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April 10 2012

Joss Whedon's Reddit Q&A kicks off shortly. Questions have already been fielded. And Joss' answers can be found here (click on "context" to see what he is replying to).

1106 of them, as it stands. I predict he'll get through less than 2% of them. (sigh) (but also yay)
It says "there doesn't seem to be anything here" when I click on that link.

I asked about the web series he was going to work on before The Avengers, but I didn't understand how reddit works and now it is lost in the virtual ether of ephemera.

[ edited by insistondoubt on 2012-04-10 19:32 ]
Has it started yet? I see questions but no answers. The charity auction is very cool though.
What a strange interface - how on earth will questions be chosen? If he were to just click on reply then you would have to search for his answers.
If you click on bix's link, that should show Joss' replies.

Though I notice that Joss has an Iranian mousemat like I have. What are the odds?
People will vote up his answers so they are visible. People vote up interesting questions (in theory) and downvote trolls. So if you see something interesting, vote it up.

Kinda depressing the first question is Help Joss Buy Firefly. Although understandable.
That link was my question. this one should be all his answers.

ETA: Oh, it was supposed to be a link to my question. Oops. here's that if you feel like upvoting it.

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2012-04-10 19:43 ]
Bix, your earlier link was wrong.
Aye, yes that works now b!X.

[ edited by insistondoubt on 2012-04-10 19:45 ]
Love his "proof that it's me" photo... We see your writing LAIR, Joss!
Hooray, he's answering.
Joss is answering but you have to open a second window to figure out WHAT he is answering (and he only kills stupid people? Like Tara and Wash? :(.
He's going. But he doesn't seem to be using the reply-to-individual-comments function so it's like reading a webchat with River Tam.
edit - scratch that I was pressing permalink instead of context.

[ edited by daylight on 2012-04-10 19:48 ]
Right click where it says CONTEXT and you can see his answers with the question in a new tab.

[ edited by Kingotnw on 2012-04-10 19:52 ]
Kingotnw, when you're looking at one of his comments, click "context." That'll show you the comment he's replying to.
Now that everyone knows that there will be no second season of Firefly, maybe people will stop asking. onowait...
I feel stupid. And a little old. I can't make any sense of this at all?
Hooray Dune love! My favourite sci-fi book too.
Daylight, "a webchat with River Tam" is my new fave way of putting nonsense. Stealing it!
'But all the money in the world means just one thing: spaceships. Spaceships in trouble.'

Ack. So much love.

Also, I don't see why spaceships and musicals should be mutually exclusive.

[ edited by insistondoubt on 2012-04-10 20:01 ]
My god, he's really going for it. 2% may have been an underestimate. Although having said that, the count's at 2888 and rising...
These are a cut above the usual Q&As he does, kudos.
Simon, agreed.
I know Joss. I don't like that you're constantly hounded with the "killing characters" question. Good comeback with the Jason Voorhees quip. And I love that you love Mark Ruffalo.
"Season six of Angel would have kicked all manner of ass. And Illyria would have manifested as Fred often enough to become very confused about her identity.

And now I'm sad again."

That sounds so cool... I feel a little gutted reading that and realizing how cool that would have been...
He's turned into Arnold Vinick, he's answering everything.
I think Willow and Oz would have at least made some guest appearances too. I can't remember where I read that...

Also the academic poster is clearly now wondering how best to reference Reddit. Ha.

[ edited by insistondoubt on 2012-04-10 20:22 ]
Kingotnw, I wonder if that filtered down to the Echo/Caroline dynamic in Dollhouse.
"Art isn't your pet -- it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you."
Wow, I'm loving how he is really trying to answer ALL the questions! I'm loving this answer (my faves are left of center too):
"Favorite characters? Jeez. Spike, Andrew, Illyria, River, Captain Hammer, Loki, the Cheese Man... hell, I love them all, or I wouldn't write them. But I tend to the left of center.
The hardest was always Angel. How to make a decent, handsome, stalwart hero interesting -- tough. Angelus, on the other hand..."

OMG: "And Captain America IS Captain Hammer. DON'T TELL CHRIS EVANS."
I'm still laughing out loud at that one!

[ edited by embers on 2012-04-10 20:36 ]
That's my favorite quote of the Q&A so far, b!X. Such a perfect observation.
Simon, I never really thought of that before in relation to Dollhouse. I can see that.
I asked about Frey but I'm sure it wasn't voted up so he'll see it.
Is there a link where you can view the question and then the answer, or just a link to his answers where you can then click on a separate page to view the question? I'm perplexed and not for lack of effort trying to figure it out. I can only hope some kind sole transcribes this somewhere for those of us whose brains suddenly scramble at the sight of the format.

I would really like to know what's written on the board in the photo Simon linked to.
Maybe we could post links here to our questions and then we can upvote them for each other?
Faith, look to the top of the post here. Such a link is linked.
Dern, I would do that TOTB, but he's gone now.

[ edited by Tonya J on 2012-04-10 20:44 ]
Ah, thank you, b!X. Right there in the title, who would have thought? I went to the Cabin screening last night and got home late, that is my excuse ;)

[ edited by Faith on 2012-04-10 20:46 ]
That was a really enjoyable Q&A.
"But right now i'm fielding five movies..."

Avengers, Cabin, Much Ado, In Your Eyes, and...?
Dr Horrible 2?
Oh, I do hope that's right, Simon.
Comic-Con Episode IV.
That was fun.
ahhh, you're right, bix. Completely forgot about that.
Salted caramel!
"Objects in Space"!

[ edited by StalwartTrue on 2012-04-10 21:43 ]
I literally choked laughing:

"Which joke in your body of work are you most proud of?"
"Titan A.E."
Love this quote: "Art isn't your pet -- it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you."

Hearing about Illyria's potential storyline in season six is making me sad.

DH2 is still in pre-production, not ready to shoot yet! "We're not shooting right now, we're still in the early stages of writing. But we hope to make a great deal of progress this summer. And you can expect the death of someone you love."

Also: I made an observation to a friend that Joss is known for killing characters, but that is hardly unique to him. There are lots of movies and TV shows that kill off characters; the difference is that Joss makes you care about the deaths of even minor characters, so that the impact resonates. Joyce was never a central character, but her death hurt like hell because Joss is a genius of emotional storytelling.
Was there really no abortion questions? I'm pretty surprised, actually.
mark214 - after the ending to issue #7 we're in too much shock, SHOCK I tell you, to even think about it.
I'm dying to know if Joss is going to write any issues in Buffy Season 9. I really really hope he does.
dottikin Actually, I think the problem there is the he has blowback from having the fanbase he does. Because he is recognized as writing tragedy well (because we run out and tell people), at some point he gets held above other people. That's not necessarily fair to other writers, but it does happen.

But as a result, when you look at his body of work... everything he is most known for (so far) has featured tragedy. Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible... they all played with it with fan favorite characters.

I understand his frustration and I do feel for him since it is inevitable when telling serial drama stories. Hopefully if he makes more films, he'll be able to play more often with different types of self-contained stories and leave that particular trick in the bag though. That will probably fix the perception problem.

[ edited by azzers on 2012-04-11 00:55 ]
Sure azzers. Just wait till you see who he kills in Avengers!
So late to the party, it isn't event a party anymore - the guests have all gone home & the rooms have been cleaned. Just wanted to say a couple of things:

Yes, this:

"Art isn't your pet -- it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you."

is really wonderful. And kindof apt, too, considering that his kids are probably doing a bit of that.

And in the Joss-confirming photo (I, too, have that Persian rug mousepad) linked to above, I thought Joss looked sad. Maybe he's just tired as all hell - who wouldn't be? - but his eyes looked sad, and that made me a bit of a Sad Panda for him.

I hope he & Kai to get that vacation in Italy soon...

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