First off, congratulations to Lex, who wins the signed 2012 John Picacio A Song of Ice and Fire calendar. His quasi-vague guess was the closest we had. “The title is a play on Harry Potter’s “Daily Prophet” newspaper… but The Daily Raven is a semi-regular youtube news segment!” is mostly true!
It’s about freaking time Winter Is Coming moved into the 21st century, right? So in answer to that we will now feature… video!
The Daily Raven—its name inspired in part by Harry Potter’s The Daily Prophet as well as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (props to The Critic and Purplejilly for guessing that)—is our foray into live interviews and features. Everything else that comes with that is cake.
And what is everything else? What isn’t it? The Daily Raven is a Game of Thrones-related news show that will feature live interviews, editorial commentaries, inside-the-show peeks, episode reviews… as well as some semi-vaguely offensive satire, among other things. (If we find it funny, we’ll probably do it. We’re not limiting ourselves just yet.)
The Daily Raven will not be daily… yet. Perhaps someday. But for now it will be quasi-weekly, and featured exclusively here at Winter Is Coming. And on YouTube. Probably.
And… we have a hostess!
I’m happy to introduce Simone Boyce as creator, hostess, and co-writer of The Daily Raven. Please note you should not confuse “Raven” Simone with Raven-Symoné. Just thought I’d get that out in advance.
Many of you may recognize Simone from her work at BoomTron.com (her Epic or Bust is fantastic), as well as her stint hosting Hobbit In 5 for TheOneRing.net. Simone is also funny as hell, and doubly awesome that she counts Grace Helbig and Greg Miller as comedic heroes. But for those of you who don’t know her, I concocted a totally staged interview! Here you go!
Simone Boyce: I think I first discovered it about two years ago through a Google search. I love the site!
FaB: You’re one of a handful of burgeoning geek girl correspondents assailing You Tube these days. A dorky yet rising star as it were! When did you first realize you were a complete and hopeless nerd?
SB: Well, lets see. I read “The Hobbit” as a child but 8th grade is when my geekiness started to get out of control. Embarrassingly, my “Lord of the Rings” obsession started because I wanted to impress a crush but I took it and ran with it from there.
FaB: When did you first hear about Game of Thrones?
SB: I was only like 8 years old when the first book came out, so I didn’t hear about until a few years ago when one of my friends was reading it. I wish I had discovered it sooner though!
FaB: Quick—favorite scene from season one?
SB: Any and all Jason Momoa scenes!
FaB: Seriously, I want him to play Daario. I’m starting a grass-roots movement. Who is your favorite character?
SB: Joffrey. Bahahaha just kidding. Arya for reals.
FaB: For reals is pretty real. The Daily Raven is your brainchild. How did you initially conceive it?
SB: With some raging hormones and a lot of Jell-O shots. No, actually I started a weekly recap of “Game of Thrones” on YouTube during season 1 (the now-defunct and legally stymied “Game of Thrones for Dummies” web series). I tried to break down some of the complex back-story and intricate family histories for people who weren’t familiar with the series. People seemed to like it, and I had fun doing it so I thought I’d bring back the concept for season 2. But “The Daily Raven” isn’t as much of a guide as it is a way to keep up with all the news. We’re just giving “Game of Thrones” fans the news in our own special way. Dark wings dark words, suckas!
FaB: How fantastic has it been thus far working with FaB? Don’t be meek. Tell us all how great he is.
SB: He’s pretty awesome. We spend more time laughing than actually working!
FaB: The “not working” thing sounds about right. You’re pretty tall. Do you reasonably believe that at any given time and for an appropriate reason, you could kick all of our asses? (The males at least. Fury seems slightly ferocious.)
SB: You had to get a tall question in there! Story of my life! You know, I’ve never been in a fight and I’ve always wanted to so don’t give me good reason! I imagine my fighting skills are comparable to River Tam’s.
FaB: Excellent Firefly reference. One of the earlier ideas I conceived for introducing the show was having you naked and tucked into a fetal position inside a giant egg-shaped suspended animation device. The only thing holding me back is I can’t seem to get the thing to actually put people into suspended animation. But if I can, are you open to that?
SB: You are out of control FaB!
FaB: I’m amazed Winter gives me the leeway he does. All of the Winter-is-Coming writers have pen-names taken from Westerosi house words. If you could have one, which motto would you take? As High As Honor? Growing Strong? Or do you tire of these lame height jokes?
SB: I would have taken Hear Me Roar, as I’m secretly envious of The Lann Clan. While I do hate them, deep down I want to be one of them. And yes I do tire of lame height jokes!! Sheesh!!
FaB: I’ll be sure to write more of those into The Daily Raven scripts. Last question: How do you feel about the color indigo?
SB: I painted my room indigo in High School.
FaB: I’m sure we’ll work together just fine.
(Translation: She’s pro-indigo. Basically we’re f***ed.)
Seriously, I’m really looking forward to doing this. We’ve written approximately 2 episodes already, and are crossing our fingers for a (hopefully not a jinx) potential live interview to land. There’s a fish on the hook! Once season 2 of Game of Thrones begins, we intend on doing weekly show summaries (ala “The Talking Dead,” props to Handmaiden of Dany).
From there… Comic-Con? Titan-Con? Who knows? The sky’s the limit, and The Daily Raven flies high.