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Felicia Day talks GeekWeek, fandoms, and the royal court of geekery

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The internet is kind of a geek dream come true – it’s a place for fandoms to find their people and connect online over the things they are so passionate about. No one understands this better than Felicia Day, actress, founder of Geek & Sundry — a website dedicated to nerd culture — and herself a superfan of many elements of geek culture. One of her first projects was a web series called The Guild, which was essentially a love letter to online gaming. Her site is hosting today’s GeekWeek on YouTube “Fan Friday” — a theme Day feels particularly embodies geekdom.

“It’s focused on fans’ contribution to things that they geek out over,” Day told EW. “Everything I’ve done has been from a very grassroots place so I felt like this was the perfect way for us to participate, to highlight communities rather than the people who make the things that people fan-out over.”

Geek & Sundry has spent the week releasing special-edition videos of their regular shows, like a supersize episode of Co-Optitude, in which Day plays Pokemon Snap with her brother. There is also a “nerd trifecta,” as Day put it, featuring Wil Wheaton and Seth Green playing a tabletop Star Wars game. There are brand-new vloggers featured on the site’s vlog channel — with everything from TV and movie reviews to impressions to makeup tips — all geared toward gaming, comics, and other geek culture. Today, tune in for Gastro Geeks, Day’s pet project.

“It’s a parody food show competition, where contestants get a mysterious bucket of ingredients to sculpt into geeky objects around a surprise theme. We have three contestants — myself, Hannah Hart (of My Drunk Kitchen) and Furious Pete (a professional eater).”

So why Fan Friday?
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On the scene: Ian Somerhalder, Ginnifer Goodwin, Anna Camp, and more at EW's Comic-Con party

To cap off a long weekend of vampires, zombies, and things catching fire, Entertainment Weekly transformed the fourth floor of San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel for its annual Comic-Con bash. The party, held at the hotel’s rooftop lounge FLOAT, brought together stars like Joe Manganiello, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Ian Somerhalder for a comic book-themed celebration complete with bold graphics, colorful candy stations, and a dazzling pool filled with thousands of ping pongs because…why not?

“To be honest, [the best thing about Comic-Con] is staying out late…and seeing my friends,” explained actress, web series master, and Comic-Con vet Felicia Day. “This is like our summer camp. The EW party is always the crowning jewel, let’s be honest.”
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Comic-Con 2013 schedule: See what's happening Saturday

Comic-Con is releasing its daily schedules over this long holiday weekend and the schedule for Saturday, July 20 has just come out. The day features panels on TV favorites like How I Met Your Mother (at the Con for the first time!), True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries as well as upcoming shows like Dracula and The Originals, and much more. Many of the major film panels are Saturday, including a look at the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the Marvel panel, which will feature the Thor and Captain America sequels, and WB and Legendary’s panel featuring Godzilla, and Gravity.

You can see the full schedule here, but you can check out the TV and film highlights for Saturday below. San Diego Comic-Con runs July 17-21.

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Bk:

”I hate that thing… I want one.”

–Sam (Jared Padalecki) about Charlie’s (Felicia Day) monster info-loaded iPad on Supernatural

Come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

Read more:
‘Supernatural’ recap: Game Over
‘Arrow’ recap: You Choose, You Lose
‘The Mindy Project’: Morgan’s got game, sort of, in new webisodes

YouTube launches 'YouTube Space Los Angeles' for all the burgeoning Felicia Days out there

As part of its new effort to focus on content creation — as opposed to merely providing a spot to curate the vast majority of filmed things in the universe — YouTube has officially opened YouTube Space Los Angeles, a massive new studio complex in Playa Vista, California. As explained in a blog post, the space is available for free, as long as you qualify after an application process. The space includes a green screen, a recording studio, and even a motion-capture studio for all the embryonic Andy Serkis (Serkii?) in Hollywood. What’s Trending talked to Internet demi-goddess Felicia Day and the musical duo Paul & Storm at the opening about what the new space could mean for content creators: Check out the video below! READ FULL STORY

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