[Buffyfest] Happy Buffy Season 10 Day!
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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!

[Buffyfest] Sarah Michelle Gellar's Reddit AMA was AMAzing!!!
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In case you missed it, Sarah Michelle Gellar did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) and it was stupendous! Questions like: Weeriest 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.

What's the weirdest experience you've had while meeting a fan ?

"It's never weird. It's usually a really exciting experience, except when it happens in the bathroom. I prefer it not to happen there."

If you could make any book into a movie or television show, what would it be?

"It's hard for me because books live so much in my imagination that sometimes I like them to stay there. But I would love to see the Secret History."

Star Wars or Star Trek?


Is Alyson Hannigan as cool in person as she looks in the show?

"They all were. That's what was so great about the show. Everybody was so unique and brought so much personally and professionally. And she's pretty funny."

What's Robin Williams like off camera-is he always "on?"

"NO. That's the funny thing. Is that he's such a down to earth person that sometimes you have to ask him to turn it on!"

Spike or Angel?


What was your favorite "big bad" throughout Buffy?

Ohhhh! I loved a couple. When Angel turned bad. Physically I think the scariest were the guys from Hush. And also Camden Toy, I can't think of his character's name right now. And I also liked it when I was the bad guy. And while we're on this topic, I remember my other favorite episode, even though no one asked: I also liked the body switching episode where I got to play Faith and Faith got to play Buffy.

What's your favorite song at the moment?

Let it Go from Frozen. That and I hear Wicked all day long every day because my daughter is obsessed. And any song Auntie Kristin sings is good by her.

What kind of steps do you take to make sure your relationship stays private? What kind of perspective are your children growing up with, in regards to the film industry?

Well I think the reason I've been able to lead such a private life is because I've never flaunted my private life, my fans have respected that. And it makes me able to give more to my professional life, because I have a whole separate life at home. And I'm trying to give my kids as much of a regular life and understanding of the world as I can.

If you could work with any actor, that you have not worked with already, who would it be?

Ricky Gervais! And you know what I want too? I'm obsessed withGary Shandling and his show. I want to get him on our show.

I know that Alyson was known for pranking everybody on the set, were you ever the victim?

No I think I was more her co-conspirator.

Are there any keepsakes you took from the Buffy set?

Aside from her wardrobe? I think my favorite is that my makeup artist had made a special stake for me with a little bottle of holy water, and to this day I keep it by my bed.

Buffy on Broadway. Yea or Nay?

As long as Kristin Chenoweth plays me...

Tell us what you did last summer.

Killed a drifter on the road.

Had you hoped for the rumored Wonder Woman role 10 years ago?

You know, that rumor went around a lot, but Wonder Woman was an Amazon, and due to the fact that I am - shall we say - vertically challenged, it would not have been a good role for me.

Sarah, how is your day going?

My day? well, with mercury in retrograde it didn't out so great. I spilled my cold medicine all over my car which I had just gotten detailed. Then I locked my keys in a place in the car where keys go and are never found again. But now I'm getting to spend my day with fans so it's getting better.

What do you think was Buffy the Vampire Slayer's greatest contribution to to the world? Do you have a favorite "Buffy-ism?"

I think for me the greatest message of Buffy was all about female empowerment, and not just female, but empowerment in general. High school is the scariest part of people's lives, and I loved that we used the monsters of Buffy as a metaphor for the monsters of life. And to not judge a book by its cover. That we are all capable of taking care of ourselves.

Well I think it's the lines that have come now - like I love it when people tweet me "What would Buffy Do" or WWBD, or also "She saved the world, a LOT."

I remember reading that you're a rare book collector. What are some of your favorite volumes?

My favorite collection that I still am in the process of working on is eventually I want to own every first-edition Dr. Seuss. But I have a complete collection of first-edition Arthur Rackhams, which is one of my prized possessions. And also my first edition Harry Potters.

Also, what's your fav ice cream?

I'm not a big ice cream person, but I love salted caramel ice-cream from Rose Creamery. If anyone wants to send some to me...I'm available to eat it.

Thank you for doing this for your fans! Is it Gell-err or Gell-ar?

Depends who's pronouncing it! But I pronounce it Prinze.

Awww. Cute.... If you had to fight Eliza Dushku in real life do you think you could take her?

I hopefully would not have to fight Eliza, because I like her and consider her a friend. Way more friend than foe. But if we were playing dodgeball, I would definitely pick her first for my team.

Would you ever consider doing anything with Buffy the Vampire Slayerfranchise again?

I feel like I still do? I don't think you ever leave that franchise.

Being a young role model for other young girls is a tall order, and you did it so well. Are there any young, up and coming actresses you admire and see as potential role models for young girls now?

I love Jennifer Lawrence. There's this incredibly talented girl who deserves not only every accolade she gets, but is incredibly real and relatable.

The picture of you, Michelle Trachtenberg and Seth Green you posted on twitter has set off a flurry of rumors about a Sunnydale mini-reunion onThe Crazy Ones. Which former costar would you most want to work with again?

Oh my goodness, I think the person I am most angling to get on the Crazy Ones is Seth Green. And I will say this: he makes a surprise cameo in an upcoming episode, but I want to get him on for reals.

What's one little thing you love doing in your everyday life ?

Getting my coffee... I get excited at night just thinking about the coffee I am going to have in the morning.

When people talk about the 90s, I always think about you, how do you feel about this?

I worry that they might judge me by my hairstyles? But otherwise I'm ok with it.

Could you explain what Buffy Summers means to you?

You know the same way the audience grew up with her? I grew up with her too. She'll always be a part of me.

Since there's a Mork & Mindy reunion on The Crazy Ones, is there a show you love that you would love to see a reunion of?

Murphy Brown. Hands down. That's like one of my favorite shows of all time... And also a Boston Legal one on the Crazy Ones if it involves William Shatner and James Spader!

Can you sum up your Buffy years, in five words or less?

Not A Chance In BLANK... It was 8 incredible years of making incredible television. It would take 5 HOURS to do it justice.

What three things would you take if you were stranded on a desert island?

My husband, my daughter and my son. I guess I'd have to leave my dog to someone.

Who encouraged you the most throughout your career?

Well I would say there are probably 3 people who've encouraged me the most. The first is my mother, who taught me to follow my dreams. My husband and family for making my dreams come true. And my long-time agent and manager, who's been with me since I was a child and has always believed in me. And David my makeup artist because he's sitting next to me and has been with me for 17 years! I hear him choking because I forgot to mention him, and now he's laughing. David DeLeon makeup.

You're on the forefront of the movement to pass the bill to make it illegal for paparazzi to photograph celebrity children without the parents permission, how do you feel that so many major tabloids such as Just Jared, E! and People are on board?

There are no words to put how grateful I am to JustJared, to People, and to everyone who is joining this movement. Kristen Bell is so incredible because we needed a leader, and she is making the world a safer place for my daughter. My poor daughter is petrified of cameras and doesn't even like taking photos at home because she is scared of large men putting cameras in her face, so the fact that we are getting the support that we are is incredible. I would also like to take this chance to thank the fans who are supporting me by not buying the magazines and not watching the shows that refused to be a part of this. And also to the rockstar Kristen Bell who not only is a heroine, but also kind of my heroine right now.

What is your favorite screwball comedy?


Which TV show would you like to see do a musical episode?

NOT the Crazy Ones!

Who was a better kisser, Angel or Spike? PS any answer other than Spike will be incorrect, but I need you to confirm.

I'm sorry to disappoint. And again my apologies to Jamie [Boreanaz].

Is it hard to work with Robin Williams? It seems like the set would never stop laughing.

I'm not going to lie, there is a lot of laughing. And MAYBE one person might have wet their pants. But I won't say who... But he (Robin) has the best sense of humor.

Did you have any clue where Ringer was heading before it's cancellation?


I just wanted to say that Buffy has been a source of bonding among my father, brother, and I (much to the dismay of my mother). We all love strong women and really respected the way you portrayed growth and maturation all while being bad ass. No question here, but you're amazing.

What's wrong with your mom? Why doesn't she watch Buffy?

What was it like being in the Scooby-Doo movies?

It takes a lot to talk to a dog that's not there. I really used my acting chops on that one...

Also, is Robin Williams as good looking in person as he is on TV?

Forget good looking. He is the kindest, most incredible human being. You want to talk about a superhero? He's it.

Settle a debate going on over at r/buffy right now. Angel or Spike?

Still Angel.

This is my cat, Buffy. I catch a lot of flack for naming the cat Buffy, and get called lame, but I just liked you so much, I had to have a Buffy of my own.

By the way, a lot of people have animals named Buffy and it's a very good animal name and I stand behind that.

Have you ever read any Buffy fanfic? How bad/disturbing was it?

I have. And it's pretty incredible. And it's really moving when people take the time to do that kind of thing.

What is the most ridiculous tabloid rumour you have heard about yourself?

Normally I don't read them, but there was a really weird story once about me pulling a hamstring in my butt, it was actually my costumer (who was also named Sarah).

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke Zero. But my children do not drink it. It's all for me. My children only drink scotch from their sippy cup. ;)

Outside of TV and film, whats the most rewarding thing you've ever done?

The answer is my children.

Will you let your kids watch Buffy when they're older or is it weird for you/them to see you on screen?

That's an interesting question. I don't think I'm ready to tackle the thought of them watching. I mean, right now my daughter doesn't even want to watch me on Sesame Street, so I'm going to have to think about that one. Come back to me in a few years.

If you were a muppet, which one would you be?

Miss Piggy! She gets all the great wardrobe. AND she knows Joan Rivers.

What are your thoughts on peanut butter cups?

LOVE 'EM! Positive. All for 'em. Especially in the freezer. I like the mini ones better because I feel like I'm getting away with something.

If you had the opportunity to star as any woman from history, who would you choose?

Neely O'Hara from Valley of the Dolls.

What keeps your hair so soft and supple these days in your busy, daily grind lifestyle?

I think eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle is the biggest part of that.

What do you think about Twilight?

You know, vampires - people always say to me "how do you feel about these other things copying you?" and you have to remember that vampires were around a LONG time before Buffy. I'm just glad the legend continues.

And, finally... Have you seen the documentary Blackfish?


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

[Buffyfest] You Picked the Cover to 'Buffy' #7 - Co-written by Nicholas Brendon!
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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 was...so 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!

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

[Buffyfest] Don't Miss "Across the Whedonverse: A night celebrating Joss Whedon"!
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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
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 info@lustykitten.com 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!

[Buffyfest] 2013 Whedonverse Ornament Swap Recap!
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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!:

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

[Buffyfest] Whedonverse Ornament Swap Deadline Today!
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**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

[Buffyfest] Need a Gift for that Whedonite on Your List?
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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.

[Buffyfest] Exclusive: Dark Horse Responds to James Marsters Graphic Novel Reveal!
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So you may have heard that yesterday i09 revealed that James Marsters
himself will be writing a Spike graphic novel for Dark Horse comics called
Spike: Into the Light! We caught up with Dark Horse Editor-In-Chief (aka El
Hefe) Scott Allie to grill him on this seemingly unforeseen chain of
events! Check it out below:

Buffyfest: So Spike: Into the Light. There seems to be some confusion about
when this story takes place. Is it between seasons 6 & 7 of Buffy? Right
after Spike endures the trials that gave him his soul? Or is it more
*during* season 7 of Buffy?

Scott Allie: It's during Season 7.

BF: He was pretty crazy at that time, will that be reflected in the story?

SA: This is a little bit later when his shit had chilled out a bit.

BF: Heh! And regarding the story, was it based off Joss's idea for the TV
movie? Because that was to take place after the series ended.

SA: No, this was all James's idea. It's a story that I think he's been
kicking around for a long time. The reason I wanted to do it was simple. We
were backstage at some event at San Diego, and he started telling me the
story. And he's the kind of actor who's a natural storyteller—not all of
them are. So he just rattled this thing off in a very fun way, the way
you'd tell one of your favorite misadventures to a friend over a barstool.
It just rolled, and I loved it right away. It's a small story, it's not a
big turning point for the character. It's a fun story where a few diverse
elements come together to tell the sort of story I think we've sort of
lost, something real human and personal, where the fate of the world
doesn't hang in the balance. But as he told me the story he was so much
inside it, so connected to what it was about and how it connected to Spike
on a simple level, that I really wanted to have that comic in my hand. I
ran it by Joss and he was cool with it, so off we went.

BF: Speaking of, we all know that Mr. Whedon is totally swamped right now,
but how much involvement did he have with this approval process? Has he
read the story?

SA: We sent him the script and he said we could do it, but he hasn't really
contributed or chimed in specifically, so it won't bare his name as exec
producer. I told him the story in a nutshell, I think he had heard it from
James before, and he gave it his blessing, but that's the extent of it.

BF: And how about your role as editor, did you find yourself having to edit
the story to fit within the season 10 storyline? Or is it not tied together
with the current events?

SA: James was great to work with on this, I did give him a bunch of notes
that he was good about working with, but it doesn't tie into Season 10.
James is a storyteller, he knows these characters, but he's new to comics,
so he was very cool about working with us to make it best work as a comic,
and he's been very respectful of the artist. He's had a couple notes to
pass on to the artist but he's being really cool and collaborative about
it. I gave him script notes, and he was great about it, but I'm not
personally altering a word of dialogue, beyond the stuff that he changed at
my suggestion. Before he wrote the script, we'd talked about setting it in
Season 10, but felt like it made more sense as its own thing, and since it
didn't in any way come out of the writers summit this spring, it didn't
make sense to make it a part of Season 10 in a number of ways.

BF: Gotcha. So James wife Jasmine was the inspiration for the love
interest, were you aware of this trivia tidbit?

SA: Yeah, that was part of the initial conversation, and the artist was
provided a lot of reference to get her right. This isn't the story of James
and Jasmine's life together—it's just a sweet little story with some crazy
action and a really nice view of Spike. Some people will be unhappy because
how can Spike have a love interest in Season 7, when he loves Buffy. But
this isn't Romeo and Juliet—in that it's not an epic love story. This is a
beautiful, personal little story where we get into Spike's head in a nice,
intimate, though small way. The story covers a little more than 24 hours of
Spike's life, and just gives him this great moment to get the hell out of
Sunnydale and get in touch with himself.

BF: Were you shocked that James even wanted to bring the idea of another
girl in Spike's life? That seems bold since it's in the middle of Spike's
full-on Buffy conquest.

SA: It is a little bold, and some people won't like that aspect of it. But
I'm excited for people to see it, to read it. I'm glad to work with James
again, and hopefully we'll do another one. We did something short a long
time ago, and it maybe notoriously didn't go well, but I hope he agrees
with me that this has gone pretty great.

And there you have it! Thanks so much Scott for clearing any fog and
getting us all even more excited for Spike: Into the Light!

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