Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy Buffy Season 10 Day!

Today's the day! The launch of a new era of our beloved Buffy: New players, new rules, new season. Of course this time we have last year's Angel & Faith crew with Christos Gage writing and Rebekah Isaacs providing the FABULOUS art. The issue is solid and a great way to kick off the season. Run, don't walk, to your local comic book shoppe or buy from Dark Horse directly here!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sarah Michelle Gellar's Reddit AMA was AMAzing!!!

In case you missed it, Sarah Michelle Gellar did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) and it was stupendous! Questions like: Weirdest Fan Experience? Her opinion on Alyson Hannigan? And of course the big one...Spike vs. Angel? Sheesh who knew how strong she leaned on THAT particular 'ship? Read the whole thing below!:

Hi reddit, I'm Sarah Michelle Gellar. Most of you know me from Buffy or Cruel Intentions. But now I'm playing the role I've always been born to play on The Crazy Ones. I'm also doing a charitable campaign with Unilever called Project Sunlight that helps support a bright future for children.
Anyways, Victoria's going to be helping me today. Let's answer some questions!
For all the years I've been doing this, I just want to say thank you to all of my loyal fans. I so appreciate each and every one of you. You are all the Chosen One.

Sarah, if you awoke tomorrow to discover you were Bruce Willis, what's the first thing you would do?
Oh my god, that's so easy! I would just walk around all day yelling "Yippee-Ki-Yay Motherfucker!"
What was your favorite Buffy episode to work on?
I have a few, so bear with me… My first one is The Prom because I just love that whole story, and I thought it just encapsulated the show so well. It was beautiful and heartbreaking… I also love Hush because I think it's not just the scariest episode we've ever done but the challenge to do a silent episode - I thought it would be easy but it was way harder… And the other favorite I love is The Body, because it was beyond difficult and heart wrenching to shoot, and I don't know if many people know this, but my entire first scene was all done in one take. It was 4-5 minutes of one long take.
If you could create an alcoholic drink based on anything in the Buffyverse, what would you call it and what would be the ingredients?
A fruit punch mouth! And what's in it? A red punch with rum.
How many times did you accidentally stab yourself on the set of Buffy? What did James Marsters' hair feel like? How did David Boreanaz smell?
Oh please?!? How many times do I hurt myself getting out of bed? For a pretty graceful person I'm a klutz… Ha! Well at the time on Buffy, over-processed. As any woman knows what it's like… I can say that David honestly smells very good and continues to smell very good. I apologize to Jamie his wife for answering that question.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Exclusive Mini-Interview with Dark Horse's Scott Allie.

With the launch of Buffy Season 10 just about a month away, we caught up with Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie to clear up a few questions about that Odd Couple themed cover, the future of Spike and did he say season 11? Check it out below:

Buffyfest: Dark Horse's Twitter cover contest was for Buffy issue #7. We previously thought Nicholas Brendon was writing issues 3-5. Has that changed?

Scott Allie: I think there was one tweet with an error in it, calling #7 his first issue, but yes, Nicky is co-writing #3-5, and then he's also co-writing #7. Christos [Gage] has the season outlined fairly tightly, and so we've looked over the whole season with Nicky to look at stories that made sense for him to hop into, depending on his schedule.

Last week fans voted that Xander
is the "Felix" to Spike's "Oscar".
Buffyfest: Thanks for clearing that up. So The Odd Couple hmm? We assume that Spike and Xander are going to be roommates once again. Can you give us any info as to how in the hell THAT happened?

SA: There was a point in the Season 10 summit when Joss broke into a rendition of the Friends theme song … There may have been dancing, it was a long day. One of the challenges with the Buffy title is keeping the core characters closely enough together for the interaction and drama we want, that we think we need to do the series justice. So there's a lot of cohabitating going on.

Buffyfest: Got it. So considering all this, should we be VERY worried about Xander & Dawn?

SA: What …? Would Joss ever screw up a relationship between two of his favorite characters? Pshaw, Tara, come to your senses.

Buffyfest: Spike & Xander (Spander!) haven't spent a lot of time together since season 4, back when Spike didn't even have a soul. Assuming they're having any kind of relationship at all in Season 10, how will it differ from back then?

SA: Both James and Nicky have said they love the interplay between the two characters, and I think Joss and Jane Espenson said the same thing. Look back at the end of Season 9, when Xander didn't want to leave Dawn alone in San Francisco, but had to go to the Deeper Well, for reasons good and bad … Spike was there for her. Look back at what Spike did in his scenes in those last few issues. I loved what Andrew did there, and we all agreed that their relationship would not be the same after that. I think the thing we all liked about Xander and Spike in Season 4 is the sort of thing Christos does really well, so I'm excited about it.

Buffyfest: Fans seem to be very happy with the notion of both more Xander and more Spike this season. Is it safe to say at this point that Spike will be a permanent fixture in the Buffy title for the duration of S.10?

SA:  Yeah. In Season 9, the plan was always to keep Xander in the background, as his anger problem simmered, building to the reveal about what he did in the Sunnydale crater in Season 8. Xander's relatively minor role in Season 9 was intentional. Spike's wasn't—we thought he was going to have a bigger role, but as things developed organically, we found he didn't have the appropriate things to do, he didn't have the role we thought he was going to. Some readers will think that means bad planning on our parts. Maybe. But you've gotta let the story make some decisions on its own, and we didn't want to shoehorn Spike's role into a story that we felt was gaining its own momentum, but we also didn't want him hanging around not doing significant things. It's okay to have Andrew Wells hanging around for comic relief, it's okay to have Kennedy popping up just to irritate people, but Spike ain't an ornament. 

However, there are very pivotal moments built into Season 10 that are unlikely to change, which in my mind guarantee great roles for both Xander and Spike this season. It's also highly unlikely that there'll be any sidebar miniseries to Season 10. So far each Season of the comics has been distinctly different in structure, in that way. Forty issues plus one shots, twenty-five issues times two plus miniseries, and now thirty issues times two. We like the variety, so Season 11 will probably be different yet again …

And there you have it! Thanks to Scott Allie, as always.

Buffy Season 10 #1 will be in stores March 19th.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

You Picked the Cover to 'Buffy' #7 - Co-written by Nicholas Brendon!

So Dark Horse Comics is gearing up for Buffy Season 10 and yesterday they ran a contest. They basically let readers pick the cover sketch for upcoming #7 issue, which is co-written by Xander himself: Nicholas Brendon!

In a nutshell, they wanted to do an Odd Couple homage, but couldn't decide if Spike was more like Felix Unger, or if Xander artist Rebekah Issacs sketched it both ways and they let the readers choose via twitter. Fun! Check out the sketches below and scroll down for the winner...

FELIX is XANDER!! (Sketch on the right). 
I would've gone the other way but I'm assuming this outcome is a result of that one time Spike was living in Xander's basement. Ha!

Friday, February 7, 2014

TONIGHT: Across the Whedonverse Event in LA with Added Guest Georges Jeanty!

If you're in Los Angeles, definitely clear your plans tonight because the burlesque/fan event "Across The Whedonverse" has added a very special guest, Georges Jeanty of Buffyverse comic fame! We are so proud to be sponsoring this fabulous event, there will be games, fanfiction, art, boobies, etc! Lusty Kitten Productions, who is responsible for all of this fabulosity, is also working with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom a non-profit that explores ways to stay safe as one explores sexual freedom. Good stuff.

There are still tickets, get them here now:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Don't Miss "Across the Whedonverse: A night celebrating Joss Whedon" in LA!

We have known about this awesome production for a long time, and it's finally almost here! Long time Buffyfest reader/Burlesque Star Spy Kitten and her Lusty Kitten Productions has announced Across the Whedonverse, a Joss Whedon themed extravaganza on February 7th, 2014 at Fais Do Do in Los Angeles, CA. If you're in the LA area, this is not to be missed!

This fan driven event is being described as "a unique blend of small scale fan conventions, burlesque show and a multi-media experience." Tickets are available now here and they're cheap too! At just $12 you get a night full of the following:
  • A Celebration of all things Whedon. 
  • Burlesque performances and variety act(s) 
  • Fan art 
  • Fan related games, contests and prizes 
  • Vendors 
  • Fan fiction 
  • Charity element 
  • Goodies (limited to the first 50 people to purchase tickets online.) 
  • Screening of fan made videos
They are also seeking art submissions for the soiree. Anything from burlesque, art, fiction, costumes, crafty vending, etc. If you love Joss, they want your stuff. Send digital images/files of fan art, fan fiction, fan videos, fan films, fan cupcakes or fan toilet paper to by January 31st. Go here for more details about that.

It's going to be an amazing night! Check out the below for some images of the creators doing their burlesque best. And yes, that first one is of Spy Kitten with Buffy's Adam Busch!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Are You Kidding Me With These??

Check out Stacey McCool's insanely amazing Buffy themed manicure! Complete with Angel from Spike's Punching bag, Mark of Eyeghon and the fricking Grr Argh monster! WTF?

via Stacey McCool on Flickr

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Whedonverse Ornament Swap Recap!

Happy New Year everyone! The Holidays are over and 2013 Whedonverse Ornament Swap has ended. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's swap, our 6th! We saw some awesomely creative and beautiful ornaments this year. Check out a selection of just a few via twitter below...but visit our Flickr group to see hundreds of the swap's ornaments from over the years.

Swappers: Thank you so much for participating! If you haven't yet posted your pictures to the Flickr group page, please do when you get the chance. And see you all next year!

Swapper and long time Buffyfest reader Kaaren created some fantastic Buffy Season 9 Comic themed ornaments and even got them featured on Cakewreck's sister blog Epbot!:

These are my ornaments this year!:

Jenn Benn named this ornie "Kakistletoe." Ha!

Rain's mini tree choc full o' Whedonverse ornies!:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Whedonverse Ornament Swap Deadline Today!

**Reminder** Today is the deadline to send out your ornaments for the 2013 Whedonverse Ornament Swap! Hope everyone had a great time with your creations and managed to get them out on time.

Don't forget, as you receive the ornies please post pics to the Flickr group so we can all see the fun! That can be found here:

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email us at buffyfest[at]aim[dot]com

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Need a Gift for that Whedonite on Your List?

It's the Holiday season and besides creating wonderful Whedoney ornaments for your tree, you might also be shopping for that fellow fan on your list. Well Once Upon a Tee is featuring all things Joss Whedon again on their site. They have the now-classic "Guns don't kill people, Joss kills people" tshirt and hoodies again as well as some fabulous new ones featuring the Firefly gang, Doc Horrible, Buffy's "The Gentlemen" and more. Best thing, only $12 each! These items are only being sold until the end of the weekend so hurry up and get on it.