I don’t get the Felicia Day backlash. Too many times I see her name come up in my Twitter feed only to be followed by a string of “overrated”s and “I just don’t get the obsession with her”s. My first thought is: Are there really Felicia Day obsessives out there? Well, then, yeah, that’s a little weird. But on the less-creepy side of things, I personally find much to admire about Day. First off, sure, she’s cute, but she’s doesn’t have the kind of knock-out looks that would allow her to write her own ticket to, say, a G4 hosting job. Seems to me she got famous (or at least Internet famous) by acting and writing and producing and CREATING. I wasn’t a big enough fan of The Guild — the Net series Day created, writes and stars in — to get past the first season, but I respect that she built it from scratch and was largely responsible for proving that independent original entertainment could thrive online. (And the fact that she starred in Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog only further cements her status as a digital pioneer.) So why do so many seem annoyed by her success and quick to dismiss her?
Day started a new web venture a few months back called Geek & Sundry — a collection of Net series (including one neat and super-nerdy one called Tabletop where Wil Wheaton and special guests play RPG board games) all organized under one banner. Geek & Sundry’s newest series is called Written by a Kid, which is … exactly that: The adaptation of one outlandish story told by one imaginative kid. Cool concept, and series creators Will Bowles and Josh Flaum brought out the big guns to star in their first episode: Dave Foley, Kate Micucci and Whedon himself.
(Sidebar: I was at a Toys ‘R’ Us with my kids yesterday and saw a DVD of Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope that came with a Joss Whedon action figure! Boy, he’s come a long way since the days when I was setting my VCR to record season-three episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)
Anyway, the short is funny and quirky, and you get to see the guy who wrote and directed The Avengers act like a complete doof in a cowboy hat. That alone is enough to earn it Today’s Best Thing honors. Check it out: