South Park FAQ
South Park FAQ
All That’s Left to Know About the Who, What, Where, When, and #%S* of America’s Favorite Mountain Town
by Dave Thompson
There are few modern animated television shows that could survive over a decade and a half and remain as funny… or as stupid… or as sick… or as depraved… today as when they started. Even fewer can claim to cater to “mature” audiences, while their critics complain that everything about the show is immature. And fewer still in which, for the first decade or so, one of the main characters was killed off every week, only to returned, no worse for wear, seven days later.
That, however, is the world of South Park, and South Park FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Who, What, Where, When, and #%S* of America’s Favorite Mountain Town by Dave Thompson (September 2014, Applause Books, $24.99) is a book about that world.
South Park FAQ is a journey through the lives, times, and catastrophes that have established the tiny mountain town of South Park, Colo., as America’s favorite dysfunctional community. It is a voyage into a universe where Barbra Streisand is reborn as a Japanese monster movie; where Kentucky Fried Chicken is a registered drug; where Canada is forever on a footing for war; and where we discover that even feces love Christmas. From Zebulon Pike to Chef, from Brian Boitano to Terrance and Philip, from “Super Best Friends” to South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, it’s all covered in South Park FAQ. Featuring A-Z coverage of the all the characters readers have come to know and the stories behind the episodes, it also includes an episode guide and an appendix of all of the songs featured in South Park.
As Thompson writes in his introduction, “Condemning South Park as ‘tasteless’ is a little like condemning tress for being wooden.” In South Park, Colo., nothing is sacred and nobody is safe. Even physical and emotional disabilities are just another banana skin for someone to slip on, and the term “politically correct” has been translated into “Oh good. You’re getting annoyed.”
South Park FAQ is the ultimate tour guide around America’s favorite mountain town.
September 16, 2014
B&W illustrations and photographs throughout
6“ x 9”
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dave Thompson is the author of more than 100 books on television, music, and pop culture, including Sherlock Holmes FAQ, Doctor Who FAQ, both published by Applause Books, and Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell, and Hearts of Darkness, published by Backbeat Books. His next book, Robert Plant: The Voice That Sailed the Zepellin, will be published by Backbeat Books this fall. He lives in Newark, Del.