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In which Hank talks about VidCon, the world's first ever community-based online video conference. Yes, all of the best and most successful of the new crop of social video makers will be gathering together in Los Angeles this summer from July 9th to July 11th.

It will be the biggest and best gathering of video-based communities ever, and it's going to be an insane amount of fun.


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Good morning, John! I am Hank, and this is Hanksock, a sock version of me.

Hanksock: Hello!

Hank: And Hanksock and I are here to tell you some very exciting news. I guess a couple of months ago, John and I decided that we were really interested in the possibility of getting a real life, online video conference in order to get all of the best online video creators together in the same place and the communities that support those groups in order to get, like, a- a- an entire epic, gigantic weekend of fun and growing the community and doing awesome things.

Hanksock: That's your big news?

Hank: Yeah, that's my- I mean, the news is we're actually gonna do it and it's gonna be this summer in Los Angeles from July 9th to July 11th.

Hanksock: Your big news is that a bunch of you and your nerdy friends are going to get together and drink Juicy Juices and hang out and talk about nerdy stuff.

Hank: Well, I mean Hanksock, I don't think that you understand that online video is, is like a really huge deal.

Hanksock: Well, I got an ingrown toenail. That's a really huge deal but I'm not making a conference about it.

Hank: Um... I'm having a really hard time figuring out how you could have a- an ingrown toenail.

Hanksock: Well, yeah. It's complicated.

Hank: (*sigh*) A- anyway, online video is an entirely new medium that's creating new genres and really active, engaged, and large communities of people. Believe it or not, there are probably going to be, like, 100,000 people watching this video that we're making right now!

Hanksock: Mmm?! How's my hair?

Hank: Um... Your hair is... surprisingly sparkly! I never noticed that your hair was sparkly.

Hanksock: Yeah, I use product.

Hank: (*laughs*)

Hanksock: What?

Hank: Nothing, don't worry about it.

Hanksock: So, who's gonna be there?

Hank: Uh, well, a lot of people are gonna be there. People from Nerdfighteria all the way from charlieissocoollike to WheezyWaiter but also people from all over the world of online video. We've got Michael Buckley, Dave Days, Shay Carl, Brittany Louise Taylor, Ray William Johnson, David Choi, Rhett & Link, Mitchell Davis, me, my brother, Julia Nunes, Natalie Tran (I can't believe we have freaking Natalie Tran!), Shane Dawson--

Hanksock: Shane Dawson?

Hank: Yeah, Shane Dawson!

Hanksock: I love that guy!

Hank: Yeah, I know, I love him, too!

Hank & Hanksock :Feel better, Shane!

Hank: The success of these- of these projects isn't based on, like, million dollar marketing budgets, or- or the ungodly beauty of the people who started them--

Hanksock: Oh, that's for sure.

Hank: Yeah, thanks. It's based on what I think is the raw ability to entertain and people who are able to bring people into their communities so that they watch every new video that gets put out, not just when they light their face on fire or capture a particularly adorable cat moment.

Hanksock: God, I love that cat.

Hank: Yeah, I know, I love that cat, too, but the cat's not going to be there; we couldn't get the cat for the conference, but there are going to be many of the most successful people in online video and that list that I gave you earlier isn't even a complete list and we're gonna have demonstrations and we're gonna have talks and performances by these people. We're gonna have concerts and dance parties and we're gonna have all kinds of crazy things that we can't even think of yet, and we're gonna ask the community to pr- to present ideas for us.

Hanksock: Like karaoke?

Hank: Karaoke is a very good idea. Thank you, that's an excellent idea!

Hanksock: I want a ball pit.

Hank: A ball pit?! ... yes! A ball pit is another great idea. Do you have other ideas?

Hanksock: Well, how about a booth where Charlie McDonnell sits and he bites peoples' fingers so that they can say "Ouch! Ouch, Charlie!"

Hank: (laughs) I will talk to Charlie about that. There's gonna be an insider track that's gonna be basically for people who are really into YouTube and wanna get down on the down-and-dirty specifics of creating community on YouTube and the business and the future of YouTube.

It is gonna cost money. The registration is gonna cost money because these things cost a lot of money to put on. If you wanna find out more, there's lots more information on the website which is at and you can check out our Twitter feed and our YouTube channel, of course,

I think that's all I wanna talk about. John, Nerdfighters...

Hank & Hanksock: We'll see you at VidCon.