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Whedon Rules! Why Joss Is Boss

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For all his success, critical acclaim, and devoted fan base, Joss Whedon still has his fair share of detractors. On occasion, these haters may present a valid criticism of Whedon and his work (which will be summarily dismissed and disregarded henceforth), but most of the time, they’re riding high on the train of spite and antagonism. They may say things like, “Joss Whedon fans are insufferable,” “Whedonites worship anything Whedon does, even if it’s crap,” or “Whedonites can’t accept that Whedon is a better writer than director, he’s not a cinematic genius of the magnitude of Kubrick or Spielberg, and his attempts don’t hit every time, whether it’s a storytelling choice or a shot at feminism.” This article is an obstinate fist right in their hate-scowls, so buckle up for an overzealous, hyperbolic adventure into the very real virtues of the unparalleled brilliance that is Joss Whedon.

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Who doesn’t love the Buffy the Vampire Slayer? The show where normal teenage high school cheerleader Buffy Summers finds out that not only is the paranormal real, it’s her job to kick it in the teeth—and boy, does she ever. The TV show, a re-imagining and update (created by Avengers and Firefly director Joss Whedon) of the movie of the same name, ran from 1997 ’til 2003 for seven seasons. Fans could not get enough of it; despite the show ending, people clamored for more of Buffy and the gang, which resulted in an ongoing series to continue the story. This resulted in three more seasons in comic form. Now, this fall, the story will continue again. (more…)

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Because Sarah Michelle Gellar has had SUCH a successful career post Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she just can’t escape the thought of future vamp slayin possibilities.

Being that Veronica Mars raised $5 million for a movie, TV Scoop wondered why Buffy couldn’t do the same. They posed the idea to ‘ole Sarah Michelle. You can almost hear her rolls her eyes with her response. Here’s what she said:

“Joss and I always talk about [a movie],” Gellar told me during an interview for E! News. “But the thing with Buffy is that Buffy was a movie, and it ultimately didn’t work as a film. And I mean, we had such miles to overcome when we were trying to do a TV show based on a movie. And one of the reasons is that the story works better over time.”

I think you all know the likelihood of a NEW Buffy is incredibly slim. You actually have better luck at finding out you’re the chosen one and have a lifetime of hunting vampires than you do at seeing a new Buffy show or movie. The cast are busy with their own successful careers (except for Nicholas Brandon, he ain’t doing shit) and Whedon has signed his soul over to Marvel. But, Sarah Michelle is right. A movie would never work. A TV show (or even the Buffy comic book series) would be only true form in which to develop stories for the Scooby gang that are worth telling. But, even then, the idea of Buffy has elevated to a level of praise and recognition beyond it’s own greatness. Basically, fans built it up and can just easily tear it down. Which, if a new Buffy were to happen, they most definitely would.

Source: CBM

 

 

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At least half of the success of Dark Horse’s Angel & Faith comes from artist Rebekah Isaac’s, whose take on Buffyverse characters helped make this book a success.  We had the chance to talk with Isaacs about characters, fangirling and a whole lot of muffins.

First off, Angel & Faith – we’re about halfway through, is that right? Going to 25?

Rebekah Isaacs: Yeah, We’re a little bit over – I think we just finished 14. Yeah.

So, how are you feeling about it? Obviously, still invested in the characters. How are you approaching it now versus when you started?

Isaacs: Oh, man. Hopefully, just getting better with every issue. Yeah, I mean. My approach is still the same. I feel like I have been able to relax into it more just because I’ve been working, drawing the characters – so, it’s a little more fun, not quite as stressful as it was before.

I know at the panel last year, the Dark Horse and Vampires panel, you had mentioned that there was a re-watch happening.

Isaacs: Oh, yeah yeah.

You’ve made it back through?

Isaacs: Yeah… It was funny. I started watching – I started re-watching right after the Drusilla arc was over and I really wish that I had rewatched before I started that because I feel like I definitely did get a better sense of Angel and Drusilla’s relationship re-watching it. It’s like, really freaky and messed up.

It’s a little bit wrong. Actually, it’s a lot wrong.

Isaacs: Yeah, it is.

At Dragon*Con, Georges Jeanty mentioned that one of his regrets for Season 9 was not being able to do the big crossover, not being able to have a chance to work with you directly.

Isaacs: I don’t think we’re going to have a chance to do that, unfortunately, but that would have been really cool.

Maybe next time? You’re in for Season 10?

Isaacs: Oh, yep. Definitely. As long as they’ll have me. I have been able to, luckily, draw most of the Buffy characters in some form or other. Buffy and Xander were in, well, Buffy a couple of times just as little flashbacks. Xander is in a flashback. And then Spike, showing up in the next arc of course, so. But yeah, that would be really cool. I hope I’ll be able to draw Buffy soon.

If you did swap over, which character did you wish you had more time with, that you haven’t had a chance to do?

Isaacs: I really, I love Xander so he would be really fun to draw now – especially with the eyepatch. It’s super stylish. And that’s one whole eye that I don’t have to draw. That’s my lazy side coming out.

So, with the familiarity, with the number of issues you’ve done – I’ve noticed and one of the things that I love about both this book and the Buffy book is how integral the art is, how you convey so much in just the expressions. Like, there was one moment in one issue – when Angel was going to Connor, and for some reason he had like 14 muffins in his hand. I don’t know why he did, but I love that it happened. How much of that is coming from you and your confidence with these characters?

Isaacs: The muffins were me. That came more from my personal experience always being so hungry when I get off of a flight. And so, I figured, Angel’s dragging everybody around right after they’ve got off the plane. They haven’t had a chance to eat so, I imagine that he would maybe have snapped out of it and realized, “Oh, you guys are starving. I’ll buy them some muffins.”

It was just one of those one-panel moments where I was like, “That is awesome.” Can you give some hints about what’s coming up – I know they’ve got the Spike and Willow series and Drusilla’s coming up in her own series.

Isaacs: Drusilla? Oh, right, the mini. I don’t know what’s going on with that. I’m out of the loop on that. Yeah, it looks awesome. I was able to see the first issue.

Beyond that, can you give us any idea – because it seems like everything is going crazy in every Buffyverse book at once.

Isaacs: Oh yeah. It’s going to get even crazier. I can’t spoil too much. We are going to get some really great Ripper flashbacks in the next arc and that’s going to tie in with the Giles flashbacks. What’s happening in the present day (is) going to start to matter a lot more. But other than that, it would be difficult to say anything without giving too much away.

So, what’s your favorite comic?

Isaacs: Well, besides Buffy and Angel & Faith – one book that I really love that I think all Buffyverse fans would really enjoy is Locke & Key. Have you been reading that?

A friend of mine gave me the first trade and said, “You must read this.”

Isaacs: Oh, the first trade is so – like, once I got to the end of it, I was like, “Holy crap. How – I’ve got to get every single issue of this right now” and I was so mad that I couldn’t get to the comic store that day. It’s not – it’s still wrapping up. I think there’s one more arc to go but it’s got a lot of similar elements to Buffy and Angel.

One last question – since I did fangirl at you earlier. Anyone here that you’re going to get a little flippy about?

Isaacs: Oooh. Well, I probably won’t get a chance to actually talk to him or stand in line to see him, but Yoshitaka Amano from the Final Fantasy series – I’m a huge Final Fantasy nerd, so I at least just want to go by and view him from a distance and just giggle.

Oh, I know that feeling.

Rebekah Isaacs is the regular artist on Dark Horse Comics’ Angel and Faith comic. You can check out Rebekah’s variant cover on issue #15 at the end of this month and she will return to her regular penciling duties on issue #16 this November. 

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Jane Espenson and Brad Bell come from different segments of the entertainment industry. She is a known and lauded producer and writer from the land of network and cable television and he is a YouTube sensation.

Apart they have conquered their own unique set of obstacles with Jane dominating Y chromosome heavy writers rooms and Brad making a bold statement about the guts, creativity, and skill it takes to excel and rise above the interweb pack. Together? Well, Espenson and Bell are re-writing the rule book and drawing the bunny-fingers around the phrase television with their web series Husbands — a hilarious, take no prisoners gay marriage rom-com that is splendidly frustrating homophobes and positively delighting those with a brain and a sense of humor.

I’ve spoken to Jane and Brad before and as always they deliver in this exclusive interview about Geek cred, raising the bar, the joys of controversy, and the shows unbelievable guest stars like Nathan Fillion last season (who wrote his own cue cards) and this season’s cameos by Joss Whedon (who brought his own wardrobe), Tricia Helfer, Jon Cryer and others.

Read on, enjoy, and share…

Bell, Sean Hemeon, & Espenson at SDCC 2011 before they got Bieber huge.

You took Comic-Con by storm and yet this is a romantic comedy not a “genre” show. How do you explain your “geek” following and street cred?

Jane Espenson: Some of it comes out of my resume. I’ve written for a lot of science fiction and fantasy shows: Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, Torchwood, Game of Thrones, etc, so the Comic-Con crowd knows my name. But I think my name is just a billboard of sorts. It catches interest among those fans. The real reason Husbands has earned fan loyalty is that, just like with Sci Fi, the emotions are universal. The circumstance might look like they’re unrelatable — another planet, an alien race, gay people! — but the experience is universal. The journey is compelling. Husbands is the same way.

Brad Bell: I’ve never understood why “genre” shows are defined that way. Everything falls into a genre. Husbands, for example, is a romantic comedy. Assuming Husbands would only appeal to romantic comedy fans or gay fans — or not appeal to the Comic Con crowd because those fans only like Sci Fi — that limits the depth of the show and all fans of everything, everywhere! But that aside, I think Husbands never underestimates the intelligence of the audience. We give our viewers the respect they deserve. People like that. Especially geeks.

Are there any current web series’ that inspire you and that push you to be better?

We adore Very Mary Kate. The quality of joke writing in that little show is so perfect, so beautifully timed… it’s a step above most popular entertainment. When we work and rework the scripts, we aim higher because of Elaine Carroll’s writing.

There are a few new comedies coming up on network TV with gay main characters and what appears to be a more diverse premise. Some will quickly lump Husbands in with those shows, but do you think they need to earn a place beside you with their content? Do they need to put up and earn that badge? A followup: do you think that Husbands is helping to re-draw the boundaries of where network television is willing to go from the outside?

Brad: Earn a place beside us? No, not at all. I mean, if other people want to point out that we were first and still remain [at the] forefront of fresh, bold comedy for the 21st century… that certainly wouldn’t bother me. But to take some kind of ownership or expect others to acknowledge us, that just makes “us” more important than the result. I hope that result is a future with diverse and ample stories from all walks of life. That’s what’s important, not who made it happen.

Jane: I don’t mind Husbands being the bar against which those shows are measured. I don’t mind that one bit. Let’s make that happen. I guess all I have to say is that there should be room in the pool for everyone. If we end up pitting all the shows with gay content against each other, then it’s like accepting the premise that only one of the shows will gain relevance. In terms of re-drawing the boundaries – yes, I hope we are an active living demonstration that the audience is ready for more than is generally thought.

The group One Million Moms has called Ryan Murphy’s upcoming show, The New Normal, “Harmful to society” and they’re boycotting it sight unseen. Do you think the press gives these kinds of protests too much attention, and in light of the attention that they get, are you a little envious that they aren’t calling you harmful to society? I mean, who doesn’t want to be a little controversial?

Brad: Controversy is an effective strategy, but I can’t say I have “kerfuffle envy.” What Husbands has, are fans motivated by a genuine love for the show. It’s great to see people counter-protesting the (considerably less than a million) Moms — they should! But our audience gives celebratory support, not defensive support. I feel very blessed that the visibility and enthusiasm for Husbands is because of the quality; people love the show because of the show. That’s the best case scenario, no matter how big the audience ultimately ends up being.

Jane: Oh, once they see us, they may find us a little harmful. I’m of two minds about the “too much coverage” thing. Yeah, not every crazy needs a camera put on them. On the other hand, when you put a camera on them, the crazy gets really clear.

Describe for me the challenge of trying to say something about our societies views on marriage equality while also being funny. It seems to me that when funny people get too political or value being important over being comical they sometimes forget how to be funny people. On the other hand, some thrive like Jon Stewart and Colbert. How do you toe the line?

Jane: I don’t think either of us know how to talk for very long without attempting some humor. I think it’s how most people talk, and how most people listen. We rarely have to struggle to find the funny “spin” – human beings, even human prejudice, is funny because it’s so ridiculous. I’d say we more often have the other issue, where we have to decide when to hold back on some funny phrasing in order to let a point really land.

Brad: Exactly. The conservative views on marriage equality are already so absurd, it makes our job too easy, really. “Gay marriage will be the downfall of society!” Since there seems to be very little explanation for what exactly takes us from A (marriage equality) to B (the apocalypse) our only option is to imagine the most hilariously horrible doomsday scenario in between and flesh it out.

Obviously you want to evolve from season to season. Season one was fantastic, but in what ways do you think you’ve improved upon the show this season?

Brad: Well, the Million Moms have played right into our game by protesting The New Normal, so that’ll really give some of-the-moment timeliness to this season’s story. This time around, we use a few classic sitcom devices that are normally employed just for laughs, but we were able to use them in such a way that highlights the social commentary, while keeping the relationship at the heart of the story. By the time all is said and done, it’s about this new marriage and the love therein.

Jane: A more ambitious story. Much better production values. We raised a lot of the money for season two through a Kickstarter campaign, so this was the money we got from the fans and we wanted to make sure it all ended up “on the screen.” Plus our big guest stars like Joss Whedon, Jon Cryer, Mekhi Phifer, Felicia Day, Tricia Helfer, Amber Benson, and a lot more.

I spoke with you both and Sean [Hemeon] at the beginning of season 1 and from my perspective it seems like the show has a bit more buzz surrounding it in the days before season 2. You had a meaty write up in Entertainment Weekly, as I said before, you dominated San Diego — when was the moment that you each thought “Okay, this is clicking”?

Jane: I knew it would be huge the minute Brad had the idea, but the moment it really hit me was the review in The New Yorker. It was a breakthrough for online content and signified more than just good press. A few months before that, we’d drawn a shockingly huge crowd at New York Comic Con, so maybe it was already happening. And the build up to the season two roll-out is beyond gratifying. We were hosted at The Paley Center for our premiere event, another first for online programming, which was just amazing.

Brad: Yeah, there have been a series of clicks. The most personal one, I guess, was when my brother in Tennessee said how much his Army buddies were enjoying Husbands — straight, gun-carrying, Tennessee, army boys. I said, “Oh you showed them my stuff?” He replied, “They already knew who you were. They pulled it up one night like, ‘You have to see this, it’s hilarious’ and I was like, ‘Yeah that’s my brother’ and they were all, ‘Cheeks is your brother?! You’re lying!'” That was pretty surreal.

As you mentioned, the fans paid for this season through a very successful Kickstarter campaign. With that comes an obligation to give them their money’s worth but you have total freedom. If you had a chance to take this to TV and make it with someone else’s money — not fans’, but a network’s money — would you choose less exposure and more freedom or more exposure and less freedom? Also, are the priorities at all different for the two of you due to your chosen path as a performer Brad, and your more established “brand” Jane?

Jane: Can I have more exposure AND more freedom? Because that, actually, is where I think we’re headed. Freedom has to come first, but I don’t see a ceiling on our exposure – we are accessible to all. Priorities: I think we are a Venn diagram with a lot of overlap, and the overlap part is labeled “Husbands”. We both want it to change the world.

Brad: If I opted for more exposure, but sacrificed freedom (and therefore quality) why would I want to expose that product to more people? Would it be for the money? Yay. So I win and the audience gains nothing. Worse, they lose a show they loved, which I gave them. “Here you go! Do you like it? Well tough, I’m selling it so I can be rich!” How would I be able to sleep on my 3,000 thread count sheets in my palatial Malibu estate knowing that I’d taken a beloved show from the people who believed in me? I couldn’t. The happiness of my audience is more important than whether or not I have a private jet. Of course, the ideal scenario is a private jet and audience happiness. I aim to make that happen.

You can watch every episode of Husbands on their website, HusbandsTheSeries.com. You can follow the show on Twitter @TeamHusbands. You can also follow Jane Espenson (@JaneEspenson) and Brad Bell (@GoCheeksGo) on the Twitter machine as well. Now, check out this special behind the scenes video from season 2.

Sneak Peak at Buffy Spin-off ‘Spike’

Dark Horse Comics is in line to release a new Buffy season 9 comic book spin-off featuring as its main character the loveable, soulful Spike.  The miniseries, titled Spike of course, is set to run for five issues and features Victor Gischler in the writing department and Paul Lee on pencils.

Following the end of season 9 series, Spike was left in a bit of a state cause Buffy didn’t want to be his main squeeze.  So what happens next?  That’s what Spike is set to explain.

Here are a few sneak peak panels showing Spike… on a spaceship… with an army of supplicant, battle armor-clad cockroaches.  Yeah, it all makes sense when it comes to the Buffy-verse.

Take a look and see what you think:

For the Buffy fans that must know what happens next, the first issue of Spike is set to release on August 22nd.

 

Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the info.

I was born in the 80s, raised in the 90s. I’m of the generation where girls were taught to scream Girl Power! at the top of our lungs by the Spice Girls. It didn’t matter whether you were facing aliens or robots because Ripley and Sarah Connor had your back. I watched Buffy Summers slay vampires by night and struggle through adolescence by day. I saw Sailor Moon and The Powerpuff Girls save the day hundreds of times, all before bed time. But now?

What happened to the Girl Power of the 90s? What happened to ladies kickin’ ass and taking charge? Where did the female action stars go? What happened to the superwomen?

DC Women Kicking Ass, a phenomenal blog that’s always up to date with female superhero news, picked up on these comments made by Marvel Entertainment CCO Joe Quesada at the recent Kapow! Comic Con.  Reported by Ain’t It Cool News, Quesada talked about the possibility Marvel would make a movie with a female superhero in the lead,

In a chat afterwards, Joe told me that he’d love to make a tentpole movie with a female lead, but that he really doesn’t think there is an actress right now who could carry it, or a character that would work either.

Uh, cool, I think. At first he’s seems excited by the prospect of a female-led superhero movie then turns around and tells us there’s no female character or actress who could make it work. I can’t say I agree with him. Isn’t Black Widow and Scarlet Johansson proof a movie with a female superhero and a capable actress is within their grasp? They just need to seize the opportunity.

To makes things even weirder, Quesada followed up this comment with promising talk about a Ms. Marvel movie. Wha-? Abby Chandler of Badhaven reported Quesada told her,

A script for a Ms/Captain Marvel movie is ready to go. They just needed an actress. Marvel are having a meeting in a couple of weeks and will be ready to announce some films then … He said we’d be pleasantly surprised.

Okay. So Ms. Marvel is a a female character who could get her own movie, but without any capable actress around it probably won’t happen soon. Yet they’re promising film announcements that will pleasantly surprise us? Could this be the Black Widow movie that would just make so much freakin’ sense right now? Or maybe the Wasp plays an integral role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man film?

I’m so confused by the mixed messages Quesada presented. Why won’t anyone give the female-led action movie a shot? Was The Hunger Games a fluke? Where are today’s Ripleys, Sarah Connors, and Buffys? I just don’t get it.

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