Sunday, July 1, 2007

Wrap Up and Thank-yous

If you were there, you know what kind of fun we had. And if you weren't, well why not?

I want to send out some thank-yous, because an event like this does not happen in a vacuum.

*First and foremost, a big thanks to Devin Pike, the coordinator for the world-wide event. Despite also planning his wedding and getting married just before the event dates, Devin was able to ride herd on Browncoats all over the globe, and help us produce a truly united effort. Thanks, Devin!

*Thanks to all of our global sponsors, whose names you can see to the left. Their generous support is the reason that so many of the Browncoats at our screening were able to walk away with some awesome swag. They came through for us on a massive scale (one might almost call it global) and their generosity deserves my thanks.

*A big thank-you to my local sponsor Happy Harbor Comics, and specifically Jay Bardyla, one of the owners. His help and support leading up to and on the day of the event was tremendous, and much of its success is due to his efforts. Despite having a continuously full plate, Jay and everyone at HH work hard to support local geekery, and manage to stay friendly and positive doing it.

*Metro Cinema, and specifically Marsh, deserve a huge thank-you. Not only did they provide their venue to us at an insanely generous rate, but Marsh made the whole process completely painless. Add to that their willingness to host us again next year (yes, there will be a next year, circle your calendars now), and I can't say enough good things about Metro. Thanks, Marsh!

*Thank-you so much to all of my hard-working volunteers, without whom this would never have been possible. You guys are the best crew a captain could want, and I'll fly with you anywhere.

*A big thanks to all of you Browncoats as well, for coming out and supporting this fund-raiser with your presence and your dollars. Both are appreciated, and because of your support we were able to raise $1000 for Equality Now this year. You should all be proud!

*And finally, a big thank-you to Josh Whedon and all the Big Damn Heroes, for giving us a reason to do this. You made something great, and you continue to be generous in your support of something we have come to love. I know we might get a bit...worrisome at times, but we do it because we believe in the things the series and the characters stood for. So thanks for giving us something to believe in.

That's it for this year. Keep this page bookmarked, and check back in the coming months for details about Can't Stop the Serenity 2008. I promise you, third time is definitely the charm!

Keep flyin'!
Captain Brent

Saturday, June 2, 2007

If the movie and the cause weren't enough for you...

Heya, Folks! In case you needed a bit more incentive to attend, here are some shots of one of the door prizes: the dress worn by Morena Baccarin's stunt double in the movie. Thank you again to Prop Store of London for the fabulous donation, and to my friend Morgan for modeling for me.

Friday, April 20, 2007

"Time for some thrillin' heroics!"

You've waited all year, hoping it would come again. Well, you got what you asked for, Browncoats!

The Edmonton Browncoats present:

The Can't Stop the Serenity Screening
in support of Equality Now

Saturday, June 23 at 4pm
at the
Metro Cinema
(Zeidler Hall, Main Floor of the Citadel Theatre Complex, 9828 101A Ave.)

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

That's right, Browncoats! Its that time of year again, time to show our support for the BDH, Joss Whedon, and especially the fine, hard-working folks at Equality Now.

A few points of interest...

Tickets: Online sales are over; the only way to get an advance ticket now is to head over to Happy Harbor Comics, the downtown location. They'll have tickets on sale right up to 1pm, at the $10 price. After that...well, you can't say I didn't warn you, right?

CSTS T-shirts: Pre-sales are over for the Can't Stop the Serenity t-shirts. If you didn't get a chance to order yours, that is a shame; these are beautiful shirts, as you can see here. But never say Captain Brent doesn't look out for you! We have ordered a small number of extras, which will go on sale at Happy Harbor just as soon as they reach this fair city of ours. When, you ask? Well...

Update: The t-shirts are here! If you pre-ordered, and want yours prior to the screening, email me and we can try to set a time. If you didn't pre-order and you want one, bring $20 to the screening and it shall be yours. But get there early; I didn't bring in many extras, so if you want the right size...

Door Prizes: I know, I know. You guys would all come just to watch the movie again and help out Equality Now. You're not interested in winning prizes, too...what? Oh, you are. Ah, well, it's a good thing I have some then, or this would be awkward.

This year all of the CSTS screenings have received awesome prize support from our global sponsors; please check out their links on the left. As well, I've lined up some pretty cool swag from local sponsors, like Happy Harbor Comics. What sort of stuff are we talking about? How about:

Universal Home Entertainment
* a voucher to receive a copy of 'Serenity: Special Edition' (redeemable when the DVD is released in late Summer 2007)

Dark Horse Comics
* a copy of Serenity: Those Left Behind

BenBella Books
* a copy of Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly, autographed by Jane Espenson
* a voucher to receive a copy of Serenity Found (redeemable when the book is released in September 2007)

Things From Another World
*a copy of Buffy Season 8 #1 Variant

Black Market Beagles
* One of either a "Miranda" poster or "Serenity Crew" poster

Quantum Mechanix (QMx)
* a "Fan Club Edition" Serenity Alliance Money Pack

Done The Impossible (DTI)
* a "Done the Impossible" DVDs

Bedlam Bards
*a signed cd

Dragon Weave
* a "Serenity" kanji pendant

Happy Harbor
*a Serenity Zippo Lighter
* three copies of Serenity: Those Left Behind #1 (Captain Mal covers)
*two subscriptions to the new Serenity comic

Prop Store of London
*the dress worn by Inara's Stunt Double during the Companion Enclave scenes in Serenity, complete with shoes and jewelry. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

*two (2) Firefly boxed sets, signed by Morena Baccarin (Inara) and Christina Hendricks (Yosaffbridge)
*Juggling Goslings
*Browncoat Vinyl Bracelets

Pure Speculation
*five (5) Double Guest Passes to Pure Speculation III: The Search for Spec, October 13 and 14.

Browncoat Fun-in-the-Sun Package
*a loud Hawaiin-style shirt
*a Vinyl Browncoat Bracelet
*a CSTS 2007 T-shirt (XL)
*a bottle of sunscreen
*Juggling Goslings, for fun on the beach
*entry into an inter-city draw for two tickets on the Browncoat Cruise!

After Screening Shindig: Join us after the screening at Lingnan (10546 104 street) for some excellent Chinese knosh and good conversation with your fellow Browncoats. I've booked a table for twenty, but I'm sure we can find room for more if we need to.

And hey! Lets stay shiny out there!

Captain Brent
Edmonton CSTS Organizer