Now's your chance to put your stamp on the 'Verse by naming a town on your favorite planet. Your name will be submitted, and pending studio approval, will be used in the upcoming official Atlas to the 'Verse, Volume One: The Trader's Guild Guide to the New Canaan Run.
If the name isn't accepted or needs to be changed for legal reasons, we'll contact you for a backup choice.
All money raised by this auction, minus all required fees, will be donated to Equality Now. Want to be a part of ‘Verse history? Naming a town is one way for you to do good works! There are only 50 towns available, so make sure to bid today!
- Town name should be 15 characters or less, not including punctuation or spaces.
- No curse words, please.
- Try to avoid obviously jokey or pop-reference names, such as "Bobsville" or "Frakkintown".
Available planets and towns:
ARIEL (5 towns available) Regal or formal-sounding names would work well for Ariel. (And if you're looking for a way to get there, we know where to find a flying ambulance).
BEAUMONDE (5 towns available) Mix it up! Chinese, English, Spanish, French, German, rugged, or refined, they'll all fit.
HERA (5 towns available) Names evocative of a homesteader's life and hopes work well for Hera.
HIGGINS' MOON (5 towns available) "Average" sounding names would work well on Higgins' Moon. Don't expect a statue, though.
LONDINIUM (10 towns available) The original seat of Western culture, English or even Greek names may be something to consider.
OSIRIS (5 towns available) An occasional Egyptian influence would be an obvious choice for Osiris. Feel free to be creative, though.
PERSEPHONE (10 towns available) As you might expect from a gateway planet, just about anything goes on Persephone.
SIHNON (5 towns available) Consider Chinese or Asian-influenced names for this founding planet.
The who, what, where, when and why:
This auction is sponsored by Quantum Mechanix, producer of Atlas to the 'Verse, Volume One: The Trader's Guild Guide to the New Canaan Run, as well as Ben Mund, the artist responsible for the Atlas, and is being organized by Austin Browncoats.
Why are we raising money for Equality Now?
For the fourth year, screenings of the science fiction film 'Serenity' will be held around the world in late June to raise money and awareness for an international women's rights advocacy group. The unprecedented effort marks the culmination of a year's work by fans to bring a writer's vision of equality to a mass audience.
Can't Stop The Serenity was conceived as a tribute to writer-director Joss Whedon on his birthday, June 23, by holding screenings of his 2005 film 'Serenity' wherever supporters were able to organize events. Proceeds from the events are donated to Equality Now, a charitable organization that Whedon's mother, Lee Stearns, helped launch. In 2008, we raised over $100,000 for Equality Now, meaning that we've raised over $250,000 for Equality Now since 2006.
A full list of cities holding screening events can be found at CantStopTheSerenity.com http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com/. Not sure if your city has confirmed a CSTS screening? Check out our forums at http://community.cantstoptheserenity.com/.
Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.
Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx) specializes in the creation of licensed high-quality replicas and "recovered artifacts" from popular television and motion pictures. Licensed franchises include Serenity, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Classics of Sci Fi, Battlestar Galactica, Universal Monsters and War of the Worlds. Our product lines are divided into several major areas:
- QMx – Screen-accurate recreations of props and scale models.
- QMx Press – Paper props and high-quality prints inspired by beloved science fiction TV and films. This category includes blueprints, "expanded universe" reference packs, and character and vehicle posters.
- QMx Artisan - Hand-built models of props and vehicles. These items are produced by a specially selected group of professional prop-makers. Edition sizes are generally very limited.
The company's headquarters are located in suburban Philadelphia, PA.
Ben Mund is a mild-mannered graphic designer and marketer in corporate America by day and rabid sci-fi fan by night. Ben's been expressing his passion for Joss Whedon's 'Verse through Quantum Mechanix on projects including the Ship's Papers, the map of Serenity Valley, and others.
Austin Browncoats, founded in 2007, is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt non-profit located in Austin, TX. Austin Browncoats work to end violence and discrimination in all sectors of society. We place special focus on working alongside young women and children because, given the opportunity and proper education, young women and children can help create a better world for all beings. Much like our passion for the amazing works of Joss Whedon, such as "Firefly", we are passionate about our causes and raising funds for our charities, including Equality Now, SafePlace, Heart House and Emancipet.
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Crappy Town Question”. You can also check out: http://www.austinbrowncoats.com/crappytown.php