The following is a post from Michael Queener, a guest contributor to GeeksPodcast. Check back often to see more from him in the future!
Greetings to all (well, a virtual greeting, at least)! In this, my GeeksPodcast debut, I’d like to share with you some of the things I have encountered that have helped me honor my inner geek. I hope that they will help you honor yours, too.
Today, I’ll be focusing on five of my favorite YouTube channels. If you haven’t heard of them, I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the sample videos I’ve chosen and linked in the article after each section. Come, let us watch them together and revel in our soon-to-be-mutual fandom!
This channel provides quick rundowns of movies, TV shows, video games, and other interesting properties. So if you find yourself needing to cram ahead of a Doctor Who party, never fear! Who needs synopses when you have LORE?
I first discovered the channel through their video on SoulCalibur, and I became a fan of the videos’ quick-paced delivery. Those interested in StarFox, Pokémon X/Y, and The Legend of Zelda, among others, can find videos devoted to their chosen games as well. I’ve been especially partial to Link’s adventures throughout my life, and so I, the good Fan of Time that I am, invite you to check out the video for Ocarina of Time here!
I love to nurture my inner geek by learning new things, and CrashCourse has helped me do that quite nicely. The channel, masterminded by John and Hank Green (a. k. a. the people behind Vlogbrothers), features videos about topics in biology and chemistry, important historical events around the world, and great works of literature (not unlike John’s incomparable The Fault in Our Stars. Have you read it? I have. I wept. Openly.)
Anyway, a while back, John presented a humorous yet solid video detailing basic facts about Islam. It was one of the first CrashCourse videos I ever watched, and I recommend it without hesitation. Nurture your inner geek here.
I already knew of Thomas Sanders when I found his channel, but I didn’t know that I did at first. He is well known for his Vine videos, including his “Narrating People’s Lives” videos (you know, the ones that start out with him saying “Story time!” and then walking up to strangers to narrate…well…their lives). Not only are his videos hilarious, but some of them reference what he harbors a passion for, like Pokémon or Disney (we’ll get back to Disney, don’t worry).
In addition to his Vines, he also has a YouTube channel where he vlogs about various topics, like how nerds are cool (in a video aptly titled “Nerds Are Cool!”) He also posts monthly compilations of his Vines. Enjoy his October 2015 compilation here!
Thingamavlogs is a Disney-centric channel hosted by four YouTubers united by a shared admiration for the Mouse. This channel publishes a new video every weekday, covering a range of topics connected to Disney in some way (for example, recently they had a week of videos centered on Pixar short films). My love for Disney easily ranks among my top interests, and so I was very excited to find this devoted band of kindred spirits.
Each contributor regularly posts on one day of the week, with a healthy dose of guest vloggers to keep things fresh. For instance, back in September, makeup artist Keaghlan Ashley demonstrated her cosmetic prowess for a stunning cosplay of Peter Pan’s dark side. Yes, behold, the Sith have finally won him over!
See the magic happen here.
And finally…cue the drum roll…and the fog machine…
Chris Villain (yes, Shadow Pan himself) is a YouTuber from the Los Angeles area who also happens to be an amazing singer and cosplayer, among other talents. As a singer, he has made inventive videos of covers and parodies related to Harry Potter, Disney, and Pokémon, while his cosplays include spectacular interpretations of Teen Titans‘ Beast Boy, Fox McCloud from StarFox, and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. You can check out pictures of his cosplays on his Instagram account, accessible from his YouTube page.
One of my clear favorites among his videos is a parody of the Christmas song “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” conceived as a duet between Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians and Elsa from Frozen (portrayed by fellow YouTuber Traci Hines). Watch it here, then tell me with a straight face that shippers everywhere aren’t spot on.
Now, there’s no possible way I could cover all of the fantastic YouTubers out there in such a short article, so if there’s a channel or personality that you really like, please share in the comments below. I, for one, am always on the lookout for new channels to check out.
Thanks so much for reading! ‘Til we meet again!