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March 18, 2012

WonderCon 2012: Felicia Day unveils a fanboy’s dream

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Felicia Day with Adam Rayner in her web series "Dragon Age: Redemption." (‪Electronic Arts / Bioware‬)

Felicia Day signs autographs at WonderCon on Saturday. At the pop culture expo, she announced the lineup for her new YouTube channel. (Geek & Sundry)

From left, Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Mike Richardson, Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt on the Geek & Sundry panel at WonderCon 2012. (Geek & Sundry)

The creative minds behind Geek & Sundry had a few good laughs on their panel at WonderCon. (Geek & Sundry)

Felicia Day, the apple of many a fanboy’s eye and creator of the hit Web series “The Guild,” unveiled her next venture into online entertainment at WonderCon on Saturday. Along with a panel of colleagues with plenty of geek cred, Day introduced Geek & Sundry, her new YouTube channel. Five new shows plus Season 5 of “The Guild” will begin airing on the site in April.

Day was full of enthusiasm on the panel as she chatted about the project (and she admitted that she “started crying to Pearl Jam on the way down” to Anaheim). “Every single show is like a piece of love,” she said. “We’re really excited to create a whole new community around these shows.”

Before the panel kicked off, fans watched the trailer for Geek & Sundry’s lineup, which is now available to view on YouTube.

Among the new shows is “TableTop,” produced and hosted by Wil Wheaton, who also appeared on the panel. The show features Wheaton playing games like Pandemic with guests including Freddie Wong and Dodger Leigh. The “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star was thrown plenty of distractions during the panel, as he received some R-rated texts from “Big Bang Theory” co-creator Bill Prady.

But when he was focused on talking about the show, he said he wanted to “show by example that getting people together to play a game is a really wonderful social activity – that gamers are not these weirdoes who can’t make eye contact when we talk to each other.”

Other shows debuting on the channel are “Sword & Laser,” the video version of the podcast by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt, and “Written By a Kid,” which features short films of original sci-fi and fantasy stories told by kids. Some of the directors for the shorts have backgrounds in other online hits such as “Annoying Orange” and “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.”

Another show, “Dark Horse Motion Comics,” will feature new video versions of such comic books as “Hellboy,” “The Goon” and “The Umbrella Academy.”

Day will also host a show called “The Flog” in which she does “whatever the hell I wanted to that week,” and hilarity ensues as Day tries new skills such as glassblowing and operating heavy machinery.

Geek & Sundry starts posting episodes of “The Flog,” “Dark Horse Motion Comics” and “TableTop” on April 2. “The Guild” returns April 10. “Sword & Laser” premieres April 13, and “Written By a Kid” follows this summer on July 18.

– Emily Rome

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