We are happy to announce that Take Back the Sky will be at the PA Browncoats table (booth #409) on the floor at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con this coming weekend, June 1-4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Our fellow Browncoats Tequila Matt Black and Bob Averell and their crew will be at the con with a petition you can sign asking SpaceX to name the first of their manned Dragon space capsules Serenity. They’ll also have templates for form letters to SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk and President Gwynne Shotwell as well as special “Leaf on the Wind” sheets that you can mail to them, all to let them know you think naming SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon Serenity is a right shiny idea!
The PA Browncoats won’t just be there to promote Take Back the Sky though. They’ll also be spreading the word about this year’s Browncoat Ball, which will be held in Gettysburg, PA in August, as well as Pennsylvania’s Can’t Stop the Serenity charity events in Philadelphia (June 3 and June 24) and Pittsburgh (July 30). So don’t be shy about approaching them and asking about Take Back the Sky, especially if they’re busy talking up the other Browncoats events at the time. If you do, they’ll be happy to help you do your part to make sure we see a real US spaceship named Serenity. After all, Take Back the Sky originated with the PA Browncoats, and like most Browncoats, they are very shiny folk who are always willing to lend a helping hand.
So if you’re going to Wizard World Philly this weekend, don’t forget to stop by the PA Browncoats table to sign our petition and pick up a form letter and a “Leaf on the Wind” sheet. And while you’re at it, be sure to tell Bob and Tequila Matt we send our regards and thank them and their crew for boosting our signal.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of a worldwide shindig that originally started as a way to ensure that Joss Whedon’s epic science-fiction film Serenity could be seen on the big screen every year, but quickly grew into much, much more.
Ten years after a strong, successful start in almost 50 cities across the world, Can’t Stop the Serenity has grown into a worldwide movement that sponsors and oversees annual charity screenings of the “Big Damn Movie” that was inspired by Firefly, as well as other films like Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. These screenings take place in cities all over the world between April and October each year, along with a number of affiliated shindigs that pay tribute to Whedon and his work (with an emphasis on Firefly and Serenity). Along with some of the larger science-fiction and comics conventions and the Browncoat Ball, they’ve become an annual high point in the life of Browncoats everywhere.
Over the years, Browncoats who’ve attended CSTS screenings and affiliate events have raised money for a variety of charities, with the lion’s share of the funds going to Equality Now, an organization that advocates for the rights of women around the world and is the charity of choice of Joss Whedon.
On February 2, Can’t Stop the Serenity officially announced that as of 2014, the organization has raised $1,000,000 for Equality Now and the numerous other charitable causes that are supported by the Browncoats around the world who have organized CSTS events. The money has come in the form of Pounds, Euros and Dollars (American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand), and has been contributed by Browncoats in cities both large and small.
Take Back the Sky salutes the many Browncoats around the globe who have contributed their time, creativity and efforts to help Can’t Stop the Serenity achieve this impressive milestone. Once again, the Browncoats have proven that there is not a more caring fandom in all of science-fiction, and that there is certainly no mightier fan base on the planet if your goal is to do the impossible!
Congratulations, Can’t Stop the Serenity, on ten years of successfully doing good works. Keep flyin’.