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A band of (geeky) brothers

Group of self-proclaimed geeks starts up website from Colonie

"The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks" founders and contributors assemble together in an Albany apartment. The geek culture website hosts reviews and rants of comic books, video games, TV shows, movies and toys.

"The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks" founders and contributors assemble together in an Albany apartment. The geek culture website hosts reviews and rants of comic books, video games, TV shows, movies and toys. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— Since its takeoff and success at the New York Comic Con, the Brotherhood has mused on topics from reviews of “Doctor Who” to a top five countdown of the best fictional fathers as an homage to Father’s Day. Their site has different standing sections, including a comic “Panel of the Day,” or video game reviews called “What’s Killing My Social Life This Week?” Another popular spot is the “Guilty Pleasures” segment, where the writers admit to secret hobbies they love.

Each writer collectively contributes to the sections, though some have specialties. The site even focuses on artwork. Stevens created a coloring book of DC Comics characters.

“Comic books is our common denominator,” Gleason said, adding he likes to focus on more of the 1930s through ‘40s movies and stories.

The Brotherhood has also added in a podcasts section, where they conduct interviews and reviews lasting anywhere from one to two hours. Recently, the group discussed their love of the “Duck Tales” series.

“No week is ever the same,” Piago said. “Sometimes we set the topic, sometimes it’s random … more things that just interest us.”

Through an ever-growing Twitter following, Piago said they have been receiving requests from comic book writers to review their work on their podcasts.

Most recently, the friends attended and sponsored the 6th Annual Albany Comic Con on Sunday, June 16, at the Wolf Road Holiday Inn and did a live podcast of their experience at the event. And, of course, the group took photos of cosplayers again and handed out stickers with their logo. This time, they also had their own posters.

“Fans at any convention love ‘swag.’ When you can just hand them out to people, it helps,” Piago said.

Increasing their following continues to be one of the Brotherhood’s main tasks. Martinez recently visited California, spreading the stickers around everywhere he could. Piago said as they monitor the page views, it’s clear that many are coming from that area.

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