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While migrating to a new server with some upgraded functionality, the site may have been unreachable for the past couple of days. Everything seems to be sorted out now, so hopefully you can read this post!

It feels like deja vu to say this, but it’s been busy these past few months! I’m hoping to get things updated around here very soon, so please stay tuned.

Catching Up, Part I : Shipping Schedule

It’s been a hectic couple of months around here! Hopefully you’ve been following the Twitter feed to get the latest news, because I haven’t been able to find time to make actual posts/updates. I’m still in the middle of catching up, but at least in terms of data entry I think the Shipping Schedule is pretty much up to date … be sure to check it out!

Buffy, Angel and Spike Comics This Week!

It’s a relatively busy week in the world of Buffyverse comics. Obviously the big news is that the final arc of Buffy: Season 8, called Last Gleaming and written by Joss Whedon himself, will finally be kicking off! Here are the details for this week’s releases:

  • Buffy: Season 8 #36. See a preview here.

    The Big Bad finally stands revealed—Angel is Twilight, and it’s tearing the Scoobies apart, testing the limits of their friendship.

    Seems like a perfect time for Spike to come back.

    Joss Whedon writes the final five issues of Buffy Season 8, taking his greatest characters to places only he can take them! Teamed with series artist Georges Jeanty, Joss counts down to the biggest Buffy final ever—and it starts right here!

    Buffy: Season 8 #36 (Jo Chen)

    Buffy: Season 8 #36 (Jo Chen)

    Buffy: Season 8 #36 (Georges Jeanty)

    Buffy: Season 8 #36 (Georges Jeanty)

  • Spike : The Devil You Know #3. See preview here.

    Reluctant teammates Spike and Eddie Hope are having a hell of time getting information out of the demon world about their newest nemesis and her agenda. They’re also having a hard time not strangling each other. But a high stakes card game, some new Hellmouth problems, and a really big killer demon, could force them to have to get along in a hurry.

    Spike : The Devil You Know #3

    Spike : The Devil You Know #3

  • Angel : Barbary Coast trade paperback

    A recently souled Angel is on a quest for a “cure” in San Francisco when, of course, something goes horribly wrong. Seeking out a Chinese healer, Angel encounters a mysterious girl with a strange tattoo, and quickly learns that life in early 1900s America is full of surprises …

    Angel : Barbary Coast

    Angel : Barbary Coast

IDW Press Release About Angel Title Moving Back to Dark Horse

IDW’s Final Angel Story Arc to Bring in New Creators, Old Nemesis
Thursday, Aug 19th, 2010
Wolfram & Hart Return
IDW and Dark Horse Series Converge

IDW Publishing today confirmed that it will launch the company’s final ANGEL story arc in November. IDW has published ANGEL comics since 2005, and this closing six-issue arc will serve as a bridge to Dark Horse Publishing, which will pick up the series in late 2011. Under the direction of BUFFY and ANGEL creator Joss Whedon, all parties are working together for as seamless a transition as possible. The companies have been coordinating storylines in both Dark Horse’s BUFFY and IDW’s ANGEL, creating a greater sense of cohesion and cooperation to ensure that this transition is true to both ongoing storylines and to the faithful fans of both series.

News of the upcoming change was recently revealed by Dark Horse Publishing, without coordination with IDW. “Dark Horse really regrets that this news was released before a joint statement from both companies was issued,” said Dark Horse Senior Editor Scott Allie. “Behind the scenes, we’d been working closely with IDW to ensure that the hand-off went smoothly. It was never our intent to catch Angel or IDW readers unaware. We’ve been working directly with Chris, Mariah and Brian on the interaction and the overlap between the storylines, and we think it’s gonna be a lot of fun for everyone.”

IDW’s ANGEL #39 is the first step in this closer co-existence. The issue introduces new series writers David Tischman (ANGEL: BARBARY COAST) and his TRUE BLOOD co-writer, Mariah Huehner, who kick off IDW’s final six-part storyline entitled “The Wolf, The Ram & The Heart,” which should give fans a good indication of just who the final tale’s “big bad” will be. Longtime ANGEL readers know just how big and how bad Wolfram & Hart can be. Issue #39 is also an excellent jumping on point for new readers, as it begins a new storyline for Angel and his crew.

Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer said, “We’ve loved the half-decade of publishing the exploits of ANGEL, and the fan support has been truly inspiring and appreciated. The fact that steps are being taken by both companies to tie the books more closely together is something I’ve long wanted to do. This will not only ensure a smooth hand-off back to Dark Horse, it will also give the fans a cohesive storyline and explain some of the lingering questions they might have. While I hate to see Angel go, I know Joss has a vision for where things are headed and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Starting in October, Brian Lynch and Franco Urru’s ongoing SPIKE series furthers the coordinated storylines. Not only does BUFFY “Scooby Team” member Willow appear in an upcoming issue of SPIKE, but the series will also explain how Spike appeared in BUFFY in a spaceship accompanied by giant alien bugs.

In addition to the storylines being told in ANGEL and SPIKE, November’s ILLYRIA miniseries by Scott Tipton and ongoing ANGEL artist Elena Casagrande will offer further ties with the two ongoing series, even as it vastly complicates the life of its title character.

Added Ryall, “I have nothing but good memories of our time managing Angel’s affairs. ANGEL was one of the first series I worked on upon joining IDW, and it introduced me to the great David Messina, who’s gone on to tackle the sexy vampires of True Blood for us. David, Franco, [ANGEL artist] Elena Casagrande, along with Stephen Mooney, John Byrne and writers like Jeff Mariotte, Lynch, Tipton, Tischman, Juliet Landau and so many other talented folk… it’s truly been one of the most rewarding rides I’ve had at IDW. I trust that the license will be in good hands with Dark Horse.

“I know change is hard for fans – and us publishers, too,” Ryall continued, “but I want to remind everyone that we’re still going strong and have big plans for ANGEL well into 2011. Another point in our favor here is that the reversion nevertheless allows us to keep all of our ANGEL books in print long after we’ve stopped releasing new ANGEL comics. So the news might be surprising but the fact is, the stories you’ve loved aren’t going away any time soon. We’ve still got one last, big year to come, and we’ll fight the good fight until the end. Angel wouldn’t have it any other way.”

ANGEL #39 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in November. Diamond order code SEP10 0373.

SPIKE #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores on October 13th. Diamond order code AUG10 0331.

ILLYRIA #1 (of 4, $3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in November. Diamond order code SEP10 0368.

New Hardcover Collection: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales

A new entry popped up Amazon showing a hardcover collection called Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales, scheduled to arrive in January. It looks like it will contain the stories from Tales of the Slayer, Tales of the Vampires, as well as the Season 8 Tales of the Vampires one-shot and Tales of the Vampires: Carpe Noctem short story.

Update: I also confirmed with Scott Allie that it will include the hard-to-find Tales of the Slayers: Broken Bottle of Djinn, by Jane Espenson and Doug Petrie.

Before Season 8, Joss Whedon brought generations of Slayers and vampires to comics with the help of his acclaimed TV writing team and some of the best artists to ever grace the comics page. Now all those stories, plus selected stories from Season 8, are collected in one deluxe hardcover with a new cover by Jo Chen. Joss writes multiple tales: a somber vamp tale drawn by Cameron Stewart, the story of the first Slayer drawn by Leinil Yu, and more. This essential complement to Season 8 features stories written by Buffy actress Amber (Tara) Benson and the amazing writers of the show, including David Fury (24, Lost), Doug Petrie (Tru Calling, CSI), Jane Espenson (Battlestar Galactica), Rebecca Sinclair (Gilmore Girls), Drew Goddard (Lost, Cloverfield, Cabin in the Woods), Drew Greenberg (Dexter) and The Tick creator Ben Edlund (Venture Bros., Supernatural). Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales also reprints for the first time new Season 8 stories written by novelist Jackie Kessler (Hell’s Belles) and award-winning cartoonist Becky Cloonan (Demo), featuring vampires living in the public eye, killing Slayers and killing each other.

Solicitation and Cover Art for Buffy: Season 8 #38

Courtesy of Comics Alliance comes an early look at Buffy: Season 8 #38:

While Super Buffy is fighting side by side with Spike in Sunnydale, Angel is on the other side of world fighting demons of his own. As Twilight he was given a clear mission in regard to Buffy — help her reach the next plane, together create a new world, and end all suffering. But Buffy doesn’t play by the rules, and this “higher plane” and a lifetime of happiness with Angel wasn’t gonna cut it — not if she had to sacrifice her family to keep it. And now Angel has to answer for his failings as Twilight — willingly or not.

Back in Sunnydale everyone is fighting for their lives against a horde of demons, and someone close to Buffy joins forces with a villain from the past to strive for a common goal –protect the seed.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer : Season 8 #38

Buffy: Season 8 #38
(Jo Chen)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer : Season 8 #38

Buffy: Season 8 #38
(Georges Jeanty)

Angel: A Hole in the World Trade Paperback in Stores this Week

The Angel: A Hole in the World trade paperback, collecting the 5-issue adaptation of the episodes A Hole in the World and Shells, will be arriving in stores this week.

IDW’s series of adaptations of landmark Angel episodes continues with “A Hole in the World,” one of the series’ most heartbreaking episodes! Adapting both “A Hole in the World” and “Shells,” this five-issue mini-series tells the tragic tale of how Illyria came to fight alongside Angel, and at what terrible cost.

Angel : A Hole in the World

Angel : A Hole in the World

Angel #35 Arrives this Week

Word out of Comic Con is that Bill Willingham’s run on Angel will be wrapping up with issue #38. In the meantime, the current arc continues with Angel #35, arriving this week:

Sometimes being a “chosen” one really sucks. Which is something Connor is about to find out when his little band of merry demon warrior women decide L.A. really needs to clean up its act. No human or supernatural thingie is safe from their swords. And not even Angel knows how to get them out of this mess.

Angel #35

Angel #35

IDW Solicitations for October 2010

Comics Continuum has posted IDW’s solicitations for October 2010, and we have the following to look forward to:

  • October 6th: Angel vs. Frankenstein II

    More than a century before, Angelus faced a monster born out of one man’s nightmares. He thought it was destroyed, but now, on the streets of New York in the 1920s, Angel finds it alive and hungering for revenge.

    Angel vs. Frankenstein II

    Angel vs. Frankenstein II

  • October 20th: Spike #1

    No Bad too big in this all-new monthly series! The fan-favorite Angel team of Brian Lynch and artist Franco Urru are back! And this time, it’s all about Spike. He’s out on his own, away from Angel’s watchful eye, and in charge of his own destiny. Lover, fighter, vampire with a soul, he’s kick-starting his biggest adventure yet. Damsels, prepare to be saved and wooed! Forces of evil, get ready to be destroyed and mocked! Featuring guest-appearances by Angel, Illyria, and a face from the past seeking to destroy his future!

    Spike #1

    Spike #1

  • October 27th: Angel #38

    Death. Destruction. Destiny. None of these can compare with the betrayal Team Angel is about to face, the old enemy that’s about to re-surface, and the epic showdown Angel and Connor are going to have to tackle together. And someone other than the readers finally wonders, just what the hell is really up with Spike?

    Angel #38

    Angel #38

Spike: The Devil You Know #2 Arrives this Week

This week will see the release of Spike: The Devil You Know #2, written by Bill Williams, with art by Chris Cross and cover from Franco Urru.

Spike and Eddie continue to butt heads, sometimes literally, as they try to figure out what to do about some baby Hellmouths, blood manufacturing, and oh yeah … world destruction.

Spike : The Devil You Know #2

Spike : The Devil You Know #2