What does Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan, Korean Fast Food franchise Kyochon, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone's The Book of Mormon all have in common? If you guessed that they all have the same amount of syllables, A) you'd technically be wrong, because the "the" in The Sirens of Titan give it six instead of the five the others have and B) syllables, seriously? You think I'd bother writing about that? What's wrong with you? On the other hand...hold that thought for a minute.
The correct answer is that they're all awesome, and discovered by me just this past week! Some are old (Sirens, which is over 50 years old, yet so timeless it's no wonder Vonnegut is still so popular today, and I know realize some of my favorite movies/shows over the years [Memento, Lost] have been influenced by his work), some are new (Mormon, while currently still in previews, is an amazing production that outshines anything I've personally ever seen on Broadway) and some are just savory, succulent delicious morsels of ambrosia hand crafted by the Gods to bring about an orgasmic dance of tasting pleasure on top of our unworthy mortal tongues (Kyochon, makers of delightful chicken wings).
|Road cone on the dome means its time to segue to PAX talk.|
Yes, it was a fantastic week of discovery for me that began with above mentioned items and ended with perhaps my favorite discovery of the past few years, PAX, or the Penny Arcade Expo. And wouldn't you know it - my week of great new discoveries continued throughout the time I was there.
|This shirt wins biggest smile-inducing product of the show from me.|
|Actually, no. This game about driving around a racetrack attacking each other and killing pedestrians wins.|
|I got complemented on my "reaction work" here. I do think I convey: "Jesus! I'm being grabbed by a giant monster - why are you just standing there HELP ME!!" pretty well.|
|In the 'notes' section on the back, I made it a point to write: "total slut!"|
|That day we gained friendship, experience, and 56 golds coins a piece.|
|Did someone say cosplay? No, no one did? Well, I'm still sticking this here.|
Tonight I go see my good friend Justin Moran's production of The Spidey Project - a Spider-Man musical written, scored, and produced in less than 30 days, and made on a budget of $0, opening right before what was once the theoretical opening night of the $63 million dollar budgeted actual Spider-Man Musical. I have a feeling this show will round out my week (well, 8 days, technically) of memorable new discoveries very nicely.
Sirens of Titan and Kyochon Chicken,
Phantom Detective* and The Book of Mormon,
Penny Arcade and all the fun it brings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
This entire blog post, by the way, was just an excuse to justify writing out that not-quite-perfectly-rhyming diddy.
PS: I played Dance Central for the first time at PAX and foolishly asked someone to record me playing. I almost didn't share this because I think I'm a terrible dancer (and a shame to my Latin heritage), playing a video game or not, but on the other hand, just last week I shared a video of me re-enacting the introduction to Space Ace, so what the hell:
*Look for a more in-depth post soon on all the new board games I discovered.
*This is a super fun DS game I bought for my trip to PAX. Haven't beaten it yet, but so far it's really great.