Ron Glass: 1945 -2016

Ron Glass had an infectious laugh.

I know, as I heard it on a few occasions seeing him at cons.  He also had no problem with playfully chiding UK con attendees for only having the same questions or pauses.  I could see his point, we’d paid a lot of money to have him come a long way …

He unassumingly supported the Wooten Centre in Los Angeles.  The Hollywood Reporter carried a lovely piece about this which you can read, here.

You can donate directly to The Wooten Centre in memory of Mr Glass and full details are here.

He will be missed by the fan community.

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Dallas Comic Con May 2014

I started this from the departure lounge at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at the end of what was a fabulous weekend.  Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to finish it a week later …

Firstly, I want to say “thank you” to Tami from the Alamo City Browncoats for talking to me about the Browncoats in San Antonio and Shannon, COO, and Scott, Director of Operations,  at QMx for talking to me not only about the quite excellent “Hero of Serenity” statue which is now open for pre-orders, their forthcoming 6-inch figure range and the forthcoming “Firefly Online” MMO.  Thanks also to Jason Palmer (@jasonpla_art) who is always fantastic to say “hello” to, Maya (@AskKayleeFrye), Devin Pike (@justdevin) – who organised the excellent Saturday night shindig – and everyone I spoke with in queues …

The reason for attending was, of course, that there were going to be a number of the “Firefly” cast attending.  Unfortunately, as the con drew nearer, Alan Tudyk and Morena Baccarin withdrew due to work commitments.  I’m led to believe that during the course of the weekend, the event drew approximately 100k attendees which exceeded all expectations.

The only time it looked as if the organisers looked as if they were taken by complete surprise was for the “Firefly” cast panel.  Naturally, fans knew that this was going to be popular and therefore the only way to ensure getting in was to queue early, and fans had started to gather by 9:30am on Sunday morning.

By the time the panel started, to say that the atmosphere was electric was a bit of an understatement.  The hall used for the major panels had seats for 4,500; not only were all seats filled, but the organisers had taken the decision to allow standing in the back in order not to disappoint.

Anyone who has seen any footage is aware that the panel kicked off with a video message from Joss which was lovely and during the course of the panel, although we may have physically had seven cast members present, not only did Alan Tudyk call in from Australia, but Nathan Fillion contacted him via the iPhone’s FaceTime so not only could he see the crowd, but we could see his reaction.

As I said on an earlier podcast, this was going to be one panel that would be over far too soon and of course, it was; but it was fantastic and I’m so glad I was able to make the journey.

Regardless of the guests that the Dallas Comic Con will have in the future, it was a fun event and worth the time and money.

Wendy

The queue for the panel after one hour
The queue for the panel after one hour
40 mins to the panel start and standing room only
40 mins to the panel start and standing room only
JOSS!!!
JOSS!!!
Our Big Damn Heroes!
Our Big Damn Heroes!
Alan Tudyk from Australia
Alan Tudyk from Australia

So, yeah, sorta off the radar

Yes, it’s been a while; so where have we all been?  The summer is always a busy time for Odile as she is a teacher and the end of the UK school year is when we in the UK sit state education examinations and Odile is amongst the small army of teachers who mark the papers, etc. Andrew and I started new roles within our respective workplaces and for both of us that is meaning new responsibilities and – for the time being – longer working hours.  And of course, if you have been keeping up to date with the show and also follow us on Twitter, you will also know that I had surgery a couple of months ago.

During my recovery and slightly before it, I spoke with Andrew Slack of The Harry Potter Alliance about the wonderful fundraising work that the Harry Potter fandom does and how fandoms can work together for charity fundraising.  It’s a great conversation and I’m sorry that we have sat on it for so long, but it happened during the start of CSTS and we felt it best to focus on CSTS.  Then I was able to speak with Mark James for all the latest on his fan film, “Bellflower” and finally, I spoke with Troy and Laura about their ongoing, “Into The Black” film.  All of those will be coming up this month and into September.

We held our CSTS Affiliate screening on 10 July where we were one of the lucky ones to also see the rough cut “Redemption”.  It was a glorious day and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Odile for throwing open her house of this and thanks to everyone who attended.  It was great to see you all.  One of the highlights of the day, was being able to hook up with Mike Dougherty and Heather Fagin from their table at the convention they were attending in the States!  Huge thanks to Mike and Heather for doing that – Skype, we salute you!

What’s next?  Wendy is attending DragonCon next month, so is looking forward to seeing all The Signal team (yes Kari, Crunchies!), attending the “Redemption” premiere on Saturday night, seeing our friends at QMx, the Saturday parade and all fellow Browncoats – so, if you are wearing something “Firefly”/”SERENITY” related, I may stop you for a chat.  If you are attending D*C, be sure to listen to our next show as we will have a fabulous announcement regarding the Saturday night Whedonverse track Shindig.

Other news:

Massive Events’s “HalloWhedon” convention in the UK announced the addition of Jewel Staite to their guest list.  If you wish to learn more about this event, please visit their website here.  Always pleased to have her in the UK.

Alan Tudyk has a role in the next “TRANSFORMERS” film currently in production.  In a recent chat with the “From Hollywood With Luv” blog, Alan spoke about his character in the film and also another production he is in called “Beautiful Boy” with Maria Bello and Michael Sheen and you can read that here.  And if you have yet to view the “DALE AND TUCKER VS EVIL” trailer – what the heck are you waiting for?!

If you were amongst the 120k (give or take a couple …) attending 2010’s San Diego Comic Con, then you were positively falling over our BDH’s!  Nathan Fillion was part of the panel for James Gunn’s “SUPER” and “Castle” panels, inadvertently signed up for a sequel during an interview, signed at the SoCal Browncoats table along with P J Haarsma and also found time to gatecrash the Joss Whedon Experience Q & A.  Ron Glass, along with “Firefly” scribes Jose Molina and Jane Espenson signed at the QMx table.  Adam Baldwin formed part of the “Chuck” panel along with his fellow cast members, Morena Baccarin was there for “V” and Summer Glau was tubthumping her new series, “The Cape”.  And of course, our Great Bird of the Verse, Joss Whedon was in attendance hosting his very own “Experience”, forming a double-act with J J Abrams for the EW’s “Visionaries” panel and finally confirming what must have become one of the worst kept “secrets” in Hollywood, that he was directing the upcoming “AVENGERS”. PHEW!

I spent the day at London’s very own comic con at Earl’s Court on 18 July and amongst the tables and dealers, found Cooler Walls really taking my attention, bumped into old friends Steve and Naomi at the Firefly Store who are still going strong!

As many of you are also aware, Nathan Fillion has also been part of the ongoing “Read” campaign for the American Libraries Association which you can read about here and also buy the poster here for $16.

Lastly, if the sound of a Pete Carpenter/Mike Post tv theme brings a smile of fond memories, then this is for you!  About six or so weeks ago, the lads over at i09.com had some time on their hands and, as everyone knows idle minds are the Devil’s playground, but on this occasion produced something totally fabulous – a rejigged 80’s style “Firefly” credit title sequence complete with Carpenter/Post-style theme.

Right, we’re recording today, so time to sign off.

Wendy

“Salute to Serenity” Creation convention 2008

I have recently returned from Los Angeles where I attended the 2008 “Salute to Serenity” held by Creation Entertainment 22 – 23 November.

I had a very good time, enjoyed the convention, and it was wonderful to be able to catch up with James, Lynn, Scott and Colleen from the SoCal Browncoats and KNTR, Andy and Ben: the Qmx lads, Jason Palmer, Marian Call, Bentley and Sean from the “Bellflower” fan film and finally, meeting Beth Nelson – the outgoing CSTS 2008 Global Organiser.

As always, it was fabulous to see our BDH’s Ron Glass, Jewel Staite, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and Gina Torres. To everyone who agreed to speak with me – thank you and also to Gary Berman, Adam Malin and their team for running such a professional event.  Although, given the current economic climate, Heaven knows what the next 12 months has in store for us all, but if the opportunity arises, I’d certainly like to attend a second ti

You’ll be able to hear some of the fan reactions and the start of the interviews I was able to conduct in our December and January shows.

Creation’s “Salute to Serenity” news

Imagine if you will, I’m in Liverpool, on a particularly wet and blustery night shepherding some of my company’s biggest suppliers on a work function – when I get a text giving me news that I always wondered if I would read: “Gina’s coming to Creation”.

Creation Entertainment have proudly announced that Gina Torres is their latest guest to their second “Salute to Serenity” convention at the Marriott Burbank 22 – 23 November 2008.  Gina joins fellow former cast members Ron Glass, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and Jewel Staite.

That’s not all with the Creation Entertainment news: they have also commenced their auction for 5 VIP backstage passes for “Salute to Serenity”.  You can go straight to their eBay page here.  Good luck to all of you bidding.

“Lakeview Terrace” and when fandoms collide (prt 2)

This one completely slipped me by, even when I’m having to look at IMDB as part of my job, so I am so very pleased to correct this appalling oversight – Ron Glass has a role in the new Samuel L Jackson drama, “LAKEVIEW TERRACE” which also stars Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington.  Although the film has been released in the US, it is due to be released by Sony on 5 December here in the UK.

In an earlier blog, I’m hoping that I did say that Nathan Fillion’s new TV series, “Castle” has been picked up by ABC for air in 2009.  In an episode of the podcast, I said to Andrew that the pilot has been directed by “Star Trek” and “X-Files” alumni, Rob Bowman, what has come to my attention is that the series has been created by Andrew Marlowe.  Mr Marlowe has written “THE HOLLOW MAN”, “END OF DAYS” and one that is of particular interest to me, “AIR FORCE ONE”.  Regular followers of Whedonesque will know that the pilot has received one online review which after reading, makes me happy that it is likely to be more “Jason King” than “Murder, She Wrote”.