Did you know… Adventures of a Browncoat @ Ottawa Geek Market

So I was walking around the 2015 Spring Ottawa Geek Market (OGM) a couple weekends ago and, as we do at these types of events, I was standing in line a few times.  You meet some of the most interesting people in lines and you never know what will happen. First though let’s back track and give you the lay of the land so to speak.
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I had gone to the OGM on the first day (Friday) and had a great time.  However, one thing I forgot to do was to bring my Rich Lauzon (aka Richtoon’s) Firefly crew poster to have Rich sign it.  Stupid me, bringing it was one of the things on my list to do at OGM.
Firefly crew by Rich Lauzon
I knew Rich was going to be there at OGM, and he knew I was coming as we had talked about it at C.O.N. – Creative Ottawa Nerds the weekend before so when he saw me the first thing Rich said was “Did you bring your Firefly poster?”.  Oh oh 🙁 … ah well, there is always Ottawa Comiccon in May to try again.  By the way, C.O.N. was awesome and it looks like the first one was such a success they will be back in the Fall of this year for another geek craft fair!
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Whops, sorry, side tracked again 😉 … now back to OGM and forgetting my Firefly crew poster.  The following day it turned out I had more free time than I had anticipated and was able to get back to OCM (weekend pass) … this time WITH the Firefly crew poster … and, yes, I did get Rich to sign it.  Thank you Rich  😀
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I had won that Rich Lauzon Firefly crew poster in an Ottawa Serenity Charity Screening (OSCS) silent auction last September (2014) along with another Firefly crew poster by Elle Babin-Sather (aka Elleisamonster).  Elle’s poster was already signed by her when I got it and I have since been in touch with her to thank her for that very shiny poster.  Thanks Elle  😀
Firefly crew by Elle Babin-Sather (aka Elleisamonster)
Now back to where this all started with me standing in line at OGM.  I got chatting with the gentleman behind me and saw that he had a merchandise bag.  As we all often do at these events I asked “So what goodies have you gotten so far?”.  He pulled out a cool t-shirt and then he asked me the same thing. I start to explain and show him my posters (I had both with me) when the gentleman said “Firefly!”.
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Okay, obviously I am talking with a Browncoat for sure and we ended up talking for a little while about Firefly, the posters, the creators/artists of the posters, how I got them at last year’s OSCS, etc.  Next thing I know a friend of the gentleman came by and said ‘Oh wow, Firefly!  Awesome posters!’.  Before I knew it one of them pulled out their cell phone and they were looking up the Ottawa Browncoats Facebook page.  By how enthusiastic they were as we parted company, there will be at least 2 more Browncoats coming to the annual OSCS.  Shiny!
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And yes that gentleman was correct, awesome posters they are indeed.  If you want to see what shiny Firefly and other fandom art Rich and Elle are creating and have for sale check them out through their links below.  You can also meet them both in person at upcoming conventions.  Rich will be at Ottawa Comiccon from May 8th – 10th and Elle will be in Toronto at Fan Expo Canada from September 3rd – 6th.
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Rich Lauzon (Ottawa, Ontario)
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Elle Babin-Sather (Wetaskiwin, Alberta)
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So next time you are standing in line perhaps start up a conversation with the people around you.  You ever know who you will meet and where the conversation might go and what you might learn or be able to share.
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Until next time … stay shiny and keep flying!
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[This and future “Did you know…” posts present a variety of Firefly and Serenity trivia, aka fun tidbits. The information these posts draw from will be varied and many.  They will include the Firefly series and Serenity DVD commentaries and special features, various Firefly fan web sites, IMDB (Internet Movie Database), Wikipedia, YouTube videos of interviews and convention Q&A panels, etc…. and, occasionally a personal observation or comment may slip in there as well ;-)