Sunday, June 2 was the final day of Wizard World Philadelphia and the shortest day of the con. We had already been working at the Take Back the Sky table for three days, and our crew had seen pretty much everything the event had to offer. The Firefly panel and my photo op with Summer Glau had already taken place the previous day. Truthfully, my expectations for Sunday were somewhat low. We’d collect a few more signatures for our online petition and letters to Elon Musk asking him and SpaceX to name the next US spacecraft Serenity, say goodbye to our new friends from the PA and NY Browncoats, pack up the vehicle, and head home. That is, of course, exactly what happened, but along the way Sunday would become the most memorable day of the con for me.
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
We came back not long ago from our first boots-on-the-ground event, which was a great success. It was so successful, in fact, that we’re happy to announce that we’re now moving to “Phase II.” You see, “Phase I” of our efforts was building up our audience, garnering what publicity we could, and getting the numbers we needed to get started. While we’ll continue to do that (and hope that you’ll help us in that regard), the time has now come for the next stage on the way to Serenity’s launch day: The transition from a couple of fans and Browncoats having fun online to a loosely-bound “network” of “cells” of Browncoats staging their own tabling events all over the world to collect letters. Continue Reading
While we were at Wizard World Philadelphia, we were lucky enough to run into our friends from across the pond at the Sending a Wave podcast. We had loads of fun passing the time together in line for the Firefly cast panel, and she also recorded a live follow-up interview with us to update everyone on the progress that we’ve made since we last spoke. Some of it won’t be news to you, but you’ll find that we teased at our biggest announcement yet!
Tune in to their podcast, then stay tuned with us for more information in the next few days!
I’m going to meet Summer Glau at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con in a little over a week. If I had a bucket list, I’m pretty sure that would be on it, and I’m very appreciative of the fact that she’s taking time out of her busy schedule and private life to visit our great state and meet with us PA Browncoats. (In fact, she was the first of the Firefly cast members to sign on for Wizard World Philly.)
Ever since the age of twelve, I have been a huge fan of the Canadian rock trio Rush, who were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month. The band’s drummer, Neil Peart, whom I admire not only for his unparalleled skill as a percussionist but also for his talent as a writer of both song lyrics and prose, is somewhat famous (or perhaps notorious) for his desire to separate his private life from his rock and roll persona. He has written at great length about this topic in his many books, describing several awkward and sometimes even frightening encounters with fans whose zeal exceeded their consideration for his privacy and personal space. If you haven’t read his books, you should. They are compelling reading and his prose is every bit as entertaining as his complex and imaginative lyrics. I will warn you, though, that his anecdotes will make you stop and reconsider what it means to be a fan. Continue Reading