Comic-Con International 2013
July 17-21 2013
San Diego, CA 90405
March 29-31 2013
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA 90405
CABC exhibited at WonderCon Anaheim again this year. Thanks to all the folks who stopped by and helped raise money for charity.
California Browncoats Present: Shiny Happy Holidays
December 8th 2012
Santa Monica High School Humanities Center
Santa Monica, CA
The California Browncoats hosted their first ever concert on December 8th, 2012. Featuring the music of Vixy & Tony, Hello! The Future, Eben Brooks, and Logan Heftel, the show took place at the Santa Monica High School Humanities Center. While lightly attended, those that came out did have a great time and we raised $400.00 for Kids Need to Read.
November 17-18 2012
Los Angeles, CA
Teaming up with CastleTV.net one again, Castle Con 2012 was held at the Marriott LAX on November 17th and 18th. This year, Castle Con was a two day event, and the fans were not disappointed. Cast and Crew from the show were there, including Penny Johnson Gerald (Victoria “Iron” Gates), Tamala Jones (Lanie Parish), and Armin Shimerman (Benjamin Donnelly from the Final Frontier episode). The well attended event raised over $27,000 for various charities.
Long Beach Horror & Comic Con
November 3-4 2012
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA
CABC hosted a booth at LBCC and raised the following amounts for charity:
The Trevor Project: $500.00
Equality Now: $60.00
Kids Need to Read: $100.00
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth.
CSTS Orange County, Irvine, CA, September 29 2012
This year’s only SOCAL CSTS event, CSTS OC was held on September 29th in Irvine, CA and was a resounding success. Attended by about 140 people, including some folks who actually came to the theater to see something else and changed their minds, the event set a new record for CSTS-OC attendance. Between ticket sales, merchandise sales, and a killer auction, the event raised over $2500.00 for Equality Now!
We also set a new record for “the most people singing Hero of Canton” at the same time. 129 people lent their voices. You can see the video at http://youtu.be/IupIBSaVh0U & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0ZOB56GIbA (The first one is the head count, the second one is the actual singing). (Thanks to James and Beth Riley of Regal Photography for recording the occasion.)
Thanks to everyone who came out to watch Serenity and Dr. Horrible and help raise money for Equality Now, and to everyone who helped spread the word!
And more thank you’s:
Thanks so much to local donors to the auction: Alakazam Comics (Irvine, CA) and Carbine Studios, creators of the new MMORPG Wildstar. And thanks to Starplex Cinemas Woodbridge Movies 5 for being so welcoming and accommodating.
Thanks also to CSTS Global sponsors for providing items used for prizes and auction:
Bedlam Bards, The Browncoats, Dark Horse Comics, Done The Impossible, DragonWeave Jewelry, J. L. Hilton, Smart Pop Books, ThinkGeek, Utah Browncoats, The Verse: The Firefly/Serenity Costuming Club.
COMIKAZE 2012, Los Angeles, CA, September 15-16 2012
The California Browncoats attended the second annual Comikaze Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We continued to focus our attention on The Trevor Project, chosen by Sean Maher and Jane Espenson, and raised over $1000.00 for this worthwhile charity.
After doing some last minute preps and loading up the van on Friday, we hit the road at crazy o’clock (actually, about 4:30 AM) to head up to LA and get the show on the road. A super nice security guard let us unload the truck and stage our stuff at the booth a little early, and we commenced the craziness that is convention booth setup. With a few “modifications” to the existing table set up, we got the booth put together in time for the opening bell.
This con, we decided to hold a trivia contest at the table to test people’s knowledge of our favorite show and movie. We used The Big Damn Firefly & Serenity Trivia Book by Kristin M. Barton. Lots of tough questions in there, but we brought enough prizes so that everyone who played went home with something. Thanks to everyone who pitted their wits against the book and helped us raise some cashy money for The Trevor Project.
Our first signer of the convention was author Nancy Holder. Nancy brought some of her books with her, gave them away to fans that stopped by, and spent some time chatting. And at some point, she gave Buffy a mustache.
And although not signing this year, our Friend Adam Levermore, designer of the awesome Browncoat Challenge Coin, stopped by and chatted for a bit.
We also had quite a few people dressed up as their favorite Firefly/Serenity/Dr. Horrible characters. It’s always great to see that the fandom continues, even after 10 years.
Thanks again to everyone who stopped by the booth, made a purchase, made a donation, played the trivia game, or just said hello. We’ll end this article with…Unicorns holding a unicorn wearing a Jayne Hat (Sorry we missed you, Michelle.)
Comic-Con, San Diego, CA, 11-15 July 2012
Thanks to all the Browncoats who stopped by the booth at SDCC and made a purchase, entered our prize drawing, or just made a straight donation, the organization raised $11,500 for charity.
The Trevor Project - $8,000.00
Kids Need to Read-$500.00
Wondercon, Anaheim, CA, 16-18 March 2012
WonderCon moved to Anaheim due to some construction issues at its regular location the Moscone Center in San Francisco. But when did a change of plans like that ever stop the Browncoats? So CABC packed up our wares and headed to Anaheim to show them how it’s done.
Our featured charity this year was The Trevor Project, the charity Sean Maher personally chose. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. We were honored to host Dr. Tam himself, Sean Maher, when he stopped by the booth for a few hours on Saturday to help us raise money. Overall, CABC raised $2,500.00 for The Trevor Project. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and made a donation and/or purchase.
Another one of our favorite people, Jane Espenson, also stopped by the booth for a signing on Saturday and brought “Husbands” fellow executive producer and cast member Brad Bell along. Everyone enjoyed meeting them, talking about Firefly, the other shows that Jane has worked on, and getting to know a little more about “Husbands”
Castle Convention, Los Angeles, CA 12 NOV 2011
CABC teamed up with CastleTV.net to provide some “boots on the ground” help to the Castle Con in Los Angeles, CA. Seamus Dever (Detective Kevin Ryan), Jon Huertas (Detective Javier Esposito), Andrew Marlowe (Creator, Executive Producer, Writer), & Terri Miller (Producer, Writer) were in attendance, helping the con raise over $15,000 for worthy charities. CABC helped with ticket sales and event logistics.
For more information on the event, please visit http://castleconvention.com/
COMIKAZE, Los Angeles, CA 5-6 NOV 2011
CABC ran a booth at the inaugural COMIKAZE convention in Los Angeles in November and had a great time. This was a low key con, not a lot of big media or Hollywood influence, We sold some merchandise, took in some donations, played a few twitter games, and a great time was had by all. We’re already making plans to attend the 2012 event in September. For more information , visit http://comikazeexpo.com/
ComicCon International, San Diego, CA 20-24 JUL 2011
Maintaining our hold on tables A7/A8 in the corner, CABC once again landed in San Diego for our premier annual event. CABC teamed up with Browncoats Redemption to support Equality Now, The Dyslexia Foundation, The Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, Kids Need to Read, & Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation. Our exclusive Shiny pint glass was a huge hit, we ran though our allotted numbers very early each day.
In a Comic Con first, our Dr Horrible screening was shut down temporarily for excessive bouncing during the Bad Horse Chorus. Turns out that 2,000 people all bouncing in time do some interesting things to the structural integrity of a building. After a brief discussion with the Fire Marshall and a quick announcement to the crowd, the show was allowed to go on. Future shows will be just like wonderflonium: DO NOT BOUNCE.
As always, thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth.
WonderCon, San Francisco, CA 1-3 APR 2011
We ran a single table for the 2011 Wonder Con convention this year. Quarters were a little tight, but we still managed to sell merch, take donations, and play the every popular chopstick pull game for charity. We’ll be taking a break from San Francisco as the 2012 convention will be held in Anaheim; we’re all hoping this is a temporary thing, we’re going to miss our Bay Area friends.
ComicCon International, San Diego, CA 2010
Located once again at tables A7/A8, we raised funds for Equality Now with donations and prize drawings and also our exclusive RuMe brand reusable shopping bag. Our special guests were Nancy & Belle Holder, Camden Toy, Marian Call, Jamie Chambers, Shawna Trpcic, Jane Espenson, Jose Molina, Brett Matthews, Ben Edlund, PJ Haarsma, and Nathan Fillion. We also continued our traditions of a Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog screening and a Jayne Hat Flash Mob, plus we hosted a screening for Can’t Stop The Serenity.
ComicCon International, San Diego, CA 2009
Back at tables A7/A8, we raised funds for The Waterkeeper Alliance. This organization has been supported by several Firefly and Serenity cast members, so we decided to make ComicCon 2009 about Keeping Earth That Is From Becoming Earth That Was. We also sold an exclusive reusable water bottle with proceeds benefitting the charity. The Jayne Hat Flash Mob returned with a much better turnout than the first year, and we had a very successful screening of Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog, complete with callbacks that we created for the program. We also had several guests throughout the weekend, including Nathan Fillion and PJ Haarsma making a surprise visit to our meeting room.
ComicCon International, San Diego, CA 2008
At tables A7/A8, we raised funds for Kids Need to Read, the charity co-founded by Nathan Fillion. With the help of several sponsors, we created a Limited Edition of Serenity: Better Days #1 with an exclusive cover, with all proceeds benefitting KNTR. We also staged our first Jayne Hat Flash Mob, and while very few people in cunning hats attended, it did provide brainstorming ideas for future attempts. Plus we helped promote a new webseries as we shared our booth with Felicia Day and the cast of The Guild.