Felicia Day, the fearless leader of the hit online web series The Guild, has been hard at work expanding her fame and Internet empire. Her latest venture is a YouTube channel called Geek & Sundry; it launched April 2, 2012 and within a couple of weeks it had 169,177 followers and 3,952,295 video views. The numbers are staggering, but it's no wonder when every show speaks to geek life and offers original content that fans of Day, comics, sci-fi/fantasy, and gaming want to see. Here's the regular weekly lineup on Geek & Sundry.Mondays: Day's video blog called "The Flog" is where she "can do whatever (she) want(s)." Each episode begins with her Fave Five of the week. From there, it moves on to random topics, from blacksmithing to cooking to playing "Ode to Carrie Fisher" on the violin (video embedded below). Tuesdays: Episodes of The Guild now air on Geek & Sundry, which makes it convenient for geeks to get as much of our online entertainment from one channel as possible. Wednesdays: You get a special treat from Dark Horse comics. The current season is based on "The Umbrella Academy." The show is very good, with a comic-book aesthetic that is modern enough to satisfy in a video setting. Thursdays: See "Behind the Scenes and Extras" of your favorite shows, actors, and other geek culture. Fridays: Watch a video version of the "Sword and Laser" sci-fi and fantasy podcast, which is hosted by Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont. Also on Fridays is Wil Wheaton's "TableTop," in which Wheaton and special guests teach viewers how to play tabletop games (video embedded below). Hints, tips, tricks, and Wil Wheaton? It's no wonder Geek & Sundry is catching the attention of big name sponsors and television producers.
Geek & Sundry has a couple of shows that are still in production. "Written by a Kid" will feature geek culture from a child's perspective. Given Day's tendency to get her language bleeped out, "Written by a Kid" promises to be a safe way for geek kids to enjoy Geek & Sundry. "Learning Town" is billed as a "smart offbeat comedy" featuring Paul & Storm.
Actress, video star, and savvy businesswoman
Day is credited with being a good actress, as well as (because of The Guild) creating a feasible way for independent makers of new shows to enjoy what they do and actually make a living doing it. In my opinion, her ability to attract major sponsors should be at the top of her resume.
The Guild is distributed by Xbox Live and Microsoft and sponsored by Sprint; her latest acting job was in The CW's Supernatural episode, "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo," -- The CW is a joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS; and Geek & Sundry is sponsored by Google-owned YouTube and Dark Horse comics.
Your feedback about Geek & Sundry
If you've watched Geek & Sundry, what is your favorite show, and what do you think about the quality of the episodes? Do you think this is the beginning of independent content producers like Day giving the big entertainment providers a run for their money? Let us know in the comments.Also read on TechRepublic: 17 geeky YouTube channels worth checking out
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