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28 February 2011 @ 02:39 pm
sheesh.  

I’m watching the Help Nathan Buy Firefly campaign (spawned, if you missed it, by Nathan Fillion saying if he won the lotto the first thing he’d do would be buy back Firefly, make new content, and distribute it via the net) with some bemusement. And fantasy author Pat Rothfuss, who has done impossibly well with his first book and whose publishers apparently expect him to do similarly well with the next (out this week, I gather), has said he’d love to spend his royalties making Firefly happen. Lots of people are happily ordering his books just in case the madness all comes to pass so they can have helped out a bit.

The cynical side, of course, says “Great marketing ploy.” But actually I don’t think that’s what it is. I think Rothfuss is absolutely impassioned and would genuinely go through, given the opportunity. Perhaps I feel this way because that was genuinely how I felt when I launched the “Take A Chance” comic with the announced intention of giving everything I made on the first issue (over costs) to the CBLDF.

Apparently, however, I should have chosen to donate it to a Firefly Resurrection Fund, because then it might have actually sold some copies. *wry look*

Of course, I don’t actually know how many copies sold anyway, because, as you no doubt know by now, I still haven’t seen a red cent from the Dabel Brothers, despite them having been bought out by Dynamite over a year ago with the implication that Dynamite would be covering their bad debts, or at least pursing publication of the properties they’d acquired.

I don’t hold this against Dynamite, although obviously it would be nice to get some closure there. I am a bit resentful WRT the Dabels, but also sort of phlegmatic, because I was thoroughly warned about them. Ted’s feelings on the matter, however…well. We won’t go there.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
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irishkateirishkate on February 28th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
I'm with Ted on this you know.
kitmizkit on February 28th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
He's not wrong. It's something my agent is dealing with.
Alix (Tersa): SJS - Murray (petulant1)tersa on February 28th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Go go super agent GO!

(I don't know all the details, but...I suspect I'm with Ted on this.)
Bryantbryant on February 28th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
Meh. The CBLDF is a better cause.

I'm sympathetic and stuff but the movie made a grand total of $25 million domestic and $13 million overseas. The budget was $40 million, not including some pretty ridiculous marketing: the sneak peeks, two books, web shorts, and a comic book miniseries. Firefly fans had a chance to get the show back on the air, and they kind of whiffed it.
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11pullthestars on February 28th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
I was a little surprised at the number of sneak peeks -- weren't there three or four? I know I was at at least one of them.
Bryantbryant on February 28th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Three waves of 'em, yeah -- I went to the one in Boston.
Kevennkevenn on February 28th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
That is a damn shame. Take a Chance was BRILLIANT. I wish there was more. :(