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Guild Comic Issue #2

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I just realized that I haven’t done a real, proper blog entry about the comic!  Today, Issue #2 comes out in stores, and as a very cool twist, Dark Horse is releasing issue #1 as an iPhone/iPad app for 99 Cents!!  So if you haven’t caught up, read the comic on your phone, or iPad (which I think is the best way to read a comic now, but that’s another subject :) ).  (ADDENDUM: SOME STATES HAVE DELAYED DELIVERY OF #2!  BE SURE TO CALL YOUR COMIC SHOP BEFORE DRIVING OVER!!)  You can also order by mail from TFAW by clicking one of the covers above.

In issue #2 Cyd meets 2 more Guildies, and in fact, all the Guildies put in an appearance.  I had to go back and rewrite a lot for this issue, because being succinct is a challenge for me, haha.  I probably wrote 10 pages more than I needed to for EACH issue of these comics.  There is no appreciating the storytelling of comic form than trying to shove everything you want into an issue, and basically having to pare down to bare minimums.   At times I really had no idea how I would tell the story I wanted to tell in the room I had.  Thank goodness  Scott Allie, the editor at Dark Horse, was encouraging and patient when he was like, “Felicia, you have 3 too many words in this bubble.”  Arg!  I definitely figured out the hard way that comic writing must be spartan, efficient and visual.

Nonetheless, I’m SUPER happy with the way the comic issues turned out!  I especially like the introduction of some of the Guild characters we didn’t see in #1, I don’t want to spoil anything, but it tickles me to see their in-game characters in different outfits from what we know them in the web series.  And I especially like the in-game art in this issue, Jim did a fabulous job and the colors really make the world stand apart from each other, one stark and angular, the other watercolor-y and dreamy.  It was one of my motivating factors in DOING the comic to see the in-game world, inventing what that would look like and how it would operate for the out-of-game characters.  I feel like it really hit a stride in #2.

Hope you enjoy!  Now…back to Season 4 writing! :)

  • http://laura.moncur.org/ Laura Moncur

    I’m SO glad they finally released The Guild #1 as an iPhone App! I’m buying all my comics for my iPhone now. I wish Dark Horse would make a single app and then I could put all my fav comics in one place.

    Can’t wait for #2 on my iPhone!

  • Neil

    Guild #1 arrived in the mail last week and I’ve pre-ordered the rest. I’m enjoying the depth of the story even in such a sparse format. Apparently, your talents know no format limits!

    I’ll probably get them for my iPhone, too. I can put them right next to my Dark Horse Dr. Horrible comic app.

  • Matt Hamm

    Guess what I’ll be asking you to sign at Supanova.
    I’ll give you a hint: it’s comic sized and rhymes with “wield tonic”.

  • http://www.usatoday.com Mike Donatello

    iPhone app it is! Thanks for the heads up, and gratz on the continued success.

  • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

    I agree, i think they need an overall app for their stuff, like the Marvel one. I’ll bug them about it! :)

    • ryan

      please do… it seems like every comic company has one now (IDW actually has *both* an overall app and specialized apps for different series). a dark horse app would be awesome. they’ll listen to you, right?

  • Stevekaw

    I, for one, would be intersted in a Guild novel. No word limitation there! : )

  • pernicious piggy

    I’ve already planned a trip to my local comic peddler this weekend for #2 (issue #1 was great!). And while heaven forbid the Guild “sells out” with any talking cookie jars, I would like to see a wee bit more merchandise – bumper stickers, some new shirt designs at J!NX, etc…
    (Your comment columns are so full of hints!)

  • Dani

    Waiting for issue #2 will be a great exercise for my patience! haha
    The issue #1 I bought from TFAW still haven’t arrived, so I’m thinking at least 1 more month until I read #2! (I only got #1 in 1 week cause Louis sent me the signed ones through UPS…)

    But it’s ok, cause I know it’ll be worth the wait! =)

    And I agree about the different in-game outfits! It’s pretty cool!

  • Kia Wee

    Going to purchase the electronic versions. Don’t normally go for comics, but The Guild story is just too compelling to miss. Oh, and just watched the lightsaber fight and had to pick up my jaw off the floor, both from you vs Jace and then getting linked to the awesome-ness that is Ryan vs Dorkman.

    Can’t wait for my discs to arrive.

  • Fred Dailey

    Great issue. I like the pace and rhythm of the story. Jim Rugg is really cracking it out of the park with the art. It is always impressive when a talented writer and artist team-up. Great results. Looking forward to the conclusion of this series and possibly more in the future.

  • Ell

    I’m so sad I can’t get this. :( I don’t own any Apple product, there are no comic shops anywhere near me at all, and with shipping the price from TFAW comes to $20 per issue! I guess I’ll have to wait until I’m crazy rich …

  • http://www.25jupiterdrive.com Em

    Basically, comic books are the poetry of fantasy writing. So you’re officially a poet.

    • ningauble3020

      Em,
      That’s such a new way to look at comic books. Deep.

  • Carl Seth

    It’s been a totally awesome ride! Thank you so much, it’s been forever since I bought a comic book, it’s been even longer since one made me squee so much! Hearts to everyone responsible for this great book.

  • http://philsrandommusings.blogspot.com/ Phillip

    I’m having real trouble finding the Guild comics in the UK. Anyone know a place I could find them?

    • http://philsrandommusings.blogspot.com/ Phillip

      Okay, I’ve figured out the problem. #1 and #2 are completely out of stock…Felicia, do you reckon the three will be released as a graphic novel after the run is complete? If not, will there be another print run?

      • Hazel

        It’s available on the iTunes in the UK for a measly £0.59. Bargain.

      • GrrAargh

        There were still some of issue 1 in the Sheffield Forbidden Planet the other day, so maybe you could order through them.

      • http://philsrandommusings.blogspot.com/ Phillip

        Thanks Hazel and GrrAargh, Forbidden Planet are saying they have none and I haven’t gotten used to the idea of reading proper comics on the computer. I’ll happily wait for the graphic novel at which point I will offer my own kidneys as collateral to secure a copy :)

      • NotaViking

        Issue 2 isn’t out of stock in the UK, the problem is that it hasn’t come into stock yet because of the volcanic ash cloud disrupting transport. Hopefully we’ll get it next week.

        I have to disagree though, Felicia, that the comic hit its stride with #2 . . . because it had already done that in #1. :)

  • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

    There will be a compiled graphic novel, yes :)

    • http://philsrandommusings.blogspot.com/ Phillip

      Excellent news!!! Please let us know as soon as it’s available for preorder. I’ll be there so damn fast…(insert funny metaphor here).

      Thanks Felicia :)

  • http://www.netwhatever.com Wilson Afonso

    Felicia, any chance that the electronic version of the comics will show up in comics apps such as Comixology? Having the iPhone version is great, but having one app for each issue… not so much :-) It would be great to be able to have it in the same app where many other titles are available.

  • Thomas

    No webOS love? :(

  • Markus

    Ouch. Phillip is right about the UK stockists. I should have pre-ordered them a few weeks ago as well. Never mind. Its a good sign that theyre going down an absolute storm!

    Oh and Happy St George’s Day :)

  • Chad

    Hi Falicia,
    Love the show. Can I ask if ‘The Guild’ comic will be coming to other digital platforms?… I don’t have an iphonepodpadtunes.

    • Chad

      Felicia… Sorry for typo :(

    • Rob

      Seconded. I will almost certainly spring for the graphic novel once its finished, but man, an electronic version that all us iLuddites could buy would be pretty awesome. All Google turned up was the previews, a bunch of skeevy torrent sites and a sad trombone.

      Although I might have imagined that last part.

  • Audrey

    Grats on getting through it. Scott Allie is great. He spoke at our CSTS event last year and his son was adorable. Writing for comics would be tough when you’re used to writing for screen I am sure!

  • http://www.chrisfeyrer.com Chris Feyrer

    Looking forward to seeing the in game world..but not til Friday.Stupid work. :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=FR&v=5X0G4jjDCM4 Daniel Lopez

    Hey Felicia, I don’t know if I’ve shared this with you or not, but I wrote a silly song a few weeks back and you’re in the lyrics! I hope you get a chance to hear it, it’s been featured on a few gaming websites!

    I also have both issues of The Guild comic! So far I’m loving it! Issue 3 seems so far away.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=FR&v=5X0G4jjDCM4

  • http://www.geeksix.com Autumn

    When I first read the comic I thought the boyfriend was a liitle over the top into himself and there was no way codex would be fooled by that. But then I thought about some of my exes and went ohhhhh OH oh. That was a fun trip down memory lane ;) I’m also hearting all the old school musical references (I play the dulcimer, so any reference to music older than 200 years makes me go “represent!” And the realism behind quirky nerdisms. Heart heart heart, thank you!

  • Todd

    Just wanted to jump in and let you know that Life During Wartime was the perfect song. I’d never heard it before, but it made that scene, which is maybe my favorite of the entire brilliant show. And now I listen to the song constantly.

    thanks.
    todd.

  • Pazz

    Thanks RED… now I have a reason to go to Toronto and visit my favorite comic book store. Just took a few minutes and read issue #1. Congrats. It was a fun read. It holds its own as a stand alone (says he who has never seen an episode of The Guild).

  • http://highlatencylife.wordpress.com/ Rivs

    Picked up 1 and 2 of the comic. LOVING IT! I especially like learning the origins of everyone, and see how things got started. Almost like Prequal to the Guild.

  • ningauble3020

    The pricetag (of the comics) scares my thiftiness. I think the artwork is gorgeous so, props props to the artiste. That & praise praise to the Weird Cat Lady (FD). Yes, the cat paraphernalia are excessive and creepy. Delightful! I like not being the nuttiest person in the virtual room. Makes me feel normal and shit.

    Whilst I am going around the bend, let me say that I believe 2 things quite firmly.

    1) Penny will make a comeback as a villain in Dr. Horrible 2.

    2) The Guild MUST move beyond its campy beginnings and mature into something delightfully Ally McBeal. What does that really mean? It means that it has to morph from its original tropes into something more like the M*A*S*H TV series but without the grit, I think, in order to survive. We saw something like that with Vork in the shower. It was suffering but funny suffering. There was a taste of that with the Love Triangle among Cyd, Zaboo & Shooter Chick. Pain must gracefully accompany pleasure.

    Oh, one more thing…

    Rabbits = better than cats.

  • BigDoba

    I just finished reading the series. It was terrific. Well written. Believe it or not, I never knew about the Guild before the series. Now I’m very interested. Excellent writing. Definitely resonated.

  • Leonora Tim

    I think you should get together with Wil and write a film directed by him, written by you about the coming of age of a gen. Y nerd. YAWP!

  • Steve

    Hi Felicia, I just re-re-read issue #3 and wanted to say great job on it and the series as a whole! One question for you, when the graphic novel comes out is there any chance you could see if you could include a few pages of your original script? I’ve encountered the same problems you mentioned in trying to fit too much onto a comic book page and would enjoy being able to compare the original vs the final version. Not a problem at all and completely understandable if not. Thanks for the great read again and best wishes!

  • Mary

    Hi, just watched all 3 seasons of The Guild on NetFlix and it’s fantastic! Kudoz to you! The writing is excellent, made me lol. So many funny touches, the matzo nibbling comes to mind.
    I’m from Huntsville, too. Stayed for 18 years then immigrated farther north, first to NC, now up in DC. I took violin too, but that was more painful than laughable.
    Do you keep in touch with anyone from AL?
    So happy to have discovered this show and your site–keep up the great writing.

  • Fraggle

    Hey Felicia, first time ive ever bothered to look up an actor/actresses blog have to say i think your even more awesome since reading this :) well just wanted to say i finally found the guild comic (i live in NZ so everything takes a while to get here) unfortunatly my mate had enough money to buy it, so she beat me to it (damnit, oh well at least she let me read it) just wanted to say keep the awesomeness coming, you do good work

    Your number one kiwi fan (i think)
    fraggle

    P.S. have to say my mate argues about who loves your work more so i better say first equal kiwi fan, or she’ll kill me

  • http://rimstar.org Steve

    Finally picked up The Guild, three comics in one book yesterday as a Christmas present for myself. Who wants to bet I’ll be able to wait til the holidays to read it? Not me. ;)

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    I just recently got the chance to read the Guild comic and I really love it. One part that I liked was how she finds out that she can kill things and goes on a rampage. I’m a bit sorry that I only got exposed to it now, when lots of my friends were talking about it and I couldn’t understand what was the big deal..

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