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Founded in late September 2009 Pop-Break is an online entertainment magazine who’s goal is to provide you, the reader, with a place you can and take a break from the everyday grind and enjoy the interviews, reviews and opinion pieces that we produce about: film, music, television, comic books, pro wrestling, sports and every facet of pop culture.
Here’s a little bit about each of our authors …
Title: Co-Founder, Co-Owner, Editor-in-Chief, Media Contact
Bio: Bill Bodkin has spent the 2000s working in the world of pop culture. In college, where he met Brent Johnson, he edited the Daily Targum’s weekly entertainment magazine, the inside beat. He then sent 9 years as the managing editor of Night & Day Magazine, the premier entertainment magazine of the Jersey Shore. His career highlight includes interviewing Jon Bon Jovi and never interviewing anymore from MTV’s Jersey Shore. Currently, he’s ‘gainfully unemployed’ but he’s always got something in the works.
Title: Co-Founder, Co-Owner, Managing Editor, Chief Copy Editor
Bio: Brent has worked for a variety of publications, writing on a variety of topics. He covered James Madison University sports for The Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va. He wrote a weekly music column for The Trenton Times. He contributed a chapter on the Rutgers University rock scene to Rolling Stone’s college music guide. He’s spent the last two and a half years at The Star-Ledger of Newark, first as a news reporter and now as an online sports editor. When not working, he’s the lead singer in New Brunswick rock band The Clydes.
Title: Co-Owner, Marketing Director
Bio: Jonathan Elliott has worked in arts and entertainment marketing and management for twelve 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 and published interviews with: Steve Martin, Junot Diaz, the Lumineers, Joan Osborne, Alan Menken, and over a hundred more national arts personalities. 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.
Lauren Stern – Assignment Editor, Featured Columnist, Senior Writer
Daniel Cohen – Film Editor
Jason Stives – Music Editor, Featured Columnist
Luke Kalamar – Television Editor, Featured Columnist
Kelly Spoer – Copy Editor
Nick Porcaro – Chief Designer, Featured Columnist
Keeyahtay Lewis – Head Photographer
Logan J. Fowler – Senior Editor, Featured Columnist
Jason Kundrath – Senior Editor, Featured Columnist
Ann Hale – Staff Writer, Horror Editor, Social Media Strategist
Joe Zorzi – Senior Writer, Featured Columnist
Maxwell Barna – Senior Writer
Michael Dworkis – Staff Writer, Wrestling Columnist
Kimberlee Rossi-Fuchs – Staff Writer, Featured Columnist
Staff Writers & Photographers: Lisa Pikaard, John Lawrence, Kelly Gonsalves, Marla Pachter, Jeanne Crump, Maria Mar, Nicole Mago, Jeff Crespi, Kelly Duncan, Don Angelini, Stella Morrison, Justin Matchick, Bobby Olivier, Joel Wosk, Matt Agosta, Laura Dengrove, Matt Haviland.
Mr. Bodkin: The father of Bill Bodkin, a retired computer ace and former Marine, has contributed to the site since day one. You might see his comments (on almost every blog) under pseudonyms like TFPM, YOM, YIF and other various lettered names. If his comments seem a little harsh, especially towards Brent Johnson, it’s all in loving jest. However, his contributions to the site have not been in comments alone, he is also a major contributor in terms of bringing readers to the site (through e-mail blasts), as well as posting three blogs about watching movies in the 50s, his top movies from the 50s and a Marine’s perspective on The Hurt Locker.
EDITORIAL NOTE: Mr. Bodkin, passed away on July 7, 2011. Pop-Break dedicates its efforts and success to the memory of such a great, amazing and wonderful man.