You know what Con Man is, right? It’s the crowdfunded Web series brought to you by Alan Tudyk, the actor who piloted the Serenity on the late, lamented show Firefly. The series, which was released this Sept. 30, happens to be about an actor who captained a ship on a late lamented sci-fi show ... a show very much like Firefly.
And now that fictional show, Spectrum, is getting its own four-issue comic book, to be written by Tudyk and Con Man co-producer PJ Haarsma and published by Automatic Publishing. If you’re lucky and/or quick, you can snag issue #0 during Free Comic Book Day on May 7, 2016.
According to Comic Book Resources, the official description reads, “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.”
This isn’t the only time the fictional world has pierced the veil of reality. For example, on Lost, Charlie’s hit song “You All Everybody,” was turned into a track in the video game Rock Band. Star Trek's Klingon language has its own institute. People can settle arguments thanks to Big Bang Theory's Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock.
Comic books have become a wonderful repository of alternate television reality. Despite being canceled in the here and now, shows that include Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel have continued their storylines in comics. IDW Publishing is releasing a “deviations” series of comics that reconfigure the plots of The X-Files, Ghostbusters and more. The Web series The Guild has its own comic book as well.
But only Spectrum has Tudyk and Haarsma's low-key humor, which made Con Man so much fun.