Comic-Con 2014

The California Browncoats will be returning to Comic-Con International in July. We’ll be carrying our usual awesome selection of Browncoat merchandise at the booth, and will also host some games to help us raise money for charity. We’ve got some new stuff this year, including a new pint glass, so make sure you stop by.

We’re putting the final touches on our prize packs for the daily prize drawing. Three chances to win every day, plus everyone is entered into the grand prize drawing. We’ll also have prizes for our charity BINGO game on Sunday in the meeting room, and for the Dr. Horrible costume contest during the Dr. Horrible screening on Thursday. Follow us on twitter at for chances to win more stuff throughout the convention.

We’ll be at tables A-07/A-08, same place we’ve been for the last few years, in the back, right hand corner of the exhibit hall.

Stop by and join us at our panels (information subject to change pending publication of the SDCC guide):

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, Thursday, 7/24/14, 8:30p.m. – 10:00p.m., Room: 6BCF

8:30-10:00pm Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along Join the fun and sing along as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Enter the horrible costume contest and win horrible prizes in four categories. Best Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, Penny, and “other” character from the show; and a grand prize awarded to one well prepared individual for “Best in Show”. DO NOT BOUNCE! Room 6BCF.

Dr. Horrible Callbacks Generic

Browncoats Meeting, Sunday, 7/27/14, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Room: 29A

3:00-4:00pm Browncoats Meet-up Stop by the meeting room this year to hang out with Browncoats and likely hear some news from around the ‘verse. Wear a cunning hat. Who knows what could happen? There’s no better way to share your love for Firefly, and it’s a lot more practical than starting a fight in an Alliance-friendly bar on U-day. Room 29A

Dylan Hay-Chapman, the graphic designer who did the Blue Sun logo, Jayne’s shirts, flags, and other items from Firefly, will be at the meeting room.

California Browncoats, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non profit charity organization. All of the people planning the event and running the booth and panels are unpaid volunteers. We are proud to continue our efforts to raise money for worthwhile charities. Since our inception in 2007, we have donated over $164,000 to various charity organizations.

Hope to see you there.

Keep Flying!

WonderCon 2014

California Browncoats exhibited again at the WonderCon 2014 convention in Anaheim, CA. We had a great time meeting fellow Browncoats, playing charity games, and raising money for Kids Need to Read.

The team arrived at the convention center Thursday afternoon for setup day. This was our second year exhibiting in a corner booth instead of our regular fan table space and the WonderCon staff set us up in a great location. We managed to get most of the booth set up before they kicked us out at nine and we returned early Friday morning to complete the job.

It’s always fun to see the booth space transform from a 10X10 area with nothing in it to our home for the next three days.  After working out a couple of logistical issues, we were ready for business!

Board members discussing the upcoming chain of events.

Board members discussing the upcoming chain of events.

 

The backdrop is up!

The backdrop is up!

Mostly done.

Mostly done.

 

This year marked the return of the world famous (slight exaggeration) chopstick pull. Players pull a set of chopsticks out of the treasure chest and if they were marked, they win a prize. And everyone gets to keep their chopsticks!

The chopstick game

The chopstick game

 

We also ran our prize drawing, one lucky winner went home with a set of pint glasses, an Adam Baldwin autographed copy of Serenity, a replica Mal pistol from QMx, and a shiny grocery bag to carry all the loot.

Prize Drawing Winner!

Prize Drawing Winner!

 

For the first time, we ran our Challenge Coin Challenge game.  A scavenger hunt of sorts, players completed tasks (like giving to a charity) or took pictures (like a superhero eating a burrito). Complete 15 of the challenges and win one of our exclusive 57th Overlanders Challenge Coins. Everyone had a fun time completing the challenge.

Challenge Coin awarded!

Challenge Coin awarded!

 

You could even win stuff just by following us on Twitter!

Pint Glass winner!

Pint Glass winner!

 

Pint Glass winner!

Pint Glass winner!

 

On Saturday, Nancy Holder and Jane Espenson both stopped by to sign stuff and chat with fans.  Thanks much to both for their continued support, it’s always great to have them stop by and visit for a bit.

It must be bunnies!

It must be bunnies!

 

Thanks to everyone who made a purchase at the booth, played one of our charity games, or just stopped by and said hi. Thanks to you, we raised over $1700.00 for Kids Need to Read.

We hope to see a bunch of you at San Diego Comic Con in July. Until then, keep flying! Oh, and check out this tiny Predator.

Tiny Predator

Tiny Predator

 

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!

January 2014 Information

Greetings from The California Browncoats!

It’s been awhile since we put out a newsletter, and we’ve got quite a bit of information to share. So let’s get to it…

Can’t Stop the Serenity Orange County

CSTS-OC was a big success. A sold out crowd of fans got together at the Starplex Woodbridge in Irvine CA to hear some live music from The Fallen Stars; watch our favorite movie, Serenity; and see the “Out of Gas” episode of Firefly. Despite some technical difficulties getting “Out of Gas” on the screen (it got done, just took some extra time), everyone had fun and we raised over $3500.00 for Equality Now.

Long Beach Comic and Horror Convention

For the 2nd year in a row CABC exhibited at LBCC in Long Beach, CA. Crowds were sparse and sales were light, but we still had fun playing our Browncoat trivia game, hosting Nancy Holder and Michele Boyd, and raising a few dollars for Equality Now.

Annual Board Meeting

CABC held its annual board meeting in November and we are pleased to announce the board of directors for the 2013-2014 year:

  • President: Dwight Bragdon
  • Treasurer: Shawn Tutt
  • Secretary: Rebecca Safier
  • Director: Ido Carmel
  • Director: Tabin Mann
  • Director: Vanessa Singleton
  • Director: Christina Tamplin
  • Director: Lorelei Tutt

The board wishes to thank Arielle Kesweder and Dawn Anderson for their good works as past board members.

New Newsletter Provider and Format

You may have noticed that this newsletter looks a little different. We’ve switched from Fan Bridge to Mail Chimp and changed the way we generate the newsletter. Mail Chimp will automatically generate a monthly newsletter based on our blog posts. If you want more up to date information, you can subscribe to our blog from out web site, www.californiabrowncoats.org.

Volunteers

We’ve eliminated the CABC Volunteers Yahoo group in favor of a subgroup on our newsletter. If you’re interested in volunteering, please click the Update Subscription Preferences and make sure the volunteer checkbox is checked.  We’re always looking for folks to help out at the various events we exhibit at.

Around the ‘Verse

Fanboy Comic’s Week in Review podcasts returned for it’s forth season on Monday January 27th with special guests: Georges Jeanty (Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, Buffy: Seasons 8 and 9, The Joker’s Daughter) and Camden Toy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Bay)

You can find the podcast here: http://fanboycomics.net/index.php/podcasts/fbs-week-in-review/item/3274

That’s it for now. Our next event will be WonderCon in Anaheim, CA in April. Hope to see a bunch of you there.

Keep Flying!

 

Long Beach Comic & Horror Con 2013

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California Browncoats will be exhibiting at the Long Beach Comic & Horror Con 2013. This will be our second year exhibiting at this event, come on out and help us raise money for Equality Now

 

We’ll be at booth 516 and will have a selection of shiny goodies including the popular Mudder’s Milk flasks that sold out during San Diego Comic Con.

We’ll be doing some kind of contest to give folks a chance to win some cool stuff. For more details on the convention, please visit http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

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!

You can share a link to this page by email, Facebook, Twitter, etc, and/or you can use one of these flyers/promos to post on bulletin boards, leave on freebie tables, or pass on to friends. If you tell even one more person, it’s a big help! Thanks!

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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!

2011 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives

Comic-Con is the biggest geek gathering in America and every year we try to give you something special for stopping by the Browncoat booth and donating to charity. This year, we’re going to have two all new exclusives!

Shiny! Pint Glass

First up is our shiny new pint glass. Literally. Produced by the California Browncoats in a very limited run, you can get this exclusive 15 oz. pint glass for a $8.00 donation to The Dyslexia Foundation. The Dyslexia Foundation is supported by Jewel Staite, and we felt this particular item would remind you both of her, and our favorite Firefly mechanic, Kaylee. Get yours quick, there are only 99 available.

Shiny!

Firefrog Print

Our next exclusive is an out of this world mash-up. Recent Browncoat and Relentlessly Cheerful Artist James Hance has done this awesome Firefrog print just for Comic-Con. It features your favorite Firefly class ship Serenity and its crew mashed into the Muppet world. This 8×10 heavy cardstock print is limited to only 200 copies and can be yours for a $10.00 donation. We’re going to send 100% of that donation split equally to all 5 charities we are supporting at Comic-Con this year. That means you can walk away with a cool exclusive and $2.00 will go to each of this year’s charities: Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation, The Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, and The Dyslexia Foundation. That makes this a win-win situation, and we all know Mal…er…Kermit…uh…The Captain likes to win!

Firefrog

These exclusives won’t stick around long, and when they’re gone, there won’t be any more produced. Hurry on over to tables A7/A8 and get yours!

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.

Comic-Con 2011: Special Events and Guests

The California Browncoats will once again have a wide range of events and appearances planned at Comic-Con. Check below for our schedule of events. We will be updating this page as we receive appearance confirmation and information.

Events

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog -  The California Browncoats will host the screening of this fan-favorite Internet sensation. See why Joss Whedon’s (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) first foray into webisodic “television” was the talk of the town with critics and fans alike in 2008. Be prepared for a night of singing and surprises hosted by the fans who know what you like best. Dr. Horrible stars Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly), and Felicia Day (The Guild) and is written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon (Dollhouse), Zack Whedon (Fringe), and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse). Thursday, July 21.  Room 6BCF. 8:30 – 10:00 PM.

Browncoat Meeting Room – Fans of Firefly and Serenity are welcome to join the California Browncoats. We will have announcements about new happenings from all over the ‘Verse, including shindigs, products, and Browncoats: Redemption. Then stick around for some entertainment provided by Browncoat-friendly musician Marian Call. You never know what else might happen! Sunday, July 24. Room 32AB, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Freebies – We don’t want you to walk away from our tables empty handed (besides all the swag you purchase). That means we’ve got some great free items you can pick up when you stop by and visit. These items will be in limited supply and given out at random times every day. But really, is it a bad thing stopping by multiple times during the convention? Hint, follow us on Twitter to know when we put the freebies out.

MORE EVENTS AND GUESTS INFORMATION COMING SOON!

Keep checking here for updates on events and guests who will be appearing at our booth. Also, follow us on Twitter for live updates if we get any surprise guests at our table.

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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Can’t Stop the Serenity at Comic-Con 2010

The California Browncoats are once again taking part in the Can’t Stop the Serenity worldwide charity event. 2010 is a special year, the milestone 5th year of CSTS! To celebrate, CABC decided to host a CSTS event during the largest pop culture event in America: San Diego Comic-Con.

This also serves as a celebration of other milestones and anniversaries close to Browncoats and CABC. 5 years ago at Comic-Con, Joss Whedon screened a completed Serenity for the first time, a mere 2 days after it was finished. 2005 also saw the first Browncoat presence at Comic-Con. That year, Browncoats from across California helped to raise over $12,000 for Equality Now. As part of our Year of Equality Now, the California Browncoats are proud to host the San Diego Can’t Stop the Serenity event to benefit Equality Now.

And so, we present the details and ticket purchasing information you need:

Thursday July 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 PM

San Diego Gaslamp 15
701 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-0401

Tickets: $15.00 – Buy them on Fandango
(or here then click on the 10:00 PM Serenity screening)

We are pleased that special guest(s) are planning to attend the event*. Get your tickets early! With 100,000+ fans attending Comic-Con, this screening is sure to sell out.

You do not need a Comic-Con ticket to attend. You only need to purchase a ticket for this event. Everyone is welcome to attend.

If you would like to volunteer to help, please email James. We will need help up until the screening starts, so you won’t miss the movie.

*Special Guest appearances are subject to change based on their schedule and any possible conflicts.

To find out details about or booth and other events at Comic-Con, check out our Comic-Con 2010 page

2010 WonderCon Prize Game

The California Browncoats will be giving away 50 shiny prizes at WonderCon. How are we going to do this? How can you win a prize? How can you support Equality Now while you’re at it?

We’re glad we asked for you!

It’s the Stick Pull game!

Here’s the basic rundown:

Suggested Donation: $5 per pull (This is where supporting EN comes in)

Pull one set of chopsticks from the board.

No matter what, you keep that set of chopsticks! (Everyone’s a winner!)

If your chopsticks are marked with white at the tip, you win an additional prize! You can choose any one prize from the prize bin that will be presented to you.

That’s it! Donate to EN, get a set of chopsticks, and maybe you’ll go home with something extra.  We’ll try and get a list of the prizes here before WonderCon, but if not, you can check them out at the booth. Let’s just say we’ve raided the CABC Prize Vault for some rare, exclusive, and usually signed items. For a paltry $5 suggested donation, how could you not play this game?!?!

2010 WonderCon Charity – Equality Now

The California Browncoats are once again raising money for Joss Whedon’s favorite charity, Equality Now. This will be our first fundraising event in the “Year of Equality Now” we announced last year. As always we will be taking donations, offering free gifts, giving away prizes and selling shiny merchandise.  Stop by our booth at Tables F9/F10 and help us support Equality Now!

Ways to donate:

1. Straight cash donation. We will send 100% of the money you donate directly to Equality Now.  And if you donate $15 or more, we’ll give you an exclusive Browncoat RuMe bag as a Thank You gift.

2. Play our Stick Pull game. Check out our Prizes page for details.

3. Buy items specifically marked as “proceeds  to Equality Now” and you’ll get something cool and we’ll send 100% of the proceeds to Equality Now. Items include the all new and exclusive Beverage Wrench and Carabiner.

Thank you for helping us raise awareness and money for Equality Now!

2010 WonderCon Costuming for Conventions Panel

The California Browncoats are pleased to present – Costuming for Conventions

Have you ever wanted to come to a convention as Mal? Inara? Kaylee? Or any number of other characters?  Well, here’s your chance to get some tips from some knowledgeable locals.

12:30-1:30 Costuming for Conventions- Local Bay Area cosplayers Cordelia Willis, Jennifer Wylie, Mette Hedin and Bryan Little discuss designing costume reproductions for masquerades and conventions and give tips to help create authentic-looking costumes. Moderated by Jean Martin, editor-in-chief, Science Fiction/San Francisco, presented by the California Browncoats. Room 236/238

2010 WonderCon Merchandise List

As usual we will have a plethora of Browncoat items for you to buy or receive as a gift for donating to charity.  We’ve even gone and created another handy Shopping List for you to download.

Take special notice of the new items, specifically created to help us raise money for Equality Now.

Browncoat RuMe Bag – New! A compactable reusable bag with square sides and bottom. Designed by RuMe. Exclusive to the California Browncoats. Thank you gift for donating to Equality Now! $15.00 donation

“Browncoat” Beverage Wrench – New! Exclusive to the California Browncoats, all proceeds help support Equality Now! $4.00

“Browncoat” Carabiner – New! Exclusive to the California Browncoats, all proceeds help support Equality Now! $4.00

Bid on 2 Front Row Gold Tickets to Creation’s Firefly/Serenity Salute for charity

The auction is now LIVE!

A fellow Browncoat who is unfortunately unable to attend this weekend’s Serenity Salute convention hosted by Creation Entertainment has generously donated her Gold Weekend front row tickets to California Browncoats to be auctioned off for charity. That’s right, you heard it folks, FRONT ROW! Specifically seats 21 & 22 in Row A.

The auction will start tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th at noon on eBay and will be a one day only auction. 100% of the winning bid amount will benefit Kids Need to Read. The California Browncoats will cover all auction costs. Check back here for the auction link when it goes live, or visit our eBay page.

Serenity and Firefly Salute is this weekend November 21st-22nd at the Marriott LAX Hotel in Los Angeles and guests include Morena, Jewel, Adam, Alan and more! The winning bidder will need to provide his/her own transportation and lodging for the convention and will need pick the tickets up in person at the convention on Saturday morning.

The Gold Weekend tickets are “deluxe packages for those that want to enjoy the entire weekend in the very best way”. Included are autographs, special events, etc. Check out all the details on the Creation site.

A huge thank you to the fan who is turning her loss into a wonderful gesture and donation for KNTR!

2009 San Diego Comic-Con Waterkeeper Alliance Fundraiser Total

The California Browncoats are proud to announce the total raised for Waterkeeper Alliance at San Diego Comic-Con in 2009.  Thanks to the support of attendees and fans, we will be sending $10,000!  The breakdown of the donation is as follows:

  • Donations – $5,464.08
  • Exclusive Serenity Shirt sales – $3,174.00
  • CABC Donation – $1,361.92

We gave away 176 Exclusive Water Bottles as a free gift with a minimum $15 donation. The CABC donation is taken from sales of other items not specifically designated for a charity.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated and helped spread the word about Waterkeeper Alliance!

2009 Can’t Stop the Serenity Donation Total

The California Browncoats are proud to announce the final donation amount from all 4 Southern California Can’t Stop the Serenity screenings.  100% of the proceeds after expenses (theater rental, merchandise, etc.) benefit Equality Now.  The total raised is $6,779.61!  The breakdown by city is as follows:

  • Los Angeles – $2,005.04
  • Orange County – $979.54
  • San Diego – $1,921.40
  • Riverside – $1,873.54

We would like to thank all the SoCal and San Diego Browncoats who volunteered and organized the CSTS screenings.  Thank you to all the attendees who bought tickets, merchandise and donated to Equality Now!

2009 WonderCon Equality Now Donation Total

The California Browncoats are proud to announce the donation total to Equality Now from our fundraiser at WonderCon this year.  Thanks to all the donations and support from fans and attendees we are sending $2,986.73 to Equality Now.  This breaks down to $2,613.46 from donations and $373.27 from sales of specific items (Firefly keychain, WonderCon shirt and SF CSTS poster).  We gave away 51 exclusive USB drives (free with a minimum $30 donation) and a ton of prizes in our free spin the wheel game.

Thank you for making WonderCon 2009 a success!

Year of Equality Now

In 2005, a dedicated group of fans came together to promote Joss Whedon’s upcoming movie Serenity, their reward for years of faith that Firefly could live on. Empowered by the return of the ‘verse, the fans knew they could do more, and chose to also raise money for Equality Now, an organization working to end violence against girls and women around the world.

Their hard work carried on through the years, spurred on by charitable work, inspiring others to follow their lead. This included the formation of the California Browncoats, Inc (CABC). We keep working to direct the power of our fandom toward raising awareness and money for charities. Thanks to the generous support of the Browncoat community, we’ve been able to raise over $100,000 for charities like Equality Now, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, Kids Need to Read, and Waterkeeper Alliance.

To celebrate the upcoming 5-year anniversary of Serenity and Browncoat fan tables at California pop culture conventions, CABC would like to take a moment today to announce their plans to make 2010 the Year of Equality Now.

Each fund-raising event CABC hosts in 2010 will support Equality Now and its vital mission. We look forward to a year filled with the energy, determination and positive effect on our world that is a significant part of being a Browncoat. No power in the ‘verse can stop us.

“We need equality. Kinda now.” – Joss Whedon

Nathan Fillion Photos from Comic-Con 2009

During the CABC meeting room, Nathan Fillion showed up as a surprise guest. After answering questions, he took the time to pose with fans for some group photos.  If you were in one of the photos and want a copy, here is what you do.

Go to this Flickr set of the photographer The One True b!X. Find the photo you are in and click on the “All Sizes” button. Then click on the “Original” link. And finally, click on “Download the Original Size” to save the photo to your computer.

If you have any questions, please send us an email.

A huge Thank You to b!X for taking and posting these photos for everyone to enjoy. And also to Nathan Fillion for visiting us, both in the meeting room and at our booth.

CABC Exclusive – Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Be the coolest kid in the park when you bring out this 26oz Stainless Steel Water bottle. The design first appeared on exclusive Browncoat t-shirts back in 2006, and has been revamped for the cool blue of the water bottle.

A minimum $15 donation to Waterkeeper Alliance is all it will take to get your green hands on this brand new product! Original design by Browncoat fan-favorite artist, Adam Levermore.

The ONLY place you can get this item is from the CABC table (A7/A8) at San Diego Comic-Con. We have produced only 250 bottles and we know they’ll go fast, so don’t dawdle or you’ll find yourself high and dry once we’re sold out!

CABC Exclusive – Jayne Hat on a Stick

Hot Dogs. Zombie Heads. Jayne Hats. What doesn’t go better on a stick?!

The California Browncoats are proud to offer another exclusive item at Comic-Con 2009, We’ve created a faithful cardstock replica of the hat Ma knit for Jayne. And put it…on a stick! And we’re calling it – Jayne Hat on a Stick. We’re simple folk like that.

Here’s where the deal gets sweet. This ain’t no 7% and sharing a bunk nonsense. This exclusive is FREE!  Yes, you heard us right: FREE!  Our course, we will ask you to dig deep and give a credit or two for Waterkeeper Alliance. But we won’t break out Vera if you just want to get the JHoaS.  So pick one up from our tables (A7/A8) at any of the random times throughout the convention when we put them out.   Afraid you’ll miss out?  Don’t fret, we’ll be announcing when they are up for grabs on Twitter.

Pick one up from our table and join the crowd!

CABC Exclusive – Dr. Horrible Goggle Mask

The California Browncoats are proud to announce another Comic-Con 2009 Exclusive Item.  To assist you in your evil plans, we have Dr. Horrible Goggle Masks.  These glossy cardstock masks feature the artwork of fan-favorite artist Adam Levermore and are officially approved by Team Horrible (Mutant Enemy).  No self-respecting Evil League of Evil applicant will want to leave Comic-Con without one.

But wait, what is our evil plan to get these to you?  Simple really. They’re FREE! All you have to do is pick one up from our tables (A7/A8) at any of the random times throughout the convention when we put them out.   Afraid you’ll miss out?  Not to worry, we’ll be announcing when the goggles are up for grabs on Twitter! We will of course ask for a small donation to Waterkeeper Alliance if you’re feeling charitable. A donation is not required though, as these are FREE!

There’s going to be one more chance for you to get your gloves on this awesome exclusive. Every attendee of our screening of Dr.  Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog will be given a Goggle Mask.  That’s right, 1000 fans who show up to sing their hearts out will walk out with more than just the feeling of a job well done.

CABC Exclusive – Official Serenity T-Shirt

The California Browncoats are proud to offer for the first time anywhere an all new officially licensed Serenity T-Shirt.  This shirt features the Chinese characters for Serenity on the front and a small image of the ship Serenity on the back.  It will only be available at Comic-Con 2009 from the California Browncoats. Check out the rest of our Comic-Con plans for more exclusives  and events.

To make this shirt even more special, we are donating 100% of the proceeds of sales to Waterkeeper Alliance!

It is available in Men’s (S – 4XL) and Women’s Junior (S-2XL) styles for $25.00 each.

Can’t Stop the Serenity 2009 Screenings

2009 Can’t Stop the Serenity Tickets are now on sale!

The California Browncoats are proud to bring you the SoCal and San Diego Browncoats Can’t Stop the Serenity screenings to benefit Equality Now!

Click on the buttons below to purchase your tickets to any (all!) of the screenings. All tickets will be on sale until 3 days before the screening.  Each ticket is $15 and 100% of the proceeds after expenses will be donated to Equality Now.

2009 CSTS Los Angeles
Sunday June 14th at 10:00 AM at Laemmle’s Sunset 5

Tickets will be available the day of the screening in the lobby.


2009 CSTS Orange County

Saturday June 20th at 9 PM at Starplex’s Woodbridge Movies 5

Tickets are still available. Pick them up at our table in the lobby on the night of the screening.


2009 CSTS San Diego

Sunday June 21st at 5 PM at Ultrastar’s Mission Marketplace in Oceanside

Tickets are still available. Pick them up at our table in the lobby on the night of the screening.


2009 CSTS Riverside

Tuesday June 23rd at 7 PM at Ultrastar’s University Village 10

Tickets are still available. Pick them up at our table in the lobby on the night of the screening.

If you would like to donate to Equality Now but can not make a screening this year, please use the button below. In the notes you can put which city you would like to be credited for your donation.

For event specific updates, please check the SoCal Browncoats site. They are the volunteers who will be working at the events.  You can also get updates on the CABC twitter page.

CABC will return to Creation’s Firefly & Serenity Salute

The California Browncoats will once again have a table at Creation Entertainment’s Salute to Firefly and Serenity.  We will have information about the charities we support, past fundraisers and future events.

We will also have a limited number of copies of the Serenity Better Days #1 exclusive variant cover available.  They will be $10.00 each and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Kids Need to Read.

We look forward to see all the Browncoats attending this special event.

The Jayne Hat Auction is Live!

The California Browncoats are proud to once again be working with Adam Baldwin to raise money for the Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation.  The iconic knitted Jayne Hat from Mr. Baldwin’s own collection is now on eBay.

The Jayne Hat Auction Page

Exclusive Serenity Comic Heading to DragonCon

We are pleased to announce that our Exclusive Serenity Better Days #1 Variant Cover is going to be available at DragonCon in Atlanta this weekend.  You can get them from the Southeastern Browncoats in the Imperial Ballroom.  They will cost $10 each, same as they were at Comic-Con.  100% of the proceeds will be donated by SEBC to Kids Need to Read.

Please be aware that they will be in very limited supply.  Only 300 copies will be available all weekend.  Gets yours before they run out!

CABC would like to thank Betnoir and Tabz for delivering the comics, and SEBC for making them available at their table.

You can also pick up one of the Jayne Hat Auction postcards while there.

Comic-Con 2008 KNTR Fundraiser Total

The California Browncoats are pleased to announce the total amount raised for Kids Need to Read at our Comic-Con 2008 fundraiser.  Thanks to the exclusive comic sales, donations, sponsors and eBay sales, we will be donating:

$10,565.43

This donation will go to KNTR for them to use in their mission of providing books to libraries and other institutions in need. It was a pleasure working with PJ Haarsma, KNTR and all their volunteers.

We did not sell out of the exclusive Serenity Better Days #1, so you will be able to pick up a copy at future conventions.  We will continue to donate 100% of the proceeds to KNTR.

eBay Auctions and Prize Winners – Shipping News

This is just a quick update for all those who won the Serenity exclusive comic on eBay or a prize at Comic-Con.  Your comic(s) or prize will be shipping this week.

If you have any questions regarding either, please send an email.

Comic-Con 2008: Thank You Prize Drawing Rules

In a change from previous years, the California Browncoats will be giving only one ticket per person in our Thank You Prize Drawing at Comic-Con 2008. As usual our Thank You drawing will have a plethora of incredible prizes you can win. Stop on by our booth and pick up your free entry during the convention.

For a list of the prizes and winners, visit our Prize Page.

Thank You Prize Drawing Rules

  1. One entry per person. No purchase necessary.
  2. Your badge will be punched when you pick up your entry. If you do not want your badge punched, you will not receive an entry.
  3. Entries will be available at tables A7/A8 beginning at 6 PM July 23rd, 2008 until 12 PM (noon) on Sunday July 27th, 2008. Entries will only be available during convention/dealer room hours.
  4. You do not need to be present to win.
  5. The Prize Drawing winners will be announced at 3:00 PM on Sunday July 27th at tables A7/A8.
  6. Winners will be posted at tables A7/A8 before the convention ends. Winners will also be posted on this site after the convention ends.
  7. Entries must be legible and contain valid contact information, or they will be considered void.
  8. If you can not be contacted or do not contact us (California Browncoats) within 10 days of the prize drawing, your winnings will be forfeit. All prizes not claimed by August 6th will be used in a future fundraiser.

The deadline for claiming prizes has been extend to August 10th.

Comic-Con 2008: Prizes!

The California Browncoats are offering the following prizes in our Thank You Prize Drawing. Many of these items were donated by generous companies and individuals. Please visit our Comic-Con 2008 sponsor page for a list of donors. See our Prize Drawing Rules page for details on how to enter.

Prize Drawing Winners and Ticket Numbers

  1. Lorelei T. – Claimed
  2. Lindsay A. – Claimed
  3. John H. – Claimed
  4. Gail L. – Claimed
  5. Bill S. – 7134613
  6. Thizbee – Contacted
  7. Hunter A. – Contacted
  8. Frank D. – Contacted
  9. Alex Z. – Claimed
  10. Jean B. – 5135748
  11. Rob C. – Contacted
  12. Roberto M. – Claimed
  13. Whitney D. – Contacted
  14. Richard S. – 7134855
  15. Rogue S. -Claimed
  16. Jan H. – 5135911
  17. Patrick M. – Contacted
  18. Robyn C. – 7134517
  19. Rosie L. – Claimed
  20. Angela G. – Contacted

If you are one of the winning ticket holders and have not yet contacted us, please send us an email before August 10th.

Comic Con 2008 Prize Lots

1.
Serenity RPG game master’s screen – donated by Margaret Weis Productions
Serenity logo mousepad – donated by JenskiJen
Pandora’s Closet book signed and donated by Nancy & Belle Holder
Tahmoh Penikett autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Chuck t-shirt – donated by Tabin Mann
Battlestar Galactica RPG Quickstart Guide – donated by Margaret Weis Productions
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Giles action figure – donated by Metro Entertainment

2.
California Browncoats postcard (2006) signed by Greg Edmonson – donated by California Browncoats
Hercules: the twelve labors signed by Brian Miller – donated by Kids Need to Read
George Takei autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Battlestar Galactica t-shirt – donated by Creation Entertainment
Two natural stone necklaces

3.
2005 tri-fold Serenity promo signed by Nathan Fillion & Alan Tudyk – donated by JenskiJen/California Browncoats
Furry Fantastic book signed and donated by Nancy & Belle Holder
Justin Hartley (Smallville) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Battlestar Galactica “Frak” trucker cap – donated by Creation Entertainment

4.
Done the Impossible t-shirt – donated by Done the Impossible
Serenity soap – donated by Andrea Pavlik
“Jayne hat” keychain
Athena Force Disclosure novel signed and donated by Nancy Holder
James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Lost baseball cap – donated by Creation Entertainment
Lost t-shirt – donated by Creation Entertainment
Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic, season 8 no.1 – donated by ? at Comic-Con (email if it was you)

5.
Firefly Companion volume 1 signed by Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk – donated by Titan Books
Isis & Osiris: to the Ends of the Earth signed by Brian Miller – donated by Kids Need to Read
Vanguard: Summon the Thunder book – donated by the authors Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
Don S. Davis autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment

6.
Firefly Companion volume 2 signed by Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk & Joss Whedon – donated by Joss Whedon
Guan Yu: Blood Brothers to the End signed by Brian Miller – donated by Kids Need to Read
Walter Koenig (Star Trek) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
One pair of gold cross earrings

7.
Saffron print – donated by the artist Lindsay Archer
Wall of Angels 2007 Convention Special signed by Anthony Garcia – donated by Kids Need to Read
Andy Hallett (Angel) autographed photo – donated by Metro Entertainment
Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment

8.
Dark Horse 100 special edition Serenity: Better Days #1 comic – donated by Christina G.
Living ‘til the End mini movie poster signed by Sean Maher
Andy Hallett (Angel) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment

9.
Serenity novelization signed by Keith R.A. DeCandido – donated by Jericho Rangers fan campaign
Inkworks Serenity trading card SP-1 – donated by California Browncoats/Universal
Gina Torres (Angel) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Nana Visitor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment

10.
Finding Serenity book – donated by Benbella
Those Left Behind window cling – donated by Dark Horse
Slither promo DVD from WonderCon 2006 signed by Nathan Fillion – donated by California Browncoats
Mark Lutz (Angel) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment

11.
Those Left Behind trade paperback signed by Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk and Brett Matthews – donated by Dark Horse
Lone Ranger #1&2 comic signed by Brett Matthews – donated by Brett Matthews
Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
John de Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment

12.
Serenity Adventures RPG Advance Copy signed by Nathan Fillion & Mark Sheppard – donated by Margaret Weis Productions
Arthur and Lancelot: the Fight for Camelot signed by Brian Miller – donated by Kids Need to Read
Iyari Limon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Robert Picardo and Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment

13.
Serenity soundtrack sampler from Comic-Con 2005 signed by Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk – donated by California Browncoats
Thor & Loki: in the Land of Giants signed by Brian Miller – donated by Kids Need to Read
Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment

14.
Original limited edition 2007 official Serenity blueprints set by QmX – donated by CruiseToMars.Com
Great Big Comics’ Voyages of the She Buccaneer: Tombs of Eden no.1 signed by Bill Hughes, with postcard – donated by Thad G.
Sarah Connor Chronicles autographed cast photo – donated by James Riley
Serenity role playing game book signed by Jamie Chambers – donated by Margaret Weis Productions

15.
Terrify’n space monkey signed by Nathan Fillion, Morena Baccarin and Alan Tudyk – donated by Kids Need to Read
Birds of Prey: Blood and Circuits signed by Brian Miller – donated by Kids Need to Read
Adrian Paul (Highlander) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Original Sheldon comics sketch – donated by Dave Kellett, creator of Sheldon

16.
Michael Fairman (Firefly) autographed photo – donated by California Browncoats
Birds of Prey: Perfect Pitch signed by Brian Miller – donated by Kids Need to Read
Yunjin Kim (Lost) autographed photo – donated by California Browncoats
24 baseball cap – donated by David Fury

17.
“River Triumphant” statue by Diamond Select Toys – donated by Poplollies.com
Bushi Tales no.1&2 signed by David Beaty, Lin Workman and Micah Stewart – donated by Kids Need to Read
Matt Frewer (Max Headroom) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Doctor Who t-shirt – donated by Creation Entertainment
King Kong baseball cap – donated by James Riley

18.
Serenity promo button signed by Joss Whedon – donated by Joss Whedon
Midknight no.1&2 comic signed by Tom Hodges – donated by Kids Need to Read
Lance Henrikson (Millenium) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Drive promo license, Alex Tully, signed by Nathan Fillion – donated by California Browncoats

19.
11th Hour alternate Serenity DVD cover – donated by 11th Hour/Susan Tomb
11th Hour Inara trading card – donated by 11th Hour/Susan Tomb
Son of the Shadows novel signed and donated by Nancy Holder
Aaron Douglas autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Stargate t-shirt – donated by Creation Entertainment
Stargate: Atlantis 2007 calendar – donated by Creation Entertainment
Redhook Long Hammer IPA wooden box – donated by Redhook Ale Brewery

20.
2005 tri-fold Serenity promo – donated by JenskiJen
Serenity promo keychain – donated by California Browncoats
Serenity promo postcard – donated by California Browncoats
Wall of Angeles no.1-4 signed by Anthony Garcia – donated by Kids Need to Read
Stephanie Romanov (Angel) autographed photo – donated by Creation Entertainment
Stargate SG-1 2007 calendar – donated by Creation Entertainment
Farscape t-shirt – donated by Creation Entertainment

We got more prizes throughout Comic-Con weekend as expected. If you donated a prize at Comic-Con and were not credited above please send us an email.

Comic-Con 2008: Special Events and Guests

The California Browncoats will once again have a wide range of events and appearances planned at Comic-Con. Check below for our schedule of events. We will be updating this page as we receive appearance confirmation and information.

Special Guest Appearances

PJ Haarsma – Author of The Softwire series and co-founder of Kids Need to Read. In addition to PJ signing at the booth, he is also going to volunteer! You’ll have a chance to meet him and talk about his books, KNTR and possibly hear some great stories. Signing times for PJ are:

  • Thursday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Friday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Sunday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Felicia Day – Actress, writer, producer, musician and gamer. Felicia will be appearing at our tables to promote her internet series, The Guild and Joss Whedon’s upcoming internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog. She is scheduled to appear throughout the weekend. See the Guild signing times below for Felicia’s schedule.

The Cast of The Guild – At various times the cast of The Guild will be appearing at our booth. Expect to find Vincent Caso (BLADEZZ, the Rogue/Thief), Jeff Lewis (Vork, Guildmaster), Amy Okuda (TINKERBALLA, the Ranger), Sandeep Parikh (ZABOO, the Warlock) and Robin Thorsen (CLARA, the Mage) hanging out with the Browncoats.

Signing times for The Guild cast are:

  • Thursday 3:00 – 4:00 PM: Felicia Day & Jeff Lewis
  • Friday 1:30 – 2:30 PM: Vincent Caso & Jeff Lewis (Sandeep Parikh & Robin Thorsen)
  • Friday 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Sandeep Parikh & Robin Thorsen (Vincent Caso)
  • Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Jeff Lewis & Vicent Caso (Robin Thorsen & Amy Okuda)
  • Saturday 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Felicia Day & Amy Okuda
  • Sunday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Felica Day & Sandeep Parkih (Vincent Caso & Amy Okuda)
  • Sunday – 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Browncoat Meeting Room, Felicia Day will be doing a book reading and talk about The Guild
  • The cast members in the parentheses may be at or around the CABC booth during the specified times. Also, Felicia Day will be visiting the booth throughout Friday, as her schedule permits. (She’ll be busy with Dr. Horrible stuff.)

Adam Levermore-Rich – Artist/co-creator of SaveHiatus.com, the new webcomic for the obsessive fan in all of us. Adam is also well known in the Browncoat/geek fandom for his online store Black Market Beagles and as an artisan for Quantum Mechanix. His signing times at the booth are:

  • Thursday 1:00 – 1:30 PM
  • Saturday 5:00 – 5:30 PM

Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta – Kevin has written or co-written over 90 novels including the new Dune series, The Saga of the Seven Suns, the Star Wars “Jedi Academy” series, and more. Rebecca, his wife and frequent co-author has written a Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel, 3 in the Junior Jedi Knight series, and with Kevin she has co-written Crystal Doors, 14 Young Jedi Knights novels and more. We are very happy to welcome Kevin and Rebecca to the booth as novelists of many books aimed at children and young adults, the audience that Kids Need to Read targets for their mission. Kevin and Rebecca’s signing time at the booth is:

  • Saturday 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Nancy Holder – Nancy is a best-selling author, professor and mom. She has written over80 books, most in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Smallville universes. She also has written the Pretty Freekin Scary series, numerous short stories and articles, and co-written the Wicked series with Debbie Viguie. On top of all that she also teaches creative writing at the University of California at San Diego, including a course devoted to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Nancy will also be doing a reading with her daughter during the Browncoat Meeting room on Sunday.

  • Thursday 12:00 – 1:00 PM
  • Sunday – 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Browncoat Meeting Room 24A

Shawna Trpcic - A fan favorite costumer designer for having worked on such shows as Angel, Point Pleasant, K-Ville and Firefly. She is also the designer on Joss Whedon’s just released Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and the upcoming Dollhouse. Designed famous items such as Illyria’s costume and Mal’s Browncoat.

  • Friday 10:30 – 11:30 AM (tentative)

Jaime Chambers and Lindsay Archer – Jaime (writer) and Lindsay (artist) both worked on the Serenity Role Playing Game. They have also worked on a lot of other projects for Margaret Weis Productions, including Supernatural, Dragonlance and Battlestar Galactica RPGs. Stop by and get your RPG signed, and maybe hear some news about upcoming releases in the Serenity ‘verse.

Meeting Room

We will once again have a meeting room on Sunday afternoon from 12:00 – 2:00 PM in Room 24A (same as always). Items on the schedule of events include announcements about upcoming California Browncoat events and charity auctions. Expect news on new products from companies like Dark Horse Comics and Quantum Mechanix. PJ Haarsma will be on hand to give us the scoop on Kids Need to Read, the charity he co-founded. He will also be one of the authors (and Felicia Day!) who will do live book readings. Currently scheduled to do a reading is PJ, Felicia, Nancy Holder and her daughter Belle, Kevin Anderson and Rebecca Moesta and more! Felicia will also let us know what’s going on with The Guild. There will be news from the Ariel Ambulance, the 76th Battalion, Browncoat Ball, Creation’s Firefly/Serenity Salute and more! All this and your final chance to hang out with the Browncoats before any last minute shopping and the end of the convention.

Freebies!

We don’t want you to walk away from our tables empty handed (besides all the swag you purchase). That means we’ve got another free item you can pick up when you stop by and visit. This item will be in limited supply and given out at random times every day. But really, is it a bad thing stopping by multiple times during the convention?

“Jayne Hat” Flash Mob

Walk down the street and show everyone you’re not afraid of anything. Stop by the booth and ask a staff member for top secret information on how to join the Jayne Hat Flash Mob. All you will need is a few spare minutes, a Jayne Hat, and the fearlessness to wear such a cunning hat. Details will only be released on a need to know basis. Don’t worry if you miss one or don’t have a Jayne Hat yet, we’ll be mobbing daily and have some hats available for sale at the booth.

After Hours Browncoat Meet-up

We know it’s crazy and hectic every day at Comic-Con, and that you just want to rest and hang out with friends at night. We’ve researched the surrounding area and found a perfect spot for meeting up with other Browncoats. On Thursday, Friday ,and Saturday night, you’ll be able to find Browncoats relaxing and looking to meet others with the same love of the ‘verse in a pre-arranged spot. We’ll be meeting at the Marriott next door to the convention, at the seating area in front of DW’s Irish Pub. After you enter the Marriott, turn left toward the South Tower. Pass the gift shop, Hertz and Starbucks. DW’s will be on your left. Look for the tables with “Browncoat Friendly” signs and have fun!

You’ll also be able to pick up a handy little invite with these directions at our tables.

This meeting spot is also a perfect chance for locals not going to Comic-Con to meet the Browncoats invading their town.

Stay Tuned to this page for more announcements!

Comic-Con 2008: Charity

The California Browncoats are proud to support The Kids Need to Read Foundation with our fundraiser at Comic-Con this year. In addition to taking donations for KNTR, we will be selling a Limited Edition of Serenity: Better Days #1 with an exclusive cover only available from CABC at Comic-Con.

The Kids Need to Read Foundation is a non-profit organization established in August 2007 by The Softwire series author PJ Haarsma and actor Nathan Fillion. Their mission statement is to purchase and provide books to libraries, schools, and other institutions in need. They also act to foster a love of reading in all children, encourage reading among reluctant readers, and look for new ideas to encourage childhood literacy. KNTR accomplishes their mission by hosting eBay auctions, selling literacy-themed and “Kindness is a Strength” items, and various other fundraising activities. They then use those funds to buy books from an official book list that includes a variety of well-reviewed books for children and teens.

For more information on Kids Need to Read, visit their site, community, Myspace, or Facebook.

PJ Haarsma & Nathan Fillion - Kids Need to Read Kids Need to Read

“When I first traveled across North America to promote The Softwire, my initial excitement quickly turned to dismay when I witnessed the lack of book funds available to schools and libraries. Children would follow me into the parking lot after my presentation begging for a book they couldn’t afford while teachers and librarians scrambled to find funds for even a single copy. I came across many a teacher who took the money out of his/her own pocket just so the kids could have the book in their library. It was this disturbing trend that prompted me to establish the Kids Need to Read project as a way to fight back. It is our dream to fill library shelves with great books so that no child lacks for amazing stories to inspire their imaginations.” – PJ Haarsma, Author

“Growing up, my parents managed to show me the importance of reading without cramming it down my throat. A difficult task, I’m sure. It breaks my heart to think that there are kids out there, ready to have their imaginations lit on fire, excited and wanting to read, and facing naked shelves in their school or local libraries. Rather than complain or wait till the system stops failing our nation’s children, this is a matter I feel we must take into our own hands. There are children, right now, waiting— wanting to read. What shall we tell them? I support Kids Need To Read because it fosters a desire to learn, the process of self-improvement, and the chance for children’s minds to grow. What will you do?” – Nathan Fillion, Actor

Comic-Con 2008: Sponsors

THANK YOU!
The California Browncoats would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the Exclusive Limited Edition of Serenity: Better Days #1.

www.margaretweis.com
www.creationent.com
www.poplollies.com
www.powersandpowers.com
www.pointbridge.com
www.savehiatus.com
www.donetheimpossible.com
www.qmxonline.com

The California Browncoats would also like to thank the following for donating items to our Thank You Prize Drawing.


www.sheldoncomics.com/


www.cruisetomars.com

CABC Silent Auction on the Browncoat Cruise raises $1,750 for Wooten Center

The California Browncoats are proud to announce that the silent auction we ran during the Browncoat Cruise raised $1,750 for The Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center. 200 Browncoats from around the world travelled the seas and donated to a worthy cause. The total amount raised was not only received from the silent auction winnings, but from other attendees who donated during the cruise, and in the following weeks.

Ron Glass was a special guest on the cruise and he saw first hand just how generous and giving Browncoats can be. We would like to thank everyone who bid in the auction, the winning bidders, all those who donated, and the companies who donated prizes.

A complete list of auction items, winning bidders and amounts can be found on our Browncoat Cruise page (coming soon).

CABC Fundraiser at WonderCon 2008 Nets $2,300 for Equality Now

In a tradition started at the first Browncoat fan table at Comic-Con, the California Browncoats raised money for Equality Now at WonderCon 2008 in San Francisco. Equality Now is the favorite charity of Firefly/Serenity creator Joss Whedon, and CABC is honored to add our support. With the combined money received during WonderCon from donations and special sales items, we are proud to send $2,300 to Equality Now.

We would like to thank all fans who donated, played Browncoat Bingo, and bought the special keychains and shirts. We also owe thanks to all the companies who provided prizes for our Thank You Prize Drawing. A complete list of prizes can be found on our WonderCon page.

CABC Sponsors SoCal Browncoats 2008 Can’t Stop the Serenity Screenings

The California Browncoats are proud to announce our sponsorship of the SoCal Browncoats Can’t Stop the Serenity screenings. This global fundrasier is in it’s third year and all proceeds support Equality Now. The SoCal Browncoats will be holding 3 screenings the weekend of June 20th. There will be 1 screening each in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. For more information on the screenings, please use the links below.

www.socalbrowncoats.com – Screening info, ticket and merchandise purchasing

www.equalitynow.org – The charity benefiting from the screenings

www.cantstoptheserenity.com – The global site for information and screenings worldwide

Calling all Browncoats!

The remaining committee positions for Comic-Con 2008 have been filled. Still want to help?

We are in need of  volunteers Wednesday, July 23rd through Sunday, July 27th, for setup, manning the booth, and teardown. We’ll work with you so that you don’t miss any exciting events at the Con, so if you’d like to help the California Browncoats create a warm inviting presence, send Dwight an email at: volunteer@californiabrowncoats.org

The Comic-Con 2008 Committee is Complete

We have filled all the positions on the 2008 California Browncoat Comic-Con Fan Table Committee. We are already hard at work to bring you another year of the best fan tables around, otherwise known as “The Ethel Merman of booths”. Stay tuned for updates, how you can help, exclusives, celebrity appearances, the charity fund-raiser, prizes, give-aways and more!

Here are the members of the 2008 Committee:

Chairperson – James (SoCal)
Charity – Lynn (SoCal)
Sales – Nikolai (San Diego)
Fan Outreach – Rebecca (SoCal)
Publications – Whitney (San Francisco)
Promotions – Ido (San Francisco)
Volunteers – Dwight (San Diego)
Booth Design – Nikolai and Lynn
Lackeys – Arielle and Kim (San Francisco)

Thank you to all of you for stepping up and getting more involved!

As always, we look to you in the Browncoat fandom to help us put together the fan tables at Comic-Con and WonderCon. If you are interested in being on a committee, make sure to check out how on our Volunteer page.

Jayne Shirt Auctions Delayed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the final two Jayne shirt auctions will be delayed 2 weeks.  The Blue Sun shirt will now start on April 30th, and the second Troublemaker shirt will start on May 14th.

EXTRA! EXTRA! Own Jayne’s Cunning Hat: Auction for MCLEF

Can’t get enough of Jayne and his stuff?  Here’s another chance for you to own a piece of Firefly history.  Adam Baldwin is auctioning off THE Jayne Hat to benefit the Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation.

Jayne Hat

Fans of Firefly will recognize this hat as the one Jayne Cobb received from his Ma in the episode “The Message.”

The auction for THE Jayne Hat will start on September 24, 2008 and will run until October 4SOLD!!!!  The hat sold for an amazing $4,707.57!

Keep an eye out on the CABC eBay page for more auctions like this.

The MCLEF uses donated funds to provide assistance “to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed on duty or died under extraordinary circumstances while serving our country at home or abroad. These funds enable us to provide these children with scholarships for their higher education.”

WonderCon 2009 Charity – Equality Now

WonderCon 2009 is February 27th – March 1st. The California Browncoats will be at tables F6 & F7.

We will be raising money for Equality Now, and you can donate in a few different ways.

  1. Straight Donation – If you give us money for Equality Now, 100% of it will get to them.
  2. WonderCon 2006 T-Shirt – Purchase this CABC exclusive shirt and all proceeds will be donated to Equality Now
  3. Firefly Kanji Keychain – Purchase this 2007 CABC exclusive and all proceeds will be donated to Equality Now

Limited Edition Exclusive 4gb USB Flash Drive!!


Side 1 – Keep Flyin’             Side 2 – “Firefly” in Chinese

This exclusive flash drive is our gift to you when you donate $30 or more to Equality Now.  It  is limited to 75 pieces.  Included on the drive is a donation receipt and information about Equality Now and California Browncoats, Inc.

Please stop by the booth for more information and to donate.

Summer Glau appearing at WonderCon – Feb 24, 2008

Summer Glau (River Tam) will be appearing at WonderCon with other members of the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles cast and crew.  Fans of the Terminator franchise are already being exposed to the Browncoats.  Check out ArnoldFans.com and see for yourself.  We can continue to bring more fans into the Browncoats by letting all the Terminator fans know where Summer got her start.

Battlestar Galactica Script Nets $1,160.26 for St. Jude

The Crossroads: Part II script donated by Mark Sheppard went for $1,200.00 on eBay.  After eBay and Paypal fees. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital received $1,160.26. Thank you to Mark, all those who signed the script, all those who bid, and especially to the winning bidder.

CABC Auction Mark Sheppard’s BSG script for St. Jude

Mark Sheppard has generously donated a Battlestar Galactica script from the episode Crossroads: Part II for us to auction and raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The auction will be on eBay and run from October 31st until November 10th.

Visit the CABC eBay Page or check out the script auction now!

The script is signed by 14 members of the BSG cast and crew: Mark Sheppard, Jamie Bamber, Nicki Clyne, Aaron Douglas, David Eick, Michael Hogan, Alessandro Juliani, Edward James Olmos, Grace Park, Mary McDonnell, Tahmoh Penikett, Katee Sackhoff, Rekha Sharma and Michael Trucco. Mark personally got all the signatures on the script.

Keep an eye on the eBay page, those Adam Baldwin Firefly/Serenity shirt auctions are next!

CABC At Serenity Salute

The California Browncoats are going to have a booth at the upcoming Serenity Salute Convention on October 27-28th. For more information check out Creation Entertainment. We will have a table to promote our group and charity work, as well as a panel to discuss our history and future projects. We will also be involved in the trivia contests. Check out the Creation site for more details on the convention and to buy tickets.

Online Fundraiser Nets $425 for St. Jude

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Our online prize drawing raised $425 for St. Jude, which we will be adding to the money raised at Comic-Con! We couldn’t be more thrilled with the support you all have shown this great cause!

And of course… the winners! Each has been contacted via their paypal email.
Our winners are:
Grand Prize: Sharon J.
Runners-up: Dawn A. and Theresa B.
 
Congratulations! And don’t forget to check back here for the announcement of our very first E-Bay auction… it’s un-frakkin’-believable :)

CABC Get Exclusive Early Release of QMx Blue Sun Travel Posters

Wow. Those are extremely cool. Masterfully designed.
But it’s ‘Londinium’.
But they’re really great!”
-joss
on Whedonesque

New! The California Browncoats are very excited to team up with QMx to bring you your VERY FIRST opportunity to buy their newly created, just announced, Serenity Travel Posters! Click image for to swoon over more detail.

And if you stop by on Thursday, artist Adam Levermore-Rich will be at the table signing these gorgeous posters!
Be the first in your ranks to get your hands on these limited edition items!

Saturday Night Browncoat Party

Saturday night the California Browncoats want you to join us to party! Following the Once More With Feeling sing-a-long, continue the party as the California Browncoats party down San Diego style! This is a great chance for locals who aren’t coming to the convention to come out and meet the Browncoats who have traveled here from all over the world. Watch this space for details about where and when the party will happen.

UPDATE!
Party location set for Manchester Grand Hyatt at 11:30pm.  Turn left when you exit the Convention Center, the Hyatt is the second hotel down the road.

Friday Night “Dinner With 9 Browncoats”

Dinner with nine strangers! We’ve got a really fun event planned which will be a great way for Browncoats to get to meet new people and eat at least one full meal while at the Con! Friday evening we are making dinner reservations at various local restaurants for 10 people at a time. Come by the California Browncoats booth, A7/A8, before the dealer room closes on Friday to sign up for a seat at one of the tables. When you arrive at the restaurant you’ll meet with nine other Browncoats and enjoy fine food and great Browncoat company!
 
Tip: Please try and bring cash to make paying the bill easier because we won’t be able to split the check 10 ways.

Meeting Room at Comic-Con

Fans new and old are welcome to join the California Browncoats in our meeting room, Sunday July 29th, from 2:30 to 4:30 in room 24A. Here we will announce our prize drawing winners! Tickets for the drawing are available at our table A7 and A8.

After the winners are announced, stay to hear from some of the movers and shakers in the ‘Verse as they tell you about upcoming events and products you’ll really love. Be there for a special announcement about another joint campaign between the California Browncoats and Adam Baldwin. And last but not least, come to hang out with all the great Browncoats at the Con! Please note, you must have a Comic-Con badge to attend the meeting.

Celebrity Signings at Comic-Con

JUST ADDED! Adam Levermore-Rich, artist for Black Market Beagle designs, creator of the Little Damn Heroes, as well as many more fan favorite products, will be signing at the table on Thursday from 3:30-4:30pm. Check out the Serenity Travel Posters just released!!

Tim Minear, Executive Producer for Firefly, as well as fan favorites Wonderfalls, The Inside and most recently Drive. Tim will be signing at the Browncoat table for the very first time! Bring your box set of any of his shows or pick up a copy of the Firefly Visual Companion at our table. Tim will be signing on Saturday from 12:30-1:30pm.

Susan Tomb, talented fan artist known as 11th Hour will be signing at the Browncoat table. Susan was the creative force behind the guerrilla marketing posters of Firefly and Serenity, the artist for the Serenity Role Playing Game, as well as many other beautifully designed pieces, like the blue Comic-Con Exclusive Mug the California Browncoats have created to benefit St Jude Children’s Research Hospital! Susan will be signing on Saturday from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Keith R.A. DeCandido, author of the novelization of the movie Serenity and many other novels including works in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Trek series will be signing at our booth. The Browncoat booth will have copies of Finding Serenity available for purchase, an anthology in which Keith has an article. If you’d like to purchase copies of the Serenity novelization or other books by Keith to have him autograph please see our friends at the Mysterious Galaxy booth, #1123. Keith will be signing Friday from 4pm to 5pm.

Nancy Holder, author of Buffy and Angel novels such as Blood and Fog and Not Forgotten, will join us at our table again this year! Don’t forget to also check out the new series she promoted at our table last year, book two, Daughter of the Flames, is already out. Nancy will grace us with her presence on Friday from 2:30pm – 3:30pm.

Brett Matthews, author or Those Left Behind and the Firefly episode Heart of Gold, as well as other comics like The Lone Ranger, will be doing his first signing at our table this year! If you don’t already have a copy of the first Serenity trade paperback, don’t worry you can purchase one at our booth. Brett will be signing on Friday from 12pm – 1pm.

California Browncoats at San Diego Comic-Con 2007

We’re back! The “Ethel Merman of booths” returns to share the love and genius that is the ‘Verse, in true Browncoat fashion.
 
This is the only place you can pre-order one of our limited edition Comic-Con exclusive item mugs! Order now and guarantee yourself a low number, and pick it up at the con. Also, find out how you can enter the online-only prize drawing to win an amazing prize pack filled with shiny prizes! Get the details here.

At tables A7 and A8 in the dealers room, we’ll have your favorite merch, all the latest info and happenings, celebrity signings, and of course our spectacular prize drawing once again! To add to that we’ll be having our very own Comic-Con meetup, and just a few surprises still in store for you.

Second Annual Can’t Stop The Serenity Screenings

 ”Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women.” -Joss Whedon

What is Can’t Stop The Serenity?

Can’t Stop The Serenity (CSTS) is a chance for Joss Whedon fans to give him the best birthday present ever, both by celebrating a great movie and raising money for his favorite charity, Equality Now.

Joss has very strong opinions on the rights and status of women in this ‘verse. Equality Now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.  We all love Firefly’s strong female characters and the Serenity movie, so Browncoats are bringing all these aspects together in a night of community fundraising and silver-screen entertainment.  Check the CSTS site for screenings in your area.

Who We Are – CABC

California Browncoats is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the Firefly and Serenity fandom, cast and crew through charitable work. We can be found doing good works at conventions throughout California. Since our inception in June 2007 we have raised over $100,000 for various charities. Some of the charities we’ve raised funds for include Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF), Waterkeeper Alliance and The Al Wooten Center. This site has information on how you can get involved, support our organization and find out more about Firefly and Serenity and its fandom.

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Current Events

The California Browncoats are gearing up once more to bring you an exciting year of screenings, convention booths and fundraisers.

Castle Charity Convention
This convention is a one day charity event to be held on Saturday November 12, 2011, in Los Angeles, California to support a variety of charities.  CABC is teaming up with CastleTV.net to bring you this shiny event to do good works.  For more information, check out: http://castleconvention.com


Follow us on Twitter: The California Browncoats will be live tweeting from our events and screenings. It’s the best way to know about surprise guests, special announcements and maybe something a little more… Follow CABC to stay up to date so you don’t miss a thing!