Welcome to EchoBase.
EchoBase is a club created by geeks, for geeks, to discuss all things entertainment. It started as a club on Facebook when we realized we all had unique points of view and insights into a wide variety of art forms. Lately we thought, “Hey, maybe we can do this with the public” in order to grow the club and get our hands on more geek knowledge. Sweet, sweet knowledge.
So join us for a discussion as we handpick the best of entertainment news and give you the break down of the latest and greatest releases. So read on, learn a thing or two and join us in a discussion here at Echo Base.
If you have a comment or a question drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now meet our crew:
Chief Editorial Staff
Doug – Chief Editor
Doug is a longtime film enthusiast and like a lot of others from that generation can trace it back to when he saw Star Wars for the first time in 1977. He spent a good part of his formative years working in video stores jockeying VHS tapes across the counter. Doug genuinely enjoys movies in an irony-free way and loves all kinds of films from the Arthouse to the Grindhouse.
Doug believes the future of big screen movies is in 2 dimensions and also in IMAX. He does love blu ray and has a large collection of movies on physical media and hopes that never goes away. Doug believes movies are a communal event, always the most fun to watch with friends or strangers, to be shared and talked about.
If anyone is going to take moves too seriously around here, it’s gonna be him.
Wiizzy Wiig – Chief Editor and Lead Creative
What you see is what you get with Wiizzy Wiig. That’s a good thing. And then again…
He’s here to tantalize your eyes with his good looks and charm, and an assortment of photoshopped mash up smackdowns along the way. A bunch of What ifs… and Wouldn’t it be cools… for the films you love to watch and the ones you can’t wait to see. It’s a good thing that a picture is worth a 1,000 words because Wiizzy can’t write for shit. But from time to time, you’ll see him post reviews, video blog and rant with the best of them. Please be gentle. You know these artist types.
Wiizzy is an honest, off beat, and kind hearted movie lover. He’ll always try and find that silver lining in a heaping pile of shit. And if he down right loves something… you’ll know.
And always always, Wiizzy will always be Frank with you.
Maddie- Chief Editor
Growing up right outside of Princeton NJ, she spent much of her time with pals in make believe comic book worlds or out in her backyard looking for Totoro. Her greatest goal as a child was to grow up and become blue, thanks to night crawler, mystique and Dr Manhattan (just a few of her favorite blues!). While she has a love for any solid Disney/Pixar children’s film, gotta love those feels!, she is an openly admitted horror addict. We know she has a problem but heck if she’ll ever change! She enjoys filling her movie time looking for the next great scare, with amazingly hard to watch gore, and of course setting aside time for the occasional zombie + sushi movie nights with just about any face chewing zombie flick. Pandemic? Apocalypse? Zombeavers? She’s got more than a few weapons in her liquor cabinet so bring it on!
Tim – Chief Editor and Tech/UX Lead
As a kid Tim struggled with attention issues and always had that “doesn’t pay attention in class” bullshit on his report cards, despite good grades. It’s mostly because he was too busy reading comic books, trade mags, or playing game boy under his desk. He’s never been too good at sticking with one thing either. Despite his certain obsessions, he’s always been interested in all realms of geekhood: video games, comic books, comedy, movies, books, computers, user experience, development and music across all genres and types. “I’ve dabbled in everything. Hence why EchoBa.se is such a great home for me. I don’t often frequent just one corner of the internet because I’m always looking for different points of view, and this place has that!”
ModCon02 – Chief Editor
ModCon02 has a long and fruitful history of loving and hating popular culture, music, movies and books. He is sitting, somewhat comfortably, in North America but his heart belongs to Sheffield.
Militant Ginger – Chief Editor
Born and raised in the cathedral city of Winchester, Roland earned his Eurotrash merit badge in Paris before moving to America to seek his fortune. If you’ve seen it, please give him a shout, because he’s still looking. A digital Don Draper with a Hemingway complex, Roland pays the bills with his social media savvy, but under various nom de plumes is a top-ranked Amazon author after hours, and is impatiently awaiting the day he can give up the rat race forever and write schlock in a cabin in the mountains.
Jake De Great – Contributing Writer
A 15 yr veteran of San Diego Comic Con and other cons, his biggest achievement has probably been gaining the patience of a Tibetan monk as a line waiting pro. As a kid, the world was DC and Marvel comics, Saturday morning cartoons (when they were good), and classic NES. As a grown-up, not much has really changed except for better graphics and the death of Saturday morning cartoons. Jake’s movie interests are adventure/action/sci-fi/animation but not much for horror, particularly if it is where the kids are the evil ones…he has a lot of nibilings and doesn’t need a reason to fear them more besides what statues they might break in his home. For video games, story based shooters and action based open world are his go-tos. Other interests are personal technology advancements, kickstarters, and cosplay.
Damien – Contributing Writer
Damien Glonek is one of the Co-Creators of Living Dead Dolls (The world’s longest continuing running horror themed dolls series) as well as the Director of Development at Mezco Toyz. He is also a contributing writer and artist for EvilSpeak magazine as well as previously having contributed to Ultraviolent Magazine. He has been actively vending at horror conventions around the country for the last 20 years beginning with his (now-closed) horror memorabilia company Unearthly Possessions. When not doing all of the above he submerges himself in all aspects of the horror genre and is a big collector of original horror movie posters mostly from the 60s-80s.
Sam – Contributing Writer
Sam has loved, and loved to hate, movies and board games since he was a wee lad. He has been schooled in the ancient art of critique from an early age, reading every review (especially the bad ones) that he was able to get his hands on. Starting in the Golden Age of the early internet with Hollywood.com and advancing through the years with Rotten Tomatoes, IGN, and RedLetterMedia, he is hard-pressed not to remember a rating or particular comment about a movie released in the last 15 years. He has dreamed of the day when he could add his voice to the discordant chorus, and finally that day has come…
Rob – Contributing Writer
Raised in an imaginary forest peopled by comics legends Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Jim Steranko, by science fiction visionaries Arthur Clarke and Robert Heinlein, by pop science icons Star Trek, Alien and Doctor Who, by pulp heroes Doc Savage, The Shadow and Tarzan… well, you get the picture. He still wanders that forest examining the old and new, sometimes walking with old travelers (he’s met four Doctors, traded some quips with Stan Lee), sometimes guiding new travelers (given away a lot of comics to new readers, young and old) and always preserving the trails for future travelers (a collection of art, toys, comics and more).
In Memoriam: Brent Dylan – Contributing Writer
Brent Dylan is hopelessly and shamelessly entrenched in the shifty grey counter-culture oblivion of Modern America. He’s yet another pop culture casualty who has earbuds in, his eyes on his phone, and his mind in the cloud(s).
His biggest passion is experiencing, sharing and spreading the spectrum of emotions via righteous and gnarly music. He also steadfastly believes Han shot first, Tyler Durden is real, and Stan Lee is God.
Note: We lost Brent on May 5th, 2016 to unexpected health issues. Brent was one of the most committed writers we ever had on Echo Base’s staff, and he was also a great friend who was full of life, love, and energy that was as infectious as a rock show. He poured his soul into everything he did and we will miss him greatly. Here’s a so-long tribute we wrote to Brent. Happy trails friend!