More than 10 years ago, a young, smiling, sweet Joe Patrick walked into Krypton Comics in Omaha, Nebraska. There he met Matt Baum, the twisted, drug-addled madman that would steal his innocence and lead him down the rabbit hole… To a land of rage, madness, and gay jokes that the two would later smash into a podcast format… And they would talk about comics, too.
Joe and Matt managed Krypton together for six years. During that time, Joe honed his comic knowledge to a razor sharp edge, while Matt spent hours screaming down customers for their opinions and poor taste in creators and storylines. Meanwhile, Joe stood back, calmly correcting Matt’s mistakes and poorly researched arguments.
Today, the two find themselves still working in a comic shop (Legend Comics & Coffee), still in Omaha, and still arguing with each other like a married couple. Only now it’s done in front of microphones for a weekly podcast, so that everyone that they dated, were dumped by, or ever slept with knows: these two are truly Nerds of the First Order. With as many gay, drug, and sex jokes as they (Matt) pack into each episode, it’s painfully obvious just how deep their (Matt’s) neuroses run and how badly they (Matt) need attention. It’s sad really, but at least they found each other, and found a creative outlet for their collective love of men in spandex.
Joe Patrick is currently in animation school and is the Manager of Legend Comics. He is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and truly doesn’t have an evil bone in his body.
Matt Baum works as a chef and drummer, and writes the Comic Speculator blog for Worthpoint.com. He is a jerk that hates himself and takes it out on everyone else.