Born and raised in Chicago -- with a decade-long detour in Saudi Arabia -- before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, award-winning writer Zaki Hasan is a professor of communication and media studies, and co-founder of Mr. Boy Productions, an LA-based independent film and video company. A lifelong pop culture buff, Zaki has been a media scholar and critic for more than fifteen years. He is co-author of Quirk Books' Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, and his work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Q-News and Illume. Since 2004, he's made his blog ZakisCorner.com a one-stop forum for musings on news, media, politics, and pop culture, nominated for "Best Blog" and "Best Writer" by the 2010 Brass Crescent Awards, and included in the Top 35 Political Blogs of 2010 by BestBloggers.org.