At the close of Comic-Con 2014 Preview night, I swung by the Dark Horse booth to catch an already tired Scott Allie being amused by PR Director Jeremy Atkins‘ acquisition of an Alien egg. Before the every-vigilant Con staff could shoo us out of the expo, Scott was kind enough to take time out to talk about some of big upcoming projects he’s guiding as the now Editor-in-Chief.
Chief among these is a sequel to Fight Club in graphic novel format, guided by Chuck Palahniuk, and a set of interrelated miniseries that will “tie the world of Promethus and Aliens and Predator all together in ways that they haven’t been before.”
Allie also hinted at some of the exciting crossovers in upcoming Buffy-Angelverse books, and the uncertain future of the Serenity comics.
Full video to follow, but some highlights:
Whats happening with the Buffyverse books?
We just did a Spike original graphic novel, that we did with James Marsters. A story that he had kicking around for a long time. He wrote in kind of screenplay format and than adapted it for comics. We hooked him up with an artist– Derlis Santacruz is the artist, who is also doing a fill-in issue of ANGEL. (Ed note: Check out examples of Derlis’s pencils on Deviant Art) So he’s sort of worked his way into the Whedon group of books.
We recently wrapped up Serenity, and we’re kinda working on plans to keep Serenity going, get some more comics out. But there’s nothing happening immediately; there’s no announcement yet.
And we just have Season 10 trucking along. Issue 5 of Buffy came out just today, and Angel number 5 comes out in a couple of weeks. So we’re wrapping up the first story arcs in both of those books. You’re gonna see over the course of Season 10 the way the stories intertwine with each other. There will be crossover elements different from the kind that we did in Season 9 between the books, and in a way, a much bigger kind of crossover than we’ve done before with the two titles.
In terms of what’s going on with Serenity, you’ve said you have some continuation ideas; is there something on the horizon?
It’s not as close as the horizon; it’s stuff we’re talking about. But those plans need to come together really tightly, really well. We’ve got to make sure we have something worth really doing, to tell the story right– to do a story that’s worth doing with those characters. We can’t just roll out a comic, just because it sells very well
Is it tough now that some of the principal writers who were involved with it are on other projects; to find people who have the voice, the experience with Joss needed?
Yeah, I mean that’s the trick. There was a time when it was easier to get people like Jane Espenson to write more comics, but she has so much going on, of her own, that [even though] she stays involved with this stuff; she comes to the writers summit meetings that we have, and she works with us on it, but we can’t pull a lot of actual writing out of her. All of them have gone on to their own stuff, and risen up in the industry, so they’re all super-busy. All the Whedon alums have been pretty successful.
See the full video below:
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