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May 08 2013

Writer Joe Hill explains his love for Joss Whedon. The horror novelist and son of Stephen King calls Joss "One of the guiding lights of my generation."

Seriously? He's Stephen King's son? I had no idea! I've been citing his comic book series Locke and Key as the best thing currently in comics ever since I discovered it. Well, that's neat!
His "real" name, according to Wikipedia, is Joseph Hillstrom King.
He's a great writer. His short story "Best New Horror" floored me with how chilling and powerful it was. Fantastic homage to late 70s cinema.
I really like the Locke and Key issues I've read. Will have to check this book out.
So...what is Joss' comic bibliography? (screw it-I'll wiki it.)
You know, I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night...
brinderwalt; You do , I hope, know "Hill" is joss's middle name. i was unsurprised when i found out.

Mitholas, bigsofty: Well, what genre writer would want to be called "Joe King," anyway?
DaddyCatALSO: A writer working in the parody genre would probably quite like to be known as Joe King ("Joking", for those too lazy to mentally sound the words).

BarryC:
Joss wrote Astonishing X-Men for a while. He also wrote a Buffy spinoff comic called Fray, about a slayer in the future. He also briefly took over Runaways after Brian K Vaughan left. And of course he's also written some Firefly and Buffy comics. Oh, and there's Sugarshock. I'm probably leaving some stuff out.
brinderwalt; You do , I hope, know "Hill" is joss's middle name. i was unsurprised when i found out.

Now that you mention it - I'm surprised I never noticed that before (I blame the non-standard nickname.)

[ edited by brinderwalt on 2013-05-08 21:11 ]
I dreamed I saw Joss Whedon last night
Alive as you or me
Says I but Joss you're ten years dead
"I never died" says he
"I never died" says he

The studio bosses killed you Joss
They killed your show, Firefly
Takes more'n that to kill a man
Says Joss, I didn't die
Not even from Firefly

And standing there as big as life
And smiling with his lips
Says Joss what they forgot to kill
Went on to other scripts
Went on to other scripts

Serenity and Dollhouse too,
And Doctor Horrible
But most of all th'Avengers team
Made Fox execs feel ill
Made Fox execs feel ill

I dreamed I saw Joss Whedon last night
Alive as you or me
Says I "and now there's Much Ado
"I'll never rest" says he
"I'll never rest" says he.
Joss' birth name was Joseph Hill Whedon. So when I saw the above headline I was a bit confused at first. ;)
So many Joe Hills, so little
Oh my god, Yoink. That made my day. :D
A character in Joe Hill's comic Locke & Key is named Ellie Whedon with a son, Rufus Whedon. I'm wondering if they are named after Joss.
Yoink: The historical Joe Hill was born not far from here.
Yoink, FTW.
This makes me happy. Stephen King was a huge part of my formative years, Whedon a huge part of my..er...formative adult years, and I really like what I've read of Joe Hill, so it's all good!
Yoink, that is fantastic! After reading it twice, my brain starting internally singing it to the tune of the Gilligan's Island theme song, and now I can't un-read it that way. . .
After reading it twice, my brain starting internally singing it to the tune of the Gilligan's Island theme song, and now I can't un-read it that way. . .

Do you know the original tune? It's one of the most beautiful melodies, I think. Here's the great Paul Robeson singing it.
Just read Volume 1 of Locke and Key this past weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Felt very Jossian, and the Whedon character name brought a chuckle, as I then realized the writer had hung a lantern on his admiration for Joss's work.

Looking forward to Volume 2, which speaks volumes, as I don't look forward to much these days.
Zoinks, Yoink, that was tremendous!
Yoink, may they sing that during the next Screen Writers Guild strike.

Joe Hill's latest has a strong woman central character who goes through hell. It's a funny hell, but still hell. I'm more than halfway through, which is my endorsement.
Yoink wins an internet.
What I don't get though is the guy has only seen two episodes of Buffy. And presumably no Angel at all. He's clearly spending too much time being a productive writer.

Simon, where can I find "Best New Horror?"
In his "20th Century Ghosts" anthology. 'Heart-Shaped Box', his first novel, is a good read as well.
What I don't get though is the guy has only seen two episodes of Buffy.

I was going to say the same thing. I've been following him on twitter and it didn't seem like he was really a fan until Avengers after which he asked his followers for Buffy episodes recommendations because he didn't want to watch all of it or didn't have time to. But not knocking him, everything I've read of Joe Hill's has been really great.

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