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11th-Jul-2011 08:27 am
Firefly - Mal WTF?
Just heard from a friend that the Saturday-night Shindig (Whedonverse track) got scrubbed this year!!! Someone please tell me this is just an unsubstantiated rumour, and if it is not, somebody please tell me where I can reach the organisers and let 'em have it!!!!
11th-Jul-2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
It isn't on the track schedule: posted here.
11th-Jul-2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
Is someone going to look into this?
11th-Jul-2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
what?!?! no!
11th-Jul-2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
we should boycott! this is a fan run convention! it's gotten big but the principles are the same
11th-Jul-2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
You'd skip DragonCon because one party on one night isn't happening?
11th-Jul-2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
No, I mis-spoke. By boycott, I meant protest/let them know how we feel.
11th-Jul-2011 07:19 pm (UTC)

I has a sad.
11th-Jul-2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Looks like we'll have to create our own unofficial one ;)
12th-Jul-2011 02:54 am (UTC)
I second this!! ;)
14th-Jul-2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Third it!
11th-Jul-2011 08:24 pm (UTC) - No Shindig
On the bright side, maybe there will be something else fun to do. Maybe James Marsters will do a concert (here's hoping, LOL)
13th-Jul-2011 01:36 am (UTC) - Re: No Shindig
Oh that'd be awesome!
11th-Jul-2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
There's always a"do it yourself" shindig. And there needs to be a "Browncoats: Redemption Sales" wrap party too. BTW has anyone contacted the track director?
11th-Jul-2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
It's never been a good party, even though Whedonverse is one of (if not the) biggest fandoms there. BSG Colonial party is excellent and has lots and lots of Browncoats. In fact, a few years ago, there were more people in Firefly-garb than BSG garb at the Colonial party.

Is the whole Jayne's Drinking Games Party supposed to replace the Shindig? It was unclear.
11th-Jul-2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
I don't think the Colonial Party's happening either. At least not as held by The Colonial Fleet as we've done in past years.
11th-Jul-2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Okay. That's damaging my calm.
12th-Jul-2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Actually, we didn't do a party last year, either. We had a personal invite group party, but nothing official.
12th-Jul-2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Ah. I wasn't there last year.
17th-Jul-2011 05:16 am (UTC)
I disagree, I've been to both and definitely prefer the Shindig
17th-Jul-2011 05:21 am (UTC)
To each their own. :) I've been to both every year since and including the year "Serenity" debuted (except last year) and had thrice as much fun at the BSG parties, even when they were crammed in tiny rooms. I should add that I'm a Browncoat before I'm a Colonial/BSGer so even though my bias is in favor of anything Serenifly, the shindigs paled in comparison to the Colonial parties. I'll be happy to be proven wrong in the future though.
12th-Jul-2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Isn't Dragon*Con itself one big Shindig? :D There'll be Browncoats alike, joyful times, beverages regardless of what any official programming may be called.
12th-Jul-2011 01:57 am (UTC)
This. But, my guess is that they will be holding more generalized parties, kind of like the Mad Scientist Ball.

Anyway, these things are more difficult to get into than most panels.
13th-Jul-2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
There was no Mad Scientist Ball last year. I wasn't there in 09, but in 08 I loved that one!
14th-Jul-2011 01:04 am (UTC)
See... so much going on you sometimes don't notice when something doesn't happen.
12th-Jul-2011 02:56 am (UTC)
Shindig is my main get-together with all my friends that weekend. It's the one night I can see almost everyone I know at the con at the same time.
I'm sad that there won't be one this year. Shindig is one of my favorite reasons for going to DragonCon. Guess we'll see what happens.
12th-Jul-2011 04:07 am (UTC)
I really hope this isn't the case.

This is my first year at Dragoncon and that was the thing I was looking forward to most.
12th-Jul-2011 11:22 am (UTC)
Well, it seems the official word is that the Southeastern Browncoats, who are usually behind the Shindig and other Browncoatish activities at D*C, have 'other priorities' this year and the Shindig is too much for the regular D*C organisers to handle. If you ask me, it would be damned shiny if some other Browncoat group would step up to the proverbial plate. Of the groups within a half reasonable distance, the Austin Browncoats always have something in the air, and currently the New England Browncoats are occupied with planning the Browncoat Ball. Anybody from Mid-Atlantic or Chicagoland have a fancy toward filling the gap for us?
12th-Jul-2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
As the SEBC organizer that has done all of the Shindigs basically by myself, though last year we had the awesome support of Browncoats: Redemption, and paying for it out of my own pocket with little or no help (and most times passive hindrance) from D*C, yeah, I needed a break. I was also told that there was a strong possibility that the Whedonverse track would be pursuing a different theme party this year. With that information and our incredible run, we figured it was a good time for me to step aside and let another portion of the Whedonverse fandom have the glory.

I am disappointed that no other party materialized, but that's D*C. There's never enough time, money, or people to do everything we want to do and Wayne does his absolute best to try and please everyone every year.

As for myself, come Saturday night at the con, I'll be sitting in the Marriott bar, having a drink, enjoying the sights, and making my own Shindig. Everyone is welcome to join me, Browncoat or not. And hey, there won't be a long ass line to stand in.
12th-Jul-2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Drinks ahoy!

Provided Ben doesn't have work to do that night (riiight), we'll be joining you. ;-)
12th-Jul-2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
The Shindig is a massive effort and I did not get the same opportunities to pull together all the groups usually involved this year that I normally do. The decision not to host the Shindig was entirely mine as I did not want it to suffer in quality due to the lack or normal attention it usually gets. All of us that plan it (SEBC/Whedon Track) exhaust ourselves to pull it off and Serenity is correct when she stated that could really use a break from organizing it this year but I already plan to put as much effort as possible to host it next year. I look forward to your thoughts and support to make that happen!

Wayne Hutchinson
Whedon Universe Track Director
12th-Jul-2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
OK, guys. I'm sorry I sounded off. It was upsetting to hear about at first and I couldn't be bothered to check into it before going D=. Just one more cross I'll have to bear until I drop dead....Hopefully I can make up for it by letting the upset masses on Facebook know where you're coming from.
13th-Jul-2011 12:44 am (UTC)
It's tradition to have the Shindig. I watched youtube of the 2008 and 2009 and it brought back happy memories about how fun the music and dancing was. What a shame there won't be one this year :( I really looked forward to it every year. I guess it's time to try new things...
13th-Jul-2011 05:08 am (UTC)
17th-Jul-2011 05:24 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing that. And your icon makes me both laugh and swoon.
13th-Jul-2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
This will be my...12th? 13th? DragonCon, and I've come to realize something over the years. Remember every year is different, special, and awesome in its own way -- and then you will be happy.

(Unless, like me last year, your room is hijacked by your sister's obnoxious anti-geek coworker who hits snooze for 1-2 hours each morning starting at 6am, sings along to disney songs while you're trying to sleep, refuses to watch dragoncontv, and tries to throw away your laptop. when that happens, you spend most of the con thinking up new and progressively more horrific ways to kill a person without having to go to jail. Dark, dark times.)
13th-Jul-2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
ACK!!! That sounds horrible! Hopefully Karma will make this year your best Con ever!
13th-Jul-2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Wh...is that my long lost cat's long lost twin in your avatar? That confused my sleepy brain so hard for a few minutes!

This year I have a new rule to prevent these situations. You must be a)related to me by blood, or b)carnally know a member of group a, if you want to be in my room.
13th-Jul-2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
I was about to mention your picture. That was Lexie and he was my pride and joy for 13 great years!!
HA...those are pretty good rules. I finally had to bail on my normal roommates. One of them snores cartoonishly loud and I couldn't take it anymore!
14th-Jul-2011 12:09 am (UTC)
I had just woken from a nap, and spent an embarassingly long time staring at your cat thinking "I never took a picture of Jazz in a purple blanket, did I? Do I own a purple blanket?"

(Jazz was the best cat ever, and I had him only 5 years before my fiance let him out one morning and we think coyote got him... I did eventually forgive the fiance, but only just.)
14th-Jul-2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
OMG...my wife would have killed me if I would have lost her furry son!!!
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