So there's this guy, Jon Bois
He works for a company called SB Nation
, which is part of Vox Media
. I know nothing about either of those companies besides they are.. things.
Jon is insane. And a Genius. An insane genius. He has developed a reputation of using graphs, charts, and tools like the YouTube music library and Google Earth to make some pretty insane stories.
He is a very popular in the YouTube thread. Pretty much anything he makes gets posted there.
Over the last decade, he's told a lot of stories, both about sports and the general world. They are Pretty Good.
His bosses at SB Nation have allowed him to collaborate with others, and to build up his team. So now it isn't just him making videos for the site. And because of that, there's a wide variety of weird takes on the subject. Dorktown, Weird Rules, Beef History, Fumble Dimension... You name it, they have probably tried to make a show work around it.
This has culminated in a couple big projects. One of the largest this year was a Dorktown mini-series chronicling the history of the Seattle Mariners.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIgK56cAjfY
It's a bit of a watch, but I swear I cried at points.
But despite the invention of Scoragami, or the chronicling of the white supremacist marathon in St. Louis, or the insane nationalism of 24... Jon created his masterpiece.17776 is a story about football
. But more than that, it's a story about human nature. And what human nature would be like if we could live forever but couldn't leave the Earth. It placed 11th in the Hugo awards for best Novella and Best Graphic Novel of 2018.
Last Month, SB Nation rebranded their youtube channel as Secret Base
. It's now delightfully 2000s era. As I'm sure Jon wants it.
And this month?
17776 is getting a sequel. 20020: The Future of College Football.
As of this OP, we are through 1 week. 3 chapters. And IT IS WILD.
So I figured, given that this series is going to continue for the next month, we should have a place to talk about it. And about Secret Base in general. Because while Jon's stuff is obviously the biggest draw, it isn't the only thing on the channel! I tend to enjoy falling asleep to his stories, because they are quite soothing and exciting. Except for when bad stuff is happening, like Heisman being a vengeful God to his opponent.
I don't want to just link the entire back catalog here. But hey.. if others do that, I won't complain. For now, though, here's the important channels:
Secret Base itself: https://www.youtube.com/c/SecretBaseSBN/videos
Jon Bois' personal site (for his older work, like BEEFTANK): https://www.youtube.com/user/jonbois/videos
Also... Given how online Jon Bois is, I wouldn't be surprised if he knows of this forum or sees this forum someday. So if you are out there, Jon: Thank you. Thank you for being you.