It’s Time for 2017!

Greetings Browncoats!

We’re gearing up for another great year of cons, plus some other fun stuff, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the booths at WonderCon and San Diego Comic Con. We had a good time exhibiting in 2016, and through the generous support of Browncoats everywhere we donated $15,078.71 to our supported charities.

Ronald Earle “Ron” Glass (July 10, 1945 – November 25, 2016)

Ron Glass

 

 

Ron Glass passed away in November at the age of 71. In honor of Ron’s life, we’ll be raising money in 2017 for his charity of choice, The Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center. Ron served on their board of directors from 1992 until his death in 2016, 24 years of service to an outstanding organization. You can read more about Ron’s involvement with Al Wooten at www.wootencenter.org/ronglass

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Conventions

We’ll be exhibiting at WonderCon Anaheim Comic-Con March 31 – April 02 and Comic-Con International: San Diego July 19 – July 23.

For WonderCon, we’ll be at Booth 1089 in Hall B. We don’t have our booth assignment for SDCC yet, but we anticipate being in the same location as past years (A7/A8).

We’ll be soliciting for volunteers a few weeks before each convention.

Can’t Stop the Serenity

Do you want to run a CSTS event in your city this year? We’d love to help out. We can help with theater deposits, money to buy merchandise, ticket sales, prize donations, and possibly onsite help (depending on where the event is).

The event would be yours to run, we only ask that we get reimbursed for expenses after the event and that ALL proceeds go to Equality Now. If the event ends up being a net loss, we’ll eat the expenses.

Head over to the Can’t Stop the Serenity site, and if it sounds like something you want to do, contact us at info@californiabrowncoats.org.

Amazon Smile

Do you shop at Amazon? Do you like donating money to charity? When you shop at smile.amazon.com and enter California Browncoats Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price.

 

California Browncoats Organization Changes
Our Board of Directors passed a new set of bylaws for the corporation. One significant change is that the corporation now has members. In the past, the corporation consisted of only Directors. We felt a change was appropriate to allow for new and greater participation in the corporation.
The new bylaws provide for five people, elected by the membership, to serve on the Board of Directors. The Board will then designate corporate officers to run the day to day operations.
While we transition to an organization that has members, membership in the corporation will be by invitation only; our first round of invitations will go out in the next month or so. We’ll share more as we work through this new change.

 

2016-2017 Board of Directors
During our meeting in December 2016 the following people were elected to serve on the Board of Directors
  • Dwight Bragdon
  • Tabin Mann
  • Rebecca Safier
  • Lorelei Tutt
  • Shawn Tutt

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That’s all for now. Hope to see you around the ‘verse. Until then…

Keep Flying!

San Diego Comic-Con 2016

California Browncoats will be at booth A-07/A-08, which is in the back of Hall A.

We want you!

For those attending SDCC 2016 and wanting to help out at the booth, the volunteer form is now available here. From setting up to tearing down, and everything in between, exhibiting at SDCC requires a lot of people and we can’t get it accomplished without volunteers. If you’ll be at SDCC please consider donating a few hours of your time to help us raise funds for worthwhile charities. WE’LL HAVE SNACKS!

  • Shifts are one hour each, with the exception of the first and last shifts of the day, which are 1.5 hours.
  • No experience necessary. We’ll show you where all the merchandise is, show you how to work the charity games, and, most importantly, show you where the snacks are.
  • We have two “sides” to the booth, sales and charity. Sales folk obtain merchandise for customers, answer questions, and exchange the merchandise for cashy money (or credit cards, we take those too). Charity side solicits donations and runs the prize drawing.
  • If we get a celebrity signer, you may be asked to manage the line. But only if you’re comfortable with that sort of thing.
  • Volunteers get discounts on booth merchandise.

We need to have everyone’s submissions in by 6PM PST on Wednesday July 13th, 2016.

2016 California Browncoats SDCC Volunteer Form

 

Child’s Play

CABC will be raising money for Child’s Play during SDCC2016. Child’s Play seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals and domestic violence shelters through the generosity and kindness of the video game industry and the power of play.
We’ll be running our prize drawing and will do two drawings per day, Thursday – Sunday. Then, we’ll throw all of the tickets back in the bucket and draw one grand prize winner. So each ticket gives you three chances to win. Lots of great stuff, including autographed books, messenger bags, pint glasses, buttons, and other stuff.

Chance Bags

We’re going to try something new this year and sell tee shirt grab bags. We’ll put a shirt in a bag along with a prize. You tell us what size shirt you want and whether you want men’s or women’s cut. We’ve got a bunch of stuff to give away, including the hard to find Spectrum Comic from Free Comic Book Day. We’ve got six of them, and they’re signed by Alan Tudyk, P.J. Haarsma, and Shannon Denton. Chance bags will sell for $15.00, including tax.

Dr. Horrible Screening

Thursday, 7/21/16, 8:30p.m. – 10:00p.m., Room: 6BCF

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. A grand prize will be awarded to one well-prepared individual for “Best in Show.” Do not bounce!

Browncoats Meeting room

Sunday, 7/24/16, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Calling all Big Damn Heroes!  Come join fellow Firefly fans as the California Browncoats  share news of the ‘verse, artist Zac Pensol gives an insider’s view into designing Firefly board games, Shadows on the Wind Creator/Producer Jocelyn Fisher and Producer Ryan Adams shares news on their upcoming film, and whatever other fruity oaty goodness can be squeezed in.  The red button’s been pressed, calling you to find us!

Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cabrowncoats for announcements before and during the convention.

Keep Flying!

WonderCon 2016 – Volunteer Information and Charity Fundraiser

California Browncoats will be at booth 2362.

We want you!

 
For those attending WonderCon 2016 and wanting to help out at the booth, the volunteer form is now available here. From setting up to tearing down, and everything in between, exhibiting at WonderCon requires a lot of people and we can’t get it down without volunteers. If you’ll be at WonderCon please consider donating a few hours of your time to help us raise funds for worthwhile charities. WE’LL HAVE SNACKS!

  • The first shift of each day is a two hour shift. One of our board members will get you into the convention on a setup badge, you’ll help do the daily setup, and then work the first hour that the floor is open. We’ll coordinate a meeting place for those selected to work that first shift.
  • The last shift of the day is normally only 30 minutes, as they kick anyone without an exhibitor badge out at closing time.
  • No experience necessary. We’ll show you where all the merchandise is, teach you how to work the register, show you how to work the charity games, and, most importantly, show you where the snacks are.
  • We have two “sides” to the booth, sales and charity. Sales folk obtain merchandise for customers, answer questions, and exchange the merchandise for cashy money (or credit cards, we take those too). Charity side solicits donations and runs any charity games that we’ll be playing, like the chopstick pull or photo scavenger hunt.
  • If we get a celebrity signer, you may be asked to manage the line. But only if you’re comfortable with that sort of thing.
  • Volunteers get discounts on booth merchandise.

We need to have everyone’s submissions in by 11PM PST on March 18th, 2016.

Volunteer at the CABC booth for WonderCon 2016 and help us do good works!

2016 California Browncoats WonderCon Volunteer Form

 

CABC 2016 WonderCon Fundraiser

 

As we do at all conventions, CABC will be raising funds for a charity during WonderCon 2016. This year, we’re going to run a concurrent online campaign. Since our incorporation in 2007, CABC has raised over $204,000 for various charities. 100% of the funds raised via this online campaign will be donated to a charity chosen by the board directors and suggested by a cast or crew member of Firefly or Serenity. California Browncoats, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 corporation; your donation may be tax deductible.

 

Please consider helping CABC to do good works by clicking on the button below.



 

Thanks and keep flying!

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!

 

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.

Comic-Con 2008 Committee Forming Now

As WonderCon weekend approaches, we are also gearing up for Comic-Con 2008. The Chairperson for 2008 is James Riley. He has been working to put together the committee and is looking to fill a few more positions. As of February 19th the following positions need to be filled:

  • Charity Coordinator
  • Fan Outreach
  • Promotions

If you have any questions or are interested in a position, and meet the requirements as shown on the Volunteer page, please send an email to James.

The Browncoat Booth Needs YOU!

You can help the California Browncoats create a warm, inviting and exciting presence at Comic-Con 2007 by adding your spirit and enthusiasm!

We need volunteers Wed, July 25 through Sun, July 29th, for setup, manning the booth, and teardown.  We will do our best to ensure you won’t be sacrificing attending a panel or signing when you volunteer.

To volunteer, please start by emailing Patsy at: volunteer@californiabrowncoats.org. You’ll get all the details you need!
 
Thanks!