Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sometimes, People Are Awesome

So, in a nutshell: there was the big Firefly fan convention planned in Burbank. People had paid money & made hotel reservations & plane reservations; rumors circulated that the convention would be canceled; the group running the convention insisted it would go on and then canceled the day before the convention was to start.

You are thinking, and this makes people awesome?

Why people are awesome: the local Firefly fans acted and basically put together things for the attendees; planning a convention at the last minute AND with only their own resources and donations.

Why people are even more than awesome: the Firefly actors -- and other Whedon actors -- and other actors showed up anyway. To quote Why we love the Firefly/Serenity crew, Daytona Beach News Journal Online, "without appearance fees or the autograph cash that usually get stars to show up, they came anyway". Even people not scheduled to appear came. It is so refreshing to see that it's not just the fans who care about the actors and the fandom; the actors care about the fans.

More coverage here. Ongoing coverage at Whedonesque.


Michele said...

My sister briefly mentioned this to me yesterday (I don't keep up with US conferences since I can't afford to attend even British ones !). I was totally impressed when she told me. I think that's pretty typical, though, of the feelings that Joss inspires in actors who work on his shows, as well as the fans who watch them...

Liz B said...

It's an awesome fandom, isn't it? I think that's one of the reasons that I'll follow Joss & his peeps anywhere. Yeah, we respect the show and the actors; but to feel the respect back? Especially in a time where we easily see "stars" who don't care about their fans? It's just amazing.