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VidCon 2016: Hank Green's 7 to Watch

The con co-founder highlights a handful of digital stars to download

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Green: Mike Pont/WireImage; Howelland Lester: Samir Hussein/Getty Images; raskin, dunn: Desiree Navarro/WireImage (2); tonjes: Joe Scarnici/WireImage; zed: D Dipasupil/Getty Images; singh: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

We asked Hank Green, one half of the Vlogbrothers alongside John Green and cofounder of VidCon, the annual convention for online-video creators (taking place June 23-25 in Anaheim), for his ones to watch.

Turns out when you tear down all barriers to creation and distribution, the diversity of content and of creators explodes. This is what we love about online video, but it’s also a challenge. It’s our job to find voices to represent all of the diverse goings-on in internet culture, which this year resulted in us inviting over 400 creators from all across the world. And then Entertainment Weekly comes by and asks me to pick five of them that everyone should know about? Five?! Well, that’s an impossible task. Which is why I’m going to cheat by including some duos.

1. Dan Howell and Phil Lester

These British best friends probably have the most passionate audience at VidCon. They’re friendly, approachable, and goofy, but there’s real depth in what they’re creating. At first it just seems funny and harmless, but when you get into it, it feels like a community.

2. Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn, “Just Between Us”

This odd couple jump back and forth between unscripted (but heavily edited) conversations and a fresh take on scripted comedy. This is what Tina Fey and Amy Poehler would be doing right now if they were in their 20s.

3. Meghan Tonjes

With a voice like an Adele and strong messages of self-care and body positivity, Meghan’s confidence and passion have inspired her audience, and she inspires me as well.

4. Nathan Zed, “The ThirdPew”

He’s 19, shockingly talented, ludicrously handsome, always hilarious, and refusing to drop out of college. If his fast-paced videos were just funny, that would be one thing, but they always come packed with cultural insight, too.

5. Lilly Singh, “Superwoman”

She’s blazing a whole new path that the entertainment industry needs to notice — and fast. A book, a movie, a world tour, and a die-hard fan base are the result of her constantly top-notch content and genius-level ability to understand her platform.

VidCon also marks the debut of Time Inc.’s new video platform, Instant, covering the lives and projects of all of your favorite digital artists. Check back for updates and the official URL!

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