Day: June 1, 2021

An Interview with MaximumPanic: YouTuber/Artist

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.

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My favorite comic with anxiety, romance and other gamer problems (Opinion)

WEBTOON’s Let’s Play speaks to me on another level. The main character Sam is like an incarnation of what goes on in my mind when she takes her insecurities. The author, Leeanne M. Krecic, known as Mongie, manifests all the characters’ emotions when the characters feel strongly about something like anxiety or depression. It personifies what I imagine these emotions would be like if we could see them. With each new social interaction and life obstacle, the audience feels like they are on a ride with the characters through their game of life.

The main character, Sam Young, has just launched her first game on a service called Indigineer, which allows independent game creators to post games for people to play and apply for jobs at big companies. Sam desires to be a game developer instead of the next CEO of her dad’s software and technology company. Not long after posting her first game on Indigineer, Sam’s favorite game reviewer on Viewtube, Marshall Law, plays her puzzle game, Ruminate. Marshall ignores the instructions and plays the game like a role-playing game instead of a puzzle game. This error results in a bad review and a backlash of his fans trashing Sam’s game. Her Indigineer account is locked and her developer score in ruins. Then, Marshall Law moves into her building the next day, and Sam becomes overwhelmed by all the sudden changes in her life.

Mongie creates a classic geeky character in pursuit of her dreams but still lacks experience with romance. Sam is the embodiment of shyness and lacking self-confidence, however, she is sweet, smart, great at her job, and she has good friends who support her. Her battle through the comic is overcoming her anxieties in professional, social, and romantic situations, which the author personifies the emotions as illustrations. Every time Sam feels overwhelmed by an emotion, I can’t help but relate to Sam’s struggles. Each situation Sam lands herself in is comical and relatable for the audience. When Sam conquers her feelings, the audience watches them shrink and cower like we all imagine our anxieties doing when we face our fears.

This personification of emotions happens for the second lead character, Marshall Law, who seems like an antagonist at first, but he eventually mends his relationship with Sam and becomes a love interest. Marshall Law is well written as a comical character who hides his true emotions because he doesn’t want others to see through his Marshall Law persona. The audience watches Marshall Law on his journey throughout the comic, and like many of the characters, Marshall must face his past, his anxieties, and shortcomings.

Let’s Play bonds the aspects of gamer life like watching Twitch with fun comedies like Friends and Big Bang Theory. This comic shows steady growth not only for the main characters but the minor characters as well. The romantic relationships grow organically throughout the comic, which has fans fully invested in every relationship. This is one of the most popular comics on WEBTOON, and fans are anxiously waiting for season three to be released. An announcement of a live-action television adaptation has gotten fans excited for what comes next for the romance comic. For now, fans are following Kercic as Mongie on social media for illustrations of the beloved characters and re-reading all 127 episodes available of Let’s Play.

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Angela Zwolinski is a contributing writer at All Ages of Geek. You can follow her on Twitter @AngelaZwolinski & @angie_the_author on Instagram.