Category: Fandom

Things From Another World is Celebrating Joss’ Birthday!

In honor of Joss’ birthday (tomorrow) Things From Another World (your one-stop-online-shop for all things comic-related) is having a Happy Birthday Joss Whedon Sale! 30% off cool stuff like Buffy Season 8, Serenity apparel, Angel variants, and even Joss’ runs on Astonishing X-Men and Runaways.

The sale started today and ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 23, 2009. You can see everything Joss Whedon on their special Joss page – http://www.tfaw.com/Themes/Joss-Whedon

Du’a Khalil Aswad is not Forgotten

du_aWarning: the following post is shocking, graphic and disturbing – the sad part is, it’s all true.

Nearly two years ago Joss wrote a stirring post on Whedonesque in response to news of the so called “honor killing” of Du’a Khalil Aswad. Du’a, a 17-year-old Iraqi Kurd of the Yazidi faith, was not only stoned to death, but people at the stoning filmed the incident on their cellphones. The exact cause for the stoning is in dispute, be regardless of the reason the result is the same – Du’a is dead. As Joss said, “There were security officers standing outside the area doing nothing, but the footage of the murder was taken – by more than one phone – from the front row. Which means whoever shot it did so not to record the horror of the event, but to commemorate it. To share it. Because it was cool.”

Joss Whedon fans, such as myself, were horrified. For a fandom known for supporting Joss’ favorite charity – Equality Now, known for loving Joss’ portrayal of women as more than just victims, known for rallying behind a teenage superhero and women warriors: we were more than disappointed.

This April 7th has been dedicated to be the international day against ‘honor killings’. According to the folks at www.stophonourkillings.com there’s been approximately 300 more honor killings since Du’a’s death.

If you would like to get involved in helping people remember Du’a’s death or raise awareness they have some suggestions and resources from their website (special thanks to TonyaJ for pointing this out on Whedonesque):

7th April will be the 2nd anniversary of the horrific stoning death of Du’a Khalil Aswad, which we have nominated to be the international day against ‘honour’ killings.

In remembrance of Du’a, you are invited to:

1. Leave a tribute on this remembrance page
2. Visit a memorial service to be held in Rt.66 Hotel & Conference Center. Springfield, Illinois, April 7th from 6:30pm until 8:00pm
3. Spread the word: Write a letter to your local papers, raising the issue of so-called ’honour’ killing.
4. Blog for Du’a: Write a blog entry for Du’a Khalil on the 7th April, perhaps using one of our graphics available here, or post about her life on your forums
5. Contact the KRG: Email the Kurdistan Regional Government asking what progress there has been in finding and prosecuting Du’a’s killers and what they intend to do to reduce the rate of ’honour’ killings in Kurdistan (there have been at least 300 other victims since Du’a’s death.)
6. Sign the petition: Sign here
7. Put up a poster. Print out and put up a poster in your window to show that Du’a Khalil is not forgotten [Big PDF]
8. Buy Nothing But Red, the anthology written in Du’a Khalil’s honour
9. Use this graphic as your Facebook or MySpace profile for the day

Best Regards, International Campaign Against Honour Killings Staff

Fandom: Horrible Awards Results Posted!

Dr. Horrible has inspired a ton of creativity. If you remember our interview with snowpuppies, she created teh Horrible Awards as a way to celebrate the innovative and slightly crazy creations that the fans have put out. The very first Horrible Awards are now in, and some of our Joss’d crew received some prizes!

Congrats to all the winners! We love when fans create and labor over a fandom we all love. Keeping Dr. Horrible going and hooking in new members to the Whedon community is what our fandom does best.

Check out all of the winners over at the Horrible Awards on LiveJournal.

Aussie Fans Fight for ‘Dollhouse’

When it comes to the Whedonites around the world, we are willing to fight for the shows (and the amazing creator that is Joss Whedon) that we love.

While engrossed in my usual hour-guzzling past time of watching fan videos on YouTube, I found a really cute “Save Dollhouse” Public Service Announcement. The video was created last year by two Australian fans that hope to keep ‘Dollhouse’ from meeting the fate of many of our other beloved Whedon shows. It’s short, but will definitely elicit a chuckle!

The video you can find here at: Remote Viewing: Save Dollhouse PSA

Help Choose the Official Artwork for CSTS 2009

From CSTS Global:

We sent the signal out and a few of the brave and bold with their brilliant artistical skillz took up the gauntlet (and their pallets) to create this year’s promotional art.

We know it’s gonna be a challenge – but we need you, the good folk of the `Verse, to help us choose which one will become the official artwork for CSTS 2009. You can only vote once and you’ve only got until March 12th to get your voice heard and your vote counted.

So vote and then tell your friends to spread the word and come help us choose the best of the best.

View Entries
http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com/2009-art-contest-entries/

Vote Now
http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com/artvote2009/

Voting Closes March 12, 2009 12:59 PM PST

One Girl Revolution – FanVid

Now, when the description of fan video comes up “multi-fandom” can mean anywhere to 3 or more unrelated TVshows/movies/fandoms.

This video probably has 50 or so different fandoms represented. Fantasticly, I might add.

Keep your eyes open for Buffy, Faith, River and others. Isn’t it great to have so many strong female characters?