Meet The Team
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The Nerdy Show Network is a celebration of the multifaceted d20 that is the modern nerd. We meld talk radio, humor, music, and old-timey drama for a unique and authentic podcast experience. From comics and video games to science and technology – if it’s geeky we’ve got it covered!
Cap Blackard – Executive Producer/Director of Programming
The leader of the group, transformed from the norm by some nuclear goop. Somebody’s gotta keep this motley crew on topic! Cap brings the nerdiness with style. She’s got a deep affinity for the unusual and is sponge for alternative culture from comics, to gaming, and beyond. In addition to Han-Soloing this crew, Cap is the Art Director, Podcast Network Director, and a writer for the music and film site, Consequence of Sound and her illustrations, photography, comics, and writing have appeared hither and thither on the internet and in various publications.
Jessica Uelmen – Editor-at-Large
Jessica was that kid you hated in school: total know-it-all, straight-A student, teacher’s pet. But all that geekery served her well as she’s brought microcontroller and robotics lessons to classrooms around the world. If you’ve got a hankerin’ for electronics know-how, she’s your gal.
Colin C. Peterson – Assistant Director of Programming / Production Supervisor
Colin brought Nerdy Show into the world of vidcasts beginning with our 2010 E3 coverage serving as both camera man, video editor, and special topics host. Since then, he’s not only become a regular reoccurring correspondent on the show, but he’s taken point as Nerdy Show’s lead audio editor – ushering in our return to weekly programming!
Colin C. Peterson Productions
Matt Benson aka “Trench”- Community Manager / Producer
Super fan turned Community Manager.
Of all our co-hosts Jon’s been with us the longest. Heck, even before he was a regular on the show we were siphoning all our sci-tech info from him. Now he serves up all manner of quirky, crazy real world science. Jon’s cybernetic finger is on the pulse of the near-future. If it wasn’t for him not only would we have no idea that the Singularity is near, we’d have no clue what a Singularity is!
Science & Boredom
Tony’s does a ton of the art you see on the site, including various Dungeons & Doritos illustrations.
At first we were going to call him our Star Wars Expanded Universe Correspondent, but “Pop Culture Correspondent” sounds snappier. Matt knows more about the Star Wars Universe than a guy has a right to, and that’s not all – this man is an A-list movie nerd. He’s also one of the founding members of nerd comedy troupe Jedi BFF.
Ruel Knudson – Game Master
Creator of Sagas RPG and author of all its texts – fantasy, modern and sci-fi, side quests and game mechanics – the whole enchilada. Ruel knows role playing games inside and out and is now our in-house game master pitting us on outstanding adventures in Dungeons & Doritos. Check out the Nerdy Show episode, “Cosmic Things” where we interviewed Ruel just before we embarked with him on our new journeys.
Dungeons & Doritos Episodes 5 – present
Luke first joined us as a representative of No Fangs, an organization dedicated to letting kids know there’s better things to do with their free time than become a creature of the night. He played us some swell songs about No Fangs awareness then wowed us with his entry for our US-1 Fan Love contest. When he approached us with an idea for a segment how could we say no? “Luke’s Late to Everything” is a reoccurring feature where Luke shares first-time experiences with nerdy things that everyone has done already.
John Sebastian La Valle – Live Programming Director / Producer
Masterminding Nerdy Show’s live events including our streaming coverage of Nerdapalooza 2012 and more!
Aaron’s the founder of A Comic Shop, one of the most important and industry-changing stores in the biz. He was also an original host of Nerdy Show waaay back in Season 1. These days, Aaron appears on the show from time to time talking about comic books, ’cause that’s what he does best! He’s the host of the weekly A Comic Show and is the original writer and artist of Nerdy Strip (strips 1-9)!
A Comic Shop
John “hex” Carter
Hex is the founder of Nerdapalooza, the largest nerd music festival in the world. He has his finger on the proverbial “pulse” of nerd music. Chiptunes, Nerdcore Hiphop, Video Game Metal, Sock Puppet Rock, Dementia Parody, and beyond – the man called “hex” will bring them all to you.
Brian Clevinger – Man on the Inside
Brian is the King Hippo of this nerd shit. His web comic, 8-Bit Theater has been bringing hilarity to your sad, pathetic, JRPG world since 2001. His ongoing sci-fi comic series, Atomic Robo, was nominated for a freaking Eisner! Combined with Warbot in Accounting and How I Killed Your Master they form a quadrangle of awesome that will consume you. As though that wasn’t enough, homeboy’s written for Marvel too – oh snap!
“Triforce” Mike Pandel – Wild & Crazy Guy
“Triforce” Mike earned his moniker when he wowed Nerdapalooza 2008 by getting to World 8-4 in Mario Bros. during an Uncle Monsterface set. Shocked by the demon they’d set loose, the band wrote the now legendary “Triforce Mike Theme” on the spot to celebrate his greatness and subdue his savage hunger for pink-skirted princesses.
The Triforce Mike Archives