Meet the Hosts
John B Pyka has had an extensive career as a professional entertainer and storyteller. In 2020, he made a pivot from live entertainment on stage to a focus on podcasting and writing.
As a Podcast host, producer and director, Johnny directed and hosted over 117 consecutive episodes of Tales From The Geek on ComicsPriceGuide, and over 130 consecutive episodes of Comixstravaganza on GraphicPolicy, and was also the producer and host of the Dieselpunk Podcast for 10 years. Back of the Cereal Box was inspired after surviving Covid-19!
John is the author of 4 books on magic, including the industry best-seller Theatrical Magic. His first novella Night Reich is published by Seventh Star Press, and his original comic series The League of Impossibilists will be available in digital and print format in September 2021!
Dee Bartee has been John Pyka’s broadcasting partner for over 10 years, having appeared as one half of “The Power Couple of Pop Culture” on Tales From the Geek and Comixstravaganza. Dee is a talented model, actress and photographer and is the only member of the BOTCB family that can boost a restraining order from former Superman actor Dean Cain! She is also the only cast member who thoroughly rejects breakfast cereal!
Melissa Stecher - When she's not reminding people to Stay Hopeful, she's building her son’s character by being the ‘weird’ mom. With passions spanning from organizing to fandoms, one never knows what color will spill out. Her ‘Nerd’ badges include a funko pop collection expanding over 200+ pieces, an unexpected obsession with chainsaws and bringing out my inner Marcus Fenix, occasional cosplaying for GenCon that sometimes include duet costumes with her son, and of course any books, movies or music that take her on an adventure! If happy, hopeful, nerdy, and weird had a picture- it’d be Melissa
Shawn Connors is a computer nerd, single father, Christian , LVAD enabled, podcaster, podcast producer, content creator, sneakerhead and foodie! Besides serving as a co-host of the Back of the Cereal Box, he is the host of the 757 Renaissance Man, a podcast that empowers entrepreneurs, leaders, artists, creatives, and activists from the Hampton Roads area. He is also the host of The LVAD Nation podcast that features conversations with LVAD patients, heart transplant recipients, and caregivers, we discuss life before, during and after the LVAD.
D’Elle Memphis is the madness behind I-Scream Queens, the BOTCB series that covers the horror and gothic sides of geek pop culture! “The Pinup Cosplayer” is recognized at conventions throughout the Southeast US for her stunning cosplays that fuse her love of rockabilly pinup and comic book characters! She is the lead singer of the jazz/blues band The Murdering Crows and is no stranger to geek pop culture broadcasting. She hosts a regular product review show called Digging Deeper on her own YouTube channel! The first album from the Murdering Crows, 4 Bad Crows is available everywhere you buy and download music!
Kat Malone is a West Tennessee native who grew up watching horror films and frequenting every heavy metal show that she could get her foot in the door. She’s always had a natural love for entertainment of all creations that are creepy. Kat is a pin up enthusiast who curates her style from the mediums of goth and horror. When it comes to adventure, she’s not afraid to dive into the supernatural, hauntings or ancient mysteries!
Lauren Knight AKA GeekyGothicGamerGirl is a cosplayer and TikTok personality. She’s known for her comedy TikTok skits and gothic alt girl gender bent cosplays. She was the lead singer of The Right Mistakes and rewrites popular songs into parodies. She is 1/3 of the I-Scream Queens, covering horror and gothic flavored goodness!
D.E. LaRiviere AKA the “Geek Gumshoe” is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker with 15 years’ experience as a police detective. D.E. is an instructor in the fields of photography and crime scene investigation and is an expert in computer and cell phone forensics. He is the investigative contributor on Cryptid Crunch providing forensic and investigative commentary about featured stories, with a slightly irreverent skeptic bent. D.E. is also a popular convention cosplay photographer (Toy Robot Visuals) and one of the founding members of the rock blues band The Murdering Crows! Their debut album is available for digital download on Apple, Amazon or anywhere you get digital music!
Kelly Guentner started as a guest on the show and became the first personality to host her own BOTCB spin off show! As the host of the Back Issue Breakfast Club, Kelly couples her encyclopedic knowledge of comics with her unbearable likability to create one of the most refreshing shows in digital entertainment! Kelly is one half of the popular cosplay duo Phoenix Sisters Cosplay and the host of Drunk Comics on her own Phoenix Sisters Cosplay YouTube Channel! She is also the author (Kelly Edwards) of the supervillain urban fantasy novel Scorcher: Forces of Nature! It’s available wherever books are sold, and a sequel is on the way!
Crayle Vanest is one half of the Phoenix Sisters Cosplay duo. She is also a freelance editor and the owner of Pokeballs by Crayle, a small business dedicated to Pokemon-related crafts. She has a deep love for anime, comics, and Disney and loves finding new ways to express her love for these fandoms.