August 19th, 2005

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Browncoat testimonials

So, as you all know, Universal gave Browncoats a chance to give "testimonials" about how much we love Firefly/Serenity and why we love it that much. I got the chance to go, and thought I'd share the experience with you all... it's the least I can do.

One of the most awesomest days of my life. Period. End of story.

My friend Nik and I drove up from San Diego to LA. It didn't take us as long as we expected to get up there, so we walked around looking for a bathroom and getting sweaty because it was all kinds of hot. I was SO worried about my hair and minimal makeup that I had on, because I have oily skin and thin hair, which doesn't make a good pair. Then, we saw the browncoats had started converging, and we joined with them and talked and stuff. Browncoats are lovely.

Then these shuttles arrived, and took us literally around the corner from where we were onto the Universal lot. We hung out outside in the hot sun, and then they let us into the comissary, where they had set up a nice little green room with food stuffs and episodes of Firefly playing on a very shiny TV. We each got numbers as we walked in, and I was number 11, so I was in the second group of ten. I was so nervous the whole time I was there. Oh yeah... I got my makeup done by a real Hollywood makeup artist. It was the coolest thing ever!! I paid close attention so next time I need to look all fanciful, I'll remember what she did.

Then, as soon as our group was about to be called, azarsuerte showed up, which was all kinds of exciting!! Then our group got lead outside, and we got on another shuttle and that took us to a soundstage (28? I think it was 28. Someone help me) and we had to be SOOPER SEKRIT quiet. Then they started calling us back one by one. I kept telling everyone to go ahead of me, because my friend JAMES WAS MAKING ME MORE NERVOUS. GGRRRRR. Luckily, I got to sit and watch James and hear what all the tech men were saying about him LOL. That was great.

Then I was up to bat. The set was just plain white, and the lights were hot and sticky and I was sweating like pig. There was a very nice guy interviewing me from behind the camera named Adam, and he had a Trogdor shirt on from I love Trogdor. I miss Trogdor. </lament> Adam was part of the crew and has been there since day one. He's seen Serenity 40+ times. I don't remember much of what I said, because all I can remember is Adam laughing at me being such a freaking geek. LOL. I'm dead serious about that too. I do remember three specific moments though, because I will never be able to forget them, for as long as I live, or actually, as long as any of the Browncoats there will live. Hopefully, I'll outlive them by at least a couple years, so that when I'm like, 90 years old, I won't have to be reminded of this.

ADAM: So, what makes you relate to the crew of Serenity, and just Serenity itself?
ME: The characters are real, blah blah blah, yadda yadda. I mean, if I had a ship, it would be Serenity!

ADAM: Could you tell us a little bit about the characters? Like, who's your favorite?
ME: My favorite character is Kaylee! I LOVE Kaylee!
ADAM: Why is that?
ME: Because I AM Kaylee!!!11one!!1!

ADAM: So, if you had to describe Serenity and Firefly in one word, what would that be?
ME: SHINY!!!!!!!!</kaylee>

Yeah people, I was in total Kaylee mode. Even enough to search out all the strawberries used as garnish on the cookies and brownies and eat them. There's a picture of me eating them somewhere.. I'll try and locate it. After being interviewed, we were shuttled back to the comissary, and just sat around chatting, watching Firefly, and I was being made fun of. Oh baby yes. However, everyone thinks that my Serenity line will make it into the promo or whatever they use these for.

Finally, Universal kicked us out, and Nik, James, my friend Arielle (who flew down from SAN FRANCISCO), my friend Susan (AKA Eleventh Hour, who did the guerilla marketing posters at and the art for the role playing game) and I went to Karl Strauss and got some food. I had the signature Diet Coke and we shared some fries. Then, Nik and I headed back home.

All in all, it was a great day. Hopefully, I'll get on something and all the giddyness won't be wasted!!!

Oh, and by the way, just for going and doing a testimonial, I GOT PUT ON THE GUEST LIST FOR THE PRESS SCREENING OF SERENITY ON TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'M SEEING SERENITY!!!!
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Serenity Comic Stats

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Diamond (the comic distrubiter) debuted its Top 100 Sales charts and market share report. Serenity #1 was estimated to have sold 38,500 copies ranking it #49 in sales for the month. For comparison the top 3 sellers were

1 All Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder #1 261,100
2 New Avengers #7 158,700
3 House of M #3 151,800