“The Guild: The Official Companion” from Titan Books is a meticulously detailed book that invites us into the epic back story tale of The Guild. I squealed like a little school girl when I got the opportunity to read the glossy coffee-table book. It’s as bright and colorful and full and as quirky as the Felicia Day and the series itself.
For many, including myself, “The Guild” was an introduction to the world of Youtube video series. Airing in 2007, Codex, Zaboo, Clara, and the rest of the Guild grew from anti-social compulsive gamers to functional adults over 6 seasons.
Much of the information found in this book is going to be something you won’t find anywhere else. The detailed, in-depth interviews by the cast and crew are wonderful to read. The insight into how a web series is created gives you a better understanding of all the hard work involved by everyone cast and crew. Felicia Day, does contribute much more than the introduction. She tells about how she actually made this incredible cult series a reality and her team’s on- and off-screen adventures.
The book is in a fun ‘scrapbook style’ with long blurbs by all major cast and crew members, who detail their approaches to their roles, how the whole thing started, how surprised and delighted with how huge it became. The best thing about The Guild: The Official Companion is that it solely consists of the cast and crew’s personal stories. There’s not an empty episode summary in sight, not any fan commentaries or essays about how great the show is.
The book is full of both visual art from the show and snapshots, behind the scenes tidbits both in images and quotes and original concepts for story and characters. There are cool extras included like lyrics to the songs, background info on the music video, costume design sketches, prop explanations, and entire sections devoted to the creation of things like the opening credit sequence and the infamous Painting.
Cover-to-cover, this is all about the team’s experiences and reflections, their journeys through the six incredible seasons. The Guild Official Companion is a fantastic addition to any Guild fan’s library, or any gaming fan honestly I very highly recommended this book.