Can’t Stop the Serenity is grateful for the helping hands that have stepped forward over the past six years in support of Equality Now and the Fans of Serenity. Our Global Sponsors support all of our events and contribute to the global success of Can’t Stop the Serenity. We are also fortunate to have many local sponsors, who support the individual Affiliate and Screening events. Along with our lifetime sponsors, we’re welcoming new and returning sponsors from last year. Click here for information on how to become a Global Sponsor.
Global Prize Pack Sponsors
These wonderful folks have donated items that can be used as prizes at local events in raffles, auctions or competitions to assist our local organizers raise money for Equality Now.
- Bedlam Bards
- Browncoats: Redemption
- Cats Dreaming
- Done The Impossible
- DragonWeave Jewelry
- Ian Leino
- Mike Henderson
- Smart Pop Books
- Square One Printing
- Things From Another World
- Thomas Grooms
- Utah Browncoats
Auction & Prize Sponsors
These fine folks have donationed items for our Global eBay Auction, including memorabilia, autographs and other unique items. Auctions will be held in August and September
- Browncoat Ball 2011
- Cats Dreaming
- Creation Entertainment
- Keelhauler Transport & Trading Co.
- Kids Need To Read
- Nerd Adjacent Productions
- Out to the Black Outfitters
- Randomly Generated
- Thomas Grooms
- Tyler Sarna
- Utah Browncoats
Our Merchandise Partners enable local organizers to purchase merchandise at a discounted rate to sell at local events to raise money for Equality Now.
Our Media Partners are hard at work promoting Can’t Stop the Serenity and keeping us going!
- AbbyShot Clothiers
- Anne Barringer
- Browncoats: Redemption
- Done The Impossible
- Mikey Mason
- Sending A Wave
- The Signal
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS
AbbyShot Clothiers is the source for clothing that’s cooler than real life! AbbyShot creates the highest quality screen-replica clothing based on fan-favourite sci-fi, classic movies, anime, and video games. What sets AbbyShot apart is their attention to quality – these are no mere costumes but rather high-end garments meant to last fans through years of everyday enjoyment. AbbyShot’s flagship coat from the Serenity ‘Verse is the official Malcolm Reynolds Browncoat, licensed by Universal, a rugged suede coat that allows fans to truly show their allegiance to the Browncoats. AbbyShot also offers Doctor Who replica clothing licensed by the BBC, as well as a line of original garments (comprising everything from leather jackets to hoodies), allowing a diverse range of fans to dress (and feel) like their favourite on-screen heroes.
Anne Barringer was the 2009 Global Organiser of Can’t Stop the Senenity. As a passionately dedicated Browncoat and advocate for Equality Now, Anne has given countless hours of her time to help make Can’t Stop the Serenity what it is today. Her “Why We Are Here” articles have inspired likeminded fans to do that something extra and to go the additional mile to help others – those we know and those who are strangers to us. Anne’s contributions to CSTS include covering the website hosting and domain name registration fees.
Bedlam Bards are the premier musicians of the Browncoat movement. Their award-winning album, On the Drift: Music Inspired by Firefly and Serenity, set the standard for Whedon-based fan music, leading to their being a part of many of the major flan activities around the globe: The Signal and Firefly Talk podcasts, the Browncoat Backup Done the Impossible, The Big Damn Cookbook, the Browncoat Cruise, Bards without Borders, the Browncoat Ball, the 76th Independent Battalion, and of course, Can’t Stop the Serenity. During the writer’s strike, they marched with fans outside of Fox Studios on Mutant Enemy Day, even serenading Joss Whedon as he walked down the street. They make a cameo in the upcoming independent film, Browncoats: Redemption, which features one of their songs.
The Browncoat Ball started in Chicago in 2004 and has since been hosted by mighty fine Browncoats in a different city every year. The 2011 Browncoat Ball will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI about eight miles outside of the state’s capitol, Providence, on October 21st-23rd. Home of the first Browncoat rebellion against an overbearing Alliance, New England abounds with great history, art, culture, food and entertainment. The New England Browncoats group has been active for six years hosting regular shindigs, CSTS screenings, and more. We have a full weekend in store, which should be a wicked good time, as we say up here.Our theme for the October weekend: Call of the Ball, Halloween, Cthulhu & Fancy Dress in The ‘Verse.”
Browncoats: Redemption is a Firefly/Serenity fan film that was created to raise money for the five charities supported by the cast and creator of the TV show and movie. Browncoats: Redemption takes place three months after the events in the film Serenity where we find Captain Laura Matthews and the crew of Redemption unintentionally thrown into a situation viewed by some as a potential catalyst for the second unified rise of the Independents against the Alliance. The Alliance is looking for a scape goat for Miranda while those disenfranchised with the Alliance are looking for a rallying cry to take action. Through all this, a secret about Laura is exposed that shakes the very core of the crew, threatening to break it up, challenge the trust that she’s earned with the Browncoats, and undo all the efforts she has put into place to keep a sense of peace in her life.
Buffyfest is a collaboration of 3 writers, artists and activists who have created a place to share news and thoughts about the works of Joss Whedon. Based in NYC and LA, Buffyfest has readership in over 170 countries and has conducted over 60 interviews with the cast and crew of the Whedonverse. The founders of Buffyfest have proudly sponsored Can’t Stop the Serenity since 2009.
Cats Dreaming: beads, fabric, paper, ink. Inspired by the media we work with, we create jewelry, quilts, fabric whimsies, cards, bookmarks, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Often our inspiration comes from the world of Firefly/Serenity – as dedicated Browncoats how can it be otherwise? Other inspiration is provided by the Orient, Celtic & Wiccan traditions, geekery, and a love of cats. The three of us live in Charlotte, North Carolina. We’ve been CSTS sponsors for several years and provided the Firefly fabric fortune cookies for the Browncoat Ball. Please visit us on Facebook or at our Etsy site. –Rob, Kate, & Karen
Creation Entertainment is a leader in conventions for fans of genre television and film. Founded in 1971 and known for inventing the concept of “traveling” fan conventions, Creation has brought its brand of live interactive entertainment events to over three million attendees throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Over 1,000 top sci-fi celebrities: actors, directors, producers and writers have met their fans at Creation produced events.
Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity is available on DVD and CD soundtrack through DoneTheImpossible.com and Amazon.com. Done The Impossible has had the distinction of being an Official Selection at many film festivals around the world. The DVD, hosted by Adam Baldwin with voice-over by Jewel Staite, features interviews with Joss Whedon, the cast, crew, and most important, the fans themselves. The story chronicles the rise, fall, and rebirth of the cult TV show “Firefly” as told from the perspective of the fans who helped save it. Fans share what inspired them to become passionate about Firefly, to help save Firefly, attend shindigs, participate in message boards, donate to charities, and become Serenity extras. The CD soundtrack features seven outstanding artists and crosses multiple genres including Celtic and filk: The Bedlam Bards, Brobdingnagian Bards, Dan Sehane, Emerald Rose, Michelle Dockrey, Rob Kuhlman, and Tony Fabris.
DragonWeave Jewelry offers a unique collection of stylish silver jewelry. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, DragonWeave is run by Nicole Bornak, and features her sister Jillian’s bead bracelet designs. Designs include dragons, gothic and celtic mythology, goddess, angel and animal motifs, Japanese, Chinese and Egyption symbos and striking modern pieces. Nicole and Jillian have also designed Serenity inspired pieces. They are always eager to hear your comments and suggestions, feel free to drop them a line and share your opinions and ideas. They will do their best to make DragonWeave Jewelry a rewarding experience for you!
Ian Leino is an independent graphic artist, who has worked with a broad range of regional and national clients on a host of projects including identity, packaging, print and apparel design. Many of his personal apparel designs have also been picked up for production by a number of online apparel sites including Threadless, DesignByHumans, Woot and many more. His Serenity Sake design is a fan favorite among Browncoats.
Illusionext is a group of independent film makers out of Utah with strong ties to the Firefly and Serenity fan communities. Illusionext is a strong supporter of Can’t Stop the Serenity and the growing fan film industry across the globe.
Joss Whedon is certainly our first Lifetime Sponsor. He has delighted fans since he began writing episodes for Roseanne and on beloved movies like Toy Story. Since then he’s given us jewels like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-along Blog and Dollhouse. Of course, for us here at CSTS, Joss is THE MAN responsible for giving us the very shiny Firefly and her big damn companion movie, Serenity – the flagship of our Can’t Stop the Serenity efforts.
Keelhauler Transport & Trading Company is the Verse’s answer to small, inexpensive shipping. Keelhauler piggybacks more than 85% of its transport and trade with outbound and inbound boats, which keeps their overhead low and their prices reasonable. Keelhauler is the cheapest shipping from Bernadette to New Canaan and back again.
As they say at Keelhauler, “If you got, we’ll haul it.”
Kids Need to Read works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children.
Mike Henderson is a former student at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He is a current freelancer of the Marvel Comics variety, a former Mr. Universe, a secular humanist, and the World’s 7th Greatest Tetherball player. Two of those are untrue.
Mikey Mason is a Comedy Rock Star, a naughty cartoon character, and an experiment gone wrong. He explodes on the stage with unfathomable energy, relentlessly pounding away at his audience with a wit as fast as his mouth, infectiously outrageous original songs, and his completely twisted world view. Mikey’s latest hit ‘She Don’t Like Firefly’, is a runaway internet success!
Nerd Adjacent Productions was founded by Matt Stevens and Ashlyn N Adams, who combined their dreams and designs with the talents of a small group of some of the best artists around. A team member is available just about all the time to answer your questions, turn your idea into reality, produce your movie, help you put together your comic book, publish your news article, design a gift, create custom artwork, immortalize what you hold dear, give you a thorough review of the latest gadget/game/flick, and put you or your company’s name in lights.
Out To The Black Outfitters was founded in 2005 by Sue and Mark Regonini to bring shiny pretties such as t-shirts, hats, messenger bags, and other ‘verse-related accessories to Browncoats from Core to Rim! This year Sue and Mark transferred OTTB to the Southeastern Browncoats, Inc., a 501(c)3 charity. Now 100% of all sales support Browncoat charities. The SEBC will continue the “By Browncoats For Browncoats” business motto, and the signature product “May Have Been The Losing Side…” design that was used on t-shirts back in the guerrilla marketing days for Serenity. OTTB will continue to create products and designs with a unique “Browncoat aesthetic” that are practical, stylish, and let you identify yourself as a proud supporter of the ‘Verse. Look for a new website in the near future as the transfer is completed.
Quantum Mechanix specializes in the design and manufacture of licensed high-quality replicas of vehicles, props, and other artefacts from television and motion pictures. The Official Serenity Blueprint Reference Pack, The Malcolm Reynolds Stunt Pistol and the Blue Sun Travel Posters are just some of the fine Qmx products from the ‘Verse, with many more to come! Licensed franchises include Serenity, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Classics of Sci Fi, and Universal Monsters.
Randomly Generated is the home of Jennifer Milne’s geeky peg people. From her lair in Aberdeen, Jen creates figurines based on her favorite fandoms. From Doctor Who to the ‘Little Peg’ Big Damn Heroes, Jen’s creations have sold worldwide. As she asserts on her Etsy site, “Every doll is hand-painted in “sunny” Scotland and they’re ready to be posted off to start their new life in your home!”
Sending A Wave is the first UK based Firefly/Serenity podcast, going strong since 2006. Subscribe now and join hosts Wendy and Odile for all the latest news about the verse and all things Joss Whedon fresh from the United Kingdom.
The Signal is an award winning podcast covering all things Firefy and Serenity. Since 2005, the dedicated Signal crew have entertained and educated Browncoats across the world with special features, news, reviews, interview, chat, and anything else they can think of relating to the universe of Firefly and Serenity.
Smart Pop (an imprint of BenBella Books) is a line of smart, fresh, funny essay anthologies on the best of pop culture tv, books, and film, with a particular focus on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. Since 2003 they’ve published over 4 dozen titles on everything from Star Wars to Gilmore Girls to the work of Joss Whedon (including Finding Serenity, Serenity Found, and The Psychology of Joss Whedon). Check out the rest, and read a new free essay every day from their line, at their website.
Square One Printing is a full service printing center providing quality, experienced design and press work. Square One has served clients nationwide for over 20 years, bringing together the finest artists and technicians in the business. They have graciously donated many of our poster and print goods for the global sponsor packs in the 2001 season.
Things From Another World is the place for comics, graphic novels, statues, toys, and more for the last 30 years, offering stores in Milwaukie, Portland, and Beaverton, Oregon, as well as our Universal Studios Citywalk location in Los Angeles, California–and, of course, the website. Today, we’re the third-largest comic book retailer in the nation, but our purpose remains the same: to have an outstanding selection of comic books, graphic novels, toys, statues, and other pop culture-related goodness, and to take special care of our customers.
ThinkGeek started as an idea. A simple idea to create and sell stuff that would appeal to the thousands of people out there who were on the front line and in the trenches as the Internet was forged. ThinkGeek started as a way to serve a market that was passionate about technology, from programmers, engineers, students, lovers of open source, to the masses that helped create the behind-the-scenes Internet culture. ThinkGeek is now your source of all thinks geeky. So get your geek on and go visit ThinkGeek.com
Thomas Grooms is a Firefly enthusiast and prop collector. He is better known as Punctated on Fireflyprops.net and has created various Firefly universe-related paper prop items. He is especially proud of his latest creation, the Ten Credit Alliance Coin.
Tyler Sarna is a fan of props, gadgetry and gear, and an emergency preparedness specialist out of Florida who advocates preparation over a wide range of scenarios from extreme to simple. As he says himself, “It is not about paranoia, or conspiracy theories. It’s also not about living in fear. It is about not only the comfort that comes with having some degree of preparedness, but the enjoyment that many of us find in preparedness activities, and in helping others.”
The Utah Browncoats are long time supporters of Can’t Stop the Serenity and the Firefly fandom at large. They gather every year to host events and screenings around the state and raise awareness for the charities of the Big Damn Heroes and Joss Whedon’s work.
Whedonopolis – a subsidiary of Fandom Charities – is dedicated to promoting the Whedonverse and everyone involved in it, whether cast, crew, writer, director, producer, or what have you. We feel it’s our job to help you keep track of what’s going on with the people that made the fictional universes we love so much. Whedonopolis was founded by C. Kelly Amor, Alison Frankel, Patti Hutchens, Ray McDermott, Marsia Powers, Shan Ray, Brian Rubin and Susan Weber.