John Barrowman ‘upset’ about Doctor Who 50th anniversary

Color me uberfan and not pleased at the Jack-less-ness. Moffat can make it up to me later by including a story in which Jack fits and flirts prominently with Eleven.


Fur continues to fly over “Firefly” Hat knitters

Teh Interwebs are on fire with the rage of Sci-Fi fans and crafty knitters. Hey, don’t mock the wrath of knitters. They are armed with sharp pointy things and they know how to use them. Sci-fi fans, we’re used to a little mockery… but don’t come between a geek and her toys!

The best coverage of the anti-Browncoat hubbub is at Buzzfeed. It includes photos of the cease and desist letters, some surprising toadying letters by Etsy and some really terrific snaps of fans in hats, including someone who made a full-body costume as the you-guessed-it Jayne Hat.

“Firefly” Hat Triggers Corporate Crackdown

Because Firefly fans need more reasons to be mad at Fox. After years of satisfied customers, online stores selling hand-knitted replicas of the show’s iconic “Jayne hat” are being forced to shut down… and fans are upset.


The article ends with:

“It needs to be stated that legally, morally, and ethically, Fox has every right to insist upon only licensed versions of its property,” writes one fan. “Really, it has something of a fiduciary obligation to its shareholders to protect anything it owns that could make them money, as that’s a corporation’s job.”

“However, notwithstanding the legal, moral, and ethical ground upon which Fox Legal is standing, culturally speaking the move is almost complete ass. They can be legally, morally, and ethically in the right and still have this stink to high heaven.”

Fox Legal did not respond to BuzzFeed’s request for comment.

From the Blastr article: 

We reached out to both Ripple Junction and ThinkGeek to see what, if any, involvement they had in the sending of C&Ds. Both companies denied involvement.

So does this really mean no more handmade Jayne hats? Well, no. People can still make them, they just can’t sell them right now. As to whether you can copyright a simply patterned hat, that argument is ongoing.

So far, Ripple Junction, the new maker of the only official Jayne Hat has also refused to comment. ThinkGeek, who is partially responsible for the whole mess (they bought the hats from now banned crafters and pursued getting an “official hat” made for their resale convenience), has apologized, offers sympathy to Etsy sellers but claim to be powerless to correct the mistake.

I’m not a lawyer and do not play one on TV but as a writer and an artist, I’m continually involved in discussions about corporations abuse of smaller artists and the issue of copyright infringement, trademark, etc.

All cease and desist letter proves is that Fox can afford to hire lawyers. Their lawyer asserting they have the right to put small artists out of business, does not make it so. Only a judge and a jury of reasonable people can decide if the applicable laws apply here. But the fear of the expense of the legal system is enough to intimidate most people into compliance.

I rage-spit at the acceptance of any fan that “Fox is ethically or legally in the right.”

I think the lack of interest in an intellectual property for A DECADE and then to attack individual skilled artisans/hobbyists who are making knit hats (one at a time!) as if they were somehow in competition. SHAME on Etsy for kowtowing to such threats and further trying to shame and intimidate sellers into not discussing it in forums. The only thing they (Fox and their ilk) can control is the use of the name Firefly. They didn’t purchase the color scheme and hat style from a hat stylist. Etsy should allow sellers to simply rename the hats as the unofficial fan hats that they are. To allow this kind of corporate bullying is no different than if we suddenly allowed them to say only Brand X costumes can be worn at comic-con. Eviscerate the gorram bloodsuckers! I want to know what “Ripple Junction” has as their best seller because I’m calling for a boycott on THAT until they apologize and rescind their stupidity! It may also be time to look at all the indie markets and see which protect the rights of their sellers rather than just rip and burn and assume the law is in favor of whoever can afford the biggest lawyers. The reality is that public domain and common interest are real things and copyrights, trademarks etc cannot be “protected” once they are basically free range.

More shiny links:

Ma Cobb’s Hat Shoppe is no longer at Etsy. And although “unofficial” no doubt she can knit you an ugly hat for the cost of yarn and labor.

more coverage of Fox’s asshat move:

Fox bullies Etsy knitters over Firefly inspired Jayne hats

Excuse me? Fox, the killer of Firefly (and so many good series), is now complaining that the fanbase who made it a cult is hassling the same fans because those fans made it possible for them to sell the licensing of a niche object of a dead series… which someone would only think of doing or wanting because the etsy knit artists already did it and thus created a market for it? (No exec would say: you know what we should sell from the sci-fi series? Ugly hats.) That is the most gorram unshiny thing I’ve ever heard. No Browncoat or Etsy artist should comply with this stupid, indefensible (legal or otherwise) nonsense. Fox and their bullies can just go 跟猴子比丟屎 ・ Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se.  See translation here.



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Fox bans the sale of unlicensed Jayne hats from Firefly

Looks like Fox is continuing to stir up trouble among the Browncoats. For years fans have happily donned their knitted tributes to Joss Whedon’s falled series, the Jayne Hat. It’s possibly the most popular piece of convention-goer flair. But it looks like it’s about to get a lot harder to get a homemade Jayne hat, because Fox is attempting to shut down all rogue hat makers.

According to Whedonesque, Fox has been sending out cease-and-desist letters or just outright demanding Etsy ban any non-sanctioned Jayne hats. This is after almost a decade of not giving a crap about any of this.

Recently, Ripple Junction has licensed the fan apparel and obtained the rights to mass-produce the product. And in return, Fox is shutting down all the mom and pop Jayne hat makers. Which is ridiculous because the very point of a Jayne hat is to own a mangled handmade orange monstrosity that warms your noggin, not something churned out on an assembly line. But now that Fox has sold the licence, they now have to shake down Etsy members who are lovingly knitting their Firefly memorabilia.

This doesn’t mean you can’t make your own Jayne top, but you just can’t sell it online. Blastrreached out to both Ripple Junction and Think Geek (where the licensed hats are sold) and both companies denied involvement in the shuttering of homespun Jayne Hats.

Doctor Who loses a million viewers in a week

DOCTOR Who has shed a million viewers in a week — with last Saturday’s show branded the WORST EVER by disappointed fans.

The latest episode, the second in the new BBC series, was watched by 5.7 million people, compared with the 6.7 million who tuned in at Easter.

The drop is significant for the second instalment starring the Time Lord’s new companion Clara Oswald — played by actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, 26.

She replaced Karen Gillan and Beeb chiefs hoped she would help lift ratings.

Jenna-Louise Coleman

New face … Jenna-Louise Coleman

Saturday’s episode, The Rings Of Akhaten, was the first written by respected scriptwriter Neil Cross — creator of the awardwinning Luther series.

But despite his pedigree, angry fans took to social networks to complain the show had lost its way.

Helen Paling tweeted: “Just caught up with Doctor Who. Wish I hadn’t. Boring rubbish.” Anna Hough wrote: “Genuinely the worst episode I have ever seen.”

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Thanks to Don’t Blink (one of the DW fan communities on FB) for bringing this my attention. I didn’t need a million viewers to verify what I already thought. See my comments below. I think that the actress brings a lot of possibility to the role –unfortunately, we the viewers like both of her dead characters (the Victorian nanny/barmaid and Souffle Girl/dalek) much more than we like her. While I support the general polyamorous nature of time travel and its explored though not spoken outright in the show, the loss of the Ponds did not include the loss of River Song. So the introduction of a companion who might want to join him in his *snogging booth*, is hurtful and confusing to viewers. I think it shows a general distrust of the current writers as much as dislike of the new companion. I’m hating Moffat for his general disregard for continuity… ie destroying the weeping angels as a brilliant and believable monster for the shits and giggles of having “baby angels” and the Statue of Liberty creature –which served no function than as a visual gag.

Me to DW producers: “Did you forget everything? Everyone? Did you think we wouldn’t notice? Notice that the Tardis has stopped translating so that we can have comic effects like barking aliens? We notice everything. The missing year. Yep, noticed that.

  • G.L. Morrison (Spoiler alert.) There’s not much that would stop me from viewing but I was disgusted with the second episode which I have dubbed “Rings of Whatever”. It was terribly written. It was part Star Wars canteena and part segue to future episodes in which *something* might happen. Anything interesting such as the “psychic” economy and the idea of a vampiric sun, and his monster alarm clock(?) etc were tossed together as sort of throwaway one liners, barely explored as complications and then resolved like a child’s boo-boo; kiss on the knee, all better. Everything was dipped in a pot of blandness. None of it moved the story in any way. It was all big special effects and hinting at, “I have stories I could tell you but they should never be said.” Big special effects? Seriously? You think that’s what impresses us? We’re Doctor Who fans. The lowest budget sci-fi around. Tell us a fricking story not “ooo stories are magic, sorry I couldn’t be bothered to write one.” Just saying. As for Clara, I like the character a lot but the actress admitting she’d only ever seen one DW (the fish fingers and custard episode) did not make her likable in the companion special BBC ran before the show.

Publish & Perish.


Girl Genius Adventures


So– Got a call from our agent, telling me that Night Shade Books, the American publisher of the Girl Genius novels, is folding. This made me sad. I became markedly less sad when my agent assured me that our sales were sufficiently good that any number of other publishers should be interested in picking us up, so– Hurrah! Well…maybe hurrah.

You see, there’s the whole tedious business of disengaging ourselves from Night Shade, which has decided to sell our contract to another publisher in order to cover their debts. This other publisher, Skyhorse, is perfectly willing to buy Night Shade’s assets (our contracts). However, they will rewrite them and everybody now gets paid a flat 10% of net sales. Let me put this another way; If I was a monkey, I’d be throwing this.

However it gets even better. A certain percentage of Night Shade authors have to…

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Got the Doctor’s digits from WHO? (Spoiler alert)

  • Discussion:
    In ‘The bells of saint John’, when Clara told the doctor she had gotten the number of some woman when she was out, who was that woman? Personally, I think it was River song… Anyone any alternative ideas?
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    • The Matrix of the Whovians To point out, there are no spoilers in this, it is a hypothetical question for us to discuss
    • G.L. Morrison You forgot to say SPOILERS!
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      • Crazie Flawed Narcissistic-VampDoll There’s no spoilers…hypothetical question
      • G.L. Morrison First the very concept of “spoilers” is that you may be discussing an episode that others have yet to see. To imply that ANYTHING can be discussed without revealing elements of the story is ludicrous. A hypothetical discussion about “which rap star would make the best companion for the Doctor” is spoiler free. What happened in this episode and what do we think it means is not. I’m very spoiler sensitive as I am constantly introducing the series to new viewers who don’t watch it fast enough for me.
      • G.l. Morrison That aside, here are my theories. 1) Whoever it is that gives her the number is out of the current timestream. I like the idea of it being River but if it is her, I suspect she will give Clara the number in a future episode because the Doctor directs her to do so. The Doctor did not know where to find Clara and therefore we must assume neither did any of his friends. He went off to spend time in a quiet room obsessing (at the advice of young Clara) to figure out where she was. 2) The phone box ringing was a surprise to the Doctor himself. “It shouldn’t do that.” And isn’t the St John’s Ambulance sign on the Tardis also new? The last time the phone box rang was in “The Empty Child” (the “Are you my Mummy?”) episode. So what or who can do that? The Tardis herself obviously. But I suspect some yet to be introduced character –in some way connected, allied or opposed to The Great Intelligence and the mystery of the 3 Claras. Why did the lights flicker when Clara kissed the Doctor in “The Snowmen”? There is something unnatural or otherly about Clara. Clara said the number was given to her by “just some woman in a shop” and the way we were shown the comptroller of the Great Intelligence using ALL of the people in the shop, suggests it would be no trouble for a not to distant future Clara (or the Doctor) to hack it and give her the number from literally “just some woman in a shop”.
      • G.l. Morrison Now all the reasons why it can’t be Rose. Rose is too connected to the 9th and 10th Doctors. Mostly she belongs to 10 and the doctor/donna human 10.2. In the Eccleston episodes the Doctor had other flirtations (such as the tree-woman who got burned up) but by the Tennant regeneration, his mopey obsession with Rose kept him from being able to return Martha Jones affections or show anything romantic other than sad longing (with the exception of the nurse when he had his human amnesia while his true self was locked up in the fob-watch). It would have been impossible for episodes like “The Doctor’s Wife” to have been done with Tennant. The chemistry between Clara and 11 is clearly foreshadowed as potentially romantic. Unlike 10, 11 has been shown to marry Marilyn Monroe, hiding naked under the skirts of the King’s wife/mistress, a weekend with Mata Hari, and the despoiler of the Virgin Queen Bess, etc. Eleven and River exchange flirtatious quips about both having kissed Cleopatra… for Rose to return, she will have to come with one or both Tennant characters… which could happen as the classic episodes (three doctors and five doctors and the webisode TimeCrash give precedence.) And not just possible is even LIKELY if the clamoring/rumors for all cast old and new being woven together for the 50th anniversaryness.