How is everyone?
I know I might have done it in the past, but I wanted to really tell each and every one of you that I adore the support and efforts you've all put forth in our group. We made our stand, and that's no small thing. Everyone in the group made a contribution in their own way- it was really a fantastic thing to be a part of.
I also wanted to let you all know that the BGA site and page are both still up and running (i.e. we're not closing them any time soon.) Having said that, however, I personally won't be moderating the site and page as closely as I had been.
If you're wondering why, it's actually due to a couple of reasons.
For one, the BGA was sort of a one-time event and at this point that event has mostly passed. More importantly, the biggest reason for not following the BGA as closely any more is that I recently became an administrator of the Cortex. It's a fantastic, ever-growing little page here on Facebook with an absolutely amazing community.
We're working on new things for our members all the time and although it's quite time-consuming, it's also very fulfilling. We have about 1K members at the moment, but we'd love to see more BGA folks pop over and say hello.
I suggest you check it out if you have the time.
It's a fantastic place to learn about the activities, projects, and initiatives of your fellow Browncoats (like the BGA itself). We also run contests (there's one on now, actually) and promote various Browncoat groups, communities, and charities from around the web.
Well, I think that's all for now. Feel free to message me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter (@onthecortex) or on Facebook via messaging.
Remember, the future is worth fighting for.
In peace as always,
kimonoko AKA Søren Hough
I've been kind of silent on here for a bit now, but school is mostly over for a lot of us and it looks like we are still trucking on. I am still getting emails from new members eager to help out. My message to all leaders is first and foremost to find anyone in their same area and organize them into some semblance of a group. This means in larger areas, like Scotland, you might want to split up into regions of your area because countries can get pretty big. Maybe assigning jobs that fit smaller niches, like regional t-shirt makings, flyer printings, etc. would work out for the regional leaders to organize. Specific questions can be sent to either myself at email@example.com or to JSibb
In other news, we have successfully passed the 300 member mark. Crazy. Because we have so many people on here right now, I think it would be great if some of the original members (RubberDuckyDude? :D) could just guide the forums along and communicate with the newer members so we can have a cohesive campaign going.
I hope everyone has a great summer, and I look forward to remaining in contact as we approach the day of the BGA!
It has been awhile since our last update. We apologize for the long wait, but I wanted to thank everyone who participated in the BGA last fall. Who knows what the effect was immediately, but apparently the Science Channel has taken up Firefly and is re-airing all of the episodes (in order, no less!). One wonders how much we may have had to do with that, at least as part of the greater Browncoat community.
I come to you now asking you to throw your hat in the ring with another movement- a movement that has gained approximately 70 thousand supporters in the past 7 days. It's called "Help Nathan Buy Firefly."
The moment started as a result of an off-hand remark to Entertainment Weekly Nathan made about what he would do if he won the lottery.
“If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to 'Firefly,' make it on my own, and distribute it on the internet.”
Now naturally, he was likely joking about his intentions. However, Firefly writers Jose Molina and Jane Espenson have publicly stated that they would be willing to return to the series. And, perhaps more interestingly, Jewel Staite has stated she would return at the drop of a hat.
CNN and Wired both commented in articles about the movement just days after it started- much to the delight of supporters everywhere:
I don't know what will come of this campaign, but the creators of http://helpnathanbuyfirefly.com/ have noble ideas about charities and the cause is worthy. Perhaps our sheer numbers will alert Fox or the Science Channel that there is a market waiting to be tapped- at any rate, I would love to see all 500+ of the BGA Browncoats throw their weight behind the effort by "Like"-ing the fan page. Get excited for the potential to bring our cause into the limelight, and tell ALL of your friends.
Let's do this!
kimonoko and jsibbs
The future is worth fighting for.
Over 200 members and counting! Let's keep it up! Stay tuned for information on an upcoming podcast on the BGA with some big names. This update will be followed with more details soon!
Our numbers are growing and growing, and participation is so enthusiastic. These forums are a hotbed. I couldn't have asked for anything else for the holidays. Thank you.
Happy Holidays, New Year's, etc!
Guys, we did it- we broke the 100 member mark! As of right now, we have 123 members, and still climbing steadily. This is amazing progress, and I’m ecstatic that we have grown so much in such a small amount of time. Don’t think this is the end, we still have a long way to go if we really want to get a second movie made. Get your friends to watch the show, buy them memorabilia for Christmas, anything to convert as many browncoats as possible.
Speaking of which, the holidays are coming up soon; now would be the perfect time to get the whole family together over a Firefly/Serenity marathon with those DVD box sets I’m sure you all have purchased.
Another big thing coming up: Jayne Cobb Day! I hope everyone is prepared with their Jayne hats and mudder’s milk for January 16th. Another perfect opportunity to spread the word, and the cause.
There are still a lot of interesting conversations going on in the forums, so make sure to check in once in a while to get the latest news. Personally I think everyone should read the “Two by two. Hands of blue. Two by two” thread, I think buying the gloves online to increase volume is a great idea.
Oh yeah, I finally got around to watching Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. It was pretty great, I can’t wait for the next one. Finally a musical I can enjoy without questioning my masculinity.
Anyway, that’s pretty much it. Keep up the good work fellow browncoats. If we keep growing at this rate we’ll break 200 in no time, and from there, the sky’s the limit.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in my bunk.
I have been watching quietly as the site has grown- and clearly y'all took my words pretty seriously. We now have... wait for it... 91 members. That's 91 Browncoats who have taken up the cause. Now I ask you once again, get the word out. If we doubled in just 2-3 weeks, maybe we can do that again! If each of you recruits at least one Browncoat (and it shouldn't be hard- just let the watch Firefly), we can jump up all the way to 180! Thank you for your support, and thank you new members for filling out information about your Firefly love :).
Next on the agenda- please check the forums and read about the ideas we have proposed. We are hoping to contact Joss Whedon as well as Nathan Fillion and anyone else who might be interested. Below, we have the beginnings of an idea from a member of the site who wants to send some letters to Joss. This letter obviously needs iterations, but if many people could iterate it into an eloquent final format, it would be great. We could each then send a letter that is personalized to whomever we see fit.
I know you get flooded with requests like this, but I think all fans of Firefly would love a bring-back of the show. Before you disregard this as another crazy fan request, all I want to know is what we can do to get your support to bring the show back? I ask as a member of the Blue Glove Assault. http://bluegloveassault.webs.com
Please check out "V", starring Morena Baccarin. It is an amazing show- I wasn't expecting it to be as awesome as it is, but go over to Hulu and watch at least the pilot. Very well done. Plus, who doesn't love Morena anyway?
Speaking of Hulu, we unfortunately have recently found out that Firefly is no longer on the site at all- it has just become even harder to involve people. That means everyone is going to need to start buying DVDs! No longer can we just say watch the first few episodes on Hulu. Start buying!
On an aside, do check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI4JLa0hbUw if you haven't already. Sure, it's not actually Firefly- but the song seems like it fits a bit and there are plastic dinosaurs everywhere in the music video. Another interesting song to check out is Us by Regina Spektor. Read the lyrics and you'll see that they are similar to the storyline of Jaynestown and the crew in general.
Just saw Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, too- very awesome. You get to see Nathan Fillion with Joss once again, plus the amazing lead of Neil Patrick Harris and brilliant performance of Felicia Day.
Can't stop the signal.
We are doing phenomenally right now, guys- but don't stop here. We have 37 members (welcome, new Browncoats of the BGA!)- imagine if each of you recruited just five members. We would have over 150 Browncoats on our side! Please, if you haven't done so already, tell every Browncoat you know and just have them sign up. Family, coworkers, friends, people online, forum surfers, etc.
A few updates on the site. We have added 6 sections.
There is a photo section which has been genrously added to by sagelondon- thank you! Please add more pictures of the 'Verse here- make a section called merchandise and add product pictures. Make a section called Redemption and add pictures from the Browncoats: Redemption movie. Whatever it is, as long as it's appropriate, add it.
The Testimonials application is superfluous, but lends some credence to the site. Add more testimonials if you want on how pumped you are, how awesome Firefly/Serenity is, or what you want to get the BGA.
The Wiki is just a free-form wiki for you to add any articles about Firefly or Serenity or this site or other movements (the Browncoat movement as a whole, maybe). Please contribute if you can, so we can show people what this is all about when they ask what Firefly is or who the Browncoats are.
The Links sections is just an area for you to find other major Browncoat collectives online, including our affiliates.
On the bottom of the page is a Meebo chat bar for you to communicate with other members in real-time- please coordinate time differences and chat it up!
And of course, the forums are still open and busy, so check them out periodically to find out what nefarious plans your fellow BGA members are devising.
Can't stop the signal.
Hey y'all- we have more news. There are now 28 members on this site- for all of you who joined, congratulations on being a part of a historical effort in the 'Verse's history.
Interesting ideas on how to market this campaign and Firefly in general have started to pop up in the forums under "I had a thought"- some are not plausible, but bouncing ideas off each other is a great way to strike gold. Hell, it's how this gorram movement was though up in the first place.
As for recruitment... anyone who has brought more people to the fold, whether it be to this site, the Facebook group, or by word of mouth, please let me know. I can only account for the 28 members here, plus the 4 me and mine represent and those who are in the Facebook group but not here. I would be happy to publicly commend you for your efforts, both now and at the culmination of the efforts.
Leaders, leaders, leaders... we have two people already who have stepped up to the plate for a Texas round-up. Anyone who is in another country or state aside from Texas or who has contact information of a Browncoat chapter, and who wants to be a leader in the BGA, just post in that topic in the forums.
For Jayne's hat, there are posts in that topic that tell you where you can find one. eBay has myriad hats for sale- worry not. Also, we are working on a podcast about the show (it will have a review of the show and movie so you can convince your friends) and about the BGA.
The future is worth fighting for.
We have three new members as of today, making a total of 11 Browncoats enlisted. I am so happy- it's really quite exciting to have growth on this idea. We also have some activity in the forums, as well- and I encourage people to definitely go in and post. The key to this is communication, communication, communication. To make the Signal stronger, you have to foster a sense of community.
We also have been informed that the 76th Battalion of Browncoats headed by Colonel O'Tearney is on board and will vouch on our behalf.
In addition, we are coordinating with SaveSerenity.org to do a podcast episode pertaining to the BGA that we will broadcast on as many avenues as possible. Whatever you can do to help get it out would be awesome- if you want the mp3, once we have it up I will update the site and you can request I send you the file in an email. I would love to have people give the episode to others so we can really emphasize the BGA.
Finally, I want to just remind everyone that we want to continue to show our support by purchasing paraphernalia from vendors such as QuantumMechanix.com- I especially like the Jayne hat (only 30 bucks!) that you can find on eBay. This also includes DVDs and supporting Browncoats: Redemption in their fandom efforts.
Also remember that we have a Facebook group which you can and should join, and then invite other Browncoats who don't know about the BGA. Seach Blue Glove Assault on Facebook.
So apparently, Can't Stop the Serenity is behind us (tentatively). We also have contacted SaveSerenity.org, the site hosting the previous attempt at a BGA. Thank you to both of you- your support means more than you know.
We are in desperate need of chapter support from different locations. I have tried contacting the UK Browncoats, NE Browncoats, San Diego Browncoats, and San Francisco Browncoats. If anyone can contact or give me the contact information for more chapters, it would be great. Their support is critical. It would also be great to get the creators of The Signal podcast to help out, because they have the mass communication. Please email me if you have any information, and remember to sign up using the link on the left! Also, our facebook group is up if you want to recruit people that way. Just search for Blue Glove Assault.
Welcome. If you're here, you probably read a post on Facebook or on a forum somewhere. Whatever you read, here's the skinny:
So, awhile back, there was a show called Jericho. It was about some post-apocalyptic world or something with nukes... the point is, it had a fan following. Then, what happened? It was canceled. Canceled- a word that strikes fear in the hearts of any Browncoat. But did Jericho's fan base let it die? No- they fought back.
Every fan they could muster sent in peanuts (some reference to the show) to the television executives. This massive onslaught lasted awhile, until finally the execs gave in and started up another season.
What does that mean for us? Well, at BGA, we have a mission. We need to do like Jericho before us- but more than that. Our fan base stretches across continents, across oceans... Everywhere. We are going to rally. As one. I am in the process of contacting Can't Stop the Serenity, FireflyFans.net, and browncoats.com as well as browncoatsmovie.com.
So- what we're going to do is this: every Browncoat, from costume wearers to casual viewers, is going to send in to Universal a pair of disposable rubber gloves. With these gloves will be a card reading "Can't stop the signal." These will all go out on the 20th of September, the anniversary of the airing of Firefly.
The hard part is not the plan, though. I need absolutely everyone. That means, to quote a user on FireflyFans.net, "We need to get EVERYONE - not just the forum surfers, or the facebook people, but EVERYONE. E-mails, letters, postcards, hell, I like the carrier pigeon idea."
I need headquarters for this operation in every continent- anyone willing, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a war for Independence, people. Get on it.
I was notified by another forum poster that the site saveserenity.org is up and this BGA was attempted before. In addition, I believe some people were offended by the comment that this is the first time we have rallied. Obviously, it is not- the original Serenity film was a direct product of the effort of a huge fan movement. Apologies. I would love to work with the folks at saveserenity.org- an email has gone out already.
But regardless, in spite of the existence of the other site (we would love to get their support, too), we have already received word from Can't Stop the Serenity coordinator, Anne Barringer. In the next few days, we will see if they can jump on board with this and get the signal out; however, she is very optimistic.
On another note, please make a profile on this site if you are interested in helping. You can sign up to the left.
Finally, as this has been attempted before, there is an address we might use to send our gloves to.
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608