As I'm sure many of you know, San Diego Comic-Con is now over, but the hype could not be more intense. Every time I log onto Twitter or Instagram, I see picture after picture and video after video of these amazing booths, panels, and showcases that reduce me to the most primal of giddy fanboys.
With the spotlight centering around Star Wars, Warner Bros., Deadpool, and other massive legends, the project that has caught my attention the most is the upcoming web series, Con Man.
Con Man is a community-funded web series brought to life by Firefly's Alan Tudyk. The series features him and co-star/friend Nathan Fillion as they play two actors from a canceled science-fiction cult show that share their experiences with conventions.
If the fact that Tudyk and Fillion are working together again isn't enough to peak your excitement, just imagine the two of them working with amazing and talented people like Seth Green, Felicia Day, and Wil Wheaton.
I think Chris Hardwick, who moderated the Con Man SDCC panel, explained the show the best when he said...
"...all these people are fan favorites, it was funded by fans, and it's about fandom, and fans."
Whether you know Seth Green from Family Guy or Felicia from The Guild, chances are that you are familiar with at least one of the actors or actresses listed above, and as Hardwick said, they are all fan favorites.
People like Wil Wheaton, who brings life to both the Big Bang Theory and the Geek and Sundry YouTube show Tabletop, will be acting alongside the great Nathan Fillion from Firefly and Castle. This is like picking your own All-Star baseball team but filling it with the best personalities in geek culture!
Other characters in the series are portrayed by the likes of Candice Patton (The Flash), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), James Gunn (director of Guardians of the Galaxy), and Firefly alum Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, and Gina Torres.
Funded By Fans
Con Man isn't some huge network project with corporate offices and high-end studios financing it. In fact, it's us, the residents of geek fandom that breathed life into the series. Tudyk and Fillion turned to crowfunding via Indiegogo, so that we could make contributions ourselves, however large or small.
While the initial goal was to raise about $425,000, the crowdfunding project ended up raising well over a million, funding enough for many episodes. Strictly speaking, the series probably wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for the unflinching support of the fans.
It's About Fandom, And Fans
After playing lead characters in such a massively adored show as Firefly, you can bet both Tudyk and Fillion have amassed a huge fan-base. And when you have that big of a fan-base, you don't just ignore it. Both actors have appeared at many conventions, where Tudyk got the idea for the series.
He and Fillion both have taken their experience with fans at these conventions and documented them into a comedy series that looks very promising. If you have ever attended a convention before, you know that there are many different people and personalities that attend these cons. While we always see the cons through the eyes of fans, we finally will get to see how he celebrities see them.