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February 29 2008

Drew Goddard's other Buffy season 8 story. Dark Horse puts online "Antique", a story from the Tales of the Vampires mini-series. It's all to get us excited for Drew's upcoming "Wolves at the Gate" arc which begins next week.

ha, yeah I actually read this story in preparation for Buffy season 8 last year. I liked Tales of the Vampires, but I think Tales of the Slayers packed more bang for the buck. I'm really excited to see what Drew has in store for Wolves.
I know this is canon but it doesn't seem to fit with the Xander of s8. I'll be interested to see how they work this.
You have to remember that Tales of the Vampires are also tales of a vampire. They are all told by the vampire in the background story by Joss. So, the Xander in this story might well be coloured by the storyteller. (And about the timeline issues about the time of the telling and the time of the stories, who really cares? :)

I do agree with Archon, Tales of the Vampires were great, but Tales of the Slayers were even better. More fresh, less bound by the canon, but still part of the verse.
I enjoyed Tales of the Slayers more as well. More interested in them. But I did feel like there was more depth and length with the Vampires. Also only read it because I found out about season 8.
They are all told by the vampire in the background story by Joss.


I don't think was the case. As otherwise the vampire would have had knowledge of the future. Drew's tale of Spike and Dru in Prague was ace btw.
This does seem promising; if Dark Horse are reminding us of this story then it seems likely it will fit in properly.
I actually enjoyed "Tales of the Vampires" a lot more than "Tales of the Slayers." It seemed like each story was more thought-out than the TotS stories, which--by and large, other than Joss's contributions--seemed bland.
Good timing.

(Both Tales of the Slayers and Tales of the Vampires rock.)
I don't think was the case. As otherwise the vampire would have had knowledge of the future.

Maybe he was a psychic vampire. He wouldn't be the first.

The "as told by the vampire" theory makes the Dracula story a bit more believable, so I'm going to go with that. Otherwise, we're left with a canon story about Dracula acting like a clown and Xander turning into a 4 foot tall hunchback.
I really hope that "Antique" is, at face value, not canon. At least, not in the sense of Buffy having just ignored Xander being with Dracula for a *considerable* amount of time because... well, I mean, Drew has seen the show, so I can't imagine that he really thinks she'd just ignore that situation for months on end. Plus, Xander doesn't need anymore buttmonkey stories. So if Drac is back, I hope that interaction with Xander really is like Xander was a friend and advisor to him, a tie to the world, and not just a goofy servant he's going to revert to. I mean, he's just managed to get a date.
Wow, looking at the art I have a new found respect for Jeanity. That Xander is scary.
I've always loved this gloriously silly story. I tend to view it as canon filtered the sort of tall tale one might tell under the influence of a pub's hearty grog.

I can't wait till next week.

And Tales of the Vampires is better than Tales of the Slayers. (But read both and see for yourself).
Wow. I really like this. It highlights what an important role Xander plays even as it pokes fun at his sidekick status. I wish Dracula was scarier though. It'd make the part at the end where he admits how much he appreciated having Xander around all the more meaningful. And Drac's at his best when he's sort of a threat and a bit of a joke.
Also Dracula talks a lot. I think Xander may have been a bad influence on him.
Sosa lola, that's not Jeanty who drew that. It's from "Tales of the Vampires."
If I read Sosa Lola correctly, I think she was saying that this art is so bad it makes even Jeanty's drawings look good.

Because that's kind of what I was thinking.
Great story, loved the portrayel of Xander, the funny goofy guy. And there is a deeper story to be found in, Dracula having a friend when the world doesn't like/need him anymore. Buffy will age, and on how the slayers might look at her over time. Both Tales of the Slayers/Vampires were great.
I do hope however that they don't change this story or try to explain it as something different.
I don't really like this story, not to be negative even though I kinda am being, but this story doesn't seem very Buffy-esque and I hope and pray to God that Joss and Drew manage to pull this off better in season 8. God I'm sad to say the words 'this is canon' to be honest.
I have to agree with bennyboi91- this is just awful. The story isnt great, the dialogue is ok. but the art? Worst art in a Buffyverse book - ever! Dreadful.

I wouldn't be using this to promote the upcoming arc. I'm sure Goddard's will be good, but not if I didnt know better,based 0n this.
If I read Sosa Lola correctly, I think she was saying that this art is so bad it makes even Jeanty's drawings look good.

Yep, that's what I meant. The art is just awful. And the story doesn't fit with S8.

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