Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: The Book [Review]

Somewhere in the back of his mind, Joss Whedon must have realized the delightful consequences of naming his groundbreaking web show Dr Horrible.  Thanks to his foresight, we now have a book full of horrible pictures and horrible costume sketches and actors writing about their horrible memories. It’s off-center, it’s a bit self-deprecating and it’s so very Joss Whedon.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: The Book is a must have companion to any fan of Whedon and his webseries. As you flip through the pages, you’ll be astounded by what can be accomplished when creative people get to work. The idea started out as as a way of pairing parody with podcasting, but it soon took on a life of it’s own, thriving and growing as each new person joined the team. Writers, directors, actors and craftsmen, they all did what they did best and without a budget or the promise of pay. What they ended up with was a true labor of love that succeeded in ways they never dreamed of.

The book begins with an introduction by Captain Hammer himself. That’s followed by “Origin Story: a Dr. Horrible Roundtable” which has Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Joss Whedon discussing how the idea came about. Then comes the full shooting script which is illustrated with billions of photos, including many behind the scenes shots that at least some of you have probably never seen before.

Interspersed throughout the book are single pages interviews and memoirs from the cast and crew, including PJ Haarsma, a friend of Nathan Fillion’s, who created Dr. Horrible’s remote control long before iPhone apps were popular. Felicia Day and Simon Helberg both relive their “Horrible Memories” and there’s even a Horrible Haiku for those who prefer to wax poetical.

Shawna Trpcic gives you the inside track on how the costumes came together and then it’s a tribute to the fans in photo form including a look at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con appearance and the cast looking all shiny and new at a variety of award ceremonies.

It that’s not horrible enough for you. . . or enough Horrible for you. . .dive into the script for “Commentary: The Musical” and a summation by Neil Patrick Harris.

Finally, for those with musical talents, you’ll find the sheet music for all fourteen Horrible songs in the back of the book.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: The Book has everything a good Whedonite needs to honor this outstanding achievement in short filmmaking. . . everything, that is, except the film itself.

The book comes to you from our friends at Titan and can be purchased at their website or at Amazon.com. You can also preview some of the delightfully glossy pages at Titan. Just click here.

You can also visit the Dr. Horrible home page where you’ll find even more Horrible goodies. What a crazy random happenstance.


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