A few weeks ago, Whedonopolis.com hosted their 5th annual Dr Horrible Halloween screening, attracting obsessed Whedon fans from all over.
One woman we talked to came all the way from Canada just to take part in this event. The response was so big this year that they had to, unfortunately, turn people away at the door. Geek was there to take in the festivities (we’re fans too!) and to contribute a few copies of Geek magazine to the massive prize table, which was put together to raise money for the Best Friend Animal Society, a grassroots organization working toward making Los Angeles a “no-kill” city by placing dogs & cats considered “unadoptable” into good homes, and reducing the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter. The packed house bought raffle tickets and many took home some amazing prizes, including an Angel puppet signed by Ben Edlund, a pumpkin carved with one of the Gentlemen’s likeness (from the Buffy episode “Hush”) signed by Doug Jones, who portrayed the creature, and a giant Serenity comforter made by a fan (see the pictures below). Before we got the chance to watch season 2 of Husbands, a web series created by Buffy and Battlestar Galactica writer Jane Espenson, season 5 of The Guild, and, of course, Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, a few stars and creators stopped by, including the aforementioned Ben Edlund, Doug Jones, Jane Espenson, costume designer Shawna Trpcic (Angel, Firefly, Dr Horrible), and Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, Cabin in the Woods) who came dressed as Walter White from Breaking Bad for Halloween.
But for fans of the event, the biggest surprise came at the end of the night, when they announced that this would be the last Dr Horrible Halloween screening event of its kind by Whedonopolis. In its place, they would be launching the Whedonopolis “WebFest” (official name to be announced), a daylong video festival and celebration of the Web arts, which will culminate with the Guild/Dr Horrible screenings. They will be encouraging web creators from around the world to submit their series for consideration in the festival. You will find more information as it becomes available at the Whedonopolis.com site.
If you weren’t there, here’s official video from that evening, featuring all of the actor and creator appearances and minus the video footage.
Here’s a collection of Geek images from the evening. Can you find yourself in the crowd? If you’re in the LA area or you’re a fan from the outer reaches of the ‘verse, it’s worth the trip to celebrate Dr Horrible and the creative efforts of so many web series producers when the WebFest debuts next year.