THE GUILD Topples Katy Perry

In more evidence that “the Geeks shall inherit the earth”, World of Warcraft comedy troupe The Guild recently topped the iTunes charts with a video they first unveiled at SDCC. The good news comes via TubeFilter, who posted the following report! Read it and check out the video below!

Critically acclaimed web series, The Guild debuted a Bollywood-themed music video about the pleasures of MMORPGs at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Less than two weeks later, Game On is at the top of the iTunes charts.

Late last night, Katy Perry succumbed to online video starlet, Felicia Day’s social media prowess and uber-popularity. Game On bumped this summer’s top bubblegum pop hit, California Gurls from its #1 spot on the list of top-selling pop music videos on iTunes in both the US and the UK.

The news should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with The Guild’s music video track record. Last year, it only took two days for Do you Wanna Date My Avatar to break 1 million views on YouTube and reach the top of iTunes’ overall music video charts.

But Game On’s reign is currently relegated to the pop charts. Country music star and former Mr. Renee Zellweger, Kenny Chesney sits atop the overall best-seller list with his high school football anthem, The Boys of Fall. Game On comes in just below at #2.

Can Game On grab the #1 overall music video spot? Will gamers unite to take down their lifelong arch-nemeses, aka football players and fans? Let the Claim the Top Selling iTunes Music Video Quest begin.

And to tie this all together, World of Warcraft fans might also appreciate a link to the latest and greatest figures DC Direct is shipping out. I’m still not sure how they got the license (there’s probably a very simple licensing agreement I’m missing), but if you’re looking for your favourite Worgen, Orc, Elf or, really, any of the colourful characters and enemies from the game, check out all the varieties of WoW figures we have on offer!

Dr. Horrible Fan-made Prequel!

Fan fiction has been around almost as long as there’s been fiction at all. People who don’t necessarily have their own original characters or settings try to build their own stories with someone else’s properties. Most of the time, fans are stuck with self-insert stories that simply play into the desires of the writer or maybe just empty, boring tales where the characters are so far from their canonical personalities that you wonder why the author didn’t just create their own. But every so often, you end up with some real gems that don’t just rip off the canon, but take it and make something wildly different, fun and truly respectful of the original. That’s the case with Horrible Turn, a Dr. Horrible prequel made by some die-hard fans and scheduled to be released November 10th, 2009.

Not only was it clearly made with love for the source material, but was endorsed and called ‘cool’ over on Dr Horrible’s OFFICIAL Twitter With that kind of press, it can’t fail! For excited viewers, Horrible Turn is an hour-long musical that, along with that Horrible interruption at this year’s Emmys, might help tide fans over until the promised Dr. Horrible sequel finally comes to fruition. And how’s that going, anyway?

The answer is in an article recently posted over at TV Over Mind, where Nathan Fillion (Captain Hammer) was quoted as saying:

“There are plans. The media for the sequel has not yet been decided, but there is a title.” Naturally Fillion wasn’t about to reveal that title, but he did also confirm that along with the writing of the script, at least a song or two had also been written.

“Joss, I was talking to him right before we won the Emmy,” said Fillion. “He said that he’s finished writing a song or two. He told me a couple of verses to the song.”

There’s still no date set for the production of the sequel, but I personally can’t wait to see it. I’ve still got the original and its soundtrack on my iPod and still loving it.

For those who haven’t joined the club, head over to Amazon.com to grab your copy of Dr. Horrible.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog DVD
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Soundtrack
Dr. Horrible 2010 Wall Calendar

Dr. Horrible: A Sequel and a New Look!

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was a massive success when it premiered online last year and it continues to delight as it does the rounds at convention sing-alongs and parties across the world. But now there’s some great OFFICIAL news on what’s next for Billy, Penny and Captain Hammer. Newsarama‘s got the details…

Joss Whedon may have a lot of projects in the works, but the writer said no matter how busy he gets, he intends to do a sequel to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, the Emmy-nominated musical about a wannabe supervillain.

“We’re looking at Dr. Horrible and how we can put it together,” Whedon told Newsarama, adding that he could easily use the excuse that he’s too busy. “But ‘too busy’ is not really a concept in my world. I’ve never not been ‘too busy.’ And believe me, I’m going to burn out in the next two months, and then it will all be over. But until then, nothing can stop me. Nothing can possibly stop me.”

The writer is currently working with co-writer and director Drew Goddard on the 2010 movie Cabin in the Woods, a horror film for MGM, as well as the second season of his Fox television show Dollhouse. He’s also got comic book projects brewing at publisher Dark Horse Comics, including plans for a Cabin in the Woods tie-in series and a Season 9 volume of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, once the Season 8 series finishes.

There will also be a Dr. Horrible one-shot comic book for Dark Horse, with a targeted fall release.

The writer’s self-produced, self-funded, Dr. Horrible musical was released in three parts in July 2008 as web-only streaming episodes. The musical was free for a limited time before being offered on iTunes, where Dr. Horrible topped the charts. The series was later released on DVD, and a 14-track soundtrack became available on iTunes and CD.

Not only has the series made a profit, according to Whedon, but it received critical acclaim, including an Emmy nomination for best short-form live-action entertainment program.

Starring Neil Patrick Harris as the title character, Dr. Horrible tells the story of an inexperienced supervillain who is hoping to get into the Evil League of Evil while also pining for a girl at the laundromat named Penny, played by Felicia Day. His efforts on both fronts aren’t helped by his nemesis, the self-important Captain Hammer, played by Nathan Fillion.

When asked if he already knows the entire story that will be featured in the next chapter of Dr. Horrible, Whedon said, “Of course I do!”

The show was produced for internet distribution only, something that was almost unheard of for a project with such recognizable names involved. Whedon said he was hoping the success he experienced with the “webisode” concept would inspire others to explore the market.

“I’m kind of waiting for other people to do the same thing. Sitting here waiting. Still waiting,” he joked. “I thought there would be more more than there is. There seems to be less more. So I’m hopeful, but it’s true that I haven’t really seen anything comparable. And that makes me sad.”

Whedon said his time constraints aren’t as big of a problem with Dr. Horrible because it’s a small commitment when compared to much larger projects, and he wishes others would view webisodes the same way.

“Nobody seems to be willing to make a really small commitment, at least not people in the business with the wherewithal to make something that’s on a bigger scale than just anybody could,” Whedon said. “Very few people seem to be willing to do it. They either want to find a way to create a series that helps something that already exists or is a springboard to something else. Nobody seems to want to spend the time to do something that will inevitably be, no matter how profitable it is, kind of small, which is too bad, because the artistic freedom and the joy of making that thing is unparalleled, and the return has been profitable. So you’d think that somebody would jump on. But so far, not so many people.”

Another of Whedon’s favorite projects, the “Epitaph 1” episode of his Fox series Dollhouse, was also something Hollywood didn’t embrace. Although Dollhouse was renewed for a second season, the innovative “Epitaph 1” episode wasn’t part of the studio’s initial order for Season 1, so it was never aired.

Whedon shared the entire unaired episode with fans at San Diego Comic-Con, as well as including it on the Season 1 DVD. But he was still hoping to convince Fox to air it.

“I begged them to air it. I begged them. I called the executives at the studio, at the network, and begged. They just didn’t want it,” he said. “You know what? I don’t even want to talk about it anymore because it makes me sad. I just made one of my favorite episodes of a TV show that I ever made and they didn’t air it.”

And until the sequel sees the light of day, we’ve got the aforementioned Dark Horse one-shot to look forward to! Illustrated by Joëlle Jones, here’s a peek at the art you can expect to see when it hits shelves in November! Check Superpouvoir (French), for more, or take look at Dr. Horrible himself right here!

Geeking out on Twitter!

Geeking out on Twitter!

If you follow the latest in internet trends, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Twitter and you might just have one of your own. Essentially, Twitter is social networking and blogging filtered down to its purest form: every update you make or read must be 140 characters or less in length and answer the question “What are you doing?”

It might not sound like much right now, but it’s big! So big, in fact, that it’s caught the attention of some very noteworthy people–some of them very popular in the world of Geekery (and beyond!) Now, we at CMDStore are already on Twitter (follow our ‘Tweets’ at http://www.twitter.com/CMDStore for updates), but here’s a list of some other Twitters you might want to check out to get your 140-character doses of sci-fi, superheroes, film and TV and more!

Stephen Fry might be familiar to fans of British comedy or British actors in general, but he’s also an absolutely massive techno-geek who was an early joiner to Twitter and updates frequently from both his iPhone and laptop about the latest technology, his incredible world travels and…everything else you could imagine! He updates all the time and is always a treat to read. Find him at http://www.twitter.com/stephenfry

– Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. Dwight Shrute might not be the spokesperson the geek community wants, but the actor who plays him on NBC’s The Office is nevertheless beloved by fans and you can find him on twitter right here Twitter.com/Rainnwilson.

– Mythbusters fan? If you’ve enjoyed watching Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman go to great lengths (explosions, deep-sea dives, firewalking, vodka-making, partying with a ninja, trying to get a duck’s quack to echo, racing, filling a car with dead pigs…to name a few) to bust myths on their popular Discovery TV Show, you might want to check out Adam Savage’s Twitter, appropriately named “Don’t try this”.

– Star Trek: The Next Generation brought new popularity to the waning Star Trek franchise and created a fanbase so large, no one could have foreseen its popularity or its scope. And now three of its stars are tweeting! You can find Brent Spiner (Data), LeVar Burton (Geordie La Forge–or the host of Reading Rainbow!) and Wil Wheaton (the much-maligned Wesley Crusher) all updating regularly about their lives and all things related to new projects. Wheaton also has a lot to say about D&D, video games and books/film he recommends.

Greg Grunberg is a name familiar to fans of NBC’s Heroes, where he plays Matt Parkman, a police officer with the power to read minds. Like most, he tweets about everything, but Heroes viewers will be especially pleased with the exclusive behind-the-scenes content and spoiler-hinting to be found by keeping up with the actor.

– No stranger to internet forums and often a surprisingly strong presence in even the smallest fan circles, Warren Ellis is also Tweeting! The comic book writer generally updates about his days, but you can bet there are some great recommendations and some up-to-date information on future projects from the writer of Transmetropolitan, Jack Cross, Doktor Sleepless and more!

– Fans of Joss Whedon’s supehero/sci-fi musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog were re-introduced to Felicia Day (after some other Whedon appearances!) when she starred as love interest, Penny. But she was already big in the geek community as part of World of Warcraft’s The Guild and her reviews of novels, film and television. Definitely worth checking out, she shows that some of the biggest geeks out there today are girls.

– Finally, something a little different. For fans of fantasy, sci-fi and horror (and especially the combination of two or more of those!), look no further than Creepypasta, a Twitter that will keep you up to date on all kinds of spooky media, from film and television to the internet horror microfiction that bears its name!

Keep on tweetin’!