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.
Alex Cline is a lifelong comic reader and Digimon stan who also tries to give gay manga their due spotlight. He's also the co-host of the podcast Queering the Guillotine. Alex is on Twitter @ZorakRichardson.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 one third of the Talkin' Tauntauns podcast. You can check out more of his work at his personal blog ConnorShinfoCorner.com or follow him on Twitter @konnor79.
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.
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.
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!
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/.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Peter is a wrestling fan, board gamer, video gamer, amateur programmer, and occasional dungeon master. He spends his free time with his family, friends, and dog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dan is a national security reporter for Mother Jones who moonlights as a comics fan and occasional critic.
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 (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.
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.
Mark seems to gravitate towards the weirder elements of his hobbies, be it wrestling, comics, manga or science fiction. Mark's vocabulary is what happens when an English lad grows up on American TV.
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.
Justin Harrison is a writer based in Austin, Texas. He loves Meredith Gran's "Octopus Pie", Grant Morrison comics, and crime stories.
Ryan’s passion for writing started early, being one of the first students to work for the Jackson Free Press’s Youth Media Project, where he wrote features and produced podcasts. Since then he’s pursued a degree in journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi, where instead of doing class work he spent his time reading comics, watching wrestling and pretending he was a film critic to his friends. He currently serves as a leadership consultant for Sigma Nu Fraternity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Horror fan, niche cosplayer, and wrestling writer/reviewer who grew up watching the best era, the early to mid 2000’s. Still gets a little scared when she hears “I’m the boogeyman and I’m coming to get ya!” In her rare free time she likes to film herself talking at length about things, then edit that down to about 20 minutes, and post it on YouTube for her 12 fans.
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.
Julian is aregularly writing digester of books, comics, art, and culture. He enjoys attempting to craft informed critical analyses of fictional costumed heroes and the like.
I’m Jack. I’m 25. I’m tired.
Sam has a BA in English & Film Studies from the University of Exeter, which he largely did to give academic foundation to his belief that Revenge of the Sith is unironically excellent.