Can’t Stop the Serenity-Orange County 2013

We want to make sure to give a big Browncoat THANK YOU for the generosity of several donors to the “Can’t Stop the Serenity-Orange County 2013″ event held last fall.

Will and Holly of Alakazam Comics [http://www.alakazamcomics.com/] are big Browncoats, and have been generous supporters of CSTS-OC for years, helping publicize the event, and making donations for auction and/or drawings.  This year was no exception.  In addition to lots of promoting of CSTS-OC, they once more donated items for the drawings, including a complete set of the Serenity Collectible Trading Card Set.   Alakazam Comics is located in Irvine across from UCI in the University Center on Campus Dr.  They are not far from the Trader Joe’s.

The Fallen Stars, SoCal rockband led by Browncoats Tracy and Bobbo, donated their wonderful (and rockin’) performance of music from their Firefly-inspired “Leaves on the Wind” project, the first EP of which launched at CSTS-OC.  They donated proceeds from sales of their EP as well.  Check out their website where you can listen to their music, and name your own price to download their songs.  You can also find out about upcoming shows.

Matt Stevens of Geekograph.com [http://www.geekograph.com/] has been extremely generous to CABC, donating pieces of his beautiful laser-etched metal art in support of our charity fundraising efforts, and he came through again for CSTS-OC.  Geekograph.com donated a full set of the new, literally shiny, Firefly bookmarks (each featuring one character plus an image of the 10th character, Serenity), as well as the large scale (24″ x 12″) “Hero of Canton Jayne Cobb and Crew Limited Edition Metal Art”.  Lots of lucky Browncoats took home a piece (or two) won in the auction, or from the prize drawings.
http://www.geekograph.com/products/firefly-bookograph-metal-bookmark
http://www.geekograph.com/products/firefly-serenity-hero-of-canton-jayne-cobb-and-crew-geekograph-limited-edition-metal-art

Chris Thorne of the Write Brothers, Inc. [http://www.write-bros.com/], Academy Award winners and innovators of writing software for more than 30 years, reached out to CABC to generously donate valuable software for prize drawings.  Two lucky winners took home one copy each of acclaimed programs “Movie Magic Screenwriter” and “Dramatica Story Expert”–a writer’s jackpot!

The CSTS Global sponsors also provided a wide array of lovely items used in the prize drawings.  A full list of them is at http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com/  Thanks!

SDCC Report and Upcoming Events!

San Diego Comic-Con 2013!

San Diego Comic-Con 2013 was a success! We had a great time talking to everyone who came to our booth. Some of them were new fans and some were familiar faces but everyone helped raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. In total we raised $2,362.76 in donations from you guys, proceeds from our merchandise will be added to that total at the end of the year.

 Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog

This year was the 5th anniversary of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog. We know, we can’t believe it’s been five years already either! Felicia Day recorded us a sweet and funny video reminiscing about her Dr. H days and thanking the fans for their continued interest in Dr. Horrible.

horrible

Our costume contest had four categories: Dr. Horrible, Penny, Captain Hammer, and others (ELE members, groupies, Bad Horse Choir). We also had a special category for children dressed up at Dr. Horrible characters.

Signings

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We had quite a few signers at our booth this year. Our first signers for the convention were the wonderful Jane Espenson and Brad Bell. We were selling copies of the Husbands graphic novel that they both co-wrote. Other signers were Camden Toy, Sandeep Parikh, Michelle Boyd, Seanan Mcguire, Belle Holder, Jose Molina, and Marian Call. All signers asked that, instead of giving money to them, the fans donate what they could to St. Jude.

Can’t Stop The Serenity: Orange County

CSTS OC triple circle logo white EN -1 copy

We mentioned in the last newsletter that Can’t Stop the Serenity: Orange County is set for Saturday, Sept. 21 but now we have a few more details! The big news is that we will be screening Firefly episode “Out of Gas”!  We are very excited that we are able to show it at our CSTS with permission from Twentieth Century Fox.   We will also have live music from The Fallen Stars, a SoCal band just back from a tour of Europe whose work includes Firefly inspired music.  There will be an auction and door prizes as well.

 

It all starts at 7:00 pm at Starplex Woodbridge Movies 5. Tickets ($15) are on sale now through the event webpage and donations are also gratefully accepted to benefit Equality Now.

 

Just a reminder that if you are interested in putting on a CSTS event in your town California Browncoats is happy to help and sponsor your event. If you are interested, please email info@californiabrowncoats.org

Long Beach Comic-Con

We will be exhibiting at Long Beach Comic-Con for the second time. This year the convention is November 23rd & 24th at Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets for the weekend are only $40 and can be purchased at the LBCC website. We will have our usual assortment of Firefly related books, shirts, and knick-knacks.

We Want You!

We wouldn’t be able to do everything we need to without volunteers. If you are interested in helping us out during a convention or another California Browncoats event please head over to our volunteerYahoo group to keep up with volunteer announcements. You don’t need a Yahoo account or need to join the group to see the messages.

Where to Find Us

www.californiabrowncoats.org

www.facebook.com/CaliforniaBrowncoats

plus.google.com/u/0/b/101009141201136331870/

www.twitter.com/cabrowncoats

 

Keep Flying!

Can’t Stop the Serenity – Orange County 2013

CSTS

 

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Starplex Woodbridge Movies 5
4626 Barranca Parkway  Irvine, CA  92604

Please join us for our charity screening event to benefit Equality Now featuring

Firefly episode “Out of Gas”

and Joss Whedon’s Serenity

Yes, you read that correctly.  We are thrilled that this year’s Can’t Stop the Serenity-Orange County (CSTS-OC) will include a screening of the Firefly episode “Out of Gas”!!!  This is a very rare opportunity to see Firefly on the big screen, and this episode is the one Joss Whedon has often said is his favorite!    Of course we will also be screening Serenity (Joss Whedon’s first feature film, also known as the Big Damn Movie).

On top of that, we will have live music from The Fallen Stars, a Southern California band fresh off a European tour, whose work includes several great songs inspired by Firefly (visit their website to hear songs, watch videos, and learn about the band).  We will also have a live auction and door prizes, and shiny merchandise for sale!  And all of this fun feels even better because it benefits Equality Now.

Tickets are $15 each.  Advance ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will be sold at our table in the lobby (not at the theater box office), while supply lasts. If you have already purchased your tickets, you may pick them up at our table in the lobby of the theater (not the box office).

If you are not able to attend, but would like to support our cause, we would welcome a donation in any amount (just click on the Donate button).  Thank you so much!




 

Help Spread the Word!

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All proceeds of CSTS-OC will go to Equality Now, whose mission is to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world.   Working with grassroots women’s and human rights organizations and individual activists since 1992, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support efforts to stop these abuses.  Equality Now is rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator.

“Browncoats” are fans of the television show Firefly (2002, created by Joss Whedon) and the movie Serenity (2005), which continues the Firefly universe in a feature film (Joss Whedon’s first).  Can’t Stop the Serenity is an annual worldwide charity screenings event in which dozens of locations around the world host screenings of Serenity to raise money for Equality Now.  Can’t Stop the Serenity first launched in 2006 and since then has raised more than $800,000 for Equality Now.  You do not have to be a Browncoat to have a great time at Can’t Stop the Serenity!  Each year, while most of the attendees of CSTS-OC are Browncoats, there are always quite a few folks new to Firefly or Serenity who come on out and have a great time.

Starplex Woodbridge Movies 5 is a wonderful venue for CSTS-OC!  They always treat us so well!  And bonus: Parking is free at the shopping center.  The theater has a full service concession stand with popcorn, drinks, $1 hot dogs, candy, nachos, etc.

CSTS-OC is presented with the generous support of the California Browncoats, Inc., a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, in association with the Southern California BrowncoatsFirefly episode “Out of Gas” appears with permission from Twentieth Century Fox.

Can’t Stop the Serenity – Orange County – Sept 24, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Starplex Woodbridge Movies 5
4626 Barranca Pkwy Irvine, CA 92604

Buy your ticket now in advance!

Pre-sales ended Friday, September 23. You can still purchase tickets at the door.

We are excited to present our fourth year of Can’t Stop the Serenity–Orange County!

The evening will feature a movie double feature:
SERENITY (the Big Damn Movie, of course)
and the Southern California exclusive big screen presentation of BROWNCOATS: REDEMPTION (the Big Damn Fan Film independent, feature length movie).

The evening will also include an exciting auction and prizes, with merchandise for sale!

All this fun feels even better because we are raising money for Equality Now, the organization fighting to promote and protect the human rights of women and girls around the world.

CSTS-OC will once again be at the Starplex Woodbridge Movies 5 at 4626 Barranca Pkwy Irvine, CA 92604. Parking is FREE and plentiful! Hot dogs are $1! The theater staff is always very helpful and treat us so well.

Tickets are $15 each. Your purchase online in advance for will call tickets is appreciated, but tickets will also be available for sale that night. If you cannot attend, but would like to support Equality Now with your donation, you can use the donate button below. Thank you for your support!

Please spread the word about this fun evening for a worthy cause – see you there!

Can’t Stop the Serenity San Diego

Just 1 month after our first successful CSTS event of 2011, we are proud to announce Can’t Stop the Serenity San Diego to benefit Equality Now. We will be screening Serenity and the 2011 CSTS intro DVD featuring Joss Whedon (on the DVD, not in person). Local musician Eben Brooks will open the night with a few songs. We’re also going to have a ‘Thank you for donating’ prize drawing, including the grand prize of a 2011 CSTS Global poster signed by Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion and more! This is your chance to see Serenity on the big screen, hang out with Browncoats from around the world (it is the week of Comic-Con), and get some shiny merchandise, all while supporting Equality Now.

Wednesday, July 20th 8:00 PM

Tickets are now on sale for $15 each at Fandango! Or pick them up at the theater box office. All ticket sales will be handled by the theater/Fandango.

Reading Gaslamp Stadium 15
701 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232-0401
1-800-FANDANGO (326-3264)
Express Code 2709

Schedule:

7:00 PM – Theater open for seating, merchandise, donations
8:00 PM – Eben Brooks performance
8:15 PM – 2011 CSTS Intro DVD
8:30 PM – Serenity
10:30 PM – Prize Drawing winners announcement

We would like to thank our sponsors:

The 2011 CSTS Global Sponsors – For all their donations and assistance
Fancy Fancy Breads – For donating three gift certificates for baked goods to our prize drawing
James Hance – For donating Firefrog prints and character sets
Girl Geek Boutique – For doanting two $30 gift certificates to our prize drawing

100% of the proceeds from all tickets sales, merchandise and donations after theater & merchandise expenses will be sent to Equality Now.

Thank You! Prize Drawing

Those attending the Can’t Stop the Serenity San Diego Event on July 20th will have a variety of ways to give money to Equality Now. The goal of our CSTS events, besides giving you a chance to see Serenity on the big screen, is to raise money and awareness for Equality Now. To say thank you for helping us raise money and awareness, we like to give you something back (or a chance at something).

First off is our Thank You Prize Drawing. For every $2 you donate you will get 1 entry in the drawing and have a chance at 10 different prize packages or the grand prize. You can enter the drawing at our table in the lobby, or from one of our volunteers in the theater. Thank you to our local and global sponsors!

Grand Prize

24×36″ 2011 Global Can’t Stop the Serenity poster signed by Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Michael Fairman, Felicia Day, Jane Espenson and Heather Fagan.

Prize Packs

1. Serenity Sake T-shirt and pint glass
2. Serenity Found, 7 Alliance credits (aluminum coins) and a Fruity Oaty Girls paper cutout take-out box
3. Girl Geek Boutique $30 Gift Certificate, Tink poster from The Guild, 2011 CSTS Global Button and Serenity: Those Left Behind #1 Dark Horse “One for One” Edition
4. Fancy Fancy Breads Gift Certificate for 3 dozen cookies, ThinkGeek Annoy-atron and Led Space gun keyring and Signed ‘On the Drift’ Bedlam Bards CD
5. Girl Geek Boutique $30 Gift Certificate, Equality Now black silicone bracelet and a 2011 CSTS Global Button
6. Tink poster from The Guild, Signed ‘On the Drift’ Bedlam Bards CD and a 2011 CSTS Global Button
7. Browncoats: Redemption Remastered DVD, Fancy Fancy Breads Gift Certificate for 3 dozen cookies and a 2011 CSTS Global Button
8. Serenity pendant from DragonWeave Jewelry and a bookmark, fabric fortune cookie, and earrings from  Cats Dreaming
9. Alliance Money Pack, 2 Mike Henderson posters and Done the Impossible DVD
10. Reaverized DVD and knitted Jayne hat, Fancy Fancy Breads Gift Certificate for 3 dozen cookies and a 2011 CSTS Global Button

Merchandise

There will also be a wide assortment of merchandise available for you to peruse and purchase. All proceeds benefit Equality Now.

New for this year:

2011 CSTS Global shirts (limited sizes/quantities available)
2011 CSTS patch
2011 CSTS LA or Global Logo Buttons
2011 CSTS LA or Global Logo Magnets
Angel postcard
Angel 11×17 print
Firefrog mini print/postcard set of 16 (donated by James Hance)
Firefrog 11×17 print (donated by James Hance)
Equality Now Logo Hat

Returning favorites and past CSTS items:

CABC round button
Jayne hat
2006, 2007, 2008 & 2010 CSTS Shirts
2007 CSTS LA Button
2008 CSTS LA buttons and magnets
2008 CSTS OC buttons and magnets
2008 CSTS SD Buttons
2009 CSTS buttons, magnets and keychains
2010 CSTS buttons and magnets
2010 CSTS Patch

We accept cash and credit cards for all purchases and donations.

CSTS Los Angeles Prize Drawing and Merchandise

Those attending the Can’t Stop the Serenity Los Angeles Event on June 25th will have a variety of ways to give money to Equality Now. The goal of our CSTS events, besides giving you a chance to see Serenity on the big screen, is to raise money and awareness for Equality Now. To say thank you for helping us raise money and awareness, we like to give you something back (or a chance at something).

First off is our Thank You Prize Drawing. For every $5 you donate you will get 1 entry in the drawing and have a chance at 17 different prize packages. You can enter the drawing at the prize table in the lobby, or from one of our many volunteers in the theater. Thank you to our local and global sponsors!

Prize Packs

1. Serenity Found, 2 small posters from the Utah Browncoats, River Tam and the Fireflies Women’s shirt
2. Finding Serenity, 2 small posters from the Utah Browncoats, River Tam and the Fireflies Men’s shirt
3. Serenity: Those Left Behind #1 Dark Horse “One for One” Edition, 2 Mike Henderson posters, Serenity widescreen DVD signed by Ron Glass
4. Alliance Money Pack, 7 Alliance credits, aluminum coins,Michael Fairman autographed 8X10 photo
5. Done the Impossible DVD, Equality Now red silicone bracelet, Fancy Fancy Breads Gift Certificate for Cookies , Serenity 11×17 poster, The Guild “Do You Wanna Date My Avatar” print signed by all 6 cast members
6. Reaverized and knitted Jayne hat (set), Serenity: Float Out comic signed by Patton Oswalt and Patric Reynolds
7. Signed Bedlam Bards CD On the Drift, CABC small button, CABC large badge type button, Browncoat bottle opener and carabiner, Dr. Horrible cardstock goggles signed by Felicia Day
8. Signed Bedlam Bards CD On the Drift, Paper Art From William Pace, Dr. Horrible cardstock goggles signed by Felicia Day
9. The Browncoats DVD of The Hero of Canton and signed mini poster, Captain Hammer logo mens XL shirt
10. Serenity Reaverized Ornament, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 promo poster, Sean Maher autographed 8×10 photo
11. Serenity Sake T-shirt and pint glass, Fancy Fancy Breads Gift Certificate, The Cabin in the Woods 3 promo poster set (11×17), Dr. Horrible cardstock goggles signed by Felicia Day
12. Annoy-atron, Eviltron, and Led Space gun keyring, Tink poster from The Guild, Aero Hobbies $50 Gift Certificate
13. Browncoat field ration soap, bookmark, fabric fortune cookie, and earrings from Cats Dreaming, Tink poster from The Guild, Dr. Horrible cardstock goggles signed by Maurissa Tancharoen, Zack Whedon and Jed Whedon
14. 2 POLICE patches, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog DVD signed by Nathan Fillion, Zack Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Steve Berg
15. Small sterling silver Serenity pendant from Dragon Weave, Captain Hammer logo women’s L shirt
16. Serenity pendant from Dragon Weave, Cupcake Pow/Jody Houser Comic Print
17. Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy (ART Massage) $150 Gift Certificate, Dollhouse promo poster

All entries must be received by 8PM in order to be in the prize drawing.

Merchandise

There will also be a wide assortment of merchandise available for you to peruse and purchase. Tables on the left side of the lobby as you enter will be laden with T-shirts, buttons, magnets, posters, prints, postcards and more. All proceeds benefit Equality Now.

New for this year:
2011 CSTS patch
2011 CSTS LA or Global Logo Buttons
2011 CSTS LA or Global Logo Magnets
Angel postcard
Angel 11×17 print
Dollhouse lithograph
Equality Now/Browncoat Lanyard
Firefrog mini print/postcard set of 16 (donated by James Hance)
Firefrog 11×17 print (donated by James Hance)
Rume Equality Now/Browncoat re-usable bag
Shawn Tutt “No Audible Dialog” CD

Bottled water (donated by Meltdown Comics)

Returning favorites and past CSTS items:
Browncoat beverage wrench
CABC rectangle button
CABC round button
Browncoat carabiner
Jayne hat
Miranda map
Miranda map signed by Geoff Mandel
River Triumphant statue (only 1 available!)
Serenity logo tattoos (3 per pack)
2006, 2007, 2008 & 2010 CSTS Shirts
2007 CSTS LA Button
2007 CSTS Final or Teaser Poster 27×40
2008 CSTS LA buttons and magnets
2008 CSTS OC buttons and magnets
2008 CSTS Poster 24×36
2008 CSTS Poster 11×17
2008 CSTS SD Buttons
2009 CSTS buttons, magnets and keychains
2009 CSTS Poster 24×36
2009 CSTS Poster (SoCal version) 11×17
2010 CSTS buttons and magnets
2010 CSTS Patch

We accept cash and credit cards for all purchases, donations and auction bids.

CSTS Los Angeles Event to be Broadcast Live

We are very pleased to announce that the Can’t Stop the Serenity Los Angeles Event will be broadcast live on the web. ComiCenter Live, the online podcast talk show, will be bringing you every minute of the live events from the stage. ComiCenter host, and our event MC, Atom! Freeman and the ComiCenter crew will have multiple cameras to capture every moment. There will also be footage from around the event and interviews with attendees. Stay tuned for details and how you may be able to participate in the event from anywhere in the world!

A huge thank you to ComiCenter Live who are donating all their services, time and crew to make this live stream possible.

2011 CSTS Los Angeles Logo and Shirts

Can’t Stop the Serenity Los Angeles is going to be a special night, so we felt something extra was needed for all fans, attending or not. We are honored to have popular graphic artist Adam Levermore design the CSTS LA Logo. You can now purchase shirts, mugs, bags, buttons, magnets, and more featuring this art. Even if you aren’t going to the event, you can show your support by buying one of these products. We are sending 100% of the profits from all sales of this design to Equality Now.

But act quickly! We will only have them on sale until June 30th, 2011!

Note: This is the only way to get these shirts. We will not have them for sale at the event itself. We will only have buttons and magnets with this logo for sale at the event.

Note #2: We will have a very limited quantity of the Global CSTS Men’s and Women’s shirts available at the screening.

All profits from the sales of these products through June 30th will be counted in the total raised for the CSTS Los Angeles Event.

2011 Can’t Stop the Serenity Los Angeles

The California Browncoats present a SoCal Browncoats Can’t Stop the Serenity Event

Final Update: We are proud to announce that CSTS Los Angeles raised $11,000 for Equality Now.  The actual amount raised after expenses was just under $11,000, so the California Browncoats board added the last bit to get to a nice round number.  A huge thank you to all the hard work of our volunteers, to our tireless and inspiring lead organizer Therese Magnani, to all the attendees and their generous donations, to ComicCenter for broadcasting the event, to all our wonderful sponsors, and to the special guests who spent time with us that night. See you next year!

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