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"The two things that matter the most to me: emotional resonance and rocket launchers. Party of Five, a brilliant show, and often made me cry uncontrollably, suffered ultimately from a lack of rocket launchers." -- Joss Whedon
Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon* (; born June 23, 1964) is an |archivedate = 2008-05-19}} The show, Dollhouse, was announced by Fox in November 2008 to begin airing on February 13, 2009. Dollhouse was canceled after two seasons due to low ratings.

Whedon is also noted for his directing work in television, which includes two 2007 episodes of The Office ("Business School" and "Branch Wars") as well as a 2010 episode of the musical series Glee ("Dream On") in which he reunited with his Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog star Neil Patrick Harris.

Although not an actor, he has made cameos in his own shows as well as others. He appeared as a newsreader in the Buffy season one episode, "I, Robot... You, Jane". During the second season of Angel, he made a cameo appearance as the character Numfar under heavy makeup, where his entire role was to perform comical dances in "Through the Looking Glass". In Firefly, Whedon appeared as a guest at a funeral in the final produced episode, "The Message". He made a brief appearance as an overbearing rental-car clerk in an episode of Veronica Mars, "Rat Saw God", in 2005; Whedon is a vocal fan of Veronica Mars. He voiced himself in two episodes of Seth Green's television series Robot Chicken titled "Rabbits on a Roller Coaster" in 2007 and "Help Me" in 2008.

Feature films and video

Whedon wrote or co-wrote several films, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Toy Story, The Lost Empire, Alien Resurrection and Titan A.E.. The song "My Lullaby" from Simba's Pride was written by him and Seattle native Scott Warrender. He was nominated (along with six other writers) for an Academy Award for Toy Story's screenplay.

He also wrote uncredited drafts or rewrites of Speed, Waterworld, Twister and X-Men, although in interviews, Whedon disowned the latter three films. He claimed that he had a good script for Alien Resurrection, which he felt was spoiled by its director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. His Waterworld script was thrown out , and only two of his lines were kept in the final script of X-Men. Even the Buffy movie bore little resemblance to his original screenplay. According to Graham Yost, the credited writer of Speed, Whedon wrote most of its dialogue.

He wrote and directed 2005's Serenity, based on his television series Firefly. Serenity won the 2006 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. Beginning in January 2006, fans (with Universal's blessing) began organizing worldwide charity screenings of Serenity to benefit Equality Now, a human rights organization supported by Joss Whedon. Over $415,000 has been raised for Equality Now since 2006. As of May 1, 2009, 42 cities were registered for CSTS 2009 in 4 Countries and 24 US States.

Whedon wrote a horror film titled The Cabin in the Woods with Drew Goddard which is currently in production with MGM, with Goddard directing.

In November 2008, Whedon guest starred in the premiere episode of The Write Environment, a direct to DVD series featuring in-depth, candid one-on-one interviews with some of TV's most prolific and well known series creator/writers.

In April 2010 it was confirmed that Whedon will direct The Avengers, a live-action adaption of the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.

Comic books

Whedon, a lifelong comic book fan, is the author of the Dark Horse Comics miniseries Fray which takes place in the far future of the Buffyverse. Whedon returned to the world of Fray during the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight arc, "Time of Your Life".

Like many other authors from the Buffy TV show, he also contributed to the show's comic book version: he wrote three stories in the anthology Tales of the Slayers (including one featuring Melaka Fray from Fray) and also the main storyline of the five-issue miniseries Tales of the Vampires.

The three-issue miniseries Those Left Behind, based on the Firefly series and leading up to the film Serenity, was released June through August 2005. Co-written with Brett Matthews and pencilled by Will Conrad, the first issue featured covers drawn by John Cassaday, J.G. Jones, and Bryan Hitch, as well as other artists for the second and third issues. The first two issues went to a second printing. The trade paperback featured a new cover by acclaimed painter Adam Hughes.

A second three-issue Serenity miniseries Better Days, was released in March, April, and May 2008. "Better Days" reunites Whedon, Matthews, Conrad, and Adam Hughes, who will provide all three covers. The three covers form a larger panorama of the ship's crew. "Better Days" is set before "Those Left Behind", and features the full crew of Serenity. A trade paperback featuring a cover by Jo Chen was released in October 2008.

Whedon and others have mentioned that more Serenity comics are planned for the near future, and will be based in the Firefly continuation of the series, including one about Shepherd Book. Likewise, Whedon and other former Buffy writers have released a new ongoing Buffy which takes place after the series finale "Chosen", which he officially recognizes as the canonical "Season 8". The first issue was released on March 14, 2007 by Dark Horse Comics. Following the success of issue one of Buffy season eight, IDW Publishing approached Whedon about similarly producing a canonical Angel Season 6. After the Fall has 14 issues published as of November 19, 2008 with 3 more to come following the adventures of Angel and his team after the TV series ended, where the title of the series will then change to Angel: Aftermath. Although Whedon has not had the time to write the series, he has served as executive producer with Brian Lynch, writing the season 6 story.

Whedon wrote Astonishing X-Men in Marvel Comics' popular line of comics about the X-Men but finished his 24 issue run in 2008 and handed over the writing reins to Warren Ellis. The title, recreated specifically for Whedon, has been one of Marvel's best-selling comics as of 2006 and was nominated for several Eisner Awards including Best Serialized Story, Best Continuing Series, Best New Series and Best Writer, winning the Best Continuing Series award in 2006. One storyline from this comic, the notion of a cure for mutation being found, was also an element in the third X-Men film, X-Men: The Last Stand. Whedon also introduced several new characters into the Marvel Universe such as the villainous Ord, X-Men Ruth "Blindfold" Aldine and Hisako "Armor" Ichiki, Runaway Klara Prast and Special Agent Abigail Brand, along with S.W.O.R.D., the organization she commands.

Whedon is the second writer of the critically acclaimed and fan-favorite Marvel comic Runaways, taking over after series creator Brian K. Vaughan completed his run. Whedon had been a fan of the series for some time, and had a letter published in the first volume, which was included in the Volume 1 hardcover.

Whedon's other comic-related work includes writing the introduction to Identity Crisis trade paperback and a contribution to the "jam issue" Superman/Batman #26 (to date his only published work for DC Comics), writing short pieces for Marvel's Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man and Giant-Size X-Men #3 and also being the subject of an issue of Marvel Spotlight (alongside artist Michael Lark). He contributed as part of a panel of writers to Marvel Comics' Civil War crossover event, lending advice in how to tell the story and how to end it.

In February 2009, Astonishing X-Men #6, which depicted the return of Colossus to the title, and concluded Whedon's first story arc on that title, was named by Marvel Comics readers the #65 in Marvel's Top 70 Comics of all time.

Online media

In 2005 he released a series of online shorts titled the R. Tam sessions, starring himself and Summer Glau, which served as a form of viral marketing for Serenity. In 2007, he launched a free webcomic, titled Sugarshock! hosted on Dark Horse comic's Myspace page.

In March 2008, Whedon teamed up with his brothers Zack Whedon and Jed Whedon, along with Jed's then-fiance Maurissa Tancharoen to write, compose and produce the musical superhero spoof, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. The musical stars Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. Whedon conceived of Dr. Horrible over the year before and production took place over seven days during the Writers Guild strike. The project was freely available online from July 15 until July 20. In August, Whedon released a new Serenity/Firefly comic free online Serenity: The Other Half. In September, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Soundtrack, made the top 40 Album list despite being a digital exclusive only available on iTunes. The Soundtrack was successful enough to pay its crew and all its bills.

In February 2009, he stated that after his series Dollhouse is over, whether by cancellation or reaching its end, that he plans on putting his efforts purely into on-line content like Dr. Horrible. In the Dr. Horrible bonus feature Commentary! The Musical!, Joss sings the song "Heart (Broken)" about the crippling scrutiny and commercialisation of producing fiction for a modern consumer audience.

Unrealized projects

Whedon had a number of planned television projects that have become stuck in development or terminally stalled. Among these was a Buffy animated series, a set of made-for-television movies for The WB based on Angel and Buffy characters, and Ripper, a proposed BBC pilot about Rupert Giles. Ripper was announced to be in development at the San Diego Comic-Con 2007. The development process was set to begin in 2008 and Ripper to be shown that summer.

Early in his career Whedon sold two spec scripts that have not yet been produced, Suspension and Afterlife. He sold Suspension for $750,000 with an additional $250,000 if production commences. It has been described as "Die Hard on a bridge." A year later in 1994 he sold Afterlife for $1.5 million a with an additional $500,000 if production commences. As of 2000 Andy Tennant was in talks to direct and rewrite. In Afterlife are precursors to many of the themes Whedon would later explore in Dollhouse. The script is about Daniel Hoffstetter, a government scientist, who awakes after dying to discover his mind has been imprinted on a mind-wiped body.

Whedon had been signed to write and direct Warner Bros.' adaptation of Wonder Woman but on February 3, 2007, Whedon announced that he would no longer be involved with the project. "We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that's never gonna work. Non-sympatico. It happens all the time."

Late in 2009, Whedon made a humorous bid of $10,000 for control of future Terminator material. He was rebuffed at that time and it is not known if he has plans to attempt this again.

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Total Books: 120
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Season 8 Volume 2
2018 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Season 8 Volume 2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781630089429
ISBN-10: 1630089427
Genres: Teen & Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels
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Buffy Season 11 Volume 2 One Girl in All the World
2018 - Buffy Season 11 Volume 2 One Girl in All the World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781506702926
ISBN-10: 1506702929
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Omnibus Volume 1
2017 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Omnibus Volume 1 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781630089412
ISBN-10: 1630089419
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Buffy Season 10 Volume 6
2016 - Buffy Season 10 Volume 6 [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781506700342
ISBN-10: 1506700349
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1

Angel Season Six Volume 2
2016 - Angel Season Six Volume 2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781631406799
ISBN-10: 1631406795
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Angel and Faith Season 10 Volume 5 A Tale of Two Families
2016 - Angel and Faith Season 10 Volume 5 a Tale of Two Families (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781616559656
ISBN-10: 1616559659
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Buffy Season 10 Volume 5 Pieces on the Ground
2016 - Buffy Season 10 Volume 5 Pieces on the Ground (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781616559441
ISBN-10: 1616559446
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 2

Buffy The High School Years--Freaks  Geeks
2016 - Buffy the High School Years--freaks Geeks (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781616556679
ISBN-10: 1616556676
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Buffy Season Nine Library Edition Volume 3
2015 - Buffy Season Nine Library Edition Volume 3 [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781616557171
ISBN-10: 1616557176
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 1

Angel Season Six Volume 1
2015 - Angel Season Six Volume 1 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781631404382
ISBN-10: 1631404385
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1

Astonishing X-Men Gifted
2014 - Astonishing X-men Gifted (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781628510829
ISBN-10: 162851082X
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Much Ado About Nothing A Film By Joss Whedon
2013 - Much Ado About Nothing a Film By Joss Whedon (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781781169353
ISBN-10: 1781169357
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 4
2013 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 4 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781616551278
ISBN-10: 1616551275
Genres: Romance, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 3
2013 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 3 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781595829788
ISBN-10: 1595829784
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Firefly A Celebration
2012 - Firefly a Celebration [Anniversary Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781781161685
ISBN-10: 1781161682
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 2
2012 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 2 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781595829351
ISBN-10: 1595829350
Genres: Romance, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Angel After the Fall Slipcase Edition
2012 - Angel After the Fall Slipcase Edition (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781613773451
ISBN-10: 1613773455
Genres: Children's Books, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Serenity Those Left Behind
2012 - Serenity Those Left Behind [2nd Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781595829146
ISBN-10: 1595829148
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 1 Freefall
2012 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 1 Freefall (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781595829221
ISBN-10: 1595829229
Genres: Romance, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 1
2012 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 1 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781595828880
ISBN-10: 1595828885
Genres: Romance, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Astonishing X-Men By Joss Whedon  John Cassaday Ultimate Collection Book 2
2012 - Astonishing X-men By Joss Whedon John Cassaday Ultimate Collection Book 2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785161950
ISBN-10: 0785161953
Genres: Teen & Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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2009 - Angel Tras La Caida 3/ After the Fall [Made in Hell - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Predators and Prey [Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Vol. 5] (Paperback)
2009 - Angel After the Fall - First Night Volume 2 Tpb [Angel IDW Publishing - paper - v. 2] (Paperback)
2009 - Buffy Omnibus 1 [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - Astonishing X-men Volume 2 Hc [Astonishing X-Men Volume 2] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
2007 - Serenity (Other)Paperback
2007 - Atonishing X-men Torn V 3 Torn V 3 [Astonishing X Men 3] (Paperback)
2004 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tales of the Vampires [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] (Paperback)
2003 - Tales of the Slayer [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] (Paperback)
2002 - Once More with Feeling [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] (Paperback)
1997 - Alien - Resurrection Script Book [The Original Screenplay] (Paperback)Paperback
1997 - Halloween Rain [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] (Paperback)
1997 - The Harvest [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] (Paperback)
Crash Test Demons [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] (Other)Paperback