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Founded in September 2009, Pop Break is a digital pop culture magazine that covers film, music, television, comics books and yes, even professional wrestling.
Our goal is to provide you, the reader, a place to take a break from the everyday grind of the real world with reviews, views and interviews written by passionate pop culture aficionados.
The Editorial Board
Bill Bodkin: (Co-Founder, Co-Owner, Editor-in-Chief, Media Contact) Bill Bodkin is the Owner, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Pop Break. Most importantly, however, he is the proud father of a beautiful daughter, Sophie. He can be seen regularly on the site reviewing The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and is the host of the site’s podcast, The BreakCast. He currently works as a project manager in the telecom world, and is a freelance writer for NJ.com. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism & English. Follow him on Twitter: @BodkinWrites
Brent Johnson (Co-Founder, Executive Editor) Brent has worked for a variety of publications, writing on a variety of topics. After years of working various jobs in the newspaper world, he has become one of the top reporters in New Jersey, regularly covering the Chris Christie administration, and recently covered the the Trump campaign — all for NJ.com/The Star-Ledger. When not working, he’s the lead singer in New Brunswick rock band The Clydes.
Matthew Kelly (Managing Editor): Matthew Nando Kelly is the cool and tough Managing Editor of Pop Break, who was allowed to write his own bio. Besides weekly Flash recaps, he has a podcast called Mad Bracket Status where he makes pop culture brackets with fellow writer DJ Chapman.He has an unshakable love for U2, cats, and the New Orleans Saints. His twitter handle is @NationofNando. Did we mention how handsome he was?
Daniel Cohen (Film Editor) Daniel Cohen is the hard-boiled Film Editor for the Pop Break. Besides reviews, Daniel writes box office predictions, Gotham reviews and Oscar coverage. He can also be found on the Breakcast. If Daniel was sprayed by Scarecrow’s fear toxin, it would be watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on a non-stop loop. Follow him on Twitter @dcohenwriter.
Aaron Sarnecky (Television Editor): Aaron Sarnecky is The Pop Break’s Television Editor and covers Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 24: Legacy, and Designated Survivor, among other things. He is a TV/Film grad of Rowan University and the fraternal twin of staff writer Josh Sarnecky. He probably remembers that show you forgot existed. Follow him on Twitter: @AaronSarnecky
Alisha Weinberger (Social Media Manager): Alisha Weinberger is a comic book, video game, and animation enthusiast and critic. Along with comic reviews, she also maintains The Pop Break twitter feed. Alisha thoroughly enjoys the warm embrace of coffee, says “dawg” and “dope” ad nauseam, and shares a reluctant resemblance to Tina Belcher.
Laura Dengrove (News & Features Editor): Laura Dengrove is the current news editor for Pop Break. She started out as one of youngest members of the Pop Break staff (she started at age 17) and is a critic for television/movies of all types on Pop Break. She’s in her second year at college where she will be studying to obtain her bachelors degree at Rutgers University for Journalism/Public Relations. She also has an in-depth knowledge about all things True Blood and an avid Eric and Sookie shipper.
Al Mannarino (Assistant Editor, Photographer) Al Mannarino is a senior writer and photographer for Pop Break. He is also host of the News Over Brews Podcast, Loot Care Unboxed, Backstage Break, and the producer of Behind the Brews. He graduated Rowan University with a degree in Radio/TV/Film & History and is currently a Promotions Assistant for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. When he isn’t writing he is either trying to build his own TARDIS or taking a nap. Follow him on Twitter: @almannarino
Mark Henely (Comic Book Editor): Mark Henely is the Comic Book editor for ThePopBreak.com. Mark attended Rutgers University where he officially studied English Literature and unofficially studied Marvel and DC Comics. He also hosts a comic book podcast about the first appearances of comic book characters called “Introducing… the First Appearance Podcast” that can be listend to at this address: https://soundcloud.
Logan J. Fowler (Video Game Editor) Logan J. Fowler is a senior writer and video game editor on Pop Break. He contributes his thoughts every week for Trailer Tuesday and had his own column called “A Link to the Past.” Logan’s “kid at heart” nature has led to his discussion about pop culture that many geeks love to talk about, including superheroes, Super Mario Bros., Pixar, and Muppets, amongst other things. In addition, one of his first pieces for the site, “Top Ten Comic Book Movies,” was picked as a “Freshly Pressed” piece by WordPress and remains one of the site’s most well-read articles.
Ann Hale (Horror Editor, Senior Film & Television Writer) Ann Hale is the horror editor for Pop Break and a senior contributing writer, reviewing horror movies and television shows. She is a huge movie buff, mainly horror, but has a soft spot for 80’s action, Star Wars and Harry Potter. Currently residing in NC with her wife Jenny and black cat, Edward Kittyhands. You can follow her, her collection and her cat on Twitter and Instagram @Scarletjupiter
The Senior Staff
Marisa Carpico (Senior Writer): By day, Marisa Carpico stresses over America’s election system. By night, she becomes a pop culture obsessive. Whether it’s movies, TV or music, she watches and listens to it all so you don’t have to. You can follow her on Twitter to read her insightful social commentary or more likely complain about how cold it is at @MarisaCarpico.
Lisa Pikaard (Senior Writer): Lisa Pikaard is the former music editor of Pop Break. She can also frequently be found reviewing and interviewing hard rock bands but her photo is secretly (or not so secretly now) on the Backstreet Boy’s Never Gone album booklet. Country, pop, rock, the genre doesn’t matter; she loves it all. Lisa also likes to dabble in book reviews and somehow convinced Monmouth University to award her a Master’s in English for writing a thesis called ‘Harry Potter and the Rhetoric of Terrorism.’ While her dream is to interview musicians on a daily basis, she is currently a group sales manager with the Brooklyn Nets, not a bad alternative. Music, football and literature are her passions. Follow her on Twitter: @nygiantsnjgrl
Marley Ghizzone (Senior Editor): Marley Ghizzone is the former music editor and Breaking News Editor for The Pop Break. Aside from writing news, Marley reviews television shows and the odd film. Pop culture is her drug of choice and her talents include binge watching entire seasons of TV shows obsessively fast and crying over fictional characters. Marley is a graduate of Rowan University. Follow her on twitter: @marleyveee
Nick Porcaro (Designer, Senior Writer) Nick Porcaro is a 27-year old graphic designer, musician and writer based in Jersey City, NJ. Nick graduated in 2012 from UArts in Philadelphia, PA with a BFA in Graphic Design. As a musician he’s played guitar for over 10 years, in addition to dabbling in bass, drums and vocals. Nick currently plays guitar with Matt Scuteri and the Jive Stewards and is an unabashed wrestling fan.
Keeyahtay Lewis (Head Photographer) Keeyahtay Lewis is the site’s lead photographer and his work can be seen on his company’s page, Deadbolt Photos. His work has been featured multiple times in Alternative Press and has shot everyone from Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus to Sevendust and Anthony Green.
Michael Dworkis (Featured Wrestling Columnist) Michael Dworkis is a man of vast talent and industry. A former writer and corporate assistant of World Wrestling Entertainment, “MSD” is the Wrestling Columnist for Pop Break, as well as contributing columns related to comics, movies, pop-culture, and of course, anything Transformers. He recently completed and obtained his Masters degree in Mental Health in Counseling, and recently became licensed to practice as an LAC by the National Board of Certified Counselors. If you need either a therapist or your wrestling fix, come to this man. Michael also is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Media, and previously managed an internet retail company. He blames Bill for having so much wrestling on the site and pleads with his superiors to create a feature on his very own Transformer Collection and to subdue Michael Bay for a serious talk. Michael is still searching for a Japanese Grand Maximus or any Japanese Generation 1 exclusives. See more of Michael at MichaelDworkis.com and follow on Twitter @Omegax80.
Kimberlee Rossi-Fuchs (Senior Television Writer): Kimberlee Rossi-Fuchs is a Senior Writer for Pop Break, regularly covering Game of Thrones, Louie, Futurama, and Boardwalk Empire, as well as other delectable nuggets of TV, film, and music throughout the year. Since graduating with Highest Honors from Rutgers University with a degree in English, Kimberlee currently finds herself in a financially comfortable, yet stifling corporate environment where her witty and insightful literary and pop culture references are largely met with confused silence and requests to, “Get away from me, weirdo.” Still, she’s often thought of as a modern-day Oscar Wilde (by herself) and one day hopes her wit, charm, and intellect (again, self-perceived) will make her a very wealthy, very drunk woman. She’s also the mother of a darling little boy, Charlie Miles (aka Young Chizzy) who she hopes will grow up to not be too embarrassed of all of the baby pics she relentlessly shares of him on various social media sites.
Jeff Crespi (Staff Photographer): Jeff Crespi is a freelance music photographer who has provided photo coverage for 1,000’s of bands, artists and festivals over the last few years for numerous publications, webzines, blog sites and social media sites. He takes pride in capturing those great moments that will last forever. Jeff’s photo journey began in the 2000s when his 8-year-old son discovered and fell in love with Jeff’s KISS album collection. After attending their first KISS show, they soon became staples in the local music attending over 100 shows a year. After being a guy with a ‘point and shoot’ in the crowd, he ended up taking a chance and found himself working with Amp and Hails & Horns Magazine as a staff photog. He now shoots regularly for Pop Break and has no intention of slowing down. His work can be found at JeffCrespiROCKS.com
Staff, Contributors, and Photographers
Staff Writers: Mallory Barrett, Dylan Brandsema, Scott Clifford, Laura Curry, Ryan DeMarco, Chris Diggins, Sheena Fisher, Rachel Freeman, Matt Haviland, Andrew Howie, Angelo Gingerelli, Kelly Gonsalves, Lucas P. Jones, Allison Lips, Megan LaBruna, Asia Martin, Justin Matchick, MJ Rawls, Josh Sarnecky, Matt Taylor, Anthony Toto, Tommy Tracy.
Contributors: Jess Alaimo, Rob Avon, Christian Bischoff, DJ Chapman, Tyler DiBenedetto,Andrew Fontana, Dan Gagliardi, Matt Gilbert, Rebecca Henely, Corbyn Jenkins, Melissa Jouben, Daryn Kirscht, Kat Manos, Chris Panico.
Staff Photographers: Staci Altomari, Mike DeLaPaz, Pat Gilrane, Saidy Lopez, Dana Mansbart, Jesse Murch, Cathy Poulton, MJ Rawls, Kim Wessels.
Lauren Stern: Lauren Stern graduated Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism and Philosophy. She spends her free time searching for the best gluten-free food in the Tri-State area, playing with her dogs, and reading an insane amount of books. She tweets constantly about pop culture and social issues and hopes you follow her musings @laurenpstern.
Jonathan Elliott: Jonathan Elliott has worked in arts and entertainment marketing and management for thirteen years, with stints at organizations including: Grounds for Sculpture, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton Summer Theater at Princeton University, and the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation. He holds a Masters degree in Arts Management from George Mason University. Jonathan is the founding editor of the Jersey Arts Culture Vultures Blog, where he produced weekly coverage of New Jersey’s not-for-profit arts events. He has written pieces for Americans for the Arts and currently serves as theater critic for US1. He is the co-creator of the made-for-web series NeverLanding, and covers TV for Cinema Blend. His play Forward Motion is available for purchase and production via Playscripts.
Marla Pachter: Marla Pachter is a comedic writer, obsessed with all things television. She doesn’t discriminate against TV shows, which either results in pleasant surprise or an eviscerating review for your reading pleasure. Marla loves Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine Nine, and she will probably be watching new seasons of Grey’s Anatomy until she’s 90. Sometimes she writes TV shows herself, but they don’t air on television. She also likes big butts and she cannot lie. (That was a lie). @MarlaPachter
Jason Stives: Jason Stives is the resident Anglophile and Pop Break representative for BBC America conducting weekly reviews of Doctor Who and Orphan Black. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s class of 2010 with a bachelors in Journalism and Media Studies. When he isn’t attending concerts or writing the great American novel he moonlights as lounge crooner J.M Heavyhart turning the works of Dokken and Dio into Sinatra-esque standards (or at least he would like to be). Follow his constant retweets and occasionally witty banter on Twitter at @jaystives.
Also: Maxwell Barna, Jeanne Crump, Jason Kundrath, John Lawrence, Erin Mathis, Kelly O’Dowd, Joe Zorzi.
Former Staff: Matt Agosta, Erica Batchelor, Molly Boekenheide, Matt DeBenendetti, Kelly Duncan, Nicole Feleo, Eric Gallegos, Luke Kalamar, Chris Osifchin, Keshav Pandya.
Mr. Bodkin (1941-2011): The father, of the site’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, Mr. Bodkin was one of the site’s first advocates. Look through any post from 2009 to spring 2011 and you’ll see his many comments under such pseudonyms as TFPM, YOM, and YIF amongst various others. His comments were almost always making fun of co-founder Brent Johnson, but all in a loving (yet sometimes a little harsh) manner. However, his contributions to the site have not been in comments alone, he was also a major contributor in terms of bringing readers to the site (through e-mail blasts), as well as posting three stories about watching movies in the 50s, his top movies from the 50s and a Marine’s perspective on The Hurt Locker. A retired computer ace, former Marine and diehard New York Giants fan, Mr. Bodkin’s influence and encouragement remain the fuel that drives the site.