Life’s a game for geek girl

Feli­cia Day is hailed as the fu­ture of broad­cast writes

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GAME gal Feli­cia Day will mix busi­ness with plea­sure when she lands Down Un­der for the Su­panova Pop Cul­ture Expo.

Day, 33, makes her first Aus­tralian visit, with stops in Bris­bane and Ade­laide for the pop cul­ture geek­fest that brings the stars of film, TV and an­i­ma­tion to Aus­tralia to meet fans.

With four days off be­tween gigs, Day will film at least one episode of The Flog, her hit in­ter­net TV show. She imag­ines at least part of that will in­volve a trip to a wildlife zoo and ‘‘some cud­dle time with a koala’’.

‘‘Each week, I try to do some­thing I’ve never done be­fore,’’ she says. ‘‘I might try black­smithing; I might cook a recipe I’ve never cooked be­fore; I might play a com­puter game with my brother we never got to play as kids. I get to have some fun, be flip­pant and funny, but be­neath all that fun, we try to en­cour­age peo­ple to push the bound­aries of what they know.’’

Aus­tralian fans know Day best for her roles in shows such as sci-fi se­ries Eu­reka, Su­per­nat­u­ral and as one of the stars of Joss Whe­don hits Doll­house and Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer but it’s Day’s in­ter­net pres­ence that turns heads these days. She and friends Kim Evey and Sheri Bryant are the faces be­hind YouTube chan­nel Geek & Sundry. In­dus­try types hail Day and friends as ‘‘the fu­ture of broad­cast’’.

‘‘The work is in­cred­i­bly hands on, but I like to be busy,’’ Day says.

‘‘We pro­duce the con­tent our­selves, in­vent the shows and ap­pear in those shows.

‘‘The idea is to cre­ate a place that lets peo­ple feel they be­long to a community that is built around the shows. You never just watch the shows, you buy the board game or the comic book we talk about, start draw­ing, tell a story to a child. Dif­fer­ent shows have dif­fer­ent sub­jects, but the idea is to be a lit­tle less pas­sive than tele­vi­sion has us be.

‘‘Big net­works have big bud­gets, they do pas­sive en­ter­tain­ment well. Web videos, on the other hand, are smaller, shorter and de­signed to in­clude peo­ple, en­cour­age them to take some­thing from the video into their lives. There’s also a very ac­tive forum and the chat room – where we’ll talk to peo­ple about what they’ve seen. That what I love and it’s where we cre­ate our community.’’

Other Geek & Sundry pro­grams in­clude The Guild, a su­per­hero drama that could not have been cre­ated with­out crowd-fund­ing and The Hus­bands, a sit­com set in a near fu­ture which imag­ines gay mar­riage is le­gal in the US. It fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of a same-sex celebrity and sport­star who wake from a night out to learn they have tied the knot in a quickie mar­riage. In­stead of break­ing up, they try to make the mar­riage work.

Tough net­work TV sta­tions may be watch­ing with in­ter­est.

Day says she and her friends have al­ways been more in­ter­ested in show­cas­ing al­ter­na­tives. She is just one of the stars of the cult mu­si­cal Dr Hor­ri­ble’s Sin­ga­long, ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Joss Whe­don work­ing with fam­ily and friends Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Har­ris.

It has had mil­lions of hits, so many in fact, a few weeks ago a US TV net­work fi­nally ca­pit­u­lated and put it to air.

The show at­tracted two mil­lion-plus view­ers – not mas­sive num­ber, but ‘‘we did pretty well all in all’’ Day says.

‘‘Its lead-in show’s au­di­ence was not the same fan base and it didn’t have a tonne of ad­ver­tis­ing.

‘‘The emails and tweets I’m get­ting are from peo­ple who say they saw the show for the first time.

‘‘That’s new au­di­ences reached which makes for dual ex­cite­ment.’’

Su­panova Bris­bane plays RNA Show­grounds, Bris­bane, from Fri­day to Sun­day.

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