Learn all the behind-the-scenes secrets behind hit web series The Guild in The Official Companion.
Being both a gamer and a geek, I am obviously an avid fan of the hit web series The Guild. So when I was offered a review copy of a new book, The Guild: The Official Companion, my answer was an emphatic “yes!” I usually don’t go for these sort of books, but I’m really glad I got my hands on this one.
To start off with, the book is filled with gorgeous artwork and photos, featuring our favorite guildies Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Robin Thorsen, Amy Okuda and Vince Caso. Each actor has their own section and we find out how they were cast and what their experience on the show and with fans has been like. We also get some great in-depth looks at their characters and in-game costumes. And you’ll find a little coverage of Wil Wheaton, along with the a few other of the series’ guest stars, in its pages.
It is the section on the Fawkes-Codex painting that is my favorite. There’s a photo of the original posing that Day and Wheaton did for that piece and then there’s the painting itself – you can compare the two. I’ll never forget how hard I laughed when I first saw that on the show.
I also really liked the discussions about writing each season of the series. As a writer, I’m always curious about others’ techniques and where their ideas come from. We see how each bit of writing becomes an actual episode and how all the details are put together to create the whole. There’s a lot of detail about the thought processes that went into each season.
Finally, The Guild: The Official Companion reads like a love letter to the fans. They are mentioned constantly and never seem to be far from the cast and crew’s thoughts. And that’s the main reason to pick up this book. If you’re a fan of the show, it’s a must-have for your collection. And even better, if you’re a cosplayer, there are some great photos of the in-game costumes for reference.