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.

Win a copy of ‘The Guild’ companion book!

Did the review sell you on The Guild: The Official Companion – or do you just love the shiny cover?

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Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

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Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

In related news, the cast and crew kicked off their press tour today in Paris. Disney released the following adorable photo of Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, director Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken as they start publicizing the movie, which opens in theaters March 17:

Can’t wait to see it!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?