Alberta Browncoats

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This blog is meant to keep folks up-to-date about the Edmonton portion of the Serenity Now/Equality Now charity screening. Later on, it might serve as a message board for other Browncoat events.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Choosing our Charity

Hello, all! Okay, some of you have weighed in, and that is great. It looks like AB Browncoats will be a go!

Right now, I need your help. We need to pick a Provincial charity to support. As I said before, each community should also pick a local charity to support, but we should have a province-wide one that we all get behind.

Here's the deal: I need your opinions, and I need them soon, by tomorrow at the latest. At that time, I will have to make a decision.

The reason for the haste? Well, Jenskijen contacted me, seems she is collecting donations from some of her "contacts" and needs to know what charity we are supporting. Needs to know soon.

So let me hear from you, people!

Captain Brent

Friday, July 28, 2006

Call to Mobilize!

That's right, people! You may have noticed from the name change up top, that we are aiming our sights a little higher these days. I am not, by my nature, an exclusionary man. Since the screening I have been thinking that a province-wide grouping would make our efforts stronger, but I wasn't sure whether to take that next step.

Well, I got my wake-up call! A BC Browncoat by the name of Jenskijen is in town this week, and we had a chance to talk. To say she is active with the Browncoat community would be an understatement; she's "active" like Reavers are a "little odd". But she convinced me to get started on this. Inspired me, you might say.

Here's what it is. I'm going to be getting the word out, and the word is this: The Alberta Browncoats are here! We will exist as a provincial group, and I would suggest that our time be split between two main activities. First, organizing fun little shindigs of various types for our membership. And second, putting the awesome power of the AB Browncoats behind some worthy charities, either organizing them ourselves or just volunteering some time to help already existing ones.

Saying it is the simple part, but to turn saying into doing we are going to need a few things, and some decisions will need to be made. Here's the current Top 5:

  • I'm not knocking the fine folks here at Blogspot, but we will need a website of our very own. I know very little about that sort of thing, but I'm hoping one of my fellow Browncoats will be willing to step forward and be our web-master/-mistress. If you want the job, email me.
  • I would like us to decide if we want to go the formal route of making ourselves a registered Not-for-profit Society. Through my theatre dealings I have some experience with that process. There are pros and cons, but I think it is something to discuss.
  • I would like a very distinctive AB Browncoats graphic, something cunning we can stick on the website, not to mention t-shirts and shoulder patches. I am officially opening this up to all of you; send me your graphic ideas. I'll post them, we'll vote, and that will be the new symbol of the AB Browncoats. I figure I can even come up with something shiny for the winner...
  • What charities do we want to put our not insignificant weight behind? We will continue to support Equality Now with the yearly Serenity screening, that is a given. But I would like us to have a province-wide charity that we can get behind formally. As well, I'd like each community to look around to see if there are groups that could use your local Browncoat's help.
  • What shindigs do you want to see? Personally, all work and no play makes me want to thump something with a big stick! So what are we going to do for fun?
So that's where we're at. I want to hear from all of you; there were 166 of you in that goram theatre for the screening and I'm expecting at least that many emails! If I don't hear from people, I will just make some decisions on my own.

And to those that know me, that is a truly disturbing thought... :)

Keep flyin'!
Captain Brent

Sunday, June 25, 2006

So, what's next?

Well, the Big Damn Charity Screening is done (for this year). And the next large-ish event won't be until the fall. But I'm not entirely certain I can wait that long to do something Browncoat inspired.

So let's hear it! What do you think we should do? Shindig? Firefly marathon? Both? Something else? Sound off, Browncoats!

Captain Brent

So Proud I Could Bust!

Heya, Edmonton Browncoats! You should be all manner of proud! Edmonton's Browncoats raised $758 for Equality Now, and if your comments were any indication, had a fantastic time doing it. My further congratulations to the door prize winners, I hope you get many hours of enjoyment out of your winnings.

Official thank-yous will go up on the SNEN website, but I wanted to voice my personal ones as well. So my huge thank-yous to:

  • my fellow organizers, Bev Williams (the backbone of my "crew") and Lisa Rattai (the lodestone to my moral compass)
  • Jeff at Cineplex Odeon for helping us out, and making the venue the least of our worries
  • Jay (the Preacher) at Happy Harbor Comics, for the support and the coolness.
  • All of our other prize sponsors: Cheapass Games, Dragon Weave, Pure Speculation, Titan Books, and the private donors that wish to remain nameless.
  • One True B!x and the rest of the CSTS team, for getting this on the go. If they hadn't, we'd have been sitting at home thinking, "Hey, it's Joss Whedon's Bday, I wonder if anything's happening?"
  • All of the posters on the CSTS and Canadian Browncoats yahoo groups, for their advice and support.
  • To Equality Now, for giving us a cause worth supporting
  • To Joss Whedon and the cast and crew of Firefly and Serenity, without whom this would never have been inspired.
  • To anyone else who, in my sleep-addled brain, I am missing from this list. Thank-you but... sleep-addled.
For those of you wondering: yes, Edmonton will have another one of these next year. It was too much fun not to do again, and too good a cause not to support.

In addition, The Preacher and I have already talked about a Firefly event in the fall. And look for there to be some Firefly/Serenity related stuff at Pure Speculation.

That's all from me for now. I am off to find my bed; even though the screening was yesterday morning, I'm still filling in sleep-shaped holes in my life from a ways back.

But thanks again, all you big, beautiful Browncoats!

Captain Brent

Friday, June 23, 2006

Updates and Procedurals

Heya, Browncoats! Well, the big day is almost upon us. I want to extend a big thank-you to everyone who bought tickets and/or donated money to Equality Now. And an extra-shiny thank-you to my crew and co-conspirators, Lisa and Bev; this event would not have happened without their hard work and dedication.

Here's how it is: The film will start at 9:45am sharp! We have to be out of the theatre by noon, so they can set up for the next film. Doors will open at 9am , and myself and the organizers will be there earlier of course, setting things up. There will be two lines, one for picking up your pre-purchased tickets and one for buying tickets on the day. If you already have a ticket, just go straight to the theatre door, get your ticket torn, and have a seat. Then go hit the concession, because it will be open (Mmmm, popcorn for breakfast). I'll say some thank-yous, and we watch the Big Damn Movie. At the end, we do the door prize draw, and we head off back to our lives. Whew!

Now, there are no official after screening shindigs planned, but I am not opposed to engaging in a spontaneous shindig. But we can talk about that then.

Prize Update: The official SNEN Tshirts have not yet arrived, and there seems to be some confusion about whether they were even made. So I regret to report that, baring a package arriving this afternoon, the tshirts will not be here in time for the show. If in fact they come at all (don't get me started...). If I find out they are coming, but will be late, then I'll still hand them out as door prizes; the winners can email me their mailing info at edmbrowncoats (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll send the tshirts as soon as they arrive. If I find out they won't be coming...well, its best you all have plausible deniability. :)

Update on the Update: I just heard back from the kind gentleman who printed the shirts, and they have been sent. This means that their lateness is a product of Canada Post "efficiancy". So, I will have two T-shirt shaped vouchers at the event with the email address on them; the winners can email me their addresses (addressi?) and I'll send the shirts when they get in.

That's about it for now. If I have any other news I'll do a quick post, otherwise I'll see all your bright faces tomorrow morning!

Captain Brent

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A Titanic prize!

Just received this over the cortex: Titan Books, creators of the Serenity Companion and the forthcoming Firefly Companion, have generously donated a copy of each book to each screening! If you win this door prize, we'll give you a certificate; go to the Titan Books website, follow the instructions, and they will send you both books. Shiny, eh?

Oh, and there was something else, something...its on the tip of my...oh, yeah!

Buy a goram ticket! What, are you waiting for Buddha to bring you one?

Captain Brent

Monday, June 19, 2006

Alright, maybe a little longer...

Here's how it is: Somewhere in the ancient history of this event, I had set today as the deadline for advance ticket sales. Well I'm here to tell you, it is a cruel lie. The deadline for advance ticket sales will be Friday , June 23rd, at midnight. So go ahead, whoop it up and buy a few for your friends.

I have to say, private donors have been very good to this event. I just received still-sealed copies of Knights of the Old Republic (one each for both Xbox and PC) for the door prize pool. And it just keeps getting better and better...

Captain Brent

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Rumour and Fancy

Heya, folks! I'm told by Preacher over at Happy Harbor that there is a rumour that Nathan Fillion will be at the screening. Sad to say, my fellow Browncoats, the only place you will see Mr. Fillion is on the screen. To the best of my knowledge, Captain Mal is not available that weekend.

Hey, I'd have loved to have him there, too. But I want to make sure that all you fine folks are coming to the screening because its a great event for a great cause, and not because of some hot air floating around town.

Look for another post soon, folks!


Signal Lag

Heya, folks! Sorry for the long delay between posts, but this Captain's life has been a busy one. But let's not talk of my trials and tribulations, let's get to the good stuff...

Here's how it is: We have some new swag for the door prizes: three copies of the geekumentary "Uber Goober", from Scum Crew Pictures, a Malcolm Reynolds action figure and copies of the scripts from Star Treks I-VI (from a private donor; thanks again, man!), and for those of you that missed ordering one of you very ownsome, two of the SNEN Worldwide event Tshirts (see the previous post for a sneak peak). And there is more coming, I just can't tell you until its confirmed.

Now, with the prospect of a big screen Serenity, and all these fabulous door prizes as icing on that ginormous cake, you'd think we'd be out of tickets. Well, I'm here to tell you it ain't so. If you haven't stopped by Happy Harbor, or purchased them online (that button off to the side, there), or contacted myself or one of the other organizers to buy straight from us, then what exactly are you waiting for? Myself and the other organizers aren't unhappy with the tickets sold so far, but we aren't dancing our happy dance either. So spread the word, Browncoats! Friends, family, friends of family; we want them all. I would really like to send a nice fat check to Equality Now come the end of this event.

And look for us to be popping up in the news. We have been busy contacting the media to get them involved, so you might see my crew's shining faces looking back at you from the newspaper or television soon.

That's all for now. Any questions, send them my way!

Captain Brent