SDCC would not be complete without a healthy dose of Joss Whedon. The creator of Buffy, Firefly, Dr. Horrible and Dollhouse, and the director of two Avengers movies treated fans to a concentrated panel of everything Whedon. He discussed his upcoming projects in the comic book world and expounded, quite eloquently, on the meaning of life.
Whedon unveiled the next comic to be carried by Dark Horse Comics,which he’ll be writing himself: Joss Whedon’s Twist, the six-issue series is set to release sometime next year and, “deals with the most important moral question, facing us, which is, why isn’t there a Victorian Female Batman?” Not just that, but other creative properties will continue their stories in the comicbook universe such as the sequel series to the Firefly comic titled A Leaf on the Wind, and the current runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and Faith which are set to wrap up next year.
Joss Whedon couldn’t help but praise Dark Horse comics for staying true to the characters he helped create and pushing the story lines forward in a way the television or film hadn’t. “I feel like five years ago, a tornado ripped up my house and dropped it in the land of Marvel, and it’s been a very weird time. [And meanwhile, Dark Horse has been taking care of ]“the things I care most about.”
So when fans asked about Firefly comeback , and also when we’ll get Doctor Horrible 2, Whedon was quite candid on the subject. When it came to Firefly he stressed that he’ll never stop being obsessed by that ragtag group of adventurers “and what they go through either together or apart,” and he would be happy telling stories about just the nine of them on board the ship together. When it came to Dr. Horrible, Whedon confirmed that the original cast is down to do it , but that the issue is scheduling, since many of the stars have insanely busy schedules.
Finally, one fan asked him what he felt was the meaning of life and how to stay sane and happy in an insanely complicated world. Before we get into this big chunk of wisdom, I have to say that if this quote whether in pieces or in its entirety isn’t on Pinterest or Tumblr I’ll be mightily ashamed of the internet….shame on you.
“You think I’m not going to, but I’m going to answer that. The world is a random and meaningless terrifying place and then we all—spoiler alert—die. Most critters are designed not to know that. We are designed, uniquely, to transcend that, and to understand that—I can quote myself—a thing isn’t beautiful because it lasts. The main function of the human brain, the primary instinct, is storytelling. Memory is storytelling. If we all remembered everything, we would be Rain Man, and would not be socially active at all. We learn to forget and to distort, but we [also] learn to tell a story about ourselves. I keep hoping to be the hero of my story, [but] I’m the annoying sidekick. I’m kind of like Rosie O’Donnell in that Tarzan movie. My idea is that stories that we then hear and see and internalize—and wear hats from and come to conventions about… We all come here to celebrate only exactly that: storytelling, and the shared experience of what that gives us. The shared experience of storytelling gives us strength and peace, you understand your story and everyone else’s story, and that it can be controlled by us. This is something we can survive, “because unlike me, you all are the hero of your story.”
So go furth ya Nerdbastards!