Hi Vic, The day I met you is my most cherished memory. I was 19 when I met you and I was so excited and nervous. At SakuraCon 2013, I first met you at your panel; I mustered up the courage to walk up to you and say hi before the panel began (I also offered you a dango, to which you respectfully declined but told me that was sweet of me). After the panel was over, I rushed to the autograph session. Once it was my turn to get your autograph, I had you sign my Edward plushy and we hugged for a photo, both of which I cherish. Fast forward to 2015 at SakuraCon, I got the opportunity to sit with you for dinner with other fans. You were understandably tired when you sat with us, but you were still wonderful as always. That day, I gave you a copy of an art piece I made based on my first encounter with you; it was of you and me, with me taking a nap and you watching over me.
My therapist at the time told me that was a symbol of trust, and I do trust you. When you asked me for my autograph for the piece, I was very flattered (and of course I signed it); that day, you’ve made me feel like a Star. The last time I got to meet you was at Tekko 2018, and it was my first con with my best friend. She was so excited to meet you for the first time and I was there to catch her in case she fainted. With an autograph and a simple tight hug, you made her dreams come true. At the same con, I went into a panel you were hosting with Bryce Papenbrook about voice acting. For as long as I could remember, I wanted to be a voice actor. I told you two I was in a passion project where I voiced a character and asked what to expect from the voice acting community. Bryce gave good advice by stating that people will be mean for the sake of being mean and that I shouldn’t listen to negative, unhelpful criticism. You then followed up with advice that I will take to my grave; you can only be the best you. Vic, thank you for changing my life. You stood with us, now it’s our turn to stand with you.