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May 20 2005

Tickets for Booster's Serenity Flanvention go onsale. For the first ever US Serenity convention in LA to be held Dec. 9-11, 2005. Tickets will go onsale Friday May 20, 2005 at 12pm PST.

Ticket Prices:
Big Damned Pass (BDP)
The Big Damned Pass includes autos from the guests, admission to all QAs and activities, Cocktail Party, Banquet, ALL single photo ops (with each guest), and premium seating. Limited to 50. $759 Payment Plan availible, check site for details. LIMITED TO 50 TICKETS for the best seating possible.

Big Weekend Pass
The weekend pass includes autos from all the guests, seating behind BDP holders, admission to all guest QAs and activities. Eligible to buy tickets for photo ops and all exclusive events. $235 Payment Plan availible, check site for details.

Day Passes
Day passes include admission to that day's events and ability to buy tickets for the exclusive events happening that day. Seating behind weekend pass holders. Friday Pass $79. Saturday Pass $79. Sunday Pass $79.

Exclusive Events
Friday Cocktail Party (included with BDP) $135
Saturday Banquet (included with BDP) $165
Sunday Special Lunch (not included with any pass) eBay auction only. Limited to 35 attendees.

Photo Ops
Adam Baldwin (included with BDP) $50
Alan Tudyk (included with BDP) $50
Morena Baccarin (included with BDP) $40
Jewel Staite (included with BDP) $40
Sean Maher (included with BDP) $40
Summer Glau (included with BDP) $40
Ron Glass (Included with BDP) $40
Cast (not included with any pass) eBay auction only. Limited to 20.


On another note; they also have more Angel Booster Bash news.

Extra Photo Ops / Autographs
Two more photo ops are in the store: “With Friends Like These” Chris Kane & Andy Hallett (limited availability of 20) and “WH Review” Julie Benz, Chris Kane & Stephanie Romanov (Limited availability of 20)

Extra autographs from Alexis Denisof, Stephanie Romanov and Andy Hallett are in the store.

Got Prizes?
Everyone who orders a Weekend Pass to ABB from May 20 through May 27 is entered into a drawing for the new “Men of Sunnydale” cards from Inkworks! (Prize to be awarded at the convention)

Hmmm... can I justify spending THAT much money to see the BDH's? We shall see.
Is it also the first Firefly convention in LA? I can understand them wanting to help the movie and capitalize on the Serenity name, but I'll always associate the franchise with the title "Firefly" before thinking "Serenity". Eh, what's in a name though, right?

[ edited by Kris on 2005-05-20 09:07 ]
I'm glad the 'Flan' stuck. Another uniqueness within the Jossverse :)
I can't think of another place I'd rather be that weekend :^)

Excellent!! Can't wait!!
I think those prices are completely outrageous. Are these promoters insane?
$79 for a day pass. Heck if you add up all that comes with BDP it saves you $76 right now and if the other headliners come on board, you would save over around if not more than $150. So where's the outrageousness in the price your refering too?
$79 for a day pass with no eligibility for photo ops and all a person would get to do is sit in a chair in the back of the room for that price. $135 for a cocktail party? $165 for a banquet? In my opinion...this is outrageous.

Keep in mind these same cast members made appearances for a hell of lot less money at other events this past year.

[ edited by kdavid323 on 2005-05-20 17:53 ]

[ edited by kdavid323 on 2005-05-20 17:54 ]
Of course day pass holders are eligible for photo ops, as long as the photo op occurs on the day for which they've bought the pass.
"Keep in mind these same cast members made appearances for a hell of lot less money at other events this past year."

As I understand things, this is a lot more "close up and personal" kind of con.

To each his own I guess.
my apologies for the idiot question, but is it possbile to actually BUY the tickets? am I missing something obvious? When I go to the buy section, there are items for some of the other events, but not Serenity.

xiexie!
Ticket sales start at 12 p.m. PST today.
A little too rich for my blood. Maybe a day pass, but then it pretty much is just sitting out in BFE for Q&A's. I don't know...

But then, since Nathan would be the big draw for me, even if he did show up, I can't get anything better than what I got from the Kerry fundraiser: my favorite picture, me sitting between Nathan and NB while Nathan pokes NB's eye out...again. Good stuff.

It all just feels very Vulkon to me, and that just wasn't the best experience I've ever had. I understand that this is a standard format for many conventions, I'm just not sure it's worth the money to me. But I'm sure they'll have no problem selling out without my $$.
Agreed, kdavid323 and Rogue Slayer, this is too rich for my blood, but I'm sure they'll sell out quickly in no time.
> Ticket sales start at 12 p.m. PST today.<

doh! so I *am* missing something obvious. how typical!

:)

*thanks*
There are going to be 700 max going to be at this event - not an event of 1,000's with no guarrentees of a seat to see them in Q&A's or autographs like at previous convention with a lot more face time with the guest over the weekend. Not to mention a reserved seat and autographs (in some cases photo ops) not having to have to wait in endless line to get a chance to get a glimpse of them. Plus if you factor in the cost of putting this event on you will see that these prices are pretty darn reasonable in the overall. As for the Fundraiser, those people were there as friends of Joss, they didn't ask to be paid to show up. In this case they are getting paid for time and travel and other exspenses.
I'm really looking forward to this event. There are many ticket options to choose from and the the "All Inclusive" ticket does not seem to be priced outrageously to me at all; especially considering what it includes. Plus, there is a payment plan as well (for both the all inclusive and the regular weekend pass), so sign me up!!
Screw that! I'm a fan and all but those prices are waaay to high. It must not seem outrageous to those who can afford to spend that much of money, but to those who have car and house bills it's too unfair. Anway, whatever.

The GUIDE out!
As for the Fundraiser, those people were there as friends of Joss, they didn't ask to be paid to show up. In this case they are getting paid for time and travel and other exspenses.

I know! That almost makes is a more meaningful experience to me, knowing the actors were willing to give their time freely for something they believed in rather than a payday. NOT saying the actors don't believe in promoting Serenity or giving thanks to fans, but obviously they have to make a living.

And you can't really compare a convention to the Kerry Fundraiser, but just in my eyes, there will be nothing to top that, so these kinds of things feel a bit...'meh' after that very lucky experience. To spend such little money and get to just mingle with actors, get autographs, take pics, talk with them....it doesn't compare to a convention format where you get a very 'cattle' feeling. I can see why the 'mixers' and banquets are so popular, but sadly, still to expensive for me.
kdavid - "Keep in mind these same cast members made appearances for a hell of lot less money at other events this past year."

Are you refering to what you paid to see them or what the actors were paid to appear? If you are talking about what you paid then yes, maybe because the convention was general admission and the promoter was expecting a minimum a few 1,000 people to attend. The guest typically get the same amount depending on what they are going to be doing at the event no matter if there is 100 attendees or 10,000. So yes convention prices vary from one event to the next depending on the expected turn out and how much time the actor is actually going to be spending at the event, whether it's 1 hour or 10 over the course of the weekend.

illyaris_guide - "Screw that! I'm a fan and all but those prices are waaay to high. It must not seem outrageous to those who can afford to spend that much of money, but to those who have car and house bills it's too unfair. Anway, whatever."

I have car, house, insurance, pets, and a lot of other bills to pay but I go to cons cause I budget for them. They are my only vice to splurge on. I know, I want to attend an event so I just set money aside each week for when the time comes and event comes up that I want to attend - I have the money to do so. I'm not rich, I just try to save some money so when the time comes and I need a break from my life and want to go see and support some of the people I have seen on TV I can do it. I don't live anywhere that gives me the opportunity to see these people outside of a convention areana. So I take the opportunities I can. Since these events will not be around forever, I like the chance an opportunities that events like these give. Not many other shows or genres have the ability for the fans and guests (writers, actors, creators, and others) to meet each other. Also do you expect the guest not to receive compensation for their appearance, for some this is how they make some extra income to keep them afloat for others it's a chance to put faces to the rating numbers. Your choice is do you want to be 1 faces among a sea of 1,000's - then the gen cons are for you San Diego which I think is $60 for 4 days is the biggest with a weekend total of around 75,000+ attendees, or if you want a bit smaller there's Dragoncon in Atlanta also around $60 for 4 days with an estimated attendence of 30,000+, or if you want a little smaller you can see Wizard World or Worldcon both range in price from $25-$150 dollars for 3 days. None of those events will guarentee you an autograph or you may have to pay for them from the headliners, also they is no guarentee you will get in the Q&A if there is one, although I can guarentee you will have long lines to wait in. If you would like something a bit more intimate you have the Flanvention with a Max of 700 attendees, and almost the complete cast for a 3 day event that is $235 with a payment plan that had you paying $78 dollars down, guarenteed seating with first payment, and autos from all the headlining guest (in this case the cast). Then your next $78 payment is not due until at the very latest August 20 - which is 14 weeks away, then the last payment is not due until Oct 20th which is almost 10 weeks after that. If you paid the $78 dollar payment and each day sat aside $1 you would have your ticket paid off more than a week before the last payment was due.

It's just a matter of budgeting for it.
It must not seem outrageous to those who can afford to spend that much of money, but to those who have car and house bills it's too unfair.

Huh? I'm a bit confused by that statement. I do have a mortgage and a car payment and other bills to pay. And I'd wager that most people that go to cons also have these things. Can I afford to do everything I would like to do? Nope. Do I find it unfair? Nope. That's just life. There is a distinction between something being out of my price range and something being over priced. I don't think this con - or any of the others I've seen advertised recently - are over priced. That's just what they cost when there are fewer tickets available. Also, I do have to budget for the ones I want to attend. And, personally, I prefer the smaller cons because I'm not big on the crowds. Plus, I take into consideration what the tickets include and the fact that I'll be able to take a break from the everyday grind to not only see actors that I admire, but also see friends that I haven't seen since the last con. It's like a mini vacation for me.
I bought my Big Damn Pass this afternoon right at 12(give or take) YAY for payment plans..I love that idea, so whoever came up with that..thanks!!
It is alot of money but so worth it. We get all the guests autographs(7 so far) and photo ops with all the guests(7 so far).
Does any know if someone else were to be added if there autograph and a photo op with that person would be included in the price??
I am so excited about this flanventiion
SHINY
Yep.. autograph & photo op of any headliners will be included as they are added. If you bought the BDP, you'll get em.
Yep.. autograph & photo op of any headliners will be included as they are added. If you bought the BDP, you'll get em.

Shiny!!!

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