Here for the second interview with
Fabian Nicieza was one of the writers
of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer
monthly series from Dark Horse, as well as the
one-shot from summer '02, Lost and Found.
The Comic Book Guide caught up with Fabian to ask him about
what he and co-writer Scott Lobdell had in store
QUESTION: What made you
decide to work on Buffy?
Well, at first I was just doing Scott Lobdell a
favor because he was tight on his comic book
deadlines while dealing with some Hollywood mogul
stuff. Then I became friendly with editor Scott
Allie -- and reliable -- so it just kept being a
matter of pitching in whenever I was needed.
QUESTION: What made her so
special for you?
I've been watching the show since its very first
episode. A group of us used to watch them during
lunchtime at Acclaim Comics when I worked there and
we really enjoyed it. In lieu of writing scripts
for the actual show itself, working on the comics
QUESTION: Do you find it
difficult trying to work on a title when you are
not the only writer?
Yes, it could have some difficulties. Sometimes the
plot or the intent might be loose and I have to
work it through on my own, other times I might not
agree with a certain story direction or choice, but
I have to script it as best i can because it's what
Scott L =[obdell] wanted.
QUESTION: What do you like
the best about working on Buffy, than on
I like visualizing the comic I'm working on AS a
episode, trying to see if it work -- does it have
strong Act Breaks, good pacing, good dialogue,
QUESTION: Changing the
topic to the current storyline, "Viva Las Buffy"
takes place right after Buffy: The Origin.
With the only story set during Season Six being
"Withdrawal", what made you want to go back to the
beginning and not explore Season Six a little more
in the comics?
That was something that Scott L[obdell] had
sold Scott A[llie] on doing. Everyone
involved was very enthusiastic about looking at
Buffy's "in-between year" as very fertile ground
for story material.
I have to say, after plotting and scripting the
majority of Viva Las Buffy, I have to agree. It is
an interesting chance to write an inexperienced,
uncertain Buffy, an isolated, conflicted Angel and
the interesting clean slate that is Pike, who in
many ways is the focal point of the arc, since his
narrative helps fuel our look at Buffy's newfound
QUESTION: While you are
showing in these "Year One" stories what happened
between the movie and the tv show, they include
Dawn in them, which alters the history of what
actually happened since they are false memories. Is
it a neccesity that Dawn appear, and not show what
really happened without the false memories being
built into them?
I plead innocence if people don't like it, since I
wasn't involved in the decision-making process at
all. It happened before I jumped aboard. But I
happen to be a pretty big fan of Dawn -- I realize
I'm in the minority, but I like the character and I
like Michelle Trachtenberg in the role -- so
getting to write her at age 10 is fun.
What's coming after "Viva Las
Cover artist Paul Lee is writing and drawing #55, a
stand-alone issue set during the "in-between yeat."
Then Scott L[obdell] is plotting and
scripting (unless I have to pinch-hit) an arc
called "Slayer Interrupted," which deals with
Buffy's little visit to the funny farm.
During this arc, I'm plotting and scripting the
running Giles sub-plot, which is sort of a
story-within-a-story called "The Blackshed." It has
to do with him trying to "get rid of" the Ripper in
order to become appointed the new Watcher.
QUESTION: Will the "Year
One" story arc have a 'Big Bad' that Buffy will
have to face before she ventures to
I'm not really sure what Scott L[obdell]'s
plans are for the third arc -- #60-63. I know I
have them somewhere in my computer, but I haven't
read it yet...
QUESTION: Scott Lobdell
stated in an interview earlier this year that he
was planning after the "Year One" story arc, that
we'd see Buffy venture off into outer space. Is
that still happening?
I think that might have been misinterpreted, I
think he said that the Buffy Comic is unrestricted
by budget so we can do things the show never could
-- and he used Buffy going into space as an
example. I don't see that happening, but you never
I did pitch Scott Allie on doing a Buffy vs.
Predator one-shot -- I kinda thought that would be
QUESTION: "Note from the
Underground" debuted just after Season Six ended
and contained reminders of events that happened
during the last episodes of the Season. In order to
do that, you would have needed to know that Willow
and Spike weren't around after Season Six ended, so
as not to incorporate them into the story. Do you
guys get an all access pass to spoilers happening
on the show ahead of tiem to incorporate them into
Well, I have the script through Episode 11 of this
season in my sweaty meaty paws -- so the answer is
yes, we do get scripts in advance -- though not in
advance of our long-term plotting. I think they
might have had some geenral information regarding
which characters could be used or not before the
season premiere script was even broken down and
that was relayed to Scott Allie.
QUESTION: If Sarah
Michelle Gellar decides to not to return for
Buffy's eighth season, can we still count of
the comics to supply us with our thirst
Funny, we were just discussing that last week!
Since none of us know how the show is going to end
yet -- or even IF it is going to end -- or if there
will be a spin-off, etc., we can't make that
decision yet. We've discussed various options,
including limited series, etc.
I am pretty sure -- at least I sure hope! -- that
Dark Horse intends to continue publishing
Buffy-related material. What form that will take
remains to be determined.
QUESTION: Any plans for
Buffy stories outside of her own monthly. Rumor has
it that a Buffy/Batman story is in the
Hey -- I think I pitched that one! I answered this
question above -- we're discussing what kinds of
books we can do in late 2003 into 2004 right
QUESTION: Any last words
you'd like to leave our readers
Buy the comic! I have children to feed. And get
more active posting on the various boards
discussing the comic book -- or at least direct me
to where the comic posting activity is! I love
interacting with the readers.
Book Guide to Buffy
of the Slayers