About the Authors

 

Mystie

Mystie

Hello! And welcome to The League of 42. My name is Mystie, and I am very excited that you are reading this!

My humble nerd beginnings were probably fairly common; I was introduced to console gaming when my parents bought the original Nintendo system, and really got lost in it with the Super Nintendo. I was introduced to Star Trek and Star Wars by my mother, who stills knows more about those worlds than I ever will. My true passion growing up was books, though, and I would get lost in them for hours days. I could never get enough. Epic fantasy was my favorite genre, although I would read anything I could get my hands on (I once even read a book on how to be a great father [by Bill Cosby] because I had read everything else in the house at the time). I refused to read comic books, though, because there weren’t enough words to really get lost in the story; I preferred books whose page numbers reached the high three figure mark. However, before you come at me with pitchforks, I can now definitely appreciate the versatility of storytelling that is available to comic books as opposed to traditional paperbacks, and there are several that I recently became addicted to.

I continue to read quite a bit, but it is currently more tempered by spending time gaming and watching TV or movies. Being married to Joe, we share new things we find with each other, so we are always looking for new media to consume. We cosplayed for the first time this year at Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013 and had an amazing time and hope to do more of it in the future. You can reach me at mystie@theleagueof42.com.

Joe

Joe

Hey there! My name is Joe! I’ve been playing video games for about as long as I can remember, and they probably account for the first 50% of the customs stamps in my nerd passport. My first game systems were an original Nintendo, a Sega Genesis, and an old school fat GameBoy. I continued gaming through high school, breaking into PC gaming by conquering the world in Civilization 2, roaming Liberty City in GTA3, and pwning noobs in Tribes (shazbot!). I really owe the diversity of my nerd portfolio to my dearest wife Mystie, however, who introduced me to many other realms of geekdom after we met in college. Each of us fed off the other’s nerdiness, breaking into perhaps “less mainstream” nerd culture such The Guild, (and later, Geek and Sundry). We have attended Comikaze each of the last two years, and our habit has only been encouraged by our other lovely authors.

Currently – or at least at when this gets published – I am breaking into comics via contemporary titles like Ex Machina and Saga, although I have also picked up iconic works such as Captain America. I am still an avid gamer and am horribly addicted to Skyrim and Borderlands 2. Media-based nerd-dom continues to take up a large portion of my “me time” as well: Mystie and I have just finished binge-watching the second season of Video Game High School. If you’ve got any comments or questions for me, send me an email at joe@theleagueof42.com.

Ben

Ben

Hey, my name is Ben. I have pretty much been into books and reading since before I can remember, even getting grounded once in Elementary School for spending too much time reading Animorphs. But I would say my love of Fantasy and Science Fiction really got started when I read The Hobbit in third grade, followed shortly by Lord of the Rings; the ability to visit and become absorbed in these other worlds fascinated me, as it still does today. This extended into the world of comics, which brings to the table some of the most under-appreciated artistic talents you can find in any medium.

As for video games, I really got started with the original Super Mario Brothers followed shortly by Starcraft and Brood War on the PC. I have many fond memories of playing Mario after dinner with my dad, and just as many playing Starcraft with friends from school. Since then, narratives in games have improved exponentially, as they have quickly, and in my mind undeniably, reached the level of immersion normally reserved for movies, television, comics, and in rare cases, even my beloved books. You can reach me at ben@theleagueof42.com.

Cassi

Cassi

My name is Cassi, and I always knew I was destined for nerddom. Not hard when one of the first shows you really get into is a British sci-fi and you stay home sick from school to try and play computer games. A sucker for unique art styles and quirky game play I spend my days now tracking down and playing as many indie games I can get my hands on and trying to keep up with my backlog of books and TV shows I’m always trying to get through. To get ahold of me, try cassi@theleagueof42.com.

 

Matt

Matt

Hi there! My name is Matt. That’s me on the left, with my good pal Ben on the right. I have been a nerd since the first time I sat down to watch Star Wars Episode 4 with my brothers when I was five years old. Like most kids I grew up with, I had been heavily into comic books—I couldn’t read super well at that stage though—so I mostly just liked the art. Seeing Star Wars for the first time completely altered the course of my nerdy lifestyle.

As you get to know me and my likes, you’ll definitely begin to see a pattern forming. I love most things that include either swords or blaster rifles…or both.  I have a weekly table-top gaming group that I GM for. We mainly stick to d20 products, but have recently branched out into a pretty amazing d6 game. I paint table-top miniatures for fun. I enjoy a multitude of games on the PC and Xbox platforms. Perhaps my biggest (and strangest) hobby is the creation and development of fantasy worlds—drawing them either freehand or creating them through software.

Anyway, that about sums up me. Hope you enjoy the site. If you wanna let me know how much, shoot me an email at matt@theleagueof42.com.