Comic Book Girl 19

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Comic Book Girl 19
BornDanika Lee Massey[1]
NationalityUnited States
OccupationYouTube personality

Danika Lee Massey,[1] also known as Comic Book Girl 19 or CBG19, is a YouTube personality known for her commentaries on comics, films, books, and television shows.[2] She has a degree in sequential art from the Savannah College of Art and Design.[3]


Comic Book Girl 19 had been working as a tattoo artist for five years when she and Tyson Wheeler began producing YouTube videos in 2012.[4] She remained a full-time tattoo artist during the first year of the show, and quit to promote a 2013 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to finance the production of more episodes.[4] The campaign raised over $57K when it ended in May 2013.[5] Comic Book Girl 19 and her team also joined the ongoing crowdfunding platform Patreon in 2016.[6]

As of January 2018, the Comic Book Girl 19 YouTube channel has over 49 million views and nearly 527,000 subscribers.[7] Some of her most popular videos are commentaries on the film Prometheus, the television series Game of Thrones, and the documentary series Epic History X-Men. Some videos delve into the background of popular culture myths and explore special effects in movies. In 2013, she interviewed Alec Gillis of Amalgamated Dynamics, a special effects company that specializes in animatronics and prosthetic makeup.[8] CBG19 occasionally co-presents with "Robot",[9] a Golden Age of Science Fiction-inspired robot character with the personality of an angry teenager, and "Space Brain", a floating brain with eyes. The CBG19 videos are directed and edited by Tyson Wheeler, and the creative partnership is called "Team 19" or "Team 19 Productions".[3]

Comic Book Girl 19 has contributed reviews of various comics to DC All Access.[10] She has also appeared on The Jace Hall Show's Lounge Live,[11] Geek and Sundry,[12] and Chaotic Awesome,[13] sharing her views on pop culture and comics. She posed for the artist Daniel Dos Santos in a photo shoot for the cover of Diana Rowland's novel White Trash Zombie Apocalypse[14][15] and was featured on Gizmodo for winning "Best in Show" for her RoboCop costume at Dragon Con.[16] CBG19 has been featured in Variety[2] and Cosmopolitan.[17] She has spoken at TEDx Claremont Colleges on the value of using fictional characters for empowerment.[18][19] Her series Greater Creators was released in 2017,[20] for Verizon’s go90 platform.

CBG19 has said her pseudonym is connected to the 19th card of the Major Arcana of the Tarot, which is The Sun.[21] Interviewed by HelloGiggles in 2014, Massey said that her use of the number is related to Stephen King's The Dark Tower.[22] The number features in many of her videos in the form of a tattoo.


  1. ^ a b Barnes, Brooks (June 14, 2016). "What a 'Ghostbusters' Online Attack Says About the Digital Age". The New York Times. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Saperstein, Pat (April 14, 2013). "Devour: Most Popular Girls in School, CBG19, The Beatles, Carol Burnett, More". Variety. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "About Comic Book Girl 19". Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Ricchiuto, Madeline (October 9, 2015). "NYCC '15: A Glimpse Behind The YouTube Curtain With ComicBookGirl19". BleedingCool. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Comic Book Girl 19 Show Phase 2: Full Steam Ahead!". Kickstarter. May 12, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "Comic Book Girl 19 is creating A Narrative TV Show". Patreon. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "YouTube Statistics for Comicbookgirl19". Social Blade. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "Aliens VFX Aritist Alec Gillis Interview With Comic Book Girl 19". June 4, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  9. ^ "Episode 37: Quantum Computers With ComicBookGirl19". The Titanium Physicists Podcast. October 17, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  10. ^ "DC All Access - Ep 9 - Arrow's Grant Gustin, Justice League 3000 and ComicBookGirl19". DC Comics. December 10, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  11. ^ Zhang, Jennifer (January 3, 2013). "Today in 1337LoungeLive – Street Fighter X Megaman with IndieDB's Dave Traeger, Plus Comic Book Girl 19". Archived from the original on January 8, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  12. ^ "Talkin' Comics Weekly: Tomb Raider with ComicBookGirl19 & Richard Ryan!". Geek and Sundry. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  13. ^ "Chaotic Awesome: ROBOCOP Remake Debate with CBG19 & Grant Imahara". BitesizeTV. February 4, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  14. ^ Rowland, Diana (2013). White Trash Zombie Apocalypse. Daw Books. ISBN 978-0756408039.
  15. ^ Santos, Daniel Dos. "Butts and Pieces". Muddy Colors. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  16. ^ Liszewski, Andrew. "A Perfect Cardboard Robocop Costume Is a Great Reason To Recycle". Gizmodo. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  17. ^ "Girls Making Geeky Stuff Cool". Cosmopolitan. September 30, 2013. Archived from the original on April 16, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  18. ^ "Speakers". TEDx Claremont Colleges. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  19. ^ TEDx Talks (March 28, 2014). "Using comic book characters to identify your true self: Comicbookgirl19 at TEDxClaremontColleges". Retrieved July 15, 2016.
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  21. ^ Kasher, David (July 23, 2013). "Comic Books as Modern Mythology: An Interview with Comic Book Girl 19". HelloGiggles. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  22. ^ Comic Book Girl 19 (March 29, 2014). Top 5 Favorite Stephen King Novels & Dr. Sleep Review. Retrieved June 27, 2014.

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