Whedonfest is an annual August retreat which celebrates the works of Joss Whedon. This year was my second time attending Whedonfest, and it showed some marked improvement over last year’s event. First of all, more attendees made each panel better attended, and therefore more successful. About 40 guests attended Whedonfest 2012, which certainly seems very few, but it’s a small event by nature, and we still managed to raise over $2,000! As part of the Can’t Stop The Serenity movement, proceeds from Whedonfest went toward Equality Now and Kids Needs to Read. I encourage you to find a Can’t Stop The Serenity event in your area to have a bit of fun and contribute to these worthy causes! Especially since this year marks the 10th anniversary of the premiere of “Firefly.”
This year’s festivities introduced a bit of competition into the mix with the Whedon Olympics. Events such as Thor’s Hammer Throw, Hawkeye’s Archery Test, and Tony Stark’s Erector Set Build-A-Thon got attendees into the sportsmanlike spirit. The competition was fierce but geeky!
The highlight of Friday was definitely Lorne’s Karaoke. A friend of mine painted himself green and hosted a great evening of good (and bad!) singing. We were having so much fun, the event lasted an extra two hours. Of course there was a rousing rendition of “Mandy,” and a host of other favorites. Saturday featured panels on costuming, screenplay structure, and personality types, the annual paintball reenactment of the Battle of Serenity Valley, a dinner of some tasty schwarma, and of course, a screening of Serenity. I got to host Whedon Family Feud, which I thought was a particular highlight of the day. The annual Shindig was Saturday evening, where attendees got to show off some great costumes and do a bit of dancing, too.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog and Horrible Turn got their screenings on Sunday morning, and the evil laugh competition left attendees cringing in fear. But, you know…the funny kind. The convention finished off with awards for the guests who attended the most panels and the winners of the Whedon Olympics. Over all, I’d say the convention was bigger and better than last year, but left lots of room for improvement. I hope to see you all at Whedonfest 2013!