Why the Firefly fandom is absolutely the BEST fandom ever, part 3 :
I actually got out of bed today because
I couldn't wait to hear what had happened with Non-Flan and the Flan 500 yesterday. I'm vicariously living this weekend through them and there's no best way
to start the day than to read up on what amazing things the Backup Bash organizers and other Browncoats have come up with. And it only gets better if you put Dan Sehane on and sing along with him, for the record.
There are some reports floating around and I'll do a more general post compiling those sometimes next week, but some things that need to be said :
- Michael Muhney
(Sheriff Lamb on Veronica Mars
), who was supposed to show at the Charity Auction during Flan, contacted the Backup Bash people as soon as he heard the con had been cancelled and proceeded to ask how he could help. So he was there yesterday at what had been planned. He's not even in the fandom.
Can you feel the waves of love I'm sending his way?
- Clare Kramer
(Glory on Buffy
) has a bar opening next week in L.A. but she opened it up so the Flan 500 and guests had somewhere to hang out Saturday afternoon. Clare was in no way affiliated with the event to start with, and isn't exactly in the fandom either. Yet she donated time, space, possibly money to make Non-Flan a positive experience. How amazing do people get, seriously?
- The Big Damn Heroes. The huge
, fucking brilliant
BDHs. On top of Nathan, Jonathan, Mark, Christina, Greg Edmonson
(music composer for Firefly
) who were all there on Friday and showed up again on Saturday, Ron Glass
attended the events on Saturday, along with Michael Fairman
(the torturer Niska) and Morena Baccarin
- And by the way, Morena was never scheduled for the event
. And still she came. Out of the nine actors from the main cast, five of them
have showed so far out of goodwill and the goodness of their hearts. Out of the four still missing, one of them we know is stranded in Canada (Jewel), and another is Gina Torres. So by this point, amusingly enough since neither of them were scheduled for the convention, I end up wondering what's keeping Summer Glau and Sean Maher from joining the fun, because having heard about them and having met both (though mostly Sean), it's definitely not
the fact they're not kind-hearted. Not hoping, because they might very well be working / have other commitments and that would be absolutely understandable, but who knows what the Backup Back guys have planned for today (Sunday). Honestly, right now they could get SANTA CLAUS to show up and I wouldn't be surprised.
- Forgot to mention this yesterday: let it not be forgotten that the Backup Bash guys opened a paypal account for donations to help make something happen and that people not going to Flan
raised the first $3,200
by 11:00 AM Friday morning, which was maybe 14 hours (and overnight hours) after information about being able to donate had circulated widely. Last I know $4,500 has been raised.
May this event be a lesson to all in generosity and kindness.