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New Serenity Comics: Zack Whedon Takes Us Aboard Leaves on the Wind

Serenity ComicsBrowncoats, take note: Dark Horse’s new Serenity comics will finally answer the question, #WheresSerenity? It’s a query that has been on fans’ lips almost since the beginning: after Joss Whedon’s space western drama Firefly was canceled by Fox after only 11 of its 14 episodes aired, a small but extremely active fanbase — known as the Browncoats — took action and rallied to bring the show back.

Their efforts resulted in the 2005 feature film Serenity, which continued the exploits of Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds and the rag-tag crew of the Firefly-class transport ship Serenity, as they eluded the evil Alliance and struggled to survive by any means necessary — legal or illegal.

While there have been several Serenity comics since 2005, the upcoming Serenity: Leaves on the Wind adventure is the first post-Serenity miniseries featuring the entire surviving crew! Captained by Zack Whedon (Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale) with art by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Seasons 8 and 9), this six-issue miniseries is highly anticipated by thousands of fans.

Curious? We were, too! Fortunately, we were able to interview Zack Whedon and ask him how the crew is dealing with the aftermath of the events of Serenity — in which they lost several of their crewmates and exposed some of the dirty deeds of the Alliance — and what’s coming up next!

Read his responses below, and check out the covers to Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 and #2, as well as two interior pages from issue #1! You can pre-order the first issue of these new Serenity comics now to save 20%.

TFAW: Where is the crew of the Serenity when Leaves on the Wind begins?

Zack Whedon: They are hiding out in the middle of nowhere. They are in a place with no name, where no one would ever think to look, because they’re trying to stay missing. They’ve gotten themselves a lot of attention with what they did during the events of the movie Serenity, and they’re laying low.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 Variant CoverTFAW: This is the first in-depth view we’ve seen of Mal and the gang since the movie. How have they changed?

ZW: I think they’re all still reeling from the loss of Wash and Book — that was a very traumatic experience for them all. They’re still dealing with that. River has reached a place of relative mental health, compared to how she was before the movie, so they’re happy about that, but nervous that it could go the other way at any moment. Zoe is dealing with the prospect of having a child whose father has been killed, so that’s tough on her. Even though they were successful in exposing the Alliance in Serenity [Editor's note: the crew discovered that the Alliance had released an experimental drug on the planet Miranda, killing most of its inhabitants and spawning the savage, crazed Reavers], it puts them in a difficult position, so they’re feeling pinched by the Alliance.

TFAW: How is Mal, mentally and emotionally, right now?

ZW: Mal doesn’t ever really admit his concern to anyone, but their situation is dire, and he knows it. So he keeps a stoic fa├žade with his crew, but he knows they’re in a desperate spot and need to make a move if they’re going to survive.

TFAW: What is the dynamic of the crew like, with the loss of Wash and Book?

ZW: It’s interesting. With Wash gone, there’s certainly less humor — not that there isn’t humor, but also there’s the fact that two of their friends met violent ends. It casts some gloom over their situation. So they’re not loving life at the moment. But it’s interesting, they’re all sort of dealing with different things, so even though they’re on the same ship, or most of them are, they’re living very different lives. Kaylee and Simon are still basking in the glow of new love, and Zoe is, as I mentioned, dealing with the prospect of having a child who doesn’t have a father. So everyone’s in a different place, even if they’re in the same location.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 Preview Page 1TFAW: So you mentioned Kaylee and Simon; will the potential romance between Mal and Inara be explored?

ZW: Yes. [laughs] I’d like the readers to know as little as possible going into the first issue. That question is answered very quickly.

TFAW: What other characters will we be seeing? Are there any new ones to introduce?

ZW: There is a new character, a young rebel activist named Bea, who gets hooked up with our crew. She’s sort of leading the Resistance — well, not leading them, but sort of spearheading their efforts to find Malcolm, because they think that he could be a great asset in terms of not only leading them, but in terms of being a figurehead for their movement. So she’s pursuing him for that reason, and she factors in in a big way.

And there’s some returning characters, some faces from the show and the movie. And then in terms of new characters, we made a couple of other Operatives. We meet them early on, but they play a larger part later. Their names are Denon and Kalista, and they are Operatives. Then, we’re also introducing an Alliance officer named Officer Rogers, who is also part of the pursuit of Serenity. So lots of bad guys, and one good guy.

TFAW: So the odds are pretty equal!

ZW: Yeah!

TFAW: I can’t imagine Mal would really take to playing the savior role. How does he respond to Bea?

ZW: He’s not into it. You know, Mal is misunderstood by a lot of people, Bea included, and what she expects to find is not what she does find, when she meets him. The guy that she imagined is very different from the person that Mal actually is. He has no interest in playing that part for her.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 Preview Page 2TFAW: This is your second foray into writing Serenity comics, after The Shepherd’s Tale. [Editor's note: Mea culpa! We temporarily forgot the magnificence of Whedon's FCBD Serenity comic.] What are your favorite aspects of Firefly and Serenity?

ZW: I love the dynamics of the crew, and trying to recreate that. Everything is so off-kilter in the first issue of this new series, that you don’t really get to see them clicking together until later on. But I love recreating that. The show had such great chemistry between all these characters, and finding that again is fun.

And then, digging into the possibilities of the reaction to what they disclosed in Serenity. They dropped a big bomb with that revelation about Miranda and the Reavers and everything, so I’ve had a lot of fun with playing with how the world received that news.

TFAW: The fans of Firefly and Serenity are so enthusiastic, and so vocal! How do you deal with that kind of pressure?

ZW: Well, I’m not thinking about it. [laughs] I count myself as a fan, so I think that hopefully if I’m into the stories, that they will be too. You know, it’s very important to me to preserve the tone of the show and the movie, and of the universe, and to not stray from that. To create new stories that feel like ones you could have seen on the show. So I don’t think about it, except to get excited that there’s such a large audience waiting for it. That’s not usually the case, when you’re writing something.

So it’s exciting that there are a bunch of people who are enthusiastic about the universe, to pick up the comic on the first day and dig into it. I’m excited to share it with them. I’m really, really pleased with the first issue, I think it came out amazing.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2TFAW: Will there be more comics after this six-issue miniseries?

ZW: I think this six-issue series will be it for me, at least for a long while. I just have a lot going on, and the process of writing comics is much slower and much more difficult for me than it is for some people. So I’m going to take a break, but my sincere hope is that they can get other great writers to keep it going, maybe in six-issue chunks or something like that. Georges is an amazing artist and has done an incredible job so far with the series, so I hope that if it does continue, it will continue with him. Because he’s doing an awesome job.

TFAW: Do you have anything else going on that you want to talk about?

ZW: Right now I’m working on a television show for AMC, a show called Halt and Catch Fire, which is set in Dallas in 1983. It’s about a computer company that’s getting into the PC business. I’m on the staff there. It was created by Chris Rogers and Chris Cantwell. It’s an amazing pilot, and I’m very excited.

Our thanks to Zack Whedon for updating us on Serenity: Leaves on the Wind! Make sure to order these Serenity comics (and catch up on previous ones) here at TFAW — you’ll save 10-50%!

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Georges Jeanty Talks Buffy Season 9 on Geek in the City

Buffy Season 9What: Buffy Season 9 Q&A/Release Party with Georges Jeanty & Scott Allie
Where: Hollywood TFAW: 4133 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97214
When: Wednesday, September 14 from 7-10 pm.

Our Buffy Season 9 Premiere Party with artist Georges Jeanty and editor Scott Allie is right around the corner–come to the Hollywood TFAW in Portland Wednesday, September 14 from 7-10 pm for a Q&A and signing you’ll never forget!

Georges Jeanty isn’t just the acclaimed artist for Buffy Season 8 and 9–he’s a huge fan of Buffy, too! Check out the interview he did with Aaron Duran of Geek in the City about his experiences working with Joss Whedon, which storylines he objected to in Season 8, and what he’s looking forward to in Season 9.

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You’ll be able to get all of your burning questions answered–the Q&A starts at 7 pm sharp! Dark Horse Comics is giving away free Buffy swag bags with purchase of Buffy Season 9 #1 (while supplies last) containing exclusive goodies usually only available at conventions. Plus, enjoy free beer from Columbia River Brewing Company (with valid ID) and complimentary food! See you there!

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Meet Artist Georges Jeanty & Celebrate Buffy Season 9 in Portland

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Aug 23 2011 at 8:34am

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Buffy Season 8 and 9 Comics

What: Buffy Season 9 Q&A and Release Party with Georges Jeanty and Scott Allie
Where: Hollywood TFAW: 4133 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97214
When: Wednesday, September 14 from 7-10 pm.

The events of Buffy Season 8 rocked our girl to the core, but you can’t keep a good Slayer down! Come to the our Portland TFAW store September 14 from 7-10 pm to celebrate the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 with an incredible Q&A and signing with series artist Georges Jeanty and editor Scott Allie. Plus, enjoy free beer from Columbia River Brewing Company and complimentary food!

Do you have questions about what’s in store for Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith? This is the place to be! Plus, Dark Horse Comics is generously offering up swag bags when you purchase Buffy Season 9 #1 at the event (while supplies last) that include goodies usually only available at conventions, like their exclusive Buffy paper dolls!

The Q&A starts at 7 pm sharp, so get there early to ask your question and grab your swag bag. Remember, you must be 21+ and present a valid ID before we’ll serve you beer.

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Georges Jeanty & Christos Gage Talk Buffy, Angel & Faith

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Apr 4 2011 at 1:18pm

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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:

Buffy Season 9

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Dark Horse Names Buffy S9 and Angel & Faith Teams

Wow! Dark Horse Comics had an awesome WonderCon panel for Whedon fans. Not only did they announce the Buffy Season 9 creative team–longtime artist Georges Jeanty (yay!) and Vampire Diaries writer Andrew Chambliss–but they announced that the Angel book will actually be called Angel & Faith, and feature the art of Rebekah Issacs (DV8) and Christos Gage (Avengers Academy).

Meet the teams and see exclusive artwork in the video below!

Buffy Season 9

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Dragon Con 2010: Buffy Season 8 Looking Back

Dragon Con 2010 Coverage

Finally! Here is Dragon Con’s massive Buffy Season 8: Looking Back panel, starring Buffy artist Georges Jeanty and editor Scott Allie! They answered as many questions as they possibly could (WARNING: SPOILERS if you’re not caught up with issue #36). Here are a couple of highlights:

  • Scott Allie definitively announced that he does NOT hate Spike
  • Georges Jeanty reveals his original wish, which was to bring Kristy Swanson’s likeness into Season 8 as Buffy’s–older sister?
  • Dark Horse has pretty much settled on an artist for Angel
Buffy Season 8 comics

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Dragon Con 2010: Georges Jeanty Talks About Buffy Season 8 & 9

Dragon Con 2010 Coverage

One of the highlights of Dragon Con this year was our excellent interview with Georges Jeanty, artist of Buffy Season 8! Here, we try to pry answers out of him about the final issues of Buffy Season 8, ask him about his personal highlights, and ask what’s up with Buffy Season 9!

Buffy Season 8

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Georges Jeanty Joins Our CBLDF/SDCC Autograph Card Event!

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Jun 22 2010 at 4:16pm

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Georges JeantyWhat’s that sound? It’s millions of Buffy Season 8 fans getting excited, because artist Georges Jeanty is the latest addition to our Second Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! Jeanty will create an original, black-and-white sketch, which he will donate to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s auction at San Diego Comic-Con. Last year, TFAW helped them raise more than $30,000 at their SDCC auction, and we’re hoping that this year will be even better!

Jeanty, of course, is the main artist for the Eisner Award-winning Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 comic book series from Dark Horse Comics. However, even if you don’t win his sketch at auction, you can get a copy of your very own: we’ll be taking all of the sketches from our generous publishers and creators and creating exclusive limited-edition autograph cards, which we will be giving out for free at SDCC this July.

To collect them all, visit the booths of all of our participants at SDCC, as well as the TFAW booth!

Want to be a part of the action? If you’re a comics professional who wants to get involved, we will gladly accept new participants up through July 9–email Andrew McIntire with the subject line “CBLDF Auction 2010″ now. Or simply become a member of the CBLDF.

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Win Signed Copies of Buffy Season 8 #1 and Witchblade!

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Feb 5 2010 at 4:30pm

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Buffy Season 8 #1 Signed by Georges JeantyFor this week’s raffle, we’ve got two awesome comics featuring strong women: a copy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #1 signed by Georges Jeanty, and a Witchblade: Dark Minds trade paperback signed by David Wohl!

To enter, head to one of our three Oregon stores the week of February 8, or sign up for our newsletter! We’re raffling off signed swag all year long, so make sure and check this space every Monday to see the newest prize!

The Buffy Season 8 #1 comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity from Dynamic Forces, and is #55 of 275 copies signed by Jeanty. You can win this and the signed Witchblade: Dark Minds trade paperback as part of a special package deal this week!

Hey hey, true believers! Convention season is starting up next month with Emerald City ComiCon in Seattle, and we will be taking graphic novels and comics up with us to be signed by your favorite creators! Post your suggestions below now!


Live From SDCC ’09: Interview With Georges Jeanty

New Video Post Live From San Diego Comic-Con!

Okay, so it’s not quite live, but we’ve got a lot of videos to post, so stay tuned all week! Next up: an interview with awesome Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 artist Georges Jeanty! Does he tell me who Twilight is?*

*No. But he’s a fun interview!

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