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Did Casey Neistat Change Your Life?

In the early days of 2018, just a year ago, I came across one of Casey Neistat’s videos on YouTube. At the moment I didn’t realize I had seen some of his work before, particularly a video about not being able to use the bike lane in New York, which was very funny and to the point. Now I saw him snowboarding through New York and I wondered: “Who is this guy?”

Casey seemed to be a daily vlogger, one of the people who revolutionized YouTube. I started to check out his channel on a regular basis, and watched a lot of his past episodes. Following someone like Casey, who for a long period of time made a video per day, became addictive. But it was an inspirational addiction.

In his well-crafted, well-structured and tightly edited videos Casey seemed authentic, funny and positive. I also loved the fact that often New York City was a character in his stories. Casey inspired me to make my own videos. So, I started making those since May last year.

I make vlogs about stuff that fascinates me, particularly comic books and other forms of popular culture. To be honest, I’m still figuring out what works for me and ‘my audience’. I’m still looking for my voice and style. But it has been fun so far.

I started doing vlogs in Dutch, because that is my native language. Later, I stared Amsterdam Comic Geek: a second channel to post English vlogs on. So far that channel hasn’t been a success and I am still struggling with the language. It’s easier for me to make a video in Dutch, instead of having to find the right words to express what I want to convey. It’s a work in progress.

Today I discovered a video made by Alex Gasaway. Another YouTuber named Cody Wanner pointed her video out to me. Gasaway explains what Casey’s work means to her and how he inspired her to pursuit her own creations. She also goes to New York to check out locations that feature in Casey’s vlogs. I recognized that: I went to New York to check out locations from Spider-Man-comics for my book about my favorite character. I thought Gasaway’s video was very inspirational and heart warming, so here it is:






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In 1994 Marvel published their first annual Survey to check with their readers a couple of things. I came across this survey in X-Men Annual #3 and was curious about the questions the publisher would ask. In this vlog we’ll go through all ten questions and issues.

I will give you the answers I would have given back then, but I’m also very curious about what your answers would’ve been.


Cool X-Men Pin-Ups by Larkin, Sienkiewicz, Brereton and others | ACG Vlog 07

I went through my X-Men comic collection this morning. There is a large pile of issues I got from a couple of friends a while ago and I haven’t read yet. A came across X-Men: The Ultra Collection, a comic that consists of illustrations and pin-ups of the X-Men and their universe.

Most of the illustrations are from the ’94 Fleer Ultra X-Men Trading Cards. Enjoy! By the way, I’m suffering from a nasty cold, that’s why my voice is a bit screwed up in this vlog. Oh, well, what can you do…

 


Discovering Missing Comic Book Pages | ACG Vlog 06

When I grew up, I read Dutch translations of Marvel Comics. When I re-read the stories from my childhood in their original form however, I discover the Dutch publisher used to skip a few pages here and there.

When I read a Marvel Comic now, it’s wonderful to discover one of those missing pages. In this video I also explain why the Dutch publisher didn’t publishes these pages originally.


How Did TODD McFARLANE Make This? | ACG Vlog 05

Recently comic book artist Todd McFarlane posted an original drawing he did of Spider-Man from the run he did in the late nineteen eighties and early nineties.

It looks like he used a special technique to create the background-image. Maybe McFarlane simply used a photograph and put in the background, but maybe the background was drawn just like the rest. I’m not sure how he made this, so I made this short video in the hope one of you guys can shed some light on the subject.


The Mighty Power of Hercules and Artist Jim Mooney | ACG Vlog 04

A close look at classic Marvel Team-Up #28 by Gerry Conway and comic book artist Jim Mooney. A fun and a bit unbelievable story about the Amazing Spider-Man and the mighty Hercules.

I especially like the old school artwork of Jim Mooney (1919-2008). An artist who worked a lot in the Silver Age of comics and is known for drawing Supergirl and Spider-Man. He also inked a lot of Spider-Man comics, such as Spectacular Spider-Man, and the work of the young John Romita Jr. when he worked on Amazing Spider-Man in the early eighties.



My Origin Story As A Comic Book Geek | ACG Vlog 02

‘Please allow me to introduce myself’ Mick Jagger sang a long time ago. And here I want to do the same. Hi guys, I’m Amsterdam Comic Geek!

Every Comic Book lover has a moment in which he or she was first introduced to the wonderful medium of comics. I wanted to tell you my story and at the same time tell a bit about myself, so we can get to know each other a little better.