Just watched Mark’s video (X). This is not to blow hot air up his little blue skirt but, a few short things I would like to say.
When my son asked to go to IndyPopCon in 2015, I thought “Really”, you want to fly over 2000 miles and stay 3 days to see some YouTuber…….Really? For our vacation? Really? Needless to say we went (I spoil my son rotten!). What I met was a very fun, enthusiast, devil may care, caring, carefree young man. He took such joy in meeting, over an 8 hour period that first day, each and every person he spoke with. I was needless to say, impressed. I became even more impressed as the days went by. He never faltered in his enthusiasm to meet everyone.
When I had the chance to go to VidCon a month later, I took the chance and saw the same exact persona that I had seen at Indy.
By PAX West 2015, I was in awe during the signing session when he bounced around for several hours. I mean bounced, sang, danced, ran, you name it.
But sometime after PAX he lost a bit of himself and it showed, deeply. It showed in his videos.
“Markiplier” was missing. While I still enjoyed photographing Mark (and always will) and seeing his interaction with his friends, his videos………lacked…..That spontaneous laugh, that singular “thing” that was “Markiplier”.