September 7th, 2009
11:58 AM ET

'Dr. Horrible' star finds success online

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caption="Felicia Day, creator/star of web series 'The Guild,' re-enacts a scene from the show's music video with a costumed fan."]

You may recognize her from guest appearances on "House," "Monk" or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," but Felicia Day may be best known for co-starring in the hit online musical short film "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" along with Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion ("Castle"). After winning the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Online Sensation," it was nominated for an Emmy this year in a special category. Not bad for an idea that came together during the 2007-08 writer's strike, completely funded by writer/director Joss Whedon.

Prior to getting that role, Day had already begun an ongoing series for the web called "The Guild," which just began its third season. Each three-to-eight minute episode focuses on a group of hard-core online gamers dealing with the problems that come with living in the real world, a concept which Day calls "'The Office' for the geek set."

"The Guild" has received a very warm reception from fans over the weekend at Atlanta, Georgia's annual Dragon*Con. At the convention, Day told CNN that the inspiration for the show came from the old adage, "Write what you know." A "gamer" since the age of six, Day said, "What I know best is online gaming and interacting with people online, and I feel like that's my home."

Speaking about the demands of the web audience, Day explained, "People want to have a more immersive experience, and hopefully my show provides that."

Early on, Day started by simply posting episodes on YouTube and the site's comments were meant to be part of the full "Guild" experience. Fans helped fund the show's first season via Paypal as well. Day has since scored a sponsorship deal for "The Guild" with Xbox. "With Xbox, people can download the episodes onto their TV like a TV show," she said when asked about the possibility that "The Guild" might go beyond the web. "If it were to jump to a bigger venue, that would be cool, but I like what I'm doing now."

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Joey

    i love the guild 4 sure! tho im guildless now QQ. Plz 2 hav moar merch??

    September 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. len

    Jess, that might not be so good for Nathan Fillion and her cat.

    September 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jess

    It is so wonderful to see The Guild get the recognition it deserves! May everything that Felicia Day touches turn to gold.

    September 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leftoverkumquats

    len: and if that doesnt work, they might as well give up on life.

    September 8, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. legendarylugi

    ^^^Warning, though, The Guild starts out pretty slow. It takes a few episodes for it to get going. At least in my opinion. Still a great show.

    September 8, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Too Late Kev

    Day was also in the unaired Dollhouse episode Epitaph, a real hit with the DVD purchasers.

    September 8, 2009 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stephanie

    I was a bit hesitant to watch The Guild at first – I don't know why! I'm a life-long gamer chick like Felicia, but I still avoided it for a long time. About a month ago, I watched the first episode... and immediately watched the rest of the first two seasons! I'm loving season 3 so far, and I encourage any gamers or geeks who haven't watched it yet to do so. 🙂

    September 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TStowe

    Felicia Day was definitely the Belle of Dragon*Con this year.

    September 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Veronica

    A great show, where I can totally relate to the characters. It's always emotional. =D

    September 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Heather

    I havent watched the Guild yet but I love Day from Buffy and Dr. Horrible. I'll definitely hafta check out The Guild soon.

    September 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. len

    Day is That Girl for the millenials. She is full of spunk and as Lou Asner said, "I hate spunk."

    People who don't like The Guild should punch themselves in the face.

    September 8, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vork

    I'm Vork in that photo. Absolute great time! 8) The panel was awesome!

    September 8, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
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