Meet The BUZZ Team: Know Your Writers

Meet The BUZZ Team: Know Your Writers

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Matt ChapmanMatt Chapman, Editor-in-Chief 

What I do: I wrangle the team and write news, reviews and interviews for, with a specialisation in film and TV.
Where else we can see your work: Dragon+, the official Dungeons & Dragons magazine app.
Favourite films: Nikita, The Matrix, Jaws.
Favourite TV shows: State Of Play, Star Trek: The Next GenerationHeroes Season OneLife On Mars.
Favourite books: Watchmen, The Dice Man, DC: The New Frontier.
Favourite Anime: Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy BebopAkira.
Favourite video games: Tetris, Portal, The Legend of Zelda.
My favourite article of my own on the site: Zombie Boot Camp review
Character I’d like to cosplay:  Optimus Prime.

Shalimar Sahota, Contributing Editor 

What I do: Film reviews, cosplay interviews.
Where else we can see your work: Box Office Prophets.
Favourite films: Last three films viewed worthy of a 10 out of 10 – WALL-E, Oldboy, Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain.
Favourite TV shows: I don’t have one.
Favourite books: Alice in Wonderland.
Favourite Anime: 3×3 Eyes, Sailor Moon.
My favourite article of my own on the site: It hasn’t been written… yet.

Scott Snowden, US Editor 

What I do: Film news, TV news and reviews, some gaming stuff
Where else we can see your work: Esquire sometimes, The Sunday Times Magazine, New York Magazine, all sorts of places. Or, you could just check my site!
Favourite films: Oh boy. Aliens, Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, FletchWatchmen… different movies for different moods.
Favourite TV shows: Every incarnation of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, The Expanse, Almost Human, Firefly. Plus stuff like Preacher and Better Call Saul.
Favourite books: Just about anything written by Harry Harrison or Philip K Dick.
Favourite video games: Metal Gear Solid… once upon a time, The Division and Fall Out before it got carried away with settlement building.
My favourite article of my own on the site: 2000AD, the sci-fi universe you’ve probably never heard of.
Character I’d like to cosplay:  An Imperial Sandtrooper from Star Wars, a Colonial Marine from Aliens, a Colonial Viper Pilot from BSG…you know, all the really expensive ones. 

Alasdair StuartAlasdair Stuart

What I do: I write TV reviews. Usually anything with “Walking Dead” in the title and Gotham. I also step in on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. from time to time and do the odd feature.
Where else we can see your work: I write for, blog at and own Escape Artists, which produces four monthly podcasts and one digital magazine (Mothership Zeta). The podcasts all feature weekly short stories, including: Escape Pod (Science Fiction); Psuedopod (Horror); Podcastle (Fantasy); Cast of Wonders (YA fiction). I’m also an RPG writer and most recently did the Tenth Doctor sourcebook for the Doctor Who RPG. That was really fun. Even Voyage Of The Damned
Favourite films: Varies wildly. Right now it’s probably Midnight Special. Amazingly good, tiny sort of SF movie.
Favourite TV shows: The West Wing, Limitless, iZombie, Last Week Tonight, Madam Secretary right now.
Favourite books: Catch 22, Wind In The Willows, Paddington, Mirror Empire, Transmetropolitan, Injection, Letter 44 and Ms Marvel.
Favourite anime: Attack On Titan
My favourite article of my own on the site: I’m really fond of the diversity in Doctor Who pieces I did.
Character I’d like to cosplay: AD Walter Skinner from The X-Files. I’d just need a haircut and a suit.

roxy simonsRoxy Simons

What I do: I interview Japanese musicians, write features on events in London, and also write TV and film reviews.
Favourite films: The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Back To The Future trilogy, the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, Fight Club, Only Lovers Left Alive, Untouchable, The Grand Budapest Hotel, (500) Days of Summer, Forever Love (Taiwanese), Dead Poets Society, Seven Days part one and two (Japanese), Slum-Polis (Japanese), The Great Dictator, Modern Times. Also anything with Ben Whishaw in it, but especially Paddington, Lilting and Perfume.
Favourite TV shows: Breaking Bad, Sherlock, House Of Cards, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Hour, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Agent Carter, Life On Mars, American Horror Story, Orphan Black, Orange Is The New Black, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Fargo, London Spy, and the first series’ of Dexter and Heroes.
Favourite books: The Shadow Of The Wind, Good Omens, The Master And Margarita, Never Let Me Go, Any Human Heart, Christopher And His Kind, Sherlock Holmes, One Day, Frankenstein, Nineteen Eighty-Four, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, The Devotion Of Suspect XThe Little Prince, Rurouni Kenshin, Shaman King, Bakuman, Black Butler, Fruits Basket, One Punch Man and Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge.
Favourite Anime: Death Parade, Rurouni Kenshin, Hybrid Child, Ajin, Full-Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Samurai Champloo, Baccano, Free!, Nana, Paradise Kiss, Natsume Yuujinchou, Ouran High School Host Club, Psycho-Pass, Kamisama Hajimemashita, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Boy And The Beast, Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Hal, A Letter To Momo and Garden of Words.
Favourite video games: Pokemon Sapphire, Fire Emblem Awakening.
My favourite article of my own on the site: My Hyper Japan Christmas Market feature.
Character I’d like to cosplay: Yamatonokami Yasusada from Touken Ranbu. If not him then Himura Kenshin or Seta Sojiro from Rurouni Kenshin (I love samurai, if that wasn’t obvious already).

Kimi ChanKimberly Rust (aka Kpopkimi)

What I do: I am the Japanese and Korean culture representative, where I travel around the world hosting interviews, attending concerts and events, reviewing products which end up on the Asia Zone section of the website.
Where else we can see your work: I also work closely with many companies who bring K-pop or Korean concerts and events to Europe – so if you look hard enough, you may see me around.
Favourite films: Korean movies (Oldboy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, I Saw The Devil, Twenty, Taegukgi, Silenced, Hot Young Bloods); Japanese (Battle Royale, Ichi The Killer, Kamisama no iu Toori, Lesson Of Evil, Ju-On); Western (Deadpool, Batman: Dark Knight, The Intern, Devil Wears Prada, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings).
Favourite TV shows: Korean (Running Man, Cool Kiz, Return Of Superman, plus many different dramas); Japanese (Silence In The Library and any really weird or funny TV shows); Western (NCIS, The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, Gotham, Eureka).
Favourite books: Anne Rice, Haruki Murakami.
Favourite Anime: Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howls Moving Castle, The Boy And Beast, Wolf Children.
Favourite video games: Im a Blizzard nerd so… World Of Warcraft, Starcraft, Heroes Of The Storm, Overwatch and Hearthstone. I am also a big fan of Steam games and indie games, but should I get back into my console games I’m sure I’ll re-visit some of my favourites such as the Fatal Frame (Project Zero) series, Kingdom Hearts, Shadow Of The Colossus, Ico, Journey and any other arty-farty or horror games that get my interest.
My favourite article of my own on the site: My interview with K-pop boy group Bangtan Boys (BTS) – It was my first true big-name interview, and my first face-to-face interview with a group I already admired. After that experience, it made me realise this is what I loved doing, and after seeing the reaction of fans and people who didn’t have any knowledge of the group or the Korean culture, I realised I had a niche market I could report on.
Character I’d like to cosplay: I have cosplayed many different characters from games, TV, film and animation but I do still have some ultimate ones I want to do such as: Howl’s Moving Castle (as in the castle!), the Mannequin monster from the second Silent Hill movie, Stitches from World Of Warcraft, Winston from Overwatch and, of course, I’d love to do more zombies.

Jayne NelsonJayne Nelson

What I do: TV reviews, film reviews, features.
Where else we can see your work: I used to work for SFX full-time before skipping off to London to work on Total Film, and then I went freelance. Since then I’ve done everything from editing ODEON magazine to popping up on TV as a talking head (most recently on Sky’s Star Wars Greatest Moments documentary). I was a contributor to Sci-Fi Chronicles and also write for MyM magazine, SFX magazine, ODEON magazine, many Titan magazines (everything from the sadly defunct Official Supernatural Magazine to the recent Batman V Superman official mag) and more. I also sub-edit on titles from men’s fitness mags to Metal Hammer, and read submissions for Tor Books on a freelance basis.
Favourite films: The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Superman: The Movie, The Medusa Touch, Lawrence Of Arabia, Tremors, My Neighbour Totoro.
Favourite TV shows: Person Of Interest, Supernatural, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Robin Of Sherwood, Twin Peaks, Due South, Borgen.
Favourite books: The Lord Of The Rings by JRR Tolkien; Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (now there’s a contrast!). Also partial to old-school sci-fi like Clarke’s Childhood’s End, the works of Harlan Ellison and, recently, a surprising amount of Icelandic/Scandinavian classics… I’m working my way up to the sagas!
Favourite Anime: Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro.
My favourite article of my own on the site: Why Movie Reviewers Should Stop Using Clichés
Character I’d like to cosplay:  I’m not big on dressing up, so I guess I’d go in the simplest costume possible… a geek at a convention.

Dave GolderDave Golder

What I do: I’m the former editor and I write words a lot.
Where else you can see my work: SFX magazine, a couple of those books you never see anywhere except in art gallery gift shops.
Favourite films: West Side Story, Vertigo, Rear Window, John Carpenter’s The Thing, The Skin I Live InStar Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Dark Crystal.
Favourite Harry Potter film (because I think you can tell a lot about someone from their favourite Harry Potter film): The Goblet Of Fire.
Favourite TV shows: Doctor Who, Line Of Duty, The Prisoner, Person Of Interest, Angel, Misfits, Michael Palin’s Around The World In 80 Days, QI, Life On Mars/Ashes To Ashes.
Favourite books: Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Stephen King’s It (except the ending – I make up my own), The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, all John Wyndham, The Wasp Factory.
Favourite anime: Ghost In The Shell, Patema Inverted
Favourite video game: Parasol Stars
My favourite article of my own on the site: Any review of The Flash – I really enjoy reviewing that show.
Character I’d like to cosplay: Toothless. Though I did once try to do a tribute to the Doctor Who episode “Flatline”.

sam halfordSam Halford

What I do: Reviews, interviews.
Favourite film: Will always be Spirited Away, but Watchmen comes in at a close second.
Favourite TV shows: I have a soft spot for smart comedies like Arrested Development and Community. However what keeps coming to the top of my mind is Daredevil. It’s new but flat-out won me over. I think it may be the best comic book-based anything to date.
Favourite books: For novelisation it has to be The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. Douglas Adams was a master of comedic writing and creativity. Though I also love The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. I think comic books also deserves a shout-out and I love reading the Captain Britain books. All the problems of the Marvel universe seem to fall in America but Captain Britain has saved the world many times.
Favourite anime: Bleach was the first ever non-children anime I ever saw and I still really enjoy it. The characters are fun, the action is great, I could still happily watch the non-filler seasons any day.
My favourite article of my own on the site: My Cecil Baldwin Interview – I’m a huge fan of Welcome To Night Vale and it was fantastic to get to know the voice behind the whole thing.
Character I’d like to cosplay: Baymax from Big Hero 6, although I admit it would be awkward getting through crowds in a balloon suit.

Iain HepburnIain Hepburn

What I do: Review episodes of TV shows. And Houdini & Doyle.
Where else can we see your work: I host a podcast (critically acclaimed by the Observer no less) called From The Sublime, which lives at I also present a weekly radio show in Manchester for Northern Quarter Radio, and do the odd bit of writing for
Favourite films: Metropolis, Airplane!
Favourite TV Shows: The West Wing, Doctor Who, Limmy’s Show!
Favourite books: Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail ’72, Quite Ugly One Morning, The Crow Road, Transmetropolitan.
Character I’d like to cosplay:  Patrick Thistle’s mascot Kingsley.

Stephanie-Louise PatrickStephanie-Louise Patrick

What I do: I mostly do anime reviews, which can differ in genres and styles.
Where else can we see your work: I also do digital art requests as “Pandora Blackshadow” on my DeviantArt page. Also, I write my own stories upon Wattpad! My name is “xslhp16x”.
Favourite films: My all-time favourite films have to be the IP Man series, Star Trek (2012) and Star Trek Into Darkness, Now You See Me, 47 Ronin, Rounin Kenshin and Band Of Brothers.
Favourite TV shows: Firefly, NCIS, CSI (all of them), Bones, The Mentalist, House, Once Upon A Time, Lie To Me and The Walking Dead.
Favourite Books: The Indigo collection, Trudi Canavan (The Novice and The Magicians’ Guild), the Young Samurai series, A House Of Night series, Graceling.
Favourite anime: All-time favourite – Yu Yu Hakusho; obsession at the moment – Super Lovers!; repeatedly watched – Ghost Hunter.
Character I’d like to cosplay: I’d like to cosplay as Utau Hoshino again but I’d also like to cosplay as my own original character Pandora as well.

Jessica AnsonJess Anson

What I do: I write TV reviews!  Mostly of the sci-fi and fantasy genres. So far I’ve helped cover The Shannara Chronicles, The Aliens and Supernatural and I’m looking forward to whatever’s next.
Favourite films: I’ve recently been thrown back into Star Wars in a big way.  Dare I admit I’m even a fan of the prequels? And at the complete opposite end of the scale, Lost In Translation for when I’m feeling nostalgic for Japan.
Favourite TV shows: Supernatural tops my list for sure.  Then it’s a combination of a whole host of stuff: Arrested Development, Life On Mars, Sense8, Sherlock, Community… just depends on the day!
Favourite books: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.  Anything by those two, to be honest!  And more recently, the Star Wars novelisations.
Favourite Anime: I’ve always had a soft spot for The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya. FLCL as well ’cuz it’s so bonkers.
My favourite article of my own on the site: I’m really enjoying reviewing Supernatural season 11!
Character I’d like to cosplay:  I cosplay pretty often, actually!  Normally I can be found at conventions in my Castiel or Scarlet Witch costumes, but I’ve recently come into possession of an Obi-Wan Kenobi outfit, so that’ll be in rotation too.

craig-skinnerCraig Skinner

What I do: Reviews, features and interviews.
Where else we can see your work: and a number of other places too. You can find me posting links on Twitter @cskinner all the time.
Favourite film: So dependent on my mood but I’ve seen Chungking Express more than any other film and I really do love it.
Favourite TV show: Twin Peaks.
Favourite Book: Wait Until Spring, Bandini by John Fante.
My favourite article of my own on the site: My guide to all the film and TV references in The Hateful Eight.

NedNed Newberry

What I do:  TV reviews –  I’m doing 11.22.63 right now, which is a good show you should watch it.
Where else we can see your work: I did some videos over at Nerd Uniter, which are all about nerdy stuff.
Favourite films: Really tough question, the obvious answer is always Empire Strikes Back but more recently The Big Short or on rainy days, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Favourite TV shows: The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones, Batman: The Animated Series, Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Legend Of Korra, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, House Of Cards, Community, Parks & Rec, Firefly and 11.22.63.
Favourite books: The 39 Steps, Greenmantle, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Goldfinger, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Superman: Birthright, Masters Of Doom, Ready Player One, A Song Of Ice And Fire.
Favourite Anime: Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
Favourite Video Game: There isn’t nearly enough room – probably, Kingdom Hearts II or Ocarina Of Time or more recently, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
My favourite article of my own on the site: My review of “The Kill Floor” episode of 11.22.63, that was a genuinely great bit of TV.
Character I’d like to cosplay: Punished Snake from the Phantom Pain or Boba Fett.

Alex MeehanAlex Meehan

What I do: Games + Features = GAME FACE, our weekly opinion feature.
Where else we can see your work: The Digital Apothecary.
Favourite Film: Blade Runner.
Favourite TV shows: Penny Dreadful, Adventure Time.
Favourite book: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve.
Favourite anime: Studio Ghibli.
Favourite video game: Mass Effect 2.
My favourite article of my own on the site: My GAME FACE about Lionhead Studios!
Character I’d like to cosplay: Commander Shepard (Femshep).

Stewart SutherlandStewart Sutherland

What I do: Write!
Where else we can see your work:
Favourite films: Buckets of Hong Kong cinema, Jaws, Terminator, Rear Window, Chaplin.
Favourite TV shows: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Trailer Park Boys, Game Of Thrones, Daredevil.
Favourite books: 11.22.63 by Stephen King, Filth by Irvine Welsh, basically plenty of Stephen King, Irvine Welsh, Lee Child & James Patterson/Alex Cross.
Favourite Anime: Studio Ghibli.
Favourite video games: Most of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Dynasty Warriors, WCW vs NWO for the N64!


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