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

The Totally Awesome-ly Buffy Season 8 DVD/Blu-Ray Info

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Looks like the Blu-ray/DVD release of the Buffy: Season 8 Motion Comic will hit stores January 4, 2011.  And according to Amazon it will include the following.

Disc 1 Blue-Ray:

  • Under Buffy’s Spell
  • The Buffy Trivia Experience
  • Comic Book Covers and Art Gallery

Disc 2 DVD Side A:

  • The Buffy Trivia Experience

Disc 2 DVD Side B:

  • Under Buffy’s Spell
  • The Buffy Trivia Experience
  • Comic Book Covers and Art Gallery
  • Create Your Own Graphic Novel

Also, it will have will have a limited edition Jo Chen packaging and a collectible reprint of issue #1.

List of Buffy Season 8: Collected Editions

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 6: Retreat was just rated #7 on Amazon.com’s Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2010 !

For your holiday shopping… Here’s a list of of Buffy Season 8 Collected Editions / Trade Paper Backs that has been released so far…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 1:
The Long Way Home

* Collecting the first five issues of Season Eight.
* A New York Times Bestselling series!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 2:
No Future for You

* Collecting issue #6-10 of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight series.
* The first two volumes of Buffy Season Eight have combined to sell over 160,000 copies!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 3:
Wolves at the Gate

* Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #11–15
* Includes the stand-alone issue written by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, “A Beautiful Sunset.”
* The first three volumes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight have combined to sell over 220,000 copies!
* A New York Times Bestseller!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 4:
Time of Your Life

* Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #16–20
* Includes the highly anticipated Buffy/Fray crossover, “Time of Your Life,” and “After These Messages . . . We’ll Be Right Back,” written by Jeph Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween)!
* A New York Times bestseller!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5:
Predators and Prey

* Collects issues #21-#25 and the short stories “Harmony Bites” and “Vampy Cat Play Friend” from MySpace Dark Horse Presents!
* A New York Times bestseller!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 6:
Retreat

* Collects issues #26-#30 of the ongoing series.
* A New York Times bestseller!
* Rated #7 on Amazon.com’s Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2010!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Volume 7:
Twilight

* Collects Buffy Season Eight #31 – #35, and the Willow one-shot.