Finding Marvel Comics in the 70’s while living in Bradenton, Florida, Brendan made it his mission to find the back issues and histories of the Marvel Universe through a stack of old Marvel Tales and mail order lists found in comic book ads. In ’78 his family moved to Orlando where he was introduced to Jim Ivey’s Cartoon Museum, Enterprise 1701, and the original Orlando Con, which would provide the comic fix that morphed into the Coliseum chain in ’83 when the Boyle brothers combined their collections. He claims to have been at the table when the first house rule was introduced in D&D. He has recently taken up residence at The Collective, formerly known as the Altamonte Coliseum to pursue a bold new direction in the comic and game industry.

Born in Tampa, Florida, Matt grew up on a variety of comics but ultimately found his favorite in the anti-hero SPAWN. Despite continuing to read SPAWN since the 90’s, in his younger years Matt took an exceptional liking to many different collectible card games, in particular Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Magic the Gathering.  Since the late 90’s, and early 00’s, Matt has been collecting and playing Magic the Gathering regularly.  He is also always willing show new players the way and get them started!

Steven is a native Philadelphian, who shares an equal love for comics and professional wrestling.  As a young boy growing up in the 90’s, he was raised on a healthy mix of the Spider-Man animated series, and the WWE Attitude Era.  When it comes to collecting, Steven recalls purchasing his first comics from a stand at the Booths Corner Farmers Market in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania at the age of seven, and even still has those copies of Spider-Girl #4 and Wolverine #131 in his collection to this day.  Late in 2014, Steven moved to Central Florida for school, and has been a friend of The Collective ever since the store first opened under the Coliseum banner in 2016.



Megan is a leader and a writer. A bit of a poet with a sword if you will. Whether it’s fiction or journalism, she loves to write about people who try to live within molds while inherently breaking them. She is an avid gamer, and the captain of her university’s Varsity Rainbow Six Siege Team and President of Full Sail Armada. Having worked several esports events over the course of her time at Full Sail, and whether setting up the event or tagging along to help support, Megan takes every opportunity to expand her horizons and get involved!

Zoe’s origin is based in North Carolina where her dad has had a gaming and comic store since she was little. This essentially caused Zoe to grow up within those communities and grow a love for both. Her favorite game is Betrayal at House on the Hill, but she will play anything you put in front of her. Outside of slinging boardgames, Zoe is currently studying anthropology and archaeology at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.  Zoe loves to talk about boardgames with anyne who will listen! If you ever need a suggestion on a new game, she’s your girl!