Hey everyone! I’m Jill Pantozzi, otherwise known as The Nerdy Bird. If you’re a loyal Newsarama reader (and I know that you are) you’re probably already familiar with me. I contribute my op/ed column Hey, That’s My Cape! to the site weekly as well as a bunch of interviews and features along the way. But I’ve been told by some people it’s impossible to get enough of me so here I am making my first official appearance on Blog@.
This is my opportunity to introduce myself and the chance for you to get to know me a little better. Pretend this is our first date.
Why yes that is a DC superhero dress I’m wearing! I bought it on Etsy and it’s the best. Thanks for asking!
So what is there to know about Jill Pantozzi? Well for one, I run my own blog called “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” where I talk about all things nerdy including, but not limited to, comics, video games, movies and pop-culture. I started my blog in 2008 to get back into the swing of writing after working as a radio DJ for a few years.
From there I started writing for the Girls Entertainment Network and Comic Book Resources and eventually birthed Hey, That’s My Cape! at the now defunct Heartless Doll. I still contribute to their sister site, Topless Robot and am also a writer for MTV Splash Page and Publishers Weekly’s Comics Week. (You can find links to my work at those sites on my blog.)
Like I mentioned, along with other items here at Newsarama, I write HTMC! weekly and have recently joined the crew for Newsarama Radio and our video show, Need To Know. With all of that, I am certainly a happy nester, er, camper.
You can’t tell by looking at me but I’m affected by a form of Muscular Dystrophy called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I can still walk but use a motorized scooter to get around most places. It was something I was born with that will be with me for the rest of my life unless a cure is found, which is something I’m constantly striving toward. I’m a Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and attend and speak at various fundraising events around my home state of New Jersey. In fact, if you’d like to help out there’s one coming up March 24 called Muscle Walk. You can help my team, The Nerdy Birds, reach their goal.
So that’s me in a medium-sized nut shell. There’s just one last thing you should know about me. I have an extremely unhealthy obsession with Batman. Bruce Wayne Batman that is. (Don’t believe me? Read this.) You should know any man that comes into my life is compared to him. And we all know, Batman always wins.
Thanks for taking a few minutes to see what I’m all about, I’ll see you around Blog@ soon! Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter @TheNerdyBird (you’ll hear a lot about Batman, Doctor Who and Geek Girls) or friend me on Facebook!