Browncoats were once again mighty at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014. With your help, the direct donations totaled $1,681 for Kids Need to Read! They get that no matter what, plus, once our end-of-year accounting and con proceeds are figured, we’ll be able to send them a shiny check.
We started setup on Tuesday this year, and the extra day was really nice. In the past, we’ve had to watch the clock on Wed and were sometimes still finishing last minute preparation as preview night kicked off; this year we got done in plenty of time and were ready for what the con had to throw at us.
Wednesday preview night kicked off with brisk sales and lots of folks stopping by to enter our charity prize drawing. We had some really cool prizes this year; congrats to all the winners!
On Thursday, we had some Browncoat-friendly visitors at our booth. Nancy Holder signed some books for fans, and Jenna Busch came by to chat about Legion of Leia and some of her other projects. Then, in the evening, we held our annual screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog with the semi-famous costume contest. Thanks to everyone who attended, entered the costume contest, and congrats to the winners. One thing brought to our attention was pictures (or a lack thereof). Next year we’ll designate an official photographer and do a better job of capturing the moment.
On Saturday, Michele Boyd joined us at the booth to promote her new show, Geek Cred, and she was joined by cast members Damion Poitier and Miley Yamamoto. Later, Dylan Hay-Chapman, graphic designer for Firefly and creator of some of the iconic logos from the show, and Timothy Earls, designer of our shiny ship Serenity, came by the booth to talk to fans and sign stuff.
On Sunday, our friend Seanan McGuire (AKA Mira Grant) stopped by the booth to chat with fans about her work, including the amazing San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats.
Also on Sunday, Marian Call made a short appearance at the booth and then led everyone outside for a short performance.
Lastly, we held our annual Browncoat Meeting Room and the demand far outstripped the supply of seats. Our apologies to those that did not get into the room; we’ve provided feedback to the Comic-Con staff and hopefully they’ll put us in a bigger room next year. Because of a technical glitch (as in, we forgot to bring pens), we skipped trivia bingo and just asked random trivia questions to random people. It was all very random. Graphic designer Dylan Hay-Chapman, designer of the Blue Sun logo among other things, was on hand to talk about behind the scenes stuff and answer questions about our beloved show. QMx was there and brought exciting news about the new Firefly Online game. See more about the game at https://keepflying.com/.
Once again, thanks to everyone who stopped by to to buy stuff, enter our prize drawing, or just say hello. We couldn’t do what we do without our fellow Browncoats. And a special thanks to all the folks who make the time to come to our booth to do signings, we really appreciate the support!
And another special thanks to all of the amazing volunteers that worked shifts at the booth, helped with setup and tear down, worked the Dr. H screening, or any of the other things we ask our volunteers to do. If you want to help out at a future event, please visit our Get Involved page for information.
Until next year,