Felicia Day – A New Artist For a New Generation

Felicia Day, most notable to television audiences as Vi from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and to Internet lovers as Penny from “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and Codex from “The Guild,” is one of the most versatile unsung talents of our generation. She is a powerful actress as well as a beautiful vocalist, writer and web producer. Day writes, produces and stars in a “sitcom webisode” called “The Guild” (currently shooting its second season) about a group of twenty- and thirtysomethings who are addicted to the hugely popular role-playing game “World of Warcraft.” Relevant and funny, this sitcom is delivered in approximately three to six minute episodes on its own website, popular video-sharing website YouTube, and its recent DVD release.

“The Guild” is wildly impressive for such a young writer, creating outrageous comedy with believable character flaws (World of Warcraft is clearly the new Dungeons and Dragons, though possibly more dangerous in terms of its addictive quality). Not only is the content itself impressive, Day’s commitment to creative web content is helping to move the entertainment world in a new, welcome direction–allowing for free entertainment for the public as well as taking creative control out of the hands of the suits and back where it belongs–with the artists.

Day continued this trend with her starring turn opposite established talent Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.”) in Joss Whedon’s sci-fi/fantasy web musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” released in July of 2008. Created exclusively for the Internet (though a DVD release is planned before the end of the year) this tremendously funny and hauntingly beautiful project was a very successful showcase of Whedon’s known talent for character development and dialogue. With its poignant and witty writing, along with brilliant performances from Day, Harris and Nathan Fillion (“Firefly”), it performed so strongly that the website traffic crashed the server on the first day of its release. This overwhelming response is indicative of the demand for more high-quality web content, and with Season Two of “The Guild” on its way, Felicia Day does not fail to deliver.

 

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