Transmedia Tuesday: Does Community Have the Best Fans Ever?
Community fans are as hard core as comedy fans get. It seems like the more NBC doesn't know what to do with the show, the more rabid the fan support has become. Here are three fan-driven projects that have taken Community off of the television screen and into the Transmedia world. Would you do this stuff for your favorite show?
“Occupy NBC” Flash Mob
In December of last year scores of Community fans rallied outside of New York City's Rockefeller Center in order to draw attention to the committed and energetic support that the show has gained. They did so by piling show-reference on top of show-reference until they had constructed a geeky mound of self-referential awesomeness. Features included "six seasons and a movie" posters, darkest timeline goatees, and groups of carolers singing Oh Christmas Troy.
"Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne"
When Community had an episode last season that centered on 8-bit video game versions of the characters running around on a quest to save Pierce Hawthorne’s inheritance, we knew it was only a matter of time until a real-world version of the game was built by some ambitious fan. That fan turned out to be redditor britta-bot who put out an amazing (often pixel-perfect) rendition of the game that is equal parts hilarious, infuriating, and nostalgic. You can check the game out yourself here.
"Inspector Spacetime” Web Series
All right, it's not actually called "Inspector Spacetime .” For copyright reasons it's called "Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time," but it’s the real deal (sort of). Travis Richey, the actor who has played Inspector Spacetime for his few appearances on Community, decided that it would be cool to make an Inspector Spacetime Web series. He had difficulty getting the higher-ups at NBC to give him the green light on an official spinoff, so he took his plan to the people. One Kickstarter campaign, 600 supporters, and $25,000 later the official first episode of Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time showed up on the web last week.
We know that geek shows stir up a lot of intense fan commitment, but seriously, these guys seem pretty insane. Does Community have the best fans ever? Do you have shows that you would do (or have done) these kinds of things for?