Now that I’m officially Old©, I find myself more and more drawn to tracing patterns. The other day I mentioned to Elisa that her son, Grey, wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Michael Bay, and that got me a look. It’s true, though; back in 2008 I had a friend whom I knew through Transformers – she sent me a review on YouTube by a guy calling himself “Nostalgia Critic” of the movie Space Jam, and I thought, hey, this guy’s pretty funny. A few months later, she sent me a video this guy had posted about the search for a “Nostalgia Chick.” I’m not sure why she sent this to me – apparently it wasn’t with the thought that I’d be a good fit. The truth is, I probably wouldn’t even have applied had circumstances in my life been different – I was just out of college, I’d lost my job, I didn’t know if I was going to stay in New York or not, desperately applying to grad school, life unravelling – typical post-college bullshit. But I did apply, and before long I was a part of the nascent thatguywiththeglasses.com, and a couple months later Paul was as well, and a few years later he would meet my friend, Elisa, and, well, now we have a Grey. Okay, I might joke that it was Michael Bay (with me, all roads lead to Michael Bay), but really it was Channel Awesome. The site has brought many a person together.
I could never have anticipated back in 2008 that decision to apply to be “Nostalgia Chick” would have such a profound impact on my life. If you’re reading this most probably it is because of the exposure I got from Channel Awesome. Even if you haven’t heard of CA and know me from somewhere else, you probably wouldn’t had I not joined the site. I most probably never would have gotten into web video at all had I not submitted that fateful video these six years past.
It probably comes as no surprise to know that I was never completely comfortable with the idea of “Nostalgia Chick” – of all of the site’s contributors, I was the only one whose primary show had been conceived before it was cast. The fact that so readily move onto things that weren’t “girly” has always been a point of contention, as I was never quite comfortable looking in hindsight at things I wasn’t familiar with. I didn’t grow up with “Rainbow Bright” guys, I don’t get it, and I never felt like I should just because you think I should only review “girl things.” To answer the inevitable “why”, though, is simply that it’s time to move on. Honestly that time was a long time ago; I just wasn’t willing to let go of the crutch the site had become for me. But like any relationship at its end, we were moving in different directions, and at this juncture it’s for the best for both of us that we part ways.
Where have you been? Why don’t you make videos anymore?
I have, just not that often.
I made my full living off of online video from about 2011-2013, when I just got kind of burned out on it. Honestly I found it less stressful to do it for the love of the game than for money, but found also when I did, I just didn’t feel incentivized to be “Nostalgia Chick” anymore.
So I work as a freelance editor for television and film projects these days. Right now I’m working as assistant editor on a documentary for Al-Jazeera America.
Will you still be Nostalgia Chick?
No. I can’t in good conscience leave Channel Awesome and keep that name – it is too intrinsically tied to the TGWTG brand. It is, after all, the title for Doug’s distaff counterpart.
So, that’s it? Boom, done?
Not quite – I’m not severing the site so completely and immediately. The plan right now is to put up a few more videos with the site in the next month before we formally say goodbye. My last video as “Nostalgia Chick” will be Animorphs.
Is anyone else leaving too?
Well, if they are, it will be their story to tell, not mine.
Will they get a new Nostalgia Chick?
If I had to hazard a guess, I doubt it. Though I bet these people will be thrilled.
is it true that you’re an SJW illuminatic fempire who tricked Todd into saying fmnsms
Will you ever review Sailor Moon?
Are you going to keep doing videos?
Of course! I’ll still be doing with Maker, and I’ll still post videos to the Super Critics channel on YouTube. Just not as Nostalgia Chick.
What about Chez Apocalypse?
Well, it needs to be redesigned (which I am NOT looking forward to) but we’ll keep on trucking there as well. BYOA’s only on hiatus because I can’t figure out what’s wrong with my camera.
Are you mortal enemies of Channel Awesome?
God, I hope not. I don’t know what their long term plans are, but I hope to remain friends with Doug and company for years.
What will you do now?
I’d been planning for a long, long time to launch new shows (like BYOA) that were more in line with what I always wanted to do with film theory and pop culture discussions. I’ll keep my work as an editor, write for other sites like Tor.com, and I’ll also continue developing content with Maker, but exactly what form it will take? I’m not sure yet. I may be Old©, but I’m young, yet.
But either way, I thank you for sticking with me this long. Ever onward and upward!