I had the opportunity to talk with Nicholas Brendon, AKA Xander, on writing for his unforgettable character, the Buffy comics, season 10, Joss Whedon, acid-urine and his love for boobies!

Keeping it short and relatively sweet, here is what he had to say…

 

DB: It is kind of ironic that you were the most comical part of the show, and you have now, in one sense, become the comic-creator of the show! Do you feel you can bring more to the comic since being on the front-line with Buffy and co’ for so long?

NB: Yes. For 8 years I was Xander and he was me. That at least qualifies me more so to write for Xander.

DB: Since writing the comic, have you turned to any of the cast members for advice?

NB: I haven’t turned to any of the others for advice yet. I’ve been grasping at straws.

DB: How do they all feel about your involvement with the comic?

NB: OMG, they’re so jealous! (laughs)

DB: How does being a comic-creator compare to your career as an actor?

NB: It’s really apples and oranges. There’s not really a common thread other than both being Buffy related. They are both so different.

DB: You already believe that you and Xander share many similarities… What three defining qualities do you think you share the most?

NB:

  1. Love for boobies
  2. Love for boobies
  3. LOVE for boobies

DB: In your opinion, are there any real differences between TV-show Xander and comic-book Xander?

NB: Yeah, the dimensions of the characters. Comic book Xander has more responsibility and is trying to better himself.

DB: Are there any parts of the stories that you feel particularly proud of writing so far?

NB: There’s something coming up that I can’t talk about yet. But I’m really proud of it!

DB: How does working as part of a collective of creators affect how you choose to portray the characters and the stories?

NB: Whatever Joss Whedon says, I do. That’s about as collective as it can get.

DB: Which characters do you find easiest to identify with when writing them and why?

NB: Xander, obviously and Kid Giles, because I’m a bit of a kid. And sometimes Andrew and Anya, cuz I’m a little bit gay and a little bit of that kind of woman.

DB: How well do you feel you have adapted to working in such a different medium?

NB: Season 10 buffy is very true to the TV series. I didn’t write season 8, so I can’t speak for that. Season 10 is more focused on character development and emotions and how the characters get along.

DB: Christos Gage recently told us about how close your partnership was at Dark-Horse. How would you describe your work ethics as a team?

NB: Very close. Strong. Like bull.

DB: Finally, what would be your weapon of choice when facing the creatures of the night?

NB: My weapon of choice would be……acid urine.

 

DB: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me. We wish you all the best on your comic-adventures!

NB: Thank YOU so much!

 

Interview by Dylan Butcher 😀