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Too Much Hair

Too Much Hair – A Firefly ACEO

Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013

Like many people, I was not aware of Joss Whedon’s epic space western Firefly while it was airing on television. I don’t know the reason for this. While the show now enjoys a cult following, low ratings and high cost put a swift end to the truly wonderful series of episodes.

Too much hair ACEO

Too much hair ACEO

Joss Whedon is not a newcomer to television. He made his mark with the comedy / action show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and went on to make more entertaining programming including Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing along Blog and most recently Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The last is a show that you should check out if you haven’t already. I lives up to his standards and I hope that it stays on the air for a long time to come.

One of the things that I love about his programming are the humorous situations that he puts his characters into. The unexpected punchline at a tense moment or the humorous yet awkward situation characters find themselves in.

This card captures one such moment from Firefly. The character known as “Book”, a preacher with a mysterious past is a kind yet serious character. Well groomed with his white hair always tied back.

Among others sharing the space aboard the freighter Serenity with him is the only slightly sane genius River who is brilliant yet broken by a government that has tried to harness her talents for their own nefarious purposes. River stumbles upon Book at a moment where he has his hair untied and splayed out around his head. This is traumatic for River who runs, screaming that he has “too much hair”

The moment is, I’m sure worse for my story telling, yet it is one of my favotire moments from Firefly. If you prefer to see the scene as it was meant to be seen check out the video below.


Card Type ACEO
Number 14
Color Prismacolor and Copic Marker
Date June 2012
Series Firefly I

Firefly ACEO Series

A few weeks ago, I completed a 3:3 Firefly swap. Well at the same time, I also created six other Firefly themed cards that I put together to make my first Firefly themed ACEO series.

I love the show Firefly and it’s accompanying movie Serenity. Probably not a big surprise since I am a fan of all things Whedon. The dialog is great and the space western feel is perfect with the set of characters that are on the show. There is so much to choose from as subject matter from this show, even though it had such a short run. Eventually I was able to narrow down the card list.

Here is the card list for this ACEO set:

  • Kaylee’s Dress
  • Jayne’s Hat
  • Zoe
  • Too much Hair!
  • River Tam

Kayle’s Dress ACEO

Kaylees Dress ACEO

It sure is shiny!

This is the first card from my first Firefly ACEO Series.

This storyline was so adorable. Kaylee being a tomboy and mechanic feels left out as a female love interest. This interest is especially desired from the ship’s doctor Simon Tam, but is only made worse by Mal’s ham handed attempts to talk Kaylee out of buying a pretty dress on display in town. In the end Kaylee gets the dress.

Firefly ATC Time: Illustrated ATCs June Match Game

I signed up for the June Match Game over on Illustrated ATCs. The match game is a swap where players are paired up with another player and during the month make one or more cards to swap. Inconceivably, I was paired up with WonderStrange’s AnnD. Being sci-fi fans, we decided to do a 3:3 Firefly themed swap.


For those of you that are not aware of the cult sci-fi shoe Firfly and it’s concluding movie Serenity, it is one of the best sci-fi shows that never had a chance to take off. It was cancelled after only a dozen or so episodes and has since gained cult status with fans who enjoy it’s space western style and Whedon-esque dialog.

This is not the first time that I have made Firefly ATCs. Back in 2011, I created a set of 4 ATCs for a Firefly Swap. This time around I made cards for some of the same characters and a new one.

Malcom Reynolds

Captain Malcom Reynolds

Captain Reynolds, or Mal for short, is the browncoat rebel turned smuggler on the outer rim. Being captain of the Serenity firefly class ship means that he is responsible for keeping his ship and it’s crew alive and well. Which when you are in the outer fringe and doing what you can to avoid running into the Alliance is harder than it sounds.

Our Mrs. Reynolds

Saffron is Our Mrs. Reynolds

Saffron is the poor innocent backwoods country girl who is passed off in marriage to the drunkard Mal when her previous caretaker cannot pay his debts. Her poor innocent flower will need protection on the heathen den of iniquity known as Serenity. Will the Shepherd Book be able to spare her indignity. Will Mal come to terms with the fact that he is married? Is Saffron really who she seems?



Inara, the companion with the heart of gold. She is beautiful, educated, talented and costs a few months salary a night. Of course she gets to choose her clients.

Firefly Swap

Back in the summer of 2011, I participated in a swap with a theme of Joss Whedon’s cult space western, Firefly. I, like many of it’s other fans, loved this show and am saddened by the fact that there are so many horrible shows on TV, yet this show was cancelled so quickly. Thankfully, Serenity was made to add some sort of conclusion to the series.



Inara Serra is a registered companion, or courtesan, who rents a shuttle on Serenity, the ship that the show follows. She adds a level of respectability to the otherwise ragged crew of smugglers, mercenaries and folks running from the law.



Kaylee Frye is the country girl turned ship’s mechanic keeps the firefly class ship up and running. She is a tomboy, but has a soft side as well as we see in the episode with dress and in her continuing failure to catch the eye of the ship’s doctor, Simon.



Malcom Reynolds owns and captains the ship Serenity. He is an honest outlaw and likable rebel, cut from a cloth an similar to Star Wars’ Han Solo. He is played by Nathan Fillion, AKA Captain Hammer or perhaps you know him as Rick Castle.



Jayne Cobb is the no good cutthroat outlaw that you can’t help but like anyway. Played by Adam Baldwin who is another familiar face that you will know if you are a watcher of anything awesome.