AE: The first of three Guild comics comes out March 24. Any plans to continue it beyond that?
FD: It depends on how it does. I’m a new comic book writer, so we’ll see if people get the comic. I definitely had to reinvent the way I tell stories, especially for the show for the comic format. It makes me appreciate comic book writing even more, because you have so little room.
At the end of the day, I ended up with something I’m really proud of. I’m really happy with how it came out, and I think fans will be, too, because it doesn’t interfere with the web series story line. So if they enjoy it, I would definitely be open to doing more of them.
AE: So it’s a completely independent story from the web series? It’s not a bridge story?
FD: That’s what I didn’t want to do because I feel like that narrows the audience a little. It requires you to have watched the show and then remembered everything that went on during the show and that’s fine, and maybe in the future that’s a good idea, but for the first comic I wanted to be able to introduce the show; I’m not going to assume that everybody has watched my show. That’s why I held off agreeing to do this for Dark Horse for like a year.
Then I got the idea where I knew how to tell the story in a way that would represent how Cyd Sherman becomes Codex in The Guild form. It really is a story about somebody who is lost in life who finds fulfillment and also a love letter to video games.
I think online gaming has this perception that it ruins people’s lives. But I also think the reverse is true; we live in such a huge society and some people are adrift and can’t really connect with people face to face or they don’t know where to find people who have the same interests. Online, you connect with people over a passion or a topic vs. being circumstantially next to them physically or seeing them and saying, “I like the way that person looks,” as the way to talk to them. That doesn’t represent people.
That’s why I’m really proud of my show, because if you look at our cast, they’re different ethnicities and at the same time, different ages. I think that’s what’s beautiful about the online world in that people are connecting past these preconceived notions that we think when we see somebody. Even I do it when I see somebody who is a certain race or a certain age and I’ll think that I won’t have anything in common with them, but they could be my best friend online if you never met them face to face. That’s why I love my show and I love the internet.
AE: I think that’s what AfterEllen really does, too.
FD: Yeah. I don’t know if we’re meant to live with billions of people on this Earth with the way that we’ve developed as small societies and that’s what I think the Internet provides: small societies that you can really feel an emotional connection to where you feel like the world is tangible and you have real connections with people. It’s weird because it’s online, but maybe it’s just an evolution of technology.