Category Archives: News 2015

Big Damn British Shindig

A message from a Sarah 

Hello, I’m a member of a group of Browncoats living out on the raggedy edge of Britain in the West Country. We’re looking to throw a shindig next year – The Big Damn British Shindig – which will be held in Penzance (of pirates and smugglers fame). We’re in the planning phase at the moment, so if you’re interested please check out our FaceBook page, let us know what you think, what you’d like to see at the weekend event, and especially if you’d come. Thank you, and stay shiny!

Here is the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/429805433896728/ 

As they make concrete plans we will be sure to keep yall informed!

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Greg Edmonson/Joohyn Park Firefly Album

Wow! There’s a Firefly music album I didn’t know about until today!

I just discovered this today on Apple Music. The album is called “Firefly Music for Solo Piano”. Music composed by Greg Edmonson, produced and performed by Joohyn Park. It’s exactly what the title says it is – a performance of all the music from the Firefly soundtrack album, except all done on solo piano. It’s beautiful. River’s Dance is amazing. The last track is an all piano version of the Firefly Theme Tune. It’s gorgeous.

I can’t believe I never discovered this before now.

I have no idea whether or not it’s on Spotify or Pandora or any of the other music streaming services, but it is on Apple Music, so if you have that, check this out.

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New Serenity Comics ‘n stuff

Quote from Joss at SDCC via iO9:

 

Joss Whedon’s Twist, a six-issue series that he’s putting out next year from Dark Horse Comics. It “basically deals with the most important moral question facing us, which is, why isn’t there a Victorian Female Batman?” And in response to a fan question about Dark Willow, Whedon said Twist will have a certain amount in common with Dark Willow.

Besides that, Dark Horse is releasing a sequel series to the Firefly comic A Leaf on the Wind, and the current runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and Faith are wrapping up next year. Beyond that, Whedon is working on “stuff I can’t talk about.”

So, more post – Serenity content.

This is good. As for the rest…well, Joss does tend to come up with stuff we like, Fray being a good case in point, so double plus good 🙂

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Con Man Trailer (with added Spectrum!!!)

The sad thing is, we really would all have been fans of Spectrum if it had been real 🙂

 

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/09/comic-con-2015-firefly-stars-nathan-fillion-and-alan-tudyk-spoof-themselves-con

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Fallen Stars

Not sure how I managed to miss this, but there are 2 very shiny EPs of Firefilk by the Fallen Stars here

 

http://thefallenstars.com/browncoats

 

All original songs with the exception of an unusual edit (Ben Edlund approved!) of Hero of Canton – which starts like all the other versions, but listen to the counterpoint!

You can listen to them all for free on their site (there are also some vids) or download  them and pay for keeps – a portion goes to Equality Now, which is also very shiny, so a win win situation. There’s also a load of background info on the music (not just Firefly inspired)

How come we never found this in time to feature them in the Signal Music Section, ‘cos I’m gorram sure we would have done 🙂

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SaW Bonus Show

And this:

https://sendingawave.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/april-bonus-show-the-one-about-the-pdx-browncoats-and-the-ariel-ambulance/

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Ariel Ambulance Fund

This:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/join-the-firefly-ariel-ambulance-revival-tour

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Happy – and Sad (Buggerit)

So this, is good:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/con-man

BDHs, check, meta story, check, no main studio involved, check, Joss approved, check. Geektastic achievement unlocked and hoo boy is this getting funded! Yeah, I’d buy that for a dollar 🙂

 

The universe though, having no sense of fun whatsoever, then drops this on the collective fanverse mere days it seems after robbing us of another SF icon.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31858156

 

This one really hurts though. Met Pterry (twice, once professionally, once as fan  – the online interactions back in the alt.fan.pratchett days when he still posted don’t really count). Had a pint with Pterry (that was the fan one of course – WorldCon 2005 – there he was, in the middle of the bar – at a SciFi Con – and *nobody* was talking to him! So I re-introduced myself (not surprisingly he didn’t recall a school visit many years before, nothing to do with Alzheimers) and I was able to share a beer  and natter for a very pleasant hour or so before some of his actual friends showed up and rescued him. Very pleasant, a bit shy but immense wit and warmth that came over in his books unfettered by the shyness. Really rather liked the bloke and his work. Wish I could remember the conversation but I was a few pints ahead of him at that point 🙂

Drinking a toast of Discworld Bugarup Blonde tonight in memory of a real talented guy who was gracious enough to put up with a half cut fan at a con for a while – very nice BTW. From the bottle: “The UK’s chief medical officer recommends that men not regularly exceed 3-4 units daily and women 2-3 units daily” Terry Pratchett recommends “When glass is empty, stop drinking”

The tweets did for me though –

To coin his own phrase, Buggerit.
Announced on his Twiter feed in 3 posts thus:

“AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER,”

“Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.”

“The End”.

 

He will be much missed and remembered with much affection and admiration.

 

 

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Firefly Fan Film Roundup

So, this is just to highlight a long term repository of Firefly Fan activity – specifically that of fan films – maintained by one of our listeners from way back (who is also involved in some of these projects) up to the present, on the old FireflyDVD forum (set up by Jeremy Neish of Done The Impossible and the previous home of The Signal forum. All of that great stuff is still there and Mike’s Fan Film Roundup in particular is a valuable record of this side of the fandom.)

http://fireflydvd.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4887&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Main reason for mentioning this is that a *new* fan film is in development – see the latest post from Mike and also the actual website http://fireflyfanfilms.com/

The Bellflower is still going of course, a new Firefly RPG podcast (Balls and Bayonets – recently highlighted on Sending a Wave) and now a new fan film project, plus the Firefly Online game due later this year, oh yes and Can’t Stop The Serenity is in it’s 10th year and has now raised over $1 million for Equality Now and other charities….The Signal may not be making podcasts any more, but things are emphatically *not* standing still in the Firefly Fan ‘Verse 🙂

 

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