Getty Images; AP
Getty Images; AP
So you want to be hip with the cool kids? You want to be down with the youths of today? Great, let's talk about VidCon!
What's that? You have some questions? We bet they are something like:
What is VidCon?
Who the hell goes to VidCon?
Why would going to VidCon make me cool with teenagers?
We're here to help! First of all, it's totally normal to feel old when you hear "VidCon," because it is a convention geared toward the younger crowd. And it's also perfectly acceptable to not know anything about the people we're going to talk about. These names might actually sound like gibberish. Like we said, the convention featuring YouTube stars is not just a casual con attendee.
Vidcon is basically exactly like it sounds: A convention all about videos, or more specifically, the stars of the viral video world. Vines, Periscope, YouTube…all that. This is where those vloggers and online personalities go to meet fans. Or, to have it described by the VidCon organizers themselves:
"Creating an event for something so wildly diverse and rapidly evolving may be an impossible task, but it is one we attempt anyway, and with excitement, because we believe that online video is the most important cultural force since the motion picture. We believe deeply that we are in the very early, defining moments of an extremely powerful global force. VidCon strives to be the physical center of that revolution."
Deep, right? VidCon is also a place where aspiring video personalities go to learn more about the craft with panels and workshops like "Responsibility to a Younger Audience" and "Vlogging: Standing Out & Finding Your Style."
So VidCon is taking over the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California this weekend, and it's a huge deal for the online generation. And if you are interested in who the big stars are at VidCon, like the Game of Thrones at Comic-Con, here are the 15 video celebs people are dying to see:
YouTube Channel Description: Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla are a comedy duo that produces scripted digital shorts and viral videos.
YouTube Channel Description: "Tech, video games, failed cooking attempts, vlogs and more" from Justine Ezarik.
YouTube Channel Description: Funny video blogs about subjects extremely relatable to girls (i.e. "What Girls Do in the Bathroom In the Morning", makeup tutorials and general comedy bits.
YouTube Channel Description: Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg produces comedy and pop culture sketches and video game commentary.
5. Tyler Oakley
YouTube Channel Description: Vlogs about his life that are watched by millions.
YouTube Channel Description: "Rooster Teeth Productions focuses on live-action shorts, podcasts, animated productions, and comedy style gaming videos from Achievement Hunter."
YouTube Channel Description: "GloZell's wild and crazy life as the the Queen of Youtube. The Mother of the Internet."
8. Grace Helbig
YouTube Channel Description: Vlogs, tutorials and collaborations about anything and everything.
YouTube Channel Description: "My name is Louis Cole. I make a Daily Vlog of my life! I enjoy travelling the world with friends, having fun and inspiring others!"
10. Mamrie Hart
YouTube Channel Description: "Join me as I make original cocktails and a fool of myself every week. These libations are in honor of celebrities, YouTuber friends and pop culture disasters. I use the term 'honor' lightly."
11. Michelle Phan
YouTube Channel Description: She has some of the most popular beauty tutorials on the Internet.
YouTube Channel Description: Gamer who does animated parodies, original sketches and gaming videos.
13. Jack & Dean
YouTube Channel Description: British comedy duo Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs "make funny videos to avoid proper jobs."
14. Ingrid Nilsen
YouTube Channel Description: Makeup, beauty, hair, fashion and food tutorials with a "sprinkle of weird."
15. Meghan Rienks
YouTube Channel Description: Personal vlogs, skits and original viral videos.
There are many more awesome Internet stars hitting VidCon, so make sure you check them all out if you want to impress the youths!