For those who may not know you, who are you?
Well, I’m MaximumPanic! My subscribers call me Manic as a shortened form of the name. I’m a gaming/art YouTuber who uploads Let’s Plays and a variety of games where my friends and I goof around and have a good time. I’m also an artist, and recently I’ve started uploading speedpaint videos where my close friends and I talk about our creations and stories we’ve made together over the years.
Speaking of gaming and art, what inspired you to make YouTube videos?
Oh gosh, where do I begin? Growing up, I was the weird kid in school who spent most of my time drawing in class and playing video games when I didn’t know how to make friends very well. As I got older, it became clear that finding a job that utilized my skills was a very hard thing to find, let alone hold onto. In the summer of 2018, I took notice that people like me could make videos doing whatever suited their fancy and it could serve as an income, if not a way of life. Specifically, I’d have to say my biggest inspirations for starting YouTube were people like Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, VanossGaming, and H2O Delirious. It was so reassuring to see millions of people enjoy their brand of loud, crazy, enjoyable type of humor, which is something I not only exhibited but retained to this day.
What is your favorite style of video game and artwork to do?
My favorite style of game is the kind that allows me to go wild and play out the story as I see fit. Things like Grand Theft Auto 5 and Cyberpunk 2077 catered to my tastes perfectly in that regard. As for art, I love to experiment with bold colors and lighting, specifically in similar styles to those of RWBY and The Wolf Among Us. Because I’m running my channel solo, I’ve drawn approximately 99% of the video thumbnails you see there. With so many different games to choose from, there’s always room for experimentation and testing my creative limits.
Have any big projects that you are excited for?
Yes! I can’t divulge much information, but at the moment, I’m writing and illustrating a superhero style comic series. There’s still so much to flesh out, but I’m excited to keep working on it and bringing my creative ideas to life!
What advice do you have for people who want to become a gaming YouTuber or an artist YouTuber?
Honestly? If you want to start your own YouTube channel, just do it. It doesn’t matter what your first video is like, how polished the editing is, or what kind of content you make. You won’t know what fits your style until you make that first video. From there, you can create new ideas, take on new skills, and ultimately carve out a clear path to walk on.