Comic-Con 2009: 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.


Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog –  The California Browncoats host a screening of the original three acts, followed immediately by Commentary! The Musical. 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 23, 8pm – 10pm. Room 6A

California Browncoats Meeting Room – As always, we will have a meeting room on Sunday afternoon from 12:00 – 2:00 PM in Room 24A. 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. Hear from Shawna Trpcic, a fan favorite costumer designer who is currently working on Dollhouse and has worked on Angel, Point Pleasant, K-Ville, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Firefly. Sunday, July 26, 12pm – 2pm. Room 24A.

“Jayne Hat” Flash Mob – One of our exciting freebies this year is a Jayne Hat on a Stick – join us for our flash mob! Walk down through the halls and show everyone you’re not afraid of anything. Meet up with your fellow Browncoats Saturday at 11:10 outside Ballroom 20 (near the exit to the Sails Pavilion). All you will need is a few spare minutes, a Jayne Hat or Jayne Hat on a Stick, and the fearlessness to wear such a cunning hat.

Special Guest Appearances

Nancy Holder Nancy is a best-selling author, professor and mom. She has written over 80 books, including many in the fan favorite universes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Smallville. 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 be signing at our table along with her daughter Belle. Thursday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Belle Holder – Belle is the daughter of best-selling author Nancy Holder and is already a published author twice-over. Her two charming tales about a time-traveling mouse named Lightning Merriemouse Jones were co-written with her mom. She’s been a guest speaker at her mom’s class on short story writing at UCSD and is often found helping her mom work out plot points. Belle is already on her way to becoming a best-selling novelist just like her mom. Stop by the Browncoat booth for their signing and chat with this up-and-coming new writer. Thursday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

PJ Haarsma – PJ is the author of The Softwire series and co-founder of Kids Need to Read. Kids Need to Read (KNTR) was co-founded by PJ with his good friend Nathan Fillion in order to foster the love of reading in children and provide books to libraries, schools and other institutions in need. The third book in PJ’s exciting sci fi series for children, “The Softwire: Wormhole Pirates on Orbis 3“, came out this April. Come by the booth and get your copy signed! Stop by to meet him, talk about his books and find out all about KNTR. Thursday 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Jamie Chambers – Jamie is a writer and game designer who has worked on many fan favorite RPG books. He was a writer for the Serenity Role Playing Game and has worked on many other projects for Margaret Weis Productions, including Supernatural, Dragonlance and Battlestar Galactica RPGs. He’s not only a creator but a fellow player too so stop by and get your RPG signed, chat gaming strategy and maybe hear some news about upcoming releases in the Serenity ‘verse. Friday 4:30-5:30 PM

Camden Toy – Camden is best known in the Whedon-verse for playing four different villains in shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. But Camden is more than just a great villain, an actor, writer and film editor he’s written and developed five different solo pieces that he has performed across the country. He has acted in well over one hundred independent films and edited many feature films. Come by the Browncoat booth and meet the lead Gentleman from “Hush“, Gnarl, The Ubervamp and The Prince of Lies all at once! Saturday 12:00-1:00 PM

Jim Krueger – Jim Krueger was named as one of the top ten writers in comics and an innovator in the field by Wizard Magazine. His original comics include The Foot Soldiers and The Clock Maker. He has also written for Earth X, Avengers, X-Men, Star Wars, and Batman, among others. He wrote Serenity: The Other Half for MySpace Dark Horse Presents (MDHP Issue 13) and will be the writer of the upcoming Shepherd Book comic “Shepherd’s Tale” for Dark Horse. Saturday 2:00-3:00 PM


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. You can also see two of our freebies here and here.

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.