The Nerdfighter Community and John’s family proudly sponsor the 3rd tier English football (soccer) team AFC Wimbledon with revenue from the videos John makes on hankgames. The Nerdfighter Community is the back of shorts sponsor for the club, with DFTBA on every pair of shorts the team wears, and since the 2014-2015 season, John and Sarah have sponsored the club’s North Stand, now the John Green stand. AFC Wimbledon is owned by its fans and you can become a member of the Dons Trust for as little as 50 British pence a week at thedonstrust.org.
Half the money generated from pre-roll advertisements on the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel goes to The Foundation to Decrease World Suck; Nerdfighteria collectively decided that the other half should go into a fund that will be used to help creators make awesome things. If you are working on an online educational/informational/super awesome project, consider sending in an application in order to be considered as a potential funds recipient.
John and Hank co-founded the online video event VidCon, which has been held annually in California since 2010. Thousands of online video creators, viewers, and industry people head to the Anaheim Convention Center to discuss and celebrate online video in its many forms. John’s responsibilities with VidCon mostly involve delivering an Industry Day keynote and co-hosting the Nerdfighter Q&A with Hank, but John’s always excited to see his favorite YouTubers, meet nerdfighters, and learn from others in this strange and wonderful online community. VidCon was acquired by Viacom in 2018. You can find out more about VidCon at the official website: vidcon.com.
First-look production deal
In 2015, John entered into a first-look producing deal with Fox 2000, the studio that produced The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. You can find trade coverage of the deal on The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. John is currently working on a film adaptation of the glorious story of AFC Wimbledon, among other projects.
Let It Snow
John wrote a long short story called “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” in the book Let It Snow, which also features lovely stories from Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. This book has been published in translated editions and the movie rights to the book have been optioned by Universal Studios.
John has written stories for several anthologies. These include “The Great American Morp” in 21 Proms, “The Approximate Cost of Loving Caroline” in Twice Told, and “Freak the Geek” in Geektastic.
This Is Not Tom
John wrote a novella hidden behind wildly complex riddles called “This Is Not Tom.” TINT is unfinished (it will be finished eventually, he hopes). TINT is free and available to the public, but the only way to read the story is to solve the riddles, which unfortunately is basically impossible without crowdsourcing. (A good place to start, however, would be the TINT youtube channel.)