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April 29 2011

'The Buffyverse Catalog: A Complete Guide' - coming out later this year. The full title of the book is "The Buffyverse Catalog: A Complete Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel in Print, Film, Television, Comics, Games and Other Media, 1992-2010".

Well that takes care of a good chunk of Christmas shopping. Be interesting to see the full details on sources and whatnot.
Didn't S8 end in January 2011? It would be a bit of a shame if the guide includes all of the comics except for the very final issue. I hope they've thought about that!
Ah, the subject of my first posted link last year! Good to see that the book is apparently coming out for real. I expect that it won't be light reading, but rather just what the title says: a catalog. Nevertheless, I'll buy it...
45 bucks seems steep for a catalog.
It does seem a bit steep, but this sounds intriguing.

The author organizes and describes both the original texts of the Buffyverse (episodes, DVDs, novels, comic books, games, and more) and the secondary materials created about the shows, including books, essays, articles, documentaries, dissertations, fan production and websites.


Pretty incredible to consider there'll be a listing of "dissertations, fan production, websites." Can't wait to see what makes the cut!
In response to vampmogs - yes the guide covers all of Season 8 Buffy and Season 6 Angel.
This sounds like a double-edged sword; I really want it, but once I get it I'm going to want everything listed inside of it!
It is wrongly titled. The author contacted me when we were doing the Whedon Spotlight on Popmatters.com. The Spotlight ran from late February to April of this year, so unless he didn't include all the stuff he asked for, it should be 2011 instead of 2010.
My thoughts exactly, CaptainTightPants.
I would like to see all the merchandise referenced. There was chocolate bars, Easter egss, Advent calendars, two-way radios amd toy cars to name but a few.
I did manage to squeeze in all the Whedon Spotlight articles, but it ran right up against the publisher's deadline. I guess you could say it is "1992-Apr 2011" but that's a bit awkward. I thought they were really important articles, so really pushed the deadline to fit them in. Also, I'd love to include the "Kiss the Librarian" mugs etc, but stuck to "published" materials.
If i get this, my own book idea, Mapping the Buffyverse, will become easier to research :-).
My original title for this book was Navigating the Buffyverse, which is along the same lines...
Well, as Gary Gygax told me, great minds run in the same channels.

My idea is different, thanks for your greta job
I was just thinking (Ok,fantasizing) earlier today about winning the lottery & putting on the biggest Whedon convention ever (With two headliners from each of the four shows!) and was wondering what kind of fun merchandise I could find to auction or raffle off.

Sounds like this would be a great source list for that sort of thing. I have a couple stripped script books (from when I worked at a bookstore that allowed its employees to take stripped books) and the Sunnydale Yearbook, but I know there's a lot of other printed material floating around I've never heard of. And, happily, more is printed just about every year.

When you really step back and look at it, this is an amazing phenomenon. There are college courses, serious academic books, charities and so much more spawned by one man's "crazy" dream to write a show about a little blonde girl who fights the monsters and wins.

"Buffy" is really timeless. I myself didn't get into the show until midway through Season Six, mainly because that was when I finally was able to get the channel it was airing on. I was watching reruns on FX, and then decided to watch the current season. And I was hooked. I talked about it and wrote so much fan fiction that now my mother has started watching it (on her own) on Netflix. You can come into it at any time and get drawn in.

And happily new fans are finding sites like this one and the Bronze:Beta to come to to talk about their new obsession, and the "old-timers" are always (or usually) gracious and welcoming. There is no "age limit" to the fans, and everyone can find at least one character they can identify with.

And I don't have to point out the success of the stars after the show ended. Even those who haven't stayed active in acting haven't just vanished.

As my favorite button says: Buffy lives.
If this doesn't have any glaring omissions of licensed product, I'm DEFINITELY picking this up. Niche collector's guides like this usually don't stay in print very long and they usually aren't reprinted or updated for years, if at all.
Fear not, I ordered a catalog. I'll relate any questions towards upon it.

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