrison's bibliography. When he's not reading or writing about comics, he loves to play games of the tabletop or video variety, watch wrestling, and listen to hip-hop. You can find him on Twitter at @vgulla87.
On top of writing about comics, Alex Curtis is a filmmaker and webcomic artist.
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.
Ari is currently a junior at Case Western Reserve University, studying mechanical engineering. He has been in love with DC since he saw the animated series and movies in the early 2000s. He started reading comics regularly at the start of Rebirth. His favorite character is Martian Manhunter.
Lisa is a full time social community manager, part time artist, travel enthusiast and self-proclaimed foodie. Favorite past times include cooking, eating, posing for pictures while eating and busting an impromptu dance move. Her preferred comics generally include animals or food. We are not exactly sure what she has against people.
Hello and welcome to AIPT. I am an avid comic book fan and have been since I was 4, superheroes have been a major influence on me and my life; I hope to share that with you. In my regular time I'm a math teacher, stage actor, and podcaster, so feel free to hit me up on Twitter @StuffIShudSay, Excelsior my friends!
An avid lifelong lover of comic books. If you want to see some of the latest comic book news, show news, or film news, you'll find a fair bit of that from me on aiptcomics.com.
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.
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.
Ben was a lover of nerd culture before blockbuster films and hipsters made it trendy. When he’s not yelling at the neighborhood kids to “Get off his lawn,” he can be found at his local comic shop, playing video games, debating over anime, and attending wrestling events (It’s still real to him, dammit), or going for a run. If it lands within the pantheon of pop culture Ben wants to debate about it, write an article on his most recent shower thought, and share it with others. He dreams of one day having his work reach millions and is currently ironing out the kinks of becoming a street-level superhero.
Ryan Pagella is a photographer, videographer and writer, with a background in marketing and brand management. He is an expert at all things related to retro gaming, especially in the realm of Nintendo. He has a podcast dedicated to the queer-coding of the X-Men, The Mutant Ages – And like the mutants who inspire him, he is part of the LGBTQ community… and also a total nerd.
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.
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.
Zach is a comic book enthusiast, musician and podcaster from Manchester, England. Ever since getting into comics during DC’s 52 event, Zach has always been attracted to B-List characters such as Booster Gold, Blue Beetle and Shadowpact. Luckily Marvel also had some equally offbeat books at the time and Guardians Of The Galaxy was an excellent intro to the cosmic side of comics. The weirder sides of the big two lead to an interest in independent publishers and alternative superhero universes like Valiant.
Aside from co-hosting Pull Or Pass on Fab Radio International, running Manchester Comic Book Club and making music under the name Zach Raygun, he’s also a lifelong professional wrestling fan, expert oversleeper and often dabbles In writing biographies in the third person.
You can find him on twitter @zachraygun
Frankie loves storytelling in all of its forms, but comics most especially. He grew up on DC, but over the years he’s learned to love Marvel too. Damian Wayne, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman are his favorite characters, while his favorite teams are the Doom Patrol and the Legion of Super-Heroes. He’s always ready to read the latest from Morrison, Ellis, Gillen, and anyone with something interesting to say. As a gay man, he cares deeply about the queer community and their presence in comics. He’s @atma_geth on twitter, don’t be afraid to say hey!
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.
Nicole hails from New Jersey, and is very proud of it. She’s written for Mashable, Bustle, and a ton of other sites. She has a passion for comics that make you feel a lot of feelings, the normalization of mental heath, and intersectional feminism. She’s still an emo kid at heart. (She’s not okay, and you can tell all your friends.) She names her pets after Harry Potter characters and refers to her black cat as her "familiar." Don't even get her started on how much she loves Disney World, unless you want to acquire a lot of useless Haunted Mansion trivia.
Shamus Clancy is a writer from South Philadelphia who fell in love with comics while watching X-Men: The Animated Series in his aunt’s living room as a toddler. Receiving a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania, Shamus has written for a variety of publications over the years, including USA Today, the Philadelphia Daily News, NBC Sports and Multiversity Comics.
Shamus spent his early teenage years binge-reading Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil, Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men and the Geoff Johns Green Lantern saga. He also saw Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters five times at 20 years old and has spent the years since coming up with fake soundtracks for future Guardians films.
You can typically find Shamus tailgating Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Eagles games or at the Brave New Worlds comics shop in Old City, Philadelphia. You can also read his takes on all things Philly and the MCU on Twitter @shamus_clancy.
Shane is PA born, but AZ raised. An avid movie, tv, Marvel and WWE fan, most of his free time is spent doing something within those realms. When not at a movie theater or local Starbucks, Shane teaches 8th Grade Math and is also his school’s Student Council Advisor.
Maya lives in the rural South, doing what she does best: surviving education and yelling about comic books and celebrities on the internet. She would like to describe her writing as simply trying her best to string a coherent thought.
Sam Rutzick is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied history, and medieval and renaissance studies. A long-time fan of comics, books, movies, and really just about any form of entertainment, he can be reached at @SRutzick on twitter.