Monday, July 19, 2010

FakeJohnGreen REVEALED

...the title sort of killed any suspense I had going there, didn't it? Well, to make it perfectly clear,

I am Dailybooth's FakeJohnGreen.

So, now that that's taken care of, I guess I can end the blog here. Thanks for reading! Oh wait, you probably have some questions. Or, I have some questions you may be asking. If you care at all.

How did you come up with the idea?
I was talking to Paul (songsfrompaul) on Skype one day, and he mentioned that someone had made a fake Miley Cyrus Dailybooth account. I commented, wouldn't it be funny if someone made a fakejohngreen Dailybooth, since the FakeJohnGreen Twitter had been around for a little while at that point. I decided it was a good idea, made the first photo, and posted it later that day. After I made the second one the next day, I realized that I couldn't promote it myself or I would be found out immediately so I sent the link to Alan Lastufka and he tweeted about it. And it just snowballed from there. Paul and Alan knew right from the start and Alan told John and Hank, but I tried to keep it as much of a secret as I could, at least at the beginning.

Why did you stop daily photos after two months?
Quite honestly, I ran out of ideas. It came to the point where I would spend an hour trying to come up with an idea and then about 40 minutes making it, and I didn't have the time to do it every day.

Did you have any help?
Paul came up with some of the ideas along the way, though at this point I don't even remember which ones were his. Alan gave me a few suggestions too, and posted one or two of them on nights when I was out late. All of the Photoshopping was done by me though.

How long do they take you to make?
I don't think I spent more than two hours on any of them, but some of the simpler ones could take as little as ten minutes. It's really just a matter of coming up with a good idea.

It really wasn't Hank/Alan/Monica/anyone else?
Nope, I promise you. When Hank posted that one in his video before it was on the feed, it's just because I sent all the ones I had made, and I guess he didn't realize that one wasn't posted yet.

Are you also FakeJohnGreen on Twitter?
No. And I'm not going to tell you who is.

Which ones are your favorites?

Of course I have to include the one that started it all. I love how the shading I added makes it look like the graphics are actually on the shirt. Skills, right there. #modestkaren

I don't even know what I was thinking with this one.

I really, really want to make this a reality.

This idea took me about an hour and a half to come up with, but the cropping is just so, so good. #evenmoremodestkaren

This literally took me three minutes to make. But apparently everyone thought it was hilarious.

I had to photograph my BobbleJohn from about ten different angles to get this to look real, but I love how it came out.

Mostly I just love the description I wrote for this one. Let's get John to write this, mmkay?

After Hank tweeted about his Halloween costume, I only had about two hours to put this together. But I think it turned out really well, apart from using the wrong font for the V.

You have no idea how happy I was when I discovered I had the Sweet Valley High font on my computer (it's ITC Souvenir).

So why are you outing yourself now?
Well I haven't been making them nearly as frequently, and I want you guys to get some answers before you forget all about it. I will probably keep making them every so often, but in order to do that I need some ideas. So feel free to suggest stuff, and if I come across any I like, I just may make it.

Wait, I follow fakejohngreen but I have no idea who you are.
That's not a question, but alright. I'm Karen Kavett and I'm on YouTube, Twitter, DailyBooth, and I have a website. Let me know if you like them.

Well I hope that answered all your (my?) questions. If you want to know anything about a specific photo, feel free to ask and I may do a follow-up blog with more details. And really, thank you so much to everyone who has followed the account and commented and tweeted about the photos. I still get the notification emails, so I've read every comment you guys have left. Let me know in the comments here or on Twitter which your favorite photo was and who you thought was running the account!

FakeJohnGreen, out.


  1. I still think it's Alan Lastufka. This must be a post by fakekarenkavett. =P

    You've done an awesome job with this and I'm happy to have helped in the little ways I could.

  2. I would have never guessed it was you! *hands out awesome points* :)

  3. Woah! Karen! I had no idea!

    But... now that I think about it, I don't know how I didn't think of it. Hmm.


  4. Its weird, I never suspected you were behind it, but now that I know you are it all makes sense. Then again, that could just be me trying to act like I knew more than I did.

    Excellent work with all the photos, btw. I'm particularly fond of the fiveawesomespicegirls and John Green Magazine (which I agree, should be a reality).

  5. I mean, I was pretty certain it was you or Alan. I love that none of them took you more than 2 hours. That's just a testament to your graphic design skillz.

  6. I thought for sure it was hank! Congratulations on misleading me so thoroughly!

  7. I was sure it was Alan until he said that fakejohngreen might be revealed at Vidcon which he was not attending. Also, when Monica did her Mo and the Lawns poster for her "Today I Made" blog I though it might be her.

    I think the Zaphod Beeblebrox and Maureen Johnson ones were my favourite. The first because how can you not love a HHGTTG reference and the second because you managed to capture Maureen's inate creepiness/insanity/humor.

  8. :D I loved fakejohngreen and for some reason just totally didn't suspect that it would be you.
    I loved the SpamWow keyboard you made. That would be so useful during P4A.

    I hope you still make pictures on the account.

  9. At first I thought it was some random person, but I guess it was obvious that it was someone in the "inner circle of friends"

  10. And this is why you're brilliant and very talented.

  11. You are about fifty different kinds of awesome. =)

  12. Hahahaha. This was so obvious that it flew way over my head.

  13. The cake is a lie! :)

    Amazing work, Karen !

  14. Wow! Awesome job so far, Karen! :D

  15. I have thoroughly enjoyed your amazing work. Thank you so much!!

  16. I totally knew it was you, Karen, seriously. I mostly assumed it was you, but I just decided to wait and see.

  17. I had no idea it was you until my brother told me a few days ago :) Amazing and hilarious work, look forward to seeing more of these in the future :D

  18. I actually guessed it was you by the second or third picture. You're one of the few "prolific" youtubers/nerdfighters with such well-crafted Photoshop skillz. Now I can go rub my guess into my friends' faces! Aha!

  19. Mt mind is blown.

  20. I just went "OF COURSE IT WAS KAREN!"
    When did I get so dim?

  21. I knew it! Awesome. Well, I hope you continue to make them, even if less often. They make me smile. :D

  22. Truly hidden in plain sight, you fooled me, and by the looks of it just about everyone else. I felt CERTAIN it was Alan for a while, double bluffing the fact that he was the first one to really promote it, or otherwise Hank (I even had a conspiracy theory at one point that it was actually John triple-uber-bluffing all of us, but that one really was a pipe dream).

    Looking back on it: it HAD to be you. Its so obvious that we should all have outed you within about 3 pictures!

  23. Karen didn't you mention it in a video that you were FakeJohnGreen?

    FakeJohnGreen is amazing and I hope you make more if you ever come up with ideas

  24. If I had photoshop skills, I would design a nerdfighter t-shirt that said "Nerd Writer." This is unrelated to the post, but you have those skills. May I entrust my idea to the power of your brain?

  25. I just remembered FakeJohnGreen today and since DailyBooth is closing, will you please archive the photos and repost them somewhere? <3