This Is So Toy


Have you read Fray? You really should. Written during season six and seven of Buffy, it was Joss Whedon's first foyer into comics, and the first canonal continuation of the Buffyverse in another medium. No doubt the memory of writing Fray played a part in Whedon's decision years later to continue Buffy proper in comic form. The story is of the first slayer called in hundreds of years, after all magic and nearly all demons had been banished from the world by an unnamed yet obviously referenced slayer in our modern day.

The book is important for another reason: it marks the first time you can see a real cinematic shift in Whedon's writing. Despite being a serialised book, the tone, pacing and development of the story are much more in keeping with the structure of a film than a TV series. I know when I read it for the first time (after, I should say, it was collected, saving me the massive gap between the first half being published, and the second half), I immediately thought of how good a movie it would make. And Whedon obviously thought so too, because it shares more than a couple similarities with the Avengers, in terms of arc and pretty much the entire climax. Dragons weaving through the streets of New York, who'd have thought that's be popular?

Vincent Valentin shares this opinion, as he's got a Kickstarter project going now until Nov 20th, attempting to raise funds to produce an original short film called Lurk, set in Fray's end of the Buffyverse. The project video above lays things out pretty well, and I have to say Stefanie Woodburn looks pretty good as an older version of the comic character. The crew are obviously enthusiastic, and I'd be excited to see this one get made (and implore Dark Horse not to get all cease-and-desisty on them). Fray remains one of my favourite things about the Buffyverse, and any developments in her direction, Whedon involved or not, peaks my interest.

Via The Mary Sue.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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