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WIDE WORLD OF WEBSERIES SDCC FALLOUT: Sjimbrowski reports from the Joss Whedon and THE GUILD panels!!!

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Greetings, folks. Ambush Bug here with another SDCC panel report from our Wide World of Webseries reporter Sjimbrowski who has been hard at work amassing the interviews he took at the con. In the meantime, he’s got a couple more panel reports on all things webby.

SJimbrowski here. Last time we checked in I reported on Bryan Singer’s H+ webseries. Below is the trailer for that series, which premiered at the con.

Now let’s take a look at two other panels I was able to check out at the con.


Joss Whedon Panel

Great panel--no presentation, just audience questions and Joss, who answered the fan questions with his trademark humor and good nature. He even copped to killing favorite characters just to cause fan suffering as part of the satisfaction of what he does. Mostly, the panel dealt with the BUFFY and ANGEL comics; Joss was glad they were being brought under one roof at Dark Horse so he can bring the characters into each others’ universes and was looking forward to that. He mentioned a SERENITY sequel to massive cheers more than once, but alas the cheers will not make it happen, he lamented. On the musical front, Joss said he would love to see Buffy on Broadway, right across from Dr. Horrible. When asked about a second DR. HORRIBLE he simply replied “Yes”. He also spoke about a song he had recently heard from Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen that was so wonderful that it was an inspiration for a second Dr. Horrible.



Pictured here are Kim Evey, producer of THE GUILD, and Director Sean Becker. Here it is again: the now-annual panel for the webseries THE GUILD. The panel has always been an opportunity for surprises and a preview of the upcoming season. THE GUILD Season 5 premieres on Xbox Live July 26th and for the rest of the non-Xbox masses on MSN July 28th. As in years past, the size of the Guild panel rooms have grown to accommodate the growing number of fans and they packed them in once again in the Indigo Ballroom at the San Diego Hilton, one of the largest rooms at the Con.

This year had some AV issues. but unfortunately when they did a recap of the first four seasons with a voice over by the Honeybadger narrator Randell the voice over was out of sync, which prompted Ms. Day to covertly run on stage to stop the playback. The recap was played later along with the first episode with a lower resolution copy--ever resourceful, those Guildies. Alas, no music video this year as Ms. Day was too busy to make it happen; perhaps later this year she’ll have the time. Season 5 takes the intrepid Guild to a gaming convention called MEGAGAME-O-RAMACON. The season will mostly take place at the convention and will have a host of guess stars, including Doug Jones and Erin Grey, plus others just hinted at: Master Chief = Nathan Fillion, perhaps? The first episode of the season is here:

About The Guild: The Guild is an award-winning independent comedy web series about a group of online gamers created by and starring Felicia Day, now with over 100 million views. The show is available for free on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE, MSN, and The Guild website. Launched in 2007 and funded initially by the show’s fans, The Guild has since been sponsored by Microsoft and Sprint. Previous seasons of the show are also available on YouTube, DVD, iTunes, Netflix and Hulu.

Look for my interviews with some of the biggest names in webseries in the coming weeks!

Editing, compiling, imaging, coding, logos & cat-wrangling: Ambush Bug
Proofs, co-edits & common sense: Sleazy G

Looking for more SDCC Coverage?
Check out Bug’s panel Horror on the Paneled Page in its entirety from the con!!!
Ambush Bug announces his new werewolf comic LUNA on FAMOUS MONSTERS panel!!!
SJimbrowski brings back a ton of webseries news from Comic Con—Felicia Day’s DRAGON AGE REDEMPTION! MORTAL KOMBAT! & Bryan Singer’s H+ THE DIGITAL SERIES!
Bug sits for a lengthy chat with Marvel CCO Joe Quesada!
Keep an eye out for more interviews and special reports from SDCC 2011!

Going to be in Chicago this weekend? Chicago’s got two conventions of note worth checking out! FLASHBACK WEEKEND CHICAGO HORROR CONVENTION will be at CROWNE PLAZA CHICAGO O’HARE, 5440 N. River Road, ROSEMONT, IL 60018! Join Robert Englund, Malcolm MacDowell, Sid Haig, Lance Henricksen and more to see all of the sights, frights, stars, and nightmares there are to see at this Chicago’s premiere horror convention this Friday-Sunday! Be sure to click on the image to the left for ticket info, a full schedule of events, and more goodies!

And if it’s comic books and stars you’re looking for, WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO 2011 is going on just a few blocks away at the DONALD E. STEPHENS CONVENTION CENTER, ROSEMONT, IL 60018 this Thursday – Sunday! Bruce Campbell, Patrick Stewart, Felicia Day, Vivica A. Fox, and many more stars are set to be there this weekend! Be sure to click on the image to the right for scheduling and ticket info! Ambush Bug and the Chicago @$$Holes will be bopping between these two conventions all weekend. No self respecting genre fan would miss these two events. See you there!
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  • Aug. 8, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    H+ looks interesting, why isnt it a movie or tv series?

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    As soon as I wrote that I realized that if its well done Id rather it was a webseries. I dont have to pay for that........yet.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    For me, Buffy ended with Sunnydale exploding

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    Thats not to say that I see no value for others in the comic. Just, from my point of view, its just not the same. Ive tried to read one of the books but it just makes me lament what could have been. Serenity, on the other hand.......get it done! Now!

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Love the Guild...

    by Andrew Coleman

    That's all I got.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    H+ looks alot like surrogates


  • Aug. 8, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Yet another popular web-series that I have no interest in

    by MooseMalloy

    "Web-only" success is not success at all.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Haven't read Angel, gave up on Buffy though

    by Bass Ackwards

    The comic seemed unable to break out of the downhill trend the writing took in seasons 5 & 6, but in addition to the poor writing we don't even get the charm and quirks of the actors who brought the characters to life in the first place, just kind of a lose-lose. Fray, on the other hand, is a Buffy-verse comic I whole heartedly love, and was a creative and interesting twist on the mythos, and really wish we'd get another series out of that. In fact news of Fray making an appearance in the Season 8 Buffy series is the reason I picked it up in the first place, but I got so bored with the series I quit before getting to that plot arc. And I dig The Guild, they're available on netflix streaming and every "season" is watchable in one sitting, its a fun little confection, and I say that as someone who isn't at all a gamer, which is who the series is kind of aimed at. Plus Felicia Day is adorable.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    The final seasons of Angel and Buffy were so bad...

    by SmokingRobot

    I have lost all interest in them. FOREVER. As the Joker would say, 'There's no going back'.

  • Aug. 8, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    The Guild jumped the shark...

    by THEE Miracleman

    ...when they started using the costumes from the 1st music video IN the episodes. Then they showed the characters IN THE GAME, which defeats the whole PURPOSE of the show to just show them in real life. They caved in to fan hype/love for the real life costumes when they should have just used them in music vids. Felicia Day is still hot and on the short list though...

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    the founder of the legendary animation company

    by emeraldboy

    murakami and wolf, jimmy murakami, who now lives in ireland. has a watercolour exhibition opening today in the powerscourt gallery in dublin. just to let anyone know who visits this sit who might be from ireland.

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Methinks the Guild costumes are good

    by Gregorso

    if they only use them (and CGI) in the final episode of each season. Otherwise, I agree that the series is supposed to be about the characters outside of the game. That said, I still enjoy the in-game sequences in the Guild comic books.