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I had an absolute blast last weekend at ETSU-Con in Johnson City, TN! It was amazing getting to meet so many awesome cosplayers and the guests that the con had were amazing. Nolan North ( and Courtenay Taylor ( were just as charming in person as you would expect them to be. They both had incredible stories and advice for up-and-coming voice artists. They also signed autographs and were very reasonable on prices for them (some celebrities charge $40+ for autographs). ETSU-Con covered the first autograph for free in the fees they paid the VAs and additional ones were only $10 which was incredibly awesome of Nolan and Courtenay to do.

Jirard Khalil ( and Alex Faciane ( were the other two major guests at the con and they did not disappoint either! They both hail from “That One Video Gamer” ( and have “The Completionist” ( and “The National Dex” ( respectively and collaborate on “Super Beard Bros” ( I was super, super excited to see them and even got a little emotional during their Q&A. Their videos helped me get through a really lousy time about a year ago when I was diagnosed with my autoimmune disorder. I presented them with tribute (a copy of Starflight, Star Control, and Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday all on Genesis and a VHS tape of “Donkey Kong Country: The full length movie!”). I also got photos with them and they signed my “+5 Shirt of Awesome.” Puck (, who was also with me, got Alex and Jirard to do a video for me to help cheer me up on my bad days. Lets just say that “truck nuts” are forever imprinted on my mind. I also got them to sign the interview I did with Chris Avellone ( that they posted on the TOVG site a few years ago. That is what Jirard is holding in the picture below.

I also got to present my “Collecting Retro Video Games” panel at ETSU-Con and I had really good attendance! You can watch my panel here¬†on YouTube. I got some really good questions throughout the panel as well which made it even more fun and interesting. I will have JPEGs of the PowerPoint available on this post as well.

The Dealer’s Room was really nice as well and both Puck and I grabbed some awesome stuff from there. He got me a copy of “Final Fantasy II” (which was IV in Japan) and I got him a shirt and a Gatomon plushie. We also ate at a German restaurant in downtown Johnson City called “Freiberg’s” and IT WAS INCREDIBLE! Honestly, that was some of the best mashed potatoes and homemade sauerkraut I’ve ever had!

Overall Puck and I had an absolute blast and I hope that they do have an ETSU-Con next year (it is in question due to renovations being done at the Culp Center on ETSU’s campus). Currently I am writing this from my hotel room at Mysticon in Roanoke, VA where I have been restricted to due to coming down with viral gastritis earlier in the week. Puck and Thesally are having fun at the con and helping with A/V while I work on some other projects.

Thank you all for reading this and I hope to see some of you all in the near future!

LongwoodGeek (aka Gerry)

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