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January 05 2011

Buffy's 30th birthday parties. There's parties in comic shops in GA, OR, TX, NY and MT, some with special guests George Jeanty, Scott Allie and Sierra Hahn.

Careful readers may have noticed that the release date of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #40 has been moved to January 19, 2011. The change in date is no accident. The final issue of the much-talked-about series will hit shelves on the birthday of Buffy Summers. In order to celebrate both the end of Season 8 and the birthday of the beloved character, Dark Horse is proud to announce six Buffy Birthday Parties across the country!

Dark Horse editor Scott Allie had this to say about the event: "It's been a long, strange ride to the end of Buffy's eighth season, and when we realized that her thirtieth birthday fell on a Wednesday, the day new comics go on sale, we realized we had to move our release date to coincide. We're excited to celebrate this landmark occasion and hope we can gather good crowds of Buffy readers and fans together to wish her well as she heads off for Season 9, a little bit older, her head hung low. . . . "

It's hard to believe the vampire slayer is another year older, but time and tide wait for no man, woman, or demon. If, while reading this, you notice your local comic shop is not listed as hosting a party, have the shop's owner contact Dark Horse, and we'll provide them with activity sheets to host their own event.

The following locations will have games, prizes, giveaways, and more for their Buffy Birthday Party! Details vary by location.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Oxford Comics Games & More
2855 Piedmont Road NE
(404) 233-8682
http://www.oxfordcomics.com
Special Guest: Georges Jeanty, artist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8

PORTLAND, OREGON
5:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
Multnomah County Library
Central Library, US Bank Room
801 SW 10th Ave.
(503) 988-5123
http://www.multcolib.org/events/
Special Guests: Scott Allie and Sierra Hahn, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 editors
*Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comics will be available for sale at the event from Cosmic Monkey Comics.

MISSOULA, MONTANA
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Muse Comics & Games
2100 Stephens Ave., Suite 107
(406) 543-9944
http://www.musecomics.com/

NEW YORK, NEW YORK
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton St.
(800) 411-3341 / (212) 302-8192
http://www.midtowncomics.com/

HURST, TEXAS
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Lone Star Comics #6
931 Melbourne Rd.
(817) 595-4375
http://www.mycomicshop.com/ourstores/hurst

PLANO, TEXAS
5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Lone Star Comics #8
3100 Independence Parkway #318
(972) 985-1593
http://www.mycomicshop.com/ourstores/plano

It didn't help that Dark Horse released the press release with the preview for #40. Any spoiler phobes wouldn't have seen it or would have avoided it like the plague. So I've copied and pasted the relevant info into the "more" section and linked to it from there.
Cheers Simon, I fell into that camp.

30, blimey, young Buffy all growed up. She makes me feel pretty inadequate too, I hadn't saved the world at all by the time I turned 30, nevermind A Lot.

Raised a glass on HAL's birthday (12th Jan '97 - he'll be 14 a week today. Sort of) so Buffy's 30th is an easy one. First to say "Any excuse, eh ?" gets a free mini Mars Bar ;).
Aw, if only the NYC one wasn't during work hours :(
So excited for the GA one!
I'm well behind on the comics (though willingly spoiled), but now I kind of want to have my own party for Buffy's birthday...
Again, in the actual storyline/continuity, I don't think Buffy is actually 30 years old... just sayin'.
So you're saying 19/1/81 isn't canonical ? Hooray, it's the long awaited (ahem ;) Return of Canon vs Fanon ! Canon vs Fanon II - This time it's personal unless you agree there's a canon.

(Joss retconned it to be 19th January rather than - textually - either May or October, which removes an ambiguity. S'good enough for me, mileage varies)
It may be presumptuous of me, but I don't think J Linc was talking about the upcoming release of Canon vs Fanon II (the excitement mounts!). Rather, I think s/he was speculating about whether Joss has employed "a jump to the left and a step to the right." Which btw, I think there is some legitimate argument for because it seems to be the consensus around here that those pelvic thrusts really were insanity inducing.

So in short, I have no problem with the idea that the Buffyverse is moving at a different rate of time--except for the envy of course. It does nothing for my complexion. ;)
Does it actually ever say in the season 8 comics (am behind on them, only have read the first four issues) that it takes place in present time and not right after/shortly after the events of the season 7 finale?
I saw this the other day and it's cool that a couple of them are being held in Texas. But I'm not attending.

I'm going to be celebrating Buffy's birth date at the Bronze:Beta Buffy Re-Watch because I know that would be more fun to me.
Rather, I think s/he was speculating about whether Joss has employed "a jump to the left and a step to the right."

So... you're saying Joss has his hands on all our hips ? Somethin' about that is just downright unsettlin'.

Does it actually ever say in the season 8 comics (am behind on them, only have read the first four issues) that it takes place in present time and not right after/shortly after the events of the season 7 finale?

Ah, get what you mean now J Linc and that's a good point. In the comic itself I don't think it's ever said (anyone jump in to correct me if i'm wrong) but in the really real world i'm pretty sure both Joss and Scott Allie have said "season 8" starts 12-18 months ish after the demise of Sunnydale. Which means, yep, you're absolutely right, even assuming 4 years of comics = 4 years of time (which is almost certainly not true) then in-universe, Buffy's still in her mid-late 20s. Good catch.
Though the comics do reference Daniel Craig as Bond etc so timey wimey?
Wank? Craig become Bond earlier in the Buffyverse. Alternawank? Prophetic dreaming sometimes taps future pop culture. Or something.
Alternaternawank ? Daniel Craig was always destined to play Bond and Buffy, also intimately connected with destiny, subconsciously knew that. Alternaternaternawank ? They'd already started filming and Buffy has an in at MGM.
Wank? Craig become Bond earlier in the Buffyverse. Alternawank? Prophetic dreaming sometimes taps future pop culture. Or something.

Honestly don't think much wanking has to be done, b!X, to have Buffy make reference to Daniel Craig as James Bond. Buffy S7 ended in Spring 2003, so taking the reference that S8 started around 12-18 months after Chosen, you're left with May-June or November 2004...right around the same time filming for Casino Royale would have been underway or wrapping up.

So the western world would know Daniel Craig was picked to play the 6th official incarnation of Bond...and I can only imagine the geektacular arguments Xander and Andrew would have had over the matter, so Buffy would have been more than passingly familiar with who was in the role :D
Albeit not necessarily that they'd revisit the "Dr. No" scene complete with the swimming trunks previously worn by Big Tam ;).

(and I bet Andrew would've been in the slightly hysterical "Waaahh, James Bond is NOT blond !" camp before he saw 'Casino Royale'. Funnily enough, afterwards we didn't hear from those guys so much)
Not that it helps, but I do remember an interview where they (Scott Allie? not sure) said that the comics were set earlier but that they were deliberately using bendy time to get pop culture references in (He was talking about the Amy Winehouse bit. And actually, it was in the letters in the comic, I believe)... which I interpret as meaning that in the Buffy verse it's still 2008 or whatever but all the stuff that happens here now is happening there then. Cause they're ahead of us... or something.
I remember that, and I think you're right, it was in one of the letter columns. I kind of get the impression they're not too concerned about how comic time maps to real time in general though. Especially lately.
menomegirl said:

I saw this the other day and it's cool that a couple of them are being held in Texas. But I'm not attending.

I'm going to be celebrating Buffy's birth date at the Bronze:Beta Buffy Re-Watch because I know that would be more fun to me.


I can't decide which one to go to! The TRE (Trinity Railway Express) and various buses will most likely get me to either one in relatively the same amount of time. Have you been to either one of those shops in Texas? If so, which is better?

In regards to Buffy's birthday, I seem to recall a scene in an episode where someone asks "What are you?", and Buffy replies, "Capricorn on the cusp of Aquarius. You?". I can't remember who asked and which episode. It may have been Riley, at the start of "Doomed" in season 4, but I could be wrong.
Yeah, post "I Robot, You Jane" January became the accepted month and 1981 became the accepted year (it's on her gravestone in both 'Nightmares' and 'The Gift' and in 'Helpless' - aired 19/1/99 - she's undergoing the Watchers Council's test because it's her 18th birthday). Canonically it's 19/1/81.

The issue in doubt is whether Buffy is (soon to be) 30 in-universe i.e. is it 2011 in "season 8" ? And the answer would appear to be nope, Daniel Craig's swimwear aside ;)0.

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