[And now, the transcriptage, with Joss’s answers directly below]
Will characters like Illyria, Connor show up in the new Dark Horse series?
Yes, all of the Buffy and Angelverse characters are under one roof now. And I do want to thank the guys at IDW for shepherding ANGEL for so long and doing a wonderful job with it, but at the end of the day it makes life easier and better to have them all in each others’ worlds— and the best part will be taking people from Angel’s world and putting them in Buffy’s in a way that we never have before, and vice-versa. The books will start out separately… we’re going to keep them in their own worlds a little bit, so the books can establish their own identities, so it doesn’t just become this giant you-have-to-buy-everything crossover fest, which I feel is unfair. But then, soon after that we’re going to get really silly. And if I had the time, there would be about five other people who would have their own stand-alone books. As it is, we’re going to be trying to work out some mini-series and one-shots and making sure that everybody gets in everybody else’s soup because there are so many great dynamics there. And I just need more Illyria.
Was it difficult to bring the world of Fray into the world of Buffy Season 8?
That was some of the easiest and most fun stuff that I got to do. Those two worlds being so separate, but so connected made writing that pretty much pure joy and having Carl back to do it because it was Fray was really lovely. Obviously there’s some reconciling issues. Basically, all of the Buffy comics have been affected by Fray, which I wrote thinking, there’s no way this will ever affect Buffy, because it’s 200 years in the future, so I’m totally safe. But now that I’ve resolved that fact that, yes, they are connected universes, bringing them together was just a delight. Mostly because I got to have Fray say, ‘Summer you drive like a spaz.’
Were there any characters he regretted killing off or introducing?
Yes, I regret introducing Tara [joking]…. No, no, I don’t have a lot of regret. The fact of the matter is, we all know that sometimes I have killed beloved characters, because I believe that is something that people in those kind of stories need to go through. And we all know that there are some characters I introduced that did not stick to the wall quite as successfully as others. But I don’t live with a lot of regret . Every character that we had, we got to milk for some really interesting stories and if people didn’t like them we either found a way to make them like them, or played that up as part of their persona. We got to ride the surf of fans’ involvement. I’m not big with regret. It’s not on my schedule.”
Are we going to see a more consistent scenes of Spike, and if we find out where he got his bug ship?
Yes, eventually we will discover where he got his insect dirigible and he’s going to be a real factor in Buffy’s life. You gotta put there two in a room, it’s just too much fun. I can’t say which room.
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