Jason Steele of “Charlie The Unicorn” Confirmed

Posted on November 30, 2009 by Tim Hwang
Categories: Getting People, ROFLCon II, Tim, Triumph


Jesus, despite promises the contrary, sorry about the delay in keeping the updates a’coming — all that tryptophan in the Thanksgiving turkey and late night Black Friday adventures had us completely knocked out. We’ll be announcing on double-time this week to be keeping up on schedule.

In any case, it’s true: we’ve seriously confirmed that Jason Steele, the director of FilmCow Studios and the creator behind Charlie The Unicorn (and its by now numerous sequels and remixes), will be attending and speaking at ROFLCon II in April!

We’re pumped to have him — we’ve always imagined ROFLCon as kind of a “going to Candy Mountain” experience (singing letters, sleep deprivation, inevitable kidney loss, and all). Jason’s an awesome addition to the conference, and we’re looking forward to having him talk on web animation, video memes, and unicorns in general.

Stay tuned for more this week and next, including details on volunteering (if you’re interested in that) and when registration will be open!

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal @ ROFLCon II!

Posted on November 24, 2009 by Tim Hwang
Categories: Getting People, ROFLCon II, Tim, Triumph

The mighty gears of academia and commerce might be slowing down for Thanksgiving, but we will not rest!

That’s right, dear readers, you can expect guest confirmations and updates all throughout this week as things continue to come together for the ROFL. I’m excited: we’ve got some heavy-duty folks confirming in the coming days, so it’s worth keeping an eye (or RSS) out here.

Today, in the first of that series, I’m happy to announce that we’ve confirmed that Zach Weiner, the absurdly prolific genius behind webcomic staple-favorite Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (and its new, attendant video series) will be attending and speaking at ROFLCon in the spring! SMBC has fueled material for generations of ravenous message boards, e-mail threads, and assorted webbiness, and we’re pumped to have him aboard.

I’ve updated our ever-evolving guest list, as per usual.

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Randall Munroe from xkcd at ROFLCon!

Posted on November 20, 2009 by Tim Hwang
Categories: Alumni, ROFLCon II, Tim, Triumph

Extremely excited to announce the big news to close us out for the pre-Thanksgiving week today, and that is that we’ve confirmed gentleman-scholar Randall Munroe of xkcd to appear at the festivities for ROFLCon II!

By this point, of course, the man needs no introduction, except to say that he’s been up to things like funding the construction of a school in Laos from book proceeds/fundraising. It’s amazing. Needless to say, we’re thrilled to have him reppin’ at the conference as we begin the process of bringing all our ROFL-alumni back for next spring.

If you haven’t seen it yet, or want to relive the magic, you might also be interested in checking out the “Internet Cult Leader” footage from ROFLCon 2008, featuring the powerhouse combo of Ryan North, Randall, and moot. It was out of control, absolutely worth checking out if you’re looking to kill an hour.

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Play Him On, Keyboard Cat: Brad O’Farrell Confirmed

Posted on November 19, 2009 by Tim Hwang
Categories: Getting People, ROFLCon II, Tim, Triumph

Late post, but glad to report news out of ROFLCon-HQ today that Brad O’Farrell, the creator of the very first Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat video (featuring that wheelchair kid going headfirst down an escalator), has confirmed that he will be swinging by and appearing at the conference with us this coming April 2010!

He’ll be talking about that terrifying, watershed 2001: A Space Odyssey monolith-esque moment in web culture history, where Keyboard Cat’s gone since earlier this year, and the odd (mis?)adventures that he’s ended up in as a result of all the ridiculousness surrounding the video. It’s gonna be awesome.

For those who have written in requesting — we’ve sadly discovered that the cat, Fatso, is unfortunately since deceased. But be assured we’re hot on the trail to bring Charlie Schmidt (Fatso’s owner, and performer behind the original clip) himself to turn up. Stay tuned — we’ve got one more big announcement to round out the week, due out tomorrow.

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