Is Joss Whedon in Your Public Library?

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The Whedonverse Multimedia Project has a plan to put the works of Joss Whedon in your public library. Fans of the writer/producerÂ?s critically acclaimed TV shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel" and "Firefly" will collect donations and purchase DVDs of the shows on behalf of public libraries that request them. The goal is to expand the ranks of the existing fandom and boost interest in WhedonÂ?s future productions.

Something is missing from this year’s Fall TV schedule: Joss Whedon. With the WB Network's premature cancellation of "Angel" and the FOX Network's mishandling of "Firefly," fans of the writer/producer have taken a more proactive role in persuading the entertainment industry to give viewers more quality scripted programming. To that end, a plan is in progress to bring his shows to a wider audience and encourage the powers that be to bring more of his work to both the small and big screen.

The plan is simple: fans will raise money to purchase and donate DVDs of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel" and "Firefly" to public libraries.

Want to participate? Here's how:

  • donate money to the project
  • donate directly to a public library and contact the project to keep a tally
  • fill out a request form at your local library asking them to carry these materials
  • tell your public library about the project so they can contact us and request items

To kick-off the Whedonverse Multimedia Project, organizers launched the "Hometown Libraries of the Stars" campaign. For this campaign, fans of the shows were given the opportunity to pay tribute to their favorite producer, writer, actor, etc., by nominating the library where the star grew up to receive an offer of DVD donations. The first set of nominees is: Joss Whedon (New York, NY), Julie Benz (Murrysville, PA), Adam Busch (East Meadow, NY), Jewel Staite (Vancouver, CAN), James Marsters (Modesto, CA) and Alyson Hannigan (Atlanta, GA). Another round of nominations will take place once the donations to these hometowns are fulfilled.

Avid fans know that it only takes watching one episode of any of these shows to get hooked. The public library system provides an excellent means to reach out to potential viewers and welcome them into the Whedonverse. In addition, fans are aware that brisk DVD sales can increase the odds of a favorite show gaining new life. After all, it helped convince Universal Pictures to bring back "Firefly" as a new movie entitled "Serenity" set for release in April 2005.

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