“I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I“… successfully crowdfund, write, direct, produce and star in a loosely autobiographical webseries about a cult science fiction actor who tours the convention circuit. Oh Mister Alan Tudyk, you quirky treasure of a nerd, you had us Steve The Pirate.
Con Man follows the exploits of Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk), an actor struggling to get by on the heels of his once-moderately successful show Spectrum, which while cancelled early on, became a cult classic. The webseries also stars Nathan Fillion as Jack Moore, Nerely’s castmate from Spectrum who went on to become a big hollywood star. The show chronicles Nerely and his near misses with success, his trials with obscurity, and his run-in’s with the rest of the convention circuit players. Check out the extended trailer for season one, which premiered earlier this week at the San Diego Comic Con:
If you happened onto Nerd Bastards with no context whatsoever, Tudyk and Fillion both starred in the Joss Whedon/Tim Minear cult classic space western sci-fi extravaganza Firefly which ran for one season (14 episodes) on Fox. After it’s cancellation, Whedon went on to write and direct the film Serenity, a continuation of where the TV show left off – hence the irony of Con Man. Whedon’s Firefly brand has spawned an entire merchandizing line, comic books, pop culture references and supplanted the cast into the hearts of nerds thirsty for a new generation of cult thespians.
Amoung those cadre of actors is Alan Tudyk, who starred in Whedon’s follow-up/similarly ill-fated cult classic Dollhouse, and such films as Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story and A Knight’s Tale. He’s also made a name for himself in the voice acting world, with parts in hits such as Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s Frozen and Big Hero 6.
Con Man received crowdfunding through Indiegogo, and raised more than $1 Million in the first day, earning $3 Million overall. This show has become the highest funded web series within the first day, and the highest funded web series of any crowdfunding platform. This is of course no suprise if you’ve watched the trailer, which has more cameos than a Muppets movie.
You can catch all the episodes of Con Man’s first season in mid September 2015 on Vimeo!