~ Comic Book-Underground.com Staff ~
Brandon Rucker | Professor X
A former comics retailer during the boom-and-bust 1990s, Brandon is a published author of short fiction and a former fiction editor. In the Summer of 2011 he was one of the three co-founders of a social media group of comics geeks. That same year he entered the fray of opinionated comics journalism and has since had articles published by Bleeding Cool, ENR – eXpress News & Reviews (via eXpertComics.com), World of Superheroes and of course his own personal comics blog Comic Book Fetish. In 2014 that aforementioned collective needed a new name, so he suggested The Comic Book Underground and it stuck.
Patrick Ryan Bauer | Buddy Bradley
Patrick has been a touring stand-up comic for over a decade, was the head writer for TV’s Drinking with Ian, has recorded for Stand Up Records, and has nothing to show for it. He loves comic books, Star Wars, Devo, and his cats. He also loves more important things but always leads with that crap. He currently lives in South Minneapolis, two blocks from where Prince went to high school. Also, forgot to mention he loves Prince. Read Patrick’s CBU Column: Into the Timestream
Daryll Benjamin | Alex Wilder
Staff Writer & Columnist
Blerd, Irritant, Blogger, Podcaster at afronerd.com. Daryll was a quiet, insecure person for years, then an incident blew Daryll’s mind to the point where he couldn’t keep it inside anymore. Now that the rage is released, EVERYONE will hear his mouth. Read Daryll’s CBU Column: One Man /// Riot
Steve Damm | The Sentry
Known in the comics journo field as DAMM, Steve is a Colorado native resident. He has had articles published on websites such as World of Superheroes, ENR – eXpress News and Reviews (via eXpertComics.com, of which he was also a co-founder/editor), as well as his own websites. He has loved comics for 40 years, but currently prefers the live-action and animated medium for his superheroes fix. But he’s slowly making his way back to his beloved heroes upon the printed page. His passion for all things superheroes is only surpassed by his love of coffee and cigarettes. All Hail the BurnChimp. Read Steve’s CBU Column: Split Panel Compass
Joe Gardner | Aquaman
Gentleman Joe is a geek. ‘Nuff said. Maybe a couple more tidbits? M’kay: his hair growth rivals Wolverine’s. Oh, and he has quite the mancrush on Aquaman. Read Joe’s CBU column: Out of the Package.
Vincent London II | Nighthawk
Special Projects Writer
Vince is a writer, artist, and musician. He is an enthusiast of video games, comic books (mainly DC and indie publishers) and anime. Inspired by everything around him, his aim is to make the world a better place through artistry.
Sean McPhillimy Taylor | Green Arrow
Sean has read and enjoyed comics avidly for about 5 years now. His favorite genre is Sci-Fi, just like with TV and movies. Despite him never doing Sci-Fi, his favorite writer currently is Cullen Bunn. One thing Sean definitely laments is the excessive covers practice of the industry.
Michael Tennant | Nightwing
Staff Writer & Columnist
After discovering Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes #239 as a young man, Michael never looked back. Armed with a passion for journalism and a thirst for knowledge, he still talks to his imaginary friends. Read Michael’s CBU Column: The Graphic Principle
Sammie Wetherell | Captain Marvel
Sammie storms in from the green lands of Durham, England. She’s an aspiring writer, comics lover, gamer and cat momma. Besides writing for this great site, she also works on content for her YouTube channel and podcast, Two Girls, all while trying to make her way in this big nerd world. Read Sammie’s CBU Column: The Femme Wonder
~ Contributors from the CBU Collective ~
(more bios soon to come!)
Dimitrios Fragiskatos | Negative Man
Owner/operator of Anyone Comics in Brooklyn, New York, Dimitrios is a well-to-do, emotionally-adjusted adult who values honesty and integrity above all else. He provides a unique retailer’s perspective to the CBU. Visit: Anyone Comics.com
Gabriel Guerrero | Moon Knight
Ryan Gaumer | Iceman
“The Consigliere” or consultant to CBU site webmaster Brandon, Ryan is the owner/operator of Outright Geekery.com, a community-focused organization determined to provide honest and entertaining content about your favorite characters, movies, books, games and shows.
Joshua Hooten | The Flash
Jessica Hughey | Supergirl
Mark Hughey | Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
Adam Hank Johnson | The Joker
James Lawrence | Batman
AKA “The Grumpler”. Also a member of the Bat Force. Though a founding member and spiritual leader of the CBU, he is the outcast. He can and does make the choice no one else will face. What choice is that? The right choice. Always. Hear him on Bat Force Radio.
John Razumich | Howard the Duck
Terrence Sage | Firestorm
The CBU’s youngest member and coiner of the group’s original/former moniker (The Comic Book Illuminati, back in 2011). He is a pop-culture writer and prolific tweeter. Catch him on
@senclairemag, @DeadEndHipHop, @comicosity, and @GoombaStompMag
Stephane Trahan | Ninjak