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Billy the Vampire Slayer

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

“They’re special. They’re called. They’re strong. They punch really hard and run really fast and they’re always, always girls.”

This is 16-year-old Billy Lane’s accurate description of Vampire Slayers – accurate, that is, except for the last part about Slayers always being girls. Because there’s a new Slayer in town, and it’s Billy himself.

The current issue of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy Season 9 is the second half of a two-part introduction of Billy the Vampire Slayer. This initially reluctant boy, the victim of homophobic bullying in his small town, takes on the responsibility of facing the new zompire threat. He’s got a Watcher, Devon, who also happens to be his love interest. And, according to Devon, he’s got moxie.

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by Tami Katzoff

Quiz question: Who’s the most geek-friendly writer/producer working in television today? The answer is pretty obvious – it’s Jane Espenson. She’s at least partially responsible for “Torchwood,” “Caprica,” “Battlestar Galactica” and one episode of “Game Of Thrones.” Oh yeah – she’s also contributed to every Joss Whedon TV project since “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.”

For one of her current projects, Espenson called in the Whedonverse troops. Felicia Day, Amber Benson, Emma Caulfield and Dichen Lachman will all guest-star in the second season of the web series “Husbands.”

Getting the actors to participate was remarkably easy, Espenson says. “People were so eager to be involved that I definitely could have had twice the number of people that we got. We just simply stopped calling when we had the roles filled,” she tells MTV news.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: RileyJoss Whedon pulled a giant plot twist in his recent “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” arc, “Retreat,” regarding Buffy’s former flame Riley Finn. Fans could have been satisfied with the explanation given in those issues, but instead we get to see much more — with Riley’s version of events.

In stores today (August 18) from Dark Horse Comics is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley,” a brand new story from television writer/producer Jane Espenson and artist Karl Moline. Espenson gets the chance to tell what really led to former Initiative member Riley Finn becoming a double agent for Buffy.

The one-shot is the second we’ve seen during “Season 8” (the first being Willow’s spotlight), and is actually titled “Commitment Through Distance, Virtue Through Sin.” It's intense, but have we come to expect anything less from Buffy’s love life? Read More...

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - RileyEarlier this month, we brought you news of a very sexy issue of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight," but that doesn't mean the story's over when it comes to Buffy and the Slayers' climactic battle against Twilight and his armies.

Celebrated "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Battlestar Galactica" television writer Jane Espenson returns to the Dark Horse Comics series later this year for a new one-shot comic exploring what happened to Riley Finn, Buffy's former love interest who spied on Twilight for the Slayers.

The issue, which arrives on shelves August 18, will be written by Espenson with interior art and a cover by Karl Moline. Dark Horse has provided Splash Page readers with an exclusive first look at the cover to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight — Riley One-Shot," as well as the official synopsis for the issue. Read More...

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Buffy the Vampire SlayerLast month, writer Jane Espenson capped her run on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight" with one heck of a cliffhanger. Fans had already seen [SPOILER ALERT] much of the slayer's forces wiped out in an epic war with the mysterious villain Twilight, and in the final scene of issue #30, a groggy Buffy suddenly finding herself suspended in the air.

In fact, you could almost hear the collective fanbase exclaiming, "Waitaminute... Buffy's flying?"

That's why we tracked down Espenson to get some explanation of her final issue's big WTF moment, and get some thoughts on her run with the celebrated series and where Joss whedon plans to take it when he jumps on as writer of the upcoming Willow one-shot "Goddesses and Monsters" and issue #31, "Turbulence." Read More...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series writer (and current "Battlestar Galactica" scribe) Jane Espenson kicks off a new storyline this week in the "Season Eight" comic book series that promises big changes in the series' status quo. As we mentioned in our exclusive preview of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" #21, trouble begins when vampire Harmony Kendall finds fame on a new, fictional MTV series titled "Harmony Bites." Espenson has provided Splash Page readers with the following Guest Blog, written from the point-of-view of the story's blonde bloodsucker, explaining the premise of "Harmony Bites."

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight' #21TUNE IN!

A meditation by Harmony Kendall

There are some things that absolutely everyone loves. The color pink. Little dogs. Reality television. Fizzy rum-based drinks. Giving in to dark impulses. Want to cover all the bases? Then fix yourself a drink, grab your pink dog and watch "Harmony Bites!" this week, premiering on MTV! It's crazy, real-life fun with the sexy twist of watching people lose their souls. For reals!

At first I wasn't sure if I liked the idea of all of those cameras watching my every move. But after I took the idea to MTV and they bought it, I decided to make my peace with it -- and boy, am I glad I did. I think introspection is about the healthiest thing that a person can do for herself, and nothing makes you look at yourself more closely than grooming a public persona that you can carry into your most private moments. In that way, this show is a gift that I give to myself. And now I'm ready for you to give it to yourself! Read More...

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