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Felicia Day , Various
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Book Description

December 7, 2010 3 and up The Guild
Chronicling the hilarious on--and offline--lives of a group of Internet role-playing gamers, the Knights of Good, The Guild has become a cult hit, and is the winner of numerous awards from SXSW, YouTube, Yahoo, and the Streamys. Now, Day brings the wit and heart of the show to this graphic-novel prequel. In this origin tale of the Knights of Good, we learn about Cyd's life before joining the guild, how she became Codex, her awful breakup with boyfriend Trevor, and how she began to meet the other players who would eventually become her teammates.

* This story line fills in details never before revealed on the web show, making it an essential new chapter for existing fans as well as a perfect jumping-on point for new fans!

* See the web series at

* Collects the three-issue series and features a sketchbook section and pinups!

Written by Felicia Day!

Internet phenomenon The Guild comes to comics!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: The Guild
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595825495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595825490
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great backstory 'graphic novel' for fans of 'The Guild' December 13, 2010
By BeccaM
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If you like and enjoy the web-series "The Guild", this graphic novel provides a fun and amusing look into the backstory of the characters and the formation of the eponymous Knights of Good guild itself. Originally released as a three-issue limited run from Dark Horse comics, this new book includes all three issues as well as each cover variant, plus some bonus material in the back (not seen before).

Although now sponsored by Microsoft (for distribution) and Sprint, Felicia Day's original production nevertheless represents true independent spirit, made by people more interested in entertaining (and in being hilariously funny) than in turning a buck. That said, even though I can get episodes free from Zune online, I still make it a point to buy these kinds of products as my way of supporting artistic work. (Already have The Guild Season 4 DVD on pre-order.)

"The Guild" will appeal most to people who know and are familiar with MMORPGs, and in fact the game depicted in the series is obviously a very thinly disguised variant of "World of Warcraft" -- which the creator, Felicia Day, is said to play avidly. (They don't use the actual game for copyright reasons.) The characters comprising the Knights of Good guild are dysfunctional, socially stunted, and borderline disturbed -- but this just makes their antics all the funnier. If you're not sure this is for you, check out some clips at watchtheguild(dot)com.

Without giving anything away, we learn why Cyd Shepherd (Felicia's character) was seeing a psychiatrist, why she gave up playing the violin, and about her very first experiences in an online fantasy role-playing game. As she learns her way around the online world, she meets (for the first time) all the game-obsessed lunatics who'd eventually form the Knights of Good: Vork, Tinkerballa, Clara, Bladezz, and Zabu.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun extension of the show, but so-so art July 3, 2011
By terra
This is a prequel for the web series of the same name that establishes the back story for Cyd's entry into the massively multi-player online (MMO) game world and the formation of the titular guild. I found the story entertaining, and the characters were fairly consistent with their show counterparts. The story also taps into the psychological draw of such games and why they can become so addicting - however, the goal here isn't to condemn, only to lovingly poke fun. Any fan of the show would enjoy this. I think this would also make a decent introduction for someone new to the series and completely unfamiliar with the MMO game concept which is key to the story, as it explains the game from Cyd's perspective as a new player.

Unfortunately Zaboo's tic of adding "'d" to words came across as annoying and overused in print. That would be a minor gripe compared to the art, however, which is what really brings the rating down for me. Some of the frames are great and really bring the characters to life, and I like the style contrast between the real world and the game world. But the drawings as a whole just weren't consistent. Sometimes proportions were off or faces seemed distorted. I would really love to see another Guild comic in the future, with better art.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Comic! January 13, 2011
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This is a great prequel to how the Knights of Good got together. Beautiful artwork and there are great little sketched goodies showing the artist's process!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for Guild fans May 1, 2011
If you're a fan of the web series, you will love this. The graphic novel has the same wit and awkward humour as the series, with fantastic artwork. I really hope Felicia Day decides to write another.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just As Good As The Show April 27, 2011
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This comic is a prequel to the web series "The Guild." This has the same humor the show does, and you can almost hear the voices of the actors as you read this. A great read, I highly recommend this!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"It's an MMORPG. You make a character. Whatever you want."

For fans of the web-series, The Guild, this brief graphic novel is a prequel of sorts. Cyd Sherman is a violinist in the back row of an orchestra. Her boyfriend, a former member of the orchestra, is trying to start his own rock band and completely uses her. As Cyd grows more and more withdrawn, she reaches out to an MMO she bought on a whim. In the game, she is needed and successful.
The graphic novel has three "chapters", set off in a style similar to the webseries with Cyd/Codex sitting in front of her webcam and relating the day's events. While the chapters (and graphic novel itself) are short, the humor, the characters, and zany events are not truncated. The characters come off well, as good predecessors of their video incarnations. Cyd/Codex is our highlight as this is told from her point of view and is her "beginning" story. I can't tell you how sorry I felt for her, as she struggled with her self-esteem, her desire to be important and mean something, and with her inability to stand up to people, particularly her good-for-nothing, user boyfriend. The story is great; it makes complete sense why Cyd becomes more involved in the game. As she makes more friends and as her real life becomes more intolerable, she slowly becomes more and more involved in gaming life.
Other characters are brilliant as well. Zaboo, Vork, Clara, Bladezz, and Tinkerballa all appear and befriend Codex in interesting yet believable ways (people who are accustomed to some sort of online gaming or even forum life will be able to relate to this); all of their characters are believable predecessors. I enjoyed how Vork came off as keeping track of who owes him what (in order to get people to help him), while Tinkerballa charges gold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with geeky gamer quips
I totally enjoyed this book which tells the back story of The Guild before everyone met, primarily focusing on Codex's life before she met her guild buddies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by twobitcoder
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guild 1!
Well done. I also purchased book 2. Very funny, but you have to know the characters to get the full flavor. See the web series! Read this on the train and the time zipped by. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Helene Raacke
4.0 out of 5 stars funny
This is actually really good and enjoyable for a non gamer. The story is funny and you cant help but fall in love with these adorable characters makes me want to become a gamer so... Read more
Published 6 months ago by storyaddict69
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written. Inconsistent illustrations.
I am a fan of The Guild shorts. The idea of getting some sort of back story of the characters before they met was interesting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jugan
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan of The Guild, you must BUY this book!
This was so much fun! I love the series, and this was like the pre-que and tells the story of Codex before she was CODEX. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
If your a guild fan you will like this comic and it has great art to
It is a prequel
Published 11 months ago by Dustin M. Cochran
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
I am a huge fan of The Guild, web series, so thought this would be a perfect book to read. It is always fun to read how things get started. I look forward to reading more soon.
Published 11 months ago by Yxes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great prequel to the show!
The Guild is a prequel to the popular web series created by Felicia Day. It's their origin story of sorts - how they came to be part of the guild, and how Codex herself started... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Andrew Bulthaupt
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for gammer.
A great complement to the web serrie.
If you like the charming crazyness of Felicia Day you will eat this book.
The art is phenomenal.
Published 15 months ago by Fdesrosiers
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Loved!!!! So funny couldn't get enough just like the show!! Such a great buy get it now...random three words woo
Published 16 months ago by Stephanie
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