Posts Tagged ‘Firefly’

Serenity (Or Lack There Of)

August 17, 2008

I caught Serenity on HBO the other evening (Friday I believe), and besides providing relief from some rather boring Olympic events, it reminded me of something…

That I miss Serenity and/or Firefly, dammit. I’m not alone. There are plenty of Browncoats out there that feel the same. Last Wednesday MTV Movies Blog posted about Will There Ever Be a “Serenity’ Sequel?. Unfortunately, that’s not the whole title of the post. It goes on to read Joss Whedon Puts The Rumors To Bed.

“There’s been no movement,” he said. “Those rumors are just rumors, and I don’t think they’re going to stop, no matter how many times I say, ‘No, it’s not happening.’ Because somebody will say, ‘He said yes. His eyes said yes. His nose said yes. There was a yes-iness about him.’ Because people want it.”

Alright, I get it. I understand. There’s not going to be another Serenity movie. That’s how gorram Hollywood works. As loyal, passionate, and hungry that the Serenity/Firefly fan base is, it just doesn’t add up enough to make the numbers work for those that sit in the big white tower on the Universal lot. I have resolved myself to accept that I’m not going to see the further adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and crew on the big screen. And, as shiny as it would be to even get a direct-to-DVD or made for television movie — I’m looking at you SciFi Channel. it just ain’t going to happen.

But, Serenity is still alive in my favorite medium of comic books. But, is it alive and kicking? There have been two mini series out so far. Those Left Behind was a three issue series that came out in 2005. Three years later Better Days, another three issue series was released. That’s six issues in over three years. Serenity deserves and can do better than that.

Now, before any Whedonites swoop down on me, I do know that there is another three issue series in the works — A Shepherd’s Tale, a series focusing on the mysterious history of character of Shepherd Book. This is fantastic news and I eagerly anticipate its release. Also, MySpace Dark Horse Presents #13 features Serenity: The Other Half. I’m thankful for that as well, but we get only seven pages.

In a Publishers Weekly post — Whedon Can’t Get Enough Serenity — the creator reveals why there aren’t more Serenity comic books and novels. I can’t call out Whedon for being over protective and stingy with his baby, it is his creation after all to do with as he deems proper. But, the whiny fanboy in me just can’t let it go.

The Serenity ‘Verse is chalk full of material to expand, explore, and extricate. I’m not going to plea with Whedon to give us more Serenity comic books — that’s someone else’s job. That’s right Scott Allie, Dark Horse Comics Editor, I’m looking at you. It’s your job to turn the thumbscrews on Joss and get him to commit to giving us more Serenity comic books. Start turning them screws.

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SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Sunday

July 17, 2008

Assuming that I’ve survived the Wednesday Preview Night, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I’ll find myself ready to wrap things up on Sunday and get the hell out of Dodge. But, before I make my escape there are a few panels that I’m interested in that I’m likely to skip out on.

10:30-11:30 Zuda Online Comics— Read. Vote. Create. With those three little words, Zuda is changing the face of webcomics. Panel participants include Zuda staff Richard Bruning, Ron Perazza, Kwanza Johnson, and Dave McCullough, along with creators Jeremy Love (Bayou), Bobby & Peter Timony (The Night Owls), David Gallaher & Steve EllisHigh Moon), Nick Doan (Pray for Death), Johnny Zito & Tony TrovarelloThe Black Cherry Bombshells), Sheldon Vella (Supertron), and Caanan GrallCeladore). Listen as they ramble incoherently, pausing occasionally to make a good point. Room 4

Seeing how I currently have an entry submitted for the Zuda competition, there might be some useful nuggets of knowledge at this panel.

12:00-12:45 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Comedy legends Harold, Kumar, and NPH (Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris) appear live and in-person ato talk about the creation of their latest masterpiece—Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay—available on DVD on July 29. Don’t miss the stars of this cult classic comedy franchise as they talk about their experiences making the films and the plethora of extras features on the DVD including “Dude, Change the Movie!” where the viewer decides what Harold and Kumar do next. Ballroom 20

Having just recently seen this movie this might be a lot of fun. My admiration for Neil Patrick Harris has been growing steadily — and this flick just helped the cause.

12:00-2:00 Browncoats Fan Group— Calling all Browncoats! Fans of Firefly and Serenity are welcome to join the California Browncoats to hear about upcoming events and products that you’ll really love. Stop by and listen to some quality storytelling by ’verse-related and ’verse-friendly authors. And last but not least, come to meet and hang out with all the great Browncoats at Comic-Con! Room 24A

I’ve stated before that I’m a Firefly/Serenity fan though I’ve never participated in any Browncoat activities. It might be worthwhile to hang out in the back of the room and check it out.

And… That wraps up the San Diego Comic-Con panels that I’ll regret missing for the year 2008. It was revealed earlier today that the event is now completely sold-out. It should be a helluva year. Hopefully I might even make it to a panel or two this year. See you at the show.