Joss Whedon: Conversations

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Overview

No recent television creator has generated more critical, scholarly, and popular discussion or acquired as devoted a cult following as Joss Whedon (b. 1964). No fewer than thirty books concerned with his work have now been published (a forthcoming volume even offers a book-length bibliography), and ten international conferences on his work have convened in the U.K., the United States, Australia, and Turkey. Fitting then that this first volume in the University Press of Mississippi's "Television Conversations" series is devoted to the writer, director, and showrunner who has delivered Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997-2001; UPN, 2001-3), Angel (The WB, 1999-2004), Firefly (2002), Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Webcast, 2008), and Dollhouse (FOX, 2009-10).

If Whedon has shown himself to be a virtuoso screenwriter/script-doctor, director, comic book author, and librettist, he is as well a masterful conversationalist. As a DVD commentator, for example, the consistently hilarious, reliably insightful, frequently moving Whedon has few rivals. In his many interviews he likewise shines. Whether answering a hundred rapid-fire, mostly silly questions from fans on the Internet, fielding serious inquiries about his craft and career from television colleagues, or assessing his disappointments, Whedon seldom fails to provoke laughter and reflection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604739237
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Series: Television Conversations Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction VII

Chronology XIII

Filmography XV

Fresh Air Interview with Joss Whedon David Bianculli 3

Joss Whedon Gets Big, Bad, and Grown-Up with Angel Patrick Lee 14

Westfield Comics Joss Whedon Interview Roger Ash 23

The Onion A.V. Club Interview with Joss Whedon(I) Tasha Robinson 23

Joss Whedon Answers 100 Questions Sfx Magazine 34

Joss Whedon, Feminist James Longworth 42

Must-See Metaphysics Emily Nussbaum 64

The Man Behind the Slayer Laura Miller 71

JoBlo.com Visits the Set of Serenity Thomas Leupp 80

Serenity Now! Jim Kozak 85

The CulturePulp Q&A: Joss Whedon Mike Russell 107

Interview with Joss Whedon Daniel Robert Epstein 129

Joss Whedon-About Buffy, Alien, and Firefly: The Shebytches.com Interview S. F. Said 138

The Onion A.V. Club Interview with Joss Whedon (2) Tasha Robinson 143

Joss Whedon on Crafts and Craftiness Kim Werker 162

New Media Guru: Meet Joss Whedon the Web Slayer Lisa Rosen 170

Joss Whedon's Plan to Monetize Internet Content (Watch Out, Hollywood) Knowledge@Wharton.Com 175

Joss Whedon Just Wants to Be Loved Joy Press 184

Index 194

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