Buffy gives me butterflies!

Has it been 6 years already?

I started drawing “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in the fall of 2006.  Little did I know how this title, nay, this ‘verse, would consume my life… and I couldn’t be happier.  Even though at the time, there were many outside of Dark Horse who cautioned me about “derailing” my career to do a non-superhero book.

Buffy came into my life quite  by chance.  I wasn’t a fan.  I had never watched the show, and yet I got an email from the powers-that-be saying Joss Whedon really likes my work and wants me to draw this book.  Like the road less traveled,  I took the title fully expecting to only do about 4 or 5 issues and that would be that.  Instead, Buffy became a part of my life and I took my first step into a much larger world!

“Season 8” was a huge learning curve for me as an artist and then later as a Buffy fan.  If I was going to draw them, I had to get to know these characters inside and out, never once did I expect to fall in love with them.  I took the job as an assignment, but somewhere along the way, it became a labor of love.

When “Season 9” came around, Joss and I had a conversation that was part “What do you think?” and part “Do you want to come back?”.  In this day and age of 1 to 4 issue commitments, maybe he was a little cautious of having an artist staying so long on a book, but he needn’t have worried.  I answered with a question of my own. “Are you coming back?” “Yes!” was his answer.  And that was it for me.  I was in for another tour of duty.

Where as “Season 8” was vast, chaotic and a little scattered, “Season 9” was more streamlined.  In the history of the Buffy mythology, I think Seasons 8 and 9 stand up to anything from the TV show’s seasons 1-7.  They’re strong, gutsy and the characters grow.  Boy did they grow!  I have the distinction of drawing scenes of these characters that will be remembered forever.  It was exciting, and I’m eternally grateful.  By the way, all of those television episodes (even the Angel ones) are now part of my personal collection.

Sometimes, at conventions, people will ask me do I think it’s going to hurt my career always being associated with Buffy and not, say X-Men or Batman?  And with a sheepish grin, I always say that if Buffy is the only thing that I’m known for, after a hopefully long career run, then I have had a great career.  I don’t ever expect to stray too far from Buffy.  I believe she’ll always be a part of my life personally and professionally.

When I started this book 6 years ago, I felt this electric feeling in my belly all through “Season 8”.  I thought it was just nerves.  That feeling continued over the years, and towards the end of “Season 9” I was getting those feelings again.  It wasn’t until I finished this season that I figured out what that feeling was.  Butterflies.

Buffy gives me butterflies.

And that, my friends, makes all the difference!

Georges Jeanty
Long Beach, CA
September, 2013

Georges Jeanty SlayAlive.com Q/A For Buffy “Season 9” #4

Another great Q/A!

A fan favorite feature on the StayAlive website, members get to have an open-floor discussion with Georges and get insight to the creative process of “Season 9” from the Buffy artist.

Many thanks to Wenxina!

http://slayalive.com/showthread.php/2452-Q-amp-A-with-Georges-Jeanty-for-Buffy-Season-9-4

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 – REVIEW

FROM: ComicBookResources.com

POSTED: Sep 14th, 2011

BY: Kelly Thompson, Reviewer

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Georges cover art for Buffy Season 9 #1 from Dark Horse Comics!

“Buffy The Vampire Slayer” is a hard comic for me to review, as I have to struggle to keep the emotionally invested fangirl parts of me balanced with the objective reviewer parts. Fortunately, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9” #1 is a very good comic, so my job is made easy.

“Season 9” of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” picks up with Buffy trying very hard to find herself and her place in the world after the devastating events of the previous season battling the villain Twilight. These devastating events included but were not limited to very weird super sex (the less mentioned about that the better); the death of her longtime mentor and really, father, in all the truest senses of the word, at the hands of her former (and somewhat current) lover; and in the end, Buffy’s decision to rid the world of all magic in an attempt to save lives and do the right thing. Buffy’s decision has left her very unpopular with a lot of people, good guys and bad. This first issue finds an almost forcibly upbeat Buffy connecting with her core family and friends (as well as a few new faces) and trying her damndest to build a life for herself in the new world order, which in this issue, at least, includes a very large amount of drinking…

THE COMPLETE REVIEW:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=3910

SDCC ’11: What’s next for ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

FROM CNN.COM

The eighth season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” from Dark Horse Comics had romance, deaths, an unexpected villain and basically everything that we had come to expect from the TV series on which it was based.

So how do you follow that?

“We’ll be getting back to the mandate of the show,” said creator Joss Whedon. “We got very epic with season eight as much as we could, but we got kinda lost in it.”

Whedon said that Buffy will return to being a waitress as she had been a few times during the TV series. “She is no longer a general. Not a lot of people go through the ‘general’ phase. She is in that early 20s thing of seeking. When you no longer have the weight of the world on your shoulders, you have to figure out who you are.”

Whedon is writing the first issue of the season, and so far has been overseeing the rest. “I would like to get back to it as soon as I come up for air,” he said, in reference to his current gig directing “Marvel’s The Avengers.” (He also told CNN that he is “plugging away” at one day getting a “Dr. Horrible”sequel made.)

Penciler Georges Jeanty told CNN that going into the last season, and not having previously been a fan of the character, he was surprised by how intense the interest was from the fans in Buffy, and especially whom she was dating.

“It has touched so many people in so many ways that, I told Joss, that is almost the worst thing you can do is make people feel for Buffy so much so that they feel like they own Buffy. You get a lot of opinions,” he said.
If the past eight seasons are any indication, there will be plenty of opinions to be shared by fans in the months ahead, as new adventures of Buffy hit comic book stores in September, with potentially many, many more seasons to come.

“There is no end in sight. There is no J.K. Rowling end-it-all game plan,” Whedon said. “Buffy is still going through life, and as long as she still has one, there are stil stories to tell.”

Buffy News at WonderCon 2011!

At WonderCon 2011, Darkhorse gave the official word that Georges will be back for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9.  With the first issue due out this September,  Season 9 will be shorter than last season, a 25-issue run this time.  Editor Scott Allie confirmed that Willow and Spike will be making appearances in this new season.

Below are a few links to articles and videos taken at WonderCon 2011 as the official news broke:

FROM  tfaw.com
“Hi folks! We’ve returned from WonderCon 2011 with an exclusive interview with Buffy Season 9 artist Georges Jeanty and the newly announced writer of Angel & Faith, Christos Gage! Watch the video below to hear about their plans for the Whedon universe:”

ALSO FROM  tfaw.com

FROM   fearnet.com
This weekend at WonderCon it was confirmed, to the relief of fans, that acclaimed comic artist Georges Jeanty would return to pencil Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9. Jeanty’s pencils combine the best traditions of American comics draftsmanship with a European flair that made Season 8 a smash hit with fans and proved the Buffy saga could continue beyond the television show. I spoke briefly with Jeanty about his return to the Chosen One.   READ FULL ARTICLE HERE!

FROM   geek-news.mtv.com
Dark Horse’s Jeremy Atkins, Scott Allie, and Sierra Hahn were on board at WonderCon to give fans the skinny on what they can expect from their several titles based on Joss Whedon creations:   READ FULL ARTICLE HERE!

FROM   geeksofdoom.com
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 will premiere in September with Whedon himself co-writing the first issue with Andrew Chambliss. Fans of Season 8 comic book series will feel right at home with the art, as Georges Jeanty will be returning for the new season.   READ FULL ARTICLE HERE!

FROM   afterellen.com
In an interview with Assignment X, Allie said Willow will still be dealing with her unresolved feelings toward Tara in the new season. He said:   FULL ARTICLE HERE!

CBR Talks About The Process of “Buffy”

cbn-buffy-process-picFROM CBR NEWS: The end credits have rolled for Dark Horse’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8,” and “Season 9” — now with Angel — looms large for an as-yet unannounced season premiere. With the release last month of issue #40 by “Buffy” creator Joss Whedon and series artist Georges Jeanty, readers got a taste of the Slayer’s new life in a world without magic and without a longtime friend and ally. The fallout from Buffy’s confrontation with the Twilight-possessed Angel in the penultimate issue reverberates in unexpected ways — the Slayer Army, of course, is no more, but this dissolution of other relationships could prove even more painful.

CBR News caught up with Jeanty to get his thoughts on drawing several pages from the series for which he has become known.

READ WHOLE ARTICLE BY CLICKING LINK BELOW…

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=30717