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Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon initially found fame as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1997, a television show for the newly established The WB. Although never a ratings juggernaut, Buffy quickly developed a reputation for quirky dialogue and inventive narratives nonetheless, helping raise the profile of The WB and turning Whedon into a cult hero in the process. In 2002, meanwhile, Whedon set his eyes on 500 years in the future and a ragtag group of space scavengers. Firefly was cancelled after only eleven episodes, but left behind millions of self-proclaimed Browncoats who have kept the signal active in the years since. Whedon’s own profile rose in 2012 with the release of The Avengers, a big screen blockbuster that featured characters that the writer/director had cherished since childhood. A member of the Geek Royalty, Joss Whedon’s reputation and influence extends nationwide—including all the way to Pittsburgh.

 

Explorations of Joss Whedon

Firefly and the Struggle of the Human Spirit Examination of the Joss Whedon television series Firefly and film Serenity that feature damaged characters trying to make a living on the outskirts of space.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Review of the Emmy-winning web series creation from Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Joss Whedon, siblings Jed and Zack Whedon, and Jed’s fiancé Maurissa Tancharoen.

Dollhouse and the Meaning of Identity Review of the Joss Whedon television drama about an illicit mind-swapping organization and the “evil” corporation intent on using the technology for its own agenda.

The Philosophy of Joss Whedon Examination of the small-screen creations of television producer Joss Whedon through the words of their creator, as collected in the book Joss Whedon: Conversations.

Whedonistas: Female Reflection on Joss Whedon Review of the book Whedonistas! A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them, which is filled with personal reflections.

 

Beyond the Bridges

The Early Days of Joss Whedon Fandom In her book Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby?, Allyson Beatrice offers personal insights on Buffy the Vampire Slayer fandom during the Internet Age.

Can't Stop the Serenity Fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly continue to make their presence known through their annual fundraiser for Equality Now, which is held in cities across the nation and around the world.

The Buffy Sing-Along Phenomenon Interactive screenings of the “Once More, With Feeling” musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer briefly swept the nation in 2006 before ending due to licensing issues.

Horrible Turn Takes Fan Fiction to a Higher Level Review of Horrible Turn, the online fan film that serves as an unofficial prequel to the Joss Whedon musical web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Browncoats Find Redemption in Charity Fan Film Review of the Firefly/Serenity fan film Browncoats: Redemption, which was released as a limited edition DVD with all profits going to various charities.

 

Joss Whedon and Pittsburgh

Browncoats: Rivers and Bridges Brigade Members from the Pittsburgh chapter of Firefly and Serenity fans discuss their initiation into the fandom, as well as the organization’s charity efforts within the region.

Firefly Fans Take Back the Sky Pittsburgh fans of the Joss Whedon television show have started an initiative to convince Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX, to name the first commercial spacecraft Serenity.

Ming-Na Wen: Agent of the S.T.E.E.L. City The China-born actress who grew up in Pittsburgh stars as Melinda May on the Joss Whedon television series that is part of the Marvel Comics onscreen universe.

The Steel City Love Interests of Buffy and Angel Actors Julie Benz and Marc Blucas, who portrayed Darla and Riley Finn on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, are both from the Pittsburgh region.

 

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