To the surprise of many at LeakyCon 2012, Amber Benson popped up to join Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman for a pajama-clad lampooning of a certain blockbuster film. This year, she’s joining the con for a whole lot more! Having played played the musically gifted Wiccan, Tara Maclay on the hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Amber is joining LeakyCon Portland to talk vampires, witches, and other supernatural geekery.
LC is also announcing that Amber will be joined at LeakyCon by her Buffy co-star Tom Lenk! After playing the villainous Andrew Wells on Buffy, Tom portrayed a snarky intern in Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods and has most recently starred alongside other fan favorites in Whedon’s adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, in which he played opposite Nathan Fillion to hilarious effect.
Launching on Kickstarter on May 15th is a new project by Emmy Award winning writer Michael Reaves (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Next Generation). It’s a new “Vamp Noir” film, called Blood Kiss.
Genre fans may be surprised to learn that the stars of this project are none other than Neil Gaiman (Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane) and Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural).
From the press release:
Blood Kiss revolves around detective Joe Belicek, who must solve the murder of a vampire before a deranged killermurders them all. Inspired by Film Noir, this supernatural thriller is set in 1940s Hollywood with famous haunts like the Brown Derby.
“Michael sent me the script.I told him,”it’s a terrific script.” and he said,”I want you toact in it.”I replied “There’s nobody else I would act for.” – Neil Gaiman
BLOOD KISS will bypass the Studios, going straight to the fans for funding to greenlight the film. Fans who contribute to BLOOD KISS’ Kickstarter campaign are eligible to receive exclusive rewards in exchange for individual pledges ranging from $5 to $10,000.
Because of Michael’s personal struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, Blood Kiss is proud to be associated with the American Parkinson’s Disease Association to promote awareness of the disease.
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Yesterday was a bleh day. Sometimes you just have days like that. I did some work – hated everything I did and have already started re-writing it – and tried to spend some time with my lady friends I’m producing this short film, Uggs For Gaza, with, but I wasn’t great company. I blame my horoscope entirely. It predicted I would be impotent and unable to express myself.
I don’t like being impotent. Yesterday I needed Viagra for the soul.
Do they make that? And if they do, does it cause heart palpitations and cardiac arrest in exchange for a soul boner?
I didn’t stay in bed all day like I planned. I got up, took a shower, brushed my teeth…well, you get the picture. Now I’m sitting here writing. I’m supposed to be writing book stuff, but instead I am writing this blog while I listen to Billy Bragg and Wilco doing ‘California Stars’.
Being creative for a living is a blessing, but sometimes – like today – I look at the guy sitting next to me and wish I was the one holding a little box of tools, that I went from job to job, fixing things, having a finite time to my work, so that when I was done for the day, I was done.
I am never done. I am always at work.
I used to feel terribly guilty whenever I goofed off – I SHOULD BE WORKING! – but this has subsided some as I’ve gotten older and realized that work is not everything. Work does not define me (yes, it does) and it’s okay to have a life (no, it’s not).
I believe in it. Or maybe I should say that I am open to it.
I know that when I start thinking about somebody, I am either going to run into them or get a phone call from them. It’s been like that my whole life. I’ve tried to manifest this experience, but forcing it never works. It happens when it happens, totally autonomously from what I want.
I’m in the process of writing a new series of books – witches are the theme – and the more stuff I read as I research the topic, the more interested I become in the idea that magic or miraculous happenings are somehow tied into the concept of Synchronicity. When something magical/miraculous happens, it’s easy to be in awe of it, to credit some supernatural force to its occurrence – which may well be the case, I can’t discount it – but maybe another way of looking at it is that it’s just a synchronous event. Maybe it’s only a confluence of cause and effect from a thousand different smaller moments, leading up to this one larger miraculous/magical experience. All of this happens behind the scenes, out of our direct line of view, so that the event appears magical/miraculous.