Buffy Slay Day 2019: Make a blood sacrifice and save a life


Fox Consumer Products and the American Red Cross are coming together to present a very special blood drive on March 10 for Buffy Slay Day 2019.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon, ran for seven seasons, and has maintained popularity, despite ending its run in 2003. If you’re a fan of the series, Licensing Source is reporting bloody good things…

Why is March 10 significant? I’m glad you asked! On March 10, 1997, the iconic show had its series premiere on The WB. In celebration, Fox and the American Red Cross are holding nationwide blood drives, giving exclusive goodies to donors at participating locations, and debuting Buffy-inspired merchandise from multiple licensees.

Buffy Slay Day kicks off at American Red Cross’s Torrance, CA donation center (which just happens to be a short distance from Torrance High School, location of fictional “Sunnydale High.”) Additional blood drives will be held in Atlanta, Charlotte, New York and Nashville. If you want to participate, but aren’t close to any of these locations, you can still sign up to donate.

Participating Red Cross Blood Donation Centers and Hours:

Sunday, March 10:

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Torrance, CA (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.):  2814 Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505
Alpharetta, GA (7 a.m. – 2 p.m.): 3000 Old Alabama Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30022
Atlanta, GA (7 a.m. – 2 p.m.):  1955 Monroe Dr., Atlanta, GA 30324
Duluth, GA (7 a.m. – 2 p.m.):  3090 Premiere Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097
Marietta, GA (7 a.m. – 2 p.m.):  2145 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062
Charlotte, NC (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.):  2425 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28203
Nashville, TN (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.):  2201 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37203

Monday, March 11:

New York, NY (2 p.m. – 7 p.m.):  510 W 49th St., New York, NY 10019

While supplies last, blood and platelet donors at participating locations will receive special swag, like an exclusive version of the sold out debut issue of BOOM! Studios’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book series. The first 15 donors at each center may also receive other goodies, including Kiersten White’s bestselling novel “Slayer,” and Buffy Funko vinyl figures (including Buffy, Willow, Faith, Xander and Giles).

Super-fans can also visit the Fox Shop to purchase Slay Day merchandise.

I took a look at the website, and there are some pretty great items available, including a 20th anniversary Sunnydale High Class of 1999 Collection.

Buffy Slay Day 2019 – Shop.Fox – Courtesy Shop.Fox

Funko, BOOM! Studios, Jasco Games, HarperCollins, Quirk Books, and others are releasing special comics, collectibles, books, games and apparel in honor of Buffy Slay Day. Some of the most interesting items are:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board GameFriends & Frenemies Expansion – Jasco’s upcoming expansion set brings in six new characters (Riley, Tara, Dawn, Anya, Faith and Oz, any of which can be either werewolf or human), some new villains (Spike, Drusilla and Dark Willow),and a board expansion that introduces some new initiative locations. Customers in the US can use the promo code FRIENDS to receive free shipping.

Buffy Slay Day 2019 – Shop.Fox

Ripple  Junction has a nice selection of Buffy clothing, including a sweatshirt and several different tees. I own the ‘Demons! Darkness! Dangerous Women!’ shirt, and I always get compliments from fellow Buffy fans when I wear it.

Little, Brown Books announced the second volume of their new middle grade series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Cursed Coven, by award-winning illustrator / cartoonist Carolyn Nowak. Nowak’s first novel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, New School Nightmare, can be purchased anywhere books are sold.

Buffy Slay Day 2019 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer – 20th Century Fox

Quirk Books recently released the Pop Classic picture book Buffy the Vampire Slayer, tells the Buffy story via children’s book-style illustrations. Haven’t you always wondered what the Slayer was like as a child?

Eva Steortz, SVP of Global Brand, 20th Century Fox Consumer products said:

"“Buffy Slay Day is more than just a chance to commemorate the incredible pop culture phenomenon ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. It’s an annual opportunity for fans to demonstrate their own courage, pride, power and inner slayer – a day for all of us to fearlessly show the world we’re here to slay. Based on the overwhelming impact this content has had on fans, we are confident this celebration of empowerment is here to stay.”"

So, what do you think, Buffy enthusiasts? I don’t love needles or sacrificing my blood, but Buffy Slay Day sounds a lot better than a sharp stake in the heart!

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