After the amazing success of Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk’s kickstarter for their webseries “Con Man”, which raised a whopping $3.2M (735% of its goal,) they decided to continue the partnership and bring “Spectrum”, the show-within-a-show featured in Con Man to the comic world. Spectrum debuts on Free Comic Book Day, next May, at comic book stores nationwide! Con Man was a comedic look at the life of two actors, Fillion (Firefly, Castle) and Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), of a canceled cult sci-fi show. 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. “In the world of Con Man, Spectrum has given my character Wray Nerely a huge fan following,” Tudyk said. “A comic book is the best way to tell the story that ignited that fandom. It’s the serious sci-fi story, inside the comedic story, told inside a comic book that is sold inside comic book stores. Every good Con Man needs a comic.”
The series will span four issues, written by Tudyk and novelist/producer PJ Haarsma (The Softwire Series) with artwork by Sarah Stone (Transformers), overseen by Shel Dorf Award-winning editor Shannon Eric Denton and published by Automatic Publishing. The Free Comic Book Day offering is not a sampler or a preview, but the first issue of the series.
About Con Man: 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.
About AUTOMATIC PUBLISHING Los Angeles-based Automatic Publishing focuses on story projects that inherently harness the imaginative energy of authors, artists and fans. The company has developed a unique marketing strategy that focuses on the very personal author-reader connection, operating on a continuous marketing model that ensures books connect with audiences where they are: in schools, in stores, in libraries and online. In addition to Spectrum, Automatic Publishing’s Spring 2016 slate includes the novels Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox and Static; and the graphic novel Looking Glass Wars: Crossfire.