One of the most talked about web series, The Guild, has landed in the world of comic books! This internet sensation is a story about a group of online gamers who eventually meet in real life. “The Knights of Goodâ€, as they called themselves, found that although meeting in real life was awkward, they were still a strong team in game. This hilarious comedy series won numerous awards and has become a huge hit, gaining fans from all over the world.
Felicia Day, creator, writer, and star of “The Guild” now graces us with a graphic-novel prequel to the web series. The comic takes us back to the days before the “Knights of Good” and shows us how Cyd’s life was like before gaming, how she became Codex, and how her friendships with the guild members came to be.
In addition to the new graphic novel, the latest season of The Guild is now available on DVD and planning for Season 5 is in the works!
Purchase either The Guild graphic novel or Season 4 DVD (or both) at Barnes and Noble in LA at the Grove Mall and have them signed by the cast. Actors Felicia Day, Vincent Caso, Amy Okuda, Robin Thorsen will be at the event.
Be sure to get to Barnes and Noble early. Wristbands will be distributed today (Feb. 22, 2011) at 9am with purchase of ‘The Guild’ graphic novel or The Guild Season Four DVD. For more information on the event, see BarnesAndNoble.com.
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Still working on your holiday shopping list? Here are a few last minute geeky gift ideas for those hard-to-buy-for friends!
The Guild Season 4 DVD
Got a gamer in the family? Make their wish come true with this very funny web series about a group of gamers who meet in real life. Season 4 is about the ups and downs of a geeky romantic relationship, if you can call it that. Very funny and full of extra clips. The DVD will be released Dec. 21, 2010.
Purchase: The Guild Season 4 DVD
Angry Birds Plushies
Got an Angry Birds fan on your shopping list? Why not get them their very own Angry Bird to throw around the house (or office)?! Just imagine them throwing the birds across the room and getting a kick out of it. ;) You’ll have to give them an IOU though. Due to popularity, shipping for items start in January.
Purchase: Angry Birds and Angry Pigs ($14.99 each)
Why buy controllers when you can use your whole body as a controller? Get the gaming console with the newest and hottest technology yet! You may also want to pick up games like Dance Central ($39.99) or Kinect Sports ($44.54) as well.
$210 with free $25 Amazon Gift Certificate. This is the best price anywhere for the iPod touch, $185 after the value of the gift certificate. Two cameras, FaceTime, 8GB of storage space, and an entire library of iPhone/iPod apps to choose from.
With the money you saved, you can pick up an iTunes Gift Certificate as well!
This is the perfect gift for the bookworm on your Holiday list! The new E-Ink Pearl technology display on this device is amazing. It’s almost like reading on a real book, except much lighter and more portable! Carry up to 3,500 books on one single device! The battery life can last up to one month. Best of all, it’s the lowest price it’s ever been. A 3G version is also available for $189 if you think they’ll want to download a ton of books on the go. :) And if they have a Kindle already, consider getting them a Amazon Gift Certificate so they can purchase more books!
- Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology ($139)
- Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi + 3G ($189)
- Amazon Gift Certificate
Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle
Best Compact Camera. Perfect to fit inside a purse. I purchased this camera a few months ago and have been really happy with the quality of the photos, especially in low light.
Purchase: Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera ($429.00)
Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera – Good Compact camera for $108. This camera was originally over $170, so its an excellent deal at $107.99. Features 2.7 inch screen, 28-112mm 4x zoom lens, and image stabilization. Comparable to cameras in the $150-200 range.
Purchase: Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera ($109.00)
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera
Best starter SLR camera with HD video. Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD screen. $799 with lens. This camera features true HD video recording in a SLR camera. 1080p recording at 30 frames per second. One unique feature for a camera this price is a microphone-input jack, which allows you to connect a professional microphone such as the Azden High-performance (SMX-10) Stereo Condenser Microphone. Purchase: Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP with Lens ($799.00)
SD Memory Cards
And don’t forget the memory cards for the cameras! Here are few budget SD cards:
- Kingston 4 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card – $6.88
- Transcend 8 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6 – $14.
This card is fast enough for HD video recording.
Etch-a-Sketch iPad Case – Relive your childhood with the new Etch A Sketch iPad Case by Headcase! Inspired by the original Etch A Sketch from Ohio Art, this favorite toy can be brought back to life by your iPad! This is a great iPad case if you want to make their iPad look even more awesome. Itâ€™s a great conversation starter, and a great reminder of a classic toy. Imagine the big smile on their face when they open the gift! This case is also available for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G/3Gs.
Purchase: Etch-a-Sketch iPad Case ($39.00)
Best speakers under $25 – On a tight budget? Tired of listening to music on laptop speakers? The Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer is a great choice! I’m using this on my desk and it works well for the money ($23). The bass won’t hit really low like the higher-end Logitechs, but is an improvement over standard 2 channel setups. Great for listening to podcasts and YouTube videos.
Purchase: Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer ($23)
Roku XD Streaming Player 1080p
Watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Hulu Plus and more. Listen to music on Pandora, or listen to your own iTunes playlists. Watch major sports, news, or original Internet programming. It’s all available whenever you want it. This offers an affordable way to get HD internet content onto your HD TV. Purchase: Roku XD Streaming Player 1080p ($79.99)
Logitech Illuminated Ultrathin Keyboard with Backlighting
Looking for the best corded keyboard? This is one of the best with its backlit keys, laptop keyboard style, and solid construction.
Got an artist, photographer, or graphics enthusiast in the family? The Wacom Intuos4 tablets are excellent for Photoshop, Illustrator, or other artwork. The medium size tablet works well on a 24″ monitor setup.
Toys for the Young Geeksters
Who ever thought that getting germs could be so much fun! Plushie germ toys that is. These unique stuffed animal toys are great gifts for the science fans. Get one, get them all! They’re adorable.
Purchase: Germ Toys ($7.95 – $11.95)
Simple video camera for a child to operate. Takes 2 megapixel photos and 640×480 videos. 1.8″ screen. Great for kids to capture those funny moments. They might even become our future podcasters!
Purchase: V Tech Movie Magic Digicam ($29.99)
It’s like two toys in one! Take Barbie out to parties and capture moments right right on her video camera! Perfect gift for young girls.
The Guild surprised everyone at Comic-Con 2010 with this hilariously amazing music video! It’s called “Game On!” and was written by Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh.
“Zaboo convinces Codex to resume game play by transporting them to a world of inspiring song and dance. Vibrant costumes and a large cast of extras give it an over-the-top look and feel. ”
This Bollywood music video made the fans go wild. Check it out and you’ll see why! For more information about the video and song lyrics, see The Guild’s official website.
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Guildies from all around the world have been waiting for this moment, and it’s finally here! The Guild Season 4 debuted a few hours ago and fans are just going wild for it!
This highly entertaining and geeky web series is about a group of online gamers who meet in real life and all the adventures and drama that goes with it. Get a dose of geek humor, social awkwardness, and even the trials of love and friendship in these 5-8 minute episodes. You’ll be surprised at how much you can relate to the characters!
The first episode of the 4th season is now available, so be sure to watch it now. “The Guild” is also available on Xbox Live in 20 countries, subtitled i 8 languages, and streaming at 1080p resolution.
If you need a refresher of what happened in Season 3, here’s an entertaining auto-tuned recap made by Gregory Brothers. (See video below).
For more juicy bits of what’s to come in Season 4, be sure to see the Season 4 Trailer!
Beatweek recently interviewed Felicia Day, writer of The Guild webisodes. You can read the interview here.
Here are some more links for your Guildie pleasure:
- The Guild Official Website
- Season 4, Episode 1
- The Guild Recaps: Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3
- The Guild at Comic-Con 2010
- Season 4 Trailer
Guildies from all around the world can now rejoice! New iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad apps of “The Guild” comics based on the web series created by Felicia Day just hit the iTunes app store!
If you’re unfamiliar with The Guild, it’s about a group of online gamers who eventually meet in real life. “The Knights of Good”, as they called themselves, found that although meeting in real life was awkward, it proved they were a strong team in game.
Codex, the main character of the story, is played by Felicia Day. She finds herself trapped in a life where each day consists of gaming and talking to her webcam.
The comics are the prequel to the forming of “The Knights of Good” and are outrageously hilarious. All hints and pieces of Codex’ history mentioned in the web series have been put into play in the comics.
The combination of Jim Rugg’s artistic work and Felicia Day’s sense of humor and storytelling makes the storyboards come to life. The Guild Comic #1 and Comic #2 are available and ready to be loaded onto your devices. With over 100 pages per digital comic book and beautiful storyboards, they’re a great deal for any Guildie.
If you’re new to comic books, you may be interested in seeing the making of The Guild Comic #1 in various stages at Dark Horse Comics. See the magical moment of when the comic came to life!
Although the apps are optimized for the iPhone and iPod Touch, the comic books look great on the iPad in 2x mode as well. You can be purchase the apps in the iTunes app store for 99 cents each. Comic #3 will be available in about a month, so stay tuned.
If you want to read more about the Guild, check out my interview with Felicia Day for Beatweek Magazine!
- The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2 DVD (Also available in retail stores!)
- The Guild: Season 3 DVD (Also available in retail stores!)
- Watch The Guild.com
- Felicia Day.com
- Felicia Day on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
- Purchase The Guild in retail stores & content
- Felicia Day Interview in Beatweek (iProng) Magazine (Preview)
- Do You Want to Date My Avatar Music Video
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Felicia Day was on the road to stardom shortly after she moved to Los Angeles. She landed roles in TV series like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “House,” and “Dollhouse.” She also starred in web series like “The Legend of Neil” and the Emmy-winning “Dr. Horribleâ€™s Sing-Along Blog.” But one of her greatest achievements was when she went from actress to script writer and producer, creating what millions of fans know today as “The Guild.
The Guild is a comedy web series about the online and offline lives of a group of gamers. It’s a must-see, as you will find yourself laughing at all the characters and the storyline. The characters are like exaggerated versions of your friends or better yet, you!
As The Guild enters its third season, many extra surprises were revealed to the fans at the last Comic-Con. The first of the surprises was the addition of a “Guild” comic book written by Day and published by Dark Horse Comics. The second was the exquisitely funny bonus music video called “Do You Wanna Date My Avatar.” The song topped the charts in a matter of hours on Amazon and iTunes, surpassing mainstream music! And lastly, the addition of Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) to the cast!
With the recent release of a new DVD package containing the two seasons of The Guild, I got to speak to Felicia Day about her show, new comic project, and more.
How did it all start? What inspired you to create the Guild?
We started over 2 years ago. I’m an actress in Hollywood who has been acting for 5 years. But I got bored with the opportunities I was being offered because I’m not really a standard Hollywood girl — I don’t look like everybody else, I’m not perfect, and I’m definitely a little awkward sometimes. I worked consistently, but I wasn’t working all the time, so I had a lot of free time on my hands. I ended up getting a bad addiction to online gaming. In the downtown of acting, I filled it with a lot of gaming. It was not the most productive use of my time. And at one point, my friends and people close to me intervened and said you should probably fill time up with something else.
So I sat down to write something and that was The Guild. Because they always say, write what you know, especially on your first project. I wrote the Guild as a half-hour pilot. It wasn’t practically something that would get traction in Hollywood because it’s a very specific audience. And Hollywood content tries to reach everyone at once. So when my co-producer, Kim Evey, came on board, she suggested that we should do this as a web series. It wasn’t particularly popular at the time, but I thought hey, this sounds like fun. So we just shot it in our houses, and that’s how the show started.
What is your process when writing an episode of The Guild?
Web video doesn’t really have a template, like a half-hour comedy does, or a page count. We don’t have to conform to standards of broadcast because there are no standards of broadcast on the internet. Dr. Horrible episodes were 15 minutes each. In the beginning, the Guild had shorter episodes because we didn’t have enough money to shoot more. But now, theyâ€™re a little bit longer, and episodes are up to 5-8 minutes. At any rate, it’s very short pieces of content, and no one has really defined what a 5-minute episode of a web series is. It varies which I think is great, it’s a creative ground for people to invent things.
For all 3 seasons, I always sat down and wrote them as a whole season. The first season was a half hour pilot that I rewrote to make it longer to fulfill the 5 minute episodes and get 10 episodes. For seasons 2 and 3, they were essentially feature-length scripts. I write them like a feature, but the format of a feature length script is different from what a movie would be.
What was the craziest place you had to film the show?
When we started doing the show, we established a lot of our sets in rooms in our own houses. Four of the characters, Clara, Bladez, Vork, Tink, were based only in my house. Ironically, my character (Codex) was the only one we didnâ€™t shoot in my house. One of the reasons why Codex moved at a certain point in the show was because we lost our location.
One of the craziest places we shot was in my shed. For one, itâ€™s really hot and uncomfortable. And then for Season 3, we couldn’t afford permits, so sometimes we just had to go out in an alley and be paranoid someone was going to see us shooting. Even now, we still have to steal shots and things like that.
What challenges do you face when writing the comic? How is it different from writing a video series?
The comic is very challenging and I’m in the middle of developing that right now. It’s a much more truncated sort of story-telling. I’m very verbose when I write and my shows have been dialog-heavy. So I have to reconfigure that for the comic, and there’s not a lot of space for dialog. Additionally, I don’t think particularly visually when I’m writing. I’m very much into the characters and how they’re communicating with each other and I leave it to the director and DP to define the look. In comic-writing, the writer has to be a DP, director, and a writer all at once. So you have to be able to tell the story in a much more visual way — which is a great exercise for me but it’s much different. The cool thing about this comic is that I can go outside of people’s houses more because we don’t have budgetary restraints. I’m particularly excited about them having a whole life in game, and following their adventures in game because we don’t define the game they play in the show because of copyright purposes, and I basically want to concentrate on the characters. But here, I can invent a whole world and see why they have so much fun together in the game.
What inspired you to do a Guild Music Video?
It was a combination of things. We have a fan who’s a professional artist, Jeff Carlisle, and he had done some fan art for us to sell at conventions. And it had our faces on our avatar bodies and the fans loved it. It was our best selling item. So, I always thought, “Hey wouldn’t it be cool for us to be in our avatar outfits?” But you know, it’s very expensive to get things made like that.
But while writing Season 3, we usually have an additional video that we turn into Xbox for our order — we do 12 episodes a season, and we have a bonus video. And I knew I needed to come up with an idea for that, and I’ve been listening to a lot of 90′s dance music while writing. So I crowdsourced a playlist on Twitter. And since Dr. Horrible, everyone has been asking me to sing, but it’s hard to figure out venues for that.
So those three things combined led to the idea of the title “Do You Want to Date My Avatar.” And I emailed Jed Whedon, who’s the director and co-writer of the song, and I said, “Hey, I have this idea for a bad 90′s dance music video and song where we sing in our avatar costumes, and here’s the title..â€ and he said, “I’m on board!” So I sent him lyrics, and within hours he sent me something back. The song went back and forth, until we finally came up with the track. I wanted him to direct, because I just had this feeling that he would be fantastic at it, even though he’s not necessary a director. But now he is because he did such a fantastic job with the video.
How did you ask Wil Wheaton to be in the Guild and how did he react?
Wil has known my co-producer, Kim Evey, for years. They did comedy together in ACME, a comedy theatre in LA. I would always see him at social functions and I knew him from online. I always knew I wanted to use Wil at some capacity because it’s just so much fun to be around him. I felt that he would really fit in the show very well. But I didn’t just want to put him in just because of who he is and his experience. I wanted to find a great character for him.
I was at a convention and one of the guys who was helping us at the booth was wearing a kilt. So I was obsessed with making a character who wore a kilt. When I came up with the idea of a rival guild, I was like, “Oh, Wil can play the rival guild leader and he’ll wear a kilt! Now let’s just find a character for him and ask him to be in it.” So I came up with the idea of the character that I thought he would be fantastic playing, and I took him out for coffee, and the minute it came out of my mouth, he was like, “yes, yes, and yes.” So he was very excited to be involved. And we’re really lucky to have him because he’s such a good actor and having so much experience working, he just centered the whole new guild in a way we would not have had with anybody else. He’s just really funny and subtle and he really just fills the character out. I’m excited for people to see what else he does in this season.
Related Posts and Articles
- Comic-Con 2009 On-Site Report
- The Guild Seasons 1 & 2 Dvds
- Do You Wanna Date My Avatar Music Video
- My Discovery of The Guild
- iProng Magazine: 50th Issue
- Felicia Day Interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
- Buy The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2
- Buy Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
- (Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar (feat. Felicia Day)
What is the Guild? It’s a show is about a group of online gamers who meet in real life, and all the funny adventures they have together. The new DVD set is beautifully packaged and comes with a ton of great extras that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
I got mine, now go get yours too! I had the pleasure of interviewing Felicia Day about The Guild. Be sure to look for it in the next iProng Magazine issue (Tuesday, Oct. 6th).
- The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2 DVD
- Watch The Guild.com
- Felicia Day.com
- Felicia Day on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
- Purchase The Guild in retail stores & content
- Felicia Day Interview in iProng Magazine (Preview)
- Do You Want to Date My Avatar Music Video
If you’re a gamer, know of a gamer, play World of Warcraft, or a big Felicia Day fan, then you probably have already seen this amazing The Guild music video! The song was written by Felicia Day and Jed Whedon and I can’t seem to stop watching it!
I got my first glimpse of the video at Comic-Con 2009, and believe me, the crowd there went wild! The song and video were recently released to the public on Aug. 17th, 2009. And yes, I purchased them the minute they hit the iTune store. You can too!
- (Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar Single (iTunes)
- (Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar Music Video (iTunes)
- (Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar Single (Amazon)
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