R.C. Samo – Editor-In-Chief
R.C. began his journalism career in 1996 as a college freshman. He has been published everywhere from Pro Wrestling Illustrated to the Oakland Tribune and Orange County Register. His vision for FanboyNation was to return a sense of traditional journalism to a world full of sensationalism and geek rage. If you hadn’t noticed, R.C. really hates taking selfies, but loves comics, animation, films and MMA.
Carl R. Jansson – Senior Editor
FanboyNation’s resident comics historian, Carl has an unhealthy obsession with Ultraman and proper grammar, as well as a tragically fatal case of Anglophilia. He has more books than friends, and likes it that way. He’s currently writing a comedy/sci-fi/detective mystery novel.
Kevin Fenix – Gaming Editor
The best way to describe Kevin Fenix is the kid you never tell what the buttons do in video games so you have a chance to win. Being 6’ 4” and Asian, he never really fit in, so he got comfortable standing out. Not only is it easy to find him in crowds, he dabbles in the culinary arts, does a little stand up and improv, and can honestly say Spider-Man is the Jesus-like influence of his life. Kevin Fenix loves dogs, movies, television, comics, comedy, and to shoot people… with video. Fenix will be shooting and making videos here at FanboyNation. Follow his twitter (@fenixdy) for 140 characters of attempted hilarity and Instagram (k.fenix).
Anthony Ray Bench – Comics Editor
A long time ago in a beach town not so far away Anthony Ray Bench learned how to work a VCR before he could talk. He used his abilities to fast forward through all of the sad parts in Disney’s Dumbo, making him an accomplished video editor before the age of two. As he got older his obsessions ranged from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Back to the Future, and The Star Wars Trilogy. He’s a comic nerd/gamer/amateur cook who is currently single and lives with a cat named Ewok.
Anthony Ray Bench has interned at Kevin Smith’s podcast network SModCo, PodCRASH w/ That Chris Gore, IDW Publishing, and he currently works as a Podcast Producer at Sideshow Network. He writes indie comics which you can find info about at www.pandafuzzink.com, and he’s currently submitting short stories to several different publications.
Jessica Greenlee – Editor
Jessica Greenlee grew up in a house full of books. She is still surrounded by books and is hopelessly and irrevocably in love with stories and storytelling. She is helped and hindered in writing her reviews by a small parrot who has tasted his share of literature.
Michael Colbert – Columnist
Born to a hot dog themed performance artist and an animated extra from Scooby Doo, Michael Colbert had a typical life till, as a kid, he started reading comics and discovered Star Wars and Doctor Who. After that any hope for a normal life went out the window.
Splitting his time between Southern California and an alternate plane of existence where waffle cones are the dominate life-form Mike writes stuff; his Cyberpunk/spectral comic series Crazy Mary, short stories and now for the sinister forces of FanboyNation. He also carries heavy things for the film biz and worked on such geek-tastic shows as Babylon 5, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire slayer, Chuck and Torchwood – Miracle Day all while harboring an irrational fear of anthropomorphic food.
Angelo Agustin – Journalist
Angelo loves everything food, barbells, comics, anime, manga, and toys. He aims to be stronger than the Hulk and go further beyond than Goku. He competes in the USAPL 205lb weight class, is a USAPL Certified Powerlifting coach, in school to become a physical therapy assistant, and coaches the UCLA Powerlifting Club. “I lift to eat. I eat to lift. It’s a vicious cycle.” Follow his adventures on Instagram (anjello22) and Twitter (jello_sh0t).
Alex Hughes – Contributor
Alex was born and raised in San Bernardino, CA. He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in biochemistry and works as a chemist during the day and a geek at night. He’s loved video games ever since he was able to pick up an NES Zapper and shoot those damn 8-bit ducks off the TV. He learned all of his life morals from Steve Rogers and Bruce Wayne, not his parents. Alex is an avid runner, but really only runs so he can drink all the craft beer he wants. His favorite video games include Kingdom Hearts and the Legend of Zelda series.
Patric Huynh – Contributor
Patric has many passions which include gaming, Funko Pops, anime, manga, comics and all things Marvel. Currently his obsessions include Valorant and My Hero Academia. When he isn’t absolutely nerding out he is usually planning his next overseas adventure or finding the foodie spot to add pictures to his Instagram. You could say he’s a Basic Nerd. You can follow his shenanigans on Instagram and Twitter @patricwinn.
Steven Sievers – Journalist
I’m a dork rocker who’s passionate about music, movies, wrestling, video games, & animation. I have my own award winning animated series & comic book called Supa Pirate Booty Hunt. I’m a producer and film editor at at MCTV Network and Continuum Motion Pictures. My wife and I own a company called Level 27 Media. I’ve been doing press for a couple years now, gotten to interview some amazing people such as Mark Hamill, Tim Burton, Stan Lee, & many others. I love covering everything from conventions, to concerts, to haunted houses. I’m excited to be working now for FanboyNation.
Victoria Irwin – Editor
Lady Victoria Irwin grew up with at least two books in her bag at all times. Discovering comic books, Science Fiction, and Fantasy at an early age, it was only a matter of time before she became a Fangirl. With a deep love for Doctor Who, Joss Whedon Projects, and classic detective stories, Victoria turned her attentions to writing and sharing her love of a good story with the world. Armed with an Oxford comma and a smile, the University of California, Irvine Alumnae seeks to spread the word about amazing comic books, good novels and television shows that deserve a long look.
Jamie LeDent – Photographer
I started photographing while on backpacking and road trips with my earliest focus on landscapes and wildlife. Those themes are still a passion of mine but I’ve tried to expand the love of expansive composition into working with models. My love of the outdoors and natural lighting was a consistent carryover into fashion photography. In recent years I’ve been mixing in event and photojournalism into my arsenal, which has been very rewarding and entirely unique to the previous genres I have shot.
Whitney Grace – Podcast Host
Whitney Grace is an expert in animation and comic books. Her expertise comes from years of studying the mediums and since she loves research so much, she earned a Masters in Information Science. She is a professional writer, having worked with Comic Buyers Guide and Animerica . She is the host of the Toon-In Talk Podcast, which can be found here at FanboyNation as well as ToonInTalk.com. Check out ToonInTalk.com for her articles and other content. Whitney is currently writing a book for McFarland about animator Lotte Reiniger, working on a young adult graphic novel entitled Blood, Feather, and Stone, as well as a mystery series. When not reading comic books, watching cartoons, or writing, she conducts research for ArnoldIT and writes for ToughPigs.com and the Rotoscopers.com
Izola Siegfried – Podcast Host
What can I say… I’m a nerd at heart. I love comics, movies, games, art, and of course, music. I have been going to the Cons for years. I have been lucky enough to see some amazing things, meet awesome people, and I decided I would share it with everyone! I love to chat about anything and everything, so if you have something you want to talk about, let me know!