#throwbackthursday: Anime Password at Anime St. Louis 2012! (and ASTL announcement!)

Hey, all! I hope you are all having a wonderful 2019 thus far! I am thrilled to return for my ninth year at Anime St. Louis (May 3rd to May 5th, 2019), which is less than a month away! I’ll be announcing the exact games in the coming weeks. I can’t wait to see you all there!

And, for your viewing pleasure, check out this gem I came across on YouTube via member John M: Yours truly hosting Anime Password (Super Password) at Anime St. Louis 2012! Talk about a real #throwback! My thanks as always to my dear friend Greggo for this opportunity and many others. It’s amazing to see how far I’ve come in my hosting, and how much I love what I do. Enjoy!

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#happynewyear + Testimonial!

Hey, everyone! 2018 is coming to an end, but a new beginning is on the horizon, and I’m thrilled for it. I sincerely thank you—fans, friends, colleagues, conventions, and everyone—for your kindness and support of what I do. 2019 is going to be amazing and I am working to bring more game show love to more conventions next year!
To wrap things up for the year, I wanted to share a beautiful testimonial from my friend Lee Anne Litzsinger from the St. Charles City-County Library, who hosts the yearly Teen Fandom Con that I’ve been blessed to be a part of for five straight years:
“Brent is amazing, and his game shows are top-notch! The FANPOWER games are sleek and loads of fun. They bring the geek-centric version of your favorite television game show to your event. Brent has a great rapport with audiences, both teen and adult. Every year he researches and includes the fandoms our teens love, and his knowledge of all things fan-related is superb. He’s an excellent presenter and responsive collaborator; he will willingly adapt his programs to the needs of your organization. Highly recommended!”

— Lee Anne Litzsinger, Youth Services Librarian, St. Charles City-County Library
Blessings to you all and happy 2019!

#throwbacktuesday: Butch Hartman

Did you know that Butch Hartman, creator of such fan-favorite ‘toons such as “The Fairly OddParents,” “Danny Phantom,” and the new “Bunsen Is A Beast,” was a contestant on the CBS game show “Body Language” in 1985?

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Yeah…my mind is blown just as yours. Screengrabs don’t lie!

See how young Butch fares in the “game for the uninhibited” in this episode on David Downs’ YouTube channel and within this collection of shows on Sam Mitchell’s YouTube channel (starting at the 2:30:59 mark). You’ll be glad you did.

FANPOWER x Teen Fandom Con 2018 on June 16th! (5th Anniversary!)

Hey, everyone! I will be hosting “Eye Guess” and my new game show, “Tightrope!” at Teen Fandom Con 2018, celebrating its fifth year of awesomeness at the St. Charles City-County Library! (And, coincidentally, I’m celebrating my five-year anniversary with the convention—I’ve been thankful to be with them since their first one in 2014!) Check out the schedule here and visit their website for more information. See you then!

Anime St. Louis Thank You + Vids Forthcoming!

My, how time flies when you’re hosting game shows! This year’s Anime St. Louis, which was two weekends ago, was so much fun, and a great three days of four game shows to boot! It’s time for a thank-you montage.

You guys! This year’s Anime St. Louis was so much fun, and a great three days of four game shows to boot! It’s time for a thank-you montage. 

KaylaJeremyCharlesJames, Larry, Cat, Luke: Thank you all and the entire ASTL staff your amazing, tireless work in making this convention a success—it is not easy by any means! Thank you for having me as a guest and taking great care of me. Seriously, you run one of my favorite conventions and do it well.

Arthur Brazier, you are a great friend and the best sidekick that I could ever ask for. Thank you for your daily support in all of the games and kind generosity with prizes, as well as being the perfect Gene Wood to my Bob Eubanks during “Anime Trivia Trap.”  Game shows are hard to do on my own, and your partnership makes things so much easier and enjoyable. I am thankful for you!

ChristinaKevenEzraTalieKyle, and Stephanie: I love you all—thank you for hanging out with me, coming to my shows, being there early, playing the games excellently, and being there for me with your energy and smiles. And, thank you for catching me when I fell royally with some of the foibles that happened this weekend, lol.  I’m thankful to call you all my friends and your unconditional support speaks volumes.

To Janna and Meghan: It was so wonderful meeting you this year and seeing you at the convention; your presence and grace are appreciated, and I look forward to seeing you next year! (And, Meghan/Talie: You both made me so happy with your beautiful singing and whistle/ukulele playing! So honored!)

Kevin Bolk: Brother, what can I say—always a pleasure seeing you, catching up, and talking about life. Glad to always be co-voyaging conventions with you and seeing your art grow. Can’t wait for the next one we do together, man!

Darryn: You are a staple of ASTL and you and the team killed it at the amazing Maid Café again this year! Thank you for your friendship and endless energy; see you at the next for sure!

To all the attendees and contestants who played on my shows or joined us in the audience: There are so many great panels at ASTL, and it means so much to me that you chose my game shows as a part of your convention weekend experience, and it was an honor having you all there! I hope you all had a wonderful time and hope to have you back.

Finally, to my dear friend and mentor Greg Wicker of Greggo’s Game Shows: I pray I made you proud this weekend, sir. Thank you for your wisdom; you know that you’re my inspiration for doing this art.  And, to my friends JoshDougH.r. and Brian, thank you for your support and feedback when I have no idea what to do or ask for a new game, and your genuine care and support. It is always a joy needing out about formats and game shows with you as well. You are my tribe!

I will have videos from ASTL posted hopefully in the next two to three weeks—you’ll see full episodes of Anime Trivia Trap and Eye Guess, and highlights from Pokémon Match-Up and It’s Anyfan’s Guess on Facebook and on my personal YouTube page. A very special thank you to my friend/colleague Melissa for her awesome coaching on recording—it made a difference this weekend! I am flying back into my work schedule, so please stay tuned for all the goods.

Thank you all again and see you in 2019! This is your old pal Brent signing off!