Win a copy of the new The Guild companion book, with a foreword by creator and star Felicia Day!

Felicia Day’s cult web series The Guild wrapped up earlier this year after six successful seasons.

Last week, we featured an in-depth interview with The Guild stars Sandeep Parikh, Amy Okuda, Robin Thorsen, and Vince Caso where they discussed the series finale of the show and whether there are any plans for a reunion.

This week, we continue our celebration of The Guild by featuring a book review and giveaway of The Guild: The Official Companion, which was released by Titan Books yesterday.

‘The Guild: The Official Companion’ review

The Guild Official Companion Book cover

“We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?” – Felicia Day, introduction

Companion books are always fun. Full of quotes and glossy pictures, they sort of seem like they should be on the required reading list of the school of fandom.

As pretty as they usually are to look at though, most fans already know that companion books very rarely offer any insight which can’t be gained from a quick Google search. Most of the content will invariably be generic episode summaries and character bios, official promotional stills, and some bland exclusive interviews that can’t possibly offer any new information because hey, it’s in a book, not a newspaper. It’s old news before it’s even printed.

But The Guild: The Official Companion book is different, if for no other reason than because it doesn’t just chronicle the journey of any random TV show, it tells the story of how a web series was born. And that story, whatever the web series, is always going to be interesting.

Because of The Guild‘s cult status, a lot of the background information found in this book is going to be something you won’t find anywhere else. The detailed, in-depth reflections by the cast and crew is unprecedented. The insight into how a web series is created is unique, and invaluable for people who want to know more about that process.

Felicia Day (who contributes much more than just the introduction!) is here allowed to tell her fans, in great depth and detail, about how she actually made this incredible cult series a reality.

Felicia Day The Guild

“Each one of us is finite, and if we can spread ourselves out in a way to inspire and help other people to be all they can be, I think that’s so much more important than one person’s glory.” – Felicia Day, speaking about The Guild fandom (p.152)

What were the obstacles? (There were many.) How did they overcome them? (It was hard work.) What does it feel to have created this trailblazing web series? (Spoiler alert: it feels awesome!) All of those questions and any others you may have are answered in this book.

And as you read about Felicia Day and her team’s on- and off-screen adventures, it doesn’t just feel like rehashed interviews. It feels like you have been invited on a special, intimate tour of the entire experience.

On top of all this great info from the people who made the series, there are cool extras like lyrics to the songs, background info on the music video, costume design sketches, prop explanations, and entire sections devoted to the creation of things like the opening credit sequence and the infamous Cawkes Painting:

Team Cawkes painting Will Wheaton Felicia Day the Guild Cawkes painting

“Will [Wheaton] absolutely flipped out and did that famous Will Wheaton ‘I’m so excited!’ face and he tells everybody that it’s anatomically correct…” – Greg Aronowitz on the Team Cawkes painting (p.112)

The best thing about The Guild: The Official Companion is that it solely consists of the cast and crew’s personal stories. There’s not an empty episode summary in sight, not any fan commentaries or essays about how great the show is.

Cover-to-cover, this is all about the team’s experiences and reflections, their journeys through the six incredible seasons of The Guild, and their goodbyes.

Truly a must-have for any The Guild fan, or anyone curious about the process of creating a web series.

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Netflix announces new Bill Nye the Science Guy talk show

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11:39 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

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Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Bill Nye in a press release.

“Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

Netflix also promises that “In Bill’s unfiltered style, he will bring in special guests, conduct experiments and demonstrations, and ultimately let the facts lead the argument.”

Bill Nye is best known for Bill Nye the Science Guy, the half-hour PBS show that ran from 1993 through 1998.

The theme song is iconic. Science RULES!

The new Netflix series seems like a continuation of Bill Nye the Science Guy, so we’re very excited for the new show to launch in 2017.

Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

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Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

Shannon Purser has also declared her interest in the role. You’ll know her as Barb from Stranger Things, but she’s also just been added to Riverdale.

Before we can start casting, however, we need a show, and according to TV Line, that show is New Warriors.

Marvel and ABC Studios are currently shopping the project around, which would be a half-hour comedy based on the character. One of the tell-tale signs of a Squirrel Girl story line is its lighthearted and humorous nature, so this sounds like a perfect fit.

TV Line reports that the show is being described as “the junior version of The Avengers,” and that “the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers.”

Marvel has, of course, brought plenty of its characters to the small screen and to great success. There’s even a chance that this project could be tied to some of the Netflix properties, as Doreen acts as a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter, Danielle, in the comic books.

Just think about that crossover potential.

Are you looking forward to this ‘New Warriors’ show if it stars Squirrel Girl?

Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

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Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

EW is now reporting that Purser has joined Riverdale, the television show based on the Archie comics.

Purser will be portraying Ethel Muggs for at least three episodes.

Don’t expect her to follow in the footsteps of her comic book equivalent, however. Ethel may have a crush on Jughead in the source material, but EW is reporting that she’ll have her heart set on someone else.

Ethel will also be teaming up with Veronica and Betty as they set out to get revenge on Reggie Mantle, Archie’s nemesis.

In July, we brought you our thoughts on the Riverdale pilot after we saw it at San Diego Comic-Con. It’ll be premiering midseason next winter on the CW and provides a darker spin on the original Archie characters as they become wrapped up in a murder mystery.

Though the pilot has already been shot, the remaining 12 episodes have yet to be filmed. Production on the rest of the season will begin in early September, and the show is expected to premiere in early 2017, barring any complications.

Are you looking forward to seeing Shannon Purser on ‘Riverdale’?