Felicia Day to bring gaming lounge, cosplay prom to Comic-Con

July 11, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

Felicia Day and her Geek & Sundry team are game on for Comic-Con.

Geek & Sundry, Day’s multimedia company and YouTube network, on Tuesday unveiled its slate of San Diego activities, including a tabletop and video game lounge a block from the convention, a “Star Trek Catan” tournament, a book signing, a cosplay prom party and, of course, a panel at the convention itself, during which the network will announce several new Web series.

Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at Day’s Comic-Con announcement in the video above.

Felicia Day in 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Felicia Day in 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The Geek & Sundry lounge, where most of the events are being held, is located at Jolt n Joe’s in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, across the street from the waterfront convention center. The lounge, which will be open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. each day, will feature exclusive video games as well as the full library of board, card and dice games featured on Wil Wheaton’s Web series “TableTop.”

The lounge will host a “Star Trek Catan” tournament on Friday, meet-and-greets with Geek & Sundry personalities, including Day,  throughout the convention and several parties.

“We just wanted to a create a place where you guys could relax, get away from all the craziness, have fun and meet other community members,” Day says in the video.

Hero Complex caught up with Day to talk about her Comic-Con plans and experience.

HC: You’re announcing several new scripted Web series at your convention panel, including “Outlands.” Can you tell us a little about the show?

FD: “Outlands” is a super-fun 8-bit-style animated series that we are doing with “Code Monkey” creator Adam de la Pena.  The other scripted series are with amazing creators, including Amy Berg (“Eureka,” “Leverage”), and several more surprises we can’t reveal until Comic-Con.

HC: You’ve included tabletop gaming among the Geek & Sundry Lounge offerings. What was the thinking behind that?

FD: We will have a whole day especially highlighting tabletop games on Friday in the space, with me and Wil Wheaton and other Geek & Sundry faces there to play with fans as well as an epic “Settlers of Catan” tournament that community members can enter. Every day our event site is open, Thursday through Sunday, we will have game libraries and tables available for the community to sit down and learn a game or play familiar ones with their friends. Comic-Con can be so incredibly hectic, and the space is designed to be a place that people can actually connect with each other, enjoy their favorite hobbies and escape the madness of the floor.

Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton. (Geek & Sundry)

Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton. (Geek & Sundry)

HC: Tell us more about the cosplay prom you guys are hosting Saturday night. Are you attending and dressing up?

FD: I will be doing a costume-ish dress, an homage to what a prom dress would look like, inspired by a costume but not a full costume. We will have a great DJ playing dance music, so people can come in costume, get drinks and just have fun. Comic-Con has become a closed system at night, with all the parties having exclusive lists, so this is the opposite of that; our community and costumes are preferred, but honestly, anyone can come and have a good time. I’m not a cosplayer myself, but the creativity involved is something I admire and envy. My favorite part of Cons is escaping for an hour and just taking pictures with awesome costumes I see. One of our new vloggers from the Geek & Sundry vlogs channel, Sachie, will be roaming and filming the floor at the convention all week, giving our fans insight into the costumes there and wearing ones that she’s made.

HC: Can you tell us about your first Comic-Con experience? How has your perspective changed over time?

FD: My first Comic-Con was going for “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” five years ago, attending a panel in Ballroom 20 with Joss Whedon and the cast, so that was a BIG and intimidating intro. But over the years, it’s become the highlight of the summer, because I see people I don’t see otherwise, I get to celebrate things that I love with other people who love them. I know it’s become more of a media festival, but the events that highlight what the show really is about, fans meeting creators, are what I think is worth celebrating. Hopefully our off-site event exemplifies that.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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