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Buffy Season 8 motion comics – director Jeff Shuter discusses adaptation

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm •  Published: August 11, 2010

While Joss Whedon’s acclaimed “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series concluded after its seventh season, Whedon and other writers continued the adventures of the characters in a comic book series that Whedon dubbed “Season Eight.”

Now, those stories are being adapted to the motion comic format, which uses animation and voice acting to bring comic books into an animated state. The first four episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight” are now available through iTunes.

“What we’ve done is we’ve reimagined the world using a motion comic format to bring these characters to life in a way that represents the original work of the brand,” said Jeff Shuter, who produced the motion comics. “(Buffy) started as a movie and was adapted into a television show, and now it’s adapted into this format.”

Buffy Season 8
Buffy Season 8

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” features Buffy Summers, the young female “slayer” who has been tasked with protecting the world from vampires. As “Season Eight” begins, Buffy is working with hundreds of other slayers as their leader.

“Buffy’s grown into a much larger space than she’s ever been before,” Shuter said. “She’s in a brave new world, and she’s really at the point where she’s trying to find herself. And I think the show, the arc of the first 19 issues that we’ve done, really reflect that nature, really reflect her finding herself.”

Shuter said the actors in the motion comics are trying to resemble the intonation and cadence of the actors from the show, but he also realizes that the motion comic is a new interpretation.

“The world has changed, and we’re building off this mythology and bringing a new sense of interpretation to it,” Shuter said. “And I know some folks may not love that, and others might really dig it. Our goal was to really hit every ‘Buffy’ fan out there and really give them something special, and fun, and unique, and something to fight over, and something to love all again.”

- by Matthew Price
From Wednesday’s The Oklahoman

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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