Joss Whedon (Photo by Peter Yang)On June 23, Joss Whedon celebrates his 48th year of (in our minds) being awesome! So let’s celebrate this wonderful day when the creator of Firefly, Serenity, Buffy, Angel, Dr Horrible and The Cabin in the Woods was born!

Joss has touched so many of our lives through his work and his passion for changing the status quo, and we’d like to thank him for that. Our lives have been enriched through the worlds and characters he’s created and contributed to, and through the friendships that his works have built across fandom over many years. And for that we’re extremely thankful. So Happy Birthday Joss, and may this year be your best ever!

And now… prizes!

In honour of his birthday, we’d like to reward a lucky Browncoat with a gift! After all, everyone likes presents! All you need to do is share a moment where Joss has touched you (figuratively… or perhaps literally). To be in the running, simply add your moment as a comment on our website, a reply on Facebook or a tweet with hashtag #NMBCelebratesJoss. A random winner will receive a copy of Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion: The TV Series, the Movies, the Comic Books and More: The Essential Guide to the Whedonverse. Non-winning entries may also be featured on our website. Winner will be drawn on Monday 2 July at 9pm (AEST).

To wrap up today’s birthday post, why not head over to MTV and read “Happy Birthday, Joss Whedon: Celebrating With Those Who Know Him Best”, where cast, crew and friends share their own thoughts about The Man We Call Joss.

Photo Credit: Peter Yang (from GQ.com)