A ‘Firefly Online’ Game is a Thing… But is it a Thing We Want?

- 07-18-13Videogames Posted by Chris D.

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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.

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Whedon Speaks – No Downey-less ‘Avengers 2’, ‘Firefly’ Kickstarting and Video Games

- 06-06-13Comics, Film, TV, Videogames Posted by Jason McAnelly

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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.

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Basically, Joss Whedon’s Afraid to Do ‘Serenity 2′

- 05-30-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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.

Source: Blastr

Philadelphia Wizard World Con Update

- 05-09-13Cosplay Posted by Shelly V.

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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.

CELEBRITIES

Aaron Ashmore
Shawn Ashmore
Adam Baldwin
John Barrowman
Manu Bennett
Linda Blair
WWE ® Superstar Daniel Bryan ®
Dean Cain
Charisma Carpenter
WWE ® Superstar John Cena ®
Holly Marie Combs
Jarrett Crippen
Shannen Doherty
Giancarlo Esposito
Lou Ferrigno
Jason David Frank
Summer Glau
Nick Gomez
Steve Guttenberg
Kris Holde-Nried
Lauren Holly
Brian Krause
Juliet Landau
Stan Lee
James Marsters
Andrew Mccarthy
Ray Park
Norman Reedus
Michael Rooker
Brandon Routh
William Shatner
Curtis Sliwa
Kevin Sorbo
Jewel Staite
WWE ® Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Henry Winkler

ARTIST AND CREATOR GUESTS

Al Wiesner
Alex Eckman Lawn & Nick Tapalansky
Alexio G. Gessa
Amanda Nen Francis- Kilburn
Amber Davis
Andrew Griffith
Andrew Taylor
Angel Unzueta
Barry Kitson
Barry Sachs
Ben Shaw
Bexx Fine
Bill Dinh
Bob McLeod
Bordin Marsinkul
Brad Hudson
Brendon Fraim
Brian Kong
Brian Roll
Bryan Hitch
Caleb King
Catiana Conte
Chadwick Haverland
Danielle Gransaull “Soloud”
David Goldstein
David Savage
Dawn Griffin
Derrick A Rivers
Douglas Brown
Drew Blank
Eric Downey
Evan Baranowski
Frank Kadar
George O’Connor
Gina Dangelo
Ian Glaubinger
Jake Estrada
Jamie Fay
Jason E Axtell
Jason Lenox
Jeff Kaufman
Jeffery Scott
Jim Calafiore
Joe Dragunas
John O’Connor
John Richard Scott
Joi Washington
Jon Swartz
Julian Totino
Kate Glasheen
Laura Inglis
Leinil Yu
Liz Leonard
Louie Lapalombara III
Mark C. Frankel
Mark Mariano
Mark Pingitore
Matt Triano
Maurice R Mander
Michael Banks
Michael Golden
Michael Manomivibul
Michael Rivers
Michael Rivers
Michael Rooth
Mico Suayan
Mike Chen
Mike Ellis
Onrie Kompan
Renee Witterstaetter
Rich Bernatovech
Robert Quill
Rusty Gilligan
Salvador Larroca
Sara Richard
Sarah Braly
Sarah Hoppes
Sarah Martinez
Scott Ethan Ambruson
Steiner Palomino
Stuart Sayger
Tania Del Rio
Tara S. Rosenburg
Ted Dastick Jr.
Yildiray Cinar

 

‘Firefly’ Cast & Crew Tweet Support for Indie Jayne Hatters

- 04-10-13Cosplay, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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:

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:

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?

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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.

Source: Blastr

Knit Gate: Etsy Sellers Needled Over ‘Firefly’ “Jayne” Hats, Are Decoupagers to Blame?

- 04-09-13WTF? Posted by Jason Tabrys

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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.

Source: BlastrCrochetme.com

The Top 10 Saddest, Most Gut Wrenching Deaths in Nerdy Television

- 03-23-13Featured, TV Posted by Team Bastard

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As nerds, we connect to fictional personalities in a way “normal” people often look at as oddly serious, if not downright creepy. I’m not saying we don’t understand the difference between fantasy and reality – I’m merely pointing out that many of us are creative, sensitive people. Well-crafted imaginary characters often resonate deeply with us, and their losses can be quite harrowing. While I’m sure there are a few folks out there who’d love to re-enact key scenes from Misery with, let’s say, Joss Whedon (I’m half convinced he’s only bringing back Agent Coulson for S.H.I.E.L.D so he can slaughter him in an even more traumatizing manner), most of us stick to bitching and moaning on the Internet, threatening to boycott the shows in question, and then coming back for more next week.

But however much outrage and despair they may inspire, character deaths are often some of the most memorable moments on television – and feature some of the best writing and performances as well. Sure, there’s no shortage of poorly thought out, bullshit deaths, but they’re for another list. Get out your hankies, my nerdy brethren and sistren, and prepare to have your hearts kicked in the balls all over again with The Top 10 Saddest, Most Gut Wrenching Deaths in Nerdy Television.

NOTE: As most of you will have assumed simply from the nature of this list, it features spoilers galore. If you haven’t seen one of the shows featured, and wish to feel the full emotional impact of seeing one of its characters snuff it, I advise you to skip the entry in question. Enjoy!

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Nerdy Bits: Snailvengers Assemble!, A Game of Cats, Dinklage Dubstep, and MOAR!

- 03-18-13Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, Uncategorized, WTF? Posted by Sarah Moran

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: I know what you’re thinking, hey, that’s Christian Bale in American Psycho. WRONG! This is dude who must have made some sorta deal with the devil and looks uncannily like Bale. Who then dresses like Bale’s characters to fuck with people. Hey, wouldn’t you? [Reddit via Fashionably Geek]

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The Last Thing on Whedon’s Mind Right Now is a ‘Firefly’ Kickstarter – Sorry Browncoats

- 03-15-13Film, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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Of course, this was inevitable. After the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter campaign blew up the internet with its record breaking $2 million+ earnings in less than a day, everyone who’s a fan of show cancelled before its time is hoping they can do the same. And none more so than the Browncoats. Sure, you could argue they’ve already had their movie, and they got it without Kickstarter, but many fans were left unsatisfied. With this new precedent of crowdfunded filmmaking it wasn’t going to be long before Joss Whedon would need to address the proposal of a “Bring Back Firefly!” Kickstarter.

Initially, Whedon didn’t want to talk about what this could mean for Firefly, but soon changed his mind. ”I realized if I don’t, it’s the only thing I’m ever going to be asked ever by anyone.” Truth. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon explains why you won’t hear him asking you to back a Firefly film anytime soon,

That’s what everybody wants to know about. Uh, yeah. My fourth feeling when I read about [the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign] was a kind of dread. Because I realized the only thing that would be on everybody’s mind right now. I’ve said repeatedly that I would love to make another movie with these guys, and that remains the case. It also remains the case that I’m booked up by Marvel for the next three years, and that I haven’t even been able to get Dr. Horrible 2 off the ground because of that. So I don’t even entertain the notion of entertaining the notion of doing this, and won’t. Couple years from now, when Nathan [Fillion]‘s no longer [on] Castle and I’m no longer the Tom Hagen of the Marvel Universe and making a giant movie, we might look and see where the market is then. But right now, it’s a complete non-Kickstarter for me.

The whole exchange is definitely worth a read, but there you have it, the man is just too damn busy! Which I think we could have all guessed. It’s likely we’ll see more of Firefly in the future, maybe not as a movie or a television series, but something. Fan demand is too great. Whether it comes through a Kickstarter campaign or not, who knows? But it’s an interesting world we live in where studios can ask us to fund the movies we want to see, and we pay up in these unbelievable amounts. Are we being duped or finally having a voice in making the movies we want?

Do you think we’ll ever get more Firefly from Whedon? What do you think of feature films funded through crowdsourcing?

Source: Topless Robot

Nerd Art Dump: Doctor Who & Firefly Work Together, Danny Trejo as Mario, J.J. Abrams Going to Star Wars and MOAR!

- 01-31-13Cool Stuff Posted by NickBungay

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Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

ABOVE: Yes, it’s a TARDIS in the same drawing as the “Firefly-class” spaceship, Serenity, so lose your mind fanboy! In a piece called cleverly named “The Time JobJohn Sumrow put together an awesome heist piece – the crew of Serenity stealing the Doctor’s signature transport. You’d think Mal would have nicked the Doctors ginger too, you know… since his is still alive and all… [Nerd Approved]

Hit the jump for The Scarlet Witch, Nerdist and more…
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