You know, every year I think to myself “there’s no possible way people don’t know this Shadow War stuff is all an April Fool’s running gag,” and every year a non-trivial number of people think it’s serious. So, just in case there’s any confusion: This is all an April Fool’s joke. There is no musical, alas, Paul & Storm and I all get along super-well, yay, and likewise, I have a lovely relationship with Tor.com. Furthermore, I can’t be mad at the guy who wrote the Tor.com article, because it was me. So there you have it.
Having outed this year’s iteration of the April Fool’s joke, let me now acknowledge some folks. First and most obviously, Paul and Storm, who did all the heavy lifting, writing and performance-wise, for the audio portion of this year’s gag. Thanks for this portion also goes to Mike Phirman, who played me in the audio whenever “I” was singing, and also to Jonathan Coulton, for [SPOILER REDACTED].
On the Tor.com side, thanks go to Irene Gallo, the site’s editor, who asked if I thought we could get away with this again, to Tor.com’s production manager Chris Lough, and to artists Greg Manchess and Scott M. Fischer, who made the superwonderfulfantastic poster you see over there on the right.
All of their efforts make me very sad that there is no actual “Shadow War” musical, because with all these folks involved, the musical would, in fact, be awesome.
One thing that is not a joke is that Paul and Storm have made their “Shadow War demos” available for purchase on their Web site (they will also be up at some point on iTunes and (as I understand it) other online retailers). If you pick those up, and you should because they’re funny and excellent, then all the profits from the sales will go to two charities:
- The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which donates instruments to under-funded school music programs;
- First Book, which distributes books and education materials to schools serving children from low-income families.
Because even an April Fool’s joke can be an opportunity to do a little bit of good in the world.
Thanks again to all the folks who helped to put this together, and thanks to you guys for playing along one more time.