Just who are the cast of The 42cast? We’re a group of fans connected by our common love of geeky stuff. If you’re interested in learning more about someone that you’ve heard on the show, read on and follow any links that you see. Check back. As we have more people on this page will continue to expand.
Nathan – The Host
Nathan can’t remember a time when he wasn’t a fan of Star Wars and Star Trek. His life was changed forever when he saw the Doctor Who episode “The Seeds of Doom” at the tender age of five. The series quickly replaced Star Trek as his favorite TV show, and started a lifelong obsession with the British sci-fi series. Over the years, Nathan also developed obsessions with video games, Marvel Comics, Babylon 5, and anime. In recent years, Nathan started Blogger Who, a site dedicated to his love of Doctor Who. He also frequently contributes reviews of Doctor Who audio dramas and movies to The ESO Broadcast Network. Nathan has guested on many podcasts including Shauncastic, Earth Station One, Earth Station Who, The Revcast, and That Girl with the Curls. Eventually tired of being a bridesmaid and never a bride, Nathan decided to start his own podcast, to give he and his friends their own forum to talk about their views on multiple geeky topics. Nathan’s dream is to one day be a published novelist and perhaps write an audio drama for Big Finish.
If you hopped into a time machine and found 10 year old Beth, her only exposure to the geek world would have been Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones. If you had told her what her life is like now, she would have laughed in your face, kicked you in the shins, and run away. Or challenged and later defeated you at four-square, tetherball, and kickball. Simultaneously.
Beth is now mostly a stay at home mom for Nathan’s two beautiful genius daughters. She ventures out into the world disguised as an adult to work retail at a fabric store a few days a week before donning her home-made Hello Kitty PJ pants and a Batman hoodie and diving into the basement, where she works her magic. For you see, Beth is a cosplayer – a seamstress by trade – and if you know how to navigate around her unreasonably high stacks of fabric bins, you might just make it to her crafting table.
She’s a bit introverted at first, but once she’s warmed up to the crowd, you might find it difficult to shut her up.
You can follow her on Facebook and Etsy: @MrsWhiskersStudios
Rachele (pronounced “Rachel”) is an art/film geek, animation enthusiast, and voracious reader. By day she’s a UX designer working in mobile app design. Nights see her caught up with drawing, watching, and reading all the things. She also studies Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and aims to one day become a Firebender. Guillermo del Toro is her Patronus. If you’re interested in seeing more of her work, check out her tumblr page, Hues and Blues.
Nate Bob’s dulcet tones can’t be found anywhere but on the 42cast. His witty prose only grace his rare Facebook status updates. He has never graced the silver screen or the TV screen. He actually has no credentials that qualify him to be an expert on anything other than his mom was his first Dungeon Master and he loves playing board games and RPGs, and talking about game mechanics, movies and TV. He is very opinionated about lots of things and you may find it interesting to listen to him, but you honestly shouldn’t listen to anything he has to say about anything because he’s just a normal guy.
Bree was introduced to the geek world when the sun started to set at the cabin in Flagstaff, AZ where her family was vacationing one winter; since she was stuck inside for the chilly night, her dad popped in a VHS of Star Wars, the original A New Hope). Bree’s life would never be the same. Now 30 years old, she has developed a love for typically-geek franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Marvel, DC, Chronicles of Narnia, Halo, Minecraft, Fallout, and more. Bree spends most of her time doing a job she loves: building up her expertise in freelance writing for online video and digital media brands (yes, that means she watches a lot of YouTube). In her free time, she talks about her love of geek business and entrepreneurship on Geek & Prosper, writes fan fiction, wrecks people in Halo, builds wicked structures in Minecraft, studies the intersection of philosophy and culture, researches her Dutch heritage, works out so she can drink craft beer with her hubby, and binges Netflix while snuggling with their adopted alley cat Mango. She is not a Cylon. She loves making new friends on Twitter.
Eric A. Cheezum holds a PhD in American History from the University of South Carolina, and credits Doctor Who with inspiring him to enter the History profession. He became a Who fan when he was eleven years old, after seeing “The Gunfighters,” and has loved the show ever since. He co-authored a biography of President Woodrow Wilson in 2003, and is currently researching a biography of Wilson’s Secretary of Agriculture, David F. Houston. He is also working on a manuscript about Chessie, the sea monster of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to Doctor Who, he is a fan of Star Trek (especially TOS and TNG), Babylon 5, Blake’s 7, and The Avengers (the 1960s TV series), and many other shows too countless to mention. He considers Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner to be the greatest TV series ever made. He lives on the Delmarva Peninsula where he teaches and farms.
Sam Cross runs the Maniacal Geek website and hosts the That Girl with the Curls podcast. She’s a self-described “sponge” for pop culture and spends more time thinking about movies, comic books, cartoons, and television than some would consider healthy. At the very least, she’s good to have on a trivia team. In her spare time, Sam works as an Archivist in Seattle, WA and occasionally writes things that actually get published. In the past, Sam’s hair has been described as a character, said to be George Perez’s inspiration for Wonder Woman’s hair, and accused of plotting world domination. Sam says that it’s just hair.
Joe Crowe is an Addy-award winning freelance writer, copy editor, and proofreader. (And he works cheap! Write him at joebcrowe at gmail dot com.) Joe is the co-director with Gary Mitchel of DragonCon’s American Sci-Fi Classics Track, where they venture into the archives of sci-fi movie and TV awesomeness.
Joe is the co-founder with Shane Ivey of RevolutionSF.com and the RevolutionSF RevCast on the ESO Network, where hosts Gary Mitchel, Deanna Toxopeus, Tegan Hendrickson, and a cast of irregulars host a sci-fi convention right in your pocket (if you have a phone in your pocket.)
Born from the majestic moose and raised by a team of beavers in an igloo, this nerdy Canuck knows a thing or two about beer, bacon and boo…ks. Books. Crack open a cold one, throw some back-bacon on the Coleman, and let this man charm his way into your hearts with his witty puns and sarcastic remarks. Anthony’s primary language is Star Wars quotes, so if you ever meet him in person, he’ll appreciate it if you hold a conversation with him in his native tongue.
Mark Edward Edens
Mark Edward Edens always wanted to be a novelist, but purely by chance got started writing TV animation. He stopped counting how many animation episodes he’d written scripts or outlines for when the number reached 100, for dozens of shows ranging from hits like The X-Men and The Real Ghostbusters to less-seen series like Exosquad, The Spiral Zone, and Little Shop. He’s also written scripts for several live-action series, including Young Hercules, as well as TV movies for CBS and the Disney Channel. He’s currently finishing the first (but he hopes not the last) of his many unfinished novels, Death Be Not Pwned.
Michael Edens was born in Portland, Tennessee, in 1951 and grew up in the Nashville area. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Master’s degree in Modern British History in 1978. In the mid-1980s, while living in Knoxville, Tennessee, he began his professional writing career working in television animation for such shows as TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, TAILSPIN, and THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS. In 1990, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked on series such as BEETLEJUICE, X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, EXOSQUAD, WING COMMANDER ACADEMY, MUMMIES ALIVE, and YOUNG HERCULES. As writer and story editor, he has created over 200 hours of animated and live-action entertainment for major studios like DISNEY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER BROTHERS, and SONY.
Michael Falkner is a writer, podcaster, and photographer living in the Atlanta area. A graduate of the University of Utah and the University of Arkansas, a Navy submarine veteran, and an incurable science fiction geek, he has been writing, give or take, since he could hold a pencil.
Since 2011, he has hosted The Weekly Podioplex, a movie and television news podcast on The Chronic Rift network. Before then, he was a writer and producer for The Scapecast, the Parsec Award-winning podcast about Farscape. He has also contributed to various other podcast productions, most notably The RevCast on RevolutionSF and The Chronic Rift’s Roundtable. Michael is also a frequent panelist for the American Science Fiction Classics Track at Dragon Con, and is also one of the founding members of the Dragon Con Newbies group, which helps newcomers of the annual convention.
As a writer, Michael has been published several times, including genre essays on RevolutionSF and ForceCast.net. He is also the author of the Timestamps Project, a series of reviews of the long-running Doctor Who television series. His work can be found on his site, Creative Criticality.
Mark Finn is an author, an editor, and a pop culture critic. He’s written comics, essays, short stories, novels, and movie reviews for a bunch of publishers and media outlets. He is a nationally-recognized authority on the Texas author Robert E. Howard. Currently, he is an editor for Skelos Press and a podcaster for The Gentlemen Nerds. He lives in North Texas over a vintage movie theater with his long-suffering wife, far too many books, and an affable pit bull named Sonya.
Michael Gordon is a writer, publisher, and podcaster. His creator-owned comic, Tiki Zombie, has been running for over half a decade. He has also written a variety of other books that can be found at NewLegendProductions.com. Michael can also be heard saying, “Howdy!” on the weekly Earth Station One podcast, as well as a number of other shows. He is an avid aficionado of all kinds of escapism and is a skilled cinephile, TV junkie, and comic fanboy. For more info, check out newlegendmike.com.
When navy nurse Kevin Griggs stamps his wooden drumstick upon the ground, it is transformed into a mystical weapon called Kettlestrike! Armed with incredible powers, Griggs works to prove that one man can make a difference, because the world still needs heroes! The 42cast presents Kettlestrike!
In all seriousness, Kevin is Nathan’s oldest friend, and although he couldn’t be bothered to write his own bio, Nathan helped him out anyway. Also, Kevin is a big time fan of Thunderstrike and throws around kettlebells like they’re basketballs and he’s one of the Harlem Globetrotters, so this seemed to fit. Guess which one is Kevin in the picture.
Exiled in the desert wasteland of Arizona, Ryan spends most of his time finding ants, watching TV, and circling the parking lot trying to find that one little bit of shade. His home is occupied by his better half, two cats, and countless unfinished projects. On any given weekend, he can be found in the movie theater, catching up all the good genre movies, and most of the bad as well. His TV schedule is consumed by the CW, SyFy, Who, Netflix, and whatever just looks good at the moment. A lifelong geek, his childhood was one of Star Trek, fantasy novels, and Marvel comics, all of which seem to have grown up with him, and for good or ill, shaped his moral underpinnings. Now he likes to spend his disposable income and limited free time on visiting conventions like (plug!) Dragon Con and Phoenix Comicon, or doing podcasts like this mighty fine one! For more nuanced opinions on all things nerdy as he thinks of them and finds time to write them, visit www.geekstranger.com or follow @geekstranger on twitter!
Jennifer is a podcaster, wordsmith, and educator who loves games, Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and geek media in general. Her childhood ambition was to grow up to be a female version of Weird Al, but her parents’ unwillingness to buy her an accordion quashed that dream early on. Instead, her career has included tabletop game design, Celtic-Goth-Rock singing, stage management, owning a LARP production company, working in corporate communications, and teaching college. She is a co-host of the Earth Station Who podcast, which covers Classic and new Doctor Who episodes, and the host/producer of the Earth Station MCU podcast, your source for news and reviews of TV and movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On a website on the internet there lived a Joe. Not a hot, caffeinated Joe, splashed with cream and a roasty smell, nor yet a cotton-eyed Joe with over-played lyrics and a catchy beat: it was a filmmaker Joe, and that means humor. Or something. Joe Heath writes, directs, films, produces, and acts in short films, sketches, and movie reviews for Minty Pineapple Entertainments. He also co-hosts a Doctor Who podcast with his wife called The Watch-a-Thon of Rassilon.
Stephanie, AKA Alkrea, has been into all things geekdom for as long as she can remember. Some of her earliest memories include watching Star Trek: TNG with her parents and being totally enamored with the NES at her grandparents’ house. Her father always encouraged her to read from his own library and well above her “level”, even in grade school, which raised eyebrows from her teachers. Although, the diorama in 6th grade featuring a mutilated Ken doll to represent Zaphod Beeblebrox certainly got a laugh from her sci-fi loving teacher, with many confused classmates. As a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, video games, D&D, and anime, she enjoys conversing with other geeks, cosplaying, and losing herself to fantasy worlds. Some of her favorites include Babylon 5, Star Trek (all of them! but especially TNG and DS9), Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, American McGee’s Alice, the entire Zelda franchise, and the MCU (especially the Netflix series!). You can follow her all over the internet: Twitter: @Alkrea Facebook: @LadyAlkrea Instagram: @LadyAlkrea Twitch: @LadyAlkrea YouTube: @AlkreaVision.
Bah weep grahna weep nini bong.
There isn’t a whole lot that can be said about Eric McCracken as he is a man of few words. He speaks plainly and he means what he says. His interests run the gambit of geekdom, but he prefers Nintendo to Sega, Marvel to DC, and Subs to Dubs. He likes his Dynotherms connected and his phasers set to stun. The book is usually better than the movie. Don’t Panic, there can be only One, and the enemy’s gate is down. It is a terrible night to have a curse, the princess is in another castle, and It’s Dangerous to go alone, so take this. Good Adventurers always go left, and while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Beholders tend to have a lot of teeth. There are few things that can stand up to both Murphy’s Law and Occam’s Razor. Regardless of what anyone anywhere has told you, Minmey is a terrible person, and this about sums up Eric’s view of life, the universe, and everything. When not being pragmatic, Eric works in Northern Illinois and pursues an education in Mobile and Web Development..
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who’s too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.
He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award nominated RevolutionSF Revcast, the site’s weekly geek culture discussion; a part of the ESO Podcast network. He is also host and producer of the RevNews podcast, which looks at various topical nerd-related events. Gary has also appeared on Shauncastic, Needless Things, The Batcave Podcast, The Chronic Rift, Storm of Words, Good to be a Geek, The White Rocket Podcast, The ESO Podcast, and The Saturday B Movie Reel podcasts. He can be found on the Facebook and followed on the Twitter as @Gary_Mitchel (and yes Star Trek fans, it’s his real name).
Gary is the Co-Director, with Joe Crowe, of The American Sci-Fi Classics Track at Dragoncon. There, he has discussed Sci-Fi TV, zombies, movies, zombies, cartoons, comics and zombies. Some attendees have stated that he is “hilarious,” and Gary swears that said people are not related to him.
Writer. Consultant. Fighter. Nerd. Actor. Podcaster. Man-child. Basically, Jeff doesn’t believe in putting himself in a box. Always trying to find creative ways to give back to the nerd community that shaped him into who he is today, you can find him offering health tips, encouragement, and fitness-coaching from the perspective of a lifelong comic book and gamer geek over on his website www.thejerd.com. Or, if you prefer your fitness directly inserted into your ear-holes, you can savor his voice on the Geek Fitness Matters podcast.
Oh yeah, Jeff will totes give you free hugs if you run into him at a convention like San Diego Comic-Con.
“Hi, I’m Mike Nelson (no, not that one) aka Trexlight known on Youtube and Twitch playing video games and creating content. I dabble in video and audio editing and had the pleasure to do some projects for DragonCon. Always hit me up on twitter @thisistrex.”
JP, often found on the interwebs as Nerd_Nonsense, has at times been a podcaster, writer, and even co-founder and creative director of his own nerdy empire. He has opinions on everything from comics and video games to politics and parenting. He spends his days leading automation development teams and his nights playing tabletop and video games. Feel free to reach out to him on Twitter, Twitch or even to friend him on PS4 (just search JP-WOTN).
Ashley Pauls is a movie buff and loves anything to do with entertainment (especially Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe). She writes about current and upcoming films and other entertainment-related topics on her blog, Box Office Buzz. She also enjoys podcasting and can be found as a guest chatting about movies on Earth Station One. Her other geeky hobbies include cosplaying and making her own costumes, and collecting way too many Darth Vader memorabilia items.
Anji grew up with parents who read her “The Hobbit” at bedtime and had family Star Trek night each week, but would not allow video game consoles in the house. As a result, she grew into a voracious sci-fi and fantasy reader whose hand-eye coordination suffers to this day. As time went on, Anji continued to stumble haphazardly into geeky pursuits: anime in middle school, cosplay and RPGs in high school, tabletop gaming in college, and World of Warcraft during a couple of forgotten years during grad school.
These days, she plays tabletop games, fails to complete NaNoWriMo every year, and dresses her child up as various pokemon for the local comic convention. She is very excited to participate in the 42cast, which is her very first experience with voice recording since high school choir.
The origin of the man known as “The Phantom Troublemaker” is shrouded in myth and legend. All that we know is that he has been hosting live music, wrestling, and convention events and commenting on pop culture since 2009. You can find him and the weekly Needless Things Podcast at NeedlessThingsSite.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
Will Price – the man, the myth, the legend in his own mind. He is an all-around geek that enjoys a good conversation about geeky subjects, including Star Wars, Star Trek, movies (sci-fi, horror, fantasy), video games and comics. His guilty pleasure movie is Point Break (there’s only one), and he’s still holding out for a sequel to Flash Gordon. Will is a level 20 random encounter that can only be found at Dragoncon.
Eric Ratcliffe is the host of The Why I Love Comics podcast. He is also the writer of the long running and award winning webcomic New Comic Day, which he describes as “Clerks meets Looney Tunes”. In the series, Eric and friends have adventures that go from arguing at the comic shop to waking up one morning to discover that Thanos has decided to crash on his couch and now won’t leave, finding the necronimicon landing on his doorstep, or are transported into a fantasy book and having to figure out a way out. It’s comic book and cartoon adventure weekly on newcomicday.net! He prides himself on being a Cosplayer/Horror aficionado/comic book junkie and all around knower of the most obscure pop culture knowledge.
Shaun is a massive fan of pop culture and all things geek. The self proclaimed World’s Biggest Flash fan divides his time playing RPGs with his friends, traveling the country and contributing to the Bored Nerds with a Mic podcast. You can find him on most social media as PneumaZ.
James has been a rabid geek by nature since the time of the true true. He lives in Washington state where he spends much of his time playing video games and creating opinions on them. Outside of nerd-dom, James also enjoys the company of good scotch or a good brew when he can find them.