It’s hard to believe Jeff and I will be appearing at Dragon Con in less than a week!
In case you haven’t heard (or read our blog entry from July 24), we’ll be participating in a panel called “Fan Support: How Our Faves Survive” on Friday, September 4 at 2:30pm in the Chastain Ballroom (F-G) at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel as part of this year’s Dragon Con. The panel, which is part of Dragon Con’s “Whedon Track,” will be hosted by Anna Puerta, and will also feature Michael Dougherty and Heather Fagan of the Firefly fan film Browncoats: Redemption.
Usually, it’d be easy to tell you what you could expect from one of our panels at a con, but this time it’s not our panel. We’re just guests who represent one aspect of a much larger ‘verse that’s filled with fans of Joss Whedon’s work, all of whom have their own unique ways of celebrating their favorite Whedon stories and characters and making sure they not only don’t fade away, but in some cases that they move forward and even evolve.
We are very pleased to announce that Take Back the Sky will be a part of Dragon Con 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia this September!
We’ll be taking part in a panel entitled “Fan Support: How Our Faves Survive” on Friday, September 4 at 2:30pm in the Chastain Ballroom (F-G) at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. The panel, which will be moderated by Anna Puerta, will focus on the varied and unique ways in which fans have worked to keep the Whedonverse in general, and the Firefly ‘verse in particular, alive and well. Take Back the Sky’s founders will be joined on the panel by Michael Dougherty, writer and director of the 2010 Firefly fan film Browncoats: Redemption, and Heather Fagan, who played the role of Captain Laura Matthews in the film.
Jeff and Chris will talk about what inspired them to create Take Back the Sky, their campaign to sway Elon Musk and SpaceX to name their first manned Dragon v2 spaceship after Serenity, and their plans for taking the campaign to the next level now that SpaceX has unveiled the ship itself and NASA has named the astronauts who will be its crew. Michael and Heather will talk about their experiences during the making of Browncoats: Redemption. Chris and Michael will also discuss their experiences as organizers of Can’t Stop the Serenity events. There will be some time for questions from the audience, and there may even be a surprise or two. (It is Dragon Con, after all.)
We’re honored to be a part of this year’s Dragon Con, its Whedonverse Track and this exciting panel. If you’re attending Dragon Con on September 4, we hope you’ll join us as we talk about some of the ways in which Browncoats are still doing the impossible. We truly enjoy meeting and speaking with all of you in person at various cons all over, and we’re excited to now have the opportunity to meet more of you than ever before.
Of course, you can count on us to bring you updates as Dragon Con approaches. In the meantime, visit the Dragon Con Whedonverse website and Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for more information.
If you’ve visited the Take Back the Sky table at a convention in the past two years, you’ve no doubt seen the Independents flags we always have flying as part of our display. Those flags are the work of the fine folk at Firefly Cargo Bay, on online store that was one of the very first to offer Firefly- and Serenity-themed merchandise back when there weren’t really any officially licensed sundries to be found. Even in today’s market, which has been flooded with all manner of products aimed at Browncoats as of late, Firefly Cargo Bay still manages to offer a variety of unique Firefly and Serenity merchandise, often with a slightly humorous take on the ‘verse.
The shop, which proudly proclaims itself to be “by a Browncoat, for Browncoats,” is the creation of Karen Paddison, who manages the store from her home in Ontario, Canada– when she’s not on the road selling Firefly Cargo Bay merchandise at conventions all over the US. Karen recently answered a few questions for us about herself, her feelings about the Firefly ‘verse, and the labor of love called Firefly Cargo Bay that’s still in the air more than a decade after she offered that first homemade Firefly item… Continue Reading