In February of last year, Titan Books announced it would be publishing three new Firefly novels that would be set in the canon of Joss Whedon’s original television series, with Whedon himself serving as the consulting editor. The first of those books, Firefly: Big Damn Hero, was released in November of 2018, just in time for the holiday shopping season. The book was written by James Lovegrove, best known for his Age of Odin series and several Sherlock Holmes books, using an original story concept by Nancy Holder, who is well known to fans of Joss Whedon for her many original Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel tie-in novels. (When the books were first announced, Holder had originally been announced as the book’s author, but apparently somewhere along the line Lovegrove was assigned the task of writing the novel using Holder’s original concept.)
With two more Firefly novels scheduled to be released by Titan in 2019, you may be wondering if this first volume will pass muster with Browncoats throughout the ‘verse. Well, if you conjure you might like a fairly straightforward review of the first novel that avoids any spoilers that might damage your calm, this Browncoat is more than happy to oblige, so read on.
Howdy. Chris here. This post is going to be a little off the beaten path from what we usually do here at Take Back the Sky, but as an educator, I wanted to share something that affected me very deeply, both personally and professionally. I hope you don’t mind.
It has been a little over a year since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed the lives of 26 of the school’s students and teachers. Like many people, I was deeply affected by the event, more so than by any other like it before or since. I think this was not only because of the young age of many of the victims, but also because teachers gave their lives in an effort to protect their students.
It’s unfortunate that so much controversy arose in the wake of the Newtown shooting. All the debate about gun control vs. Americans’ right to keep and bear arms and the media’s coverage of incidents like this (and those who perpetrate them) vs. Americans’ right to free speech can sometimes cause us to lose sight of the real human tragedy. Like most Americans, I have very strong feelings about those issues, but it is not my intention to discuss them here. Instead, I want to talk about a project I undertook to pay tribute to those students and teachers who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary, a project I dubbed “The 26 for 26 Project.”
I know it’s been almost two months now since this year’s Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, and I honestly didn’t expect to be writing about it still. (I can already hear those late-summer cicadas buzzing in the trees outside as I write this. I guess I should be thankful I didn’t have a deadline!) Though they may be later than I’d like, I nonetheless want to share some final thoughts with you about one last aspect of the con before I move on to other, more current topics. Continue Reading
Prior to Wizard World Philadelphia my experience working a table at a large public gathering was mainly restricted to fundraising. I’d worked carnival-style games at community day events while raising money for the high school fencing team I used to coach, and of course I’d helped run a game at Pittsburgh’s Can’t Stop the Serenity event for the past two years. Manning the table at Wizard World Philly was really very much the same, except the object was to convince people to put pen to paper instead of handing over their cash. (They would still have plenty of other opportunities to do that at the con. I swear when I got home from Philadelphia my ATM card was still hot to the touch! Not that I’m complaining. I came home with a lot of very shiny original artwork.)
Jeff mentioned in a previous post that you shouldn’t feel like you’re “stuck behind the table” when working at a con, and that it’s actually a way to enhance your convention experience. I could not agree more. Continue Reading