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August 30 2006

More info on the Buffy season 8 comic book series from Georges Jeanty. The Buffy artist says "I can tell you readers are not ready for what they're gonna get!" and that "Buffy should hit stands later this year" (scroll to the end of the interview for the relevant info).

There are some unfortunate typos in the interview.

This is the series as it might have appeared on the big screen with a.


A? A what?

With a James Cameron/Steven Spielberg-sized budget, Simon, perhaps? But alas, no Sarah Michelle Gellar to bring it all to life in our living rooms. Still, mad excitement!
Well, this sure doesn't answer anything, since none of us know what to expect to begin with! :-)
I was surprised to read that he thinks it'll come out later this year. Surprised and excited.
Joss has finished and sent issue #1 to him. He is doing it now. I would say we would see the first issue out(if DH is on the ball and there are no delays) in Nov/Dec. I don't think this comic will be, at least in the beginning, every month.

It sounds very exciting. I can't wait to see Buffy, Xander and Giles, and Dawn again.
It does sound great to get Buffy again but it is going to be a long wait between issues. 6 days was tough enough but now an entire month.
I figure I'll pick up PTB once it's finished the run. Well, if I can resist.
I figure I'll pick up PTB once it's finished the run.


They come with Powers That Be version now? Do they have, like, vision-induced covers?

:P
Later this year would be terrific--and in three weeks or so, the Dark Horse solicits for December should tell us for sure if it'll happen.
Welcome to Learn English with Georges "Jeantry" Jeanty. Today's lesson: How to use the word "literally" figuratively.
"It literally is an eight issue roller coaster ride." - Georges Jeanty
Here, Mr. Jeanty says "literally", but in fact he doesn't literally mean "literally". The eight issues are not literally an actual roller coaster ride. The claim that the claim that it is a roller coaster ride is literal is only figurative. Confused? Don't be. It's simple. Okay. It's not. It's just weird, okay? Well, so am I, but at least I tried.
This is the series as it might have appeared on the big screen with a.

The missing part is probably "ooops this is a spoiler and if I let it in Joss will bite me" or some such. But damn you for making us hot and then not telling!
will be writing the first four issues thus far, but with an unlimited budget for effects and scenery.

And this is THE big advantage of comics :)
Vince, would it be literal it the eight issues take place on the roller coaster ride?
ooh, delirium haze! You may have something there!
This is the series as it might have appeared on the big screen with a.

The missing part is probably "ooops this is a spoiler and if I let it in Joss will bite me" or some such. But damn you for making us hot and then not telling!


Maybe it was "This is the series as it might have appeared on the big screen with a more accomodating network" or "...a bigger budget" or "...a giant toaster taking over Sunnydale." Who knows eh?

[ edited by Ashley on 2006-08-31 01:13 ]
Story speculations, anyone? Mine: Buffy is appalled at the less than altruistic uses to which newly hatched slayers put their powers: action movie roles, professional wrestling, dominating certain Olympic events. "They have no pride, no respect for their calling, no sense of tradition, and will someone please tell me when I started turning into my own watcher?"
I certainly think that could be part of the story, Pointy. But I really don't know. I'm excited to find out, though.
What a characteristically thoughtful answer, pat32082.

Enough, already. Make something up! IMDB doesn't just write itself, you know. Wait, does it?

[ edited by Pointy on 2006-08-31 02:34 ]
"This is the series as it might have appeared on the big screen with a..."

bullet?
wish and a prayer?
grain of salt?
lick and a promise?
hey-nony-nony and a ha-cha-cha?
Enough, already. Make something up!


Buffy decides to fly over to Europe after the whole Hellmouth thing. She gets on the airplane, but there are MOTHERFUCKIN SNAKES on it! Ah! God! The horror, the horror!

Sidenote: Has the window closed for Snakes on a Plane jokes, or what's the deal with that? Is the last day for jokes opening day, or...?
Okay, okay, Mr. Smartypointypants (yeah, I went there)...

Um, Willow and Kennedy break up, and Willow heads a coven. Xander gets a beefy storyline involving adapting to life minus an eye, because that affects his ability to do construction work. There's more to Buffy's relationship to the Immortal than liking the guy, and it plays into the main story. Buffy also questions why she falls for men with very similar qualities. Giles finds himself slipping into the same mistakes made by the old Council.

And if Faith's around, she's continuing her journey to find her place outside of Buffy's shadow. How's that?

P.S. And that W/K breakup isn't out of a hate of Kennedy, it's out of, I always got the impression that Kennedy was more into Willow, then Willow was Kennedy. Willow was just in it for the lust.

[ edited by pat32082 on 2006-08-31 02:10 ]
That's the spirit, ormaybemidgets! And QuoterGal, I can't tell you how happy I am rendered by the phrase, "with a hey nonny nonny and a ha cha cha." And thank you, pat32082, for meeting my all too obvious need for plot twists revolving around sex.

[ edited by Pointy on 2006-08-31 02:21 ]
Pointy: "I can't tell you how happy I am rendered by the phrase, 'with a hey nonny nonny and a ha cha cha.' "

*grins*
Groucho used to be my Master.
I'm trying not to think about what's going to happen. I've found that good movies are even better when you have no clue what they're about.
QuoterGal, you went from Captain Spaulding to Captain Tightpants.
And from Rufus T. Firefly to Firefly.
There are advantages to having come late to Buffy love. For me, it hasn't been years since the series ended. I've barely finished watching the entire BtVS and AtS series twice through, (and some favorite episodes more than that, plus the ones I force on hapless friends and relatives), and here's Season 8 coming 'round already.
And from the long-suffering Margaret Dumont to the lovely and kickass Gina Torres, and the heartrending yet powerful Alyson Hannigan, and the multi-talented Sarah Michelle Gellar, etc., etc.

No offense, Margaret Dear, but that really is trading up ("such strong women," blah-da, yah-da.) And if anyone mentions Marilyn Monroe in Love Happy, I'll scream.

(And Bravo to jaynelovesvera and Pointy for their search & retrieval & cross-referencing. You guys are so crunchy, even in milk.)
Exciting news. Thanks for sharing this!
QuoterGal, I'm not much for search and retrieval, but here's a little cross-referencing:

7.02 Beneath You. Final scene in the church. Buffy, a little cross with Spike, learns he has his soul back. Spike lies across a cross.
delirium_haze said:
Vince, would it be literal it the eight issues take place on the roller coaster ride?


It would, but that would contradict the rest of the interview, wouldn't it?
Oh ye of little faith...

Clearly the actual comics have the ability to warp local gravity fields so that you literally follow the path of a rollercoaster (ride to be determined, legal issues pending) while reading.

Re: plot, Buffy, bored with her now purposeless life, decides to try her hand at acting and turns up to an open casting call for Wonder Woman. Joss, feeling she looks familar, takes a shine to her and, despite her diminutive stature, offers her the role just as Morgan Freeman crashes through a nearby window waving (motherfucking) snakes in a threatening manner and demanding that they decide things the old fashioned way i.e. trial by combat (really how it was done under the old studio system - what, you think Cary Grant got there on talent and good looks alone ? ... OK, bad example).

Then the comic bends around and actually starts to eat its own arse, while the universe folds into it in an apocalyptic end to life as we know it. Issue 2 has Buffy crawling out of the comic to prevent this.
Saje, you read The Glory Road too? And, oh yeah, Cary Grant, bad example.

Other than that, I'm with ya all the way. Except that I'm taking a plane out of Hawaii in less than 24 hours, and you can be sure I'm keeping a sharp eye out for that Morgan Freeman fella and his (motherfucking) reptiles! Or do you think it's WW I should watch out for? OR is it just comics with their local gravity-warping abilities I should beware of? 'Cause, you know, planes, gravity, warping, all un-mixy things. . . .

And, like all here are saying, I can't wait for Season 8!!
Saje, you read The Glory Road too?

Actually, no (had to google it but not read much Heinlein, assuming that's the one you mean, having been put off at an early age by "Farnham's Freehold") but i'm now really curious as to which of my bonkers ramblings bear some relation to an actual published book ;-).

Yep, watch out for Morgan (especially if he crashes through a window cos that and planes are really unmixy ;) but Wonder Woman could also be a problem since metallic underwear is bound to cause massive delays at security. Plan ahead accordingly ;).
Just so you know, there's nothing metallic about mine. And the Heinlein reference has to do with physics and something bending around and eating its own, um, self. And as for

which of my bonkers ramblings bear some relation to an actual published book ;-).


you know the story about the simians and typewriters, etc.? Well, there's no connection whatsoever. None. :) 'Sides, I really enjoy your "bonkers ramblings." Maybe we eat the same kind of mushrooms. . . .

Aaaand, Farnham's Freehold was not Heinlein's best. And, oops, there is something metallic. Wish me luck.

Sorry if OT. Again, I plead a sleep-deprived brain. . . .
So if the action picks up right after Chosen, will we see Xander being captured by Dracula at some point, as was suggested in Tales of the Vampires? I'm really praying Joss doesn't take it as canon. Although that particular story could take place some time in the future, well after Chosen and the events of the "season eight" comic book. But I hope not.

I'm getting really excited about this. Hopefully as long as the artist can really capture the actors then it will be as good as seeing it in live action, since it's still Joss writing everything.
Enough, already. Make something up! IMDB doesn't just write itself, you know. Wait, does it?

Lots and lots of scenes where hot Slayers are training , dressed in tight sportswear and dripping with sweat.
so that you literally follow the path of a rollercoaster


Saje, was it you who gave Joss the idea for the rollercoaster pan from River to the guy on the floor during the robbery in Serenity?
Yep, me and my amazing 'gravity defying comic' invention (never heard of the GDC ? Well it was all the rage during the internet boom then fell by the wayside due to high production costs and being entirely made up. Bloody venture capitalists, picky, picky).

Razor, I seem to remember reading somewhere that season 8 is set a few months after 'Chosen' rather then straight after but i'm not certain about that. Pretty sure we don't have to treat the ToTV stories as canon though.

Sangchaud, those damn monkeys, not worth the upkeep half the time. And good luck with your metallic something, BTW (oooh, matron ;).
Thanks, Saje. I think if no one snitches to matron I should be okay.

And yeah, monkey upkeep can be prohibitively expensive and thus not worth it. But I hope you patented the GDC, 'cause, you know, what goes around comes around (even rollercoasters) (especially rollercoasters), and I doubt very much that the GDC's production costs came anywhere near the monkey upkeep costs, and when you factor in the greater return on the GDC investment, well, there you go. And Bob's yer uncle.

So good luck with all the accounting stuff. Please say hello to Uncle Bob. And so away. Night's candle has burnt out/and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountaintops./I must be gone and live/or stay and get massively burnt out./The sun's over the yardarm somewhere./Cheers.
Saje: "but not read much Heinlein... having been put off at an early age by 'Farnham's Freehold' "

See, now that's the book that'll do it to you. Some of his political opinions & the curious incest-fixation that permeates his stuff can be off-putting (!!!), but he's definitely a golden age scifi writer for a reason. Try Stranger in a Strange Land and see where that takes you. I think it surprised even Heinlein. And whatever you do, don't start reading him again with The Number of the Beast -- even aficionados can balk at that one. *shudders*

"It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics." -- Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love
Yeah, it left kind of a bad taste QuoterGal. I've got 'Starship Troopers' around somewhere but haven't read it. Someone told me that everything Verhoeven was lampooning in the film is meant kind of seriously in the book so i'm not sure how that's going to go down with me either (lead balloons spring to mind though ;).

At some point I will give him another try though because a) of his stature in the genre (it's pretty rare for a writer to be so universally respected if they don't have the goods in my experience) and b) people keep recommending 'Stranger in a Strange Land' to me ;).

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