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Review: Con Man’s Spectrum #1

spectrum #1 coverThe survivors of a brutal alien invasion converge on the last military base on Earth. Ambushed and outgunned, pilot Cash Wayne and Captain James Raaker have to figure out how to escape in a spaceship no one has ever flown! Firefly stars Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion explore the world of “Spectrum,” the cancelled-too-soon show-within-a-show from their hit web series, Con Man!

Ok, let me start with saying I’ve yet to watch Con Man, so the whole concept of this comic series is unknown to me. I know it’s a “Firefly” like series, but the specifics aren’t one I have. Whether that’s good or bad I can’t say, but what I can say is… I really enjoyed this first issue.

I’m not a fan of Firefly (feel free to beat me up in the comments), so going into reading Con Man’s Spectrum #1 I was a bit hesitant as to what I was going to find. The first issue is entertaining. It throws you quickly into the action and this world and as the main characters learn what’s going on, we the readers do as well. Things aren’t laid out easily for the reader forcing us to pay attention to get the details. It’s clear writers PJ Haarsma and Alan Tudyk have things down, though. The comic is well-paced, entertaining, and most importantly fun.

The art by Sarah Stone and Jason Johnson is awesome. I’ve liked Stone’s style for a while and it continues here with a look that I can only describe as “Western manga influenced.” If you like the series cover, the interior is just as good, this isn’t a bait and switch that can happen too often. The only knock I’ll say is that some of the panels are dark and with the coloring, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on, but that adds to the atmosphere of the chaos going on. So maybe it was done on purpose?

Can a comic get me to check out a television show? It looks like it because I want to now see what Con Man is all about. This comic was fun and entertaining and I’m definitely coming back for more.

Story: PJ Haarsma, Alan Tudyk Art: Jason Johnson, Sarah Stone
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

Con Man is Coming to Comic-Con HQ!

Lionsgate has announced that the record-breaking web series Con Man, executive produced by the science fiction dream team of Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and author PJ Haarsma, will call Comic-Con HQ home. Comic-Con HQ is the new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) destination that will extend the experience of San Diego Comic-Con into a year-round event.

Season one of Con Man will be exclusively available for streaming on Comic-Con HQ when the platform launches this summer.  Comic-Con HQ will also produce a second season of the series which will debut on the service later this year.

Created by Tudyk and produced with Haarsma and Fillion, Con Man has been fan-driven from inception. The series was funded via Indiegogo, resulting in a record-breaking $3.2 million. With the support of over 46,000 fans from around the world, Con Man now stands as one of the highest funded film campaigns on any crowdfunding platform ever.

The first season drew appearances by Tricia Helfer, Amy Acker, Gina Torres, Sean Maher, Felicia Day, Seth Green, Mindy Sterling, Jewel Staite, Summer Glau, Sean Astin and filmmakers James Gunn and Joss Whedon.

Loosely based on Tudyk’s and Fillion’s experiences starring in Firefly, Con Man centers on the post-show life of Wray Nerely (Tudyk), the co-star of “Spectrum,” a sci-fi TV series canceled before its time that later became a cult classic beloved by fans. Wray’s best friend, Jack Moore (Fillion) starred as the series’ Captain and has gone on to become a major celebrity, while Wray continues to struggle to find his big break. While Jack enjoys the life of an A-lister, Wray is the begrudging guest of sci-fi conventions, comic book store appearances and different pop culture events. The series explores these events and all the crazy and real things that happen behind the scenes in the world of fandom.

The second season of Con Man, premiering in late 2016, focuses on Wray’s attempt to propel himself from B-movie sci-fi actor to esteemed mainstream leading man, while maintaining the respect of his Spectrum fans, former co-stars and Jack in the process. Tudyk and Fillion reprise their roles as Wray and Jack, with several other familiar faces to be announced.

Season 1 will be available via Comic-Con HQ next month, following the platform’s beta launch on May 7th, Free Comic Book Day. Fans who join Comic-Con HQ during the first two weeks of beta launch will be entered to win an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

Preview: Spectrum #0

SPECTRUM #0

by PJ Haarsma & Alan Tudyk, illo. by Sarah Stone
Pages: 32
Format: Comic Book
SRP: FREE
Publisher: Automatic Publishing
Distributor: Diamond Comic Distributors
Issue #0
Pub Date: May 7, 2016
Item Code: JAN160018

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion present Spectrum, a page-turning sci-fi adventure from the record-breaking web series, Con Man!

After a vicious attack from an alien invading force devastates the globe, the survivors converge on the last military base on Earth. Ambushed and outgunned, pilot Cash Wayne and Captain James Raaker have to figure out how to escape in the Spectrum, a spaceship no one has ever flown! And escape is just the start of the trouble, at least according to Raaker’s prophetic dreams. His ship of beleaguered refugees might be the last hope for a mysterious presence known as The Scion who’s fighting a war that Earth has already lost.

Spectrum_00-Cover

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion Launch Spectrum Comic Book

Spectrum_01-CoverWhen Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion crowd-funded their hit web series Con Man last April, the sci-fi fan-favorite actors struck a chord: a 735%-funded campaign at $3.2M that quickly became the largest crowd-funded web series in history. Now, the record-breaking duo are lending this magic to a comic book series. Spectrum, based on the show-within-a-show featured in Con Man, debuts on Free Comic Book Day next May at comic book stores nationwide.

Con Man, which starred Fillion and Tudyk as actors from a canceled cult sci-fi show, was a comedic look at the wild world of fandom and conventions. Spectrum will tell the story that launched their careers. In the comic, a vicious attack from an alien invading force devastates the globe, but the prophetic dreams of Captain James Raaker warn that the suffering has just started. Humanity’s last hope is escape in an untested spaceship built by a madman.

The four-issue series from Automatic Publishing will be written by Tudyk and novelist/producer PJ Haarsma with artwork by Sarah Stone and overseen by Shel Dorf Award-winning editor Shannon Eric Denton. The Free Comic Book Day offering is not a sampler or a preview, but the actual first issue of the series.

The first season of Con Man is now available on Vimeo, and centers on Wray Nerely (Tudyk), who has struggled to find his big break following the untimely cancellation of Spectrum, while his friend Jack Moore (Fillion) has become a major celebrity. Jack enjoys the life of an A-lister while Wray tours the sci-fi circuit as a guest of conventions, comic book stores, and pop culture events. The show explores the crazy (and real) behind-the-scenes antics in the world of fandom.