Saturday, September 13, 2008

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Angel: Aftermath writer Kelley Armstrong

As Angel: After the Fall comes to a close, fans can rest easy knowing that there's a new story on the horizon in the form of Angel: Aftermath, a five to six issue story arc written by Kelley Armstrong. Kelley was nice enough to do an interview with me, and as you will see from her comments, she's just as much a fan of the Buffyverse as any of us. So, sit back and enjoy the first glimpse into the mind of the writer who will be creating the "aftermath".

Buffyfest Blog: How did you get involved with Joss Whedon and the Buffy Universe in general?

Kelley Armstrong: My only involvement with the Buffy universe has been as a fan, and that's what got me the job. Another writer knew I'd said this was one universe (other than my own) that I'd love to play in. This writer was then talking to the publisher of IDW and they were discussing the end of After the Fall. He suggested I might be interested in writing a story arc. Which I was!

BB: Who is your favorite Angel character? Why?

KA: Fred. She had a perfect balance of strength and vulnerability. She made mistakes, but always bounced back determined to do better. That's the kind of strength I really admire in a person...and a character.

BB: What is your favorite Angel episode? Why?

KA: Tough question! I'll give two. "Hero" from season 1 and "A Hole in the World" from season 5. Emotionally and dramatically powerful plus just damn good stories.

BB: What do you think makes Buffy and Angel such intriguing characters that they've lingered long after their shows went off the air?

KA: They're archetypal heroes with a twist. Buffy is the "commoner plucked from ignominy and given great power" making her a teenage girl in a modern society added the twist. Angel is the "tormented hero trying to overcome his past." And he happens to be a vampire. Whedon took classics we recognize and love, and made them real people. And it really is the characters that make a series endure. The plots are interesting, but we keep coming back because we're invested in the characters.

BB: On your message board, you were asked about the canonization of Angel: Aftermath. Could you elaborate on your feelings about canon vs. non-canon?

KA: I leave it up to the reader. Yes, Aftermath is intended to be canon in the sense that it "counts" - it continues the main storyline of the series. But if a reader feels that anything not written by Joss Whedon isn't canon, I can understand that. Or if they really didn't like my story and decide to wipe it from memory, I'd be okay with that, too (well, okay with the "it's not canon" part...not so much with the "it sucked" part!) With a universe that so many writers add to, I think it comes down to the fans to decide, for themselves, what they consider canon.

BB: In your Women of the Otherworld Series you change narrators throughout the story. Will you be using a similar style by changing from one character's point of view to the next in each issue or do you have another style in mind?

KA: I considered that, but I already had a story in mind, and it wouldn't work to do it that way. Aftermath really is Angel's story, though others will have a stint on center stage.

BB: Are there any hints you can reveal to us about Angel: Aftermath?

KA: That's really tough. Any useful hints I give could give spoilers for what's to come in After the Fall. I can say that I'm not taking things in a radically different direction. I'm returning to a previous exit on the roundabout rather than taking a sharp left into new territory. And there will be a new character...or two.

If you want to learn more about Kelley Armstrong, check out her site here:

www.kelleyarmstrong.com

10 comments:

Shiai said...

Good interview! And I particularly liked Kelley's opinion that it ought to be up to the individual readers to decide what's canon and what isn't. I've long felt that way regarding the Buffy and Angel novels.

Michelle said...

Glad you liked the interview. I thought her answers were great - really thought out and interesting. Even though she didn't give much in the way of spoilers, I'm now wondering who these new characters will be.

Bruno said...

Great interview . I ´m really excited about the whole comic business right now , Angel kept the tv show vibe an grew a lot in many ways .

I´m really looking forward to read it .

Jayunderscorezero said...

Ooh, I somehow didn't hear until now that Ms Armstrong was coming on board the Angel comics. Exciting. Her Otherworld series was indeed very Buffy-esque at times, so this should be pretty interesting.

Chris Nolan.ca said...

At a presentation she gave at the North York Public Library last night, she revealed that the new character will probably be a were-cat. Feisty.

Tee said...

Really...that's kind of odd. Wonder if this is Oz related?

I'd like to post about it, do you mind sharing the link?

Chris Nolan.ca said...

it was in person, so there isn't any link to the actual talk. The link to the schedule @ the library is:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/pro_authors_uptown.jsp

my wife attended, I didn't so it's second hand. I'll ask her to post more details here.

Tee said...

very cool...thanks for the tip

Tee said...

She can also email us at Buffyfest@aim.com and we'll post the full story, if she doesn't mind.

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