First…apologies for not being as chatty as I fully intended to be when I started this. Truth is, I’m a bit wiped–just got back from a trip, finished up ARTHAS, finished up the first manga, and still need to plunge into yet more writing. But today I saw something that was so awesome I simply had to share it, especially as it’s timely.
I am a big fan of Joss Whedon’s work. I loved Buffy, Firefly and Angel, and even got to write a couple of short stories for Buffy and Angel anthologies. (“Tales of the Slayer” and “The Longest Night,” if you’d like to read them.) I am also a fan of musicals…I always wanted to be on Broadway belting out showtunes, but fate had other plans. But I still love them, and when Joss did a Buffy musical episode I adored it.
So when a friend linked me to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog”…I was on Cloud Nine.
The following is taken from the website:
“1) Why, Joss? Why? Why now, why free, why us?
Once upon a time, all the writers in the forest got very mad with the Forest Kings and declared a work-stoppage. The forest creatures were all sad; the mushrooms did not dance, the elderberries gave no juice for the festival wines, and the Teamsters were kinda pissed. (They were very polite about it, though.) During this work-stoppage, many writers tried to form partnerships for outside funding to create new work that circumvented the Forest King system.
Frustrated with the lack of movement on that front, I finally decided to do something very ambitious, very exciting, very mid-life-crisisy. Aided only by everyone I had worked with, was related to or had ever met, I single-handedly created this unique little epic. A supervillain musical, of which, as we all know, there are far too few.
The idea was to make it on the fly, on the cheap – but to make it. To turn out a really thrilling, professionalish piece of entertainment specifically for the internet. To show how much could be done with very little. To show the world there is another way. To give the public (and in particular you guys) something for all your support and patience. And to make a lot of silly jokes. Actually, that sentence probably should have come first….
…Spread the word. Rock some banners, widgets, diggs… let people know who wouldn’t ordinarily know. It wouldn’t hurt if this really was an event. Good for the business, good for the community – communitIES: Hollywood, internet, artists around the world, comic-book fans, musical fans (and even the rather vocal community of people who hate both but will still dig on this). Proving we can turn Dr Horrible into a viable economic proposition as well as an awesome goof will only inspire more people to lay themselves out in the same way. It’s time for the dissemination of the artistic process. Create more for less. You are the ones that can make that happen. ”
Wicked cool huh?
It is only this week though. It will be taken down after Sunday. Go. Watch. Enjoy. I certainly will…and then it’s back to work.
Until next time, which I do hope will be a little sooner.