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FIREFLY Fans!! Want To See Something So Completely Gorgeous Even Non-Fans May Be Tempted To Purchase It??

I am – Hercules!!
When I was a kid I had something like this on my bedroom wall, only not as good:

Starting Sunday, this two-sided poster can be ordered here for $34.95. Ain't It Cool doesn’t see a dime. If you’ve seen any map as cool as this or cooler, kindly post a link in talkback.

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  • Nov. 23, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST


    by pantera777

    Only with MY solar system...

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST


    by Herewereyouwish

    the second my paycheck comes in.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 1:57 a.m. CST


    by Xandar1977

    I'm not much of a cartographer, but that would be fucking awesome on my wall. I would need to buy two though, stupid-ass two-sided posters that are awesome on both sides.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 2:09 a.m. CST


    by Pogue__Mahone

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by Pogue__Mahone

    That's lovely! More proof that FOX is retarded. Depth, History and Detail. A fully realized sci-fi universe. And they cancelled it? I could rant but I've had a beer or ten so I won't waste anyone's time. Man! SSOOOOO dumb.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST


    by TotalFreedom

    I didn't think the 'Verse was that fully realized. I'd kill for a high res of that poster.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 3:40 a.m. CST


    by moviemaniac-7

    No need to kill for a high res version, just fork over your money and they will deliver it to your door. Nice poster. I wonder if this idea, this fully realized universe was there from the outset or if someone (someone not Whedon or Minear) just sat down for one afternoon and came up with it to make some more money out of this.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Two sided poster???

    by Preacher_mg

    that means however you hang it (Unless you build a display case in the middle of the room), you lose 50% of the artwork. That sucks.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 3:48 a.m. CST


    by Grando

    "Hey buddy, did you check out the nerd?"

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 4:15 a.m. CST

    I'm not a fan and I won't buy this.

    by DerLanghaarige

    But I gotta admit that it looks good.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST

    When I was a kid, I had a stupid map of Cap'n Crunch

    by Dingbatty

    Island on my wall. My asshole aunt who was living with us at the time tore it down when I was at school. Can't find a scan of it online. <p> I love and collect maps of imaginary places. It's a silly fascination of mine.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST

    I'm a fan and I won't buy this

    by watch_the_world_burn

    Firefly was the greatest show nobody watched. I love the 14 episodes and the movie that they "allowed" us to see. But I don't see the point of this. It's very pretty, but really, for $34.95US...what's the point?

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 5 a.m. CST


    by critter42c

    Because $34.95 is not a very high price to pay to have something nice to hang on a wall. I'm sure there are more than a few of us out there that have rooms decorated in space themes, and this would be a fantastic addition (and no, they're not all basement rooms - some of us DO have wives that are into it as well)

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST


    by MrSundayNight

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    I'm a fan, and I DID buy it!

    by Freeluna

    I ordered it yesterday before I saw the AICN blurb along with a couple of ISV Cerberus T-shirts. Best damn TV show ever made!!

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    The mixture of the Wild West and Sci/Fi did not work...

    by Leafar the Lost

    ...and that was Firefly and Serenity failed. I remember watching the first episode, and I really wanted it to be good and watchable, but there was just something "not good" about it. It was like mixing ketchep and ice cream. I like both of those foods, but when mixed together it sucks. Therefore, I will not buy this poster, and I will do whatever I can to limit it's distribution in the United States.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST


    by fxmulder35

    Looks GREAT!

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST

    You really overestimate what non-fans will buy.

    by V'Shael

    Non fans won't give a shit about some map of the Firefly universe. Doesn't matter how beautiful you think it is.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    $8 Extra if you want it rolled?

    by Sakurai

    What sort of scam is this? Not that I would buy it anyway.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    Wow, that rivals Tolkien's Middle Earth!

    by tonagan

    Not really.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    I'd geek on that. But not till I witness stinky tree

    by kikuchiyoboy <br> This Time Bandits map would look nice next to that. I love these sorts of things.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    i thought he was going to say....

    by Judge Briggs

    Summer Glau for one night. Worth an entire savings account!

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Oh... shiney!

    by br1947

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    I had a homemade poster of the NHL Playoff Tree.

    by BYOBkenobi

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    I second the Summer Glau ASSumption

    by tylerzero

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    The 'verse was never fully realized in the series.

    by EriamJH

    So they are making up the planet names now that the show is past, done with, and key tossed into the toilet. Just like Star Wars... the background aliens that show up for a second of screentime, then get a whole backstory and name when the toy comes out "to collect em all!"

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    And I love the Firefly 'Verse

    by EriamJH

    And will take Inara over Summer Glau any day!

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    Summer Glau

    by yiannis

    Contrary to what JJ Binks might say (and how can you seriously trust someone with THAT abomination in his screen name?!), I think Summer Glau is a VERY good actress. JJ Binks obviously thinks it's easy to portray emotion in an EMOTIONLESS face, which her major appearances so far have necessitated. It's all in the eyes and isn't that what all the so-called "good" actors do? She's had the misfortune to be somewhat typecast, but soon someone will offer her a decent role to sink her teeth into and then you'll see...<br><br>EriamJH is right, though. In the drool stakes, it's Inara all the way.<br><br>Don't care about this poster, though...

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Inara > River

    by fishpillow

    Most definitely! Hell Kaylee > River even!

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    That's cuz J.J. Binks 4 Prez in 2008 likes dudes.

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    He prefers someone that can keep his face pushed into a pillow snugly. What a stupid screenname anyway. Jar-Jar jokes are old-old and not funny-funny.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Who produce a two sided poster?

    by Smashing

    Maybe people without business acumen?, hello!!, you could have been selling 2 posters, not 1 that is only ever going to be half effective.<P>Sweet art though making it for a dead show makes me sad, lets all boycott buying licensed products for Firefly and Serenity until the PTB start making the show again.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Wow. I want this. Now.

    by Mahaloth

    That is soooooooo cool. I'm a teacher and want to put this in my classroom.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    That's like the "map" for the Star Wars universe . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    that they put in front of the novels. BUT MUCH COOLER. Thanks for this Herc. I have much deliberation ahead of me. We are in a recession you know.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    too expensive, badly designed

    by filmfanatic1

    Let me get this straight: $35+ for a 2-sided poster that should be 1 whole poster? I'm a Whedon fanatic, and I'll bet that he had nothing to do with this at all. Someone will post it on the Net, and everyone who wants it will download it for free. This is greed on steroids!

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    This will be fun to pay money for

    by ChocolateJesus

    I'll hang it on my wife!

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    In a classroom?

    by Monkey Man Zero

    Kids are stupid enough already. We don't need them spouting off non existent planets from a dead, mediocre, TV show.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    It's dead, Jim

    by Jodet

    Yes, it's beautiful. Who wants to be reminded of our loss? Now if this was a map of the STARGATE universe, I'd be all over it like bronze on a doorknob.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Time Bandits map....

    by vic twenty

    Someone had a link to this before - that tops the list I think.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Never watch Firefly, Tried to like Serenity

    by Charlie_Allnut

    but the fact that all the "alien planets" were actually 2 miles outside of LA with nothing done to disguise this fact was entirely too distracting. And budget is not an excuse, many films have found creative ways around these types of problems - and California has a pretty diverse landscape - u can at least go to Joshua Tree or something!

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Firefly was mediocre at best

    by Bass Bastardson

    And why is this thing supposed to be beautiful again? It's just a stupid solar system map. Who gives a fuck? Not me. Consider me one non-fan who wonders what the hell you were thinking with that headline.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Time Bandits Poster (Dead Link)

    by Son of Superfuzz

    I'd give my left nut for one of these, but the link given earlier is dead. Anyone know how I can get one?

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Time Bandits Poster (Dead Link)

    by Son of Superfuzz

    I'd give my left nut for one of these, but the link given earlier is dead. Anyone know how I can get one?

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Why not have a poster of Joss Whedon's ass on your wall

    by MattmanReturns

    So you can lick it.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    I want the folded one...

    by Bones

    Then it is like a folded roadmap of The 'Verse. The kind that you might keep next to your pilot station, when you are flying your Firely-class Boat.<p> You know--For Geeks...

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    It is pretty good-looking

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    and I'm definitely not a fan. Then again, I wouldn't buy it either.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Look at all the little haters...

    by MJohnson

    And their hating little posts...honestly, if you don't like the poster, or Whedon, or Firefly, or Serenity, why waste your time posting and looking like whiny little bitches? Oh, sorry...I guess you didn't know you look like whiny little bitches...

  • it's at the farthest point from it, right? <p> actually, it's not a map but THIS is pretty cool too: <p> <p> it's a starship size comparison chart - obviously TO SCALE - I didn't see a Firefly on there but there are lots of cool comparisons, including actual REAL um... ships... from modern day

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    This Really Was A Great Show And Movie

    by LaserPants

    Its a shame it got killed because it was really great. Oh well.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Firefly looks great in blu-ray

    by Bouncy X

    wont say its as good as the movies on the format but its definately as nice as HD television. well except some of the dark scenes but considering the show is 6yrs old and wasnt shot for HD, its expected but yeah.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Morena Baccarin

    by pleasebanme

    Is the greatest looking female on the face of the Earth.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST


    by Stunt Vocalist 709

    Thanks for the link to the very cool ship comparison chart. I'm glad they included the Lexx. Was hoping they'd include the Asimov from B-5, and others. Too many ships to include them all...

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Here's the link again to Time Bandits map

    by kikuchiyoboy <br> <br> Don't forget to remove spaces with in the linkage. Looks like a decent replica. Man I may have to plunker down and purchase that as my own Christmas gift. <br> <br> If aintitcool didn't challenge the "Verse" map I would have never searched for it. I mean the Verse mape is cool, but I'd say this blows it away. Especially since it's on canvas. <br> <br> "Oh, so that's what an invisible barrier looks like."

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST

    It's dead. Move on. Or don't - it's your preference

    by performingmonkey

    B5, another show that mostly sucked apart from a handful of episodes and yet I constantly see people masturbating over it. Give me a fucking break, it was lame.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 9:53 p.m. CST

    A decent-enough show but...

    by Kakupacal53

    ... hearing grown actors say retarded slang-shit like "the 'verse" gives me pause to wonder again why I'm watching the thing

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST

    yeah I hear ya Kakupacal53

    by Maniaq

    I hate Whedonese too - the man is so fucking full of his own cleverness - why does EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER have to be so freaking witty??

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    already bought it

    by BrowncoatJedi

    Suck it, haters.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Yeah, witty characters....

    by buffywrestling

    Who needs those?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    george lucas needs to give us a similar map

    by GavinVanDraven

    wouldnt it be swell? then we could actually see that tatooine and naboo are way out on the outer rim... and coruscant is near the center of the galaxy. and yes ive seen some shitty versions.... so dont point those out when you go and google it.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    Wow. That's totally

    by eggart

    not interesting to this non-fan. Why should it be?

  • Hell, I'm a "fan" and I don't want this ugly hunk of junk.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    J.J. Binks 4 Prez in 2008 - Summer Glau

    by Mosquito March

    Dude, I used to think the same thing about Summer Glau. But, if you ever meet her in person, you will change your tune. They ugly her up for the psychotic roles she plays, but she is smoking hot in the real world.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    on that spaceship comparison chart...?

    by Cap'n Jack

    Towards the lower right, there's two ships from the 2001 universe that are missing. Is this thing not done yet?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Kakupacal53 and Maniaq

    by frozen01

    Wait... "'Verse" is witty? <p>Silly me, I just thought it was an attempt to build a fictional culture.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Back to the subject at hand...

    by frozen01

    I'm a HUGE Firefly fan... it's one of my favorite shows. Nix that... it IS my favorite show. <p>But I would not buy this. $36??? For a poster??? It's not even really that pretty, much less beautiful. And why on Earth would a non-fan even look at it, much less buy it? "Oh, gee, look, an overpriced poster of a bunch of non-existent planets from a show I've either never seen or watched and hated."

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Think again

    by Nizzuts

    I'm a non fan and I wouldn't buy this. Not for $36 dollars. Hell, I wouldn't put it on my wall if you paid me $36 dollars.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    ...that's the single stupidest thing I've ever seen.

    by StarWarsRedux

    I don't know if this point has been raised already, but I'm not going to bother to go back and read it all-- How the fuck can you even have a map of space? Seriously. A universe exists in three dimensions. A map is a two-dimensional representation. Wouldn't there necessarily be some overlap on the XYZ-axises? I especially think it's kinda rude and presumptuous to gush about how "Non-Fans" might want to buy this thing. There's a reason us non-fans aren't fans of "Firefly"-- WE THINK THAT IT'S BAD.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Hey StarWarsRedux

    by corridor Wow. Amazing.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:05 p.m. CST

    This non-fan is not tempted to buy this poster.

    by Anthony W

    You won't give us a Supernatural talkback, but you waste our time with this?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    would rather have the show back...

    by crankyoldguy

    or even some TV movies on Sci-Fi instead of all that monster crap they run ad naseum

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    so, according to whedon..

    by quintana007 is flat. That explains a lot. Never been Whedonized anyway. And never will. -

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Flat space

    by Beowulf316

    Showing planetary bodies in this flat map style format is perfectly acceptable. I’ll bet every science text book you ever had in school had a diagram of the planets, in our own solar system, displayed in the exact same fashion. Getting upset at this poster for being flat is just as ridiculous as getting upset that the map in your glove box for not being round with raised mountains.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Also Saffron > Zoe, Inara & River

    by Beowulf316

    Mrs. Reynolds is worth going to the Special Hell.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by StarWarsRedux

    That's the thing, though-- even though the planets in our system orbit along different axises (axes?), we can all understand that they rotate around the same body, and can therefore be shown in non-realistic juxtoposition. Flat space just doesn't translate to a galactic scale, however, and I really wonder what the use of this sort of thing is supposed to be. Flat-space depictions of our solar system are there as educational diagrams, basically just outlining the order of the planets. It wouldn't work as a map, however, because it wouldn't really tell you anything about their orbital patterns, timelines, exact positions, etc. A flat-space map is absolutely worthless as a navigational tool, so it really wouldn't make much sense to create an in-verse map of "The Verse". I mean, honestly-- how is somebody supposed to find their way through space with that? The only excuse it has, really, is as a gimmicky piece of merchandise, but if something this lazy were actually used in the show-- oh, sweet baby Jesus, it'd be stupid...

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    by Beowulf316

    Well, you are right when you say this is simply a piece of merchandise designed for the fans, but I disagree with your thoughts that this is stupid since, when viewed from the context of the series, it would be worthless for navigation. If this particular map did exist inside the Firefly series I doubt it would be used for navigation at all. It would be probably used for the same kind of things we use our solar system maps for. If I understand your argument correctly you feel that 2D maps of our solar system are ok because, our solar system is simple and that this fictional star system is way to complex to be shown this way. I do agree that if the star cluster known as the Verse was real it would most likely be too complicated to accurately depict in 2D, but I don't think it would be any more or less accurate (or useless) than the 2D maps of our solar system. Like you say, "Flat-space depictions of our solar system are there as educational diagrams, basically just outlining the order of the planets". If our own maps are too inaccurate to do more than that how could a map of something more complex be held to higher standards? If it won't work for 8 planets who would expect it to work for 200. Our maps are use for simple things and I don't know why you assume that this map would be used for any thing else. Earth's astronaut do not look at maps when they miss the left turn on the way to Mars and neither do the characters in Firefly. If the Verse were a real place I think the inhabitants would view a map like this in the same fashion as we view maps our solar system. Simply as a way of visually displaying the general order of nearby planets and stars, not a as a navigational tool. I feel that the people of the Verse would understand the nonrealistic juxtaposition of this map just as you and I understand ours.

  • Nov. 27, 2008, 3:26 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    This poster will help get me laid.