New York Comic Con has come to a close but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. If you were tied to your couch or some other place that was not the Jacob Javitz Center this weekend, then we have the perfect consolation prize for you: more cosplay, toy, and floor pics from the convention. (more…)
Last month, we told you about the return of Firefly — in comic book form — to the known verse, but we didn’t know when the book would touch down, or who would be piloting it. Thanks to the deluge of info coming out of this weekend’s New York Comic Con, now we do, but beyond a continuation of Firefly‘s legacy, is this project the perfect back-up plan to guard against the defection of Star Wars?
I don’t need to tell you what Firefly is, or why it’s so prevalent in nerd culture. A) I’m lazy and B) any nerd worth a lick knows all about Mal, the crew of Serenity, and the Whedon way. Bah, screw it. Like to hear it, hear it go. Like a leaf on the wind, Firefly (the show) danced around us joyfully and left before we were ready to say goodbye (cancelled by FOX after a 15 episode run). Then came Serenity, the Firefly movie that was made specifically for the (space-western-starved) fans. It was good and it was shiny (albeit Whedon hitting us in the feels with Washe’s death, that bastard!). *sigh* Then it was gone again. Despite the ever growing fan-base and demand for more adventures, the cast and creatives of Firefly/Serenity departed ways and made nice careers for themselves. Out there, somewhere, we know Serenity is still flying! Flying where, though? Back to us perhaps? Well, get out from your bunk, hold onto your Jayne hats and wipe that mudders milk from your lips, ’cause Serenity is getting a sequel!
We’ve all hoped for more Firefly goodness over the years. We’ve all thought that the idea of a shiny online game would be absolutely epic. We all refuse to let the Browncoat love die.
Fox has answered the call and is releasing a Firefly Online game. However, it’s going to be a “multi-user, social online role-playing game”. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s a gorram MUSORPG (or whatever) for Android and iOS.
So, so, so not shiny. While it’s entirely possible that the game would be executed well and the fandom would warm up to it, because all things are possible in the ‘Verse, it’s definitely getting a lukewarm reception right now.
If you haven’t already completely tossed everything out the window, hit the jump for more.
When Joss Whedon speaks, nerds everywhere listen. And this article is being written in order to further the reach of the wise man’s words. This time around, our overlord talks about his opinion of a Downey-less Avengers 2, the possibility of a Firefly kickstarter and his un-love of video games. Check it all out after the jump.
Everybody loves Joss Whedon! He has a front row seat at the world’s biggest movie studio, he made the third most popular movie of all time, and has the biggest new show of the fall. But there’s another project that’s pretty close to the heart of a smaller number of Whedon fans, and it’s called Serenity.
The tale of a ship full or pirates, scoundrels, rebels and fugitives floating through the back end of space is beloved. So much so that the the TV series Firefly, which lasted only 13 episodes, did so well in DVD sales that a movie studio put serious cash into a feature film. And even though that film barely broke even at the box office, people are still clamoring for a sequel.
So what about that, Joss? Any chance for more Firefly? Well Coming Soon, got an answer from the man himself:
“Right now I’m happy to say everybody is working doing good jobs. There’s a real fear of ‘The Monkey’s Paw,’ you know? You bring it back to life and it isn’t the same. Even if it’s GREAT and it isn’t the same. I’m dying to get on a ship with those guys again, but I’m also doing yet another goddamn huge ensemble movie ['The Avengers 2']. Why can’t I do a movie about just one guy? So right now I can’t even access that part of my brain. If all the planets align that would be great, but I’m not going to do what I did the first time and move heaven and earth to make it happen.”
And those are some mighty big planets that have to be aligned considering most of the cast stays very busy with other jobs. Maybe we’ll just have to let this one go, space fans.
Con season is coming up and while SDCC gets the largest amount of attention, there’s plenty of cool events that go on before and after the big kahuna. One of those events, Philadelphia Wizard World, starts Thursday May 30th and goes through Sunday June 2nd.
Why should you care about a non-SDCC con? Well, first… shopping! Tables and tables of merch to stuff into your Yoda backpacks, but also, a ton of cool guests that include John Barrowman, Stan Lee, Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal, John Cena and a lot of comic writers and artists.
The con was supposed to also feature an appearance by Nathan Fillion, but he unfortunately had to pull out. That sucks, but the above names are still awesome enough to get me to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Plus, there’s also a con exclusive reprint of Walking Dead #1 that I need in my life, but I guess you can have it too… assuming you find your way to the city of Brotherly Love in late May and early June.
Heres a complete list of guests from the Wizard World website… where there is also a ton of info about tickets for the event and also photo ops.
WWE ® Superstar Daniel Bryan ®
WWE ® Superstar John Cena ®
Holly Marie Combs
Jason David Frank
WWE ® Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
ARTIST AND CREATOR GUESTS
Alex Eckman Lawn & Nick Tapalansky
Alexio G. Gessa
Amanda Nen Francis- Kilburn
Danielle Gransaull “Soloud”
Derrick A Rivers
Jason E Axtell
John Richard Scott
Louie Lapalombara III
Mark C. Frankel
Maurice R Mander
Scott Ethan Ambruson
Tania Del Rio
Tara S. Rosenburg
Ted Dastick Jr.
It was like someone tried to unite all the planets under a central alliance yesterday when news hit the web that Ripple Junction, the official licensed makers of the “Jayne hat” from Firefly, had sent cease and desist letters to small-time producers who’ve been cranking out the homemade head gear and selling them online and at conventions for years.
Comparatively, Ripple Junction has only been selling the hats since last year, a full 10 years after the series ended, so the people that launched the Jayne hat cottage industry were understandably pissed. Their rights were being trampled on, and they need some big damn heroes to stand up and rebel. Some Browncoats, if you will.
Fortunately for fans, many former members of the cast and crew of Firefly are very active on Twitter, and naturally in appealing for help they went to the top and started with the Captain, the artist formally known as Malcolm Reynolds, Nathan Fillion. And although his response was rather cryptic, Fillion’s intention was fairly clear when he Tweeted:
I like to think there’s a little bit of Malcolm Reynolds in all of us. But especially me.
— Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) April 9, 2013
Take as Fillion’s permission to aim to misbehave. (Keep in mind, he’s the star of one of the top-rated programs on a major American broadcast network so he can’t fight the power like he once did.)
In terms of more tacit approval of protest action, we go to Firefly costume designer Shawna Trpcic. She designed the original Jayne hat and offered the following:
— shawna (@trpcic) April 10, 2013
Well isn’t that adorable. Even a blood-sucking lawyer would have a hard time serving a C&D on those Jayne-hat wearing fans.
But what about the Hero of Canton himself, AKA: Adam Baldwin? What words of support does he have to offer fans?
So there is solidarity on the internet. Clearly, the people trying to step on the little guy making Jayne hats under-estimated the fan commitment to their favorite head gear. Of course, if they hadn’t it wouldn’t have taken someone a decade to realize there was a market for such a chapeau, but I digress.
More news as it develops.
They took your love, they took your land, they took your TV show, and now they have taken your Etsy store. Fans of Firefly know about loss and sadness, but industrious Browncoats were shocked, shocked I tell you, to find their Jayne hat (the knitted cap Jayne’s mamma knitted him) emporiums closed down with cease and desist letters in their mailboxes or cyber mail catching areas.
Apparently, after years of being a bit too conservative with the Firefly license (can you break off a few new action figures for a brother?) Fox has sold the Jayne hat license to Ripple Junction, who is selling the hats on ThinkGeek.
So, who is to blame for this foul flex of corporate muscle that is technically justified and understandable since they own the license that others have been profiting from for years?
According to Blastr, it isn’t Ripple Junction, and it isn’t ThinkGeek. According to Ripple Junction’s website, they actually got their start selling tee shirts out of a van outside of Grateful Dead concerts in the 90s, so I imagine the ghost of Jerry Garcia would be all shaky fisted if they did such a thing and ThinkGeek’s product page for the hats actually mentions Etsy in an incidental way.
How about Joss Whedon? Well, he’s a little too busy to weigh in on Knit-Gate, but he did speak lovingly about the hats in a 2008 interview with Crochetme.com, where he said: “I see them constantly. And it fills me with tiny knitted joy.”
So that leaves two options: the Alliance and Fox.
Either way, what do they care? Yes, knitters are in a snit, a knit snit if you will, but realistically, it could take a long time for them to put together a protest quilt, and by then people will have moved on.
Copyright laws are what copyright laws are, and despite the fact that those laws take the side of commerce over fan love (and also commerce) in instances such as this, crafty Browncoats can hold their heads high, because, so far no one has stepped up to stop them from making Hoban Washburne Chest Spear Koozies, and that ain’t nothing.