Wot I did at the weekend

So I and a couple of mates went to London Super Comic Con last weekend. Lot of fun, well organised, got all the comics I took with me signed by the respective artists and writers I wanted to get the signatures of – and a very enjoyable panel to celebrate 10 years of a very sucessful comics podcast –ย  Comic Geek Speak.

And I just happened to record the whole thing – which turned out to be handy as neither the con or CGS were recording the panel. I sent Pants (seriously) the link to my file this morning and it is already out as episode 1544 of Comic Geek Speak! That’s what I call a fast turn around! (And yes, they’ve been doing podcasts – a *lot* of podcasts for 10 years, all for free and all very in depth with the knowledge of Comics)

Something my comic reading buddies and I have been planning to do is make our own comics related (‘cos we don’t just chat about comics) podcast that essentially will feature the often amusing and entertaining chats in the pub every Saturday before or after going to the comic shop (Comic Connections in Banbury) – basically just your average Brit comics buyers shooting the shit in the pub (hey, the Irish Pubcast do it, so why can’t we – theirs is very good BTW)

We’re calling the planned ‘cast AlcoComics Annonymous. I’ll post when we get the first proper episode out ๐Ÿ™‚

So, here is the link to the CGS panel – recorded with my Zoom H4 basically just plonked on their table, so it’s not terrific quality, but you can hear most of what is going on and I did ask a technical question regarding editing – I’m with Pants Philiosophy on that one ๐Ÿ™‚




Oh and as well as CGS, I got a bumper for AlcoComics Annonymous from Garth Ennis. Yes Mr Garth “Preacher” Ennis. Who was great BTW and signed my 1st 3 issues of Hitman. Been reading his stuff a long time and it was a genuine pleasure. (Preacher BTW, if you don’t know, is simply one of the best graphic novel series ever made (originally single issues, but available as 10 trade paperbacks). I rate it as highly as Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan, Alan More’s Watchmen and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. It is a comic epic you simply *need* to read if you like comics.)

So I guess we’d better make this bloody AlcoComics Annonymous ‘cast ๐Ÿ™‚



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Happy – and Sad (Buggerit)

So this, is good:


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 ๐Ÿ™‚


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.




This one really hurts though. Met Pterry (twice, once professionally, once as fanย  – 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 beerย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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:


“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.)


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 ๐Ÿ™‚



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Badger’s World Season 2 Complete Scripts


So, while I’m at this blogging lark, here’s the other larger chunk of all the Badger’s World scripts with a few extra comments and stuff. Make of it what you will ๐Ÿ™‚

Badgers World Season 2 The Complete Scripts v5

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Badger’s World Bloopers


Wee snipet of fun – originally made for the Polish versions of the Badger’s World CDs, delivered by Wendy Scott of Sending a Wave to a Polish Firefly con a couple of years ago. (This particular blooper collection was not published in any episode of The Signal – not PG13!)

BTW, I usually swear a *lot* more that this when I mess up – as any editor of my recordings will attest ๐Ÿ™‚


by | February 23, 2015 · 9:57 pm

Feedback – Dave

Dave sent us a bit of news he wanted to share…

Anyone seen these? Good to know people are still making Firefly stuff.




What it says at the end, the video and links are all interesting too.

We are not flying alone!


Thanks Dave!

I know I had seen the Funko Firefly figures but the bromance is new to me!

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Badger’s World Scripts Vol 1


So here’s the link to the first volume of the complete scripts of Badger’s World. A few other Badger related articles are included along with comments.

Badgers World Season 1 The Complete Scripts v4


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Feedback – Pandora Browncoats?

A message from a listener that we wantedย to send out to the Browncoats everywhere.

Hi guys!

My fellow Pennsylvania Browncoats and I have been trying to get a Pandora station started with all the shiny browncoat music from the verse. I had tried to start a list but the soundtracks to the movie and series aren’t in Pandora’s library. Neither are the Bedlam Bards!! Pandora said they are willing to do it, but it seemed like a general cookie cutter response to my request. They sent me the link for artists to sign up and submit their music – http://help.pandora.com/customer/portal/articles/24802

So can we try to contact some artists and get them signed up? Not sure what you all think about this idea and maybe there is already a good browncoat channel out there? You guys always showcase such great music, I thought this would be a good place to try and get the ball rolling.

Thanks in advance! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tanya Dapkey

Tanya, Thank you for bringing this to our attention! I, for one, would love to have that option for a station on Pandora.

If anyone has ideas or suggestions on how to get this started let us know in the comments! We can try to contact the ones we know, but I’m sure there are others that we haven’t been exposed to yet. We are all about spreading the word to create more exposure for the awesome Firefly/Serenity music and those that are inspired by the show.



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Sending a Wave Bonus Show – Jan 2015

Sending a Wave Bonus Show – Jan 2015

Wendy over at Sending a Wave has just posted their Jan 2015 Bonus Show, which is a recording from DragonCon 2014 of the “Fans Are Doing It For Themselves” panel.

As well as Wendy the other panellists were myself,ย Les and Kari, thanks to Wendy for recording and sharing this.



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Diary of a Companion Audio Complete


The audio for Diary of a Companion Part 28 is now available.

This completes the RSS feed for Diary of a Companion. You can download this and all other Diary of a Companion episodes, and find the RSS feed URL, by visiting the Diary of a Companion page.


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