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Apr 2 2012 5:30pm
Geek and Sundry: A YouTube Channel For the Geek Masses

One of the highlights of last month’s WonderCon was the panel announcing Felicia Day’s latest foray into New Media. She, along with producing partners Kim Evey, Wil Wheaton, Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt, and Mike Richardson, has created a new YouTube channel with a full slate of geek programming.

This new endeavor, Geek and Sundry, launches new shows TODAY!

What’s great about the programming lined up for Geek and Sundry is that it’s not your typical fare. It’s not just geeks sitting around giving snarky reviews of comics, or doing convention coverage, or rating cosplay. It contains shows that aren’t necessarily geeky on the surface, but cover topics and have a sensibility that appeal to a geek audience. In addition to airing Season 5 of The Guild and Dark Horse motion comics coming soon, we can also look forward to:

  • The Flog — As in Felicia’s blog. Get it? It’s Felicia Day doing whatever Felicia Day feels like doing; everything from milking a cow, to operating a forklift, to flying on a trapeze! I’m looking forward to it, because Day is charming and totally game, and she seeks out stuff to do that — chances are — we’ve all wanted to try at some point. Total wish fulfillment.
  • Table Top — Produced by and starring Wil Wheaton, this show provides a novel look at table top RPGs as Wheaton and his celebrity geek friends sit around playing a different table top game each episode. This is a great idea for those (like me) who don’t know the first thing about RPGs. Rather than simply reviewing games, Wheaton and Co. will actually play a game so that the viewer can be drawn into the joys of tabletop gaming by seeing it in action. Also, it doesn’t hurt that it’ll provide a rotating cast of some of our favorite geeks.
  • Sword & Laser — Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt produce and star in this video adaptation of their popular genre book review podcast (Sword = fantasy, Laser = sci-fi). I’m looking forward to this one, both for recommendations on new books to read, and because Veronica and Tom have great chemistry as hosts, and while podcasts aren’t my favorite format ever, I’d definitely be more inclined to enjoy Sword & Laser as a regular web series.
  • Written By a Kid — Produced by Kim Evey, Written By a Kid takes the Axe Cop formula one step further by creating live-action and animated shorts based on stories told by children aged four to nine, and as we all know, kids tell amazing stories. I can’t wait to see what the directors involved come up with!
  • Learning Town — Paul and Storm have what looks like a children’s show on the way called Learning Town. And that’s really all I know about it, because their trailer just had Paul and Storm standing against a white backdrop not really saying much. But it’s Paul and Storm. Doing a children’s show! This I’ve gotta see.

Felicia Day knows how to use the internet. Yesterday, she hosted a Google+ Hangout “subscribathon” for Geek and Sundry, bringing together high-profile geeks to encourage people to subscribe to the channel, and as of this writing Geek and Sundry has 106,949 subscribers (by comparison, Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Channel, also featuring an entire slate of upcoming shows premiering today, has 45,235 subscribers). Clearly, Day owns New Media. The truly great thing about Geek and Sundry is that all of the shows seem to come from a genuine, unironic, fun place. These aren’t geeks trying to be hipper than thou. These are wonderfully dorky and earnest people doing geeky things, and we love them for it.

Check out Geek and Sundry today! And don’t forget to subscribe!


Teresa Jusino dreams of a day when all television channels are geek channels. She was selected as one of the Top 11 Geek Girls of 2011 at the Geek To Me blog at Chicago Redeye, and her “feminist brown person” take on pop culture has been featured on websites like ChinaShopMag.com, PinkRaygun.com, Newsarama, and PopMatters.com. Her fiction has appeared in the sci-fi literary magazine, Crossed Genres; she is the editor of Beginning of Line, the Caprica fan fiction site; and her essay “Why Joss is More Important Than His ‘Verse” is included in Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon By the Women Who Love Them, which is on sale now wherever books are sold! She is Geek Girl Traveler when she travels. 2012 will see Teresa’s work in two upcoming non-fiction anthologies, and her “Moffat’s Women” panel will be featured at Geek Girl Con in August!  Get Twitterpated with Teresa, “like” her on Facebook, or visit her at The Teresa Jusino Experience.

8 comments
David Thomson
1. ZetaStriker
I am so glad you mentioned this. Despite following both Wheaton and Day on Facebook, I somehow completely missed any of this being announced. And since Table Top seems designed specifically for me by my favorite nerd personality, my failing to support it would have been a crying shame.
Teresa Jusino
2. TeresaJusino
ZetaStriker @1 - I actually just watched "TableTop," and it's so fun!! I think it does a great job of doing what it's set out to do - showing off how fun and wonderful gaming can be for everyone, not just for veterans who've been playing D&D since they were twelve. I really loved it, and it's totally got me pumped to get in on a game somehow!

I was recently invited to be a part of a Pathfinder group, but it meets every Monday, and I can't make that kind of time commitment with everything else I've got going on. However, I'm definitely seeking out more casual play and players. :)
Ian Johnson
3. IanPJohnson
Teresa: So apparently Tabletop's basic mission has CATASTROPHICALLY SUCCEEDED.
Jeremy Goff
5. JeremyM
The subscribathon was awesome. I was a huge fan of the fan sourced screen play that The Guild members then acted out. I had to keep from laughing too loud and waking people up while I was watching it. I was super bummed because I missed the hour with Patrick Rothfuss and John Scalzi. I had decided to go see John Carter instead. In retrospect I don't know if that was the best decision. Oh well, hopefully they put the video up on youtube. I also loved the first episode of The Flog. I can't wait to get home and watch Table Top.
Skip Ives
6. Skip
@5. JeremyM - I'm sure you can find the recording of the hangout if you doa search for it. Table Top was fun, especially watching that last round play out.

I've been part of the Sword and Laser reading group from the days it was on Ning, so I am looking forward to the show. Paul and Storm doing anything is great, so I'm in.
Henry R.
7. Henry R.
Just want to clarify that Wheaton's Tabletop show is about boardgames, not about RPG's (role-playing games). No RPG knowledge or experience needed. I do not believe Wheaton has indicated any intent to cover a single RPG in this show.

And, BTW, it is a very well done show. Great production, laughs and, best of all, it teaches how to play the game in an engaging manner. Thumbs up!
Teresa Jusino
8. TeresaJusino
Henry R. @7 - I don't know that that's true. I do know that he's taking suggestions for games to cover. While I know that it won't exclusively be RPGs (and I wrote this before I saw the first ep in which they play A Small World), I don't know that there won't be any either. I think it's tabletop games in general, which would/could include RPG's if there's interest.

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