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February 08 2010

(SPOILER) Full Scott Allie Q/A for Buffy #32. Spoilers for Twilight's identity are talked about.

LOL at #20. And intrigued that Scott says the mysterious and unrevealed way in which Joss, at one point, had figured out how to do a Dollhouse comic ended up being "sort of invalidated" by season two.
Great Q&A as always.

And even though it sounds like a joke, my brain is going crazy now with a one-shot Guild comic written by Joss.
You know, I did notice that one could easily figure out who Twilight is by reading Scott's answers that aren't spoiler tagged. They might want to fix that.
So, about the possibility of a Dollhouse comic.
From the very first episode of the TV series it seemed to me
that Joss had made a show about the meta of TV.
with Dolls as the actors, Topher as writer/producer, Adele as network producer, and Rossum as network. I think it is just less interesting to explore our relationship with televisions shows in a comic book.
espalier, interesting interpretation/theory, dunno if I've seen anyone put it like that before (though the imagery of a real life, child's dollhouse and how they might play-act with their dolls/action figures already brought to mind stage plays). Another good argument for why it probably shouldn't be a comic though. I see too much resistance from Joss on the possibility, enough that it makes me hope people stop bugging him about it. Would rather see Joss concentrate his efforts on something he's more sure of and enthusiastic about. I hope he or other Mutant Enemy writers provide a reveal or two in the deleted scenes of the Season 2 DVDs, or in a forthcoming interview, but otherwise the story's over (except for those who make the time for and want to appreciate fanfic).

b!X already mentioned it, but yeah, had a good laugh at Allie's response to the "Spray" comment/question.

Also appreciated his response to the frustrated Spike fan (who, aside from their legitimate questions/hopes, seems to have seeded their paragraph with baits to try to get a rise out of Allie, cute-ing it up with smiley-winks to disguise their barely-concealed vitriol. Check out that parting shot about Scott writing fanfic...whaaat? That doesn't even make sense in regards to Allie's role in Season 8's development. When Allie writes, he writes his own creator-owned, original stuff). But what else can he possibly say, without spoiling the story ? Also, I never thought of it like this, but it's a TV network's fault that we got any more of Spike past Season 7 of Buffy as it is--wasn't it The WB's requirement that he be brought on to Season 5 of Angel as part of the renewment deal ? Have we ever heard from Joss and the other writers whether he would've still been killed off, if it wasn't that he needed to be "saved" inside the W&H necklace ? Was he always intended to die, or was he gonna be one of the survivors of "Chosen" originally ? If he was always intended to die, Spike fans are lucky they've had Season 5 of Angel and the IDW comics of him.

Glad to hear we'll get a little more Riley, if only to flesh out his role in the story some more, hopefully (the "where's his wife?" question comes up a lot. I don't even care much about Sam, but seeing as she was the plot point that closed out his arc on the show, it seems like she might be kinda vital to his current storyline).

Tempted to go back and read the "After These Messages" issue to see if Scott saying that "it also come[s] together a bit with who Twilight is," makes sense.

[ edited by Kris on 2010-02-08 21:37 ]
Kris: There is a potential bit of foreshadowing in #20. If you read "The Monkey's Paw", the moral of the story is in the description of the paw:
Read #20 and see if that sounds familiar.

[ edited by wenxina on 2010-02-08 21:52 ]
Kris,when they were planning the Faith spin-off,Spike was going to be on that.The Faith spin-off was going to be showrun by Tim Minear.Spike was going to be resurrected there as a ghost.It was going to be Faith,Ghost Spike and Robin Wood traveling around from place to place like Kung Fu.Eliza chose to do Tru Calling instead.So Spike was always going to be brought back somewhere.When the Faith spin-off fell through,they just transplanted the ghost Spike idea to Angel instead.

[ edited by Buffyfantic on 2010-02-08 21:57 ]
Cool my question got answered, thanks Emmie.


Also appreciated his response to the frustrated Spike fan (who, aside from their legitimate questions/hopes, seems to have seeded their paragraph with baits to try to get a rise out of Allie, cute-ing it up with smiley-winks to disguise their barely-concealed vitriol. Check out that parting shot about Scott writing fanfic...whaaat? That doesn't even make sense in regards to Allie's role in Season 8's development. When Allie writes, he writes his own creator-owned, original stuff).


Actually Kris given that it's the poster's second question i think he was just getting back at Scott for his rude reply on the first question which granted the wording of spray is pretty funny, that doesn't make it cool to bordeline ridicule the poster as he did have a legit and intresting question.
And the part about fanfic was again because Scott laughed at him for supposedly writing raunchy fanfic. I do think that Scott was simple joking around and the poster was also just playing with him.

[ edited by Vergil on 2010-02-08 22:08 ]
I think it'd be nice to mention there are spoilers for Dollhouse. I still haven't gotten around to watching most of season 2 yet.
didifallasleep--I thought the answers were fairly ambiguous, but you're right that they give too much indication of who Twilight is so I adjusted the tags. Thanks for the note.

I'm glad you asked that question, Vergil. I always love hearing about future covers.


Pretty_Hate_Machine, the Q&A has spoilers for any Whedonverse piece that has aired or been published as of the date of the Q&A, including the most recent Season 8 issue. The thread itself is a blanket spoiler thread for all recent works, including Firefly/Serenity comics and Dollhouse as well. But if you'd like, I can include a statement explaining it's a spoiler thread for all spoilers since any and all Whedonverse questions are fair game.

[ edited by Emmie on 2010-02-08 23:09 ]
I don't get how pointing out the appropriateness of "Spray" as a shipping name could be construed as rude, unless shippers have no sense of humor.
I get that, Emmie and I would expect some more comic related spoilers like Firefly/Serenity. I just wasn't really expecting Dollhouse spoilers in a Buffy S8 Q/A.

Also I agree with b!X, I don't see why the Spray comment would offend anyone. I mean this is Whedonesque and the purple man himself is big with the sarcasm.

[ edited by Pretty_Hate_Machine on 2010-02-08 23:41 ]
The One True b!X I think that poster was reacting to the rather condescending way in which the original question was answered, rather then anything else. It seems that 'Comic book guy' type of humour doesn't always travel well.

[ edited by sueworld2003 on 2010-02-09 01:06 ]
No, apparently it's a Scott Allie's humor doesn't travel well thing. At least with some people.
I don't know about comment #20. Social inference is always a tricky thing, especially when based solely on text. However, it strikes me that this was the first Allie response I've seen that seemed to belittle the questioner. Even with humor/sarcasm - the implied 'dis stands out. From what I have seen, most of the 'Purple Ones' sarcasm is self-referential, goading the respondent along with the questioner, not solely pointed toward the other. Nonetheless, it is just comics, people ;-)
It's more of a Scott Allie killed Christmas and puppies thing. At least with some people.
I'm puzzled by the animosity some seem to feel toward him. To me, he always comes across as gracious and good-humored, and genuinely dedicated to the integrity of these stories.

Anyhow, I always enjoy the Q&As ... makes the month-long wait between issues a bit easier. So thanks to Scott and Emmie and everyone who's less lazy than me and actually thinks of questions to ask. :-)
It's a pleasure, erendis. I'm glad you enjoy them. :-)
If you've seen the recent Diamond Previews catalog, you've seen what we meant for you to see of the #34 covers.


Anyone seen these?
I'm guessing they're the same edited/cropped images that they have up on TFAW.com and the Dark Horse site.
Yep, they're just zoomed in (on Buffy's face, mostly, on the Jo Chen cover) or cut-up/re-edited, as in Georges' cover (only shows the other two couples, Xander/Dawn and...I forget who else. Willow/Kennedy? Not many other couples in Season 8, if any...unless they placed Warren/Amy on there as well, but that'd be kinda sick).

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