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Founders of Nerdvana

Jayson Peters founded Nerdvana in August 2007 while working as a copy editor and page designer at the East Valley Tribune. He has also contributed articles to Wired magazine’s popular GeekDad blog about parenting and pop culture and taught Online Media at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix. A former Tribune website editor, he is now director of digital media for the Pueblo Chieftain in Southern Colorado. Read Jayson’s posts >>

Scott Kirchhofer is a visual information specialist and Nerdvana co-founder who led the East Valley Tribune’s graphics team for nearly 10 years and provided materials used in a Pulitzer Prize-winning project. Scott designed the awesome Nerdvana logo. He is now senior graphic designer at Achen-Gardner Engineering in Chandler. Read Scott’s posts >>

Chris “KeL” Adams was a web editor at the East Valley Tribune who also covered local events and reviewed movies. An avid gamer and comic book fan, Chris joined Nerdvana shortly after its creation, and his contributions resulted in the blog appearing in Technorati’s “Top 100 Comics” blog list on more than one occasion. Read Chris’ posts >>


Bob Leeper co-owned Mesa’s art, clothing and collectibles shop Evermore Nevermore, a pop culture haven that was instrumental in reviving the once-sleepy downtown scene by attracting eclectic artisans and other creative forces while organizing events such as Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON. Read Bob’s posts >>

Russ Kazmierczak Jr. is creator of Amazing Arizona Comics, a mini-comic book series about the secret superheroes that call the Grand Canyon State home. Read Russ’ posts >>

Christen Bejar writes for the local gamer blog The Pause Button and tweets as IncreaseBlue on Twitter. Read Christen’s posts >>

Rusty Schmidt has been into gaming since the family had to get a second Atari 2600 so everybody could play at once and interested in computer gaming since playing Math Blaster and The Oregon Trail all the way back in 5th grade.  Later he found the original Diablo and StarCraft games to get hooked on Blizzard games and eventually stopped playing SNES games trading them for PC games because of the online persistence of worlds like SWG and WoW.  Currently a Blizzard Correspondent, he looks forward to becoming a Senior Blizzard Correspondent for Nerdvana some day. Read Rusty’s posts >>

Dustin Diehl is an East Valley resident and ASU graduate with a passion for movies and all things Star Wars! He also runs the blog Pop Goes the Culture and performs copywriting and social media management for an online marketing agency. Read Dustin’s posts >>

Emanuel James Miller is a local documentary filmmaker at New Mutiny Media. New Mutiny Media produces documentaries, web series and local geek related reporting under the Geekssociated Press banner. Emanuel’s love of local business as well as a passion for the geek community drives Geekssociated Press and its on-air personalities to highlight the best of what the geek side of the Phoenix area has to offer. Watch Geekssociated Press reports >>

Tatiana McEntire is a freelance photographer and owner of Photos By Tatiana and allons-y photo + video, and the photographer for Geekssociated Press, a New Mutiny Media Production. In addition to regular portrait photography she covers local events and conventions. Watch Tatiana’s slideshows >>

Ryan Biggs is a huge fan of Formula 1 racing and soccer. He’s a dad, a self-proclaimed know-it-all car enthusiast, and an aspiring restaurant bathroom critic. Read Ryan’s posts >>

Emily Whitmore is a page designer for the Ahwatukee Foothills News, where she also contributes articles about local businesses and helps manage the publication’s online presence. She loves science fiction and fantasy (Star Wars), geeky comedy (Monty Python to MST3K) and zombie horror. Sorry, guys — she’s married. Read Emily’s posts >>

Lee Whiteside has been writing about science fiction and fantasy in various forms online since before the WWW existed. His website, sftv.org, keeps track of genre TV shows. He also is quite involved with organized fandom, having chaired CopperCons (16 & 23), LepreCons (28 & 36), The 2006 Nebula Awards, and the first North American Discworld Convention. And he runs the official Connie Willis Website at ConnieWillis.netRead Lee’s posts >>

Stephen Carpenter is a roleplaying game designer and writer who served as event coordinator for Gamer’s Inn in Mesa. Read Stephen’s posts >>

Daniel Reichstein (danscomicblog AT yahoo.com) has studied television and movie production at Scottsdale Community College and is pursuing a degree in technical writing at ASU. He welcomes comments and story ideas! Read Daniel’s posts >>

Tom Kuipers studied English literature at Arizona State University where he also covered arts and entertainment for the State Press. Read Tom’s posts >>