Nerd Caliber Editors

E. Ortiz
President of Nerd Caliber
E. Ortiz has been working as a journalist, videographer and editor for almost ten years for many different organizations: from MoCCA to FUSE Music Television. Nowadays Mr. Ortiz is the brains behind Nerd Caliber and sometimes you can see him leading his team at conventions.

Rodney Brown
Editor in Chief/Photographer
Rodney Brown has been a journalist and editor since the early 1980s, working for publications in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Most recently he spent 16 years in various editorial capacities at Mass High Tech, a publication of American City Business Journals, then various tech news sites for United Business Media. He is also known in the cosplay community as the photographer FirstPerson Shooter.

Gregg Snider
Associate Editor
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Luis “Crash” Correa
Associate Producer
Luis has worked in the convention community for more than 10 years.
Initially a cosplayer, Luis decided to expand his passion for video, photography and writing.
He can be contacted for photoshoots via

Nerd Caliber Staff

Kiera Vallone
Kiera Vallone has been an avid cosplayer for approximately eight years. She did her Senior Thesis on cosplaying and conventions in America, and received her Journalism Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Purchase last May. If you are interested in contacting her for photoshoots and are around or near New York City you can contact her at kierav[at]

Jibrii Hopkins
Head AAA games writer
Since attaining a degree in Communications in New York State, Jibrii Ransom has been involved in the entertainment industry as writer, video reporter and artist. He is our head AAA games writer, and also cosplays as Spectra Cosplay.

Adam “Doppelganger” Etheridge
Located in Southern New Jersey, Adam has covered a wide variety of events over the course of the past decade, including car shows, anime expos, and perhaps most notably the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Adam is currently in the process of immersing himself deeper into the “nerd culture” and is looking to network and make contacts with cosplayers, etc. You can contact him at

Ashley Lauren Rogers
On Camera Talent/Comedy Blogger/Steampunk Correspondent
Ashley Lauren Rogers is a Playwright, Actors, and Standup Comic in New York City.  Ashley is a content creator for and has won an ACM Comedy award.  Ashley has written articles for,  Beyond Victoriana, and Steampunk Magazine Online, has been a vlogger and a blogger for  Ashley has developed a workshop for writers to learn how write for trans and non-binary narratives.

Lauren Grant
Lauren is an all around geek hailing from DC. Since obtaining her BS in Broadcasting in 2013 she specializes in anime and cosplay culture as a writer and reporter for Nerd Caliber. Lauren can often be found checking out the latest shows on Netflix, geeking out in the bookstore or traveling up and down the East Coast for various conventions.

Blake Entrekin of Bentpic5
Blake Entrekin has been doing photography as a hobby for almost 8 years now. He went to his first convention about the same time but never put cosplay and photography together until 2009. At the same time, he created a name for himself, Entrekin Photography, and slowly growing every year. If you want to hire him for a cosplay shoot, you can hire him at the link below!

Chris Ngo
Flares Cosplay is an aspiring videographer who is currently stuck in idol hell and may have a slight obsession with hats…  He specializes in music and dance videos, but does some short film projects on the side.


Brooke VanKleeck
Videographer/Video Editor
Since first setting foot in a convention in 2008, Brooke has become a dedicated cosplayer and cosplay photographer. She completed her Bachelor’s at SUNY New Paltz in Communications and Film Production, and is the sole driving force behind Shiki Stitches, her nerdy clothing business. Currently she is working alongside the Nerd Caliber team to produce video content and can be found cosplaying at a number of conventions along the East Coast. She can be contacted via e-mail or at

John Dulak
John Dulak has always had a hand in nerd culture throughout the years. Whether it be gaming, cosplay, or collectibles. Those same hobbies even played a central role in his thesis film when he graduated with an Associates Degree in Video Production in 2012. Since then he has broadened his horizons to include photography in addition to videography. Today if John’s not working on a project he’s either playing Overwatch, checking the toy section in Walgreens, or trying to get a new figure to hold that *perfect* pose long enough to take a shot. Check out his work at

Manny Rude

Christopher Ruiz
Head indie games writer

Eric O’Donnell
Director & Videographer
You can check out his own awesome video channel here!

Tini Howard is a writer, cosplayer, and second generation nerd from the East Coast. She has recently contributed to’s Community blog, and Yahoo! Voices. When the stars align, she is working on GLASS, a graphic novel collaboration. Check out her work at, or follow her tweets @tinistark.

P. Stewart
Videographer/Sci-Fi Reporter

Elizabeth Trinket

Tori Queeno

Gogo Incognito

Byron D. Zero

Frida Gurewitz


Kevin Conn
Video Interviewer/Writer

Brady Hall
Video Interviewer

Kenneth Davis of Ken AD Photography
Con Reviewer/Photographer.


Previous Contributors

Chaka Cumberbatch

Brianne Glover

Jake Young

Matt Timmins


S. Carpenter (Sammy Pipeline) of Charpenter Inks

L. Bowker of Charpenter Inks

Thea Stapleton

C. Barbieri

Josh Pegg

Adam Howell

Elizabeth Comforti

Charles Young

Jen Jen

Noelle Hargis-Milford

David Palmacci

Kelley Griffin

Shauna Leva

Justin Kontovich

Judy Escalante

Ayden Gotzmer

Erin DeBorba

Ashphord Jacoway and Ginger Burton

Christopher Wanamaker

G.W. Smith & Thee Gartisan

Kendra L. Saunders

John Riley of Red Zebra Photography

Kathryn Redfield

Kari Lane

Ithlia Lin

Lisa Lou

Bill Hinsee