What did you have in your life experience as a child that contributed to the richness of your writing?
I actually managed to get through my childhood without having a life experience. I stayed in my room and my life experience was reading Frank Herbert. Does that count— is that similar to life experience? I was afraid of most things. I didn’t have a terrible childhood or anything, but I don’t think I had a remarkable one, either. But the things that you see— fear, helplessness, pain, loss— these are things I was struggling with. The sense of aloneness, these are common issues with me. But they weren’t based on spectacular events that I can recount to you in a David Copperfieldy way. I can just say, you know, I was a little bit pathetic, just a little bit. But not anymore, though! I’m totally cool now… with my beautiful hair. [mimes shocked discovery of his lack of hair.] So sorry, it’s a lame answer, but there it is. I really was kind of a shut-in.
Is there a Buffy Season 8 animated series in our future?
How much money do you have on you? I ain’t agin’ it. We spent a lot of time and noble effort trying to put a Buffy animated show on the air, and with zero success. It still baffles me to this day. I’m also waiting for somebody to call me and tell me it’s time to make that Serenity sequel [extended cheers] But they won’t. Sorry, that much love, I had to destroy it.
It lends itself to it. It’s right. It’s like when people say should you make a Firefly musical? I’m like, ‘No, that is a bad idea. That is like cops, who rock.’ But something like animated Buffy, as a feature, as a straight-to-DVD, as a series, it makes perfect sense, like a Buffy musical, it just makes sense.
Why do you consistently include strong female characters in your writing?
I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question. Was it, why do I write them? [Yes] Ahh… yes, there is a video on YouTube that can help you with this question. Look up Equality Now with my name— you should look up Equality Now anyway. At the end of the day, I have many answers for it. They have to do with my mom, who was an extraordinary woman and a great feminist. They have to do with the people in my life. They have to do with a lot of different things. But… I don’t know. Because I’m not just writing strong female characters for other people; I have a desire to see them in our culture that was not met for most of my childhood, except occasionally by James Cameron. Cameron and Miyazaki, those were the guys who were getting it done, way before me.
But, I don’t know why I think I’m a 14-year old girl with superpowers. I don’t look like one, but I can’t get past it. In fact, the only trouble I’ve had with The Avengers is where is the 14-year old girl with superpowers? I’m very confused. ‘Is it you Robert Downey, Jr?’ [mock reply] ‘No, it’s not me.’ It’s probably Clark Gregg.
Would you ever write for Star Trek comic books?
I don’t think so. I’m actually going to say no to this one. What makes Star Trek great is a little ephemeral, and not something that I would be chasing. They are their own voices. And for me, the comics, it’s harder for them to capture. And I’ve not read… they may be wonderful Star Trek comics, I’m not something on dissing on them. But for me, thnot something I’m attracted to. I’m interested in the way they’re going to create the universe visually in a film or TV show. I’ll see every new incarnation of it, and I did love JJ’s. But for the comics, if I was going to spend my time, [it’s] extremely difficult. I would not want to wade into something with that much history and that much difference. I don’t feel the pay off would be that great. I’d rather work on something new or something that I’ve already done, but in comic book form, because I seem to do that all the time.
Can we expect to see a Doctor Horrible 2 anytime soon? [cheers]
The thing that you have to understand is… yes. I’ll just say this, I’ve worked on a number of songs. I got a demo from Jed and Maurissa of a song that actually Zach pitched, [and] they wrote. And as soon as I heard it, just like when we did the first one, I said, ‘I would like to respectfully withdraw my songs, I’m sorry.’ Because it’s so good.
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