Interview: Felicia Day on ‘The Guild’, Trolls, and Geek & Sundry

- 10-02-12Featured, Interviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

She is an actress, a business woman, and an innovator. Felicia Day is adored and idolized for her adorkable  “one-of-us” appeal, her vision and her achievements in the realm of digital content creation. The woman who tamed the internet and made it work for her is now working for herself — creating original web series’ like The Guild, Flog, Vaginal Fantasy Hangout, and others that live (or will live) on her Geek and Sundry web channel. In short: Felicia Day is the queen of the internet, and in advance of the 6th season premiere of The Guild, I got a chance to talk to her about The Guild, a possible Doctor Horrible musical, and internet trolls.

The Geek & Sundry line up is so creatively diverse, the shows are sort of specialized, but they also really pull you in if you’re an outsider. I don’t like children, but Written by a Kid really pulled me in. Could something like Geek & Sundry live on TV or do you think the dream of a real, full geek television channel is kind of outmoded?

Felicia Day: I think that all of these shows that we created for this channel were aiming to be TV quality, even on our budget. That was my goal when I pitched the channel. I really wanted to do high-quality curated videos that would give a voice to whatever subject or sub-culture that we were giving a voice to with table top games or comics or Sci-Fi and fantasy literature. I think that there could definitely be a whole TV station full of shows, that’s kind of what we’re doing, we’re just on the web.

It’s interesting because there’s a lot of breakdown between where people get their content. A lot of people just started to cut their cord. I think it’s going to be interesting in the next five years. Like, where does a cable box go? How are these smaller channels on cable supported when people are moving to make more content digitally [on the net]?

It’s an interesting and complex business equation that I don’t really understand totally. I just know that I don’t have the opportunity to make all these shows on a TV station. I have the opportunity to make a whole channel on the web and it’s kind of been my dream forever, so that’s why I’m so excited to be working on this channel.

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Dragon*Con 2012: Panels, Parade, Parties, & MOAR!

- 09-07-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Featured Posted by Sarah Moran

I’m sure some of you spent your Labor Day weekend outside, at a barbecue, maybe attending a nice fair or festival. Whatever you did I hope you enjoyed one of the last holiday weekends before we move into the seasons of less sunshine and more obligations. Me? Oh I raged for four days straight at the biggest nerd party of the year: Dragon*Con. Honestly, the weekend has been coming back to me in bits and pieces, especially as I scan through my Twitter account and think, “Huh? When did I tweet that?”

For those unlucky souls unable to attend Dragon*Con this year we here at Nerd Bastards tried to bring as much of the experience to you as our little smartphones would allow. I made sure to live-tweet panels I attended and our #DragonCon tweets – those I had room to tag anyway, for full panel live-tweets you’ll just have to search @nerdbastards during 8/31-9/1 – are available to check out, but here are a few of my favorites.

Yes, you read that right. John Barrowman kicked off his panel by mooning us. This was at 11:00 am, so good morning Dragon*Con, indeed. It’s really of no surprise, but Barrowman is one raunchy fella, his panels should come with an explicit warning. All the hijinks aside – of which there were many including Barrowman screaming, “Buff man!” running out into the audience and fondling a mostly naked man dressed as a Spartan from 300 – we did get some interesting info about upcoming projects. For instance, Barrowman knows who his secret, millionaire character on Arrow really is and says, “it’s AWESOME.” He also shared he is totally on board for more Torchword once he gets the call. And of that upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary, Barrowman added as an actor he’d understand if he wasn’t included, but as a fan he’d be “exceptionally disappointed” and “gutted” to not be involved. I think I speak for just about everyone when I say I’d love for him to be in Who‘s 50th and I really hope they don’t overlook him.

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Launching Today: New Youtube Channels From Chris Hardwick & Felicia Day

- 04-02-12TV Posted by Sarah Moran

Today marks the much awaited arrival of Youtube’s all new channels. Taking a step in the direction towards providing original content, well, more original than all those ball-bustin’ videos, Youtube has partnered with a few our favorite geeks to bring you channels with all new programming. Both channels launching today, the Nerdist Channel from The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick and Geek & Sundry from the mind of Felicia Day, will feature programs aimed at the geek crowd.

So what have they got for us today? Awesome stuff, that’s what. First up from the Nerdist Channel is Chris Hardwick’s All Star Celebrity Bowling. In a bowling match for charity Team Nerdist: Chris Hardwick, Alex Albrecht (4Points), Klye Clark (Nerdterns), and Steve Agee (Indoor Kids) will square off againt Team Machinima:  Adam Kovic (Inside Gaming – Machinima), Khail Anonymous (ETC – Machinima), Bruce Greene (Wrecknology – Machinima), and Matt Dannevik (Inside Gaming – Machinima).

Okay, I don’t know about you but I kinda want to go bowling now. And not Wii Bowling, which I’m a champion at, but outside the house go to a lane real bowling, which I SUCK at. So there you go, Chris Hardwick’s All Star Bowling has inspired me to leave the house. What did you guys think?

Next is a real treat from Felicia Day’s Geek & Sunday, a new Guild music video! Yay! (Kermit Flail!) It”s a real nerd anthem and it’s already stuck in my head. In a good way.

Yeah, screw those people from high school. Now we’re the cool and trendy ones! “I’m the One That’s Cool” like, “Do You Wanna Date My Avatar” before it, was created by Jed Whedon and Felicia Day and I’m gonna bet it’ll be a real hit at the convention circuit this summer.

So what do you guys think of these new Youtube channels? Hooray for the future of web content, I say.  Expect new awesome stuff everyday so make sure you subscribe: Nerdist Channel – Geek & Sundry. Are there any other channels you’ll be checking out? Share ‘em below.

Felicia Day Launches New YouTube Channel – Geek and Sundry

- 03-19-12Cool Stuff, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

Web content is the future. And the queen of nerdy web content is Felicia Day. Not surprising at all then, Day is bringing her flair for the geek to YouTube with a brand new channel. Geek and Sundry, launching April 2nd,  will focus on the very best of indie geek culture. There will be shows hosted by Day herself as well as Wil Wheaton, Veronica Belmont, Tom Merritt, and Paul and Storm. Also expect guest appearances by Grant Imahara, Jenna Busch, Colin Ferguson and lots more.

In addition to all the new content, Geek and Sundry will be showing season five of The Guild starting April 10th.

Here’s the trailer featuring all of the channel’s upcoming shows,

Here’s the channel lineup,

Monday: The Flog

Tuesday: The Guild (Season 5 starts April 10th)

Wed: Dark Horse Motion Comics/Written by a Kid (July 16th)

Thursday: Guild extras (New Bonus Content!)

Friday: Tabletop/Sword and Laser (With alternating bonus material!)

Now I’m subscribing to this channel, I’m already subscribed to Nerdist’s new channel, what other YouTube channels should we be checking out?

Let the YouTube TV revolution begin!

Felicia Day to Guest Star on ‘Supernatural’

- 03-16-12TV Posted by Mark Poynter

Geek worlds collide in an upcoming episode when someone from the Whedonverse gets mixed up with the Winchester brothers. Executive producer Sera Gamble told TVGuide.com that Felicia Day will guest-star on the April 27 episode titled “The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo.”

We were so stoked that she agreed to do the episode because we’re all fan girls and boys here,” Gamble says.

The title is a reference to the bestselling Steig Larsson crime novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the acclaimed big-screen adaptation of the same name. Like Larsson’s protagonist, Day will portray a young woman who’s handy with a computer.

Everyone knows that Day has serious geek cred. She’s a true gamer, creator, writer, and star in the original web series The Guild, as well as appearing in numerous Joss Whedon projects such as Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Dollhouse.

“Felicia plays a girl named Charlie who is sort of a lowly tech working in one of Dick Roman’s companies,” says Gamble. “She’s an amateur computer hacker and unwittingly gets wrapped up in Sam and Dean’s problems. It’s a classic story of an everyday girl who does not want to be in a whistleblower position.”

Dragon Age: Redemption Episode 2

- 10-18-11Film, Videogames Posted by Mark Poynter

Episode two of Dragon Age: Redemption has hit the Internet. This NerdBastard is enjoying the buildup. It’ll be interesting to see if this type of tie-in marketing will be successful long term. Up to this point, it’s pretty much been fan made productions for those of us looking to branch out our enjoyment of video game worlds. Can the professionals maintain that fan spirit while upping the production values?

What do you think about it? 

 

Nerdy Bits, The Sh*t You Skipped: ‘The Guild’ Immortalized in Jones Soda, 5 Sci-fi Technologies People Achieved by Hacking the Kinect and MOAR!

- 09-26-11Comics, Cool Stuff, Film, TV, Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Somehow those Stark words always ring true. Particularly in Fall. Of course, Game of Thrones doesn’t return till Spring…grrr. (Geeks of Doom)

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Episode One of ‘The Guild’ Season Five is UP

- 07-29-11Funny Videos Posted by Mark Poynter

Season five of The Guild is up. The gang is headed to a gaming convention, let the hilarity ensue. This NerdBastard is hoping for some seriously funny cameos with the season set at a  gaming convention. Maybe Nathan Fillion, or Shatner, or *GASP* Wil Wheaton in a mirror universe kinda cameo with his evil twin Fawkes. How cool would that be? What cameo would you like to see?

<a href='http://www.bing.com/videos/browse?mkt=en-us&#038;vid=y02jncib&#038;from={from}' target='_new' title='Season 5 - Episode 1 - Road Trip!' >Video: Season 5 &#8211; Episode 1 &#8211; Road Trip!</a>

“The Guild” Season Five Debuts July 26

- 07-17-11Film, Funny Videos Posted by Mark Poynter

It’s Back! The Guild is set to open it’s fifth season  in a week on July 26th. This NerdBastard is excited to find out what’s next. Will Wheaton be back? Who will we meet at the gaming convention, more Big Bang Theory cast members? Simon Helberg (Howard) played the GM in Season four’s finale. The gaming convention would be a great place for cameo’s. If you watch the Guild, who is your favorite character? Is there a character that matches your MMO play style? Here’s the press release and a teaser video:
Los Angeles, CA (July 15, 2011) – Season five of The Guild will return to Xbox LIVE on the Zunevideo Marketplace and MSN Video on Tuesday, July 26, sponsored by Microsoft and Sprint. Picking up where season four left off, season five takes the Guild members out from behind their computers and throws them into the real world like the show has never seen before, with new locations, guest stars, celebrity cameos and more!
The Guild stars writer/creator Felicia Day (Eureka, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog) as Codex, a lovable geek gamer addicted to an online role-playing game. Season five follows the characters of The Guild as they travel to a gaming convention called MEGAGAME-O-RAMACON. “Conventions like San Diego Comic-Con and Penny Arcade Expo have been a part of our experience promoting The Guild and connecting with fans,” says Felicia Day. “I wanted to bring that unique experience of a going to a con to the screen.” In addition to regular cast members Vincent Caso, Jeff Lewis, Amy Okuda, Sandeep Parikh and Robin Thorsen, season five will feature recognizable guest stars from the science fiction and genre community as well as over 200 extras.
The Guild will appear for the fourth consecutive year at San Diego Comic-Con with daily signings at booth 4201 and a panel at 4pm Saturday, July 23 in the Hilton Bayfront Indigo Ballroom, Comicon’s second-largest venue. The panel will include a preview of season five and Q&A with the cast.

<a href=”http://www.bing.com/videos/browse?mkt=en-us&#038;vid=y0egtxm3&#038;from={from}” _mce_href=”http://www.bing.com/videos/browse?mkt=en-us&amp;vid=y0egtxm3&amp;from={from}” target=’_new’ title=’The Guild Season 5 Trailer’ >Video: The Guild Season 5 Trailer</a>

Top 10 Nerdy Music Videos & Parodies

- 05-19-11Cool Stuff, Featured Posted by Sarah Moran

Everyone has their favorite tunes they jam to. Whether it be pop, rock, rap, hip-hop or country (me, I’m kind of a folk-rock nerd. I love me some banjo), but there is one type of music we can agree upon, nerdy tunes and parodies. The internet is ripe with parodies and original songs celebrating everything we hold dear; gaming, Star Wars, those hot chicks cosplaying sexy outfits forcing you to excuse yourself. We all know what you’re doing in that convention hall bathroom, you dirty boy.

Here’s a list of ten of the best nerdy music videos and parodies on the webz. Get ready to rock out with your Spock out!

“I Kissed A Nerd” by Damsels of Dorkington

Once you’ve gone nerd, you’ll never, umm…leave the herd? I’m terrible at rhyming. But this video from the Damsels of Dorkington is a fantastic epiphany of a song in which we learn, hey, nerdy guys (and gals) can be a hot date. Sometimes you want brain over brawn, and nerds have huge brains.

Begin nerdy playlist, click the jump.

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