Saturday, February 28, 2009
Hello, Mr. Lynch,
I'm so excited about new Spike comic book series and I made a trailer. Actually it is a Spike spin-off tv series trailer, but I included some comic book characters. And as a huge fan of Spike I would be really happy to see your comic book stories for Spike on tv series. I hope you'll like my fan trailer!;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pak7Wv9BnI
LOVE IT! Thanks, that was really cool.
When is coming out the first issue of the new Spike comic book series?
Not sure. I am writing up an outline for the first bunch of issues now. I’d hate to give a definite month just yet.
Ooh! Thought of an Angel/Spike related question-
With Spike saying he knows George in the last few issues of After the Fall; I like to believe that Asylum and Shadow Puppets are now canon.
All it really means is that Spike and George have history. Sure, I picture them hanging out at Mosaic, but the readers of ATF that haven’t read ASYLUM don’t have to know specifics about their relationship for the scenes to work. In fact, if you haven’t read ASYLUM, I think Spike just happening to be pals with the fish is a funny, surprising moment.
And yeh, I'm sure you're sick of the whole canon vs non-canon crap online,
Words can’t describe.
but I was wondering when you'd place Asylum and Shadow Puppets in Angel continuity.... if you had to. I keep thinking Asylum may have been around Smile Time time (who's to say Lorne doesn't like heading off to Vegas for the odd show? We don't see him constantly at the office in Season 5) And Shadow Puppets is sometime after Fred's death but before Girl In Question. Does this sound about right? I know it's not important, but I'm oddly anal retentive about timelines and love for things to fit together. Especially if it means George is canon. (And Beck and Tok, they rock too... but mostly George)
Not sure. Terrible answer, I know. I’m sorry, it’s been a while since I wrote those. Your calendar sounds good, though, let’s go with that.
I loved the series, Brian! You added a lot of colorful characters to it. Who was you favorite villian/big bad to write?
Definitely Gunn. I know I didn’t create him, but I did get to give him a new state of mind and “voice”. Plus his story in, I think issue 23, is among my favorite scripts. It came out fantastic.
Beyond him, I would say Non is a-number-1. She is a lot of fun to write, I think she fits in with the classic characters very well. I could see her on the TV show, if that makes sense. Kr’ph is a blast, and Smile Time’s Japanese faction in SHADOW PUPPETS was a joy to write. And Dr. Ray from ASYLUM was a handsome devil, wasn’t he?
Also if our still looking for ringtones for Angel, how about Soul Meets Body by Deathcab for Cutie.
I think we’re keeping “The Girl From Iponema” for the trade, but I think Spike will need new ringtones for the solo series, so thank you!
Anonymous Flashdisk said...
Here is my question:
Will you be writing a continuation of Angel after aftermath?
I am writing a Gunn follow-up in issue 23 and a Drusilla AFTER THE FALL tale with Juliet Landau (still can’t get over that) in issues 24-25.
It's really great of you to answer all the questions, I will ask mine again :)
There is something I really can’t understand. Here it is – Wolfram and Hart really wanted Angel to fulfill his destiny, the Shanshu, right? But then why did they want him to sign it off?
Wolfram & Hart asking Angel to sign away his Shanshu was a test of Angel’s commitment. They wanted to see if he was truly on board, and him signing away the thing that means the most to him was the way to do it.
Why? In issue 12 Wes says that they never filed it, because the whole LA was sent to Hell.
They got new info, they worked quickly to carry it out. “Oh Angel will help us win? Well, we just had him sign it away.” Not exact words (but truly emmy-worthy dialog, no?), but Wolfram & Hart seems to think he’ll be the fall of all that is good, and took drastic steps to put him on the right track for that.
But will they file it now?
Do they really want it to be filed and if not – why did they ask Angel to sing it anyway?
Now they asked Angel to sing stuff? Wolfram & Hart IS cruel!
And if they wanted it to be filed - why didn't they do it when they brought LA back from Hell?
They don’t anymore, I would assume, huh?
Thanks for the great story. We will really miss you :)
Thank you, very very much.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Thanks for the series Brian! Angel was actually slipping from my mind before you brought it back in comic form, and I'd just like to thank you for re-introducing such a colorful mythology to me. One thing that's been bothering me for awhile now is how Fred/SeniorPartners said in First Night: Wesley that Wesley would be the reason that SeniorPartners win (somewhat paraphrasing since I don't have the issue in front of me). Issue 16 confused me though since he really won it for Angel there. What was Wesley SUPPOSED to have done for the SeniorPartners or did the Senior Partners anticipate that he would be the key to undoing everything? If so, then why would they bother bringing him back? Thanks again Brian!
Well, a big part of it was having Wesley deliver the news to Angel that HE was the fall of man (much easier to believe if Wesley tells him). But the big reason was in issues 16/17. Angel won the day, he and Wesley figured out a way to make it all go away, which Wolfram & Hart figured/feared he would…BUT if did so, he’d return to a time when Wesley was dead. It was a quick turn of the knife, so even when Angel triumphed, it felt like a defeat.
Remember when Connor died and Wolfram & Hart said it happened sooner than they thought, but it was going to happen eventually…that’s because (a substantial) part of W&H’s plan was to take away what mattered to Angel…so with Wesley gone, they succeeded. Angel feels alone (as evidenced in issue 17), and that’s not good, Angel needs the human connection.
That’s it for now! Thanks guys!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
We're gonna do it again. A signed copy of the ANGEL:AFTER THE FALL wedding comic. I signed it, so don't get TOO excited, it's not Whedon's signature. But I will personalize it if you want.
Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested. Thanks guys!
CLICK HERE AND GET BIDDING!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Thanks for the questions!
Artemis said...Though, I will say, Lorne and Groo are just pure joy to write dialog for. Just plain fun.
As for most difficult, I think a lot of writers in the past, both tv and comic, would say Angel. I clicked with him (at least, I hope I did) pretty quickly, Illyria took a few scenes before I felt comfortable.
I had a problem with some of the original characters. For instance, Kr'ph was a lot of fun in issue 1, but his return in issue 17 was kinda difficult. He has a very specific way of talking and it was weird to capture that again.
That's it for now! Thanks guys!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I just checked Amazon and saw that SPIKE:AFTER THE FALL is in the 25 graphic novels at Amazon.com. Thank you thank you! You guys rock.
And hey, if you're digging more horror/adventure/comedy written by me, you can download EVERYBODY'S DEAD # 1-5 for really cheap BY CLICKING HERE!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
A lot of people told me they wanted to read EVERYBODY'S DEAD but couldn't find it in their comic store. Well, now you can grab copies of the comic online in beautiful PDF form. Each issue is actually cheaper than cover price, which is nice. Just go---
Fans of my work with ANGEL:AFTER THE FALL, SPIKE, or, um, my twitter feed, now you can read a NEW horror/comedy/adventure and see if it's your cup of tea. There's romance, monsters, comedy, more monsters, the fighting of monsters, awesome characters, and beautiful art by the super talented Dave Crosland.
Please spread the word! And tell me what you think!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
So is the shanshu question resolved as to who it is for and is it up for grabs still or was the talk between our two vampires more about just trying to cheer the other up about the future?
That remains to be seen. Wolfram & Hart, however, really seemed to bank on the fact that it was Angel who was going to shanshu after causing the downfall of all that is good. I mean, they REALLY believed it, so much so that they poured all their resources into kickstarting that destiny. But, still, who knows what the future could bring?
I will say that I have no plans for it as of yet. Love the character, though.
Okay, back to work!
Friday, February 13, 2009
It was Angel.
Nope, again, time constraints. I have to earn a living, lest my house get taken away and I am forced to write SPIKE scripts on napkins. So my day job (screenwriting) only kinda allows for writing one comic on the side. But if any writers have any questions, I try to help best I can.
And besides, people should read them. They're good. I wanna hardcover ASYLUM/SHADOW PUPPETS. Please! No? Okay, fine...
...that's it for now, more later!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
SPIKE: Wants to know his place in the world, but I'd have to say his world revolves around being in love and being loved.
ANGEL: I think Kelley tackles this one right off, so I'll leave that to her. But I will sayAngel thinks his purpose is determining how to help, how to make things right, how to be the best man he can be.
GUNN: If he ever wakes up? He's got a lot going on. He's gonna want peace of mind above all else.
ILLYRIA: She's of two minds, if you catch my drift. I think she'd love some clarity.
CONNOR: Connor's nothing but untapped potential: a blank slate in terms of love, destiny, his future is wide open on all accounts, and that's gotta be a weird place to be in. He can do whatever he wants, and he has to decide which direction he wants to go in. Normal life/life of a hero? Forgive Gwen or move on? Assist his Dad, break out on his own?
Did that answer your question? I hope so.
Kinda early, but maybe go over all the storylines we didn't pursue? Maybe the original unused pitch? I think more Franco art would be wonderful.
PatShand has asked:
1. What were your favorite scenes to write in Angel: After the Fall?
I answer this in ANGEL:AFTER THE FALL vol.3 hardcover, but I will say I loved writing the Connor/Kate story in FIRST NIGHT, Angel/Cordy scenes, Gunn/George in issues 2 and 10, all of issues 15 and 16, and the Wesley/Illyria scene in 9.
2. What, do you think, was the strongest issue?
I think 16 is the best. Keep in mind I planned for 17 to actually be a double issue with 16, so I'm kinda counting that as part of 16. I think the last chunk of issues is the best all around. But I also love the Connor/Kate story in FIRST NIGHT and all of SPIKE:ATF, particularly the first two issues.
3. You said when the series was finished, you'd tell us some of the ideas of yours that Joss said were a no go. Can we hear 'em?
I'll save that for the hardcover to vol. 4. But we considered, however briefly, Spike and Nina being together. CUE THE INTERNET BITCHING!
4. What was your biggest, unexpected, happy surprise in writing the book? Like, what did you not expect to write but it just came out?
I also tackle this in ANGEL volume 3, but here's a new answer: I never thought I'd get to write SPIKE:AFTER THE FALL. In fact, I didn't really want to when IDW asked if I had an idea for a spin-off (just because of time considerations) but man, am I glad I did. My life was literally nothing but writing for the months I did that (no, that's not true, I also moved into a new house those months) but the end result was a pretty awesome story, one I really love reading. And Non is now out there in the universe, so that's nice.
5. What would you liked to have explored more?
Living in hell, mostly. How awful that must have been. Plus Nina, Connor and Gwen's relationship, and more of Lorne governing Los Angeles.
6. Think the movie theatre chick ever got to see what crazy homeless soup eater did 'for her'?
Almost included them in issue 17, but didn't have the space. But I think she probably died in hell (pretty quickly actually) but is back and probably a little messed up. And because the crazy homeless guy rose up and flourished in hell, he's better off. So now their roles are switched. What? You asked!
7. And, since this number is lucky, and I'm pushing my luck with this many questions, this is my last one: Any favorite moments from the overall experience of adding to the mythos of your favorite show?
Hmmmmmmmmmmm. I kinda dig what we did with Connor, we changed that character and made him kinda cool, which is nice. But the whole thing, really, was an honor and a trip.
Thanks in advance. You're the man, as always, for doing this.
Thank you, sincerely, for caring as much as you do. It was a pleasure to read your reviews every week.
Inappropriate questions will be met with a "good day sir or madam", but appropriate questions will TOTALLY get answered with vim and vigor in a future blog.
Questions to avoid:
"What involvement will Joss have with __________?" (Answer: I don't know)
"Will Kelley Armstrong's arc have ____________?" (Answer: I don't know)
"You better not have ____________ in upcoming comics." (Answer: that wasn't a question)
"Was it your idea or Joss' idea to have __________ do__________ in ATF?" (Answer: I don't remember)
"Will you go on a dream date with me?" (Answer: I'm married, sorry)
And let's go! ONE QUESTION EACH, thanks!
Love how it came out. You can pick one up here:
They have the wrong cover there, as you can see. But that's the book.
Brian Lynch (W)/ Franco Urru (A)
JIM: "Acting as an afterword to 'After the Fall,' this issue of Angel catches up on the crew following the new 'everybody loves Angel because he saved us from Hell' status quo. Spike and Angel have moved a bit toward a 'Lethal Weapon' style duo, Gunn's in a coma, Illyria is watching over him and each and every baddy Angel killed in hell is back among the loving after the reset button was pushed–Yep, that's the nasty catch you knew had to be part of the heroes' win outcome of 'AtF.' Essentially reaffirming that classic Angel maxim 'I'm Angel: I'm not perfect but I'm trying hard to help,' this isn't an essential issue, but reinforces all the fun possibilities of life in an Angel-friendly Los Angeles. The epic 'After the Fall' maybe over, but looks like Lynch still has plenty of stories to tell here."