Posted tagged ‘Firefly’

Spotlight on Joss Whedon

July 26, 2008

This post is probably a bit unnecessary since you’d pretty much have to be living under a rock not to have heard of Whedon by now.  The man created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and the upcoming Dollhouse.  He earned an Oscar nod for Toy Story.  He wrote what is one of the only two seminal X-Men runs since Chris Claremont left the book back in ’91.  He recently created a web based phenomenon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, in an effort to prove that the writers strike was justified in wanting a cut of online profits, only to have the server overloaded by all the traffic it got on its first day.  And just yesterday he won two Eisner awards, one for best new series with Buffy: Season 8, and one for best webcomic with Sugarshock (found on MySpace Dark Horse Presents).

The man is talented, prolific, and fully understands his fan base.  He’s one of the most prototypical geeks out there really, and he truly embraces that part of himself and injects it into all the stories he comes out with.  He routinely creates characters based on the X-Men’s Shadowcat and only recently pulled off a love song revolving around a freeze ray.  Now if only he could find a way to bring back Firefly.

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Preemptive Strikes

May 25, 2008

The internet has finally learned from the Bush administration.  After the disaster that Fox made of airing Firefly originally, a fan campaign has begun to save Joss Whedon’s new show Dollhouse, before it has even begun to air.  Firefly was one of the best shows that didn’t make it, and it produced one of the greatest s.f. movies of the last decade or so, so I wish the campaign the best of luck.