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While created as part of licensed material, it is not part of the original Buffyverse, but its own developed story.

New School Nightmare” is the first graphic novel from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. It was written and illustrated by Carolyn Nowak.


An exciting and hilarious new middle grade story for anyone who likes (or doesn’t like) vampires!

Buffy Summers is just like any other student… except for the part where she’s also a secret vampire slayer. In every generation, one girl is granted great strength to stand against the forces of darkness. Of course, power doesn’t matter when it comes to eating lunch alone, getting picked on by the popular kids, or having way too much homework.

Luckily, Buffy finds her way with a can-do attitude, a weird Watcher, and new besties, Sarafina and Alvaro who might just have powers of their own. But will any of it be enough to turn the tide when an army of villainous vampires invade town? Can Buffy save herself, let alone the world?

Like Star Wars: Jedi Academy and DC Comics’s Secret Hero Society, this action-packed and fun-filled story is told through comics, journal entries, class notes, doodles, text messages, and other in-world artifacts.[1]


This story is a reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer using the series’ mythology. Some key differences are:



Organizations and titlesEdit




  • Egypt (Only mentioned)
  • Rome, Italy (Only mentioned)
  • United States
  • Sweden (Only mentioned)

Weapons and objectsEdit

Rituals and spellsEdit

  • "Abra-CaSNACKra"

Death countEdit

  • Unidentified vampire, staked by Buffy at the parking lot.
  • Unidentified vampire, staked by Buffy at the cemetery.
  • Unidentified vampire, slayed by Buffy at the cemetery (only mentioned).
  • Unidentified vampire, staked by Buffy at the street.
  • Unidentified vampire, staked by Sarafina at the street.
  • Leo da Vampire, slayed by Buffy (only mentioned).
  • Regis St. Clair, staked by Buffy at the cemetery.
  • Hugo and Agnes, staked by Buffy outside her house.
  • Two unidentified vampires, staked by Buffy at the cemetery.
  • Two unidentified vampires, staked by Buffy at the cemetery.
  • Boone, staked by Buffy at the cemetery.
  • "Scary face", staked by Sarafina at the cemetery.
  • Ancient Egypt vampire, Roman gladiator vamp, sad Victorian poet lady, and vampire-Abraham Lincoln, slayed by Buffy (only mentioned).
  • Two unidentified vampires, staked by Buffy at the hangar.
  • Unidentified vampire, staked by Miss Sparks at the hangar.
  • Unidentified vampire, staked by Miss Sparks at school.
  • Unidentified vampire, staked by Buffy at school.
  • Primum Dominum, staked by Buffy at school.

Behind the scenesEdit


  • In reference to her TV series counterpart’s quotes, Buffy declares: “Destructo Girl. That’s me.” as in "Teacher's Pet"; “She irons her jeans! She’s evil!” as in "Living Conditions"; “and date, and shop, and hang out, and go to school, and save the world from unspeakable demons. You know, I wanna do girlie stuff.” in reference to "Faith, Hope & Trick"; “A cranky Slayer is a careless Slayer!” from "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date". Similarly, Miss Sparks informs: “when I said you could have a social life and be the Slayer, I did not mean at the same time.” and “It should simply be plunge, and move on. Plunge and…”, in reference to Rupert Giles in "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date", and declares “We are doomed.” as Giles did in "The Harvest". Also, Sarafina says: “Your brain isn't even connected to your mouth, is it?” as Buffy did in "Homecoming", and Alvaro says: “I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away.” in reference to Alexander Harris in the episode "Witch".
  • Differently from other representations, when a vampire is dusted their body becomes a cloud of bats.
  • The band “Nerf Herders” is a reference to actual band Nerf Herder, most noted for composing the theme to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and playing in "Empty Places".
  • Alvaro wears a shirt with the logo for The Bronze.
  • Alvaro mentions the Mayor Wilkins apparently talking to a snake, a reference to his TV counterpart becoming the snake-like demon Olvikan.

Pop culture referencesEdit

  • Buffy compares Boone with Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Miss Sparks plays Jewel Swap game.
  • Buffy and Alvaro discuss the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
  • Alvaro refers to Domino's Pizza restaurant chain.
  • The Scoobies watch the Times Square Ball drop.
  • Alvaro mentions the ability of talking to snakes as an indication of being from the fictional school house Slytherin.
  • Fina mentions a waiter from Flappy Jack’s Pancake House.
  • Buffy is certain she’s slain statesman Abraham Lincoln.



  1. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: New School Nightmare”. Hachette Book Group. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
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