Okay, I'm going to go ahead and respond to this.
I have been trying not to respond, mainly because I didn't have much that I could say at this point. But that stupid Bleeding Cool story made a big splash somehow and so I figure I owe it to everyone to say what I can.
Yes, I have been asked to write for the next run of Buffy comics. The people asking have been TREMENDOUSLY nice, by the way, a real credit to the industry and the franchise, just to get that in.
It's true, I have not watched Buffy. I have the first two seasons on disc, but haven't watched them. It is not because I don't find it appealing, in fact, it looks like a terrific series, but I just don't watch much television. I have seen the first couple episodes, and thought they were great fun.
I am not at all offended by the people who find my lack of Buffyverse knowledge off-putting. I think that is a perfectly reasonable concern. No one involved wants anyone working on the stories who doesn't know their stuff. It's always frustrating to read a story where the writer got everything wrong, wrong, wrong. So, no worries there.
All I can say is, I am a research hound when I write characters. I had never read a Deadpool comic when I took over that book. If I took this gig, I assure you, I would immerse myself in Buffy stuff 24/7 before I ever even considered putting a word on paper. You can say a lot of things about me, but I don't slop work out for a paycheck. I take this thing seriously, and the dedicated Buffy readership deserves the best efforts of the person writing the book.
My understanding is that there is something in my writing that reminds people somewhat of Joss' works. I've been hearing that for years. My guess is that the Buffy people felt I would bring some of that sensibility to the project, and they are confident enough in the Buffy series that they believe I would enjoy working in that universe.
That's it, I hope that clears some stuff up!