Live Blog: Buffy, the Making of a Slayer

Almost every geek girl I run into loves Buffy. I know I do. That’s why I’m so excited for this 4:00 pm. panel: Buffy: The Making of a Slayer. Stay tuned to this blog for updates from the panel, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for live tweets from other panels.

Here’s the description for this afternoon’s panel.

Buffy: The Making of a Slayer – RM303
becker&mayer! produces extraordinary books for a worldwide roster of clients, on such geeky topics asStar TrekTransformers, Star Wars, and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer! Join editor Kjersti Egerdahl and designer Katie Benezra, together with Nancy Holder, The New York Times bestselling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner. They will discuss the new becker&mayer! book, Buffy: The Making of a Slayer, containing new interviews and photos. Kjersti and Katie will also talk about b&m!’s many other “geek-friendly” projects.
Presented by Nancy Holder, Kjersti Egerdahl, Katie Benezra, Amelia Riedler

Nancy Holder, Kjersti Egerdahl, and Amelia Riedler are introducing us to the book, Buffy: The Making of a Slayer. Why are we releasing this book now? Holy smokes, people — it’s the 15-year anniversary for the airing of the show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which first started running in 1997.

Amelia Riedler: Confession, I was not first a Buffy fan. I was a David Boreanaz fan first. It started with Bones, and then Angel, and then I fell in love with Buffy. Amelia is known as the resident “geek girl” at becker&mayer!, and she originally proposed the idea of doing a Buffy book.

From Amelia: Once we had the book idea approved, we needed to find an author. I started doing research, and Nancy’s name came up over and over and over. We are so grateful that she was as excited as we were to do the book. It was so amazing to have FOX on board, also.

Nancy’s Buffy experience: My co-author and I found out about Buffy coming on air, and we were incredibly excited. We loved the “Buffy talk,” now referred to as “Slayer speak.” Nancy and her co-author started writing analysis and other stuff about Buffy, and then she was offered to write the first companion guide for the show. She got to go on set!

“We got to talk to Joss a lot, and that was very, very cool.” – Nancy Holder

Nancy has been writing about Buffy for 15 years. (Dream job)

The Buffy book originally sold to the UK. Amazon now offering it in the U.S.

Nancy: “I had to …. HAD TO … watch all episodes of Buffy.” (That was sarcasm, of course.) Nancy had a hard time visualizing the book at first, but becker&mayer! were fantastic to work with.

The panelists are now showing some previews of the book. They are showing some of the sketches originally done by artists for Buffy. Awww … they are talking about some of the photos they couldn’t include in the book. Apparently, FOX had a contract with most of the main actors where they couldn’t publish ANY of the behind-the-scenes photos of these cast members. Bummer!

So many great props are included in this book! Sketches of the demons from Hush, the demon the gives Buffy the ability to hear people’s thoughts, the Mayor, the dresses from the first Halloween episode, and so much more!

Check your swag bag, attendees! You can get $5 off the Buffy book.  Also, Nancy has a new teen novel coming out, On Fire, about the “Teen Wolf” TV show. Other Nancy books: Vanquished and Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback. 

becker&mayer!’s most expensive book? Star Wars: The BlueprintsThe book includes blueprints that have — literally — never been seen by the public before. becker&mayer! also produced Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the FilmIt. looks. awesome.

Coming out soon: Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection. So many Star Wars  figurines. There is a surprise at the end of the book (action figures will be involved). Nobody knew — not Hasbro, who made them, or Lucas Films — how many action figures were out there. So the author had to research. The answer? Just under 2,400.

Coming out this fall: H.P. Lovecraft: Nightmare Countries, The Master of Cosmic Horror.

Alright, this blogger has to head out. Hope you are enjoying the convention, our tweets, and our blogging!

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