DestroyTheCyb.org! was founded on comic books. Since 2008, we have expanded our review base from simply comic books to comic books, movies, music, and TV.
We have been featured as small press at the San Diego Comic Con and are always looking to expand our convention visits to allow our unique views on them to be shown.
Our writers are a group of people with a passion for what we write about and we want the world to know exactly what we know and how we feel about these things.
Here is some information about our current writers:
Nick Nelson – Nick is an alum of Grand Valley State University, majoring in Information Systems with a minor in Business. He currently works as a web developer for GVSU and in his free time, he (clearly) enjoys reading comics. He started this blog as a way to share his love of comics and hopefully give people some advice on what they should read and buy. While he hasn’t been reading comics his whole life like many others, his passion for comics has grown exponentially since he began. What he lacks in experience, he makes up for in enthusiasm and an insatiable appetite for reading.
Mike Rapin – Mike is a Computer Science major at Grand Valley State University who in his free time likes to fill his head with comic books, specifically Marvel and in particular, X-Men and related comics. Along with Marvel comics, Mike has become a fan of many non-Marvel titles (Invincible, Irredeemable, DMZ) and would like to continue to read non-main stream comics in the future along with his beloved Marvel comics. Mike plans on expanding his mind with more knowledge to further his pursuit of a career in web development. When he’s not studying (which he tends to do a lot of), he loves to sit down and have a good discussion about comic books, their various characters and their political, comical and dramatic plots. He has a true passion for the art that is a comic book and the massive amount of time and effort taken to create a single issue.
Cory Ringdahl – Cory Ringdahl is older than you, but not older than your friend who you think is old. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, tinkering with your Internet and saying things into microphones. He also loves comics and plans to do some writing of his own one day, be it prose, comics, or just lizard entrails stapled to the side of a van. He’s a Marvel Zombie from way back (not the Kirkman kind, the regular kind), though his forays into other strangeness occasionally seep into his awareness, and thus his writing.
Daniel Palacio – Daniel has been reading comics for a long time now. He lives in San Diego, but for how much longer is anyone’s guess. He is a proud member of the DC Nation, but still loves the House that Stan and Jack Built. He wishes that mainstream comics would be more accessible to new readers, but also enjoys “continuity porn” every now and then. He admits to drunkenly arguing about whether Batman could beat Superman on more than one occasion.
Matt Brier – Matt Brier has a degree in Computer Information Systems and currently works as a Software/Database administrator. He also dabbles in podcasting and blogging. He inherited a love of comic books from his father and has been collecting ever since his father bought him a copy of G.I.Joe(Marvel) #10 way back in the day. Originally attracted to Marvel he branched out into DC and Independent publishers as he got older. Now he focuses on a select few DC, IDW, and Dark Horse series in his weekly buying, but is always open to picking up an interesting collection from any publisher. He hopes to be either a full time writer, broadcaster, or web developer in the future and hopes readers will find his reviews as enjoyable to read as they are to write.
Kevin McDaniel – Kevin is a Film major at Grand Valley State University, originally hailing from a small city outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Stemming from a childhood of reading the TV Guide, he is a fountain of useless movie trivia and can usually tell what movie you are describing, even if he hasn’t seen it. When he is not running around working on school work or his show on GVTV, he is usually doing nothing. When bored with doing nothing, Kevin particularly enjoys writing, specially short fiction and creative nonfiction works, and reading comics. His favorites are usually the hyper-violent or mentally unbalanced Marvel “heroes” like The Punisher, Deadpool and Moon Knight. He is a devout member of The Echelon (a.k.a. a 30 Seconds to Mars fan), with a very large man-crush (which he is not ashamed to admit) on lead singer Jared Leto.
Rene Rodriguez – Rene is a Film/Video major at Grand Valley State University who enjoys the finer things in life such as comic books, Power Rangers, anime, and movies. Outside of class, writing his comedy show for GVTV, and work at Subway he can usually be found on his couch watching TV and writing. Rene specifically enjoys writing movies and comic books, hanging out with his nerdy friends, and does work on his friends films and shows. He enjoys reading mainly DC comics (Batman, Green Lantern, Flash), a few from Marvel (Amazing Spider-man, X-Men, X-Force), and has fallen in love with Image comics (Invincible, The Walking Dead, and The Astonishing Wolfman.) His hero is writer Geoff Johns and can vouch that he is one of the coolest guys ever (it’s true, he met him). Rene hopes that one day he will be able to see a review of his own work on this website.
Amanda Stevenson - Amanda is a recent graduate from Grand Valley State University, where she studied Broadcasting. Her biggest passions lie in news-writing and -reporting, but she’s also known to be an avid cupcake-baker and webcomic-reader. When not doing any of the things listed above (or writing for DestroytheCyb.org), Amanda can usually be found in some social situation, smiling and bumping into things. Actually, she’s just always like that. You should probably get used to it.