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SDCC: Joss Whedon And Dark Horse Comics

Posted on July 21, 2012 AT 09:47pm

Multimedia guru Joss Whedon had his yearly panel for San Diego Comic Con, featuring announcements, questions, and a plethora of adoring fans who waiting hours just to hear him speak (and some overnight, for his other panel, the 10th anniversary reunion of the cast of the cult favorite TV show Firefly). Whedon is funny, sarcastic, and incredibly bright, and his panel showcased all of those things, as well as the near superhuman work ethic that has created so many different projects that they have their own universe (the Whedonverse, for those not familiar with the term).

In conjunction with Dark Horse Comics, the company that produces the Buffy The Vampire Slayer comic books, which began running after the television show got cancelled, Whedon stood on stage, made fun of things, and gave everyone some news to cheer for, as well as fielding questions on everything he was doing at the time (a rather large list).

First off, he mentioned some things that actually had to do with comics, in particular, his two major comic book franchises, Buffy and Angel & Faith. Both are in the middle of their yearly runs, with “Season 9″ of Buffy in the middle of a 25 issue run. Angel & Faith are also in the midst of a 25 issue run, and Whedon hinted at the resurrection of the character Giles. Also announced for this universe, were two mini-series, featuring two of the more popular supporting characters in the franchise, Spike and Willow, respectively. Both will begin their runs this fall.

Much to the appreciation of fans of the most popular one season show in television history (also likely the only one season show to also have an accompanying feature film), Whedon also announced that while not set with a release date, more Firefly/Serenity comics were also on the way.

The Avengers director also shed some light on his newest film, the low-budget adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic Much Ado About Nothing, which is currently in post-production. Whedon also stepped out of his comfort zone a bit, writing the score for the film.

The final announcement was one that Whedon fans have been wondering about for quite awhile, and this time, they were not disappointed. The highly-anticipated sequel to the fan favorite Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is finally gaining some steam, but there is no news of a release date, or much else other than that a few songs are being written for it.

Whedon does just about everything well (aside from sleep, which, judging by his content output, is barely on his radar), and is as beloved a creator as there is in this generation. His supporters are nearly fanatical with their obsession with his work, and he seems to never fall short, this or any year. More and more should be coming from this one man media juggernaut in the future, so be on the look out for more expansion from the Whedonverse.

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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