Here you have an opportunity to learn a bit about the people behind the new AICN. The site has been through some changes since its founder Harry Knowles has stepped out of the business. More changes are coming, and the new staff is the most important change. Here is your chance to get a glimpse at the geeks and geekettes that are keeping AICN a cool place for fans, creators, and yes even you trolls out there!
Dannie H.L. Knowles has worked at AICN on and off since its conception. She has had many names on the site first was Sister Satan a name lovingly given to her in the mid-1990s by her Brother AICN's founder who has since put her in charge of the site. She later reviewed mainly documentaries under the name Calamity Jane, and then Pekosa Peligrosa was birthed. Pekosa Peligrosa is a nickname her ex-husband Lobo gave her (he used to write for Latin AICN). Yes, she knows it's spelled pecosa she misspells it as a joke, you know because she is a gringa-ginger-goofball. Her Spanish nickname means "Dangerous Freckleface."
Dannie owned and operated several businesses with her ex, a sign shop named Sign Guy and Pedazo Chunk Video. Her video store won The Chronicles "Best of Austin" 2 years in a row, her store was a South Austin favorite, with nightly free screenings on a 15 ft. x 9 ft. Screen with a fantastic sound system 365 nights a year. Even on Christmas night. There were epic keg parties, BBQs, and live music once a month on the back patio mainly Spanish punk, ska, jazz and Reggae bands played. She closed down her store when the marriage closed.
She has been an artist from a young age having been raised by memorabilia dealers/artists. After she left the video store, she dedicated herself to the arts and had apprenticed under some of Austin's greats. She is currently trading these skills with other artists, who have become a community she truly values.
Being raised by a family movie fanatics, Dannie has a wellspring of knowledge about cinema, comics and all things Pop culture. Nowadays, she focuses on sharing information about all things cool and giving others a chance to share their unique perspectives. She also loves her son, organic bio-intensive heirloom gardening, and all living beings. Except for mosquitoes, fleas, and flying cockroaches they should all die!
Lifelong animation enthusiast, Big Eyes still holds animation as a large part of her life. Inspired by animation at a young age, she began drawing cartoons and anime which over time, drawings evolved into paintings of the surreal and abstract, among other things. Self-taught in her teens, Big Eyes has run and coded a number of her own websites over the years, including a couple of ongoing webcomics. Currently, in her free time, she paints, plays the ukulele, and studies psychology.
James “Hercules” Strong, an entertainment journalist and broadcaster for more than four decades, has contributed film stories to Ain’t It Cool for more than 20 years and has served as the site’s TV editor since April 2000. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife Ana and eight ravenous pets.
Mad Dashiell is from a long line of artists that don't claim him. He started his preternatural artistic path in his tender years drawing poop murals in his playpen. Ever seeking new forms of expression he quickly moved onto other mediums like oil paint's while he father slept and using the parents new color t.v. as a canvas. As the world continued to come more into being the young boy was saturated with a classic culture that only the bygone era of the 16mm collecting R.T.F. parents could provide. Wall-sized Betty Boop, Popeye, Superman, Ub Iwerks and Disney toons were the worlds he sought refuge. Being interested in comics for Dash was probably comparable to how Catholicism works in other families in that he had an ever-growing comic collection before he was born. Eventually, 1982 happened and there was so much magic happening in Hollywood that even to a young mind it was palpable. From the sprawling landscapes of THE DARK CRYSTAL to the exploding creature in THE THING he realized that anything was possible in a film no matter how beautiful or terrifying and the world moved on.
Mad Dashiell did a small stint of teaching Art to kids at the University of Texas as well as some work at the Brandywine School of Illustrative Arts. Mad Dashiell is most known from the work he did Drawing/Inking Comic covers with Tim The Scarecrow, coloring the SPACE DOGS comic, creating film score music for I AM NIGHTMARE, and a bit of voice acting in feature cartoons like WELCOME TO NORMALITY, COLD DARK MIRROR and WHEN BLACKBIRDS FLY. Mad Dashiell is also a street performing clown but usually spends his time devouring comics, cartoons, video games and films while dropping blurbs on Ain't It Cool News in between art projects.
Rumor has it that “Wheels” came to be after a young man from Tennessee was bitten by a radioactive hound dog, who was sitting in a shopping cart at the time, while he was searching for Sonny Chiba bootleg videos at the local used record store. Now, that young man has gained the ability to talk at length about film subjects ranging from Werner Herzog documentaries to Jimmy Wang Yu bash-em-ups. Ability that is well past that of mortal men. Ummm, okay that’s probably not true. Wheels, however, does live in Nashville where he has worked as a licensed suicide prevention counselor and as a technical trainer for a Fortune 200 company. Which is cool and all but he’d rather be writing about Spaghetti Westerns and South Indian action movies.
A reader since 2003 and a Talkbacker since 2013, the man who would become the sockpuppet left the southeastern U.S. in 2011 for the U.K., in the hopes of becoming a screenwriter. During his six years in the city of Manchester, he received Level 2 certifications in Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy, an Access to Higher Education degree in English Literature and Media Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Screen Studies, and a Master of Arts in Screenwriting. Now he lives in the eastern end of Atlanta, working as a Production Assistant, Caterer, and Screenwriter, depending on the day.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away Freddy was born in Alaska where he had a great view of Russia. Freddy has been a movie/Horror addict for 40 years, starting on the light stuff like Sesame Street and Captain Kangaroo. Ultimately maturing into a vampire fan after Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, yes even BLACKULA. He was still very young when he started watching horror films like THE OMEN. Past the point of no return, he soon had a horror beast within that needed to feed upon even darker shadows! These days, he loves sharing his opinions hoping to infect the land!
Rebecca Elliott/Annette Kellerman
Rebecca Elliott is a lifelong movie enthusiast and has been writing about film for AICN for two decades. In addition to film critique, Rebecca has also spent time behind the camera writing and producing several short films, producing a feature documentary, as well as directing and editing another feature documentary. She resides in Austin, Texas where she is a fixture at the various film festivals and events around the city. When she’s not sitting in a dark theater, Rebecca enjoys time with her family and indoctrinating her son into her movie geek world.
When Madame Revenant isn't binge-watching movies, she often rips into flesh and analyzes what it means to be truly human. A zombie by trade and an artist at heart, she appreciates practical special effects, creatures and demonic beasts, witches with goats, robotic angels who save the world, and fauns with short fuses. When the madame appears, no secret remains hidden forever; she'll find the truth.
AstroHeathen is an eclectic soul from the cliffs of Colorado who has watched Twin Peaks entirely too many times. With a wide range of tastes, from Fulci to Jodorowsky, Russell to Jarman, this AstroHeathen constantly digs into an obscure niche of art and craves transcendental visionary experiences that strike to the core. Fancying themselves an artist and writer, AstroHeathen hopes to uplift and create badass performances, stories, and expressions of our collective experience as it progresses.
McEric is a writer based out of East Texas. An avid appreciator of music, film, literature and art, he is pleased to share his passions with fellow fans and foster open discussion of all things cool and interesting.
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