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{{ComicIssue
| number = 10
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|coverA = BuffyS8-10.jpg
| image = BuffyS8-10.jpg
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|released = January 2, [[2008]]
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| pages = 25
| writer = [[Joss Whedon]]
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|series = ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight]]''
| illustrator = [[Cliff Richards]]
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|number = 10
| publisher = [[Dark Horse Comics]]
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|previous = ''[[No Future for You, Part Four]]''
| previous = [[No Future for You]]
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|next = ''[[A Beautiful Sunset]]''
| next = [[A Beautiful Sunset]]
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|publisher = [[Dark Horse Comics]]
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|writer = [[Joss Whedon]]
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|penciller = [[Cliff Richards]]
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|editor = [[Scott Allie]]
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|coverart = [[Jo Chen]]<br />Variant cover:<br />[[Georges Jeanty]] &<br />[[Dave Stewart]]
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|inker = [[Andy Owens]]
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|colorist = [[Dave Stewart]]
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|letterer = [[Richard Starkings]] &<br />[[ComiCraft]]’s [[Jimmy Betancourt]]
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|coverB = BuffyS8-10variant.jpg
 
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'''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is the tenth issue of the ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight]]'' comic book series. It was written by [[Joss Whedon]] and illustrated by [[Cliff Richards]]. Joss Whedon is the executive producer.
   
'''''Anywhere But Here''''' is a standalone issue of the '''''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'' [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight|Season Eight]]''' series of comic books, a continuation from the [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer|television series]] of the same name.
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==Synopsis==
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[[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] and [[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]] meet a demon who reveals a dim future, forcing the two to reflect on their past. Meanwhile, back in Scotland, [[Dawn Summers|Dawn]] confides in [[Xander Harris|Xander]] the deed that led to her mysterious growth spurt.<ref>[https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/13-627/ “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: #10 Anywhere but Here”]. ''[[Dark Horse Comics]]''. Retrieved January 22, 2018.</ref>
   
== Synopsis ==
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==Summary==
Threatened by Twilight's uprise, [[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]] and [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] fly to the lair of [[Sephrilian]], one of the [[Tichajt]], to question the demon about the matter. During their flight, they detail their personal fantasies. Buffy reveals actor [[Daniel Craig]] approaching her at the beach, whilst Willow sets herself in a cabin with [[Tina Fey]] during a snowstorm. Buffy questions Willow about [[Kennedy]]'s whereabouts, but Willow avoids the question just as they finally arrive at the lair that resembles an old cottage. There, they are greeted by [[Robin]], a [[Minder]] who stabilizes the reality field inside the lair. She warns Willow not to use magic inside and informs Buffy to rescue the prince, much to their confusion. The two enter the lair and find themselves set on a never ending staircase. They decide to play a game.
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Threatened by [[Twilight]]’s surprise, Willow and Buffy fly to the lair of [[Sephrilian]], one of the [[Tichajt]], to question the [[demon]] about the matter. During their flight, they talk about their personal fantasies. Buffy questions Willow about [[Kennedy]]’s whereabouts, but Willow avoids the question just as they finally arrive at the lair that resembles an old cottage. There, they are greeted by [[Robin]], a [[Minder]] who stabilizes the reality field inside the lair. She warns Willow not to use [[magic]] inside and informs Buffy to rescue the prince, much to their confusion. The two enters the lair and find themselves set on a never ending staircase. They decide to play a game.
   
At the castle, [[Xander Harris|Xander]] surprises [[Dawn Summers|Dawn]] with a gift: her trunk full of clothes and articles enlarged. Amongst her possessions, Xander comes across a picture of regular-sized Dawn with her ex-boyfriend [[Ken (Thricewise)|Kenny]]. Dawn finally reveals to Xander that she never slept with Kenny like she had informed everyone. She had in fact slept with his college roommate, [[Nick]]. Xander comforts her saying that she's only guilty of being human. He asks if she feels better getting it off her chest. She doesn't respond.
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At the castle, Xander surprises Dawn with a gift: her trunk full of clothes and articles enlarged. Amongst her possessions, Xander comes across a picture of regular-sized Dawn with her ex-boyfriend [[Ken (Thricewise)|Kenny]]. Dawn finally reveals to Xander that she never slept with Kenny like she had told everyone. She had in fact slept with his college roommate, [[Nick (Anywhere but Here)|Nick]]. Xander comforts her saying that she is only guilty of being human. He asks if she feels better getting it off her chest. She doesn’t respond.
   
Back inside the reality field in the lair, Buffy and Willow finally meet [[Sephrilian]]. Since he can walk through all realities, Buffy demands what the mysterious Twilight signifies, to which he replies: "The death of magic." [[Sephrilian]] grows impatient with them and decides to send them through a series of past and future events. First, Buffy and Willow find themselves looking at Buffy and other Slayers rob a Swiss Bank Account for their personal funds that occurred months ago. Willow explains to Buffy that this is what the government feared.
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Back inside the reality field in the lair, Buffy and Willow finally meet [[Sephrilian]]. Since he can walk through all realities, Buffy demanded what the mysterious Twilight means, to which he replies: “The death of magic. Sephrilian grows impatient with them and decides to send them through a series of past and future events. First, Buffy and Willow find themselves looking at Buffy and other Slayers robbing a Swiss Bank for funds, an event that occurred months ago. Willow explained to Buffy that this is what the United States government fears.
   
Robin joins them as they are situated in a new setting: Buffy on the floor, beaten and crying, a cracked red seed sitting on a podium in the centre of the room. No evidence has been given yet as to how it gets broken or what it does. Robin explains that she will be betrayed by the closest and most unexpected. She then senses a disruption and leaves. Buffy asks Willow if she is the betrayer. She claims no, not any more than she already has. The two suddenly find themselves watching Willow and Kennedy in a living room following the events of "[[The Long Way Home]]". Willow and Kennedy argue about why Willow has kept her from Buffy for the past year. Willow breaks down in tears blaming herself for [[Tara Maclay|Tara]]'s death. She believes that because she resurrected Buffy, she doomed her lover in exchange and wishes to avoid the same fate for Kennedy. Buffy witnesses the revelation in disbelief.
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Robin joins them as they are situated in a new setting: Buffy on the floor, beaten and crying, a cracked [[Seed of Wonder|red crystal]] sitting on a podium in the centre of the room. No evidence is been given yet as to how it gets broken or what it does. Robin explains that she will be betrayed by the closest and most unexpected. She then senses a disruption and leaves. Buffy asks Willow if is the betrayer. She claims that no, not any more than she already had. The two suddenly find themselves watching Willow and [[Kennedy]] after Willow had escaped from [[Warren Mears|Warren]] and the [[United States Government|U.S. Government]]. Willow and Kennedy argues about why Willow had kept her from Buffy for the past year. Willow breaks down in tears blaming herself for [[Tara Maclay|Tara]]’s death. She believes that because she resurrected Buffy, she doomed her lover in exchange and wishes to avoid the same fate for Kennedy. Buffy witnesses the revelation in disbelief.
   
Suddenly, Sephrilian returns and informs them that he welcomes the upcoming war. Willow then lends Buffy some of her powers to slay Sephrilian. Because she performed magic, the lair explodes. However, Robin magically rebuilds it within seconds and asks what happened in there. Buffy explains "It was demons. Playing games." And she and Willow walk away in their solitudes.
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Suddenly, Sephrilian returns and informs them that he welcomes the upcoming war. Willow then lends Buffy some of her powers to slay Sephrilian. Because she performed magic, however, the lair explodes. Nevertheless, Robin magically rebuilds it within seconds and asks what happened in there. Buffy explains “It was demons. Playing games. She and Willow walk away.
   
 
==Continuity==
 
==Continuity==
*Willow and Buffy played "Anywhere But Here" in "[[The Dark Age]]".
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*“Anywhere but here” is a game Willow and Buffy had previously played in "[[The Dark Age]]".
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*Buffy eventually shares her interest in actor Daniel Craig with [[Andrew Wells|Andrew]], in ''[[Predators and Prey]]''.
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*Dawn finally reveals, to Xander, the true reason she has been cursed.
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*Like Buffy, Willow is shown still distrustful of Faith, having never really sympathized with her.
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*Willow has a vision of herself with [[Aluwyn]], whom she first met in ''[[Willow: Goddesses and Monsters]]''.
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*The final vision of Buffy lying injured is from the future events in ''[[Last Gleaming, Part Four]]''.
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*When Dawn tells Xander about whom she had slept with, he curiously asked "Was this guy, by any chance, in a band?" Xander has long-since had a negative opinion of band members, viewing them as troublemakers and dangerous ("[[Phases]]").
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*The [[Slayer Organization]]’s source of funding is revealed, as Willow had tried to question Buffy in ''[[No Future for You, Part Three]]''.
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*Buffy argues that the bank she robbed had the items insured, a concern she initially had when robbing [[Meyer Sports and Tackle]] with Faith ("[[Bad Girls]]").
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*Willow’s guilt over Tara’s death had also previously been featured in "[[The Killer in Me]]".
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*Though Willow states that she feels guilty over resurrecting Buffy because she believes that, if she hadn’t, Tara would still be alive, she later admits she has never regretted doing so for a second (''[[Family Reunion, Part One]]'').
   
*Willow's guilt over Tara's death was first mentioned in season seven episode "[[The Killer in Me]]".
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==Appearances==
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===Individuals===
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*[[Parker Abrams]] {{Om}}
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*[[Aluwyn]] {{OV}}
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*[[Riley Finn]] {{Om}}
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*[[Rupert Giles]] {{Om}}
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*[[Xander Harris]]
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*[[Kennedy]] {{FBO}}
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*[[Ken (Thricewise)|Ken]] {{FBO}}
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*[[Leah]] {{OV}}
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*[[Tara Maclay]] {{Om}}
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*[[Nick (Anywhere but Here)|Nick]] {{FBO}}
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*[[Robin]]
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*[[Willow Rosenberg]]
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*[[Rowena]] {{OV}}
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*[[Satsu]] {{OV}}
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*[[Sephrilian]]
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*[[Buffy Summers]]
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*[[Dawn Summers]]
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===Organizations and titles===
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*[[Minder]]
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*[[Scooby Gang]]
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*[[Slayer]]
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*[[Slayer Organization]]
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*[[Twilight Group]] {{Om}}
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*[[Watcher]] {{Om}}
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*[[Witch]]
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===Species===
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*[[Giant]]
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*[[Human]]
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*[[Tichajt]]
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===Events===
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*[[End of magic]] {{Om}}
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===Locations===
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*[[Scotland]]
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**[[Slayer Organization command center]]
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*Switerzland {{OV}}
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*[[Sunnydale]], USA
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**[[The Church (Order of Aurelius)]] {{OV}}
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===Weapons and objects===
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*[[Mʔ]] {{OV}}
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*[[Seed of Wonder]] {{OV}}
   
*The final vision of Buffy lying injured is a call-forward to [[Last Gleaming]].
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==Death count==
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*The Sephrilian, killed by Buffy and Willow.
   
==Production==
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==Behind the scenes==
=== Writing ===
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===Production===
*Joss Whedon returns as writer for the first time since "[[The Chain]]." [[Cliff Richards]] joins the team as penciller, replacing the series' regular Georges Jeanty for this issue. Although this is Richard's first issue penciling for ''Buffy: Season 8'', he has previously worked on past ''Buffy'' comics including "[[Slayer, Interrupted (2003)|Slayer, Interrupted]]," "[[Play with Fire]]," and "[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Jonathan|Jonathan]]." This issue will be 25 pages as opposed to its usual 22, as stated in the letters column of issue 9.
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*[[Dark Horse Comics]] held a contest for one reader to be given a cameo shot in Buffy. The winner was Jerrod Balzer, an author who wrote an entry on behalf of his wife, Robin. He wrote about watching Buffy and sharing it with her at the beginning of the onset of Robin’s schizophrenia:<ref name="contest">[https://www.darkhorse.com/Press-Releases/1429/ “Winners of Buffy/MySpace Contest Announced 4/4/07”]. ''[[Dark Horse Comics]]''. Retrieved May 5, 2019.</ref>
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*:''Robin and I didn’t have cable or satellite for years, so we had only seen the original movie of Buffy until the first season came to DVD. At that time, schizophrenia was gradually taking over my wife’s mind. Our growing love for the show as each season came out gave something for my wife to focus on and look forward to during those first dark and confusing years. The character Drusilla gave her a fantasy icon to relate to, and kept her spirits up as though she were a part of the story, and of course Buffy’s character gave her the strength to battle her ‘demons’.''
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*:''Now, she’s completely disabled from her illness, in and out of coherence, but I keep Buffy and Angel posters on the wall which give her focus even when we’re not watching them. We’ve also become attached to Firefly. Again, she can relate to River in her own way. We really owe a lot to the imagination of Joss Whedon.''
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*:''For this reason, I know it would mean the world to my wife, Robin, if she could see herself with Buffy in a comic. For the struggle she consistently goes through, I feel she deserves to be with a character that’s helped her so much over the years.''
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*Upon reading the winner’s entry, Whedon decided to expand that character’s role and feature her as a critical part of the story, as opposed to a simple cameo.<ref name="contest" /> She appeared in this issue as well as on the variant cover with Buffy and Willow.
   
=== Timing ===
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*Five days prior to its release, editor [[Scott Allie]] sent contest winner Jerrod Baltzer a copy of the issue to ease his anxiety. Jerrod claimed:
*Intended to be set after BtVS's seventh season. The precise timing of this arc is currently uncertain.
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*:''I can’t get over how breathtaking this issue is. I loved Robin’s role and Joss wrote her perfectly. It seemed like she stepped right into the comic!''
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*:''It’s been very helpful, too, just this week. She’s had a lot of episodes lately where she thinks people are coming after her to wrap her in barbwire and put her on the train to Hell, so she needs to find her tickets. I’ll just remind her of the (incredibly accurate) metaphors that Joss used in the issue and she was able to come out of it easier. The visuals helped bring things into perspective that Buffy and Willow really are there for her.''<ref>[http://whedonesque.com/comments/15095#204972 “For the discussion of Buffy #10”]. ''Whedonesque.com'', January 3, 2008. Retrieved February 6, 2008‎.</ref>
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:He furthered on detailing another episode Robin underwent:
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::''If I may share a moment that just happened, Robin was just yelling about monsters trying to come in the house to kill her. I reminded her that Buffy and Willow are every bit as real as those monsters, and then I held the comic in front of her. It took a moment to process, but then she said, “I’m a minder. Buffy and Willow’s got my back!”''
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::''“I said, “That’s right. If anything tries to mess with your mind, they’ll kick butt and cut tails off.”''
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::''“Yeah!” Her face brightened and her face went “normal” again. “Can I have some decaf coffee?”''
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::''“Sure, sweetheart.”''
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::''“With marshmallows?”''
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::''Her episodes can last a lot longer than that. I could have been working with her all night, the poor thing terrified that she wasn’t safe. But not with that comic, and I’m not fooling her, either. Buffy and Willow really ARE as real as her hallucinations. They’re a part of all of us.''
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::''I also keep reminding her that fellow Buffy fans all over the world are rooting for her and it means so much to both of us. Thanks again for everyone’s support.''<ref name="baltzer response">[http://whedonesque.com/comments/15095#205133 “For the discussion of Buffy #10”]. ''Whedonesque.com'', January 3, 2008. Retrieved February 6, 2008‎.</ref>
   
===Dark Horse Contest===
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===Distributions===
*Dark Horse Comics held a contest for one reader to be given a cameo shot in Buffy. The winner was Jerrod Balzer, an author who wrote an entry on behalf of his wife, Robin. He wrote about watching Buffy and sharing it with her at the beginning of the onset of Robin's schizophrenia:<ref name="contest">[http://www.darkhorse.com/news/pressrelease.php?id=1429 Announcement of contest winner]</ref>
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*''{{PAGENAME}}'' was the fourteenth best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 88,474 sales in January 2008 at comic specialty stores.<ref>[https://icv2.com/articles/comics/view/12096/ “Top 300 Comics Actual--January 2008”]. ''ICv2'', March 3, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2018.</ref>
   
::Robin and I didn't have cable or satellite for years, so we had only seen the original movie of Buffy until the first season came to DVD. At that time, schizophrenia was gradually taking over my wife's mind. Our growing love for the show as each season came out gave something for my wife to focus on and look forward to during those first dark and confusing years. The character Drusilla gave her a fantasy icon to relate to, and kept her spirits up as though she were a part of the story, and of course Buffy's character gave her the strength to battle her 'demons.'
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===Collections===
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*"[[No Future for You]]"
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*"[[Season 8 Library Edition, Volume 1]]"
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*"[[Omnibus: Season 8, Volume 1]]"
   
::Now, she's completely disabled from her illness, in and out of coherence, but I keep Buffy and Angel posters on the wall which give her focus even when we're not watching them. We've also become attached to Firefly. Again, she can relate to River in her own way. We really owe a lot to the imagination of Joss Whedon.
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===Pop culture references===
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*In Buffy’s fantasy, she lays besides a book written “Lestat” with a vampire mouth in the cover, a likely reference to the novel ''[[Wikipedia:The Vampire Lestat|The Vampire Lestat]]'' (1985).
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*Buffy fantasizes about actor [[Wikipedia:Daniel Craig|Daniel Craig]] approaching her at the beach.
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*Willow fantasizes about being in a cabin with comedian [[Wikipedia:Tina Fey|Tina Fey]] during a snowstorm.
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*Buffy also reveals a fantasy involving two versions of actor [[Wikipedia:Christian Bale|Christian Bale]], particularly his roles in ''[[Wikipedia:Little Women|Little Women]]'' and ''[[Wikipedia:Reign of Fire|Reign of Fire]]''.
   
::For this reason, I know it would mean the world to my wife, Robin, if she could see herself with Buffy in a comic. For the struggle she consistently goes through, I feel she deserves to be with a character that's helped her so much over the years.<ref name="contest letter">[http://*blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=92159514&blogID=337770491]</ref>
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===International titles===
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*'''French:''' ''Partout sauf Ici'' ({{PAGENAME}})
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*'''German:''' ''Überall und Nirgends'' (Everywhere and Nowhere)
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*'''Italian:''' ''Ovunque, ma non qui'' (Anywhere, but not Here)
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*'''Portuguese (Brazil):''' ''Qualquer lugar, menos aqui'' ({{PAGENAME}})
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*'''Russian:''' ''Не где-нибудь, но только здесь'' (Not Anywhere, but Only Here)
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*'''Spanish:''' ''En Cualquier Lugar Menos Aquí'' ({{PAGENAME}})
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*'''Turkish:''' ''Dünyalar Arasında'' (Between Worlds)
   
*Upon reading the winner's entry, Whedon decided to expand that character's role and feature her as a critical part of the story, as opposed to a simple cameo.<ref name="contest" /> She appears in this issue as well as on the variant cover with Buffy and Willow.
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===Other===
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*This issue was adapted into a ''[[Season Eight Motion Comic]]'' episode.
   
=== Reception ===
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==Gallery==
*Five days prior to its release, [[Scott Allie]] sent contest winner Jerrod Baltzer a copy of the issue to ease his anxiety.<ref name="baltzer response">[http://whedonesque.com/comments/15095#more]</ref> Jerrod claimed:
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===Cover artwork===
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<gallery captionalign="center">
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B8-10-00b.jpg|Jo Chen main cover
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B8-10-01b.jpg|Georges Jeanty variant
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</gallery>
   
::I can't get over how breathtaking this issue is. I loved Robin's role and Joss wrote her perfectly. It seemed like she stepped right into the comic!
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===Preview===
 
::It's been very helpful, too, just this week. She's had a lot of episodes lately where she thinks people are coming after her to wrap her in barbwire and put her on the train to Hell, so she needs to find her tickets. I'll just remind her of the (incredibly accurate) metaphors that Joss used in the issue and she was able to come out of it easier. The visuals helped bring things into perspective that Buffy and Willow really are there for her. <ref name="baltzer response" />
 
 
*He furthered on detailing another episode Robin underwent:
 
 
::If I may share a moment that just happened, Robin was just yelling about monsters trying to come in the house to kill her. I reminded her that Buffy and Willow are every bit as real as those monsters, and then I held the comic in front of her. It took a moment to process, but then she said, "I'm a minder. Buffy and Willow's got my back!"
 
 
::I said, "That's right. If anything tries to mess with your mind, they'll kick butt and cut tails off."
 
 
::"Yeah!" Her face brightened and her face went "normal" again. "Can I have some decaf coffee?"
 
 
::"Sure, sweetheart."
 
 
::"With marshmallows?"
 
 
::Her episodes can last a lot longer than that. I could have been working with her all night, the poor thing terrified that she wasn't safe. But not with that comic, and I'm not fooling her, either. Buffy and Willow really ARE as real as her hallucinations. They're a part of all of us.
 
 
::I also keep reminding her that fellow Buffy fans all over the world are rooting for her and it means so much to both of us. Thanks again for everyone's support. <ref name="baltzer response" /></blockquote>
 
 
=== Other ===
 
*''Anywhere But Here'' is also included in Volume 2 of the Season 8 trade paperbacks, ''[[No Future For You]]''.
 
 
==Canonical issues==
 
:See also: [[canon]]
 
 
This series has been described as 'canon' by both Whedon and various commentators. As the creator of ''Buffy'', Joss Whedon's association with Buffyverse story is often linked to how canonical the various stories are. Since Whedon is writing this story, it will be seen as a continuation of the official continuity established by ''Buffy'' and ''Angel''.
 
 
== Variant Covers ==
 
 
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==Quotes==
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|Sephrilian|“All my faces are there to see. Buy you humans… you have too many.”
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==References==
 
==References==
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{{References}}
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Latest revision as of 10:40, November 8, 2019

Anywhere but Here is the tenth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic book series. It was written by Joss Whedon and illustrated by Cliff Richards. Joss Whedon is the executive producer.

SynopsisEdit

Buffy and Willow meet a demon who reveals a dim future, forcing the two to reflect on their past. Meanwhile, back in Scotland, Dawn confides in Xander the deed that led to her mysterious growth spurt.[1]

SummaryEdit

Threatened by Twilight’s surprise, Willow and Buffy fly to the lair of Sephrilian, one of the Tichajt, to question the demon about the matter. During their flight, they talk about their personal fantasies. Buffy questions Willow about Kennedy’s whereabouts, but Willow avoids the question just as they finally arrive at the lair that resembles an old cottage. There, they are greeted by Robin, a Minder who stabilizes the reality field inside the lair. She warns Willow not to use magic inside and informs Buffy to rescue the prince, much to their confusion. The two enters the lair and find themselves set on a never ending staircase. They decide to play a game.

At the castle, Xander surprises Dawn with a gift: her trunk full of clothes and articles enlarged. Amongst her possessions, Xander comes across a picture of regular-sized Dawn with her ex-boyfriend Kenny. Dawn finally reveals to Xander that she never slept with Kenny like she had told everyone. She had in fact slept with his college roommate, Nick. Xander comforts her saying that she is only guilty of being human. He asks if she feels better getting it off her chest. She doesn’t respond.

Back inside the reality field in the lair, Buffy and Willow finally meet Sephrilian. Since he can walk through all realities, Buffy demanded what the mysterious Twilight means, to which he replies: “The death of magic.” Sephrilian grows impatient with them and decides to send them through a series of past and future events. First, Buffy and Willow find themselves looking at Buffy and other Slayers robbing a Swiss Bank for funds, an event that occurred months ago. Willow explained to Buffy that this is what the United States government fears.

Robin joins them as they are situated in a new setting: Buffy on the floor, beaten and crying, a cracked red crystal sitting on a podium in the centre of the room. No evidence is been given yet as to how it gets broken or what it does. Robin explains that she will be betrayed by the closest and most unexpected. She then senses a disruption and leaves. Buffy asks Willow if is the betrayer. She claims that no, not any more than she already had. The two suddenly find themselves watching Willow and Kennedy after Willow had escaped from Warren and the U.S. Government. Willow and Kennedy argues about why Willow had kept her from Buffy for the past year. Willow breaks down in tears blaming herself for Tara’s death. She believes that because she resurrected Buffy, she doomed her lover in exchange and wishes to avoid the same fate for Kennedy. Buffy witnesses the revelation in disbelief.

Suddenly, Sephrilian returns and informs them that he welcomes the upcoming war. Willow then lends Buffy some of her powers to slay Sephrilian. Because she performed magic, however, the lair explodes. Nevertheless, Robin magically rebuilds it within seconds and asks what happened in there. Buffy explains “It was demons. Playing games.” She and Willow walk away.

ContinuityEdit

  • “Anywhere but here” is a game Willow and Buffy had previously played in "The Dark Age".
  • Buffy eventually shares her interest in actor Daniel Craig with Andrew, in Predators and Prey.
  • Dawn finally reveals, to Xander, the true reason she has been cursed.
  • Like Buffy, Willow is shown still distrustful of Faith, having never really sympathized with her.
  • Willow has a vision of herself with Aluwyn, whom she first met in Willow: Goddesses and Monsters.
  • The final vision of Buffy lying injured is from the future events in Last Gleaming, Part Four.
  • When Dawn tells Xander about whom she had slept with, he curiously asked "Was this guy, by any chance, in a band?" Xander has long-since had a negative opinion of band members, viewing them as troublemakers and dangerous ("Phases").
  • The Slayer Organization’s source of funding is revealed, as Willow had tried to question Buffy in No Future for You, Part Three.
  • Buffy argues that the bank she robbed had the items insured, a concern she initially had when robbing Meyer Sports and Tackle with Faith ("Bad Girls").
  • Willow’s guilt over Tara’s death had also previously been featured in "The Killer in Me".
  • Though Willow states that she feels guilty over resurrecting Buffy because she believes that, if she hadn’t, Tara would still be alive, she later admits she has never regretted doing so for a second (Family Reunion, Part One).

AppearancesEdit

IndividualsEdit

Organizations and titlesEdit

SpeciesEdit

EventsEdit

LocationsEdit

Weapons and objectsEdit

Death countEdit

  • The Sephrilian, killed by Buffy and Willow.

Behind the scenesEdit

ProductionEdit

  • Dark Horse Comics held a contest for one reader to be given a cameo shot in Buffy. The winner was Jerrod Balzer, an author who wrote an entry on behalf of his wife, Robin. He wrote about watching Buffy and sharing it with her at the beginning of the onset of Robin’s schizophrenia:[2]
    Robin and I didn’t have cable or satellite for years, so we had only seen the original movie of Buffy until the first season came to DVD. At that time, schizophrenia was gradually taking over my wife’s mind. Our growing love for the show as each season came out gave something for my wife to focus on and look forward to during those first dark and confusing years. The character Drusilla gave her a fantasy icon to relate to, and kept her spirits up as though she were a part of the story, and of course Buffy’s character gave her the strength to battle her ‘demons’.
    Now, she’s completely disabled from her illness, in and out of coherence, but I keep Buffy and Angel posters on the wall which give her focus even when we’re not watching them. We’ve also become attached to Firefly. Again, she can relate to River in her own way. We really owe a lot to the imagination of Joss Whedon.
    For this reason, I know it would mean the world to my wife, Robin, if she could see herself with Buffy in a comic. For the struggle she consistently goes through, I feel she deserves to be with a character that’s helped her so much over the years.
  • Upon reading the winner’s entry, Whedon decided to expand that character’s role and feature her as a critical part of the story, as opposed to a simple cameo.[2] She appeared in this issue as well as on the variant cover with Buffy and Willow.
  • Five days prior to its release, editor Scott Allie sent contest winner Jerrod Baltzer a copy of the issue to ease his anxiety. Jerrod claimed:
    I can’t get over how breathtaking this issue is. I loved Robin’s role and Joss wrote her perfectly. It seemed like she stepped right into the comic!
    It’s been very helpful, too, just this week. She’s had a lot of episodes lately where she thinks people are coming after her to wrap her in barbwire and put her on the train to Hell, so she needs to find her tickets. I’ll just remind her of the (incredibly accurate) metaphors that Joss used in the issue and she was able to come out of it easier. The visuals helped bring things into perspective that Buffy and Willow really are there for her.[3]
He furthered on detailing another episode Robin underwent:
If I may share a moment that just happened, Robin was just yelling about monsters trying to come in the house to kill her. I reminded her that Buffy and Willow are every bit as real as those monsters, and then I held the comic in front of her. It took a moment to process, but then she said, “I’m a minder. Buffy and Willow’s got my back!”
“I said, “That’s right. If anything tries to mess with your mind, they’ll kick butt and cut tails off.”
“Yeah!” Her face brightened and her face went “normal” again. “Can I have some decaf coffee?”
“Sure, sweetheart.”
“With marshmallows?”
Her episodes can last a lot longer than that. I could have been working with her all night, the poor thing terrified that she wasn’t safe. But not with that comic, and I’m not fooling her, either. Buffy and Willow really ARE as real as her hallucinations. They’re a part of all of us.
I also keep reminding her that fellow Buffy fans all over the world are rooting for her and it means so much to both of us. Thanks again for everyone’s support.[4]

DistributionsEdit

  • Anywhere but Here was the fourteenth best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 88,474 sales in January 2008 at comic specialty stores.[5]

CollectionsEdit

Pop culture referencesEdit

  • In Buffy’s fantasy, she lays besides a book written “Lestat” with a vampire mouth in the cover, a likely reference to the novel The Vampire Lestat (1985).
  • Buffy fantasizes about actor Daniel Craig approaching her at the beach.
  • Willow fantasizes about being in a cabin with comedian Tina Fey during a snowstorm.
  • Buffy also reveals a fantasy involving two versions of actor Christian Bale, particularly his roles in Little Women and Reign of Fire.

International titlesEdit

  • French: Partout sauf Ici (Anywhere but Here)
  • German: Überall und Nirgends (Everywhere and Nowhere)
  • Italian: Ovunque, ma non qui (Anywhere, but not Here)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Qualquer lugar, menos aqui (Anywhere but Here)
  • Russian: Не где-нибудь, но только здесь (Not Anywhere, but Only Here)
  • Spanish: En Cualquier Lugar Menos Aquí (Anywhere but Here)
  • Turkish: Dünyalar Arasında (Between Worlds)

OtherEdit

GalleryEdit

Cover artworkEdit

PreviewEdit

QuotesEdit

Sephrilian - “All my faces are there to see. Buy you humans… you have too many.”

ReferencesEdit

  1. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: #10 Anywhere but Here”. Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 “Winners of Buffy/MySpace Contest Announced 4/4/07”. Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  3. “For the discussion of Buffy #10”. Whedonesque.com, January 3, 2008. Retrieved February 6, 2008‎.
  4. “For the discussion of Buffy #10”. Whedonesque.com, January 3, 2008. Retrieved February 6, 2008‎.
  5. “Top 300 Comics Actual--January 2008”. ICv2, March 3, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
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