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All Ages of Geek and Renna Media

This just in! All Ages of Geek has some amazing news to share with you! We recently partnered up with Renna Media, a New Jersey-based business that publishes newspapers in and around Union and Somerset county. Renna Media was founded by Joe and Tina Renna in 1984! All Ages of Geek will work hand and hand with the Renna Media’s team to help local businesses with advertising through video, design, and audio content. Not only will we be helping with behind the scenes work, such as covering live events, we will also be producing geek-related content to help modernize geek culture in small towns! 

All Ages of Geek interviewed Joe Renna from Renna Media to tell you more about this exciting industry! 

1. How did you start Renna Media?

I started my business in 1984, a graphic design studio that grew into a full-service advertising and marketing agency. I knew what I wanted to be from a very young age. I was always interested in creating, art, photography, film etc. For some reason, the advertising industry fascinated me. I worked for a big graphic production company right out of high school. When I graduated college I bought a typesetter and started my business working out of my bedroom. I figured, if it didn’t work out. I’ll get a job. The studio was like a playground with in-house, darkroom, video production, drawing boards, and, my first Mac. It’s been thirty-five years of doing what I love.

2. What made you start Renna Media?

Tina and I were married in 1989 and worked together to grow the business. During the advent of the internet, many local community newspapers were closing down, losing their classified advertisers to websites like eBay and craigslist. I started publishing newspapers in 1998 to fill voids in underserved communities. I had a stable of willing advertisers to support the effort. Periodically we started new publications in different towns and now, since 2018, publish 21 community newspapers. We sold the agency and started Renna Media operating out of a home office. Quality of life is my measure of success and It could be happier.

3. How do you manage producing newspapers for 21 towns?

That is my most asked question. There is no simple answer but it is a combination of experience, work ethic, and ability. Together Tina and I have the skill set to do every task of running the business and production. I think that is unique. There are so many technical aspects of publishing the newspapers that would require several employees in a traditional office environment to complete and that if is not economically feasible.

4.What is your goal for Renna Media in the future?

I’m in the twilit of my career. My goal is to enjoy every minute of my day. Have more fun than the day before. I can’t wait until tomorrow.

5.What would you tell someone who wants to do what you do? 

I like helping out creative people, and no one should need to tell them to write, or draw, or broadcast or publish. They should be doing that every day for no other reason but because they love to. Look for mentors who could help you, work hard, be honest, and fair. Advice for being an entrepreneur is entirely different. Running a business requires a skill in addition to your craft or talent. Not many have both. A solid business plan must work on paper before investing time, energy, and money. 

About Renna Media: 

Renna Media is a Cranford based business owned and operated by husband and wife team Joe and Tina Renna. Renna Media’s family of 21 community newspapers are published in and around Union and Somerset counties with a total circulation of  over 135,000 newspapers mailed monthly. The publications are “hyper-local” in nature in that they contain information focused on each individual town and are direct mailed within those towns.

The hyper-local design gives businesses the highest value for their advertising dollars. The newspapers are designed (black ink on newsprint) to keep the cost of an advertisement to as low as $60 for a business card size ad. Regional businesses can take advantage of one low rate for being in multiple publications.

The goal of all our community newspapers is to have a positive influence on the economic development and overall well-being of the towns they serve. The newspapers deliver important information from the departments in town hall, schools, and libraries, and give a venue to non-profit organizations to promote upcoming events as well as to showcase the accomplishments of local residents and businesses.

Joe and Tina Renna, owners of Renna Media, LLC, have been publishing community newspapers since 1998 with the launch of Around About Peterstown, a regional newspaper about the Italian-American neighborhood in Elizabeth, NJ.

For more information about Renna Media publications, please contact info@rennamedia.com; or call 908-418-5586.

Diaries of a Warcraft Widow Volume 1

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For a geeky person, dating is always nerve-wracking, wondering when your inner geek will become full-fledged outer geek to your new love interest. When they spot the Harry Potter doll sitting on your bedside table? When they stop by unannounced when you’re six hours into a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon, hair a mess, chin greasy with buttered popcorn? Someday it will come out.

But what if you’re not actually the nerd of the relationship? What if the other person in your relationship is the one that brings the real nerdiness to town? Sure, you can recite every episode of Buffy that James Marsters ever appeared in, but what if the person you love most the world can spend 14 hours straight playing World of Warcraft with breaks only for a new bowl of cereal? Perhaps you were prepared to disclose your geekiness to your new partner, but are you prepared to be the one dating the geek?

In my case, I wasn’t. I was used to being the quirky one with unusual interests. For the first year my now husband and I were in a relationship, I didn’t know he was a major geek. He wasn’t hiding it, but circumstances were such that when I did see him play video games it seemed to align with school vacations and be the exception not the rule. He had mentioned being a top-ranked WoW player years before, but as I come from the books/movies/tv sector of the geekdom, I didn’t really know what that meant. We spent more time at my apartment and he studied abroad for five months. When he returned from his trip we both moved to new apartments. I started spending more time at his place and saw…the set up. 

It’s a modest one, to be sure. A massive Craigslist-find pressboard desk. A home built PC. A 40-inch tv screen. A chair he bought at flea market for $10. But the hours he spends at command central, fully engaged, began to surprise me. A year into our relationship all pretense was done away with. I spent the weekends on his couch doing homework while he played Ark with his roommate in the other room and his best friend who lived a floor above, talking to each other for hours via headset despite being less than 15 feet away from each other.

And I had to admit—maybe I didn’t get to be the geek in this relationship.

Since then, I’ve taken on a role many partners have who are in relationships with serious gamers—Warcraft Widow, i.e. I get a lot of alone time on raid nights! Like anyone with a life partner who is seriously committed to a hobby, I’ve come to realize what exactly it means to love a geek, and how much fun you can have along the way. 

Why Fans Still LOVE RWBY

Despite the RWBY fandom’s (or FNDM’s) differences, there is one thing all RWBY fans share in common. And that’s their love for a RWBY character. Whether you love Yang and her badassery, Ruby and her quirky love of weapons, even Roman Torchwick and how he was such a fan favorite that Rooster Teeth Animation decided to keep him alive for more than one Volume, there is always room for love in the RWBY Community.

The RWBY fandom is known to get into online brawls with each other over Ship Wars and drama, but on the warmer side of things, there is still love for the characters. All Ages of Geek is happy to shine some light on animation and anime projects alike, especially getting the audience involved to help spread that Fandom Positivity.

So here are some reasons why fans still love RWBY after so many years.

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Like@micasone_ss mentioned, they love Yang because they admire her strength and want to be just like her when it comes to being brave and to keep moving forward. RWBY’s creator Monty Oum’s famous lines were “Keep moving forward” which has shown fans around the world to never give up on their dreams, and when things get tough you need to have the will to keep trekking on!

Hey now, even the Grimm deserve some love. The Creatures of Grimm are a major part of the RWBY series. They are the creatures that inhabit the World of Remnant and come in all different shapes, sizes and designs. Don’t show any signs of negativity or you will be a Grimm’s breakfast. Oh yeah, and they don’t have souls which makes it worse for the characters. Though you need to admit that their designs are fantastic, enough to give you nightmares.

Since we are on the topic of Grimm, you have to mention the Master of Grimm herself. Salem. Salem is the main antagonist of the entire RWBY series who has caused even some of the fan-favorite villains to doubt their abilities. In Volume 6 Chapter 3 (The Lost Fable) of RWBY, Salem’s past is revealed to us and some fans have gotten a soft spot for her. Here’s our article all about RWBY Volume 6 Chapter 3 discussing how Salem was crafted to become a villain and not born to be one.

No matter if RWBY characters are the protagonists, antagonists, anti-heroes/villains or neutral, there’s always the one who you will just click with. According to @kikiyushima they also love Raven because they love writing fanfics about her and roleplaying as her character.

As you can see there is a lot of love for Weiss. Also known as the Ice Queen or Best Girl, fans of RWBY love Weiss due to her amazing development from a spoiled, little rich girl stuck in her ways, to a caring and compassionate friend to her team. If you know anything about Weiss and the Schnee family you will see why Weiss turned out how she did in Volume 1. There aren’t enough of fireplaces to warm her father Jacques Schnee’s heart.

Many people can also relate to Weiss and her backstory feeling trapped, much like her character song and its parts Mirror Mirror represent. These songs tell the audience that Weiss wants to escape from herself, her insecurities and the life that was forced upon her by her father and lineage.

No matter if a fandom has toxic drama or not, one thing still stands. The love for the RWBY characters. Some are relatable, others grow on you much later on in the series. And we want to know who your favorite RWBY character is and why? Let us know! And be sure to share this post with other RWBY fans to spread that Fandom Positivity all around!

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All Ages of Geek’s Newest Writer Introducing Kayleigh (Kai) McRae

Hello fellow geeks and mafia members, welcome to my first article for All Ages of Geek. And today’s focus is none other than the 25-year-old college woman with a lot of free time, abundant depression, and a craving for anything covered in cheese, or snuggling with my Chiweenie Sugar whenever I’m too lazy to get out of bed. By popular demand, you have asked for me to introduce myself to all of you and now you are all stuck with me, welcome to my mind, don’t forget to leave a tip. So let’s get everything out of the closet where my sexuality used to stay and get this walking disaster under a microscope.

My Inner Geek

​For as long as I can remember I have had a large fascination with media, games, and literature. In my childhood, you would find me with my nose in a book, writing up future book projects, or gushing over my favorite television shows. Some examples are television shows such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Invader Zim, Generator Rex, Teen Titans, and many more. 

I can’t give an example for books I’ve read because I’ve read thousands throughout my life, but the genres I am drawn to most are, anything with fantasy, original worlds, and extreme character diversity and charm. Or even things from a point of view you would never think of. The more out of the norm the better in my book. Which is also what got me into things like RWBY as well. I don’t want to ramble about games yet we can save that for another day. 

My personal projects also follow this pattern which I think is what lead me to like Katya so much and connecting with her the way I have. I’m sure many of you can relate.

How I found Katya

​Alright so long story short, I am the sort of person who enjoys seeing other people react to or experience the same things as me. It gives me a sense of connection to the world around me. And as an introverted young adult, of course, the internet became my obsessive addiction, like my mother and her feelings towards root-beer, and the piles of empty twelve pack cartons on the dining room table. Katya Stec met all of those requirements, my socially starved brain latched to her channel, like a parade of lovable puppies that I let run me over in excitement and cuteness. I started watching Kat when she was reacting to the Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared series, and her Detroit: Become Human let’s play series. And once she got into RWBY, I was too far gone to be saved, I was already in that corner of the neighborhood owned by our don. And I signed my contract in blood and started sporting the colors. 

RWBY is a show I have a huge attachment to, not just with it’s story and characters, but with being an anchor for me when I was at my lowest and most lost. It saved me, and funny enough upon finding Katya I was dangling from that edge again. But her videos gave me confidence and strength, and her words always seemed to give me a boost when I felt I would lose my grip on everything. I may be dramatic but this is the truth, and I know there are others like me in this mafia. Katya’s message struck a chord with me. Like a flash of lightning to a lightning rod. Fandom positivity! And what it means to be part of a community where you will not be attacked based on any theory, ship, or preference. And also the fact that she also has struggles that she had to overcome. And I am so glad she seems to have found her stride. And I will be running beside her.

My Story

But okay, you asked to learn more about me. Not just interests and hobbies. But what makes me human. Well here is the summary of the life of the formless blob known as Kayleigh McRae, and how she became a they, and how the journey began and where it leads.

As a young tiny bean, (yes Kat I know you are reading this.) I didn’t have many friends. In fact, most of my school experience was one bully routine to another. The time I was supposed to grow and learn, the time I was meant to make friends and socialize. I was isolated, alienated, and made an outsider. Why was I targeted you ask? No idea. But it really affected me. From the physical tortures such as hair pulling, pinching, pushing, even so far as locking me away into closets or bathroom stalls. To vocal jeers, about my appearance, my background, my behavior, my skills made into things to be ashamed of. My voice snuffed out. It got to the point where I moved from school to school. But the bullying seemed to follow. When you find that no one wants to give you a chance. When you are ignored, betrayed, strung along, played with, and abandoned. Trying to hold on to even one friend at a time. It makes you hate yourself. And sadly, it was exactly this sort of treatment as well as home issues that lead to me having Complex Personality Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder.

I spent my free time reading, trying to escape the real world, it was so bad that I didn’t feel human. I even wondered if I was there at all. Which as a child is the worst sort of state you can be in. Constantly afraid, constantly on edge. Constantly wondering if today is the day your friends finally decide to leave because they are tired of you. And I still do.

(TRIGGER WARNING: for anyone with depression or any mental illness be prepared I’m about to share things that can be triggering to some.)

As I said I am in college and for the past three years my scars that I’ve tried to hide from over 20 years of abuse, at the hands of people I was supposed to look to as peers and friends, reopened. Suddenly I couldn’t handle the strain. I found myself isolating myself, avoiding doing anything but sleep. I would wake up at night and suddenly want to pull my hair and bash my head into walls. I had severe panic attacks and severe anxiety. Sprinkled together with a part-time job, commuting, and a 30-hour course load. I just started giving in. And I ended up…contemplating ending it all. But then would be overwhelmed with the guilt of the thought and then the self-hatred would start. And it would be like this on loop. While trying to juggle my adult life. I couldn’t escape into books or making stories anymore. I was questioning my sexuality and preference at the time. Discovering past friendships that I wanted to be more than friendships only to see those people get together with others, and keeping silent. But I proudly can say now is that I am nonbinary/demisexual, and dating my amazing girlfriend. But at the time I was scared to come out, and that didn’t make anything better.

If you wonder why I didn’t reach out, I didn’t feel I was worth the effort. And why not confide in my mom? Well, I am a very emotional person, and my mother was a single parent. Kids cry, and my mom never realized how hard it could be. I wouldn’t let her, I didn’t want to hurt the other kids. Yes, it was a sort of Stockholm syndrome I had for my attackers. Not that she didn’t know a good deal of what happened, like me coming home crying every day of the year, but after a while, I started hiding the abuse from her. I didn’t want to burden my mother with my problems. Yes, I know it is her job as a mother, but she was the only person who loved me for me and I wasn’t going to let my problems hurt that.

But this story does have a happy path ahead. I am finally letting myself be myself, and discover myself in many ways. I am making friends, some from this very community. And thanks to Kat I can write again. And now, I hope my voice can help others. Either with stories that can take you away from the pain you experience, or as a hand to grasp when the world turns an eye. Be strong, be positive, and most importantly be yourself.

Anyways thank you for reading, and thus we conclude my introduction. Please feel free to tweet me at @FilmGeekGoddess on Twitter. And find me on the All Ages of Geek Discord as GeekGoddess2.0.