MARCUS BLAKE

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Marcus Blake was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1977. He grew up in Chicago and East Texas. His education is in History, Literature, Psychology, and Religion & Philosophy. Marcus Blake has studied at many universities throughout the United States, but his Alma Matar is Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, which is also where he wrote his first book, The Music of Life. Marcus Blake is a Poet, Musician, Comedian, Writer, and Historian. His books are The Music of Life, My Reflections, Returning Home. Sex Game. The Lonely Girl, Stories From Wrigley, 30 Minutes: Trust and Lies, and 30 Minutes:Guilty Until Proven Innocent. He has taught in the public school system, served in the Army, and been a guest speaker at Education and Literary events throughout the world. Marcus Blake is also a Radio Host, his current show is That Nerd Show which can be heard on Wednesdays and Thursdays at www.thatnerdshow.com. He is a veteran of Rock and Roll shows as well as Political shows on the radio such as Dueling Patriots. He also a filmmaker and is the director of Jedis From Dallas. Marcus Blake makes his home in the Dallas, Texas

 CONTACT MARCUS AT MARCUS@THATNERDSHOW.COM

BRENDAN SMITH

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At the tender age of five, Brendan’s sister took him to a double feature at the local drive-in of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and James Bond in Octopussy. After that, he was hooked. Brendan is an avid MMO player. Currently he plays Star Wars:
The Old Republic, but is eagerly awaiting Elder Scrolls Online and Camelot Unchained. He is a huge Star Wars fan and enjoys Star Trek, Babylon 5, BSG, and many others. He is a devoted reader of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher and has been playing Dungeons & Dragons for 15 years. Also, Brendan enjoys going to renaissance festivals and conventions with his wife. He and his wife, Erin are Friends of the Fair at Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, TX and are Lifetime VIP members of Space City Con in Houston, TX Along with his cohost Marcus, Brendan is a lover a fine craft beer and a home brewer. If he’s not at his local pub, Trinity Hall in Dallas, TX, you can often find Brendan at Homebrew HQ in Richardson, TX getting ingredients for his next batch of ale. In the real world, Brendan is a veteran of the United States Navy and works in the technology industry. He is also the Texas CO of Warrior Pointe, a veteran’sorganization. You can reach him on Twitter @NerdShowSmitty and be sure to check out his beer blog on this site, Better Ales and Lagers

 CONTACT BRENDAN AT BRENDAN@THATNERDSHOW.COM

ALLISON COSTA 

Allison graduated from Brigham Young University where she studied English and Political Science.  After graduating she taught high school English for several years before starting a family.  She continued to freelance write about everything from extreme sports to fashion before going back for her Masters in Writing and Literature from Union Institute and University, where they indulged her nerdiness and let her write her thesis on “Joseph Campbell’s Heroes journey as portrayed through the X-Men”. She continues to love to write, dance, be a mom, and be addicted to all things super hero and spy related.  She loves feedback on her blog reviews and looks forward to hearing from you!

 

Contact Allison Costa at allison@thatnerdshow.com


ALEX MOORE

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A graduate of Sam Houston State and American Broadcasting School, Alex is a native of Dallas, currently residing in Arlington. He has developed a reputation as a strongly opinionated individual, especially on matters related to sports, movies and other common topics of discussion. He also has a background in martial arts and an interest in bowling. His passion for the classics in both video games and Nerd-related films can be further explored and dissected at The Classic Nerd Critique.

 

 

Contact Alex Moore at alex@thatnerdshow.com


 CHLOE JAMES

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Ever since she was old enough to become self aware, Chloë has never quite lived in reality.  It wasn’t that the real world had been particularly terrible to her.  Yet, all of the various ways of escaping into her imagination, the real world seemed dull in comparison.  Given her imagination’s unquenchable thirst,  movies, games, books, music, and theatre have always been an integral part of her life.  Chloë took it step further in high school by becoming a full fledged theatre and show choir nerd, eventually leading to a BA in Arts in Performance at UTD.  While her ultimate goal is to create new “worlds” of the imagination to inspire future generations,  Chloë still delights in what inspired her.  Star Wars, The Legend of Zelda, the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and the films of Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki are just a few examples of her favorite distractions.  Currently, she resides in Frisco, Texas with her awesome chinchilla, Mog, as well as

 Contact Chloe James at chloe@thatnerdshow.com


BEKAH STEPANIAN

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With a background in the beauty and fashion industry Sheila found herself drawn to writing DIYs for cosplayers.  Traveling all over the Southwest not only giving tips and tricks to achieving particular looks but also hosting and judging many “fantasy” competitions.  In her spare time though she has gone to school for Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at UT Arlington and of course always has time for some gaming.  She has been playing video games since the original Atari was out and the love of the game, fun of multiplayer and of course the competitions kept her coming back for more.  Love of music led her to seeking out soundtracks done for games as well as movies and television shows.  Currently residing in Denton she frequently can be found checking out the new and upcoming bands around Denton or at one of the Music Festivals Denton has to offer. 

Sheila also loves to research just about anything, a good debate on multiple topics, trivia, and streaming game plays from PVP, PVE, platform, MMO etc. and hopes to start speed runs on classic games in the not too distant future!

Contact Sheila Moore at sheila@thatnerdshow.com


JAMAL DOMINIQUE

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Jamal love Comics. Marvel, DC, Image, IDW TMNT. They are all great, no company or character is actually better than the other, but will argue over them for fun. My favorite characters in no particular order are Red Hood, Cyclops, Iceman, Deadpool, Vemon (Flash), Daffy Duck, Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Shazam, Star-Lord, Daredevil, Deadshot, Boomerang, Silk, Spider-man (Peter), Spider-man (Miles) and Kingpin. Jamal is a movie, TV, and Comic Critic. Jamal is also a filmmaker residing here in Dallas Texas. 

Contact Jamal Dominique at jamal@thatnerdshow.com


JOSHUA SHERMAN

Born in Arlington, Texan born and bred since 1985. Joshua  studied computer science at Texas State University in San Marcos; I have since returned to Tarrant County College to pursue a degree in robotics and automation.  Joshua works in  the field of mechanical engineering,  IT support and software (especially website) development. I have long had a passion for engineering whether mechanical, hardware/software,  or robotic.  Joshua is also a writer and writes short sci-fi stories in his spare time, and hopes to one day publish a manuscript.  In his own words…One part of writing is an artistic means of engineering – engineering a universe all his own;  a precipitator of my being a creative writer comes from a life-long love of literature. Just a few authors I have stacked on my shelves include Jeffery Deaver, Michael Crichton, and Douglas Adams. Between being a science nut and, thus, having an insatiable curiosity I am almost constantly engrossed in non-fiction literature in the science and tech genres. I love reading biographies and the work on such well known and celebrated personalities as Drs Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Richard Dawkins and more. Among my favorite non-fiction shows are Cosmos, Mythbusters, Edge of the Universe, Bill Nye the Science Guy; and when I need to escape from reality I go after shows like BBC’s Sherlock and The IT Crowd, Star Trek, Breaking Bad, Weeds, and Dexter seasons 1 – 4. My friends tend think of me as something of a space-case, hyper-analytical. With my science background I’m the kind of guy who will rip movies new orifices if the science depicted in a given film was too campy or just unforgivably inaccurate! Perfect example would be The Core. As terrible as that movie was it provides excellent incentive to write a significantly better story!

Contact Joshua at joshua@thatnerdshow.com


 

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