LOS ANGELES — Miss San Diego Comic-Con already? Con Man has got you covered.
The show, which debuts its second season on Dec. 8 on the Comic-Con HQ streaming service, follows the post-show life of Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk) co-star of a sci-fi series, which was canceled before its time and went on to become a cult classic beloved by fans.
Wray’s good friend, Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) starred as the series Captain and has gone on to become a major celebrity, while Wray (Tudyk) hasn’t found his desired level of stardom.
“[The show] is rooted in the comic convention world, which is extraordinary, but fans are just normal people,” Tudyk told Mashable in an email interview. “We are telling stories of normal yet passionate people, in extraordinary circumstances and incredible settings – it’s not just naturally funny, it’s fun. Who doesn’t like fun? I mean besides those people? Who else? That’s right, nobody. Everyone, except those few jackasses, likes fun.”
Season 2 guest stars include Nolan North, Casper Van Dien, Eliza Dushku, Felicia Day, Laura Vandervoort, Mindy Sterling, Lou Ferrigno, Jon Huertas, and Allison Haislip.
Firefly alums Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk us all with their series Con Man, so what’s the logical next step after creating a crazy popular show about comic conventions? A game about them, obviously!
In a trailer released on Entertainment Weekly, animated versions of Fillion and Tudyk explain why you need Con Man: The Game. Most of us have been to some sort of convention, and I’m sure at one point or another we’ve all had at least a fleeting thought about starting one very own celebrating our particular brand of geekdom.
Well, forget collecting funds, creating Kickstarters, and figuring out how to get celebrities to stop by, because with Con Man: The Game, you get to create the convention of your dreams. Your goal is to put on the best con you possibly can, so in addition to making it amazing, you also need to remember the little things that make a HUGE difference; things like emptying the garbage cans (seriously, if you’ve been to a convention, you know how gross those can get) before ENORMOUS RATS invade the event, making sure you’ve got plenty of bathrooms for con-goers, and keeping the food tasty and fresh (nobody wants to get food poisoning while they’re in full-armored cosply, y’all).
Oh, and you…
I’ve added photos of Nathan Fillion at SDCC 2016 to the gallery and caught up on a few previous events. Head over to Nathan Fillion Online’s photogallery and enjoy!
Have you ever tried to run your own comic book convention? We’ll, it’s not easy. There are toilets to clean, garbage cans to empty and naked grannies running loose who need to be covered up. Join Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and friends as they help you reach for the greatest con ever: Shock-A-Con! But watch out for the aliens of cancelled-to-soon sci-fi show, Spectrum as they try and destroy what you’ve built. Based on their hit show, Con Man – now airing on Comic Con HQ, the game brings together the cast of season 1 while you take on the role of Convention Manager. Good luck!
Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Powerless, Star Wars: Rogue One) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), along with P. J. Haarsma, Felicia Day, Nolan North, Mindy Sterling, and many more, discuss their wild ride with Comic-Con HQ on season 2 and the amazing friends and unforgettable fans who made season one possible. You can expect plenty of surprise guests, giveaways, and one very special sneak peek!
Hal Rudnick and Honest Trailer writer Joe Starr welcome Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, and PJ Haarsma to talk about their show Con Man and get weird con stories and questions from the Screen Junkies audience. Then the Screen Junkies behind Honest Game Trailers hang out with the cast and creators of Unlocked! Featuring Michael Rooker, Alison Haislip, and more!
Show Guests: Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) Alan Tudyk (@AlanTudyk) P.J. Haarsma (@PJhaarsma)
Veteran producer-author Frank Beddor, whose credits date back to “There’s Something About Mary,” has launched Automatic Publishing and is developing a quartet of film, TV and theater projects, Variety has learned exclusively.
Beddor, who authored “The Looking Glass Wars” series, has signed a distribution deal with Publishers Group West. He has several writers, composers and producers attached for the spinoff projects.
The projects include “Hatter Madigan,” which is being developed as an animated children’s show with former Marvel Head of Animation Eric Rollman; “The Looking Glass Wars,” which is in the works as a Broadway musical with composer Ryan Oliver Scott and playwright-TV writer Jon Caren; Eric Laster’s murder mystery “Static” is being developed with “Con Man” producer PJ Haarsma for digital; and “Spectrum,” the fictional TV show at the center of the “Con Man” series, will get its own TV show.
Thanks to Holly, I’ve added a ton of UHQ photos of Nathan at the New York Comic Con 2015 Con Man panel as well as his Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Reunion panel for Paleyfest. You can check them out at Nathan Fillion Online’s photogallery. Enjoy!
It really shouldn’t be a shock that the cast of the new Vimeo series Con Man delivered one of the most fun panels of this year’s New York Comic Con — they’ve been friends in real life for years, and they all have an undying love for conventions like this one and all the people who attend them.
The silliness began right away, as stars Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion came on stage behind cardbord cut-outs of one another. Throughout the panel, the cast was constantly cracking one another up, and the audience as well. Felicia Day had to take a moment after she and Seth Green started riffing about if someone cosplaying as Daenerys Targaryen has brought three Chihuahuas along with her to a McDonalds. The pair were also all giggles when they began to imagine how a kung fu movie would look as a laugh track sitcom. It was clear these actors were having as much fun as the audience.
And the panel really was all about the fans. Tudyk, who created and stars in the semi-autobiographical Con Man as struggling actor but convention superstar Wray Nerely, thanked the audience excessively for making the series possible. The show was made possible through crowdfunding site…
In 2002, FOX cancelled its promising, Joss Whedon-helmed sci-fi series Firefly after airing only 11 of its 14 episodes. The show’s small (at least by network TV standards at that time) but loyal audience never lost interest, though, and the series eventually became a hit on DVD. Its success on that format spawned a spin-off movie (Serenity), fan sites, fan fiction and elaborate cosplay. A 2014 cast reunion at a Dallas sci-fi convention was a major cause for celebration. Today, more than a decade after airing its last original episode, Firefly is still kind of a big deal.
Inspired by their personal experiences attending sci-fi conventions over the last decade, Firefly co-stars Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion crowdsourced a production budget for a short fictional series about sci-fi conventions called Con Man. The duo turned to Indiegogo earlier this year with their pitch, and the response was staggering: 47,000 individual contributors raised a robust $3.1 million. With an original funding goal of $425,000, Tudyk and Fillion raised $1 million the first day and expanded their original plan for a three-episode miniseries to 13 episodes.
Con Man premiered last week on Vimeo for $15.
Tudyk, who wrote and directed the series, stars as a washed-up actor who has lived out his career attending sci-fi conventions as the former co-star of a long-ago-cancelled Firefly-like series called Spectrum. Fillion, best-known for starring…
Friday, Oct. 9 Con Man
WHEN: 7:00–8:00 p.m. WHERE: Empire Stage 1-E WHAT: In what will very likely be the most meta panel of the year, Con Man creator and star Alan Tudyk is bringing the cast of his semi-autobiographical show about conventions to this convention. Tudyk was raised a record-breaking $3.2 million on Indiegogo to fund his dream project that he’s been wanting to make for 13 years. Hear stars Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, P.J. Haarsma, Felicia Day, Seth Green, and Keely Flaherty talk about the unique show.