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Buffy S11 Giles # 4 Solicitation
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Grace Newman
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the art! So different from teenage Giles as we've seen him before. He definitely seems like he's been aged up from where he started in S11. I liked the little dig at Common Core, and I like that the tone seems very different from the rest of S11.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DARK HORSE COMICS February 2018 Solicitations

https://www.newsarama.com/37424-dark-horse-comics-february-2018-solicitations.html

Joss Whedon! Erika Alexander!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles #1 (of 4)

Joss Whedon (W), Erika Alexander (W), Jon Lam (A), Dan Jackson (C), Steve Morris (Cover), Arielle Jovellanos (Variant cover), and Jenny Frison (Ultra variant)

On sale Feb 28
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

From Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander comes a series that returns Buffy’s Rupert Giles to high school! But this time—as a grown man living in a teenage body—Giles will be a student instead of a teacher. At an inner-city LA-area school, when a mystical influence is detected and teachers start to go missing, Giles enrolls to investigate. What he finds is more than vampires and demons; something unusual and frightening is happening here. If Giles can get through one day as a student, he’ll have a chance to find out who, what, and where—but high school is still hell, y’all.

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Angel Season 11 Volume 3: Dark Reflections TPB

Corinna Bechko (W), Geraldo Borges (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Scott Fischer (Cover)

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On a time-traveling mission to prevent an impending disaster, Joss Whedon’s ensouled vampire is confronted by the opportunity to challenge his very existence in the concluding arc of Season 11. Will his companions be able to convince him that changing the past is not, after all, the solution to the future? Or will Angel finally find the key in the past to the shadow over his present? Collects Season 11 #9–#12.

“They have created a satisfying adventure for Buffy and Angel fans to get behind, but also a solid comic for comic book fans in general to enjoy.”—Comic Crusaders

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The third cover is for another book so I removed it
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the final correct Giles # 1 variant.

https://www.cbr.com/dark-horse-comics-february-2018-solicitations/

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it ok that I think Giles looks kinda good looking? ... Is he too young for me to say that? Or old? I'm confused... I thought he was like 14 - he looks late teens!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't been this excited about the comics since the Angel & Faith title was announced. And in no small part because a comic about teen!Giles will be completely separate from all the very dumb ships currently floating around the Buffyverse harbor.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dcai0830 wrote:
I'm confused... I thought he was like 14 - he looks late teens!


I think Joss has said he'll be 15 in this mini, which I think is technically possible given the amount of time that has passed since he was brought back. But he looks much younger in RI's style. So it's funny to compare him here to how he looked at the rooftop BBQ, which would technically be after this, I think.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christos Gage posted this on twitter

https://mobile.twitter.com/Christosgage/status/935711142684508160

Looks like Season 12 is on the way.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Solicitation and covers for Giles # 2.

https://www.newsarama.com/37777-romance-for-ripper-in-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-giles-2.html

Romance For Ripper In BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: GILES #2

By Chris Arrant, Editor December 13, 2017

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The solo adventures of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Rupert Giles continues in March, and Newsarama has the first look at that issue's solicitation.

Here is the solicitation for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles #2 - look for Dark Horse's full March 2018 solicits later this month.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles #2

On sale March 28, 2018
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

High school life is a rough go for Rupert Giles­­–as if being a grown man living inside a teenage body wasn’t hard enough. Crushing on each other, Giles and his mysterious new friend, Roux, navigate around the bullies in the hallways while they investigate the school-wide threat and missing staff and students—which they are certain is connected to some kind of demon .
. .
Writers: Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander
Penciller: Jon Lam
Inker: Jon Lam
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Steve Morris
Variant cover: Arielle Jovellanos

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joss Whedon & Erika Alexander interview with CBR about Giles miniseries.

https://www.cbr.com/giles-joss-whedon-erika-alexander-interview/

Joss Whedon & Erika Alexander Send Buffy’s Giles Back to School

Jordan Commandeur CBR Exclusives

CBR sits down with writers Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander to talk the new Giles series, featuring the Watcher as a teen high school student.



The majority of movie-going audiences know Joss Whedon from the superhero blockbusters he has directed, namely The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Justice League, which he took over after Zack Snyder left the production due to a personal tragedy. Yet the properties which first made him famous — Firefly/Serenity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer — have sizeable fanbases, with cult followings still rabid for anything new.

The primary source of new material for those shows have been series from Dark Horse Comics, specifically Buffy comic books. While the TV show had a companion comic from 1998-2003, after the show finished its seven season run, the story continued in a pivotal series aptly titled Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight. This ongoing was popular enough to lead to Season Nine, Ten and Eleven, as well as various miniseries and graphic novels. Whedon was the writer or co-writer for most of Season Eight and the start of Nine, but has been absent from the Buffy comics since. That is, until now.

Buffy fans, rejoice. Whedon is back to co-write a miniseries about one of the core members of the Scooby Gang, Rupert Giles, played in live-action by Anthony Stewart Head. And Whedon has brought along another creative you may recognize from film and TV, Erika Alexander. As an actress, Alexander is best known for her role as Max on the Emmy-winning sitcom Living Single, but her more recent credits include the acclaimed film Get Out and the television series Bosch. Alexander also has comic book experience, as the co-writer of Dark Horse’s Concrete Park. Whedon and Alexander have cooked up a plot that involves Giles’ adult mind in a teen body, heading to high school in Los Angeles. Sounds fun, right?

CBR had a chance to pick the brains of both Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander about the four-issue Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles series, scheduled to debut with issue #1 on Feb. 28, with art by Jon Lam and Dan Jackson. We get the down low on Giles’ new status quo, his co-star Roux, which other Buffyverse characters we may see, and even managed to sneak in a question about that long-proposed Ripper TV show.



CBR: Joss, you killed Giles because you didn’t feel he worked in the comic book format. Did you have plans to resurrect him and send him to high school when you decided to kill him off?

Joss Whedon: I wouldn’t say he didn’t work — just, Buffy didn’t need a mentor (actually she did, but there is a time in your life where you have to walk through the world without them) and I needed a resonant moment. I remember telling Tony at Comic-Con… he was sad, but he got it. The bringing him back as a 12 year old came later. I liked the idea that Angel’s next arc was redemptive, but that the results were not what he expected. And then it was straight-up whimsy, which the books have exploited hilariously and poignantly.

I couldn’t bear the thought of him not having an arc of his own, and I thought throwing him into the American public school system would be the source of both fish-out-of-water hijinks and a chance to talk about something that’s important to me.

How much does the inner city Los Angeles setting of the series shape the story?

Erika Alexander: Los Angeles is a big part of this series. And why not, LA is a gorgeous, roaming, stucco, cement butterfly that provides a big canvas for us to play with. It’s also its own character in this mystery. Its sprawling highways help guide us to fun, new characters with their own quirks and mythologies.

Giles, on the other hand, is a fish-out-of-water in a double bind, because he’s locked in his teenage self, undercover, in a city high school battling a strange “virus.” Joss wanted Giles to explore rich, thorny issues like class, gender, race and privilege. The types of issues that someone raised in the city can’t escape. City kids also have to deal with puberty, college applications, the prom and constantly being bombarded with traffic, ads, branding and noise campaigns ad nauseam. It’s all competing for their mind space, a total energy vampire. The landscape adds an element of pressure and overwhelm that seems to suffocate individuality and breed conformity. It’s ironic that many students who grow up in these environments turn out to be great individualists and iconoclasts. So, after the initial shock, Giles will use his migrant abilities to adapt and fit right in.

What can you share about Giles’ “mysterious new friend” Roux?

Alexander: Roux is a student attending Living Legend Academy and Charter School and she’s got a secret. Well, she’s got lots of secrets. As a self-proclaimed “Watcher” she spends her day guarding her ward and she’s a bit of a busy body, so she’ll clash with Giles’ investigation. Roux has survived a tragic, complicated past and now she spends her time ruminating on how to survive the future and can she get a date to the prom. In that way Giles and Roux are two of a kind.

Will other main Buffyverse characters appear in this series?

Alexander: Yes, beautiful Willow will make a cameo. She’s Giles confidante and connection to his other life. She reminds him that while sailing the ocean he should be careful not to fall over the edge.

Artist Jon Lam is a newcomer to the Buffyverse. What made him the right fit for this series?

Alexander: Jon’s work rocks and he has a beautiful sense and sensibility for story. That’s a killer recipe.

Do you think about Anthony Stewart Head when you write young Giles?

Alexander: I do. As Giles, Anthony did a wonderful portrayal and he is beloved, but I for this project think of Joss more. I mean, isn’t he the original template for the character Giles? Joss’ dry sense of humor, quick intelligence, shyness, and self-deprecating existential battles are charming and make a rich palette for my ear. So, that’s a lot of who this young Giles is now.

Is adult Giles in his teenage body a spin on when adult Giles reverted back to his teenage self in the show in “Band Candy”?

Alexander: Joss would have to answer that, but that’s a great guess.

Whedon: Not really. Giles in “Band Candy” was a teen in an adult body. Here he’s the opposite, a 50-something guy in an even younger teen’s body. The fun here is, his mind knows way too much, but his hormonal little body is calling way more of the shots than he’s been used to for a while. When we’re out of that phase we think we remember it, but the physical and mental taffy-stretching-machine of adolescence is something you have to be feeling to truly understand. We make it an origin story after the fact: how I came to be me. During… well, it is an origin story, but it’s the falling-in-a-vat-of-radioactive-acid kind.



In terms of look and personality, Giles would probably be considered a nerd in school. Any possibility of a story about bullying? I imagine that his knowledge and experience would make him the wrong kid to pick on.

Alexander: Hey, maybe you should write this series, because you’re right on time! [Laughs] Yes, bullying does come up in this high school, as it would any. But our Giles is uniquely armed to handle it. Imagine, you get to go back to school as your young self with your adult mind? Boo-yah! Now deja vu becomes foresight. Dude, it’s Freaky Friday meets the Matrix with an 8-Ball. Sweet.

Being a big fan of classic rock and a guitarist, what’s the likelihood of Giles starting a garage band in high school?

Alexander: The 8-Ball says, “Not so likely,” at least in this iteration. But a Giles Playlist is embedded in this series, so that’s something.

Whedon: I thought no one did that any more, but my son’s in a band and he and his friends are voraciously listening to all the old stuff. So, I guess it’s a real possibility. Of course, Giles would be insufferably exacting and his band mates would constantly be quitting.

Is there any possibility of that Ripper spinoff series still happening?

Alexander: Joss, are you listening? We’re all hoping. Ruminating.

Whedon: I will never give up hope on that one. And Tony seems to be getting younger in real life, too…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles #1 is scheduled for release on Feb. 28.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"and I needed a resonant moment"

grrr.... argh.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dcai0830 wrote:
"and I needed a resonant moment"

grrr.... argh.


Prioritizing plot over characterization is NEVER a good idea. I loved Angel and Faith s9 so much that I find it difficult to completely ignore season 8 (because s9 makes no sense without the events happening in s8 ), but I wish I really wish I could because that is not Angel.

I'm glad to know Willow will be in the miniseries though. I love Giles but I'm finding it hard to care about this comic series because I don't particularly care about seeing Giles interact with characters we don't know.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mylie wrote:
dcai0830 wrote:
"and I needed a resonant moment"

grrr.... argh.


Prioritizing plot over characterization is NEVER a good idea. I loved Angel and Faith s9 so much that I find it difficult to completely ignore season 8 (because s9 makes no sense without the events happening in s8 ), but I wish I really wish I could because that is not Angel.


I know exactly what you mean. A&F is so great, its amazing to see Angel get back to basics back to his roots and to do it with Faith is perfect. But to know that it is built upon the rubble that was Angel's character destruction in s8 is very upsetting.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

April 2018 Solicitation for Buffy S11 Giles # 3
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https://www.newsarama.com/38207-roux-tells-ripper-her-secrets-in-buffy-giles-3.html

ROUX Tells RIPPER Her Secrets In BUFFY: GILES #3

By Chris Arrant, Editor January 17, 2018

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Dark Horse has shared the advance solicitation for April 25's Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles #3.

Look for the full Dark Horse April 2018 solicitations later this month on Newsarama.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles #3 (of 4)

Joss Whedon (W), Erika Alexander (W), Jon Lam (A), Dan Jackson (C), Steve Morris (Cover), Arielle Jovellanos (Variant cover)

On sale Apr 25
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Love is complicated. For a guy and a girl, both aware the other is keeping secrets, they shouldn’t even consider love. But for Giles and Roux there hasn’t been a choice: uneasy allies, they’ve been falling in love while working together against a demon. But “trying” to trust one another isn’t working anymore. Roux will finally tell Giles her secrets . . . or he may have to kill her.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, do we think Roux is going to be some sort of immortal?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No idea.
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