Farewell to CSTS 2013! Let’s get started on CSTS 2014!

As we ring in the new year and say farewell to 2013, it's a great opportunity to celebrate the success of the 2013 Can't Stop the Serenity season and thank those who have worked so hard to make it possible. Over $110,000 was raised for Equality Now and other charities by countless volunteers across the world, which brings to total raised since the begining of CSTS to over $900,000! This achievement could not have been realised without the tireless energy, enthusiasm and dedication of the volunteers on the Global Team and at each of the local events. On behalf of the Global Steering Committee (GSC), please accept our congratulations and our thanks.

The Global Team have given countless hours behind the scenes for over a year, and we would especially like to thank Dave Catoe, Stephanie Leisure, Liam Merrick, William Pace, Sheilah O'Connor, Phil Towle, and Julia Svaganovic (as well as their families for allowing them to give so much).

We would also like to thank each and every individual who helped pull together a CSTS event. Thank you to our event Captains for leading the charge and bringing it all together. Thank you to their support crew, for being a helping hand, a listening ear, a keen eye, a tireless promoter, a cheer leader and a hard worker. Without each of you, Can't Stop the Serenity would simply not happen.

Thank you to our supporters and sponsors, for donating goods for giveaway and auction, for promoting locally and globally, for providing support and advice, and for sharing in our love of the Browncoat fandom and Can't Stop the Serenity.

CSTS 2014 will be our 9th CSTS season and also marks Joss Whedon's 50th Birthday! So please join us to celebrate!

As we get the ball rolling, we'd like to provide a few updates about what we can look forward to. Our search for a volunteer willing to take the helm at Global Event Coordinator (GEC) has not been successful, but we are still forging ahead. With no GEC in place right now, the responsibility for steering the ship will be taken on by the GSC. We are very pleased to announce that Stephanie, Sheilah, William, Phil and Julia will be staying on at a global level, as are all members of the GSC. Thankfully, past Global Teams have left a strong foundation to work with, our returning global volunteers are very experienced and many of the behind the scenes pre-season tasks are already underway, including securing licensing, art Contest and administration.

But this means that 2014 will see some changes from past years. Some things will remain unchanged (such as the Expression of Interest/Registration process and the rules around licensing, copyright, proportion of the proceeds to charities other than Equality Now). But some of the other things you may have come to expect may no longer be possible. These include a global introduction video, donated items for prizes from global sponsors, and globally produced merchandise - unless someone would like to volunteer to take charge of these. We will also be doing our best to ease the load on local event crews and global volunteers, and taking on board a lot of the feedback we've received.

We are confident that the 2014 CSTS season will be a success and we invite all of you to share the excitement with us. We look forward to seeing local events coming together and welcoming new teams into the fold. If you'd like to hold an event in 2014, we look forward to hearing from you and event registrations will be opening soon. And if you'd like to help out at a global level, we'd love to hear from you.

Bring on 2014!!

- Jen, Marg & Mandy
CSTS Global Steering Committee

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Deadline extended for 2014 Art Contest! You’ve now got until 12 January to get your entries in!

The deadline for submissions to the 2014 Art Contest has been extended to 12 January 2014! That gives you an extra week to get your entries in!

For all the rules, regulations and other red tape-type things, please see the full contest rules.

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY

  • Submissions will be accepted beginning 6 December 2013, and must be received no later than 12 January 2014 by 11:59 P.M. PST in order to be considered for this contest.
  • All entries and questions should be submitted to artdirector@cantstoptheserenity.com. If you need to mail your submission, email our Art Director for instructions and a mailing address.
  • All entries which meet the guidelines will be posted on the official CSTS website on 14 January 2014, to be voted on by the general public. The voting period ends 22 January 2014 at 11:59 PM PST. In the event of a tie, the Global Steering Committee and Global Team will choose the winning piece.
Good luck! We can’t wait to see your submissions!

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Design our next logo! It’s time for the 2014 CSTS Promo Art Contest!

The Can't Stop The Serenity promotional art contest is back for 2014! Do you think you've got what it takes to design our official promotional artwork?

In its eight-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 in 2014, but only if people show up! That's where you can come in. Since we've been doing this for almost 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 is a critical tool for raising awareness about the event, building excitement, and getting people to get out to CSTS events around the world. And we're know there are lots of creative Browncoats out there with the skills to make this happen!

THE SHINY STUFF:

The winner’s artwork will be featured prominently throughout our website and social media outlets, and on any T-shirts, posters and promos created for the annual CSTS season.

THE GOAL: Fundamentally, the CSTS promotional artwork is a marketing tool for the year's events. The art needs to appeal to people who already know about CSTS, to Browncoats who haven't heard of us and the broad market of non-fans, as well as drawing people into learning more about the events and Browncoat fandom. It should help inform the audience about the charitable, fan-driven and global nature of CSTS, and promote awareness of Equality Now.

THE (ABBREVIATED) RULES:

  • Designs must incorporate the official CSTS logo and have it displayed predominantly within the piece you are submitting. Because CSTS is about supporting Equality Now and Peace in the ‘Verse, there should be no overt violence portrayed within the art.
  • 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. This includes copyrighted or trademarked Firefly, Serenity and other assets or fan-created work that is not your own.
  • Entries should include an isolated version of the logo (no background images), a black and white version of the logo, a mockup of the design as a poster (may contain additional text and artwork), a mockup of the logo as a T-shirt (may contain additional text and artwork) and a mockup of the logo as an embroidered patch/sticker/magnet.
For all the rules, regulations and other red tape-type things, please see the full contest rules.

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY

  • Submissions will be accepted beginning 6 December 2013, and must be received no later than 4 January 2014 by 11:59 P.M. PST in order to be considered for this contest.
  • All entries and questions should be submitted to artdirector@cantstoptheserenity.com. If you need to mail your submission, email our Art Director for instructions and a mailing address.
  • All entries which meet the guidelines will be posted on the official CSTS website on 12 January 2014, to be voted on by the general public. The voting period ends 20 January 2014 at 11:59 PM PST. In the event of a tie, the Global Steering Committee and Global Team will choose the winning piece.
Good luck! We can’t wait to see your submissions!

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Can’t Stop the Serenity 2014 wants you! Nominations are now open to join the 2014 Global Team

Can't Stop the Serenity 2014 wants you!

Do you want to help guide Can't Stop the Serenity towards a bright future and make the 2014 season happen? Do you know someone who would like to be involved at a global level? Nominations are now open for roles on 2014 Global Team!

Can't Stop the Serenity is organised entirely by volunteers who work side by side with local event organisers to make each year's events a success. We're looking for dedicated, passionate, talented folks to join us. It's fun, rewarding and a great experience!

Nominations are now open for 2014 Global Event Coordinator and Team Roles, and will be taken until 15 December 2013. The application process for each position is provided here. Applications must be submitted via email to gsc@cantstoptheserenity.com by the closing date.

The 2014 Global Team will be announced on 20 December 2013.

New Global Team members will be paired up with volunteers from the current Global Team so that you can pick up as much as you can before taking charge of the role. After that time, the members of the GSC will be on hand to provide support and guidance. Global Team members have access to the online Global Organisation forum which details the various tasks for each role and provides information, suggestions, recommendations, contacts, resources and more.

So what are you waiting for? Help us to make 2014 brilliant and volunteer today!

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So Many Reasons

The CSTS Auction raises money for Equality Now. When you bid on an item, you know that the money is going to a very worthy cause.

But that isn't the only reason to bid on something. How about:

  • Demonstrating to everyone what a Browncoat you are.
  • Proving to someone special that you know what a Browncoat they are.
  • You just happen to have a Portrait of Jayne-sized space on one wall & an equivalent Portrait of Book-sized space on another wall.
  • It's possible that you plan to pretend the inscription "thank you for your support" on Dichen Lachman's picture was actually addressed to you.
  • Star Trek still is, and will forever remain, the first S-F show you ever loved.
  • That rare Spike figure will just give you another excuse to go see James Marsters and get it autographed.
  • You had fun watching Xena when it was on. Now you're curious to see what the 2 stars were like at conventions.
  • You are out in the black with no CSTS events anywhere near by. Those Fanpacks full of items usually sent to CSTS cities, will help fill the terrible terrible void.
  • Joss Whedon is your Master now and you want something signed by him to prove it.
Whatever your reason, go bid and please spread the word. Auction ends Tues. Nov. 26th at noon, Pacific time.

(Click on the pictures to see the remarkable detail.)

portraits of Jayne and Book

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The Auction is Live!

For the next 10 days, there will be great items up for auction on e-Bay with all proceeds going to Equality Now.

How about a copy of the Buffy script "Superstar" written by Jane Espenson, signed by Jane Espenson and donated by Jane Espenson?

A must have for those who collect action figures is the rare unpainted Jayne. It's been signed by Adam Baldwin. You might want the Hero of Canton poster, the hat and the Mercenary Jayne action figure to go with it.
Perhaps you'd prefer a unique hand cross-stitched Jayne on a Tshirt which has been paired with a signed photo of Jayne on the mule. This one is shiny because you can still see the equipment used to make the Mule hover.

You'll want to make room on your walls for these posters! The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing and Dollhouse, all in one Lot, and the Dollhouse poster has been signed.
There are over 40 lots in total.

Our thanks to the California Browncoats for running the auction for us.

Please spread the word. The e-Bay auction started at noon Pacific time on Sat. Nov. 16 and ends on Tuesday Nov. 26th.

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