Our Minions


kyle-400Kyle Rudge

Admiral / Founder

Kyle graduated Hogwarts as a Ravenclaw and fights crime under a superhero guise with the power of teleportation.

He comes most alive when he is telling stories, whether in print or on stage. As a huge fan of Donald Miller, the importance of story permeates everything he does. The tales found in sci-fi, fantasy, and geekery are the ones he finds himself most inspired by, so he is committed to delving deeper into the Winnipeg geek scene to find more.

Kyle is an avid web developer and programmer with a strong tendency to be distracted by marathon watching various television shows. However, as a father now, it is all too common for him to fall asleep after episode one of said marathon sessions.



alli-400Allison Barron

Commander / Managing Editor

Hailing from Winterfell, Allison is the Galadriel of the team, offering wisdom where needed but turning treacherous as the sea when competitive board games are involved. Her house is Ravenclaw and she serves justice by using mind control (we suspect this is also how she gets the Area of Effect staff to hand in their articles on time).

Allison has loved writing and art ever since she could hold a pencil. When she’s not busy at her job as editor of Area of Effect magazine, she is often preoccupied in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away.

After studying publishing at Ryerson University, she somehow ended up in Winnipeg (the Stark blood, perhaps?) to encourage the mashup of faith and geekery.



Kyla Neufeld

Elven Scribe / Staff Writer

With the intelligence of a Ravenclaw and the toughness of a Stark, Kyla’s super power is fire manipulation (Huzzah! Firebending!), but her possessing the heart of an elf of the First Age from Gondolin make us feel like she’s safe to have around.

Kyla first read The Lord of the Rings when she was thirteen, and has been studying Tolkien’s works ever since (even going so far as to teach herself Elvish). Studying Tolkien led her to read other sci-fi/ fantasy novels like The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix and The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, and fed her love of mythology (especially Norse).

Kyla is a poet, writer, and editor living in Winnipeg. She has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Winnipeg and currently works as the Editor of the Rupert’s Land News.



Jason Dueck

Ewok Translator / Media Intern

A Ravenclaw through and through, Jason’s super power is traveling at light speed. Well, we call it a power, but we suspect he actually persuaded the Doctor to take him to a galaxy far, far away so he can pilot the Millennium Falcon on his days off.

Jason has been a nerd since before his hands were big enough to properly hold an N64 controller. Raised on a hearty diet of Star Wars, Pokémon, and Harry Potter, he hasn’t met a short magical creature he doesn’t like. From Captain Kirk to Commander Shepard, his love for science fiction extends to the final frontier. When Jason’s not geeking out, he’s studying communications at Red River College in Winnipeg.



caseyCasey Covel

Keyblade Master / Editorial Intern

As determined as Hawkeye and sharp as a Ravenclaw, if Casey ever turns her stern “Elrond face” on you, you know you’re in trouble (at least, that’s what we’ve heard. No one’s ever survived to tell the tale).

An INTJ and self-proclaimed connoisseur of chocolate, tea, and sushi, Casey spends her free time cosplaying, writing, gaming, philosophizing, editing articles for Geeks Under Grace, squinting at strange words, and watching Corgi videos on the internet.


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Christopher Johnson

Giant Slayer / Staff Writer

If Chris was a character in a fairy tale, he would be the wise man who gives advice to the hero. He’d be at home in Hogwarts or Hobbiton, discovering new wonders in life.

Chris and his wife survive the Montreal winters with help from Harry Potter audio books and summer dreams. He enjoys many different books and his current reading obsession is split between G. K. Chesterton and Guy Gavriel Kay.



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Mark Barron

Wonderbolt / Staff Writer

Mark Barron is a carbon-based humanoid lifeform recently discovered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Scientists have confirmed that he responds positively to anime and video games, and the Sorting Hat says Ravenclaw. He enjoys pretty much everything in the world, except for the obvious things like famine, natural disasters, and sneezing more than 3 times in a row.

Mark’s favourite things include My Little Pony and mozza sticks. He is a musician and a programmer.



Jennifer-smallJennifer Schlameuss-Perry

Mad Scientist / Staff Writer

Jen is an opinionated, mouthy girl who can’t shut up. Since she is not allowed to talk all the time (and when she does, she mostly receives confused, gaping stares because she’s usually talking about superheroes, sci-fi or cartoons), writing is a good outlet. It’s especially good because if the gaping stares are happening, she can’t see them.

Jen loves to write about geeky topics in light of her Catholic tradition. She currently works for a Catholic Church, practices martial arts and cares for her family and pets.



Michael Boyce

Paranoid Android / Staff Writer

Michael W. Boyce is afflicted with severe depression and boredom because he has a brain the size of a planet and he seldom gets the chance to use it at its full capacity. He boasts of a Ravenclaw education and we consider him to be our Yoda.

Michael teaches English Literature and Film Studies in Winnipeg. He’s published on Hitchcock, Alec Guinness and James Bond. And he likes coffee. A lot.