Final Weekend of CSTS Events

The last weekend of Can't Stop The Serenity events sees us end with a bang as five screenings and an Affiliate event take place in the US and Canada.

Salt Lake City has an afternoon of fun planned for Sept. 29th with a Costume Contest, raffle and of course Serenity. Since it is a Cinema pub you must be 21 with ID to enter.

Edmonton, AB is showing all episodes of the Guild - at the Whedon friendly comic book store Happy Harbour Comics. The fun gets underway at 10:30. Details at the website.

Can't Stop The Serenity - Orange County is back for their 5th year with Serenity, Dr. Horrible and new this year, live music from "Hello, the Future" which includes Firefly filk. There will also be an auction of collectibles and of course, prizes!

Madison WI is showing Dr. Horrible & Serenity and in a magnificent bit of timing, the same theatre complex is showing The Avengers right before the CSTS event on Sept. 29th.

The 2nd last event in the season is in North Texas. This screening promises to be so large that they are taking over 2 theatres! There will be raffles and auctions in both theatres.

Sunday evening, Sept. 30, Atlanta has the final screening with a silent auction, followed by a showing of Serenity.

Good luck to all having events this weekend.

Next up - the ebay auctions!

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Design our next logo! It’s time for the 2013 CSTS Promo Art Contest!

The Can't Stop The Serenity promotional art contest is back for 2013!

In its seven-year history, Can't Stop The Serenity has raised more than half a million dollars for Equality Now. We can do even more good works this year, but only if people show up! That's where you come in. Since we've been doing this for more than half a decade now, the novelty factor has worn off, which means it's more important than ever before to build excitement for CSTS. The annual logo, poster and t-shirts are critical tools for raising awareness about the event, building excitement, and getting people into theaters around the world.

Think you've got what it takes to design this year's official promotional artwork? Then read on to learn the rules for this year's contest:

THE SHINY STUFF:

The winner’s artwork will be used as the basis for the T-shirt and promos for the 2013 CSTS season. Additionally, the winner’s artwork will be featured prominently throughout our website and social media outlets.

THE (ABBREVIATED) RULES:

  • All artwork you submit must be your own. If you plan to incorporate any stock imagery in your entry, you must have documentation showing that you have permission to use and reproduce it.
  • It should go without saying, but we'll say it anyway. Don't use copyrighted artwork in your submission.
  • Because this is about Equality Now and Peace in the ‘Verse, there should be no overt violence portrayed within the art.
  • The winner’s artwork will be used by CSTS for the purposes of the 2013 CSTS Screenings and events, and for additional promotional purposes until the 2014 artwork has been chosen. No other compensation will be given to the winner.
  • There is a limit of 3 submissions per artist.
ARTWORK GUIDELINES
  • Each entry should include the following:
    • An isolated version of the logo (no background images)
    • A black and white version of the logo
    • A mockup of the logo as a poster (may contain additional text and artwork)
    • A mockup of the logo as a T-shirt (may contain additional text and artwork)
    • A mockup of the logo as an embroidered patch (may contain additional text and artwork)
  • You must use the CSTS logo and have it displayed predominantly within the piece you are submitting. You can download various versions of the logo here. These are provided as outlined files, and the official color values are provided.
  • The logo may be used in many different ways, including, but not limited to stationery, patches, stickers, web banners, icons, etc. The more flexible your design, the better.
  • For acceptable file types, printing requirements, etc., please see the full contest rules.
SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY
  • Submissions will be accepted beginning 24 September 2012, and must be received no later than 14 October 2012 by 11:59 P.M. PST in order to be considered for this contest.
  • You may submit up to three pieces for consideration.
  • All entries and questions should be submitted to artdirector@cantstoptheserenity.com. If you need to mail your submission, email artdirector@cantstoptheserenity.com for instructions and a mailing address.
  • All entries which meet the guidelines will be posted on the official CSTS website on 16 October 2012, to be voted on by the general public. The voting period ends 21 October 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. In the event of a tie, the Global Steering Committee and Global Team will choose the winning piece.
For all the rules, regulations and other red tape-type things, please see the full contest rules.

Good luck! We can’t wait to see your submissions!

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Big Weekend Coming Up

CSTS cities are out in full force this weekend with events in 3 countries.

Tucson, AZ has a raffle, a costume contest, local sci-fi/steampunk webisodes, some gaming, Dr. Horrible and Serenity, all in one evening. It will be held at the historic Fox theater.

Bristol in the UK also has a Serenity screening as well as a look back at the TV show, Chuck. When it is over, everyone will repair to the pub nearby.

Up in Canada, Toronto, On is also showing Dr.Horrible as well as the Guild. There will also be door prizes and a mini auction.

Philadelphia is having their Dr. Horrible screening on Sunday Sept. 23rd which will include games, a costume contest and a raffle.

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Why Smart Pop Books supports CSTS

We asked our sponsors why they support Can't Stop The Serenity.

Leah Wilson, Editor-in-Chief of Smart Pop replies:

My favorite part of working on BenBella’s Smart Pop titles is the contact we get to have with fandom — with the people who devote their time and energy to not only building community, but doing good on behalf of the books and shows and films they love.

It's a (wonderful) inevitability that communities bear strong resemblance, especially in values, to the properties that inspire them. And so the strongest fan communities grow up around properties that value community. The communities who most strongly reach out to help others are the communities whose heroes do the same.

We're proud to support Can't Stop the Serenity not just because of Equality Now (as incredibly worthwhile an organization as it is!).
We're proud to support Can't Stop the Serenity because we're proud to support fans, especially those who use their collective power to support others. And more specifically, we're proud to support the Browncoats — one of the most passionate, generous communities we've ever had the honor of being a part of.

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Chicago and Houston break atmo this weekend

September 8th sees the Chicagoland Browncoats holding an event packed screening. They have great auction items including a Firefly script signed by Tim Minear. They are also looking forward to a costume contest with any character from the Whedonverse. Everything gets started at 6:00 p.m. and ends with the screening of Serenity. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Houston has jumped onboard and will be showing Serenity, not once, but twice on Sept. 8th. They have linked to one of the original trailers to the movie- don't watch it if you haven't seen the movie! It gives quite a bit away.

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Why Think Geek supports CSTS

We asked our sponsors why they support Can't Stop The Serenity.

This is what Steven Zimmerman of Think Geek had to say.

""Because our coats are brown.
Because life should be shiny.
Because everyone can be a big damn hero.

It might be cliche, but we're fans above all else. ThinkGeek does what it does because everyone here has an interest in the culture and community that surrounds and astounds us.
CSTS is no different. To see such a dedicated group going out year after year not only rallying around a beloved movie and show, but harnessing that power and turning it to the forces of good is a sight to behold.

We're all in this one together and we're proud to stand side by side with other Browncoats the world over."

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