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June 10 2007

Official Dragoncon Whedonverse web site. This is the official website for the Whedonverse Track (replacing the Buffy Track) for Dragoncon. Check here for guests and events.

That's odd... when I mentioned doing a full Whedonverse track to the Buffy track people, they scoffed in my face about the notion. Didn't seem so strange to me...
Believe me, most of us were just as surprised as you where when the announcement was made. We'd already been scoffed at for quite some time ourselves, but we couldn't be more thrilled that it's finally happening. The browncoats have been so supportive as we merged and it's really been a good experience thus far.
That's fascinating. I wonder why they weren't receptive to the idea at first?
well, theories abound, but I have no idea myself. I'm just glad it's happening at last. And such a good line up so far for the first year of it! Pretty exciting stuff.
I dunno. Having been only exposed to online communities like Whedonesque, I always fancied that people were fans of Joss Whedon's work, and that translates easily from one work to another... Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Astonishing X-Men, Goners, and so forth...

But I was proven wrong. I am a major Joss fan, including a love for Buffy (albeit I'm a late-comer who watched on DVD after falling in love with Firefly) and I felt totally unwelcome there (where I've always felt that we are the friendliest MOST welcoming fandom out there.) So this is a great change to see!
Well, glad folks are getting along. Now if only I had the cash to make it to DragonCon...
I've always tried to be open to the Firefly side of fandom, mostly because I love Firefly myself. But I do know what you mean. I have plenty of friends who scoffed at my Buffy love for years. Then they became huge firefly fans and I thought, well, now maybe they'll understand.

Alas, they never really stopped looking down their noses at Buffy. But I think most fans aren't that way. We're a pretty friendly lot. ^_^
I came into this whole fandom thing late too, and was surprised at the resentment some fans had towards shows, characters, writers etc. If you stay on Whedonesque, you can usually pretend that everybody gets along. (That and occasionnally closing your eyes while humming loudly to yourself. ;-) ) It is always nice to see the groups being brought together and playing nice. Too bad there is no way I'm going to be able to go to this.

Now if only the Con in NJ that James Marsters is attending would also get someone else to attend who I have any interest in. (I know, I'm greedy.) It is a horror based Con, but pretty much all of the Whedonverse would fit...sort of.

ETA: It occurs to me that though this is great for hardcore fans, many people won't know the name Whedon and so won't realize that this is BtVS, Ats, Firefly Serenity etc. That seems like it could be a problem.

[ edited by newcj on 2007-06-11 19:53 ]
I think a good 90% of Buffy, Angel, or Firefly fans would know the name whedon, and, since we'll mostly be discussing those, I don't think it'll be a huge problem. And, since I work in a comic book store now, I get introduced to a lot of people who've never seen any of the shows, but still know who Joss is.

I think we'll be alright. ^_^
I always think it's so funny when Firefly fans look down on Buffy. I equate it with someone hearing the Smashing Pumpkins' album Adore and deciding it's the best album of all time. But they decide not to listen to any other Smashing Pumpkins albums, or maybe only a couple seconds of one song, then decide it's stupid. So instead of calling themselves Smashing Pumpkins fans, they call themselves Adore fans, and try to distance themselves from anyone who likes their other albums. And it's even more funny because Siamese Dream is far superior to Adore. ;)
Well, if you want to put a fine point on it, Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness was the best out of all of them. :)

I'll admit, I used to be one of those people that despised Buffy. I didn't look down on fans necessarily, but I refused to have anything to do with the show. Nowadays, I could join a twelve-step program for Buffy-addicts. :)

It is sad to hear that there is any kind of animosity between us Whedon-fans. But hopefully, things like what's happening at DragonCon will continue to unite the fandom.

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