3. The Guild
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The conversation about web series begins with Felicia Day and The Guild. Now in its sixth season, The Guild has tapped into the world of gamers for maximum comedic value.
Day was one of the first breakout web series stars, and her rags-to-riches story has inspired scores of creators to grab a DSLR and create their own shows. After scraping together the scratch to make three episodes out of pocket, Day never had to self-finance The Guild again. Initially, the series was supported by donations, then it was financed by a series of sponsors. Today, it's a part of Geek and Sundry, Day's own gaming-centric YouTube channel.
Day truly embodies the best aspects of Internet fame: She's become a female nerd icon and a web mogul by honestly connecting with a passionate fan base. And it all started with The Guild.