Welcome to Geekbox.net, home to a growing family of podcasts covering all manner of modern geek pop culture — from video games to comic books to movies to television to all-out unclassifiable insanity. We’re giving you a fantastic opportunity to infect your ears with the following top-notch nerd-casts on a weekly basis, orchestrated by an eclectic cast of professional geeks!
Are you a geek? Do you like geeky stuff? Do you like listening to other geeks talk about geeky stuff? Join professional nerds Ryan Scott, Adam Fitch, Justin Haywald, Ryan Higgins, and Olivia Jane as they sound off on the latest happenings in the worlds of gaming, film, television, and comics. New episode every Wednesday morning!
The Comic Conspiracy
Marvel rules! DC rules! Or maybe they don’t, depending on the week! From the producers of The Geekbox comes The Comic Conspiracy, a weekly podcast about all things good (and bad) in the four-color world of comics, hosted by Ryan Higgins, Brock Sager, and Toby Sidler.
New episode every Monday night!
The Comedy Button
What’s going on, Internet!? Prepare for some of the most insane rambling about everything from life, to sex, to what passes for 21st-century Internet culture. Your aural canals are ours, and we’re running a train on ‘em — courtesy of hosts Scott Bromley, Brian Altano, Anthony Gallegos, Ryan Scott, and Max Scoville. BRAAAP BRAAAP! New episode every Friday afternoon!
Good Job, Brain!
Part quiz show, part offbeat news, and all awesome. We’re trivia nuts, and we’re darn sure others share our unusual obsession. Do you relish beating your friends at Trivial Pursuit? Do you blab out the answers when Jeopardy! is on? And do you just loathe badly worded questions? Then this show is your ultimate mental nutrition — so eat up! New episode every Tuesday morning!
And, just in case you were wondering, here’s a little bit about the so-called “professionals” who bring you all this goofy stuff!
You may remember Ryan from such fine publications as Computer Gaming World, Games for Windows: The Official Magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, GMR, 1UP.com, and GameSpy — where he wrote, edited, and directed gaming editorial for over eight years, and regularly appeared on popular podcasts like GFW Radio, Legendary Thread, The 1UP Show, and The GameSpy Debriefings. In addition to hosting The Geekbox and The Comedy Button each week, Ryan is an editorial gun-for-hire, lending his writing talents to the likes of @GAMER Magazine and Nvision, among others.
This hard-drinking New Jersey native (who’s not nearly as scary as he looks in his photo, and fortunately doesn’t have orange skin or refer to people as “guidos” and “juiceheads”) ran his own independent gaming-centric comedy website for years, and eventually migrated to San Francisco when GameSpy decided to throw a bag of money at him. He currently spends his working life crafting clever editorial and video content for IGN, (usually) not getting sloshed during daylight hours, and coming up with all manner of weekly foulness for The Comedy Button.
Our resident Tintin lookalike spent his 20s as a proper comedy writer, pulling his then-considerable weight for the likes of Kids WB, Cartoon Network, and Current TV (and The Price is Right, but that’s another story altogether). He then took a turn into community management for IGN, where he fell in with Ryan Scott and the rest of the GameSpy Debriefings cast and made podcast magic for two glorious years. Nowadays, he puts together social media strategies for giant San Francisco-based companies, and continues to grow the unhinged beast that is The Comedy Button.
Karen exploded onto the gaming scene in 2004, when 1UP.com’s editors received a staff-wide email from then-intern Karen requesting a free copy of Knights of the Old Republic II, and promptly wondered “Who the hell’s this?” Since then, Karen’s made quite a name for herself as a graphic designer, and has spoken on a variety of game-related topics at conventions and trade shows. She recently dabbled in casual games development at PlayFirst, before heading up the now dearly departed GamePro’s art team. She’s the host and co-founder of the weekly trivia podcast Good Job, Brain!
The twin brother of founding Geekbox co-host Andrew Fitch, Adam couldn’t be more different — that is, crazy and extroverted — than his enigmatic doppelganger. Adam loves Japanese soccer, convoluted Japanese role-playing games, and basically anything related to Japan. He’s basically the ur-weeaboo! Haha, just kidding. No, but seriously: He even participated in a fan translation of Radical Dreamers, a Super NES-era visual novel set in the Chrono Trigger universe! Adam whiles his days away at Natsume, where he localizes some of the most hardcore Japanese games around.
Anthony is that lucky punk who all the kids want to be: You know, the unassuming, average guy who loved video games, listened to gaming podcasts, and religiously perused gaming websites… and somehow wound up getting an editorial dream job at one of them! Anthony wrote strategy guides and covered PC games for 1UP.com, before moving on to the big leagues as an editor for IGN Entertainment. He’s part of the team behind the popular Rebel FM gaming podcast, and he futilely tries to steer The Comedy Button out of oh-god-did-they-really-just-say-that territory each week.
“Master Higgins,” as he’s known among his adoring fans, is the owner and manager of Comics Conspiracy — undeniably the most awesome comic shop in Silicon Valley, and the site of The Geekbox’s weekly recording sessions. He hates moronic comic book writers, loves video games with the words “Mario,” “Zelda,” and “Final Fantasy” in the title, spends way too much time collecting minipets in World of Warcraft (despite his firm stance that digitally delivered games “aren’t real games”), and DJs monthly at Club Satori in San Jose, CA. Oh, and he also hosts The Comic Conspiracy!
Our official roadie (i.e. the guy that magically sets up all of our crazy equipment before we record the show each week), Comic Conspiracy podcast co-host, and occasional Geekbox pinch-hitter is like a more mellow, ginger version of Brock Samson from Venture Bros. who could probably kick all our asses. He spends his time providing free labor at Comics Conspiracy, playing iPhone games, showing people pictures of his kid, and partaking in miscellaneous nerdy activities like Magic: The Gathering. Fun fact: Brock has never seen Venture Bros.
Max is like actor Jim Sturgess’ doppelganger… only if Jim Sturgess were about 12 feet taller, born in France, giddy as a schoolboy, and way more knowledgeable about the different ways in which Batman could break the Riddler’s femur. Max’s big claim to fame — aside from a weekly stint on The Comedy Button, of course — is his sweet gig hosting the Destructoid Show for Revision3. Plus, if you take his name really literally, you might just mistake him for the spiciest chili pepper known to man (seriously, look up the Scoville scale).
Swiss-born and China-made (on his mother’s side), Toby is a budding filmmaker, indie comic nerd (yes, he reads those weird comic books that don’t have Superman or Wolverine in them), and collector of dumb cartoon girl maquettes (that’s fancy comic nerd-speak for “statues”). While Toby’s daytime career is rooted firmly in Silicon Valley tech work, he covers the odd shift for Ryan Higgins at Comics Conspiracy, and has recently managed to find his way onto the regular cast of the Comic Conspiracy podcast each week.