SDCC2012

Assuming control of tables A7/A8 in the San Diego Convention Center, The California Browncoats hit the ground running for another great con and the ten year anniversary of our favorite show. Continuing what we started at WonderCon 2012, we once again focused our support on The Trevor Project, the charity chosen by Sean Maher and Jane Espenson. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, and we were honored to raise $8,000 for this worthwhile cause!

After spending a few months preparing (including a pretty solid weekend right before the con), the Browncoats hit the convention floor in force bright and early on Wednesday morning to build our outpost. It takes a lot of time and effort to build our booth, and it’s always amazing to watch the progress from two tables and an empty backdrop into the finished product. Thanks to all the volunteers who came and helped out, we couldn’t get it done without you.

Preview night was a resounding success and set the tone for the remainder of the con. Based on the traffic during preview night, we figured we were going to have a busy convention and the attendees did not disappoint.

On Thursday, we hosted signings by Adam Levermore, Jamie Chambers, and Team Unicorn reported for our first signings of the convention. Lots of folks stopped by to visit and everyone had a lot of fun chatting with them.

We hosted some after hours fun on Thursday with our screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. Before the screening, we held a costume contest judged by Shawna Trpcic, the costume designer from the show. You can see some video of the event at http://youtu.be/4tnyxz8HEys

Although not an official signer this year, Mark Sheppard stopped by the booth for a few minutes and then sent people to the booth to make donations throughout the rest of the convention. Thanks Mark!

On Saturday, Tim Minear, Shawna Trpcic, and Jane Espenson all stopped by the booth to meet fans and sign stuff. We had a lot of fun listening to stories about Firefly and projects that they are all working on now.

Later on Saturday, our good friend Marian Call stopped by the booth to meet fans, sell CDs, and sign stuff. She then turned around and donated 100% of her CD sales at the booth to charity! How cool is that?

On Sunday, NY Times best selling writer Mira Grant (AKA Seanan McGuire) signed and gave away tons of books. If you haven’t checked out San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, you really should.

In all, CABC raised and donated the following amounts to these super charities:

The Trevor Project – $8,000.00
Equality Now – $2,500
St. Jude’s – $500.00
Kids Need to Read – $500.00

Next up: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, September 15th-16th, Los Angeles Convention Center. If you’re planning on attending and are interested in helping us out, drop a line to volunteer@californiabrowncoats.org and let us know. We can use help setting up, tearing down, and running the booth for both days of the convention.

Hope to see many of you again at SDCC 2013!

Keep Flying!