Legend says that the great comic book warrior, Stan Lee, fought a giant kaiju. The aftermath lead to the birth of Nerd Reactor. Each NR writer had to be tested for endurance by watching M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender and Birdemic.
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John “Spartan” Nguyen
Likes cosplay, video games and building a snowman.
Favorite Movies: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Aladdin
Favorite Video Games: Metal Gear Solid, Ocarina of Time, Uncharted 2, Red Dead Redemption, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
Favorite TV Shows: Game of Thrones, Arrow, Vikings, Band of Brothers, Animaniacs, Gargoyles
Favorite Composers: Yoko Kanno, Jesper Kyd, Brian Tyler, Daft Punk
Chris Del Castillo
Being an Anime and Game fan, Chris really enjoys JRPGS and moonlight strolls on the beach. He enjoys talking about anime and games to his friends. He’s also down for random activities, like teaching someone to cook. He is just mysterious that way, maybe too mysterious to the point where random isn’t so random anymore.
Favorite Movie: Clerks
Favorite Game: Xenogears
Favorite Anime: Great Teacher Onizuka….Yoroshiku !!
Trekkie. Jedi. Whovian. Sherlockian. Hobbit. Sanrio. Comics. I am Spartacus. Warrior Princess. Superhero. Nerd.
Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Wars 4-6 ONLY, The Dark Knight, Star Trek (all + the new ones), Dead Poets Society
Favorite TV Shows: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Doctor Who, LOST, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Veronica Mars, Face Off, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Flight of the Concords, The Colbert Report, Conan
Favorite Animes: Sailormoon, Rurouni Kenshin, Pokemon
Mark calls himself the Human IMDb because he can name films with just a few hints. When he’s not watching movies, reading comics, playing video games, or listening to “Get Lucky” or “One More Time” for the millionth time, he works as a web designer full-time. He’s also an avid LA Laker and Philly Eagles fan.
Favorite Movies: Marvel Studios movies, Seven Samurai, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing, Dumb and Dumber, The Rock, Indiana Jones trilogy, Star Wars original trilogy, Back to the Future trilogy
Favorite Video Games: Final Fantasy VII, Uncharted trilogy, Street Fighter, God of War, Halo, Gears of War, Assassin’s Creed
Favorite Superheroes: Iron Man, War Machine, Wolverine, Nova, Batman, Hulk, Captain America, Deadpool, Cable, Thor, Superman, Green Lantern
Favorite Music: Daft Punk, Linkin Park, Swedish House Mafia, Daft Punk, Alesso, Knife Party, Jay-Z, EMINEM, Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, did I mention Daft Punk?
Mike Villarreal has lived all over Southern California. When he was young, the first script he ever wrote was “JAWS vs GODZILLA”. Encouraged by his aunt, he wrote a letter to Steven Spielberg to pitch his script. In high school, Mike played football freshman year until he decided to make the jump to the “Nerd Side” and joined the “RUNNING WITH SPEAKERS” AV Club. Mike Villarreal has worked on two independent films and even has a profile on IMDB.
Favorite Movies: Memento, Snatched, City of God, Finding Nemo, Life is Beautiful, Pulp Fiction
Favorite Video Games: Mike Tyson’s PUNCH-OUT, ROAD RASH, Mario Kart: Double Dash, Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout, Shadow of the Colossus, and GTA: San Andreas.
Favorite Bands: Dir en grey, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Sublime, and The Clash.
Coming Soon. Playing League.
Favorite Games: League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Mass Effect
Favorite TV Shows: House, BR, Workaholics, Adventure time
Favorite Anime: Hentai
Jose “BoodaLuvr” Gutierrez III
Born in the Philippines and went to America when he was 8, Jose got into anime and such through friends and family. He was given his first computer at age 15. From taking apart that computer, he took that and turned it into a living. He is currently working as an IT Consultant/Tech. Even though he is a nerd, geek and dork, he really loves sports.
Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings series, Matrix Trilogy, Aliens, Marvel movies, Boondock Saints 1 & 2, Star Wars
Favorite Comics/Characters: Spawn, X-Men, Y The Last Man, Deadpool, Hulk
Favorite TV: IT Crowd, Simpsons, True Blood, Game of Thrones, Iron Chef, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservation, Hell’s Kitchen
Favorite Anime/Manga: Berserk, Hajime no Ippo, Fairy Tail, Naruto, Worst, One Piece
Anastasia is a nerdie birdie. She loves cosplay, comics, and pop culture. She’s a SAG/AFTRA actress, comedian, world traveler, and evil master mind! She also hosts @BourbonLounge, @nerdsinlalaland and @awkwardconvopod podcasts.
Favorite Video Games: Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Soul Calibur, Boogerman
Favorite Movies: The Fifth Element, The Godfather, Shawn of the Dead
Favorite TV Shows: Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr Who, Game of Thrones
Favorite Musicians/Bands: Black Keys, Muse, Tom Jones, yeah I said it!
Jaynesis “JB” Ong
Jaynesis “JB” is more of a closet nerd. Most people couldn’t tell he was into a lot of nerd culture until you start talking to him about it. He currently a graphics designer by trade, illustrator for indie games, fashionisto, film production assistant, socialite, sampler of fine music, and taster of various new MMO games.
Favorite Artists: Michael Turner, J. Scott Campbell, Ludo Lullabi, Joe Madrueira, Kenneth Rocafort, Glenn Rane, Hyung-Tae Kim
Favorite Movies: The Dark Knight, Lord of the Rings, Indian Jones, Star Wars, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Inception, The Matrix, Star Trek (2009)
Favorite Anime: Cowboy Bebop, Ninja Scroll, Paranoia Agent, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Perfect Blue, X/1999, Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex
Favorite MMO Game: The Secret World, World of Warcraft, EVE Online, Star Trek Online, DC Universe Online, Guild Wars 2
Rocky Vy Khamken
Proud father of 3 bettas and a papillon. Co-founder of a shiny object. Making the world a better and a more inspiring place with his digital marketing and copywriting skills.
Genevieve LeBlanc is one of those exotic creatures known as a “Canadian.” Raised on a steady diet of Dragonball Z, Genevieve is currently a full-time psychology student and even fuller-time nerd. She lives in Ontario with her many pets and cosplays, playing video games and remaining a constant figure in her city’s geek scene. Genevieve runs a bimonthly radio segment on Live 88.5′s Morning Start-Up titled “Gen LeBlanc’s Geek Girl Game Guide” where she previews up and coming video games and discusses relevant topics.
Favorite Comic Artists: Jack Kirby, Dave McKean, Neal Adams
Favorite Movies: The Princess Bride, Shaun of the Dead, The Big Lebowski
Favorite Video Games: Silent Hill 2, Resident Evil (2002), Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly, Heavy Rain
Favorite Animes: Higurashi no naku Koro ni, Black Lagoon, Berserk, Fate/Stay Night
Favorite TV Shows: Game of Thrones, Hung, Friends, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Narvin has been an avid gamer since the original Castlevania. FPS is his favorite genre, with racing second and everything else third. He can be quite competitive as he has competed in many LAN Tournaments as well as Game Battles with Halo 2 & 3, America’s Army, Rainbow Six Vegas and Modern Warfare. Along with games, Narvin is a huge movie buff, music lover and anime fan too. He is a Halo and Star Wars fanatic and is fairly proficient in both universes.
Favorite Movies: Anything Guy Ritchie (minus Madonna), Star Wars, The Boondock Saints, The Three Musketeers (the one with Kiefer Sutherland), Dark Knight
Favorite Video Games: Halo series, God of War series, Bad Company 1 and 2, Modern Warfare 1 and 2, Forza series, Mass Effect series, Arkham Asylum…this is just a few
Favorite Animes: Gundam Wing, Last Exile, Gun X Sword, Ninja Scroll, Karas
Favorite Bands: Deftones, Static X, Rage Against the Machine, Linkin Park, System of a Down, U2, Anberlin, Chevelle, Pearl Jam, Sevendust
Forged in the crucible of awkwardness and self loathing, Cory somehow manages to get himself out of bed each day and make it a priority to spend life killing Beef and going H.A.M. Mr. Vincent is also the host of the Videogame BANG! podcast.
Amber is a journalist from California and has written for many companies such as Japanator and Otaku USA Magazine. Her favorite movies are in the sci-fi and zombie category, and probably loves fantasy more than life itself. Being 18, she’s gained titles like “Youngest Journalist in the Industry” and “Proof that Young Adults Can Make It Into Journalism.”
James likes racing games, puzzle games, and building computers. By day he works as a systems administrator, by night he is a writer. He likes to be comical and open to new ideas and technology.
Favorite Movies: The Dark Knight Trilogy, Fight club, Grandma’s Boy, The Matrix, Super Troopers, Kick-Ass
Favorite Video Games: Burnout (3, Burnout and Paradise), Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, NFS: Most Wanted 2012, God of War trilogy, Ratchet and Clank series
Hokan “Kansta” Lo
At a young age of 6, Hokan “Kansta” Lo received Math Blaster for Christmas. From then on now, he would be doomed to embark on the journey of Geekdom for the rest of his life. You’d never imagine he was born in the state of North Carolina, where he lived out most of his early years. Emigrated to California in 2006, Hokan was flabbergasted at the sight of slant-eye black-hair people talking to him in a strange language. He is an avid player of 2D fighting games, but is completely terrible at them.
Favorite Foods: Fried Chicken, Korean BBQ, Southern Sweet Tea, Pho
Favorite Sports Teams: (NFL) Carolina Panthers, (FA) Arsenal F.C., (NBA) New Orleans Hornets
Favorite Musicians: Perfume, m-flo, nujabes, Sigur Rós, Röyksopp, Yoko Kanno
For as long as he can remember, Robert asked the questions that others wouldn’t about love, life, and death which brought about his interest in the human psyche and moral compass resulting in an infatuation with comics, zombies, and movies resulting in a long standing relationship with his imagination.
Favorite Movies: LOTR/Hobbit, Saving Private Ryan, Batman:Under the Red Hood, Anything Judd Apatow, Red Dawn, Army of Darkness, Marvel Movies!
Favorite Video Games: Halo, Gears of War, Devil May Cry, BioShock, Red Dead Redemption
Favorite Comic Series: Old Man Logan, Y The Last Man, The New 52, Avengers, Spider-Man, Captain America.
Favorite Music: Thrice, Underoath, All Time Low, The Game
Ryan was a nerd from the start. You know that picture of a fetus holding a game controller? Yeah, that’s him. He began in the nerd world with video games and continued entrenching himself in it by picking up the ability to enjoy anime, manga, sci-fi, and other nerdy things. He loves pieces of media that make him think in different ways about the world. He is a self-titled video game connoisseur and can be very particular about his vidya’ games.
Favorite Video Games: Super Mario World 1&2, Super Metroid, Metroid: Zero Mission, Shining Force 1 & 2, Castlevania, SMGalaxy 1&2, Fallout 3
Favorite Movies: Matrix, Good Fellas, Gattaca, Braveheart, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Princess Mononoke
Favorite TV Shows: Seinfeld, Frasier, Law and Order: SVU, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Favorite Musicians/Bands: Tokyo Jihen, Shiina Ringo, Capsule, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, RATM, 311, U2, Aikawa Nanase, Asian Kung fu Generation
Since the age of 4 when his dad showed up with the NES system with R.O.B and Duck Hunt/Gyromite games, Joe has been an avid gamer. The youngest of 3, Joe practically grew up with a game pad in his hand. Though originally he wanted to make games, he ended up in the fashion industry printing and preparing designs for t-shirts. Now Joe uses his skills creating custom hoodies and t-shirts for his good friends at Nerd Reactor!
Favorite Movies: Jurassic Park, Kung Fu Hustle, Watchmen, 300, Hero, The Postman, Spider-Man, Iron Man.
Favorite Anime: Dragonball, Dragonball Z, G Gundam, Outlaw Star, Tekkaman Blade (Teknoman US), Ronin Warriors, Tenchi Muyo!, Inuyasha, Initial D.
Favorite TV Shows: 24, Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Impractical Jokers
Rob Walker grew up in a small Colorado town surrounded by storytellers. When he was a child he wanted to be the Wolfman or Indiana Jones. These days he spends his time producing the monthly web series Victorian Cut-out Theatre (released by Cinevore Studios) and writing short stories, scripts and articles.
Favorite Books: Sherlock Holmes, Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King
Favorite Movies: Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, The Thing, Romero Zombie movies
Favorite Comics: American Vampire, Jonah Hex, Planetary, Hellboy, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Flash
Favorite Games: Portal, Lucas Arts adventure games, Skyrim, BioShock
Aaron’s a man whose love for games come second only to his love of a good story… and soccer… and the ladies. Okay, so maybe his love for games isn’t that high, but he loves them.
This sexy Filipino of Nerd Reactor calls himself the “Jack-of-all-trades” kind of nerd/geek. Whatever you name, he’s probably had some sort of exposure to it. Comic books? Check. Anime? Check. Video Games? Check. Dungeons & Dragons? Check. Bronies? In progress… Alger has experience in acting and has been an extra in Chuck, Heroes, and Hancock. He also has a voice of an R&B singer and can probably out-dance you on the club floor. In spite of all this talent, he’s very modest and humble when you meet him. Always willing to make you laugh, we’d probably label him as the “New Age Nerd” or “Neo-Geek” (Alger made me type all of this at gunpoint).
Favorite Comic Characters: The Incredible Hulk, Juggernaut, Colossus, Thor, …see a theme here?
Holly is a massive cinephile and a lifelong Trekkie. She also enjoys and appreciates anything Sherlock Holmes, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, and DC. When she is not geeking out or cosplaying her favorite characters, she works as a product development coordinator and professional organizer.
Favorite Movies: Any and all Star Trek films, The Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit, The Fifth Element, Reservoir Dogs, Shaun of the Dead, The Big Lebowski, Ritchie!verse, Sherlock Holmes series
Favorite TV Shows: Any and all Star Trek series, BBC’s Sherlock, Elementary, The Big Bang Theory, Seinfeld, House, Arrested Development.
Favorite Books: The Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit, Catcher in the Rye, Sherlock Holmes adventures, Nerd Do Well.
Favorite Musicians/Bands: The Used, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dredg, Brand New, Justin Timberlake.
Glen has been reading comic books and playing video games his whole life. His unhealthy passion, however, is for film. Upon watching a film, he must read its entire Wikipedia entry and at least five movie reviews for said film. Ask him when a movie was released and he’ll know the year. It’s a gift. All of this has led him to write movie reviews on his spare time and now for this site. Growing up, he played numerous sports when not engaging in nerdy activities. He’s still a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada.
Favorite Movies: A Clockwork Orange, The Lord of the Rings, The Shawshank Redemption, Drive, No Country for Old Men
Favorite Video Games: Metal Gear Solid quadrilogy, Shadow of the Colossus, Resident Evil 4, Bucky O’Hare, The Last of Us
Favorite Books: The Kite Runner, Rama series, American Psycho, Watchman, To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite Directors: Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Nicolas Winding Refn
A gamer at heart, Michael has been a part of the nerd culture since he was but a wee lad. While figuring out just what the hell he should do after college, he decided that if he was going to be spending the majority of his time playing video games, he might as well make a career out of it. After discovering his second love of writing, being a gaming journalist seemed to make perfect sense, and he went on to graduate with a BA in Journalism.
Favorite Movies: Kung-fu Hustle, Ace Ventura, Who Framed Roger Rabbit,
Favorite Video Games: Guilty Gear, Megaman X, Final Fantasy IX, Legend of Zelda series, Lost Odyssey, way too many others to list.
Favorite Anime: Cromartie High School, Berserk, Cowboy Bebop, Detroit Metal City, Fist of the North Star, Golden Boy
Favorite Bands: Nightwish, Dropkick Murphys, Dir en Grey
As a long time Canadian, Eric grew up braving -40 degree weather, gigantic snowdrifts and befriending polar bears. He soon discovered his penchant for the dramatic and hyperbole would lead to greater things and a steady diet of Archie comics, and Commander Keen would satiate his nerdy hunger. When Eric’s not traveling the world or watching sports, you can usually find him on his PS3 or trying to forget that the Nicolas Cage Ghost Rider movies ever existed.
Favourite TV shows: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Top Gear (UK), Band of Brothers
Favourite Comics: Archie, Ghost Rider
Favourite Video Games: Commander Keen, Oni,Heavy Rain, L.A Noire, Call of Duty (The first and best one)
Favourite Sports Teams: Tottenham Hotspur, Ottawa Senators
What do you say to describe a guy who only sleeps 4 days out of the week? Probably a lot but if you ever see an obscure story about some kind of food product, indie game or something that doesn’t quite fit on this site, you can (almost) guarantee this guy wrote it. Whether or not he was awake while it was written is anybody’s guess.
Favorite Movies: Die Hard, Gran Torino, Ip Man, Empire Strikes Back
Favorite Games: League of Legends, DotA, Team Fortress 2, Borderlands 2, Final Fantasy 6
Favorite Animes: Cromartie High, Dragonball Z
If you can somehow catch JR during the off times at the hospital, you will find that he is a lifelong gamer and Anime nut. He has been attending Anime Expo for the last 15 years and is now starting that history with Comic-Con. In the meantime, he is likely to be found at your local steakhouse enjoying his favorite, the ever-so-juicy rare-cooked bone-in ribeye steak, and don’t forget the fries dipped in ranch.
David “Hoangster” Hoang
5’9. Exotic Asian (Vietnamese). Born with a joystick in one hand and a video camera in the other. He has the same effect on women when he stands next to them as he does when film and edit, he makes them look G-Uh-ood! He’s likes fighting game, movies (especially for cult classics), anime, and likes to train dolphins, make many pop culture references, care for orphans, and cosplay.
Favorite Games: Marvel vs. Capcom, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, GoldenEye, Mass Effect, Battlefield, Mega Man, Final Fantasy series not including the crappy online ones like X-2, 13 and 13-2.
Favorite Movies: Top Gun, Starship Troopers, Serendipity, She’s All That, 10 Things I Hate About You
Ken “Slik” Khamphiphone
Born Kenneth Khamphiphone, this opponent is a worthy adversary with highly commendable attributes. His attacks can inflict high levels of HP damage but equally leveled out with slow regenerating MP. His skills are mainly developed in dancing. His social skills are better than average but can easily be accommodated and defeated by self-absorbed people. Trademark: Beanie.
Favorite Movies: Sin City, Gladiator, Lilo and Stitch, Matrix, Watchmen, Leon: The Professional and many many more…
Favorite TV shows: The Office, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Hunger Team Aqua Force, Invader Zim, The Big Bang Theory…
Favorite Animes: Vampire Hunter D, Battle Angel Alita, Fatal Fury Series, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z…
Favorite Musicians: Kina Grannis, Yellowcard, Starting Line, Something Corporate, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, 3 6 Mafia, B.O.B., outcast, Taylor Swift, Paramore, Cartel, Postal Service…