Comic-Con HQ, the SVOD launched by Comic-Con International and Lionsgate is having a big splash this weekend with a sponsorship of Free Comic Book Day and a launch of free codes to get access to a beta of the service.
They’ve also just announced that they’ll be hosting Con Man, the behind the scenes of con life webseres produced by Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Firefly, Frozen), Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog) and author PJ Haarsma. To get a beta code head over to the Comic-ConHQ.com website. Tudyk also released a video announcement below.
Con Man is a roman a clef of the nerdlebrity life, with Wray Nerely (Tudyk), the b-list former star of a cult SF TV show, negotiating the world of cons, signings and so on. Fillion portrays his A-list pal. A second season premieres later this year, following Wray’s quest to get back on the A-list.
I’ve yet to catch an episode of Con Man, but it sounds like proper binge watching for when the Mets are rained out.
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 (Battlestar Galactica), Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest), Gina Torres (Firefly, Suits), Sean Maher (Firefly, Eastsiders), Felicia Day (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Seth Green (Family Guy, Robot Chicken), Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers), Jewel Staite (Firefly), Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: SCC), Sean Astin (Lord of The Rings) and filmmakers James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Joss Whedon (Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
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