About Adron Buske

Pronounced “AY-dren BUS-kee” — (He/Him)

Adron Buske is a speaker, writer, interviewer, and multimedia storyteller. A digital media professional since 2001, he spent 11 years in the radio industry as a digital creative director and corporate executive.

He has worn many creative hats: podcaster, video director, graphic designer, web developer, fashion photographer, performing musician, gaming festival organizer, comic creator, and voice talent.

Adron is a frequent speaker at pop culture conventions. He presents seminars about entertainment careers, the craft of storytelling, and ways to power-up your life using concepts from gaming and fiction.

He lives near St. Louis, MO, with his brilliant wife, Wendy, her autistic brother, John, and their feisty terrier, Domino.

Known For (maybe?)

Host & producer of FICTITIOUS — The Storytelling Craft of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Podcast and YouTube channel featuring author interviews about writing craft. 80+ interviews plus live event programming.

Co-host NERD FOR A LIVING. Content and event company co-founded with Wendy Buske. Produced the Nerd For A Living podcast which featured interviews with professionals in pop culture industries (tv, film, animation, gaming, comics, and beyond). Prolific creator of event / convention / experiential speaker programming.

Event host, main stage interviewer, and panel moderator for pop culture events/comic conventions, including San Diego Comic Con International, Emerald City Comic Con (Seattle), Planet Comicon (Kansas City), and Wizard World (various). 

Professional speaker, giving seminars and presentations at conventions, universities, libraries, and other events. Signature presentation is called “The Real Life Power-Up”. 

Fandoms & Favorites

Favorite Books: American Gods (Neil Gaiman); The Wolf in the Whale (Jordanna Max Brodsky); The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern); Best Served Cold (Joe Abercrombie); The End of Everything (Megan Abbott); The Luminous Dead (Caitlin Starling); The Dagger and the Coin series (Daniel Abraham)

Favorite Films: Lost in Translation; Captain American and The Winter Soldier; Transformers: The Movie (1986 animated); Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Favorite TV Shows: Parks & Recreation; Westworld; Gravity Falls; Community; The X-Files; Ted Lasso; Supernatural (seasons 1-5); Watchmen; The Good Place; Stranger Things; Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Justice League (animated)

Favorite Comics & Graphic Novels: The Sandman; Y: The Last Man; Saga; Preacher; The UnwrittenUltimate Spider-Man

Favorite Video Games: Horizon: Zero Dawn; Uncharted series; Tomb Raider series; God of War 4; lots of point-and-click / puzzle / hidden object games

Fandoms: Marvel Cinematic Universe; DC Animated Universe; Dungeons & Dragons; Transformers (animated!); Star Wars; X-Men; Lord of the Rings (films, not books)

Lapsed Fandoms: Doctor Who; Firefly/Serenity; Buffy/Angel; Harry Potter 

Other Random Stuff

Avid RPG player. I’ve DM’d a homebrew D&D 5e campaign since July 2020. 

Youngest of 15 siblings. I have 10 sisters and 4 brothers.

My father was a Bronze Star veteran of World War II and the Korean War. 

From a small, rural Illinois town best known for its inordinate amount of restaurants, being a prominent restroom stop on interstate 55, and for a headline grabbing murder/decapitation in the 1990s.

In college, I played in a rock band called “Kessel Run”. I’ve performed in bands in various capacities (guitar, bass, vocalist) since early high school, and spent some of the 2000s as a “solo artist”.

As a side hustle, I used to be a fashion photographer and video production director. I was pretty good at it, but hung up my camera in 2014 to focus on other pursuits. 

Several “paranormal” experiences in my youth (including 3 separate UFO sightings) have given me a lifelong fascination with the supernatural. (I’m more of a Scully than a Mulder, though.)