Monday, Sept. 1
I wasn't sure if I was going to make it to Dragon*Con again today or not. I had already endured two-days of intense crowds and the filking...
But when I read on the schedule that the guys from TAPS were giving one more panel discussion about the scariest things they've encountered on their ghost hunting excursions, I figured why not.
Grant Wilson and Dave Tango were joined by a couple of other ghost hunters, including Robb Demarest from "Ghost Hunters International." Dustin Pari from "GHI" was there too. Jason Hawes skipped out so he could be with his daughter for her birthday... Bummer.
Not much music going on afterward, but I wandered around in a zombie-like state, looking at costumes and telling myself to leave. I stumbled upon Cedric once again, this time he was playing a violin with a handful of other violin players in the lobby at The Hyatt.
The night before he had given me a Bedlam Bards CD, titled On the Drift: Music Inspired By Firefly and Serenity. The night before he had also made a few references to "the Browncoats", and the back of the disc said that the CD was dedicated to the women's rights organization, Equality Now. So I decided to follow up with him and about the shows, that inspired the songs, the Browncoats, and about the connection to Equality Now. This is what he had to say...
"Okay, 'Firefly' was a short-lived TV show created by Joss Whedon, who is better known for 'Buffy the Vampire-Slayer.' Fans of 'Firefly' are known as Browncoats, kind of the way that fans of 'Star Trek' are known as Trekkies. (The term 'Browncoat' is taken from the term for soldiers who fought in a rebellion in the past of the 'Firefly' story).
Browncoats value a spirit of community and mutual support, a willingness to stand up against difficult odds, and resistance to oppressive regimes, whether fictional or real.
In my experience, Browncoats are fun people to be around, even if the conversation has nothing to do with 'Firefly' (and it often doesn't). In addition to getting together for fun, Browncoats gather to support various causes, including the recent writers' strike and numerous charities.
Joss Whedon's favorite charity is Equality Now, a worldwide organization that advocates for women's rights. (EN was founded by a student of Whedon's mother, actually, and Whedon himself has been honored by EN for his positive portrayals of women in fiction).
Some people say the organization is too controversial, but I see nothing controversial about calling for the passage and enforcement of reasonable rape laws, the end of cutting off little girl's clitorises, and enforcement of human trafficking laws here in the U.S.
Every year around Joss Whedon's birthday, Browncoats across the world host screenings of his movie Serenity to raise money for Equality Now, in an effort called Can't Stop the Serenity. Since 2006, the organization has raised over $160,000; this year, I auctioned two performances which combined raised over $8,000 for CSTS. For more information, check out www.cantstoptheserenity.com
And with that I withdraw from Dragon*Con '08.
Back to MARTA, back to the real world.
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