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You already know who Felicia Day is: she’s the Queen of the Nerds. And you already know what "The Guild" is: it’s the web series about a group of MMORPG players who end up as much a part of each other’s real lives as their virtual ones. But what you may not know is that after the past few seasons premiered on MSN and X-Box, the next season - the series’ sixth - will show up only on Day’s Geek & Sundry channel on YouTube. But don’t worry... As Day told us over the phone, it’ll see the same show you know and love.

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"I need you to burn all my socks, I only wear them once."

Codex gets a her "dream job" on the new season of the terrific web series "The Guild," and I think we can assume from the above quote, thing's ain't gonna be so peachy keen. I sense an Elaine/Mr. Pitt thing going on. Maybe creepier?

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What do Mars Attacks, Pathfinder, and The Guild all have in common? Not much, but they'll all be turned into licensed games at the hands of Steve Jackson and company.
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The hilarious "My Gimpy Life" was recently (pretty much JUST) brought to my attention by a Tweet from its star/creator Teal Sherer, who fans of "The Guild" should know as "Venom." For those of you who, like me, are unfamiliar with the recently launched web series, here's the synopsis from the official website:
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Are you ready to Save the Supers? Sandeep Parikh, probably best known for his role as Zaboo on The Guild, and the creation of the video game parody series The Legend of Neil, is taking on superheroes with his new web series for My Damn Channel. The first three episodes of the ongoing series are already online – you can check them out here – featuring ridiculous riffs on familiar characters. Imagine the Justice League, if they were flat broke, and you’ve got the gist.

“In 2004 I wrote a pilot called The Good Guys that none of the networks wanted,” said Parikh when we chatted on the phone earlier this week. “They were all interested, but thought superheroes were too high concept for television… And then Heroes came out, years later.” After that failed pitch session, Parikh moved on to Legend of Neil, before hooking up with My Damn Channel. He re-pitched the idea – superheroes, in a realistic world, strapped for cash – and the online network jumped at the idea. “I got to bring it back to life!” said Parikh with a laugh. Read More...

This week sees the release of the highly anticipated Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation crossover from IDW Comics… But that got us thinking: what other dream crossovers would we like to see? Particularly as there’s so many licensed properties in comics, and that’s the only place – not the movie theater, or on TV – where these types of crossovers can finally happen. Here’s our picks for ten comic book crossovers which would have our geek buzzers going for months:

10. G.I. Joe vs. Dungeons and Dragons

Crossovers like this don’t make sense on the surface, but heck, that’s what comics are for – making crazy ideas work. And sure there might be too many characters, but seeing the tech savvy Joes thrust into a fantasy world would be worth it!
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The Guild comics – like most licensed properties – are a fascinating thing. You can take a well known property like, say, a Star Wars, or a Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and use the comics to just repeat stories, flesh out the universe, or somewhere in between. And at the same time, there’s a constant need to both shout out to the fans, and make the comics accessible to a newer audience.

That’s a tricky thing to do for any comic book, and something writers in the comics industry struggle with on a daily basis. For something that already has a fanbase more used to another medium (say, web videos), this is, in a way, even trickier. The writers not only need to honor what’s come before, but somehow channel what made the original good, in a more static art form.

For Felicia Day’s Guild series, and the accompanying Dark Horse Comics, the writers and artists (mostly Day, with some collaborators) have taken an approach that definitely leans more towards the established fan of her series, with some notable exceptions, and with varying results. The set up is, each book has been a one-shot focusing on a main character from the titular game playing Guild (with the exception of the initial three issue mini-series, which worked as a prequel to the web series proper). And each book has pulled from a different part of The Guild’s timeline, though mostly working as The Guild: Year One. Read More...

If you’re like us, you spent most of this past Saturday outside, enjoying the park with friends, and… Aw, who are we kidding? We spent all day traveling from comic book shop to comic book shop, trying to complete our collection of free goodies in order to give you all a rundown of what was good, what was not so good, and what didn’t really matter, because hey, it’s free! Here’s a look at some of the books we snagged on Free Comic Book Day 2012:

Buffy/The Guild (DARK HORSE) – First of all, kudos to Dark Horse for having original stories in two of its most popular licensed universes from the actual creators. That’s just good comics. This flipbook contained a fun trifle in Andrew Chambliss’ Buffy versus not-quite-Aliens story, and Felicia Day’s adorable story from the world of The Guild. The real stand-out though, was two pages of Caitlin R. Kiernan’s Alabaster: Shelter story (the other half was in the Star Wars/Serenity book), which had all the emotion, horror, humanity, and incredible character of her Alabaster: Wolves series. The headliners were cute, but the angel was the centerfold. Read More...


This weekend, it’s Comic Book Christmas. Or Halloween. Or some other holiday where you get free comics! Whatever you call it, it’s the day you head to your local comic book shop, and come away with something that costs no bucks: Free Comic Book Day, 2012. While some larger stores are able to give away every single book (like New York’s Midtown Comics), most limit you to one or two books, making this holiday more like the world’s nerdiest version of Sophie’s Choice. To help you out, here’s a list of the free books we’re looking forward to!

But a quick note before we get to this, and most of you may know this but: the books may be free for you, but the comic book stores pay good money for ‘em, then give them away as an advertisement. So sure, snag your free books, but be sure to grab something else to support your local retailer. Heck, this is the perfect opportunity to pick up that book you’ve been meaning to try, but never had the chance to before! Anyway, on to our picks:


1. DC Comics: The New 52
DC has traditionally offered reprints for FCBD, but not so this year… Instead, they’re going whole hog with a new Justice League story by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, plus previews of their second wave books. If there’s one “must pick up” this year, this is the book. Read More...


Later today, there’s going to be 100 new channels for you to watch… But they’re not on TV. Nope, they’re all on YouTube, catering to unique interests ranging from cooking, to, more to the point, the geek and nerd crowd. Each channel will be filled to the brim with enough original content to program an entire season of television, but with you – the actual viewer – and not some network executive in mind.

One of those highly anticipated channels? Geek & Sundry from nerd icon Felicia Day, which will feature her original series The Guild, but also shows from Wil Wheaton, Paul and Storm, and a bunch of children. We chatted with Day in advance of the launch, and she gave us the scoop on what Geek & Sundry means to her career, what we can look forward to on launch day, and the chances of her crossing over with fellow nerd Chris Hardwick’s own channel:

MTV Geek: Obviously you’ve been at the forefront of the web video scene for a while, but Geek and Sundry is a huge leap forward. What’s it been like moving from just, you know, two series or so, to doing a whole channel?

Felicia Day: Doing Guild and Dragon Age at the same time last year really taught me and my producing partner Kim Evey what it takes to be able to manage multiple shows at one. The great thing was that we had the resources to bring more people on, and for some reason it's working with 6 shows now pretty well (knock on wood)!

Geek: In general, when I’ve talked to anybody about how they’re tackling the YouTube Channels initiative, there’s sort of this panicked look, followed by a, “We don’t… Know… Yet…” What’s your take on it? How are you approaching the channel, and what makes this different from either just your run of the mill YouTube channel, or a TV channel? What makes it the same?

FD: I made a decision not to leap into TV or Movies and instead decided to start this channel from scratch. I knew it wouldn't be easy and it is all a big gamble, but I have an amazing community of fans and supporters that I've spent pretty much every day with for the last four years. To go away from the web would mean to lose touch with them, and I have no interest in doing that. Read More...

Felicia Day at NYCC

What has two thumbs, red hair and thousands of fans (besides Famous Two-Thumbs O’Toole, of course)? It’s Felicia Day, the Geek Goddess who manages to be the belle of the ball at any Comic Con she heads to. And it makes sense that she would pack one of the larger rooms at New York Comic Con all by her lonesome. On top of stints on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, and Eureka, she’s also self produced hit web series The Guild and the recently launched Dragon Age: Redemption, based on the popular game series. So she’s busy, basically.

Luckily, we were able to snag one of the few remaining seats at her spotlight panel, so here’s what we found out! Moderated by the always awesome Chris Hardwick (who you can check out on our livestream all weekend), the panel welcomed Day, as well as her Guild co-star Sandeep Parikh. After a bit of business during which the group made fun of--and asked out--a cosplayer dressed in an awesome Bumblebee costume, they got to talking about the end of the most recent season of the show...

Chris Hardwick, Felicia Day, and Sandeep Parikh at NYCC

…or at least they would have if Parikh hadn’t made an off-color joke about Upper-decking, which we’re not going to explain here. Look it up! Don’t, though. Also, Parikh called it “Top Shelfing,” which we don’t think publisher Top Shelf would appreciate. Read More...

Stan “The Man” Lee and Felicia “The Woman” Day, finally together in one fabulous webisode? Internet, get ready to implode.

In the fifth season of the hit web series The Guild, the video game inclined gang has been getting into various misadventures as a very familiar seeming gaming and geek convention. The webisodes have featured a slew of geeky guest stars, from Nathan Fillion, to Neil Gaiman. And with today’s episode, Stan Lee joins their ranks as a convention-goer who… Well, that would be telling. Suffice to say, he’s not playing a part that involves a lot of “acting.” Also? A costume contest. Also? He gets kidnapped. Spoilers. Read More...


The Guild creator Felicia Day puts on the elf ears in this trailer for the six-part Dragon Age web series.
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By Action Flick Chick

Joss Whedon is a fantastic storyteller, and on a side note, I am super thrilled that he’s directing The Avengers (2012)!!!! I get excited anytime I hear that he’s attached to a project. After all, he has written some of the most geektastic television shows ever, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. Now, I haven’t met nearly as many Dollhouse fans as I have Buffy or Firefly, but there is a loyal fan base out there and with good reason. Read More...

Quick, name three defining features of Doug Jones face! Chances are, unless you’ve met the actor in person… You can’t. He’s disappeared under loads of make-up Hellboy’s Abe Sapien, Fauno in Pan’s Labyrinth, and even as a Gay Robot on Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time. So it’s a bit of a relief to see Jones in Felicia Day’s The Guild as a steampunk cosplayer at a gaming convention. Sure, he’s got a big old mustache… But you can see almost three quarters of his face! Exciting!

During a brief off time from the series, we chatted with Jones about how he got hooked up with Day, what’s coming up with his steampunker, and whether anyone will be chasing him with old timey faux brass laser guns the next time he shows his (real) face at a Con:

MTV Geek: Hi Doug! Talk a little bit about how you ended up on The Guild

Doug Jones: Let me just start by saying: god bless Felicia Day. We met at a Comic Con after-party in 2010, started following each other on Twitter, then one day a private message showed up with Felicia asking me where to send a script. This was for her other web series coming this Fall, DRAGON AGE: REDEMPTION. I had the pleasure of playing the evil Saarabus, a Qunari Mage in full prosthetic make-up.

Then a month later we were cast together in a sci-fi comedy feature called ROCK JOCKS, in which I play an alien named Smoking Jesus, in full rubber make-up. It was during this production that Felicia complimented me with the idea of playing a person, yes a human, in season 5 of THE GUILD. We work together very well, and her humbling comments about my acting and how she wanted to show my real face were beyond sweet.

Geek: I read somewhere that you were a Guild fan before you got the part… Are you a gamer?

DJ: The gaming world is a complete mystery to me!! Well, I did play Pac Man and Frogger, using big machines at an arcade back in the 80's. The other mystery for an old, non-techo savvyed fart like me was the world of web-series, until I started working in them with Crackle.com's ANGEL OF DEATH a few years ago.

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