Kimberly- Founder, Blogger, Podcaster- Orphan Black, PLL, TVTalk, SciFantasyA big thanks to her father for introducing Kimberly to sci-fi and fantasy as it her well on her way to being the nerd she is today. His introduction of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dune, Time Bandits and other Sci-Fi ignited the spark of her inner nerdiness. Growing up, Kimberly loved to watch X-men, Gargoyles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, BSG, Goof Troop, and X-files. She also loved playing video games, and still does. Kimberly is a big fan of the Inheritance Book Series minus that horrible movie named “Eragon” that was allowed to be made. But what made Kimberly want to start The Nerd Element wasn’t the fact that she liked comics, video games, movies, Sci-Fi and fantasy; but the fact that in addition to those typical “nerdy” things she loved food, sports, fitness and art among others. Why can’t you “nerd out” about things not traditionally known as “Nerdy”? Thus The Nerd Element was born! Follow @anime23
Natasha- Co-Founder, Blogger, Podcaster- TVTalk, SciFantasyArticles Went to the library and Natty fell in love with all things fiction. Will try to convince anyone to read the “Wheel of Time” series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. Natty grew up watching all kinds of movies ranging from Star Wars, “The Chinese Connection”, all things Disney, musicals like “The Music Man” to comedy action films featuring Whoopi Goldberg. Lover of old school cartoons like X-Men, TaleSpin, and DuckTales. Grew up on shows like Family Matters, Full House, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Have eclectic musical tastes. Lover of books, appreciation of all things geeky. I am also known as “Natty Willy” Follow @willcat12
Llana- Co-Founder, Podcaster- DCTV, Grown-up GamerRoll of Thunder Hear My Cry gave Llana the first visual of the stories her family shared with her growing up. As she learned about the past the future became clear. Star Trek and Star Wars carried her to many worlds full of technology and the unknown. As the future became more abstract Llana realized there were still mysteries to be solved right here on earth. The X-Files opened her eyes to all the possibilities….but she had to prepare. Aveline, Storm, Wonder Woman, and the Master Chief trained her and allowed her be prepared for the forthcoming Zombie apocalypse.
Dan- Editor,BloggerDan is a long time “nerd”, from reading Piers Anthony’s ‘Xanth’ series in Junior High, watching (repeatedly) ‘Time Bandits’ growing up, to working at a comic book shop a few years out of High School (and going to his 1st Comic-Con in 1996). Now days he is a long time (14 years straight and 17 years overall) attendee of San Diego Comic-Con International. He is also the mastermind behind The Red Stapler Cosplay Project, taking pics of various cosplayers (and even a few celebrities) posing with/holding a red stapler. He prefers his anonymity, and is a huge fan of ‘Office Space’, hence the red stapler pic as his avatar on various social network sites. In in his massive amounts of spare time, he plays online games (Hearthstone and the Marvel Heroes MMO are his current time wasters), as well as watching a lot of tv. His role at the The Nerd Element, is to edit (and add content as necessary) all articles/blogs before they go up, as well as occasionally writing his own blogs/articles.
Désirée- BloggerDésirée Guzzetta is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Estylo, ROCKRGRL, Cemetery Dance, Goldmine, Dark Scribe Magazine (online) and Bust, among others. She loves film, books, writing (mostly poetry) and above all else, live music, and is a certified Supes girl, Gojira-lover, and all-around nerd. Follow @dezbot
James- Blogger, Podcaster- DCTV, Grown-up GamerBlack nerd | husband | father | Saints fan | aspiring writer | wannabe photographer | gamer | movie buff | music lover | avid reader | chef | architect in training | tech geek | jack of all trades | master of none I have way too many interests and not enough money to enjoy them. Except for special cases, most games I buy are on sale so I’m usually a bit late on them. But I try to play everything I can. I’m not just a gamer, I like a lot of different things so I may write about random stuff. Fatherhood Lessons of the Day Follow @kodiak_j Follow @@FHLOTD
Antonio- Podcaster- TVTalkI started as an avid gamer and got into avid reading while in high school, which lead me to go to college for Journalism. I grew up with a military family moving a lot, but really loved living in Japan before moving back to the US and now living in Florida. I have been into the world of special effects make-up and werewolves from the moment I saw the 1981 movie “An American Werewolf in London” and now I dabble in the industry making friends and connects with lots of big name make-up artist and hope to work on a few movies someday. I also really love watching TV shows such as GRIMM , ARROW, THE WALKING DEAD and so much more. I am also a really avid convention goer and love making lots of connections there as well, which led me to here on the Nerd Element. I wonder how I find time to read, watch tv, play video games, and go to conventions. Follow @AntonioJ31
Michelle- Podcaster- DCTVMichelle hails from Houston, Texas. She is a lover of comics, football, Apple, gadgets, collectibles, and more. Favorite shows : The Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones, New Girl, Scandal, Supernatural. Favorite Hero: Superman Follow @Comicgeekgirlie
Melanie- Reoccuring Podcast Co-host - PLLIt’s hard to say when Melanie first realized she was a nerd. It could be in her blood, as her parents could be described as such. It could be reading any book she could get her hands on or beating all the neighborhood boys at Mario Kart. It could have been writing in journals everything from haikus to short stories as a relaxation technique. It could have been when she quit cheerleading in high school to focus on drama and studied performing arts up through college. These days, she’s a devoted lover of anything mystical or supernatural, a hardcore Whedonite, binge TV aficionado and Lego video game destroyer. When not participating in one of the above, Melanie is an avid music fan and tries to go to as many shows as humanly possible. Warped Tour is a must in the summer and someday Lollapalooza will be conquered. Follow @Melly_Mels
Julie- Blogger, Podcaster- PLLLover of pop culture! Julie lives in Northern California where she consumes an enormous amount of Internet articles and celebrity gossip each day! She has always loved superheros and after an early obsession with the 80’s TV versions of Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk, she grew into a true comic nerd! She is waiting for the day when her collection of Night Thrasher comic books will be worth something and hopes to actually attend the San Diego Comic Con one of these years. The only comic she has ever had a subscription to is Batman and she wants to see someone make Strangers in Paradise into a TV show or mini-series (really, is that too much to ask?). However, most of her time is not spent reading comic books because she has to have time for all of her other pop culture obsessions! Lately she’s been into: Pretty Little Liars; Agents of SHIELD; Lost Girl; Star Wars & Disney news; Degrassi; KPop; and tech news! Follow @sparkleNray
Kendra- Blogger, Cosplay PhotographerAs another East Coast member of the Nerd Element, Kendra got her start into all things “nerdy” watching the old Superman serial cartoons on tape as a child and soon her many fandoms grew from there. Loves the animated side of comics, especially ones from DC Comics, but thinks the 90s X-Men series is a classic. Big fan of anime too thanks to Toonami in the late 90s/early 00s. Kendra is a freelance photographer who also dabbles in cosplay photography.
Shawn- Podcaster- Orphan BlackShawn “Fangirl S” hails from from Chicago-adjacent. She is a “fangirl” to her core attending multiple comic and entertainment conventions each year. Her love of multiple genres in tv, movies and books has her quite happy in her nerdom. Since stumbling upon a podcasting group at C2E2 she has found many people with the same nerdy tendencies and has branched out onto multiple platforms to discuss everything that makes her a “fangirl”. When she’s not at The Nerd Element you can find her gushing over everything at Fangirlzone.com Follow @fgzpodcast
Hesus Ng Sunrise- Blogger, YoutuberEver wonder what happened to the closet-nerd jock that used to bully you? He’s now your local internet troll harassing you.