I’m a little late to the party, as this came out already and odds are if you’re a Dr. Horrible fan — and if not, why not? who are you? — you already know of it. But just in case I’m going to tell you anyway, and to make up for my tardiness I’ll give you one for free.
Back in the misty days of the Writers Strike, plucky little Joss Whedon and his ragtag band of mates sidestepped around the studios and networks, and put together “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” a 3-act, online-only musical superhero webshow that used fan -favorite actors, a whimsical attitude and catchy tunes in their insidious plot to take over the Internet. Or make money, it’s not important. What is important is that it worked, and it spawned a top-40 CD, live productions, a DVD with a musical commentary that later got its own CD, and more. And now, it has a book.
By this point if Titan Books puts out anything about a show I even remotely like I’ll buy it. Every one I’ve seen has been stuffed full of material, photos, interviews and factoids that even I, obsessive fan that I am, hadn’t uncovered. And this one is no exception.
Granted, there’s only 45 minutes of material to write about, so it’s not quite like writing about a series. But you get the full shooting script, the sheet music to the songs, the sheet music to the Commentary! songs, and you get extras.
You get a hilarious intro by Captain Hammer. You get a roundtable discussion from Joss, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, and Zack Whedon on the creation and making of “Dr. Horrible.” You get essays from Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, Nathan Fillion and Simon Helberg. You get behind-the-scenes photos, pics of Joss’ original lyric sheets (with different lyrics), articles about the costuming and the awards and the fans and the ComicCon panel.
You get a lot.
OR you can win one here. Just post a comment below to be automatically entered into a drawing for a copy of the book. Doesn’t matter what you post, the drawing will be random, but it would be nice if you could post something about the book or “Dr. Horrible,” just to make ’em more fun to read. Rules: one entry per person. U.S. and Canada only. Nobody in my family is eligible. Drawing will be one week from tonight, at 10 p.m. EST Wednesday, April 20, 2011. You must include a valid e-mail address so I can contact you. Good luck!