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    Interview with Scott Allie about "Buffy Season 8″

    http://www.fantasy-news.com/2008/11/...uffy-season-8/

    What makes a good comic book?

    Same as any other creative endeavor. The talent. If you have a good writer and a good artist on a comic, you probably have a good comic. If you compound the good talent-great writer, artist, colorist, letterer, cover artist ? then you have a great comic.

    Unstoppable.

    Let's speak about "Buffy": What is your favorite villain so far both tv-show-wise and comic-wise?

    My favorite villain is still probably Angelus from Season Two. He packed the most drama, in a villain. Second would be Dark Willow, but she wasn't enough of the driving force of that season, so she didn't leave the mark Angelus did.

    And your favorite BtVS-character?

    I dunno. It changes. Today I'll say Spike.

    What do you feel are the main differences between the tv show and the comic books?

    Well, the advantage of the comic is that there's less interference between Joss and the reader. Less for him to overcome to get his vision across. The advantage of the show is that you have the actors, who the fans love as much or more than they love Joss, and you have the infinitely popular medium of television to deliver the stories. That's speaking in terms of clear pluses or minuses. The differences, I guess, are extraordinary. Sound and motion exist in one, a near total freedom from the dull constraints of reality in the other. The two artforms have so little in common, it's hard to move from one to the other. I think the writers who worked on the Buffy show-and I said this before Season Eight-have an incredible capacity to switch over. I said that before Season Eight, because I was doing everything I could to work with those writers, including on other properties. Doug Petrie wrote Star Wars for me, and Jane Espenson wrote The Lone Gunmen, the X-Files spinoff. Because they're just great visual writers.

    Reading statements from you and from Joss the season pretty much seems to follow an early created storyboard. Did everything stay as it was planed from the beginning or did you have to adjust and to change?

    Nope.

    With Joss pretty much occupied with "Dollhouse" now, do you think we will see further stand alone issues like "The Chain" or "Anywhere but here"?

    Well, that's one way in which the plan will stay true-the plan was always that the last three arcs would fill out their five-issue spans. The arc we're about to start is all one-issue stories, running from #21-25. But then you have three more arcs, with, we're pretty sure, five-issues each, no breaks.

    Do you still have the feeling he will find time for his position as "executive producer"?

    His role as Exec Producer seems to fit. He did have a hard time finding time to write the end of the Fray arc, but he's been holding down the fort on supervising the other writers and artists pretty well.

    Will we meet the other Buffy-decoy?

    Wait for Season Ten.

    And what about Anya, Drusilla or some other old friends and foes (alive, dead and undead)?

    Exactly.

    You invite fans to share their thoughts. Good thing for us. But do you have negative experiences because of this as well?

    Oh my god, yes. The problem is, the fans can say whatever they want about me, in as acrimonious a manner as they want, but I need to remain politic. So it's very one sided. I just have to bite my tongue. Everyone's pretty cool in the letter column, because they know they're speaking directly to us-but when someone gets me to look at a message board, I can be surprised at the hatred I inspire in people. And even me saying that-there's gonna be a message board flareup somewhere of people saying, How dare he say he's surprised!?

    How important are fan letters (or eMails) these days?

    They're important to me. I like having the readers be a part of the printed comic, and like I said, the letter col involves a different sort of discourse than the message boards. The boards are for the fans, and the talent ventures forth at their own risk. The lettercols are a bit more civil, and I think there's something to seeing your thoughts in print, in the same comic that you know Joss gets in his hands, the same comic that he wrote. It's a unique thing in this artform, and I'm not gonna let it go, even though most publishers have.

    In your response to my fan letter back in issue 6 you said "Joss and I haven't specifically talked about this, but I don't see Tara coming back". So I guess I have to prompt you the obvious question: What do we have to do to convince Joss to bring her back?

    Invent an efficient electric car, and I bet he'd do that for you.

    [Darkstars comment: Working on it!]

    Brian Vaughns storyarc was great and at the end of the last issue we leave Faith and Giles at a very interesting point. These both together as a team ? sounds like pretty much fun! What about a Faith/Giles mini series?

    No such plans, but Jim Krueger is currently working on Buffy #24, which features those two. Gorgeous cover by Jo Chen. You're gonna weep. Jo's amazing.

    Will Jo Chen stay with us for covers till the end of Season 8?

    Shit, she better-why, what'd you hear? Fess up, Christian, who are you working for ?? I can't lose Jo ?

    "BtVS Season 8" did quite some things Joss never could have done with the characters when the show still was on air. However I guess sometimes it is your job as an editor to see if some ideas are acceptable and others are not. Were there times when you had to request changes on the scripts?

    That's not my job. That's one of the top advantages of the comic-less interference between Joss and his readers. I don't interfere. I support. I can't imagine the story that would make me tell Joss we shouldn't do it.

    You have a favorite scene in Season 8 so far?

    Everyone's reaction to Buffy and Satsu in bed, the cumulative effect of that, from Xander's covering his eye to Dawn looking in the window, to Willow falling through the roof. That was real funny stuff, to me.

    Amy Madison (and Warren) seem to be recurring characters for Season 8. Do you think there can be some redemption for them? After all, Amy started her relationship with Buffy & Co. as a friend and not a foe.

    As Bob Dylan said at the Grammy's, you can become so defiled in this life that even your own parents will turn their backs on you, but even then, God believes in your own ability to redeem yourself.
    But no, those guys are dicks.

    What does the future hold for Fray?

    In about two hundred years, she'll be born.

    Although Darkhorse is the powerhouse for media tie in-comics anyway ? did the success of BtVS inspire you to reanimate other fandoms?

    Yes. We've got Willow hard at work performing a spell on a vintage green Coca-Cola bottle, bringing all Fatty Arbuckle's fans back from the dead.

    What about "A Shepherd's Tale" and other "Firefly"-related material? Or a "Dollhouse"-comic?

    More Firefly comics are in the works-hopefully two different minis over the next year or so. Dollhouse, we're still discussing with Joss. And by still discussing, I mean waiting until the time is right. No immediate plans there.

    Did you ever think about Amber Benson bringing back for new BtVS-comics? There even might be further untold "Willow & Tara" adventures?

    Sure, Amber's great. She just wrote a Hellboy story for me last year. But aside from the Omnibus reprints, we're really trying to keep the focus on Season Eight, and, as stated, Tara just hasn't got a place in Season Eight. And Amber's busy with all manner of other stuff.

    What do you think is the reason that makes "BtVS" cult?

    Joss's devilish charisma.

    To make the fans go a little bit crazy: Any hints about what's to come?

    To make the interviewer go a little bit crazy: No.

    [Darkstars comment: Well, that worked. Kinda.]

    Is there a question you always wanted to get asked in an interview, but it never occurred? Now is your chance. What question would it be and please give us an answer as well.

    Q: Won't Buffy fans just love your Devil's Footprints graphic novel, with its sophisticated mix of supernatural adventure and character driven conflict, and the art of Buffy veterans Paul Lee, Brian Horton, and Dave Stewart?

    A: Why yes, yes they will.

    Thank you so much for your time and for being so kind to answer these questions!
    All the best for the upcoming comics and both for your working and your private life!
    Again, thank you!
    Made by Trickyboxes
    Halfrek gives Spike the curse that will change his entire life. Teenage Dirtbag

  • #2
    So amused, so very amused, but I'll keep my mouth shut...

    Anyway, that's a pretty good interview, and "Devil's Footprints" actually looks quite neat.

    (set made by Francy for me)

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    • #3
      That's crazy that they're going to do so many stand-alone issues. I think someone worked out that it takes about 10 minutes to read a comic, thus 3-4 comics should equal one show. I wonder how it will feel reading those five issues ala vignette style, ya know?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Enisy View Post
        So amused, so very amused, but I'll keep my mouth shut...


        Interesting interview.

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        • #5
          I like the interview. Kudos to Scott for discussing how he has to bite his tongue and remain professional.

          I chuckled at him calling Amy and Warren dicks. Even though I personally hope Amy gets some kind of redemtion. I don't think the scoobies ever treated her as well as they should have.

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          • #6
            Great interview. Loved the Dylan reference.

            Season 10!? Please let that not be a joke.

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            • #7
              I'm doubtful there will be a tenth season, the most we've heard about is season nine and when that's finished, it'll be about 2013.

              As for the questions about bringing old characters back, why would they bring Tara back? I mean, her specifically, she was hardly the most special character, also she's been dead for quite a while, so it seems doubtful they'd bother bringing her back, ghostly or otherwise. I'm generally against character resurrection on the shows, mainly from bad 'fic experience where the writers have decided to bring back every single dead person from any show, it's usually Tara, Joyce and Anya that get the call back, but I just don't get why the fans need those characters back, if the show stuck around with the same characters constantly it would get boring and would never advance.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by XavierZane View Post
                Season 10!? Please let that not be a joke.
                That was my thought exactly, Xavier.

                Matt, I agree with you about character resurrections. Normally death is a final and very serious event, and it loses its meaning if everybody gets to turn up again. It really should remain limited - Buffy in Bargaining and Spike in Convictions/Destiny, but I think that really should be enough. As much as I liked Joyce and Tara, but to me they are dead and should not be coming back.
                Sin is what I feast upon
                I'm forging my crematorium
                Your tomb is waiting here for you
                Welcome to my ritual

                -Judas Priest, Death

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Matt View Post
                  Why would they bring Tara back? I mean, her specifically, she was hardly the most special character, also she's been dead for quite a while, so it seems doubtful they'd bother bringing her back, ghostly or otherwise.
                  Maybe because Joss planned to bring her back. It was his "plan A" that got scrapped because Amber Benson decided against it. Now, when Joss hasn't to take actor's availability into consideration, he can execute his "plan A". But maybe he thinks that the window of opportunity is already closed. :: shrugs:: Who knows?
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                  • #10
                    I laughed about the part when Scott says the comic lets Joss communicate directly with the reader.

                    Considering all the delays we've got and the mediore efforts Joss has put to paper, I think we could use more interference from other people on the book. Might help him keep a deadline.

                    Other then that, paint by the numbers interview for me.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Moscow Watcher View Post
                      Maybe because Joss planned to bring her back. It was his "plan A" that got scrapped because Amber Benson decided against it. Now, when Joss hasn't to take actor's availability into consideration, he can execute his "plan A". But maybe he thinks that the window of opportunity is already closed. :: shrugs:: Who knows?
                      I get that, but I just don't get what was so special about her that she would need to come back, there are more characters that have been dead a long time and I just didn't understand what made Tara so special that she would be the one brought back, I mean, what about Jenny or Joyce, Kendra... there are plenty of people to choose from.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Matt View Post
                        I get that, but I just don't get what was so special about her that she would need to come back, there are more characters that have been dead a long time and I just didn't understand what made Tara so special that she would be the one brought back, I mean, what about Jenny or Joyce, Kendra... there are plenty of people to choose from.
                        I don't think Jenny, Joyce or Kendra had anywhere near the fan outcry that Tara's demise was met with. The latter no one really knew and the other two receieved tasteful if extraordinary treatment by all involved. Tara's death, for many reasons wasn't greeted as warmly.
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