Con Man Is a Love Song to Fans

I hope it didn't take too many tries to take that photo.I love Alan Tudyk.

He was the character in 28 Days that really caught my emotions – way more than Sandra Bullock. He stole the show as Wat in A Knight’s Tale. And only he could have portrayed Steve The Pirate in Dodgeball.

And, of course, he was Wash in Firefly. Wash was the ‘me’ in that show, the one I most identified with. Cracking jokes, wearing Hawaiian shirts, playing with toys. So yeah, I’m a fan.

Con Man is his way of thanking me for supporting his career. Well, okay, not just me. You too, I guess.

In case you missed the crowdfunding campaign (which raised $3.1 million at Indiegogo – $1 million on the first day alone), the convention appearances, the interviews, or the trailer,
Con Man is the story of Wray Nearly, an actor best known for a short-lived sci-fi television show, and who now headlines the convention circuit while trying to break into ‘real’ movies like his former co-star Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion).

No, it’s not autobiographical.

No really. It’s inspired by Alan’s life, but where Wray Nearly is bitter and looks down on his fans, Alan Tudyk feels differently. The entire show was backed by fans, promoted by fans and shared with fans all throughout production. It’s fair to say that he loves his fans.

From the Indiegogo page:

The series is a light-hearted take on the personalities, luminaries, and characters in the sci­fi community we are privileged to call ourselves members. Con Man is a way to share some of the surreal occurrences we have had, while telling the story of a guy learning to love and embrace his fans.

As a veteran of working comic shows, I can say it’s all there and all real. The stars – some who embrace their fans, some who manipulate them and some who don’t appreciate them. The self-involved agents, the hard-working but star-struck show staff, the oblivious outsiders. And, of course, the fans. Enthusiastic, obsessed, adoring, intelligent, bizarre, incapable-of-understanding-boundaries fans.

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Besties.

The show treats the fans with respect, even if the characters don’t. A couple are completely out there, sure, but most are just normal people enjoying the thing they love. I was at a convention three days ago – you could have shot Con Man there and it would have looked exactly the same.

A recommendation from me. If you can resist the temptation, wait until all the episodes are released (the first go live Sept 30, with more new ones every week) and binge-watch them all at one go. As a backer of the campaign, I got to watch the first four early and they felt like appetizers – the real meat is still coming.

Con Man is available for pre-order now from Vimeo. There will be 13 episodes released and they can all be rented for a three-month period for $14.99 USD. Four episodes will be out the first week and another three each week following.

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