Posts Tagged ‘PAX’

Bad Horsing Around and Other Things That Make My Head Explode (in a good way)

December 16, 2008

I have to admit, it’s hard to come here and blog about stuff I’ve spent hours writing a 20+ page paper on.  But I’ll try.

I discovered that doctorhorrible commented on one of the earliest Dr. Horrible fan vids involving an original villain.  Check out Dr. Dreadful’s YouTube Riposte and the official comment from the Dr. Horrible YouTube folks.  Makes me wonder if that wasn’t the inspiration for the magnificent Evil League of Evil Application Contest.  (Señor Advisor is right.  I need to try to do interviews with important people.)  Why is this OMG! So much awesome!?  Because it plays right into my theory that rather than being a top-down media catalyst for Participatory Culture, Dr. Horrible is really part of the Participatory Culture.  Granted, it’s a big part and has a soapbox rather than being a voice in the crowd (as opposed to the bully pulpit the network guys have), but the form of the production, the inclusiveness, the way it was publicized, the way fans have been encouraged to participate…to me this says “fan production” more than “industry production.”

In other Dr. Horrible news, have you seen this?

Yeah.  That’s Felicia Day.  And yeah, those are some dudes serenading her with the “Bad Horse Chorus.”  Apparently some seriously wicked (I mean this in the New Englander, awesome way) dudes took it upon themselves to snipe unsuspecting celebrities and fans at PAX 2008 in September.  It started out as a fan-made prank, but the PAX people quickly got wind and wanted it in their DVD, getting the Chorus access to interviews and making sure they were front and center at a Q&A with Gabe and Tycho (the creators of Penny Arcade).  Their shenanigans even got a rather sickly Wil Wheaton to bust a gut.  Check out Epic Default Productions for the full story and all available video of their “Bad Horsing.”  Just more evidence of how beautiful fan culture really is.  How it spreads and broadens and reaches across networks and into all available media.  Sometimes I think I can see the webs that connect the different memes and creations, and not to be trite, but it’s like looking into the stars.  Ok.  That was trite.  But I didn’t know how else to say.  Moving on from my flights of fancy….

After encountering it time and again in researching Dr. Horrible, I finally watched The Guild, starring the lovely Felicia Day.  Even if you’re not a gamer (I’m not, though I’ve certainly lived vicariously), this is a riot.  I believe it will be accessible to any and all nerds, geeks, and/or dorks, and unlike most awesome series these days, it takes minimal time commitment.  I love that these internet projects make money and are able to function without the support of networks and newspapers.  They’re doing art the way art should be done: without strings attached.  Watch it!

We’re entering the final days of the final papers.  I probably shouldn’t be posting right now.  I probably won’t post for the next few days.  And hopefully when I emerge,  I can report on awesome extras for the Dr. Horrible DVD.  Wish me luck in the Horrible conclusion!

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