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September 09 2008

Firefly Super Fans. TV Guide article noted some shows where super-fans have come to the rescue (including Firefly!).

Pity it's wrong though.
What part Simon?
Perhaps the series wasn't saved, but a true jewel for the fans was the Serenity movie.

[ edited by Rogue Demon Hunter on 2008-09-09 16:51 ]
The fact that the fans brought back Firefly, in the form of Serenity, seems to be a legend. I guess even if it's wrong, it's still a nice story :)
No mention of comic continuations of Buffy and Angel? It wasn't the result of a fan campaign or anything like that (unless you count the brainwaves we all try to send the Whedon, more Buffy more Buffy please), but many of us were enthused enough about the shows to follow them into another format entirely. I don't recall the Angel comic's sales figures but Buffy seems to be doing pretty well.
Angel's doing pretty well too, dunno if it's still the case but IIRC it was an issue of 'Angel: ATF' that was IDW's biggest selling comic, ever.

Not only is the DVD -> 'Serenity' myth just wrong, it also doesn't credit Mary Parent with having faith in Joss from pretty much the get-go. And Jericho was cancelled after just 7 eps of season 2 wasn't it ? Hardly a resounding success for 'super-fans' (in fact it probably set future fan campaigns back a fair ways, since executives are now less likely to equate fan fervour with actual ratings - once bitten, twice shy and all that).
On the other hand, it's nice to see a mention of the fandom.
I dunno, do we need pats on the head for the sake of pats on the head, even if they're for the wrong reasons ? Seems like Whedon fans get their fair share of press to me, YMMV ;).
We broke Joss's mushortio site with our fanlove recently. That was pretty super of us.
On a personal note - I was a buffy/angel fan, but only discovered Firefly after the Serenity movie had come out. So whatever 'Powers that Be' that brought that movie into being - I am greatful.
I dunno, do we need pats on the head for the sake of pats on the head, even if they're for the wrong reasons ?


The visibility of the Firefly fandom has dimmed of late so who knows? On a wider note, what next for that fandom? No hint of a movie sequel on the horizon or a continuation of the show. The various fan campaigns have come and gone. The press are looking at shiny new Joss toys in the form of Buffy season 8, Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible. Does anyone want to predict what the fandom will be like in a couple of years time? I'd like to think that the wonderful charity work will still be on the go.
Simon: a number of us have started 501(c)(3) charitable organizations because of our love of The 'Verse, or at least as an homage to it. In a couple of years, I will still work to raise money for charities, and support KNTR and Equality Now, as well as our local shelters, after school programs, etc.

I am sure CABC, SEBC, etc., will continue to spread their love of Firefly/Serenity, while supporting all of their amazing causes, as well.

[ edited by haldira on 2008-09-09 17:39 ]
The press are looking at shiny new Joss toys in the form of Buffy season 8, Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible. Does anyone want to predict what the fandom will be like in a couple of years time?

Guess I just see it as, if the fandom dies the fandom dies - surely if we let it die then it was time for it to die and if we don't then it won't die in the first place ?
I'm not sure I see the fandom as completely distinct from the fanbase - so yeah, while the Firefly fandom may not be able to wield much more power within the 'verse itself, any network/film/comic/mushortio executive has to look at Joss and go 'this is a guy whose work generates a fanbase like that one that sort of maybe helped to bring a film into existence.' I think it's still news to some people that a fandom can turn out to be more than a dozen geeks with nothing better to do.
We grow, we expand, we embrace Dr. Horrible and Dollhouse. Yes, we will probably lose a few along the way but most of the fans I know are not fans of just one Joss creation.
"Browncoat" is a handy moniker but it isn't all of who we are.
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If I recall correctly, th first big fandom series savior was from Star Trek.

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