Owner & Editor-in-Cape
By day, David Molofsky is a mild-mannered American expat living in London working as a Product Development Executive managing RICS Recruit and Find a Surveyor. He uses his digital superpowers to improve UX and UI as well as design social media marketing and SEO strategies. David spends whatever time he’s not working on AP2HYC writing his upcoming debut novel, Syn.
With degrees in screenwriting from both Vassar College in New York and the Central Film School of London, David has worked for film production companies in Hollywood, New York, and London assisting on pre-production and marketing for such films as Source Code, The Messenger, Middle of Nowhere, The King’s Speech, and Cairo Time. In addition to AP2HYC, David has previously written for ITProPortal, the BBC America blog, Anglophenia and the entertainment websites WhatCulture and WeGotThisCovered.
Fred McNamara joined AP2HYC after interning with S.H.I.E.L.D. What began as a three month placement unfortunately ended after roughly three hours – Fred had left the base on a coffee round, and returned to find it in ruins circled with what appeared to be the remains of three helicarriers. Fred then joined International Rescue as a test pilot, but got fired after crashing the prototype Thunderbird Zero into Thunderbird 2’s hanger.
Fred is now up to his neck in the world of journalism. By day, he’s a video journalist working in local television. By night however, he’s a self-described Indiana Jones of popular culture, consuming cult television and independent comics as ravenously as possible. In the past, he’s written for a variety of websites, blogs and magazines, including PopMatters, Flickering Myth, Screen Relish and Starburst Magazine, more of which you can find out more by visiting his website, Fred McNamara Writes.
Because Fred doesn’t believe that balancing his editorial duties with a regular life is enough, he’s also writing his debut book – Spectrum is Indestructible! Published by Chinbeard Books next February, the book is a critical celebration of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and is now available to pre-order.
Having been obsessed with Smallville at an age that was probably way too young to be watching Smallville, it’s no surprise that Silje has found herself happily immersed in the world of superheroes. 2008’s, “Of course I’m seeing Iron Man this weekend,” quickly transformed into not missing a midnight showing of the latest superhero blockbuster and weekend binges of the newest Marvel shows on Netflix. While being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is her true job of choice, after graduating with a BA in English and Film Studies, Silje realized that the only thing more enjoyable than watching her favorite films and television shows is writing about them… which she’s now doing in New York for AP2HYC!
Jonathan Hazin is currently studying Film and Hispanic Studies at Vassar College. An avid fan of movies and comics since birth (well, at least since he learned to read), Jonathan is thrilled to write and edit for AP2HYC. While living in New York, he previously worked for the Paley Center for Media and wrote for their online blog, Paley Matters.
Filmmaking? Done it. Screenwriting? Done it poorly. Fan fiction? He’ll deny until he dies. If you need an expert on the 1960s Batman show, the very worst of the James Bond sequels, or the corporate production process of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jonathan is your guy.
Rob Porter is a writer from New York. When he isn’t writing for AP2HYC he continues work on his novel while drinking an inordinate amount of tea. He has an unhealthy obsession with Transformers and 1980s punk and thrash music, and is an unapologetic cinemaphile who boasts a 500+ film collection. Robocop is his favorite film and Batman is his favorite character of all time.
Katie Young is a writer, singer, and occasional zombie movie ‘supporting artiste’. She also works in kids’ TV but really wishes she were a rock star. She is the author of numerous short stories, and dark paranormal novel, The Other Lamb. An avid lover of TV and film, she has written for various e-zines, most recently Haddonfield Horror, The Cult Den, Film Debate, and A Place to Hang Your Cape. She is currently obsessed with twins, lightning, and circus performers.
Easy going. Understanding. Forgiving. These are some words that Scott knows how to spell. In truth, he’s a sadistic mega-geek and may Odin help you if you cross him! He’s got a BA (Hons) in Screenwriting and as of 2014 is studying for his Masters degree. His lifelong ambition is to have a career as a “proper” writer, whatever that means, along with world domination. He likes alliteration, saying the word “DISCLAIMER!”, and hates D.C., Disney, and people who misuse the word “literally” with a passion greater than the heat of a thousand exploding supernovas. Fear his rage!
Kit “Puddygeeks” Horsley
Kit is a cosplayer of 3 years and in that time has managed to squish in 22 cosplays across 13 conventions. She’s an avid fan of video games, anime and Disney who loves to be creative in as many forms as possible. She is a self proclaimed cosplay addict who never stops thinking about her next costume, and describes her style as “make it up as you go, plus excessive amounts of glue”.
Hailing from the historic town of Poole (or possibly slithered out of a mirror dimension), Mark has a passion for telling and learning stories, exploring the worlds of superheroes and anime, and ripping the heart and lungs out of rubbish movies. The unofficial minder and uni buddy of Scott Meridew, Mark loves what Scott hates, including a lifelong love for Disney. Amongst his other hobbies are anime (and Japanese culture), musical theatre, mythology, and obscure shows that no one remembers watching, like Ace Lightning and Bucky O’Hare! With a university degree in screenwriting, Mark yearns to be a successful screenwriter in film, TV, or video games. When not spilling out his thoughts for AP2HYC, he is working on his first novel “Dragon Blood”, adding to his Deviantart page, or trying to get his blog Swivel Chair Imagineering.
Mark’s plans for world domination are currently on hold. He promises.
Senior TV Writer
Long ago in the days of yore when his grandfather gave him a Megazord and a ton of Spider-Man comics, Scott Swartz knew he was destined for a life of nerdom. Scott is an aspiring screenwriter and film producer who has worked for Discovery and the film The Place Beyond the Pines. He wrote his senior thesis on comic book film adaptations, which sent him to New York Comic Con for research where he met Robert Kirkman and some other fantastic individuals. He aspires to be funny, uses the word “lugubrious” a lot, his favorite Halloween costume was being an off-duty Power Ranger in college, and he has a baseball signed by a Batman. You can guess which one.
When not writing for AP2HYC, Jillian can be spotted taking leisurely strolls down Main Street USA and wandering aimlessly throughout the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts. With a B.A. in Digital Filmmaking, Jillian has worked for a number of production companies ranging from The Walt Disney Company to NBC Universal. Jillian hopes her job as a Senior Writer will help her get over the fact that she still hasn’t seen Hamilton.
Ariana Zink’s first brush with superheroes was with the 90s classic X-Men: The Animated Series. She’d like to say she specifically woke up at the crack of dawn to watch it for the insanely catchy theme song, the fascinating plot, or even the bright colors. That would be a lie. She watched it because she thought Gambit was hot; she’s still confused about that. Nonetheless, she grew into loving all things geeky. She has a degree in Screenwriting and Theatre, and aspires to have a writing career like Tina Fey. That, or be a sassy waitress in a small town diner. The first ambition is actually more realistic because she can’t snap her fingers, so she can never be truly described as ‘sassy’.
Social Media Hero
Dara lives in New Jersey, where she works on her novels and scholarly writings in her spare time. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Asian Studies and a Master’s Degree in American History. She is working towards becoming a college professor, someday. She loves reading history books, fantasy novels, and comic books. She has loved superheroes since she was a little girl and watched Batman: The Animated Series. She also enjoys Japanese anime and manga. Her greatest dream, though, is to have a house full of books and time to tell stories to her nephews.