|Review by Clay N Ferno|
This weekend at New York Comic Con, Alan Tudyk (Firefly) appeared with geek celebrities Felicia Day, Seth Green and Nathan Fillion to promote the new Con Man webseries at Vimeo.
Tudyk stars in the 10-minute episodes as Wray Nerely, a sci-fi actor who has entered the world of celebrity convention guest after his lauded but cancelled Spectrum series was taken off of the air.
Near to Tudyk’s heart is the story of the inner workings of fandom and conventions, and the thirteen episodes of the Indiegogo-funded series are being released on Wednesdays.
Read my review of Con Man after the jump.
Likely Hell is what it might be like for an actor doing the sci-fi convention circuit years after everyone’s favorite show goes off the air.
Con Man is a funny take on what it must be like behind the pipe and drape of the convention floor. The first two episodes take us from Wray’s airport experience to signing on Day One of the Beigh-Con.
Already peppered with cameos from Wil Wheaton, Sean Astin, and Mindy Sterling, the setting is familiar to fans of Felicia Day’s The Guild. Day also stars in Con Man as Karen — a volunteer assistant assigned to the Spectrum star.
Fillion and Tudyk promise to make light of the cancelled sci-fi leadership roles by tipping their hat to Firefly with the fictional Spectrum.
Con Man seeks to have a fun laugh and actor’s view of conventions as a guest and promises not to make fun of passionate fans while doing so. As someone who has been behind the pedestal and backrooms of some bigger conventions, I can attest to some of the shenanigans in portrayed in the series. Overzealous volunteers, con crud, booking agents getting a cut and transportation issues are all very real problems a guest can face before getting to interact with their fans.
The humor of the series and the nods and winks to Firefly/Serenity fans are fun, and the Indiegogo fan funding is a testament to wanting this kind of entertainment.
In a day of cord-cutting and subscription services, this kind of series makes a lot of sense, especially targeted at the growing audience of conventions goers.
Con Man is executive produced by PJ Haarsma, Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion.
Check it out today!