April 2nd saw the start of Day’s new company, Geek & Sundry – a premium YouTube channel created alongside Kim Evey and Sheri Bryant. With more than 280,000 subscribers to the channel so far, it looks like Geek & Sundry is making quite the splash. The new home for the hit web show The Guild (which Day writes and stars in), the channel has also launched a number of new, original shows: the Flog, Tabletop, Sword & Laser, Dark Horse Motion Comics, and the newest of the group to air, Written by a Kid.
The Flog is Felicia Day’s vlog, where she pretty much talks about whatever she feels like. From learning how to be a blacksmith (in real life!), to making up for her deprived childhood by playing old-school video games, to listing her fave fives or top three of the week, Day’s video blog is full of hilarious and random fun.
Tabletop, hosted by Wil Wheaton, is a board game/table top game show. Every other Friday, Wheaton and guests gather round a table and play a different table top game. Be warned though – if you love table top games as much as I do, expect to start finding yourself buying a lot of new games!
Sharing the Friday spot every other week is Sword & Laser, a Sci-fi/Fantasy book club hosted by Veronica Belmont (no relation to this Belmont family) and Tom Merritt. What started out as a video podcast four years ago is now a great Youtube show, with discussions on books and interviews with authors.
One of my favourite shows EVER, The Guild is a web series about a group of online gamers in a guild. Gracing the internet since 2007, The Guild is a hilarious show that has won numerous awards. If you’ve ever played a MMORPG, this show is for you!
Dark Horse Motion Comics is, well, just that – comics in motion. These animated comics are absolutely incredible, and the only way of truly understanding what I mean is to just watch the first chapter of “The Secret” here.
Last month, Geek & Sundry’s latest show charmed viewers with its first episode, “Scary Smash” – and it doesn’t disappoint. Created by Will Bowles and Josh Flaum, who have been writing and performing together for seventeen years, Written by a Kid relies a lot on improv – of which Bowles and Flaum are very familiar. Even Joss Whedon got in on the fun, playing a major role in the first episode.
The idea is simple. Real kids tell their improvised, on-the-spot stories to Bowles and Flaum – and then different directors bring those stories to life each week. From animated versions to live action ones, and each one is unique and often hilarious.
If these first few months have shown us anything, it’s the scope of Day’s skills – as producer, writer, and actor. Geek & Sundry is a fantastic community and channel for geeks everywhere, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Felicia Day’s brilliant ideas come to life.